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Unity Tactical Announces ‘Monkey Bar’ MBUS PRO Replacement Clamp

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Today, Unity Tactical announced the production of the ‘Monkey Bar’ replacement clamp for the Magpul MBUS Pro line of iron sights. This clamp is not only lightweight, but is also compatible with Unity Tactical’s FUSION mounting interface. The full release can be read below:

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Unity Tactical is proud to announce the “Monkey Bar”. A replacement clamp for the excellent Magpul™ MBUS™ PRO line of Backup Iron Sights.

The Monkey Bar replaces the OEM clamp to provide the user with a solid and lightweight FUSION compatible mounting interface. The FUSION interface allows you to directly mount Surefire™ Scout Lights as well as 1913 rail sections (Using the Offset Rail), 1” or Executive Series Ring Lights (Using the FUSION Ring Mounts) or Surefire ™ Millennium Series Lights (Using the Millennium Series Adapter).

The Monkey Bar is precision machined out of 6061-T6 aluminum and Type 3 Hardcoat anodized for durability.

It adds 0.2 Ounces of weight over the MBUS™ Pro alone, so it’s one of the lightest weight mounts on the market.

It is currently in production and will be available at the end of April.

www.unitytactical.com

MSG Frank McRae (USA, Ret) Of Raidon Tactics Reviews The GGP Specter Light

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Dalton, ID—26 March 15—Grey Ghost Precision

Grey Ghost Precision is proud to share the following unsolicited review of the Specter Light rifle by MSG Frank McRae (USA, Ret) of Raidon Tactics. Why are we honored by the evaluation and why should you care? Background and perspective.

Frank McRae is a former SF instructor and NCOIC of SFARTAETC, the US Army Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course at Ft Bragg. During the course of a long and distinguished career he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st SFG(A) and 3rd SFG(A) in a number of combat operation billets (including the Combatant Commander’s In-Extremis Force/CIF OEF-P and Company SGM advisor, Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force/ICTF). He deployed as an exchange instructor with the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Course and was honored for having the highest graduation rate in SFARTAETC’s two decade history. He now operates Raidon Tactics and remains heavily involved in the training and education of SOF personnel from across the spectrum.

In short, Frank knows his way around a rifle. He put over 16,000 rounds through the Specter Light before reviewing it.

GGP Specter Light Review

Frank McRae, MSG USA (Ret), Director of Training, Raidon Tactics

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I was introduced to the Grey Ghost Precision “Specter Series” of firearms in Autumn of 2014 during a training evolution with an SOT-A. That element was deploying to conduct combat operations OCONUS; members of the team were using a GGP prototype rifle; my initial impressions of the weapon were extremely positive. GGP later attended and supported the Green Beret Pro-Am on Veteran’s Day, where I became acquainted with their staff and was able to shoot the production versions of the gun. Based on that experience I purchased one of the first 5.56mm Specter Lights “off the line.” Since that time I have become increasingly impressed with the weapon, enough so that I offered this review to them. GGP did not ask for the review and offered neither remuneration or trade. This is the first rifle I have reviewed—the weapon has certainly earned it.

The Specter Rifle feels exactly how a real rifle should feel—that is the best way to describe it. This is the closest I’ve seen to a SCAR in an AR platform. The weapon is weighty but not heavy and well balanced, with even weight distribution from the muzzle to butt. When firing, the recoil impulse is high, causing a perceived reduction in recoil shock to the shooter; this allows faster recovery time and quicker follow on shot placement with minimal muzzle rise.

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The rifle is solidly built and, short of a left side ejection port, has all the amenities that belong on any ambidextrous rifle. The ambi bolt release is a welcome addition, allowing for more ergonomic magazine changes and letting the shooter watch what is going on downrange instead of looking at the other side of the rifle. It also allows the shooter to maintain a better high ready position and reduces the amount of movement with the non-firing hand. In the high ready position, a simple glance at the round entering the chamber when the bolt is released will tell the shooter exactly what condition the rifle is in. This ambi charging handle is solid, beefy and works great. Its design allows for faster immediate action correcting any malfunctions just as easily with either hand.

A Keymod free float hand guard comes standard; this will allow the addition of reduced weight, lower profile accessories as they become available, which will in turn reduce the overall weight of the rifle. More real estate and better ergonomics mean better shot groups and longer engagements from the standing position.

Most rifle manufacturers skip aftermarket muzzle brakes due to additional cost, but the Specter comes with a Gem-Tech brake already installed. Many shooters already have Gem-Tech cans in their arsenal, which makes this an even better value for some and if you were on the fence about buying a can for your rifle, now you will have one less excuse. With the Gemtech brake installed, there is a noticeable decrease in flash compared to other brakes, especially during our low light shooting and night time training courses.

Even better (and more significantly), I experienced a slight reduction in recoil and no increase in noise. Combining the Gem-Tech brake with the geometry of the rifle makes for fast, and I mean very fast, reduction in follow though time and putting the next shot on target.

I found the trigger geometry to be outstanding. The straight line with a slight curve at the bottom makes for better trigger manipulation and the additional room in the trigger guard allows a shooter to place his trigger finger in a lower position on the trigger itself. This allows for a better mechanical advantage on the trigger and gives a perceived lighter trigger pull. The reduced weight of the pull, combined with the geometry of the trigger itself, provides a very accurate manipulation of the trigger.

My experience has proven that most battle rifles have more perceived pull than the GGP Specter Light. The trigger pull scale I used easily validated that. I measured the pull at 4.8 pounds, which is excellent consistency for a mass produced rifle and is a ready example of GGP’s high production standards. The crispness of the break in the trigger is superb, with reduced pre travel and minimal over travel, with a solid and defining reset. You definitely know when the trigger is reset and ready to fire again.

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The ambi safety is rigid but not hard to manipulate, so there is no mistake when it locks into position. You will know that it is on safe or ready to fire. This is topped off with a Magpul grip that gives a more neutral grip angle than a standard AR grip, which makes it easier to reach and engage the safety, a definite advantage for the shooter with smaller hands. I am normally not a fan of Magpul products, but the grip set-up on this rifle made it a better value for more shooters by reducing the sweep of the grip to allow for this extra reach capability.

The tolerances between the billet cut upper and lower receivers are second to none. The upper receiver has m-4 feed ramps cut for reliable feeding and chambering every time. Though it is no longer or wider than any other MilSpec mag well, the Specter’s mag well is built beefier than those on a typical lower receiver. The edges also feature a slight bevel, making for faster magazine insertions. The fit of a magazine into the mag well is secure and feels good in the rifle. Balance of a firearm is important for everything from shooting long distance from a standing position, moving in and around cover, or just carrying when out on a mission. With a billet cut lower, the weight distribution of this rifle gives it the ideal balance for all of these. The buffer tube and spring assembly are held in securely, and there is a noticeable absence of the typical grinding sounds from the buffer tube when firing. A Magpul stock finishes out the lower receiver as an integral part of the overall balance of the rifle.

The only parts I felt the need to add for my own edification were the Armaspec Tactical Combat Button and the Troy industries Bolt Release. I have been using these parts for as long as they have been out on other rifles so it only felt natural to include them on this one.

I admit I hate to clean rifles but the black nitride coating makes the chore of cleaning easy and requires just a wipe down with a cloth. I use very little oil in this rifle and I have put around 16,000 rounds through this rifle in the past 3-4 months using it as a rental for our gun club and as an SOF skills weapon for training my students. I am happy to say that I have had no malfunctions that were not caused by my own intentional abuse. I fired 12000 rounds before even the first cleaning and then let the carbon, dirt and oil build up till it fails. All it took was a wipe down and the GGP Specter was back up and running like it was new. The bolt is nitride coated as well, which makes for very tight tolerances with parts like the cam pin and the cotter pin. I believe the tighter a bolt carrier and bolt are, the longer you will have tighter shot groups. There is a point when a bolt wears that you will also notice the shot groups beginning to relax a bit as well.

The direct impingement system is flawless. I fired over 3000 rounds in the first month of using rifle number 00013, with no cleaning, and zero malfunctions. No double feeds, no failures to lock on an empty magazine, nothing. With cheaper Wolf ammo, I experienced a few light strikes, but with good ammo, this rifle shoots great. With match grade ammo, the Specter Light holds a sub minute group at 100 yards. I am confident that this is easily a 650 yard gun.

I am a shooter and instructor, not a gunsmith by any means. The amount of work my gunsmith has to perform on the typical AR platform is almost shameful due to malfunctions and gas system problems. I have many ARs come through my pro shop in the $1900 to $3500 range, straight from the gun show or other gun shops, and seen them fail on the first round. I am talking high end, high priced rifles. Names will be withheld to protect the innocent, but I would put the GGP Spector Light up against any of these rifles any day. In a shooting endurance test, I would bet on the GGP rifle to be in the top 3 every time. For the money, this is by far the best AR platform in 5.56 that I have had the pleasure of owning. Out of all the rifles I have in the same class, I grab my GGP Specter when I want the gun to work and shoot true.

More information:

Learn more about Raidon Tactics online at http://raidontactics.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RaidonTactics. You can also follow Raidon and Range 37 PSR here on Instagram: https://instagram.com/37psrgunclub/. Range 37 PSR can be found on line at http://37psr.com/ or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/37PsrGunClub. You can contact SGM Frank McRae, USA (Ret) at 910-774-9370.

Consilio, quod respuitur, nullum subest auxilium.

Learn more about Grey Ghost Precision online here: http://www.greyghostprecision.com/ or follow GGP on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/greyghostprecision/. Grey Ghost is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreyGhostGearGGG

Review Of The Proctor Y Notch Pistol Sights

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Check out this review of the Proctor Y Notch Pistol Sights made by YouTuber SuperSetCA.

You can get the Proctor Y Notch Pistol Sights at www.wayofthegun.us.

Patriot Ordnance Factory Officially Announces The 7.62×39 Puritan Rifle

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Last week, we posted a brief preview of Patriot Ordnance Factory’s 7.62×39 Puritan Rifle, which has now been officially released. The official announcement can be read below.

Patriot 7.62x39

POF-USA puts a twist on the standard P-15 Puritan series with the addition of a 1 MOA capable 762x39mm rifle

PHOENIX, AZ (February 2015) – Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF-USA) is proud to announce the addition of a Puritan model rifle chambered for the 7.62x39mm cartridge. This new rifle features all the upgrades found in the Puritan series. Features included are 4.5 pound single stage drop in trigger, nitride heat treated barrel and components, NP3 coated bolt carrier, anti-tilt buffer tube, 3 position adjustable short stroke gas piston system, roller cam pin and the patented E² extraction technology.

Slamming the 7.62x39mm cartridge into a lightweight AR platform has many advantages. Think about the weapons manipulation skills developed through years of owning the standard .223/5.56 AR… now those skills translate directly into a package that weighs the same but packs a significantly larger “punch”. How about ammunition price? Depending on location, 7.62×39 ammunition is roughly 40% cheaper then .223/5.56. More bang for your buck in 2 categories! Punch and price…what’s not to love? The kicker…the accuracy. With proper ammunition, rifle setup and shooter ability, this new rifle falls under the POF-USA 1 MOA or better guarantee. That’s right, a 762x39mm 1 MOA rifle!

www.pof-usa.com/home

Kinetic Development Group – SAS-1

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Just a few months ago, Kinetic Development Group launched its company here on Soldier Systems Daily, with the promise to bring solutions to the small arms market existing with high quality firearms. They started with the FN SCAR as many SCARs are deployed with our Special Operations Forces. They also recognize the 16S and 17S are increasingly popular with American shooters and law enforcement.

Their first products, the MREX (modular rail extensions) for the front end of the SCAR has been very popular. The KDG front and rear sling points have also brought the SCAR into the year 2015 as far as QD sling solutions go. Well, they have just addressed another common complaint about SCAR. Some refer to it as the SCAR’s “UGG Boot” like stock system.

Kinetic #SAS-1

The KDG S.A.S (SCAR Adaptable Stock) is a serious improvement on the SCAR OEM stock system.

KDG

Form…. Why is this solution a near perfect marriage of a very well designed and reliable rifle and the excellent ergonomics of the Magpul ACR stock? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to compare the two stocks and decided which is more robust. MagPul is famous for their reinforced polymers and most would argue nobody can beat them at their game. There are many empirical reports from the field complaining about broken SCAR stocks. To add to that strength is the KDG SAS coupling that is made of 6061 T6 aluminum billet that is black hard coat anodized. That not only reinforces the stock, but also the open rear end of the SCAR’s thin extruded U-shaped receiver. And to top it off, the KDG SAS assembled stock system weighs approx. ¼ pound less than the all polymer factory SCAR stock assembly!

KDG

Fit & Function… All SAS kits come standard with 7 positions of length adjustment, cheek weld height adjustment, an AMBI QD sling attachment point, a weatherproof battery compartment, and a side-folding feature. Like the factory stock, the weapon can be fired with the stock folded. KDG also added an optional set-screw to allow users the option to eliminate any play between the stock and receiver.

KDG

Aesthetics – Lets just say something about aesthetics here. The OEM SCAR stock appears to have been designed by the Zohan and is really pretty disco-disco compared to American tastes. So many people have told me they just can’t get over the Cosmonaut Boot. The KDG SAS stock gives your SCAR some American muscle car appeal that chicks dig.

KDG

We saved the best for last. The stock and adapter comes fully assembled from KDG. There are no tools required to install on your SCAR! The whole system retails for $299.00 and can be purchased at www.kineticdg.com or a dealer listed near you found on their website. www.kinetidg.com/dealers

For questions, please contact KDG at info@kineticdg.com.

Tactical Tailor And Grey Ghost Gear At The 2015 USASOC Sniper Competition

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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Nate from Tactical Tailor and Kevin from Grey Ghost Gear and Grey Ghost Precision will be on-hand at the 2015 USASOC Sniper Competition, taking place March 23-27 at Fort Bragg, NC. Additionally, there may be a guest appearance by Tommy Batt Boy of Ranger Up.

www.tacticaltailor.com

www.greyghostgear.com

Info From The Glock G43 Live Stream

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Today, Glock hosted a live stream event where they revealed details on the recently announced G43 9mm single stack pistol. We took a few notes and screen captures from the event, which can be seen below.

G43

The G43 is not a straight-up GEN 4 pistol. It does incorporate GEN 4 features such as the larger magazine catch and dual recoil spring assembly, however the grip texture is not as aggressive as GEN 4 models, and the grip features no finger grooves. Additionally, the G43 will not feature a backstrap system, but does have an extended beavertail. The G43 also features a 2 pin frame.

G43 G26

When compared to the G26, the G43 is 4oz lighter, and overall a quarter inch smaller.

The G43 reportedly works with most soft holsters that were developed for the G42, however it will not work with hard G42 holsters such as those made from Kydex. This is due to the larger size of the G43.

Extended mag

The G43 comes standard with 2 magazines. One is flushfit with the grip, the other features a grip extension. However, both mags fit 6 rounds. Seen above is the magazine with the grip extension.

serrated trigger

The G43 features a serrated trigger. This is an option that adds points to the weapon for the purpose of importation. The trigger pull is 5.5lbs standard.

Some additional facts brought in by the Q&A session during the stream:

- Night Sights will be available after launch, around May – June.

- The G43 is not California compliant.

- MSRP is $580. In-store prices are expected to be around $450 – $525.

- The slide features the same finish as all current production pistols.

- The G43 will not feature an accessory rail.

dummy rounds

- Glock will be releasing dummy rounds around the same time as the G43. These rounds come in 9mm, .40, and .45 ACP. Edit: These will come in the above packaging, and will include 50 dummy rounds per box.

- The G43 has been tested to handle +P ammo.

Oh, and if you were curious, Glock has no plans as of now to introduce a .40 single stack to the market.

Additional information from the second stream: The G43 will initially be manufactured in Austria and imported to the States along with international distribution. Later on, Glock plans to manufacture the G43 in the USA.

If you’re interested in viewing the stream for yourself, there will be a second stream at 1800 EST today. You can view it here: glock.yourbrandlive.com/c/live_from_glock_2015

us.glock.com

GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43

Friday, March 20th, 2015

G43

SMYRNA, Ga – (Mar. 20, 2015) - Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated pistol release in GLOCKs history. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.

“The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” stated GLOCK, Inc., VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”

A true slimline pistol, the frame width of the G43 is just over one inch and the slide width measures only 0.87 inch. The overall length is 6.26 inches. For those who have smaller hands, the trigger distance is only 2.6 inches, making it ideal for functionality. The single stack magazine holds 6 rounds and is the perfect concealed carry pistol for both duty and civilian use. The G43 is engineered to the same superior standards as all GLOCK pistols and the reliability instills confidence for all lifestyles.

The G43 will debut at the NRA Annual Meeting, April 10-12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn., at the GLOCK booth (#633). Shipments of the product will begin directly following the convention.

us.glock.com

SureFire – Off-Set Scout Light Mounts

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Scout Light Mount

SureFire has released two off-set 1913-compatible mounts for Scout Light models, the RM45 and RM45L. Both mounts are made of aerospace aluminum, hard anodized with Mil-Spec Type III finish. The mounts position the light in the off-set positions between the rails of a 1913 forend, decreasing weapon profile and limiting snag factor. The RM45 is designed to accept Scout Light models equipped with a thumbscrew clamp. The RM45L is designed for Scout Light models equipped with the wider footprint Swing-Lever clamp.

Both mounts are available in Black and Tan.

www.surefire.com/parts-accessories/other-accessories/rm45-offset-rail-mount

www.surefire.com/parts-accessories/other-accessories/rm45l

New Products From Magpul

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

MAG608 M-LOK Hand Stop Kit 1
M-LOK Hand Stop Kit

The M-LOK Hand Stop Kit is a lightweight, low-profile index point for improved weapon control, or as a forward stop to prevent the shooter from touching the hot front sight assembly or muzzle. Included with the kit is the Hand Stop, an M-LOK index panel, an M-LOK Rail Cover Type 2, as well as an M-LOK Hand Stop MOE adapter.

Available in Black, Flat Dark Earth, Olive Drab, and Stealth Gray. Made in U.S.A.

www.magpul.com/products/m-lok%E2%84%A2-hand-stop-kit

MAG617 M-LOK Tape Switch Mounting Plate Mood
M-LOK Tape Switch Mounting Plate

The M-LOK Tape Switch Mounting Plate is designed to attach SureFire ST pressure pads on M-LOK compatible forends. Made from polymer, the Mounting Plate is lightweight and rugged. The plate’s low-profile design allows users more mounting options without interfering with other equipment, and it features rounded and beveled edges for a snag-free design.

MAG617 M-LOK Tape Switch Mounting Plate

Available in Black. Made in U.S.A.

www.magpul.com/products/m-lok%E2%84%A2-tape-switch-mounting-plate-%E2%80%93-surefire%C2%AE-st