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Remington Recalls the Model 700 Again – It’s Triggers (Again)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Remington issued a go tray recall notice earlier today for Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.

Specifically, they are concerned about unintentional discharges. According to a press release, “A Remington investigation has determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process.”

You can determine if your rifle is covered by this country recall by reporting the serial number to Remington or by visual inspection using the guide provided by Remington (see below).


III. You may also determine if your rifle is subject to the recall by a visual inspection.
1) If the face of the trigger is ribbed (see Photo (1) below), your rifle does not have an XMP trigger and is NOT subject to this recall.
2) If the face of the trigger is smooth (see Photo (2) below), your rifle has an XMP trigger and IS subject to this recall – in which case you should immediately seek further assistance at or by calling 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

This isn’t the first recall for the 700. In 2010, they recalled the 700 to deal with a defective safety block. This stemmed from a series of mishaps going back to at least 2001 involving unintentional discharges (sound familiar?). Then, just two years ago, Remington settled lawsuits caused by those defective triggers. Granted, these are slightly different issues but they deal with the same component of the rifle. Considering this is the most popular hunting rifle in the world, they’ll hopefully finally, get this put to bed.

To read the recall notice visit

Short and Sweet: CMMG Launches New AR Pistol Line-Up

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Fayette, MO — In response to customer feedback, CMMG has developed a line of new AR pistols that utilize properties from its sought after line of short-barreled rifles, including the popular RKM7 free float KeyMod hand guards. The resulting product launch includes two models of AR pistols chambered in 9mm and .300 AAC Blackout.


“We received a lot of feedback from our customers asking us to come out with a line of AR-style pistols,” said Jeff Overstreet, co-owner of CMMG Inc. “As you can see, we’ve listened. Like all the guns in the CMMG line, we’ve tried to keep the weight down and the quality of manufacturing to its highest standard so that you’ve got a gun that functions properly and is fun to shoot every time you take it to the range.”

The new Mk9 PDW Pistol is chambered in 9mm and comes with one 32-round magazine. The new Mk4 PDW Pistol is chambered in .300 AAC Blackout and comes with one 30-round Magpul PMAG. Each model comes with a Magpul MOE pistol grip, an A2 muzzle compensator and features an ambidextrous rear sling mount.

Both pistols have a slim, ergonomic profile, thanks to CMMG’s RKM7 free-floating KeyMod hand guard. The KeyMod slots are located at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and allow users to mount compatible accessories directly to the hand guard. For accessories that are not yet compatible with the KeyMod system, CMMG offers separate 5-slot rails that attached to the hand guard. For mounting sights or optics, a 1913 Picatinny rail runs across the top of the firearm.

CMMG AR Pistol Specifications:
Calibers: 9mm / .300 AAC Blackout
Barrel: 8.2″ medium weight, 1:7” twist
Muzzle: A2 Compensator
Hand Guard: CMMG RKM7 Free-Float KeyMod hand guard
Receiver: Forged 7075-T6 AL
Trigger: Single Stage Mil-Spec Type
Furniture: Magpul MOE Pistol Grip
Weight: 5.3 lbs (9mm unloaded), 4.6 lbs (300 BLK unloaded)
Length: 24 inches
Magazine: 32rd (9mm), 30rd PMAG (300 BLK)

Heckler & Koch – HK416 A5

Friday, April 11th, 2014


The HK416 A5 is Heckler & Koch’s latest iteration of the popular HK416 weapon system. It was on hand at AUSA and SHOT Show but we don’t feel it’s gotten enough attention. The most noticeable change is the addition of the new green-brown RAL8000 color scheme, which provides camouflage in many environments. This also offers a lower IR visibility when compared to traditional black finish.

The Picatinny-railed forend on the 11″ barrel carbine model features an integrated foldable front sight; on the extended barrel models – 14.5″, 16.5″, 20″, a front sight adapter allows a flip-up front sight that’s attached directly to the barrel (not pictured). The rear sight is a proprietary quick release model with a foldable post.


The new two-stage gas system can be adjusted without tools, and allows the shooter to easily switch between the ‘normal’ and ‘suppressor’ settings. Also pictured is the grenade launcher module adapter, standard with the HK416 A5 which facilitates figment of the HK grenade launcher adopted here in the US as the M320.

The HK416 A5 features H&K’s new slimine lightweight buttstock. It, along with the pistol grip, are shown in tan RAL8000 finish, which offers low observability.

The lower receiver sports many improvements in addition to those already featured on previous HK416 models. They’ll be familiar to those of you who followed the now cancelled US Army Individual Carbine program.

The new magazine well profile makes the A5 compatible with a wider variety of AR-15 compatible magazines, including Magpul Pmags. The large “Winter trigger guard” is designed for use with heavy gloves. Both the magazine release and bolt catch release are ambidextrous, and both are sized for improved manipulation. The modified trigger system allows the safety to be engaged at any time, and the selector switch is ambidextrous.

The HK416 A5 also utilizes a proprietary charging handle and dust cover.

The HK416 A5 is also available in traditional Black finish, and is restricted to Military and Law Enforcement.

Also on display was a HK417 outfitted with the G28 buttstock. The buttstock features an adjustable cheekpiece, with fine and course length-of-pull settings, which can be locked into position.

Marine South – Heckler & Koch 416A5

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


Stay tuned for in-depth info and photos of the newest iteration of the HK 416, The 416A5.

Gorilla Ammunition – .300BLK Subsonic 208gr Hornady A-MAX

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Gorilla A-MAX .300BLK

Gorilla Ammunition is now selling a .300BLK Subsonic cartridge featuring the 208gr Hornady A-MAX bullet. This highly accurate cartridge is great for hunting and practice alike, and, being subsonic, is best used with a suppressor.

Gorilla A-MAX .300BLK Cartridge

You can check out the ballistics of the new cartridge using the table below. The data was measured in Gorilla Ammunition’s own ballistic lab utilizing a Daniel Defense DDM5v5 chambered for 300 BLK w/ 16″ barrel and AAC SDN-6 suppressor. The velocity was measured using Oehler System 85 Ballistic Instrumentation.

V-Max table–20-Round-Box_p_38

Rifle Dynamics Launches YouTube Channel

Monday, April 7th, 2014

I had an opportunity to visit Rifle Dynamics just last Friday and Jim Fuller mentioned that they were launching a YouTube channel. He wasn’t kidding.

Looking forward to seeing more!

ATF Determines AR-15 Pistol With Stabilizing Brace Can Not Be Classified As An SBR

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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In a reply to an inquiry made by a Law Enforcement Officer, the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch determined that an AR-15 style pistol fired from the shoulder when equipped with an accessory such as the SIG Sauer SB15 Pistol Stabilizing Brace would not cause the pistol to be reclassified as an SBR. It has been previously determined through FTB # 99146 that placing a receiver extension of an AR-15 style pistol on the user’s shoulder does not change the classification of the weapon. Additionally, certain accessories such as the SB15 Pistol Stability Brace aren’t classified as shoulder stocks, and as such even improper use doesn’t constitute a design change. The FTB does note, however, that they can’t recommend using a weapon or weapon accessory in a manner not intended by the manufacturer.


Although decisions can be reversed at any time, this response is clearly in line with the SB15 Pistol Stabilizing Brace as being “ATF Approved” prior to its sale. – X Products Drum Magazines

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


This week’s post from covers the X Products Drum Magazines. X Products drum magazines are 50-round drum magazines constructed from aluminum and steel. Models are available in 5.56 and .308 for AR-15 and AR-10 pattern riles, M14-pattern rifles, FAL-pattern rifles, HK G3-pattern rifles, and the FN SCAR 17.

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Lancer Launches The New Active Shooter Response Kit For Law Enforcement

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Allentown, PA – March 31, 2014 - Lancer Systems LP, a leading advanced weapons and components manufacturer, today announced the launch of the Lancer Active Shooter Response Kit. The kit is designed for law enforcement agencies and individual officers who want to add the speed advantage of the Lancer L15 lower receiver and the reliability of the Lancer L5AWM magazine to an existing patrol rifle.

L15LE kit

The Lancer Active Shooter Response Kit, which comes in both stripped and complete versions, enables an officer to continue to use his or her own upper receiver. Each kit includes three translucent L5AWM magazines; one of each of the 10-, 20- and 30-round capacities. The design and control configuration of the kit allows the user to carry an additional 30 rounds of ammunition and reload in under two seconds.

The stripped kit includes a semi-assembled L15 lower receiver with tactical magazine well, FAB Defense GL stock, and Lancer Single Point Sling Mount. The receiver is delivered with the pivot pin, bolt release and magazine release pre-installed. The complete lower kit comes assembled and ready for an upper receiver. Kits start at $384.98 MSRP.

“So far, the feedback we’ve received from law enforcement agencies and through training seminars focused on the Active Shooter Response Kit has been incredibly positive,” said Ty Weaver, Director of Special Operations & Training, Lancer. “Officers are constantly telling us they need a way to make their rifles lighter, faster and more accurate. Many times, however, budget constraints do not allow for entirely new equipment purchases. The kits provide officers immediate improvements to their current weapons to better ensure their safety out on the street.”

The Lancer Active Shooter Response Kit is the second product launch of Lancer’s new Special Operations Division, a segment of the Advanced Weapons & Components business area with an expansion of offerings specialized for military and law enforcement personnel. The division’s initial product launch was the Lancer Single Point Sling Mount, an exclusive attachment accessory featured in the new Active Shooter Response Kit and currently in use by a US Navy Special Mission Unit.

KAC-TV Presents – SCAR Submissions

Monday, March 31st, 2014

In this latest episode of KAC-TV, they cover the SOF Combat Assault Rifle as well as KAC’s two submissions for that program. The first, the SCAR SLICK or SOF Lightweight Individual Carbine Kalashnikov is not well known and integrated several interesting features including a monolithic upper receiver, modular lower receiver and a Kalashnikov-style bolt.


In the video, Trey Knight also takes us through their more conventional submission that more closely resembles a Stoner AR-style weapon. They did this in order to capitalize on the muscle memory SOF personnel have with the ergonomics of the AR. Interestingly, both weapons offered the option of using the Stoner 63 magazine which presents a more pronounced curve that the standard AR magazine.

KAC Stoner 63 Mag

The video is definitely worth a look.

This episode also has the distinction of introducing Jack Leuba as he joins KAC TV as the primary host, replacing Trey Knight.

Jack Leuba joined the United States Marine Corps in 1997 as a Rifleman, beginning his secondary military occupational specialty of Marksmanship Coach in 1999, and Combat Marksmanship Instructor in 2002. In 2005, following two combat deployments to Iraq he was assigned to Weapons Training Battalion Quantico with the task of assisting in the creation and implementation of the USMC Combat Marksmanship Program, as well as the Foreign Weapons Instructor and Trainer Courses. During his time in Quantico he became involved in competitive practical shooting to bolster and validate the concepts and techniques taught in the programs and classes under his charge. His experience and knowledge of small arms were frequently referred to by internal and external agencies for weapons testing, product development, acquisitions, training, and training curriculum development. In 2007, Jack was selected to be the USMC’s Marksmanship Liaison to the British Royal Marines. While working for the MoD, he assisted in the creation and implementation of three separate official programs of instruction, and provided individual instruction and training to numerous MoD units and agencies. Upon return from the UK he was again deployed for combat operations in Afghanistan with the USMC.

Jack has successfully completed numerous courses and military occupational specialty schools, to include: Marksmanship Coaches Course, Combat Marksmanship Instructor Course, Small Arms Weapons Instructor Course, Formal School Instructor Course, Close Quarters Battle School, Foreign Weapon Instructor Trainer Course, and the USMC High Risk Personnel Course. Personal awards include the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Following his departure from the DoD, Jack formed a tactics and firearms training and consulting company with another Marine Corps veteran. Jack brings his enthusiasm for imparting knowledge, technical skill, experience in the military and civilian firearms training, and expertise in the contemporary employment of small arms in a military context to KAC.

Hat tip to our friends at Predator Blog. Good catch bro!