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FSTV – FirstSpear Range Day 2019 Recap

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

SHOT Show 19 – Hazard 4 Hardpoint Rail

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

When Hazard 4 introduced the Hardpoint Modular anchor system to their bags, they envisioned a rail system. During SHOT Show, they exhibited a prototype. The slots allow the attachment of equipment directly to the rail.

Although this prototype is 3D printed, the production version will be injection molded. It will also include the ruler markings.

SHOT Show 19 – NiteIze RunOff Waterproof Bags

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Released earlier this month, NiteIze’ new line of RunOff waterproof bags incorporates their patented TRU Zip design combined with RF welding and TPU materials (tested to IP67). There are currently several bags available with more coming soon.

SHOT Show 19 – Ursack

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Ursack is an alternative to traditional bear resistant canisters. Instead, this food sack is made in the USA from lightweight, flexible, ‘bullet proof’ 7.6 oz aramid fabric.

There are two versions and one includes an aluminum liner, which weighs less than half similarly sized hard-sided canisters and a fraction of the space.

SHOT Show 19 – Rex Specs K9 Vision System

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The makers of the popular Rex Specs K9 goggles are introducing a new variant with integrated cameras.

Below you can see some detail. There is a wide angle dog vision camera under the lens. Additionally, there are lights, microphone. and a rear camera embedded in the frame, above the lens.

In addition to onboard recording, video and audio feeds can be transmitted up to 300m.

Like Rex Specs, the K9 Vision System features a padded harness for comfort during long-term wear.

SHOT Show 19 – SureFire MGX

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Back in 2012, small arms innovator Jim Sullivan filed for a patent for the MGX, a 5.56mm box-fed Machine Gun designed as an improvement over the Ultimax, which he also designed.

Below is a drawing from the patent, depicting the MGX from various points of view. It seems to have a bit of a Stoner 63 flair to it. Considering Sullivan contributed to that weapon system as well, it comes as no surprise.

The MGX, along with its associated 60 and 100 round High Capacity Magazines, was later purchased by SureFire from ArmsWest, LLC. The MGX is designed to operate from the closed bolt during semi-automatic fire and from the open bolt on full-auto.

The weapon weighs 9 lbs and is just 17″ with the barrel removed and stock folded. Recoil is managed so well, that like the Ultimax, it can be fired continuously on full-auto with just one hand. Barrels are 11.5″, 16″ and 20″ and the gun is convertible from 5.56mm to 6.8 SPC in seconds with a barrel change. You have to consider when the gun was designed to appreciate the 6.8 SPC option. The rate of fire is 550-650 RPM with an increase of 100 rpm when used with the SureFire SOCOM556-MG Suppressor.

Here you can see the folding stock and foregrip as well as its intended use with the 100 rd HCM.

During last week’s SHOT Show, the MGX showed up in SureFire’s massive booth, celebrating their 40th Anniversary. You’ll notice something interesting. Although the receiver is marked MG 10, it goes by the name MGX. Although the controls are similar to the AR-15, and a Stoner 63 pistol grip, it features a side charging handle and a quick change barrel.

Image by Ho-Tac Tactical

Considering SureFire has kept the design under wraps for years, it was not only amazing to see it there, but to see it with a 2019 placard. Naturally, we wanted to know if that meant the MGX was finally going into production.

Unfortunately, we found out that SureFire is not getting into the Machine Gun business. Instead, they wanted to showcase a relatively unknown bit of history and hopefully raise interest in licensing the technology.

Hopefully, the MGX will find its way into production.

SHOT Show 19 – Stealth SBR Backpack from Elite Survival Systems

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Although the new Stealth SBR Backpack is a smaller, more streamlined version of their STEALTH Backpack, it’s also, well…more stealthy. It looks more like a piece of luggage than anything else in their line. But it opens up to provide plenty of room for a SBR and accessories. The interior features Velcro as well as PALS webbing. Additionally, it will accept an armor panel.

Offered in Black or Grey, the exterior of the Stealth SBR Backpack incorporates two zippered compartments. In addition to padded shoulder strains, the pack offers a waist strap and carry handle.

SHOT Show 19 – Vestshape

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Vestshape is a body armor vest hanger and carrier, making for easy hanging of duty vests without the wear and tear and stretching of shoulder straps and improper storage. Vestshape allows for convenient hanging of duty vests outside lockers for drying as well as carrying a strapped-in vest to and from the field.

Vestshape is based in Van Nuys, California and made in the USA.