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ACO.jpegWithout much of an announcement, Aimpoint is now offering a new, entry level red dot sight designed for modern sporting rifles (a.k.a AR platforms). The Aimpoint Carbine Optic features a 2 MOA red dot, 10k hour operation on a 1/3N battery, waterproof housing, 30mm body, and absolute co-witness with included fixed-height picatinny rail mount.

I’ll go ahead and qualify the value/entry level moniker by explaining that building an optic using only the most germane features for a given use allows Aimpoint to tailor the product and the price to a specific market. This is a budget level RDS in the sense that it’s lowering the price of entry into a top tier brand.

Comparing the ACO to the Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO); no NVG level settings, the mount is non-quick release, and there are no lens caps/covers included. The ACO appears to be very similar to the CompM2 featureset. Aimpoint will offer flip covers, anti-glare filters and spare battery holders as accessories for the ACO.

Aimpoint says the ACO will MSRP for $393 and will hit shelves mid-October. With the Aimpoint PRO found easily for $430, it’s tough to understand the value of the ACO. If the ACO’s street price drops and falls in line $100 or so below the PRO, then we’re looking at a $300 RDS that does everything a sport shooter could want.

As always, military members and LEOs would do well to contact Strohman Enterprises for the best price on this and all Aimpoint products.

 

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The Proxdynamics PD-100 Black Hornet is a palmable UAV platform that may be the next evolutionary step in small unit ISR platforms. The carbon fiber-winged PD-100 is about the size three tightly wadded sheets of paper and weighs about as much.

It can fly for about 25 minutes on a full charge, has a range of about a mile, shoots video at 320 x 240 and stills at 1920 x 1080 using three cameras. The operator controls the aircraft from a ground station that’s about the size of an MRE and features bays to charge two Black Hornets and stow the handheld controller.

The unit streams its photographic payload back to the ground station without storing it onboard, which  answers opsec concerns. The operator can use any of the three daylight cameras to look forward, down at about a 45 degree angle, or straight down.

Proxydynamics showed us a version of the PD-100 that replaces the daylight-only three camera array with a single daylight/thermal camera that provides a fusion view and sends both daylight and thermal views back for recording and analysis.

The unit flies in two modes, GPS waypoint navigation and assisted manual. Waypoint navigation sets the UAV up to follow a trail of waypoints. Assisted manual flight means the operator flies the aircraft with a controller as if it were an arcade game; flight systems convert the simple control inputs into the complex  actions need to maneuver the helicopter.

While the commercial industry has embraced quadrotor technology, Proxydynamics says helicopter technology is more efficient, quieter and has better aerodynamics and is better suited to the micro uav role.

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With release of the Army’s Modular Handgun System ‘final’ draft requirements document last week, it’s coming down to do or die time for companies competing in the largest pistol contract since the Army adopted the M9 back in 1985.

We’ve seen and heard a bit about several entrants, but none take the level of modularity as far as Sig Sauer’s P320. Sig showed us the most recent version of their MHS submission pistol that has four five differences compared to the commercial version.

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Geissele Automatics just posted this video to their YouTube page teasing something so fast that a PACT shot timer could only register splits on 22 of 30 rounds –and the ones it did catch were 0.1 second each.

It’s not hard to figure out what Geissele is teasing us with. Based on their current product line and the fact they talk about firing thirty shots, it’s safe to say we are going to see a new rapid fire trigger system from GA at SHOT Show 2015.

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…is incredible. Okay, it’s not a crazy, simulated downrange environmental video with bearded men blasting bad guys with exotic firearms. But it does it’s job explaining the features of the new Heagon bullet, admirably with all that mouth watering 3D animation and texturing. I’ll admit that sometimes my inner photography geek shows through, and this is one of those times. Get more info on Geco’s new Hexagon ammo here.

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MAG544 1911 Grip Panels TSP 1

Magpul let loose an addition to the MOE 1911 grip line this week. The new panels feature an aggressive grip texture and are available in black, flat dark earth, OD green and gray for $20.

Created as an evolution to the original MOE 1911 grip panels, the 1911 Grip Panels with TSP Texture offer the user a more aggressive texture allowing for better control of the weapon system. Constructed of reinforced polymer, the grips have a unique diamond-shaped cross-section to prevent twisting in the hand, an aggressive magazine release cut-out, aggressive TSP texture for positive control, and are compatible with ambidextrous safeties. The grips are designed to fit full size framed 1911s with standard grip screw bushings.

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FireSleeve
If you carry a Bic in the woods (and who doesn’t?) why not maximize its utility by adding a non-slip body, lanyard loop, gas lockout, floatation and even hands-free operation?

The Exotac fireSLEEVE is a simple way to give your Bic lighter the superpowers it’s always dreamed of. I’ve pulled a couple of mysteriously dead Bic lighters out of a pack pocket and wished there was an easy way prevent accidental activation of the gas button. And, I’ve used 100-mile-an-hour tape and 550-cord to make a lanyard loop on a few disposable lighters, but I’ve got enough things vying for my time and attention at this point in my life that spending a few bucks to save a few minutes every time I replace a dead Bic is worth it.

Join Exotac’s fireSLEEVE Kickstarter campaign with the knowledge that I’m backing them with my own $20. I’ve watched the company grow from a garage operation to nationally distributed brand over the last few years and have no doubt they will deliver a great product.

More via: Kickstarter and Exotac

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BCM Gunfighter Buttstock
Keep and eye on Bravo Company USA’s new products page for their new Gunfighter Buttstock. It should be available any day now for about $60.

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02-151-20026-047_V11KeyMod! Daniel Defense just entered the KeyMod camp with their new SLiM rail. Presumably the first of several lengths, the 15″ version is found on the new DDM4 V11, V11 LW and the 18-inch, 1:7, rifle length gas system V11 S2W.

The new SLiM (Slim Lightweight Modular) handguards are indeed pretty darn light. DD doesn’t call out any specs on the new handguard, but comparing the new 6.28 pound DDM4 V11 rifle to the the 6.54 pound V7 we can see the 15″ SLiM handguard is a four ounces lighter than the shorter, 12″ MFR (Modular Float Rail) handguard. This is for the government profile barrel, the V11 LW is 6.15 pounds, which is two ounces lighter than the 6.29 pound V7 LW.

Wizardry? Perhaps. More likely, the SLiM doesn’t use the same steel inserts around the barrel nut that the MFR has.

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The Law Tactical AR FSA adds 1.375" and 11 oz. of stock folding goodness to any AR platform. It works with the AR10, as well.

Law Tactical’s Gen 2 AR Folding Stock Adapter was already a peerless solution for anyone looking to reduce the visual signature of an AR15 or AR10 rifle during transport. The single largest contributor to its success is the fact that it doesn’t change the operation of the AR or affect compatibility with existing AR parts.

Sure, the FSA adds a little weight and extends the length of pull by 1.375″, but when used normally, the part is nearly transparent to the rifle’s operation. We’re glad to see the new Gen3 update brings with it enhanced ergonomics, easier maintenance and greater durability without sacrificing any aspect of the FSA’s core capability.

The Law Tactical AR FSA adds 1.375" and 11 oz. of stock folding goodness to any AR platform. Here, it's installed on a 9" 300 AAC SBR. The rifle is just under 20.5" folded including the Surefire Brake.
Biggest Change:
Law Tactical addresses nearly all the criticisms of the Gen2 FSA with this Gen3 update. The big news; it can fire when folded. This doesn’t mean the gun can be operated normally with a folded stock. The manufacturer stills considers this abuse of the part, and perhaps of the rifle, but it means the Gen3 will allow the AR to continue to function if the rifle is fired with the stock folded.

 

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