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.
KeyMod! 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.
Does the introduction of the oxagonal SLiM signal DD’s intention to discontinue the sweet roundness of the MFR? Daniel Defense never cranked out more than a few accessories in the form of Picatinny rail sections for the MFR. The MFR’s slotted attachment system works well, but why continue to support a proprietary system when there is a burgeoning cast of companies already pumping out direct attach KeyMod mounts for lights, grips, sights, slings and covers?
The MFR is likely less expensive to manufacture than the SLiM since it needs less machine time. But, the simpler tube construction is probably offset by the multipart barrel nut and it’s complicated installation that requires the adjustment of a bunch of tiny set screws to square the handguard up to the barrel/upper receiver.
The SLiM uses DD’s three part Bolt-Up mounting system which is pretty painless to install. A backer plate goes on first, followed by the barrel nut. The handguard slides over the barrel nut and bolts to the backing plate, sandwiching the barrel nut and squaring up automatically on the barrel nut’s shoulder. (Tip: have a set of ball-end Allen wrenches handy if you’re going to work on any of DD’s Bolt-Up handguards.)
Heck, maybe we’ll find out the MFR is significantly stronger or more rigid than the SLiM and DD will offer them both to suit different customers. Failing that, I’m guessing this release marks the beginning of the end of the MFR.
At the moment, the SLiM is only available on DDM4 builds. We should see them released as an accessory sometime in Q3/Q4 2014. The DDM4 V11, V11 LW and V11 S2W are each $1599.Read More
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.
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.
The new Grey Ghost Gear JED Bail Out Bag was designed with the help of JSOC veteran Jim Erwin, (JED = Jim Erwin Developed) and looks like it’ll server well as a vehicle bail out bag. It’s set up with interior mesh pockets, and elastic loops. A zipper that runs the full length of the bag allows access to everything inside. The outside of the bag has sections of loop material for attaching hook backed pouches
Grey Ghost designed the bag ” to be fought from, without getting hung up on unnecessary ‘cool’ features that aren’t so cool when they are getting in your way in a firefight.”
The bags are available in Kryptek Typhoon and Highlander for and introductory price of $129.Read More
Team Wendy, makers of standard-issue helmet pads and high-end bump helmets, has added a ballistic helmet to the company’s offerings.
The new EXFIL Ballistic helmet weighs in at between 2.6 and 2.75 pounds depending on size and offers improved suspension and rail systems similar to those used on their current helmets, but paired with life-saving protection.
The new helmet, which retails for $883, offers Level IIIA protection capable of stopping at least 9mm full metal jacket or .44 magnum hollow points at 1,400 feet per second. Additionally, it offers the same blunt force protection as the Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet and fragmentation protection capable of stopping penetration by 17 grain fragments traveling at 2,400 feet per second at least 50 percent of the time.
“We’ve taken the best features of our Carbon and LTP™ bump helmets, as well as our helmet liners and retention systems for standard ballistic helmets, and brought them together into one comprehensive ballistic helmet platform,” said Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo-Patron in a company press release. “The result is a ballistic helmet that is lightweight, customizable and easy to adjust while providing exceptional protection.”Read More
I wrote about a problem I was having with my Leatherman MUT back in May. The pliers failed on not one, but two MUTs.
After light duty, the tool’s arm containing the blade and saw loosened up so that it would swing open freely rather than offer sufficient resistance to reliably open the pliers. This was a particular nuisance when using the tool one-handed. I thought the problem stemmed from the safety torx screw holding together the arm’s pivot joint.
It turns out that was not the problem.
One of our readers suffering the same issue said it was the result of cracks in the tool’s frame. He was right.Read More
SureFire has a welcome addition to their Scout Light weaponlight lineup. The new M600P not only puts out 600 lumens but it also has a much wider beam pattern that comes from the Fury series head placed on the Scout Light body. Existing Scout Light heads used a tightly focused TIR lens to increase the range of the beam while the M600P provides a wider reflector-shaped beam that offers better situational awareness, especially when indoors.
The lights will come in two versions, the M600P ($349), above, that uses a simple thumbscrew to attach to Picatinny rail, and the M620P ($449) that uses a swing-lever clamp for secure, tool-less attachment to Picatinny rails.
• Virtually indestructible LED generates 600 lumens of light for 1.5 hours
• Surefire reflector provides a wider beam pattern, increasing situational awareness for close quarter operations
• Hard-anodized aluminum body, tempered window & O-ring seals make light rugged and durable
• Ergonomic tailcap and pressure-pad tape switching included
• M600P Thumbscrew mount attaches quickly & securely to in-spec MIL-STD-1913 rails
• M620P Self-adjusting Swing-Lever clamp fits MIL-STD-1913 rails and even if they are out of spec
• Powered by two 123A lithium batteries with 10-year shelf life
• Backed by SureFire’s No-Hassle Promise
- WHITE-LIGHT MAX OUTPUT: 600 lumens
- WHITE-LIGHT TACTICAL RUNTIME*: 1.5 hours
*Runtime until output drops below 50 lumens
- BEZEL DIAMETER: 1.37 inches (3.47 cm)
- LENGTH: 5.7 inches (14.5 cm)
- WEIGHT: 6.6 oz (187 g) with tailcap click switch, 7.8 oz (221 g) with pressure-pad tape switch
- SWITCHING: Tailcap click switch, pressure-pad tape switch
- MATERIAL: Aerospace aluminum, tempered window
- FINISH: Mil-Spec Type III anodizing
- COLOR: Black, Tan
- BATTERY: Two lithium 123A (included)
- ACCESSORIES: Diffuser (FM44), Red Filter (FM45), Blue Filter (FM46), Beam Cover (FM47)
- MSRP: M600P $349, M620P $449
SilencerCo today introduced what they are calling the first commercially viable shotgun silencer. The Salvo 12 works with 12 gauge, pump-action, gas operated semi-automatic and inertia driven semi-automatic shotguns. It’s compatible with both shot and slugs and attaches to the host weapon using a choke adapter. The company is betting the huge, and untapped, hunting and clay shooting market is ready to embrace the benefits of quieter firearms.
“The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” asserts Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There is a huge installed base of shotgun hunters and shooters that has been waiting for a product like this for a long time, and we are proud to deliver it.”
The Salvo brings shotguns down to hearing safe levels. The company reports a maximum sound reduction of 23.9 dB at the ear, taming a 7 1/2 shot, 2 3/4″ shell from an 18″ Remington 870 down to 132 dB. I say maximum because the Salvo 12 is configurable. In its stock configuration, the Salvo 12 measures 12 inches and weighs 34.5 ounces. Sections can be removed in 2 inches, 4.5 ounce increments; the smallest of the four configurations hitting 6.42 inches at 21 ounces. Depending on the combination of host weapon, shell and silencer configuration, SilencerCo says the Salvo 12 can make a shotgun quieter than an unsuppressed .22 caliber rifle.Read More
On July 4th, Combat Flip Flops set out to raise $15k via a crowdfunded VetLaunch campaign that will bring their cashmere product line to market while they continue to support stability in Afghanistan through economic means. They are almost halfway to their goal.
For the first time, our generation can have a direct impact on the future stability of a war torn country without having to join the military; we can speak with our local and national economy. On July 4th, Combat Flip Flops launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign with VetLaunch to raise $15,000 to establish their cashmere apparel program—transforming cashmere wool from local Afghan goat farmers into fashion statement luxury scarves to be sold throughout the US and Internationally.
The DoD thinks Afghanistan cashmere potential is so great, they’ve assigned a special task force to organize the national industry and streamline exportation. CFF has been working directly with the DoD Cashmere Task Force to develop this program. This cashmere product is a direct government to commercial handoff as a result of the capacity building by the DoD. Who says the government doesn’t get anything done?
With Perks like first edition cashmere scarves, campaign t-shirts, one a kind CFF flip flops (including options for a “Lifetime supply”), social media shout outs just for you; supporting Combat Flip Flops’ ALL OR NOTHING campaign comes with its rewards.
LanTac just released their new 7.62/.308 caliber Muzzle Brake and Drakon Brake for AK47 rifles.
The 7.62 Dragon is threaded for use on ARs while the Drakon is threaded for use on the 7.62 AK platform.
LanTac says The Dragon delivers hugely efficient recoil and muzzle rise control and offers proof in the form of this new video featuring three 7.62 rifles in 7.62X51mm (.308), 7.62X39mm (Russian Short) & 7.62X35mm (300 Blackout) calibers shot in semi and full auto.
No Rigs or Jigs were used in the filming of this video, the only thing holding the rifle was the shooter.
Ammunition used: 7.62X51mm (.308) PPU 145Gr FMJ 7.62X39 (Russian Short) PPU 123Gr FMJ 7.62X35mm (300 Blackout) Hornady 208Gr A-MAX (300 Whisper) Together with Handloaded 220Gr SMK, 9.8 Grains H110 powder.Read More