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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

Specs:

  • 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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Applied Ballistics just released the iOS version of their mobile ballistic computing app Applied Ballistics Mobile.

The Applied Ballistics Mobile App runs a Point Mass ballistic solver; the state of the art ballistic solver calculates long-range rifle trajectories, and along with the library of ballistic coefficients provided by Bryan Litz, makes this the most accurate and complete ballistics app available.

The program integrates the equations of ballistic motion numerically, using a 4th-order Runge-Kutta method ; the standard way of solving dynamic equations of motion in aircraft and missile simulations.  Former missile design engineer, ballistician and President of Applied Ballistics, LLC, Bryan Litz wrote this solver, which is common among many of the Applied Ballistics devices – providing the same accuracy you expect.

The application also comes with G1 and G7 BC’s for over 1,300 bullets- allowing users to easily select their bullet and have its data loaded into each individual ammo profile automatically.

“Applied Ballistics is thrilled to announce the release of this highly-sought iOS version of the Applied Ballistics mobile app,” said Litz. 

The app has only been available on the Android platform for 2 years, and iOS shooters have been waiting patiently for an iPhone compatible version.

“We have worked extensively on this product with intense development to ensure we continue to offer our loyal customers with a solution to their ballistics computing.”

The new mobile app accounts for all major and minor trajectory variables that a shooter could encounter. The app displays single shot solutions in HUD view or reticle view, as well as multi-shot solutions in reticle view, table and graph.

Shooters can enter their observed drop-at range and the program will calibrate; incorporating muzzle velocity and drop-scaling over various segments of the trajectory to ‘true’ the predictions based on actual bullet impact.

A web-sync feature allows you to store your rifle and ammunition libraries online for quick retrieval, as users are able to backup all the profiles online or restore them to a device.

Available now through iTunes , the Applied Ballistics Mobile App costs $29.99, and requires iOS 7.0 or later for proper functionality. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, this app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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Bates Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide launched the Recondo jungle boot, a low-absorption, quick drying, durable solution designed to provide secure footing in multi-terrain jungle regions. Named for the Reconnaissance and Commando Training Course developed in the 1950s at Fort Campbell, the Recondo meets the need for a Berry Compliant jungle/tropical combat boot for today’s warfighters and peacekeepers.

To meet the demands of today’s evolving asymmetrical threats, Bates partnered with the United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) to develop the Recondo. Bates received valuable performance feedback after the 75th Army Ranger Regiment tested the Recondo in Central America during the winter of 2014. As a result, the Recondo boot delivers a light weight, quick drying durable leather and textile upper and has been designed to provide the best breathability possible for the spectrum of jungle combat situations.

The Recondo boot is made with Wolverine Warrior Leather which is lightweight, durable, breathable, and is water, stain, and oil resistant. The MultiCam ripstop nylon fabric enhances performance as it is lightweight, abrasion resistant, and durable. The blended upper material is light, strong, comfortable and has near infrared properties (NIR) making the boot less visible in low light environments.

The Recondo utilizes a unique lacing system developed based on feedback from operators and incorporates Bates’ many years of experience with lace-to-toe styles. This assures that all users can easily utilize the speed lace system and achieve proper fit and closure.

The design of the solid rubber outsole is the Vibram Mutant, which has a deeper, more aggressive lug depth for off road traction, a multi-directional leading edge that enhances it’s slip-resistant properties, and a rounded heel. This sole design has also incorporated a customized rubber compound that is durable enough to withstand Special Operations Forces use in hot weather, temperate weather, and mountainous operational environments.

The Recondo boot is being officially launched at the ADS Warrior Expo East in Virginia Beach, VA, on July 10th and 11th. The Recondo will be available for purchase beginning Fall 2014. Visit warrior-expo.com for more information on the event.

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SureFire’s new Y300 Ultra flashlight is the railmount-less incarnation of their popular X300 weaponlight series. The 2 CR123 batteries are side-by-side instead of end-to-end in the Y300 (and X300), giving the light a short, wide shape. This shorter body includes a magnetic attachment system that allows the Y300 to attach to any steel surface or to its included magnet belt clip for secure carry and easy access. In addition, the Y300 includes a steel pocket clip for secure pocket carry or to clip the light to the bill of a cap.

And, before you ask, Surefire says, “Although it strongly resembles SureFire’s X-Series WeaponLights, the Y300U is NOT designed for attachment to a weapon of any kind.”

The light’s switch is the same rotating stalk push/toggle arrangement as it is on the X300 with the addition of a second brightness setting. You get 15 and 500 lumens, but it’s not clear how the switch works. It could be rotate one way for high power and the other for low, or it could be a tap-and-hold configuration. Either way,  it may take some getting used to for anyone picking this up after using conventional tail-mounted thumbswitch. The light is just 3.6 inches long with a weight of 5.5 ounces including two 123A lithium batteries.

The body and bezel are constructed of aerospace aluminum that’s finished with Mil-Spec hard anodizing that resists chipping and corrosion. The unit is also gasket and O-ring sealed to keep debris and moisture away from Y300U’s electronics. The Y300 Ultra has an MSRP of $295.

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Designed by Travis Haley, the Haley Strategic Partners Incog Rifle Bag is a range bag, a discreet carry bag and a great organizer that fits in a Pelican 1700 hard case. The bag measures 31″ x 10″ x 3″, which is perfect for a 14.5 inch AR, but we spoke with Haley and he tells us that it can fit a 16 inch AR thanks to an inch of loose material on the ends.

“The bag from end to end is 31 inches fully compressed,” says Haley. “There is an extra inch of loose material on each side. So if you add in the loose material then the bag will measure out to about 33 inches.”

Measuring my off-the-shelf 16 inch Daniel Defense DDM4 v7, I get a length of 33 inches. So, there is some flex in there to accommodate rifles larger than 14.5 inch carbines. The bag will hold a full size 18 or 20 inch rifle as long as it’s broken down.

“We went with 31 inches because it’s the smallest bag that can fit a complete carbine with a 16 inch barrel,” Haley says. Being so small makes it easier to carry around and less noticeable.

“If you’re traveling to a course,” says Haley, “it can be locked up in a pelican case, then when you get to the hotel or range you can grab it out of the pelican and go.”

Offered in HSP’s signature Disruptive Grey, the Incog Rifle Bag is built in the USA from a durable 1000D Cordura outer body sewn with nylon thread, 9-12 stitches per inch, and reinforced bar tack construction. The main gusset has #10 YKK zippers on both sides for independent access and web handle for accelerated opening both sides. The bottom gusset is reinforced with 2″ web to manage and reduce wear over time. Both the front and back panel, as well as the gussets, have 1/4″ closed cell foam and 30M poly to protect against impact.

Outside, the bag has an expanding front pocket. Inside, the main compartment features a large Velcro-loop grid on one side and a couple smaller of PALS fields flank a large, u-zip mesh pocket to contain loose items. The bag is available from HSP’s webstore for $170.

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I finally got around to building out this San Tan Tactical STT-15 AR lower today. It was mostly a pleasure to build since the bolt catch and magazine release are factory installed. I dug through my parts bins and scrounged up most of the remaining parts for the build from parts kits leftovers. Aside from a a few springs, detents I had a Battle Arms Development fire control selector, Magpul MOE+ grip and UBR stock and a recycled Geissele SD-E trigger ready to go.

+Much ambidextrousness.
+Good ergos. The support side mag release on many ambi lowers lack leverage and can be tough to operate. Not on the STT-15.
+Tight tolerances.
+Fits tightly on DDM4 upper.
+Massive magwell.
+Has an American flag on it.

-Rear takedown pin spring was a PIA to install. It needed to be shortened and it’s captured with a nano-sized socket head set-screw that has to be installed under pressure from the spring. I felt it was a miracle the tiny screw wasn’t lost during installation.
-Hammer pin fit was very tight. I can’t blame San Tan since Geissele pins are close tolerance, and I think the STT was also on the tight end of the spec.
-Sharp edge below right side mag release could use chamfering.
-Has a damned iguana on it.
-It has an auto icon on the fire control selector but no accommodation for an auto sear. Kinda mall-ninja.
-Flag is backwards (or on the wrong side of the receiver.)

~It’s got a finger ledge in front of the trigger guard. I’m used to resting my finger above the trigger guard, on the mag release. I find this a little gimmicky. I may change my mind with some use.
~It has rotation limited integral flush cups behind the takedown pin. I’ve never used a setup like this but have heard from guys that the sling mount can get in the way when working the fire control selector. We’ll see.

I’m leaning back toward the simpler manual of arms and parts commonality found in standard lowers. But, if you’re lefty– or really like ambi lowers, you’ll dig the STT-15. It’s one of the best setups for southpaws on the market. At $280 MSRP, it’s an expensive lower. But, based on the quality of the machining, its unique  features and the relative ease of assembly, it’s not a bad deal. I paid $600 for a complete Knights SR-15 lower. While KAC is it’s own animal, the point is that there is a place in the market for premium AR parts.  These are just impressions noted during assembly. We’ll have more on the STT-15 soon.

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The Mega Arms Megalithic AR-15 upper is shipping in rifle length configuration and it’s a beauty. Mine just came in, so I did a quick build with a Daniel Defense 16″ gov’t profile barrel, Magpul MBUS pro folding irons, SureFire Brake and a Leupold HAMR with Deltapoint. The whole rifle with a Mega billet lower, Geissele SD-E trigger, BAD-ASS fire control selector, Magpul furniture and an empty mag weighs about seven-and-a-third pounds. Props to Magpod for being an awesome studio assistant! We’ll have more on the Megalithic once we get out and beat it up. If you’re looking, Rainer Arms has them in stock.

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