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B.A.D. updates Cerakote fire control selector

Battle Arms Development’s AR fire control selectors are available Cerakoted from the factory in a variety of colors to match popular Cerakote gun finishes.

The original offerings saw all components of the modular fire control selector coated; even the shaft. As of this week, though, BAD will stop painting the shafts to ensure compatibility with the widest range of AR lowers.

BAD says even though the coating adds only 0.002″ to the diameter of the selector shaft, they worry it may be too much for some slightly out-of-spec lowers. With a glut of new AR manufacturers hitting the market to soak up some of the post-Sandy demand, it’s not unreasonable to expect some of them to have problems sticking to the original M4 specs. So, as a prophylactic measure, BAD has decided to stick with a parkerized shaft for a more comfortable fit in more receivers (photo above). The original, fully Cerakoted model is shown below in pink.

“To date, Cerakoted selectors compatibility issues, specifically, its diameter being 0.002 or so larger than the host receivers, can be counted in one hand,” the company reports in a thread over on AR15.com, “However, with more manufacturers making AR receivers, it’s virtually guaranteed a few will not be in spec, the prudent thing to do is preempt these issues once we identify it. In this case, leaving the center at technical data package specs and not coating them.”

To this, I say, meh. If a manufacturer can’t get the dimensions right, the fire control selector holes may be just the first of many issues with a lower. Why BAD want’s to enable poor manufacturers, I don’t know. But, it does make sense for them to stick to the spec and reduce the chances of alienating a customer that can’t get the safety to fit their gun.

Most folks that Cerakote their guns are doing so mainly for aesthetic reasons. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to paint the selector core anyway since it can’t be seen. I suppose there are some who would argue the coating offers oxidation protection for the part’s operating surface. To those folks: I guess you’ll just have to invest in a few Q-tips.

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Troy Asymmetric is growing

Troy Asymmetric just announced the appointment of it’s newest addition to the instructor cadre. John Williams is a twenty-six year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Troy Asymmetric is part of Steve Troy’s family of companies that’s grown from Troy Industries to include Troy Industries, Troy Defense and Troy Prepared. Troy Asymmetric provides instruction, services and products for government, military, law enforcement and corporate risk organizations that focuses on the  response to threats from explosives and other asymmetric attacks. Offerings include:

Instruction:

  • Large Vehicle Bomb Post-Blast Course
  • Combat Zone Post-Blast Course
  • SWAT/EOD Interoperability
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Threat Analysis for Government and Private Entities

Services:

  • Forensics and Evidence Exploitation
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Threat Analysis

Products:

  • Tactical Post-Blast Kits
  • SWAT/EOD Kits
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Get to know the Knights Armament Company’s new URX4 Handguard

KAC covers a concise history of their handguard systems before showing how to install the new URX4 on an AR upper. A couple things set this rail system apart. First, it uses the KeyMod attachment system in place of Picatinny rails on the sides and bottom. Second, it has an integrated barrel nut. That means the whole free-float system is one piece. It’s very simple, strong and uncomplicated. Installation is a breeze with the included wrench. You don’t even need a torque wrench since installation is timed and torqued using a shim set.

We had a look at the system and a bunch of the new KAC KeyMod accessories at SOFIC. It’s great to see how much support the KeyMod system is getting and KAC looks like they are going all-in, judging from the range of KeyMod rail parts they are putting out with the URX4.

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TrackingPoint pitches patriots, hunters, gamers, cops, ranchers, bank robbers and hostages in one 2 minute video

No doubt, TrackingPoint is some nextgen gun tech. If you can get past the gamer feel, this animated video gives an idea how the HUD looks when you’re behind the gun.

We shot it at SHOT this past year and found the system is deadly accurate. We were center-punching steel at close to 1,000 yards when the wind was calm. When the sock perked up, though, the system had some trouble. TrackingPoint said they are working on integrating wind measurement into an update.

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Image Cache: May 17, 2013 Silencer Overkill


Too much? Or, just about right.

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Image Cache: May 15, 2013- All terrain-ness


Polaris Sportsman MV 850. On the want list.

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Image Cache: May 15, 2013 seen at the Sig booth


This guy! I ran into Kevin at the Sig booth as he was checking out the new uber compact MCX. He suggested naming it the Black Mamba.

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Want more carbine with your carbine, dawg? Sig Sauer has you covered.

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TAMPA — Sig Sauer quietly showed their new PDW, a short stroke push rod, multi-caliber, integrally suppressed carbine that has yet to be named. MCX would be a likely choice for the carbine’s name based on Sig’s current naming convention.

The compact carbine is multi-caliber capable with the bolt and barrel change happening at the end-user level. The end-user can switch between 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39mm and 300 AAC.

The design uses Sig’s short stroke push rod operating system. It still has a Stoner-style rotating bolt but features a gas tappet that regulates the gun’s operation. In fact, the upper is fully compatible with an any AR lower.

Though Sig employees were careful not to reveal the inner working of the design, it seems obvious that the system replaces the AR’s lower receiver-based buffer system with a more compact arrangement that resides completely in the upper receiver. This allows for the use of a completely collapsible or folding buttstock.

One of the challenges overcome by Sig is the ability for the bufferless operating system to run both supersonic and subsonic ammo in a suppressed or unsuppressed configuration.  Sound suppressors increase gas pressure in the operating system and speed up the operating cycle of Stoner-based firearms. Removing the buffer system reduces the operating system’s ability to compensate for the swing in gas pressure that occurs when switching from low pressure subsonic to hot supersonic cartridges and will present reliability challenges for the Stoner-based guns. The new, tappet-based system is more forgiving of varied gas pressure and makes it easy to run suppressed or unsuppressed sub- or supersonic ammo, with or without a can.

We’ll be tracking the release of the MCX and hope to have more details on the short stroke push rod operating system as Sig shares them.

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Surefire upgrades Scout lights

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Tampa-The mainstay of weapon mounted lights will see some worthy upgrades shortly. Surefire’s Scout Lights are getting new heads.

The 2 cell M600 series will add the M600V, below, adding WHITE-LOCKOUT-IR capability to the light. The change comes with the update of the KM2 “vampire” head, seen below on the M620V behind the M600V, which has been shrunken and dubbed the KM2-A. The M600V puts out 150 Lumens of white light and 120 mw of IR light for $489. The KM2 head will be discontinued.

The pint-sized M300V, above, will get the same multispectrum treatment and put out 120 white Lumens and 100 mw of IR light.

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The white-only M600 Scout Light, below, will get the Ultra treatment and will be upgraded inline to 500 Lumens of white light output without a change in price.

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Drive or Fly with the S&S Precision Stalker MPTV

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Tampa-You probably haven’t seen anything quite like the S&S Stalker multi-purpose tactical vehicle. It’s a prop-driven, parachute lofted aircraft and an open-air ground assault vehicle in one super-capable package.

The Stalker has been in development for 10 years and has just gotten the FAA flight certification a couple weeks ago. The vehicle needs to hit just 27 mph and cover 250 feet to launch. Once airborne, the truck can’t roll, dive or stall, making it easy to fly and tough to crash. Anyone with some canopy time will be comfortable with the controls, though a 30-day flight training class will get people up to a level of basic proficiency. The military can get folks in the air pretty quickly, but civilians will need to get no-kidding pilots licenses.

On the ground, the truck is still prop powered by the rotary engine. There is not traditional transmission and drive train.
By the numbers:

  • 27 mph take off speed
  • 156 mph max ground speed
  • 61 knots max air speed
  • 250 feet of runway to get off deck
  • 3 weapon attachment point
  • 869 pounds

Look for more info on the Stalker in the coming months as it’s introduced to the military.

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