Here’s the first look at Mayflower Research and Consulting’s new Split Front UW Gen V Chest Rig. The design was originally conceived to accommodate the SR25/M110 based sniper, but line units can benefit from the split front design with the use of spacers to accommodate smaller caliber magazines. The expansion to Mayflower’s chest rig line will be released this week at SHOT Show.
A customized version of the Mayflower split front was vetted through use, and victory, by the US Army 5th Special Forces Group’s sniper team at the recent USASOC sniper competition.
The rig was designed to open up and lay the pouches at the shooters sides, allowing the shooter to prone-out comfortably for a long time without inhibiting access to stowed gear.
The asymmetrical outer pocket layout reflects the gear a sniper or unit’s designated marksman is more likely to carry; Krestrel, PDA, laser rangefinder and either a single pistol mag or a multitool.
The split front is also more convenient for guys working in cold environments or mountainous terrain; areas that have men constantly layering up and down over the course of a mission or movement. Mayflower added an additional front strap to be used in place of the zipper when closing the chest rig over a puffy layer. The strap is secured with a G-Hook and coarse, fast adjustment is made by pulling the strap to snug the rig over snivel gear.
- Split front design
- Removable H-harness for direct attachment to compatible armor carriers
- Universal mag pouches to fit MP5/7, 5.56x45mm, 7.62x39mm and 7.62x51mm mags using insert spacers
- Two oversized radio/GP pouches will accommodate PRC-148, PRC-152, various Motorola radios, various Blue Force Trackers/GPS units and mini SAT antennas
- Variously sized GP pouches across front
- PALS webbing for accessory pouches, PTT radios, tourniquets, etc
- Velcro One-Wrap cable management
- Two internal flat/map pockets
- Accessory medical pouch (sold separately)
- Center chest strap allows closure without having to resize to accommodate a temporary warming layer
- Available in MultiCam, Mandrake Kryptek and Desert Digital patterns
- Price: $TBA
This sling pack is going to generate some buzz when it’s released Tuesday at SHOT Show. It’s a breakout piece from a familiar name in the industry. I can’t tell you any more about it, so you’ll have to wait ’til Tuesday, Honey.
Pricing: It’ll costa little or costa lot.Read More
LEO’s and military take note, the MPX is a highly adaptable package. It looks like a sub-caliber AR, but with a bunch or neat tricks like on the fly caliber and stock conversion. Maybe we’ll get to see it next week on the range at SHOT Show and tell you more about it.Read More
From the release:
“UK The MOD has signed a £9m contract to provide the Armed Forces with more than 25,000 new Glock sidearms. The Glock 17 Gen 4 pistol is much lighter than the current Browning pistol, and more accurate.”
“Personnel across all three Services will begin to receive the new Glock 17s in the coming weeks and troops deployed to Afghanistan will be among the first to use the new weapon. The contract with Viking Arms Ltd of Harrogate, Yorkshire, also includes more than 25,000 holsters.”
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Daniel Defense will release their first suppressor product next week at SHOT Show. The Integrally Suppressed Rifle (ISR) is an AR built on a pistol length gas system chambered in 300 AAC. It’s business end features a 10.3″ cold hammer forged barrel with a 5.7″ permanently mounted sound suppressor that brings the overall barrel length to 16.145″.
Daniel Defense looked at the popularity of 300AAC Blackout offerings across the market and realized that the ISR was an elegant way to combine the best characteristics of the round into one platform. The ISR is was not built to compete in a military contract, it was conceived, designed and built for the commercial market, though Daniel Defense anticipates interest from the military.
“The ISR takes advantage of the best characteristics of the 300BLK round without adding weight, length, or the cost of an extra tax stamp to an unsuppressed rifle of the same length,” said Jordan Hunter, Daniel Defense’s director of marketing. The guns are going to be sold as complete guns with no option to buy just an upper receiver group. At least not initially, Jordan said.
The overall barrel length, including the welded-in-place suppressor, means you only need to pay for a single tax stamp — not two as you’d need if you were buying a short barreled rifle and a separate sound suppressor.
Daniel Defense could have teamed up with any number of industry partners to bring a suppressor into their lineup, but they chose to make their own can. “Who do we want to trust with our brand,” asked Jordan, “The quality of our product and the perception of our brand is so important to us that we decided to do it ourselves.”
It’s unclear if the ISR marks Daniel Defense’s entry into the suppressor market. “We have the ability to do anything” said owner Marty Daniel, “nothing is off the table.”
The AR platform rifle weighs a numerically significant 7.62 lbs. The suppressor features stainless steel construction, 17-4PH monolithic baffles and a salt bath nitride finish. DD hasn’t offered any metrics on sound reduction, but they say the can’s performance is on par with something like an AAC 762-SDN-6.
The suppressor is threaded and welded directly to a custom gas block. The gas block is mounted with a spiral roll pin and then spot welded in place to the cold hammer forged barrel. It’s a novel setup that has the gas block inside the suppressor. Maintenance should be straight forward, as the baffle core is removable.
On the outside, the barrel and can are covered by a Daniel Defense 12″ MFR handguard. The MFR is a thin and small diameter handguard, so heat buildup was a consideration during development, but it turned out to be a non-issue. Jordan says that after five full auto mag dumps, the rail was warm enough to be uncomfortable but not hot enough to cause burns. Running the gun with gloves will make the experience more comfortable if you are hell-bent on plowing through a month’s supply of ammo in a day.
The rifle will cost $3199 and will ship in April. The ISR will be ready for it’s debut on the firing line at the SHOT Show Media Day at the Range, this coming Monday.Read More
Congrats to Polartec and and Patagonia for updating the PCU 3A jacket with a new breathable insulation. Here’s a press release we caught about the collaboration. We will be meeting with Polartec and Patagonia in the coming weeks to see what else they have in store for our military members.
Press release follows:
Polartec, the developer, manufacturer, and marketer of Polartec performance fabrics, has worked closely with the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) to develop Polartec Alpha, a new synthetic insulation technology that creates the first-ever breathable “puffy” garments for active warmth. The Special Forces are the first adopters of this breakthrough fabric technology and are presently fielding Polartec Alpha jackets designed by Patagonia to all SOF operators
Unlike down and existing synthetic insulations, Polartec Alpha provides active warmth that allows air exchange for breathability and comfort in more dynamic situations. It was developed to meet the specific performance requirements of the United States Military Special Operations Forces. The development brief required materials that are warm, wind resistant, highly durable, quick drying and more breathable than any existing insulation products. In field and lab testing, Polartec Alpha received the highest testing results of any Polartec product ever tested by the Special Operations Forces evaluation team. The garment will replace two to three layers, reducing costs, saving weight in the field and improving combat effectiveness.Read More
New Bags: The new Khard 30 ($359-$419) and Khard 45 ($459-$519) are streamlined, structured packs offering several access points using a single, ingenious wrap-around zipper. The main compartment is set up to accept Velcro secured storage cubes for medical supplies or other cargo. Compatible cubes will be available from other companies such as Blue Force Gear and at least one other well-known tactical nyloneer that will be announced soon. The structured sides offer protection for the contents on all sides, whether the cargo is held in organizing cubes or not. We are working on a review of the Khard series, the Khard 45 shown above setup as medic pack. We can say the pack has a lot going for it. The Covert series of bags ($199-$229) look like they can take a beating in the field while not attracting much attention while checking in on a commercial flight.
New apparel: The super lightweight Alpha LT jacket ($499) will be available in Wolf and the Atom LT ($269) will be available in MutliCam. this year. We’ve covered the Talos LT Halfshell in our review. The Mattick Drysock LT ($139) is a Gore-Tex, 3-layer, seam-sealed sock that will keep your feet dry as you traverse irrigation ditches and monsoon puddles.
New Personal Protection: Since the launch of the popular H-150 riggers belt, we’ve heard rumor of a set of leg loops that would attach. Those leg loops are now revealed as the IE-70 Riggers Leg Loop and they do turn the riggers belt into an emergency harness for $29. The Riggers Belt and leg loop setup is also available as a package in the $139 E-220 Rigger’s Harness.
Join us in wishing good fortune to Eric Kincel as he comes aboard Bravo Company Manufacturing as the head of their new research and development division.
Dear Friends and Supporters,
With the New Year comes a new beginning. As you probably gathered from my email address, I’ve taken up a position with Bravo Company USA as the Director of Research and Development. Even though Bravo Company is located in Wisconsin, Paul Buffoni (Pres./CEO) has started a second satellite facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The LV facility is nothing more than a “Skunk Works”, or a location for Research and Development for the future BCM Gunfighter product line.
This recent move from Tucson was a major decision for my wife and I, but we are excited about the future and the possibilities. I look forward to working with and staying in contact with all my friends and supporters for years to come.
For those of you attending the SHOT Show, I will also be there, but will not be manning a booth. For the first time in ten-plus years, I will get to walk the floor and see the show in its complete splendor. Please email me if you would like to meet up and I look forward to seeing all of the familiar faces of the industry.
I hope everyone has a wonderful 2013.
Eric S. Kincel
Director of Research & Development
Bravo Company USA/Gunfighter Ind.
Mega Arms just put out a statement to their customers explaining why they’ve chosen to take a step back from investing in a new facility. The current atmosphere is making a lot of companies rethink their capitol investment plans. Let’s hope our politicians realize the firearms industry is a job creator and uncertainty in the short run will have an effect on manufacturing growth in their Congressional districts.
We here at MEGA understand everyone’s frustration with the high demand and low supply of our products. Please let us explain what is causing the current situation.
We are currently running 24/7 at our facility. Unfortunately we do not have any more floor space within the facility we occupy, so it’s not as easy as buying machines and “hitting go”.
In the few weeks before the recent tragedy we were just weeks away from acquiring a new facility and more machinery. This would be a financial commitment that would take years to recoup. The machines we use range in cost from $400k to $1m dollars; not including tooling, operators and training
We have determined that due to the attitude of the current administration, it would not be fiscally responsible or in the best interests of our valued employees to take the risk of adding a new facility. We value our employees and do not want open a new facility, and hire a new crew to then turn around and lay them off if there is new legislation passed.
We hope that all of our customers and fans understand. We will continue to do our best to get parts out to you guys.
We also encourage anyone who comes across one of our “authorized dealers” (on our website) price gouging to contact us via email at email@example.com.
Thanks for your support!
The great folks at Geissele Automatics are producing 100 serial numbered SSF triggers featuring laser engraved artwork of John by Ten Pound Monkey. They will be available only at SHOT this year at the Geissele booth (#15159). The triggers will be priced at $250, which is $70 below the retail price for this trigger and hammer set. All proceeds will be donated to the Noveske Family.Read More