Lancer Systems has established itself as a top manufacturer of composite components for small arms, from AR-platform magazines to carbon fiber parts that pass Mil-Spec drop tests, to the magazines SIG chose for its MPX line. Of course, this isn’t a surprise if you’re familiar with Lancer’s other business units that include aerospace composites, fiber optics, and high stress parts for oil drilling equipment. New for 2016 are carbon fiber handguards for the MPX and blue-tinted AR-15 Simunition magazines, which were developed after a training death at a police department and are more than just pretty to look at . . .
Blue is an established color for training and simulation firearms and components, but that’s the least important feature of these Lancer mags. In that recent police training death, a live round was loaded into a magazine along with Simunition. In the Lancer mags, live rounds are too long to fit. It was a pretty simple matter of adding material inside the front edge of the magazine to restrict the internal length, ensuring that only the sim rounds can fit inside. These are obviously geared towards military and law enforcement sales.
Geared towards anyone with an MPX (or SIG 516 or 716) in his or her safe are carbon fiber handguards in a few length options.
Not new, but still sweet looking (plus lightweight and strong), are Lancer’s carbon fiber shotgun magazine extension tubes.