Solid lead bullets have been the gold standard for ammunition for centuries. The dense metal is perfect for transferring force over great distances. But there are problems. Molten lead is hard to make into a homogeneous mass, and often there are air pockets or other impurities that keep the bullet from performing as expected. Nexus Ammunition is a company within the SAC group that also owns Armalite and McMillian. They say they have a solution to that age old problem: compressed metal . . .
TTAG doesn’t pull any punches. That’s why readers trust our articles and reviews. As you might expect, our no-holds-barred firearms and firearms gear reviews don’t sit well with everyone. Especially manufacturers whose products aren’t all they should be. Three years ago, Bushmaster told RF to take a hike from their SHOT Show booth when TTAG’s jefe asked a Freedom Group suit about their rifle’s worrying tendency to go full-auto. This year, it was Remington’s turn to eject a TTAG writer from their booth . . .
Big bullets from an AR-15. That’s the trend these days, what with loadings like the .300 BLK and 6.8 SPC becoming popular and (kinda) mainstream. Am-Tac wanted to design a cartridge that not only pushed a massive projectile from an AR-15 rifle, but also used standard AR-15 magazines and existing tech. Their solution: the .416 Hushpuppy . . .
The M14 is a beast of a rifle. And I mean that not only because the rifle is still an accurate and effective battle implement over 75 years since the original design (M1) was fielded, but because the rifle is a chunky and massive piece of metal to lug around the battlefield. In a world where super slim rifles are all the rage and the “pounds equals pain” mantra is ringing strong, VLTOR has taken it upon themselves to reduce the overall weight of the M14 even further.
Jesse James Firearms Unlimited is a very new player in the rifle world, and now they have decided to dip their toe into the world of silencers as well. We hear that the inspiration for the new silencer adorning this .308 Winchester rifle is the gas tank off of a motorcycle, and it definitely fits the bill as something new and different in a world of concentric circles and circumferential welding. The internals are very different as well . . .
SIG SAUER’s P320 was far and away the winner of this year’s TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards for best pistol of 2014. The reason is clear: the gun is as close as you can get to a LEGO set for gun guys. This year they’re coming out with even more options, including the .45 ACP version that we shot at Media Day. Above, SIG SAUER’s manager of the handgun line accepts TTAG’s highest honor.
Getting a good short range variable power optic can be an expensive task. Very few people make a good short to mid range optic, with Leupold currently leading the pack in terms of value. SIG SAUER is getting into the same game with a $400ish 1-4x optic, but Vortex is pushing the envelope. Instead of just a 1-4x, Vortex is pushing out a 1-6x optic with an illuminated BDC reticle for that same price.
I know what you’re thinking, and I agree: this thing is ridiculous. Some loadings of the 5.56 cartridge would probably have the tip of the bullet poking out in front of the muzzle. But at SHOT Show, I had the opportunity to pick it up and talk to the guys at Heizer who make the thing, and their reasoning behind the contraption actually made a lot of sense. In their opinion, this gun is perfect for one application and one application only . . .
While the MPX may technically be a PDW and sold as a pistol, our readers nevertheless decided that it was the perfect fit for the best new rifle of 2014. There’s no denying that the novel design and neat handling characteristics make it a winner, but it has yet to be seen i it will be a winner financially as well. Above, SIG SAUER’s manager for the MPX accepts the award from Dan.
I fully admit that I’ve been sitting on some gear from Rock Solid Industries for damn near a year, which is way longer than intended. I’ve got most of it mounted, but my wartime production Mosin Nagant makes fitting semi-standardized parts a bit of an issue. While I’ve been fighting my rifle, RSI has been developing some new gear for the old platform. First on the block is a left handed bolt that doesn’t require any destructive modifications to the rifle . . .
The NRA are famous for being a gigantic stick-in-the-mud when it comes to new technology and ideas. The organization banned all silencers from its annual meeting and convention for decades, before finally relenting and letting them in around five years ago. That fuddy-duddy nature can be clearly seen even in their corporate portraits, where everyopne is holding either a break action shotgun or a bolt action rifle except for Ted Nugent’s zebra striped AR-15. The NRA has been co-branding with rifle manufacturers for ages, but never before have they put their logo on an AR-15 rifle. Until now.