The worst part about buying a silencer is knowing that its usefulness is limited. For example, I can’t shoot 9mm or 22LR ammunition through my 762SDN6. I can’t shoot 5.56 through my Ti-Rant 9mm can. And I can’t shoot anything but .22 through my Prodigy. Liberty Suppressors is seeking to change all that by producing a do-it-all silencer, their new Mystic-X can. It’s derrived from their already popular Mystic design that can suppress anything from 9mm to full auto 300 BLK to even 5.56 NATO ammo (through a 16″ barrel, that is). The kicker: it only costs about $800. If it works . . .
If you can take the recoil of firing big boy bullets from your wheel gun, Liberty Ammunition has just announced a new addition to their Civil Defense line of personal defense ammo. They say their .357 lead-free (copper) hollow-point loads will give you twice the velocity and three times the terminal effect with 16% less recoil than standard plumbum pellets. Press release after the jump . . .
The world can generally be classified into opposing groups. You’re either a dog person or a cat person. You hop out of bed, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning or you’re a night owl who likes to howl at the moon. You take a gloomier, half-empty view of life or adopt a rosier, half-full attitude. There are those who take the time to make their bed in the morning and those who just can’t be bothered. And then there are those who think there are two kinds of people in the world and those who eschew that kind of rigid bipolarity. But when it comes to handguns . . .
The fact that no one actually shoots a gun in Remington’s video for its 1816™ line of men’s apparel is kinda perturbing. Well, it is to old fat white guys. Pulchritudinous pistoleros for whom a button-down shirt – any button-down shirt – is the height of fashion. This gun range of ballistically-minded, sartorially-challenged gun guys – Remington’s base – would no doubt prefer the company to spend its time and money building better guns *cough* R51 *cough* – than stretch the once-storied firearms brand like a piece of Turkish taffy. “1816™ transcends the timelessness of our visionary forefathers to the sporting gentleman of modern day.” What does that even mean? How can you transcend timelessness? I wonder if any of this clobber’s made in New York . . .
Ironically, three shots from a suppressed Remington 700 damaged my hearing. So those of you seeking an “ear safe” firearm (as the Remmy was described to me) best file that term away with the phrase “it’s not loaded.” ALWAYS wear ear plugs when shooting a gun. Any gun. Ever. Unless, of course, you’re firing a gun in self-defense and you don’t have the time or the equipment handy. But if you do have the time and ear pro — say, you stash some electronic ear muffs next to your home defense shotgun — wear it. A shotgun blast generates up to 165 dBA (an air raid siren generates 135 dBA). The shotgun’s sonic wave penetrates the ears’ cochlea to break, bend of shear off thousands of hair cells. That’s permanent damage - unless you fork out $60k for a cochlear implant. Which makes me wonder: why aren’t suppressors – such as they are – mandatory? Or, better yet, freely available?
An enterprising young hacker has found a way to replace the guts of an EOTech holographic weapon sight [knockoff] with something a little more powerful. The standard version comes with only one reticle, but this guy programmed his sight to offer multiple options and take care of the sight adjustment using software rather than via hardware (adjustment screws). The end result contains no moving parts, which is slick. Probably won’t last long, but it’s cool to see some do-it-yourself gun mods taken to such an extreme. Make the jump for the video description . . .
I always carry an extra magazine in my left front pocket. Problems? I can’t put anything else in the pocket, and I’ve got a LOT of clobber to carry (e.g., flashlight, phone, keys, tactical pen, wallet, two knives). Also, the sharp bottom end of the mag tears a hole in my pants pocket. So I really like the look of the SNAGMAG. It uses the same pocket snagging system that makes my Emerson wave knife the fastest opening knife on planet earth. We’ve already reviewed it, and Nick seemed to like it, so I’m agitating to get one for myself as well Meanwhile, I found Ultimate Concealed Carry’s Prayer on their website. Which I’ll share with you (afta da jump). Do you say a prayer when you tool-up? I do. I pray that I won’t have to use my firearm. But God knows I’m ready if I have to . . .
Asymmetric Technologies has unveiled its Advanced Shoulder Pocket (ASP) system. It’s an “individual rifleman weapon stabilization system that assists a shooter to maintain a stable, repeatable and precise firing position with minimal effort.” In other words, you pop the ASP butt pad onto the end of your AR-15 and attach a shoulder strap thingie to your tactical LBE (load-bearing equipment) vest. The magnet in the buttstock links up with the magnet in the strap and BA-BAM! You’re locked and loaded . . .
Thermal optics are fantastic for those who hunt nuisance species like hogs, but they’ve always had one huge problem: the price. A typical thermal rifle sight has traditionally been in the same price range as a small car, which puts it out of the reach of the average shooter. The reason for that price is that thermal optics have usually been marketed primarily towards the military, with civilians a secondary consideration. Now, FLIR is introducing a line of thermal optics designed and priced specifically for the consumer — the R-Series.
Yes, the gun biz may have peaked with the effects of slack demand rippling their way through gun manufacturers big and small, but one segment of the firearms economy that just can’t seem to catch up with demand is gun food. So another option is always welcome, right? HPR says when their new lead-free “Open Tipped Frangible” Black Ops personal defense loads enter a target, “the jacket and core separate with furious force of impact, resulting in mass force trauma.” Translation: this has ShootingTheBull410 written all over it. We’ve asked for samples so the maestro can put HPR’s newest through its paces. Press release after the jump . . .
If you’re one of the legion of certified SIG SAUER honks – and why wouldn’t you be? – filling out your Christmas ‘want’ list this year just got a whole lot easier. As has the shopping experience. SIG’s just announce a redesign and re-launch of their retail web portal selling all manner of branded gear to fit and complement your favorite SIGgy heater. They’ve also cut the cost of shipping and it’s now free if you buy more than $100 worth of stuff. Press release after the jump . . .
I use a Chamber-View empty indicator on my Mossy 590. It’s easier than women from New Zealand and tells everyone around that my gun is empty and safe. They also make one for .223/5.56 that I gave away to…someone. Anyway, their latest version that’s just been announced is a model to fit 9mm and fotay cal pistols. Press release after the jump . . .