TTAG 2014 Reader’s Choice Award, Best New Accessory: SilencerCo Salvo 12

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Silencers have been the hot item this year. We seem to finally be reaching a tipping point where gun mufflers have lost their stigma — be it financial, legal, or just pure reputation — and are truly something that every gun owner can purchase. With most suppressor companies focusing on the 9mm and .308 versions of their products, SilencerCo has brought out something truly new and innovative — their Salvo 12. And due to the landslide victory it won in the accessory division of our 2014 TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards (with more than twice the votes of the next most popular item) it looks like our readers agree. Make the jump for the press release that started it all . . .

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New From Sturm Ruger: BX-Trigger for 10/22 and 22 Charger

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The venerable Ruger 10/22 is perhaps the most customized factory firearm in the gunosphere. Look around and you’ll find everything from uber-tactical builds to “race rifles” to…I don’t know what. Lots of these frankenguns seem to have nothing left from the original out-of-the-box rifle other than maybe the name plate. If you have a custom build on your winter to-do list, Ruger’s new BX-Trigger (MSRP $89.95) is a drop-in option with a 2.75 pull you may want to consider adding for your plinking pleasure. Press release after the jump . . .

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TTAG 2014 Reader’s Choice Award, Best New Optic: Aimpoint Micro T-2

Last year, Trijicon won our coveted TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards for their 300 BLK ACOG. This year Aimpoint’s taking home the proverbial optical bacon for their Aimpoint Micro T-2. As the press release [below] points out, the all-new-from-the-ground-up Micro T-2 builds on the success of their already outstanding Micro T-1. The Micro T-2 boasts “a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti – reflective device, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.” In other words . . .

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Alternative Ballistics’ ‘The Alternative’

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Just in time for the continued post Michael Brown second guessing extravaganza, San Diego-based Alternative Ballistics is out with the latest iteration of something they’ve apparently been working on for a while, a “less lethal” option for beat cops. They call it, oddly enough, The Alternative. It’s a two-piece agglomeration consisting of a “docking station” that – get this – fits over the muzzle of an officer’s standard duty gun, and a ping pong ball-sized projectile. The idea is that an officer who decides he might be able to de-fuse a situation without ventilating a suspect can slip the docking station over the end of his GLOCK along with an orange ball. Anyone see a problem yet? . . .

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Does Your Bulletproof Vest Need Body Armor?

BANSHEE Rifle Plate Carrier (courtesy gideotactical.com)“Level Up To True Stand Alone Level IV Protection When Facing Any Active Shooter Incident,” Gideon Tactical’s press release advises, displaying an unnatural fondness for Germanic capitalization. [Full text after the jump.] You can’t argue with the logic. If you know you’re going to face an active shooter, it’s just as well to be able to withstand a .30-06 M2 AP (.30 Caliber Military Armor Piercing) round heading your way at 2,880 FPS. The thing is, if you’re a cop, you’re already wearing a bullet resistant vest. Who has time to change vests? No problem! “Continuing the tradition of Equipping Heroes . . .

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New From Fobus: IWB Hybrid Holsters

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Fobus is primarily known for their affordable outside the waistband (mostly paddle) holsters. The only inside the waistband option in their lineup was a minimalist injection molded model. That was then, this is now. The news from Bensalem is that Fobus is dipping a toe into the crowded hybrid IWB market with their new IWBL and IWBS models for large frame compact pistols, respectively. Their differentiators are a breathable backing, one size (well, two actually) fits all, and a very affordable price of $39.95. Press release after the jump . . .

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Beretta Pico Update

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A month ago I wrapped up the review of Beretta’s new Pico. It’s definitely the slimmest, tiniest .380 out there and I really dig the great sights, the quick and simple takedown, and the fact that only the easily-removable inner chassis is the serialized “firearm.” However, I wasn’t such a fan of the ejection problems I was experiencing. After a call with Beretta USA’s VP of Product Marketing and some further testing, there are some updates, tech notes, and best practices that I wanted to share here (some have subsequently been added to the owner’s manual), as I have experienced zero stoppages since . . .

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Coming Soon: Lone Wolf Ultimate Adjustable Trigger and LE G22 Reviews

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Fresh from the mailman this week is a brand new GLOCK replacement trigger from Lone Wolf, called the UAT or Ultimate Adjustable Trigger. The UAT is adjustable for both pretravel and overtravel, and my example has an aluminum trigger shoe with a bead blast finish. To put the UAT through its paces, next week I’ll be picking up a Law Enforcement trade-in GLOCK 22 to review. My FFL just received a few hundred of them and I’ll choose a slightly below-average example to check out. After a couple hundred rounds through it as is, the UAT goes in. So…it’s all coming soon. In the meantime, in case you can’t wait for the UAT review . . .

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MTKL Apparel Reveals Israeli Army Girl Calendar

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Quick! Name those weapons! ID that gear! The weapons! The gear! They’re right there! Have you no eyes in your head, sir? But seriously folks, “MTKL’s calendar features Israeli soldier women celebrating their freedoms and life loving culture,” the self-proclaimed “cheeky new street fashion outfitter from TLV” proclaims, “in contrast to the violently negative anti­ Israeli propaganda which surfaced in light of Israeli military activities in the Gaza strip last summer.” I think they mean in contrast to Burka-clad female ISIS soldiers, who’d face a gruesome death for showing a bare midriff in public. Wait. Yes. Yes that’s exactly what they mean. Here’s how MTKL’s presser put it . . .

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Seasons Greetings from 5.11 Tactical

I’m not that tactical. I spent the better part of my life thinking that molle was a Mexican sauce. I suppose I should get into the operational lifestyle, being a gun blogger and all. And I used to be a dude (in the classic sense of the word), adorning myself with Zegna suits and shoes that cost more than a GLOCK 19. But the first divorce put paid to that (literally). Anyway, I may not wear multi-pocketed pants often, but when I do, they’re 5.11. And I wear them with confidence. Why wouldn’t I? They have an expandable waistline. And any company that makes a video that cool must be doing something right.

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