Polish Breakthrough on Liquid Body Armor?

Poland’s Military Institute of Armament Technology in Warsaw has been skunk-working on liquid body armor. Specifically, non-Newtonian Shear Thickening Fluid-based body armor. “Shear-thickening fluids, unlike other liquids, harden when struck by a strong impact,” popsci.com reports. “With shear-thickening fluids (affectionately known as oobleck), the bullet’s force is absorbed by the liquid, then dissipated outwards through the fluid medium.” Previous attempts at oobleck body armor fell afoul of weight restrictions . . .

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New from Beretta: 92FS with Built-in Lasermax Laser

Beretta 92FS with guide-rod-mounted Lasermax laser

Lights, lasers. Who needs ’em? My take: a hand-held flashlight is a wonderful thing that prevents muzzle discipline issues and reduces the possibility of, I dunno, shooting the wrong person. Lasers are excellent for firearms training and . . . that’s it. But what do I know? The demand for the devices is undeniable and plenty of gun gurus will tell you that I’m FOS. Generally speaking. Anyway, if you’re gonna have a laser on your gun, a built-in laser is the way to go – especially if you don’t want holster hassle. Beretta’s new 92FS with on-board laser on board is a tidy package with a proven partner. Lasermax’s patented guide rod laser “has been proven through over a quarter century of combat and defensive use by tier one special operation forces, conventional military units, federal agents, SWAT and police professionals, and responsible firearm owners worldwide.” Like I said, what do I know? Press release as follows . . .

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An Economy Red Dot That Actually Outlives Projected Battery Life

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Primary Arms Classic 30MM Red Dot GEN II

By DrVino

I’m a miser. I don’t like to pay any more than is necessary to keep me out of “penny wise, pound foolish” territory. Still, my “main” Stoner-pattern rifle is outfitted with all the better brand name accouterments including an EOTech sight, Magpul toothpick dispenser, Leupold rear view mirror and Silencerco coffee maker. If this is too “cheap” for some readers, I suppose I could still trade one of my kids for an ACOG….

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Swampfox Covert Assault Scope Edition

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“This special Swampfox riflescope combo [product shot after the jump] comes with a Red laser, tactical flashlight, scope lens covers, rings and allen wrench. The superb optical system is designed with fully coated lens to give clear, crisp contrast and a bright sight image. high precision matching components provide smooth and easy adjustments. The aluminum monotube offers a shockproof and waterproof structure, and the rifle scope is nitrogen purged for fogproof performance. Complete instructions are inside the package, and this combo fits both weaver and picatinny rails.” Yes, but – “assault scope”? . . .

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New(ish) From Man-PACK: Man-PACK Bag for Manly Men

Off-body carry is a thing. For some, it’s the only option. So if you’re going to tote that way, why not do it in something well-designed and functional? Hence the Man-PACK from, well, Man-PACK. They have two sizes and array of colors that won’t ever be let it be mistaken for a hipster messenger bag. Ever. Their pitch after the jump . . .

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New from Lehigh Defense: Close Quarters (CQ) Ammo

I’m not sure if G2’s RIP ammo is still ripping off the public, but the hoopla has certainly died down. In the meantime, the good folks at Lehigh Defense (one of our 2013 Readers Choice Award winners) ripped a page from RIP’s book and created a reverse RIP round. In other words, instead of bullet designed to shed pathetic petals (a.k.a., trocars) like Biggest Loser winners shedding pounds, Lehigh’s CQ round has petals that penetrate like, well, you know. Make the jump for a press release ammo nerdgasm. Video demo or not, we can’t get some samples to TTAG ammo tester ShootingTheBull410 fast enough. Watch this space . . .

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Gear Review: Hogue G-Mascus G10 Grips

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Three years ago I replaced the grips on my CZ SP-01 — which sported G10 grips from a different, popular manufacturer — with a set from Hogue. The purchase was made just for aesthetics, as I liked the look of the Hogue Extreme G10 G-Mascus ones better or, maybe, it was simply time for something new. I had no complaints about the function or feel of the ones that I had been using. After all, they are highly regarded and may well be the most popular G10 grip choice for CZs. Opening the Hogue package was a pleasant surprise, however, as. . .

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New(ish) From Tac-Con: 241 Trigger for AR-15

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Nick was a big fan of Tac-Con’s 241 drop-in trigger for ARs when he gave it a going over last fall. He liked that it gives the shooter the ability to switch between single-stage and two-stage operation in the middle of a (3-gun or other) match. Tac-Con’s getting ready to roll the new bangswitch out to the public and to celebrate, they’re giving one away. Free! All you have to do to enter is like and share their MyFace page. What have you got to lose? . . .

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New From Muzzleshot: The Middy Tactical Rocks Glass

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We noted Muzzleshot’s flash hider shot glasses a couple of years ago. What gunny’s bar loadout is really complete without them? Now, to add to their range, the’ve gone big bore. Because man cannot live by shots alone, the’ve introduced a new 10 oz. tumbler they’re calling The Middy (can a maxi be far behind?). Like its little brothers, The Middy is a “mil-spec hardcoat anodized, aluminum rocks glass styled after the A2 Flash Hider.” And while it’s always proper to serve a mint julep in a metal (well, silver) cup, we’re thinking something more along the lines of a Revolver would suit the Middy just fine. You?

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SHOT Show 2015: Seekins Precision New Products

Seekins Precision kicked off 2015 with two new products; the K20 Incline Grip and the SP Safety Selector Kit. The K20 is an angled foregrip that will be available soon for both Keymod and MLOK attachment. It’s machined from an aluminum billet, weighs only 1.9 oz, has an integrated QD sling socket, comes in a handful of colors, and MSRP will be $49.99. The SP Safety Selector’s barrel can be installed for either a 60 degree or 90 degree throw. It has ambidextrous levers, is available in multiple colors, and its MSRP is $39.99. Photos of both follow. . .

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New From CrossBreed Holsters: Pac Mat Off Body Carry System

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Say what you will — and our readers always do — off body carry isn’t going away. Let’s face it, there are times and circumstances in which it’s just about the only option. Recognizing this fact and looking to fill a niche, CrossBreed Holsters has announced their new Pac Mat line of off-body totage facilitators, basically Velcro-backed Kydex holsters that affix to panels suitable for carrying in your messenger bag, briefcase, tactical purse, whatever. Details after the jump . . .

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