Magpul Pivots Towards New Identity as Lifestyle Brand

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Magpul roared onto the firearms scene in 1999, helping to usher in the era of tactical chic. Their magazines were the gold standard for AR-15 rifles; their accessories style became as universal as suspenders on hipsters. Over the last couple years we’ve watched as their thunderous expansion (at least in firearms accessories) has slowed to a dull roar, tentatively creeping into other platforms like the Remington 870 and Ruger 10/22, but not appearing to commit the same level of effort as their AR-15 line. Now it appears that Magpul is preparing to make their biggest transition as they move from a company that dresses rifles to a company that dresses shooters . . .

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Now Shipping: 9″ 300 BLK Barrels, 11″ 5.56 Barrels from SIG SAUER

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The folks over at SIG SAUER have been busy. Following the introduction of their flagship MCX rifle line they haven’t been able to keep up with demand. Naturally this has had a bit of a negative impact on accessories that were promised to be “on the way,” including the 9″ replacement 300 AAC Blackout barrels. Word comes from the horse’s mouth that those barrels are officially 30 days from shipping to distributors, and the 11″ 5.56 barrels are available right now.

 

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New From FightLite Industries: STEP-22 Receivers and Integrally Suppressed Ruger Receivers

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FightLite Industries is a marque of ARES Defense. They just recently announced their new STEP-22 line of receivers for Ruger’s .22LR pistol line. Their STEP-22K (photo below) and STEP-22KT models are standard replacements for Rugers’s Mk I, II and III and 22/45. In fact Ares honcho Geoffrey Herring tells me, their receiver makes the gun lighter than Ruger’s own 22/45 Lite. But their new star — which is due to start shipping July 1 — is the integrally suppressed STEP-22 receiver (above). The suppressed upper will MSRP at $699. The STEP-22K MSRP’s at $369 and STEP-22KT (threaded) is $10 more. We’ll be getting a suppressed version to review, so watch this space . . .

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Tikka Introduces Budget Priced T3X Line of Rifles

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The folks over at Tikka have been making amazing bolt action rifles for over a century now. Their manufacturing prowess has only improved over the years, but their price tag has generally remained out of the reach of the average shooter. Launching this year Tikka is producing a line of rifles called the T3X to address that specific issue, improving on their existing line while reducing the overall cost of the gun. That’s a one-two punch that should give the likes of Weatherby and Remington a run for their money, especially at an MSRP of roughly $600 . . .

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New From Hailey Ordnance: AeGIS Adjustable Integrally Suppressed 10/22 Barrel

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Hailey Ordnance Company has released a pretty slick, integrally suppressed barrel for the 10/22 called the AeGIS — Adjustable Gas Integrated Suppressor. By rotating the barrel sleeve, the user can very quickly and easily adjust how much, if any, gas is bled from the barrel to reduce velocity. Bleeding off gas and pressure allows standard velocity .22 LR ammo to be made subsonic, and sealing the port means match-grade and other subsonic ammo maintains its intended velocity. It’s also lightweight and user serviceable . . .

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New From Sauer: Sauer 100 Classic Rifles

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Sauer’s debuting their new Sauer 100 Classic and 100 Classic XT rifles at NRA. the big selling point: Sauer quality at an affordable $699 MSRP. As their email trumpets: “The Sauer 100 raises the bar in this price class with features like the adjustable single-stage trigger, three-position safety, hammer-forged original Sauer barrel, famously smooth Sauer bolt and Ergo Max stock geometry taken from premium Sauer models such as the S 101 and S 404. Add the Double-stack magazine: 5+1 round capacity in Mini and Standard calibers, 4+1 round capacity in Magnum calibers and the Sauer 100 sets a new standard.” More pics (of the XT) and specs after the jump . . .Read More

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H&K Dishes Details on SP5K (U.S. Civilian MP5K)

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Word broke late last night that H&K would be importing a civilian legal version of their MP5K platform for the first time in roughly 30 years. Included in that announcement was some interesting language stating that the gun being imported wasn’t actually the venerable MP5K but a handgun that “matches the look and feel” of the gun which is banned by name from importation into the United States. That’s an important legal distinction that the company needs to make to get around the ban, but it left many people (myself included) wondering what exactly the differences will be between the old MP5K and the new SP5K?

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ATF Approves SB Tactical Collapsible Pistol Arm Brace

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SB Tactical‘s pistol arm brace concept has had a profound impact on the firearms market; it single-handedly (pun intended) saved the AR-15 pistol from obscurity. Up to now, the pistol arm brace has been a one-size-fits-all (or not) accessory. A letter from the ATF [click here to view]] changes that, A-OK’ing an adjustable versions of the brace. The new SB braces not only work better — for multiple shooters — but also look dead sexy. SB Tactical’s pre-NRA Con press release [after the jump] was short and sweet, but the pictures tell the tale . . .

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