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.
Primary Weapons Systems has released a replacement slide — the EDS or Enhanced Duty Slide — for Gens 1-3 GLOCK 17 and 19 pistols. Swapping this slide onto your gun is supposed to improve the trigger pull to a crisp, consistent, 4 lb. break. Sure enough, PWS’s factory-fresh demo GLOCK felt just like a normal GLOCK. Ten seconds later we’d swapped the slide and the trigger pull was excellent. I was shocked just how crisp it was with almost no creep at all and a very nice break. The slide also brings front cocking serrations, great looks, and DLC coating to the table. More details and photos follow. . .
Mr. Val Forgett, III., President of Navy Arms, has partnered with Winchester and Turnbull Restorations to produce a beautiful modern reproduction of the 1873 rifle. At last year’s SHOT Show, Winchester showcased its modern limited-edition reproduction of the 1873, but both the monotone gray and black colors of the basic Winchester case-hardened version and utilitarian wood left me a bit cold. Fortunately, Navy Arms is basically taking the stock Winchester version and upgrading it, and the results are stunning to say the least . . .
Weatherby’s really upping their game with the new Element semi-auto. This is a very nicely finished gun that features an inertia-operated action, a first for Weatherby. And that action is perhaps the most impressive aspect of an already very nice shotgun. The chrome plated bolt carrier moves with a smoothness you typically have to pay twice as much for. Other features include . . .
There were a couple questions about how SIG SAUER’s muzzle device / quick attach system worked in the comments of some of the articles. The info is available on SIG SAUER’s site, but more info is never a bad thing. I’ve had a chance to use the brand new cans for a while now (including some pre-production engineering samples fresh off the welder) and I gotta say their system makes a whole lot of sense. Let’s take a closer look.
For 2015 Heckler & Koch will be offering a few new firearms as well as new finish options on a couple of its existing pistols. I’d definitely like to take the new USP9 Tactical out for a suppressed spin, and HK is going 3-gunning with a Competition version of its MR556A1 (complete with OSS BANNAR Alpha). Another photo and HK press release follow. . .
Crimson Trace is best known for their eponymous red lasers, but they have been steadily branching out into green lasers as well. The power hungry and clunky green diodes have been a problem, but it looks like CT has finally made it economically viable to put green lasers into the same packages as the existing red lasers. The one I’m most excited about is the Rail Master, a standalone laser device that slots onto any available rail. Also in the works are green lasergrips for a bunch more guns, including . . .
For those of you that need the very “best of the best” when it comes to long range optics for precision rifles, a new Canadian firm named Tangent Theta is now in production, and is showcasing its three new scopes at the 2015 SHOT Show. From the looks of what I saw, Tangent Theta’s products are well-poised to provide strong competition for the current industry leaders such as Schmidt & Bender, etc…
Heizer, the same people who brought you such firearms as the pocket sized .410 shotgun and now the pocket sized 5.56 handgun, are bringing to market a 45ACP semi-auto handgun. The concept is that the handgun is no thicker than the existing line of guns, but it is a lot more massive. I had a chance to handle a pre-production model at SHOT Show and talk to the guys behind the concept, and they seemed convinced that it was a winner.
I love Eley ammo. I used it all throughout college when I was shooting with the Penn State rifle guys, and it continues to be my go-to brand for accuracy testing in rimfire firearms. New for 2015, Eley is introducing two new lines specifically to service the growing number of semi-auto rimfire rifles. A supersonic “force” brand will be coated in a special finish to allow for easier feeding, and the “contact” brand will be subsonic ammo for quiet shooting and accurate groups. Both will retail for right around $8 a box.
Ever been to a really nice range, whipped out your rifle of choice, and noticed that all of the cool guys were running silencers on their guns? I know — I used to be one of those guys. Silencers just make everything look… better. Surefire is about to release a brand new product that not only makes you look like one of the “cool” guys, but also serves a proper function as well.
Brian, the owner of Olympic Arms, walked us through the unique features of their new AR-10-style rifle. This .308 uses a proprietary, 10-round magazine and proprietary upper. However, if you want to shoot some 5.56 you can slap on any standard AR-15 upper and the magwell accepts AR-15 (STANAG) magazines without any adapter or magwell block needed. It looked pretty slick and is supposed to have an MSRP in the $1,100 to $1,295 range depending on options. I’m hoping for a T&E sample when production units are ready. Photos and details follow. . .