American Tactical Imports, or ATI, released a handful of new products this year at SHOT Show, and TTAG got a chance to shoot them all during Range Day.
First up, ATI’s Omni hybrid receivers are now available in translucent colors. Clear, red, blue, smoke, etc.
I know, I know, you’re way too Operational to shoot a polymer AR15. Honestly, I don’t know how the translucent polymers hold up, but I do know that the standard Omni receivers are tough as hell — in some ways stronger than aluminum, in some ways not, but in all ways sufficient for 98% of the things consumers do with an AR15.
The Omni Hybrids do employ a neat design, with aluminum blocks molded into the polymer in critical areas such as anywhere threads exist (receiver extension, grip, barrel nut, etc) or anywhere that may benefit from structural reinforcement.
I put a mess of rounds through this red gun and it felt exactly like any other AR.
It’s really cool to see the inner workings of the trigger group, BCG, etc. And they all stayed on the inside while I was shooting, which is great. I’m inclined to convert one to full auto to see what it can take.
Speaking of messes of rounds, ATI is importing the Schmeisser 60-round magazines. They’re lightweight, polymer affairs and MSRP is just $69.95.
These mags are sleeker, lighter, and less expensive than a drum and are only a little bit longer than a standard, 30-round mag.
I found them easy to load, though I didn’t take the time to go all the way to the full 60 rounds, and they ran without issue. TTAG will have to get our hands on a couple to do more extensive testing, though.
ATI’s new BULL-DOG is a bullpup, magazine-fed, semi-auto, 12 gauge shotgun. Turkish made, it’s functionally identical to a few others that are being imported into the U.S. currently, but ATI has added their own aesthetic touches to it.
One of the first things I noticed was a hand grip extending up the front of the magazine from the baseplate. Cool. Err, wait. This thing’s a bullpup so how on earth am I holding the magazine while shooting?
Turns out there’s a Picatinny rail slot molded into the bottom of the baseplate. Push the button to release the lock and slide the magazine on or off of the rail. Simply release the button and the magazine locks to the Picatinny rail.
I mean, sure, it’s a little gimmicky but it works. It’s a handy enough place to store a spare mag and it made for a nice enough forward grip.
The BULL-DOG shot well and cycled smoothly through two full mags. We didn’t get MSRP info but that and more details will be available soon. Most of the similar shotguns are priced very competitively.
Sorry, I neglected to take photos of ATI’s Galeo rifles, which are proper 5.56 Galils made from a combination of U.S.-manufactured and Israeli Military surplus components.
Available with a polymer or a wood handguard, most of the parts are actual Israeli Military-issued. Exceptions, all made in the U.S., include the machined steel receiver, new barrel, and magazine. MSRP is $1,299.95 with the polymer handguard and $1,329.95 with wood.
The Galeo looks, feels, and shoots like a real Galil.