Recently a friend and I went out to shoot his new HK VP9, and I had the chance to put a few rounds through it. Now, less than a few hundred rounds does not a comprehensive handgun review make, but I did notice a few things worth sharing.
The H&K VP9 is a brand new, polymer frame striker fired pistol from Heckler & Koch. It is equipped with a number of modern features, including firing pin indicator, interchangeable backstraps and side panels, and an ambidextrous slide release. I’m glad HK finally got on board with a picatinny accessory rail. The ability to interface with a variety of aftermarket weaponlights makes it that much more versatile. Continue reading
High Speed Gear, Inc. is famous for their TACO pouches. These adjustable pouches can be sized to fit a variety of magazines or gear depending on the pouch, but the line got a whole lot more versatile with their latest releases. With new additions to both the TACO series and the SureGrip belt lineup, HSGI continues their trend of great products with phenomenal quality.
One of the newest pouches is the Handcuff TACO Pouch. Currently, this pouch is only available in their belt mounted series, but it will fit a variety of handcuffs, as well as other similar items. It features nylon siding with the patented shock cord adjustment for ideal retention on any size cuffs. Continue reading
Soldier Systems Daily posted a picture of High Speed Gear Inc.’s new injection molded MOLLE clips. These are going to be included with HSGI Taco pouches, and provide a durable mounting option that secures with a snap, making them easier to reposition than the existing MALICE clips.
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HSGI is manufacturing these in the USA, and they’ll soon be included on all HSGI load bearing pouches. These have been in development for years, and have some solid testing behind them. HSGI confirmed that these will be available in quantity via their web store.
Magpul recently announced a couple of new products, but the one that’s the furthest departure from their traditional style is the Hunter 700 stock. This is an adjustable precision stock for Remington M700 Short Action receivers.
Off the bat, the stock features Magpul ergonomics, with a flared fore end and modified grip. In addition, the length of pull is fully adjustable, and the stock features adjustable cheek riser height with different inserts. On top of that, the fore end is M-LOK compatible for easy attachment of accessories you may need.
SilencerCo, one of the coolest companies in suppressors, has now teamed up with B.E. Meyers, one of the coolest companies. B.E. Meyers is known in small arms circles for their flash hiders, specifically their 249 5.56mm flash hider. Originally developed for SWCC, and only released to the civilian market recently, the 249 is one of the best flash suppression muzzle devices that exists.
Now, these two companies have teamed up to create the 249 Saker flash hider. The flash suppression from B.E. Meyers is now combined with the Saker mount from SilencerCo. The Saker suppressor features modular end-caps, and baffle material 30% stronger than Inconel. With a QD muzzle device like the 249 Saker, this provides both excellent flash suppressor performance and sound and signature reduction with the silencer installed.
The 249 Saker flash hider features asymmetrical tines to eliminate ping or harmonic vibrations, and incorporates the SilencerCo MAAD mount. Keep your eyes open, these should be available soon from dealers stocking B.E. Meyers products.
Hat tip to SoldierSystems.net for breaking the news.
SilencerCo has a couple of new items announced at SHOT Show 2015, one of which is the next gen of their pistol silencers. These shorter models, dubbed the Octane K 45 and Osprey K 45, are both lighter and shorter than the originals while still providing hearing-safe levels of protection.
The Octane K 45 is only 6.8 inches long, a mere 9.4 ounces, and brings a 9mm down to about 135 dB. The K45 is a multi caliber suppressor, and works with 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and subsonic 300BLK. Even on the .45, this compact suppressor brings the report down to 139.8 dB. Continue reading
Ops-Core has already released their new Lux Liner, which is the latest padded liner for Ops-Core FAST helmets. This liner features movable and removable pads for increased stability and comfort. The Lux Liner is compatible with the Worm Dial suspension, but can also be had with a traditional H-nape suspension.
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SoldierSystems.net also reported that the RAC headset will be available in 2nd quarter 2015. We looked at this system last year, and it’s possibly the best combat communications and hearing system I’ve tried. The directional sound capabilities are amazing, and the mounting arms allow for easy use as earpro, standoff mode for radio use, and folded away for storage.
Earlier version of the RAC
VLTOR released a couple of new products at SHOT Show, the largest of which are their new M1A stock and their updated Polylithic M4 KeyMod uppers.
The M1A stock features an improved polymer and fiberglass mix, making it much stronger than the previous version. These will retail for just over $500. Another improvement is the extended knuckle for increased elevation adjustment, for anyone who does long range shooting.
Sig Sauer is a perennial favorite of mine at SHOT Show. Their classic firearms like the P229 are always classy, but most years they have something brand new as well. This year is no exception, as Sig unveiled the MCX at SHOT Show 2015.
If you’re at all familiar with Sig Sauer, you’ll be familiar with some of the look on the MCX. The overall design is similar to the MPX, which they released a few years ago. The MCX is designed to be user configurable, even on the field. Sig notes that it was designed from the ground up to be a lightweight, suppressed weapon. One configuration shows the MCX in SBR form using a telescoping wire stock, and equipped with their new SRD556-QD or SRD762-QD suppressor. Continue reading
Unfortunately, this year I’m stuck at home, not attending SHOT Show. However, I’ll be keeping an eye out and posting the highlights from each day, as well as posting opinions and insight on some of the best news once SHOT Show 2015 is over. I’ll also be finding and sharing links on Facebook, if you haven’t liked us over there, check it out.
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One announcement we’ve already seen is the SureFire WARCOMP. This three pronged muzzle device functions as a compensator and flash hider, and is compatible with SureFire SOCOM suppressors. SureFire claims it provides compensation along with reduced muzzle signature, which a lot of folks promise but few deliver. Given SureFire’s history, it has a chance to be one of the best in that category. Hat tip to SoldierSystems.net for the news and photo.
Looking forward to a good week!