January 2014

Down Range: January 2014

Todd Woodard

I like the first month of the year. It means I’ll soon be headed to the SHOT Show, where tons of new and interesting stuff gets introduced. But some companies are already busy getting new products in the pipeline, and here are a few interesting ones I think are worth noting:

Tac-Con’s Fast Semi-Auto AR Trigger. Tactical Fire Control, Inc. has unveiled the Tac-Con 3MR Trigger System, which the company says will offer safe, controlled, match-grade performance in ARs with fast semi-automatic operation. The Tac-Com 3MR Trigger System is a drop-in, 3-mode fire-control system consisting of Safe, match-grade Semi-Automatic, and the Tac-Con’s patented “3rd Mode” of operation.

The 3rd mode provides a positive reset that reduces the split times between shots. The positive reset characteristic is achieved by transferring the force from the bolt carrier through the trigger assembly to assist the trigger back onto the front sear. As a result, reset is reduced. Both semi and 3rd mode positions feature a non-adjustable 4.5-pound trigger pull weight with zero take-up and no overtravel.

The Tac-Con 3MR is ATF approved and is not a NFA part. Each trigger is accompanied by a copy of the ATF approval letter. This is not a bump-fire system, and the shooter must pull the trigger once for every round fired. 3MR triggers are made using EDM and CNC manufacturing technology. All components are coated with NP3 (nickel Teflon) and each 3MR Trigger system is individually hand-tested for quality, pull weight, and function prior to shipping.

Arsenal Inc. Releases SM-13 AK Mount. This one-piece side-attaching scope mount for the AK variant rifles is a light-weight rigid scope-mount platform. The one-piece CNC precision machined SM-13 is manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum alloy and weights only 5.76 ounces. It provides a maximum-length Picatinny railing system for attaching top mounted devices, such as scopes, red dot systems, night visions, and magnifiers.

The over-7.5-inches-long Picatinny rail runs along the rifle, from the end of the top cover to the rear sight leaf, allows for attaching multiple devices at the same time or one device for the maximum eye relief. The SM-13 utilizes a steel adjustable locking mechanism that allows instantaneous attachment and release of the scope mount without any compromise to the accuracy and loss of zero.

American Tactical Introduces Tactical Shotgun Line. American Tactical Imports has introduced the TAC-SX2 and the TAC-PX2 tactical 12-gauge shotguns. Both the TAC-SX2 and the TAC-PX2 models have 4140 chrome-moly steel 18.5-inch barrels that are chrome lined. Both models come blued, a standard finish in tactical shotguns. The TAC-SX2 is a semi-automatic 12-gauge and carries an MSRP of $380, while the TAC-PX2 is a pump-action 12-gauge and has an MSRP of $300. “We are very proud to offer such high-quality tactical shotguns at such an affordable price,” says Joe Calabro, director of marketing at American Tactical. “The quality and price-point surpasses any other tactical shotgun lines on the market today, making this the perfect product for budget conscious LE departments as well as a great choice for home defense.”

Bushnell Equinox 3x30mm Digital Night Vision Monocular. Equinox night vision monoculars, $330, are popular for wildlife watching, hunting, landowner security, or any other nighttime activity. The new 3x30mm Equinox night vision monocular has a dual output mode that allows users to display images in green or black and white at the push of a button. The green display is ideal for almost-dark to completely dark conditions, while the black and white display is optimal when some ambient light is available, either at dusk or dawn or under bright moonlight. The Equinox devices are tripod mountable and include integrated accessory rails that allow adding an IR light to extend viewing range.

Double Tap Defense Unveils Two New Calibers. DoubleTap Defense will add new chamberings — 410/.45 Colt and .40 S&W — to its DoubleTap Tactical Pocket Pistol lines. The new cartridges will be available in the DoubleTap pistol model and as a Barrel Conversion Kit. The new cartridges expand the variety of ammunition that can be used on the aluminum or titanium 5⁄8-inch-frame two-shooters. Non-ported aluminum-frame handguns in both cartridges start are $499. Ported aluminum models are $569. Non-ported Titanium models are $729; ported titanium models are $799.

Kahr Introduces Two CT-Series Full-Frame Firearms. Kahr’s new CT40 and CT45 are the company’s first value-priced full-frame firearm offerings. Kahr’s larger-frame CT Series is new for 2014 and shipments will be available beginning February 2014. Both the new CT4043 and the CT4543 feature full-size polymer frames with stainless-steel slides and white bar-dot sight configurations. Both models feature 7+1 capacities and ship with one 7-round stainless-steel magazine.

The CT4043 has a 4-inch barrel, overall length of 6.5 inches, height of 5.13 inches, and a slide width of 0.94 inches. It weighs 21.8 oz. with a magazine. The CT4543 has a barrel length of 4.04 inches, overall length of 6.57 inches, height of 5.25 inches, and a slide width of 1.01 inches. It weighs 23.7 oz. with the magazine.

The two models will retail at $499 for both .40 S&W and .45 ACP configurations. CT-Series versions of the T9, TP40, and TP45 are expected to debut later in 2014.

Magnum Research Introduces Ultra-Compact Desert Eagle 1911U. The newest 1911 offering from Magnum Research — the $946 MSRP DE1911U Undercover model — addresses consumer demand for smaller ultra-light concealed carry firearms chambered in .45 ACP. The DE1911U is slated to ship beginning this month. The new Undercover DE1911U has a 3-inch bull barrel housed in a lightweight frame made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. A 4140 high-carbon-steel slide sits atop the frame, and like other 1911s in the company’s line, this model is a Series 70 configuration. The .45 ACP DE1911U has 6+1 round capacity, an overall length of 6.85 inches, height of 5 inches, and and a dry weight of 25.8 oz. The DE1911U has a high-rise beavertail safety, skeleton hammer, an aluminum trigger, and an 11-degree muzzle crown.

Standard features include a fully adjustable rear sight, checkered front and back strap, double-diamond-checkered wood grip, and stainless steel hex screws. It comes standard with two 6-round magazines.

Hot Shot Tactical P-Rail Light Mount. This is a universal fit system that allows the quick and easy placement of a light on any MIL-SPEC Picatinny rail. A ball knob and screw secures the mount to the rail. The mount is just as quickly removed by the removal of the screw and sliding the mount off the rail. A heavy-duty, round ball knob makes gripping on installation and removal easy, even while wearing gloves. No tools are used in either installation or removal of the mount. The P-Rail Light Mount body is made using ABS material. The P-Rail Light Mount’s universal fit system allows the user to snap most 1-inch-barrel flashlights into the mount in a second or snap it back out for handheld use just as quickly, and works optimally with Hot Shot Tactical’s new HS900 Illumination Tool, a single-mode high output light that delivers 900 lumens of illumination. The P-Rail Light Mount is $25 and the HS900 Illumination Tool is $74.

Ruger Introduces the SR-762 Piston-Driven Rifle Chambered in .308 Win./7.62 NATO. Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has introduced the new Ruger SR-762, bringing the .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge to the company’s SR-556 family of rifles. The Ruger SR-762 has a suggested retail price of $2195. The SR-762 is a two-stage, piston-driven rifle that delivers power to a one-piece bolt carrier, which reduces felt recoil and improves the rifle’s durability. The four-position gas regulator allows the shooter to tune the rifle to function reliably with a variety of ammunition and in varying weather.

A heavy-contour 16.12-inch chrome-lined, cold hammer forged barrel with a 1:10 twist features exterior fluting. A Ruger Lightweight Adaptable handguard brings the SR-762 in at 8.6 pounds. Three 20-round MAGPUL PMAG magazines are provided with the SR-762, as are folding backup iron sights, a Hogue Monogrip, Picatinny rail sections and rail covers, a six-position stock, sight adjustment tool, and a soft-sided carry case.

Weatherby Expands WBY-X Rifle and Shotgun Lines. Weatherby has expanded its popular WBY-X line with new rifle and shotgun models. The new models feature unconventional camouflage patterns such as Kryptek Typhon, Kryptek Highlander, Proveil Reaper Black and Boneyard Camo Legends Blaze. A new semi-auto shotgun model, the SA-08 GH2 (Girls Hunt 2), is designed for women and young shooters. WBY-X rifles are built on the Vanguard Series 2 platform, which is guaranteed to shoot SUB-MOA (a three-shot group of .99-inch or less) with Weatherby factory or premium ammunition. These rifles offer a lightweight, composite Monte Carlo stock, match-quality two-stage trigger, and three-position safety. WBY-X shotguns are built on the PA-08 and PA-459 (pump action) and SA-08 and SA-459 (semi-auto) platforms.
The new WBY-X rifle models are:
• Series 2 Kryptek with Kryptek Highlander pattern and 24-inch cold hammer forged barrel. MSRP: $749.
• Series 2 Typhon with Kryptek Typhon pattern and 24-inch cold hammer forged barrel. MSRP: $749.
• Series 2 Typhon TR (Threat Response) with Kryptek Typhon pattern, 22-inch #3 contour barrel (.740 muzzle diameter) and recessed target crown. MSRP: $749.

Series 2 Blaze with Boneyard Camo Legends Blaze pattern and 24-inch cold hammer forged barrel. MSRP: $749.
New WBY-X shotgun models:
• SA-08 GH2 (Girls Hunt 2) with black stock accented by a pink spiderweb pattern, a short 12.5-inch length of pull and 24-inch barrel. MSRP: $699.
• PA-459 Typhon TR and PA-08 Typhon TR pumps with Kryptek Typhon pattern and 18.5-inch barrel. Each is available in 12 or 20 gauge. These Threat Response models are specifically designed for personal and home defense. PA-459 Typhon TR MSRP: $549. PA-08 Typhon TR MSRP: $399.
• SA-459 Black Reaper TR with Proveil Reaper Black pattern and 18.5-inch barrel. Available in 12 or 20 gauge. MSRP: $749.


Bushnell Introduces AR Optics 4.5-18x40mm Riflescope. Bushnell Outdoor Products has introduced a new 4.5-18x40mm $300 riflescope with high-quality optics, a bullet-drop compensation reticle (BDC), and target turrets. Added to the company’s AR Optics line, the new AR Optics 4.5-18x40mm riflescope has fully multi-coated optics and the new Drop Zone 223 Reticle, a simple BDC reticle designed for quick and accurate target acquisition. The reticle has 100-yard zero with aiming points at 100-yard intervals from 100 to 500 yards, and is calibrated for .223/5.56mm ammunition with a bullet-weight range of 55 to 62 grains. Constructed with a one-piece 1-inch-diameter tube, the overall length of the scope is 12.5 inches. Each scope has target turrets for quick windage and elevation adjustments, while the fast-focus eyepiece and side parallax focus allow shooters to retain a crisp sight picture at all ranges.