February 2014

Bulgarian “Krink” in 5.45x39mm Now Available; LCRx Debuts

Las Vegas-based Arsenal Inc.’s new SLR-104UR rifles are the popular stamped-receiver “Krink” configuration. The $1249 5.45x39-caliber SLR-104UR rifles feature a stamped receiver, hammer-forged and chrome-lined barrel, and left-side folding polymer stock. The SLR-104UR ships with a 30-round magazine.

Ruger LCRx Revolver

This rifle supplies the aesthetics of the “Krink” family of rifles with the performance of a standard carbine-length barrel. For those who prefer the NFA Short Barreled Version (SBR), it is ready for a qualified gunsmith to register with the BATFE and shorten the barrel, immediately utilizing an original 24x1.5mm muzzle device on the factory threads on the front sight block.

Specs: Total Length: 34.5 inches. Folded Length: 25 inches. Barrel Length: 16.25 inches. Rifling: 4 grooves. Twist Rate: 1 in 7.87 inches. Weight w/o magazine: 6.1 lbs. Muzzle Velocity: 2,953 fps. Effective Range: 684 yards. Maximum Range: 1480 yards. Rear Sight Range: 547 yards.
Features include a short gas system, front sight block/gas block combination, cleaning rod, black polymer furniture, stainless-steel heat shield, left-side folding polymer stock, 2-stage trigger, and scope rail.

Leupold Custom Shop Introduces MOA-based TS-32X1 Reticle
Leupold has introduced the TS-32X1 reticle, a minute-of-angle-based system designed to allow for precision shots without the need for dial adjustments. The TS-32X1 is the first in a family of MOA-based reticles that will cover several magnifications.

A heavy post and thin stadia crosshair features 1-MOA hashmarks on both the horizontal and vertical lines. Every other hash mark on the horizontal stadia is slightly longer, providing quick and easy 2-MOA measurements. Every four MOA is indicated by a number.

The vertical stadia is also set up with 1-MOA tics and longer 2-MOA marks. In addition, every fourth mark is numbered, all the way to the complete 32-MOA elevation range. Wind dots in the lower half of the reticle are spaced in 2-MOA increments, both vertically and horizontally.

New Taurus 85 View

This system allows for immediate and precise holdovers and wind holds as well as range estimation. The TS-32X1 is a perfect reticle to pair with riflescopes featuring ¼-MOA target adjustments or M1 dials.
This new reticle is currently available for most second (rear) focal plane VX-3, VX-III, Vari-X III and Mark 4 4.5-14 LR/T riflescopes. Existing riflescopes can be retrofitted for $160 through the Leupold Custom Shop. It’s $130 to add the TS-32X1 to a new riflescope ordered through the Custom Shop.

Ruger Offers LCRx Revolver, Names New President
Sturm, Ruger & Company’s LCRx is the newest variation in the Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR) line. Chambered in .38 Special +P, the LCRx features an external hammer that allows it to be fired in single-action mode.

Christopher J. Killoy, Ruger’s president, said, “Customers have been asking for a traditional double-action version of the LCR with an external hammer for optional single-action shooting.”

The newest LCR maintains all the features of the original LCR. Its double-action-only trigger employs Ruger’s friction-reducing cam-fire control system. The trigger pull force on the LCR builds gradually and peaks later in the trigger stroke, resulting in a trigger pull that feels much lighter than it actually is. This results in more controllable double-action shooting, even among those who find traditional double-action-only triggers difficult to operate.

The LCR has three main components: a polymer fire control housing, an aircraft quality aluminum monolithic frame, and an extensively fluted stainless steel cylinder.

In addition to the newly introduced external hammer LCRx, the Ruger LCR is available in .38 Special +P, .357 Magnum, .22 Magnum and .22 Long Rifle double-action-only models. All LCR models feature replaceable ramp front sights, and a fixed U-notch rear and some models feature a laser-sighting system from Crimson Trace.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. also announced the promotion of Killoy to be its president, effective January 1, 2014. In this capacity, Killoy will be the chief operating officer and will be responsible for sales, marketing, manufacturing, product management, and new product development.

New Taurus 85 View Has Clear Sideplate
Taurus is introducing an unusual revolver in 2014, the 85 View, a radical departure from the typical snubnose 38 Special. The +P-rated View has an exclusive clear-view Lexan sideplate that reveals the inner workings of the firearm.

The revolver’s contoured grip and frame ensure a slim profile. It’s available in 38 Special with pink or matte-stainless finish and DAO operation. The 5-round cylinder is titanium, and it sits inside an Ultra-Lite aluminum frame. The View revolvers will have 1-inch barrels, measure 5 inches in overall length, and weigh only 9 ounces. A fixed front ramp and rear notch are standard sights, and both have polymer checkered grips.

The #85VTA has an aluminum alloy frame, and the #85VTAP is the pink-frame version.

Winchester Rolls Out Win3Gun and W Train & Defend Lines
For 2014, Winchester Ammunition has created the all-new Win3Gun line to provide competition-grade ammunition that comes ready for action, and the company’s new W Train & Defend ammunition purportedly provides a straightforward process when choosing training and personal-defense rounds.
All pistol cartridges (9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP) in the Win3Gun line use lead-free primers and heel-encapsulated bullets to keep the compensator ports of competition pistols clean and free of vaporized lead. The Win3Gun line also includes a centerfire rifle round in 5.56mm with a 55-grain bullet and two 12-gauge shotgun loads with 7½ shot and 00 buckshot.

The W Train & Defend ammunition system is designed to provide threat-stopping power with less recoil to the shooter. The system pairs its range-ready Train rounds with Defend rounds, both designed to limit recoil felt by the shooter, especially women.

The Train rounds of the W Train & Defend system are identified with a prominent “T” on the package. They have reduced recoil characteristics, lead-free primers for improved indoor range acceptance, brass shell cases, and full-metal-jacket bullets.

The system’s ballistically-matched Defend rounds feature jacketed hollowpoint bullets and nickel-plated shellcases, making them easily distinguishable from the training ammunition.

Diamondback Firearms Introduces DB15 Pistol
Diamondback Firearms’ new AR-style DB15 Pistols are based off Diamondback’s A3 Flattop forged-7075-T6-aluminum upper and lower receiver. The DB15 Pistol is available with a 7.5- or a 10.5-inch 4140 chrome-moly melonite-coated barrel with a 1:9 rate of twist.

The new .223/5.56 DB15 pistol has a full-length top-mounting rail that runs from the rear receiver to the end of the handguard. It permits placement of multiple optics, lights, lasers and other accessories for total customization of the firearm.

The DB15 features a Magpul MOE+ pistol grip built from a reinforced polymer body that incorporates a comfortable, wrap-around rubber overmolding for control in unfavorable weather conditions.
Features: two-stage trigger, lightweight ventilated aluminum handguard, abbreviated 5-inch buffer tube, Diamondback flash hider.

The 5-pound DB15 Pistol is offered in black, flat dark earth or OD green with a Cerakote finish. Overall length of the 7.5-inch barrel model is 23.25 inches and 25.75 inches for the 10.5-inch barrel model. It ships with one 30-round PMag where state/local laws allow and a safety lock.

Remington Defense Snags US SOCOM Sniper Rifle Contract
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded the Remington Defense Division of Remington Arms Company a $79.7 million dollar contract to provide up to 5,150 Precision Sniper Rifles (“PSR”) and 4.6 million rounds of precision ammunition.

The PSR is a durable sniper system capable of providing accurate target engagement and modular capabilities in barrel length and caliber conversion. Barnes Bullets will produce ammunition and Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC) will manufacture muzzle brakes and suppressors.GT

Compiled by Gun Tests Staff