July 2014

‘Bama Gets Remington Plants

Notably, R1 pistols and Bushmaster AR lines are leaving NY.

Remington Outdoor Company has announced that several plants are being consolidated into Remington’s new facility in Huntsville, Alabama. Of particular interest is that Remington’s R1 1911 handgun production will be leaving the town of Ilion, New York, along with Bushmaster AR-15 production — both products are effectively banned by New York’s stringent new gun laws.

Among the facilities being relocated to Huntsville are: Advanced Armament Corp of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Bushmaster (AR-15) production from Ilion, New York; DPMS of St. Cloud, Minnesota; LAR Manufacturing of West Jordan, Utah; Montana Rifleman in Kalispell, Montana; PARA USA of Pineville, North Carolina; Remington R1 (1911) production from Ilion, New York, and TAPCO of Kennesaw, Georgia. Earlier this year, Remington opened a new 500,000-square-foot plant in Huntsville.

Remington’s Director of Public Affairs and Relations Teddy Novin said, “This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality.”

MasterPiece Arms Introduces Chassis System
MasterPiece Arms is offering a chassis and other components to customize Remington 700 bolt-action rifles. The MasterPiece BA Chassis System fits any caliber Remington 700 Model or Remington clone action (Surgeon 591, GA Precision Templar, Stillers TAC Series, etc.). The 6061aluminum MPA v-bedding chassis aligns with the Remington 700-type receivers, providing zero twist or distortion and resulting in a highly accurate performance rifle.

The chassis also features a front-mounted bridge with a Picatinny rail and a lower mounted Picatinny rail for additional accessories, such as lights or bi-pods. The chassis comes fitted with a Magpul PRS Stock with a custom adaptor for the MPA Chassis.
The chassis is finished with a durable medium texture powder coat or ceramic coat and a 20-MOA scope rail.

Kahr Partners with Cabela’s on Two New Custom Offerings
Kahr Firearms Group has partnered with Cabela’s to offer custom designs for two of Kahr’s best-selling pistols — the Auto-Ordnance 1911 and the Kahr PM9. The first new custom design is a black-and-orange Auto Ordnance 1911, with an orange frame and black slide accented with black appointments. Both the frame and slide on the Auto-Ordnance 1911 are machined from high carbon 4140 steel. The frame has been treated with a high-temperature ceramic Cerakote coating.

This .45 ACP pistol has a 5-inch barrel, 8.5-inch overall length and weighs 39 ounces. It has front and rear dovetail cut/low-profile iron sights and a checkered black-rubber grip held in place by hex grip screws. It is shipped with two 7-round magazines. The model number is 1911PKZCABHO and MSRP is $759. The second custom offering exclusively sold through Cabela’s is a Kahr PM9 with a Robin Eggshell Blue polymer frame. The frame and finger rest extension of one 6-round magazine on this PM9 have been treated with a Cerakote ceramic coating, ensuring that it will retain its color under normal wear.

The slide is machined from a solid billet of 420 stainless steel and has a matte finish. The PM9 features a 3-inch polygonal rifled barrel and has an overall length of 5.3 inches, 4.0 inches in height, and weighs just 14 ounces. with an empty magazine. The Robin Eggshell Blue PM9 has drift-adjustable white-bar-dot combat sights and the gun is shipped with three magazines (one finger rest 6-round, one 6-round with a flush baseplate, and one 7-round with an extended grip. Included in the custom package is a black pistol rug and a pocket holster. The model number is PM9093CABBL and MSRP is $899 for the entire package. Both pistols are sold exclusively through Cabela’s while supplies last.

FNH USA Cuts Prices on FNS Pistols
FNH USA is cutting the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of its black FNS pistols by $100. The FNS series of striker-fired pistols includes the FNS-9, FNS-9 Longslide (pictured above, left), the FNS-40 (pictured above, right) and the FNS-40 Longslide. Each features an ergonomic frame design and comes with two interchangeable backstraps. A MIL-STD 1913 underframe rail is standard for light attachment.

“We are pleased that the FNS line has been so popular,” said Mark Cherpes, president and CEO of FNH USA. “Because our sales volume was so high in 2013, we were able to reduce our production costs enough to realize a savings we are now passing down to our customers. We hope consumers will take advantage of this new, lower price and choose an FNS when they are shopping for a new pistol.”

Made at FN Manufacturing in Columbia, South Carolina, standard features on the FNS include a hammer-forged stainless-steel barrel, a forged stainless-steel slide with front and rear cocking serrations, a full-length stainless-steel recoil-spring guide rod, and low-profile Deep-V three-dot night sights. All come standard with three magazines and a locking hard case.

This reduction applies to the following products in 9mm Luger and 40 S&W:

The FNS-9 66925 (DA MS Blk/Blk 17-Rnd), 66929 (DA MS Blk/Blk 10-Rnd), 66752 (Blk/Blk 17-Rnd), and 66756 (Blk/Blk 10-Rnd) will drop from a current MSRP of $699 to $599.

The FNS-9 66927 (DA MS Blk/Blk 17-Rnd Night Sight), 66931 (DA MS Blk/Blk 10-Rnd Night Sight), and the 66725 (Longslide Blk/Blk 10-Rnd) will drop from $749 to $649.

The FNS-40 66940 (DA MS Blk/Blk 14-Rnd), 66944 (DA MS Blk/Blk 10-Rnd), 66760 (Blk/Blk 14-Rnd), and 66764 (Blk/Blk 10-Rnd) will drop from $699 to $599.

The FNS-40 66942 (DA MS Blk/Blk 14-Rnd Night Sight), 66946 (DA MS Blk/Blk 14-Rnd Night Sight), and the 66729 (Longslide Blk/Blk 14-Rnd) will drop from $749 to $649.

CMMG Rolls Out New MK4 RCE AR-15
For 2014, Fayette, Missouri-based CMMG is delivering another precision-machined AR rifle, the new Mk4 RCE, available in 5.56x45mm NATO or 300 AAC Blackout.

At the Mk4 RCE’s core is an M4 upper receiver and an AR-15 lower receiver, both forged from 7075-T6 aluminum. The 16-inch barrel is a matte-finished 416 stainless-steel unit with 1:7 rifling.

The $1400 Mk4 RCE weighs 6.5 pounds unloaded and 7.5 pounds with a full 30-round Pmag. It is 33 inches long with the stock collapsed and is 36.4 inches in length with the stock extended.
The RCE includes an RKM14 KeyMod free-floating hand guard with a 1913 Picatinny rail on top. The KeyMod slots are found at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and offer shooters a low-profile mounting alternative to the M1913 Picatinny rail.

For accessories that are not yet KeyMod compatible, users can purchase a separate CMMG 5-slot Picatinny adapter rail that can be easily attached to any of the KeyMod slots for optimal placement of the accessories.

The Mk4 RCE is equipped with a CMMG SV muzzle brake with nitride-finished 4140 steel. Additional components include a Geissele Automatics SSA 2-stage trigger, a Magpul CTR stock and Magpul MOE pistol grip and trigger guard.

Taurus Introduces ‘The First 24 Judge Kit’
The $1499 First 24 Judge Kit is designed to assist you for the first 24 hours of a catastrophe. The Taurus AimPro-tuned Judge offers the flexibility of .45 LC/.410 chamberings, and reloading is quick and simple with two Bianchi Speed Strips. The Hogue Mono-grip offers improved grip in inclement weather, and the tan X-COAT finish fights off corrosion.

The First 24 Judge kit comes in a flat-dark-earth-colored I-Series SKB case. Inside are tools that are useful in a bad situation. All of the items are secured in laser-cut foam for exact fitting: l CRKT Sting knife is a dependable item to be used as a self-defense and/or cutting tool. l The Brite-Strike ELPI is a 160-lumen flashlight with an on/off/strobe mode. l Brite-Strike APALS are waterproof lighting/marking devices with adhesive backings that can be placed anywhere. The APALS have a run time of 80+ hours, can be seen up to a half mile. l Zippo Fire Starters use a flint wheel to spark water-resistant waxed tinder sticks that are included and stored in a waterproof case. l Suunto compass and 20 feet of 550 Para cord.

ATI Large-Frame Taurus Grips Now Shipping
ATI’s new Scorpion X2 Revolver Grip, $50, employs the company’s Scorpion recoil-reduction material, helpful if you’re shooting large-frame hard-recoiling Taurus revolvers. The Taurus revolvers compatible with the new grip include the Taurus Model 17 Tracker 17, Model 992 Tracker 22, Model 627 Tracker 357, Model 45-410 Judge, and Model 44C Tracker 44.

Compiled by Gun Tests Staff GT