February 2015

New UZI Pro Pistol to Debut

This version will come with a side-folding stabilizing brace.

IWI US, Inc. has introduced a new UZI PRO Pistol to the American consumer market. The UZI PRO SB UPP9SB is notable for its side-folding stabilizing brace.

Two versions of the UZI PRO Pistol will be available in the U.S. The UZI PRO SB UPP9SB has a MSRP of $1,309. It has a side-folding stabilizing brace produced by SB Tactical LLC, designers and manufacturers of the original SB15 and SB47 Pistol Stabilizing Braces. With the side-folding brace, the UZI PRO SB pistol can be fired with or without the stabilizing brace extended.

The basic UZI PRO Pistol UPP9S has an MSRP of $1,109. Based on the UZI submachine gun, the UZI PRO is a 9mm Luger semi-auto with a polymer pistol grip. The cocking handle is located on the receiver side, allowing for a full-length Picatinny rail on the top receiver cover. A short Picatinny rail is also incorporated into the polymer body, mounted below the barrel.

The UZI PRO and UZI PRO SB feature three safety mechanisms; a conventional manual thumb safety, a firing-pin block and a grip safety that must be fully depressed before the gun can be cocked and fired.

Simple maintenance on the UZI PRO requires no special tools for field stripping. Each UZI PRO Pistol comes with one 20-round and one 25-round magazine.

IWI US, Inc. is the USA-based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, companies that operate in the global defense and law enforcement markets. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR SAR, Jericho 941 pistol, UZI pistol and Galil ACE rifles and pistols.

UZI PRO SB UPP9SB Specifications
Caliber:               9mm Para
Operation:          Blowback, closed bolt
Barrel:                 Cold-Hammer forged CrMoV, 4 groove 1:10 RH twist
Barrel Length:    4.5 in.
Overall Length:  9.5 in.
Weight:                3.66 lbs.
Magazines:         1-20 & 1-25 round
MSRP:                 $1,309

MSRP on the new all-stainless-steel model DE50SR, above, is $1793 and for the integral muzzle brake model DE50SRMB, below, MSRP is $1931.

Magnum Research Introduces
 All-Stainless Desert Eagle

For the first time, Magnum Research’s Desert Eagle 50 AE can now be purchased with an all-stainless-steel frame, slide, barrel, and frame rail. A second stainless model with an integral muzzle brake will also be available in 2015.

Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing for the company, said, “The Desert Eagle has always been considered a bit of a beast, and now, with the stainless-steel frame, slide and barrel, black appointments, and the new Picatinny bottom rail for accessories, it has an overpowering appearance at the gun counter and at the range.”

Harris noted that it will also be much easier to repair minor scratches on the stainless DE than on the company’s custom-finish models.

For 2015, the Desert Eagle all-stainless-steel model is offered in either a standard 6-inch barrel or with an integral muzzle brake. The integral muzzle brake is also offered on the DE50, DE44, and the DE357 6-inch-barrel models in black.

The integral muzzle brake will replace the add-on brake which Magnum Research has offered for several years. The integral muzzle brake offers significant recoil reduction, less muzzle flip and a new streamlined look. In addition, since the overall length remains the same as the standard 6-inch-barrel model, the same holsters will fit the integral brake model. The integral muzzle brake model also means it can be offered at a lower price than the add-on muzzle brake.

MSRP on the new DE50IMB, DE44IMB, and DE357IMB black with integral muzzle brake is $1742 and $1710 respectively.

Ruger Introduces
22 Charger Takedown Pistol

The 22 Charger Takedown (Model Number: 4918, MSRP $409) features a Green Mountain laminate stock and comes in a custom hard case. An adjustable bipod is also included.

For 2015, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. will offer a new 22 Charger Takedown pistol, which like the original Charger handgun introduced in 2007, is built on the Ruger 10/22 platform.

The company is also producing an updated version of its original 22 Charger pistol this year.

The new 22 Charger Takedown model employs the quick-disconnect feature found on the full-sized 10/22 Takedown rifle that allows the firearm to be disassembled quickly and easily. Simply push the recessed lever in the forend, twist the subassemblies and pull them apart.

Weighing around 3.2 pounds, the new 22 Charger pistol (Model Number: 4917, MSRP $309) has an overall length of 19.25 inches and features a 10-inch precision-rifled threaded barrel with a ˝”-28 thread pattern. The redesigned brown laminated stock sports a standard A2-style pistol grip, which makes the platform easy to customize with most modern sporting rifle grips.

The matte-black receiver features a factory-installed Picatinny rail, which provides ample space for numerous types of optics, anything from scopes to red-dots.

Also new and included with both models is the BX-15 magazine, a 15-round version of the BX-25 magazine. The BX-15 is the right height when shooting the Chargers with the included bipod prone or from the bench and also fits all other 10/22 models.

Neither Charger model is approved for sale in Massachusetts or California.

Auto Ordnance Introduces
Budget-Priced 1911BKO

MSRP on the Auto Ordnance 1911BKO is $517.

Pomona, NY–based Kahr Firearms Group has introduced the Auto Ordnance 1911BKO.
The Auto Ordnance 1911BKO frame incorporates GI specs and features a matte-black-finish frame, barrel and slide. The carbon-steel slide, sear, and disconnector are machined from solid bar stock and heat treated to assure durability and long life.

The low-profile sights feature a blade front and a rear drift adjustable for windage. The grip is brown checkered plastic.

This .45 ACP has a 5-inch barrel and an 8.5-inch overall length. Weight is 39 ounces. The 1911BKO is made in the USA and ships with one 7-round magazine. The BKO has a thumb safety, grip safety and firing pin block.

The Recover Beretta grip and rail system is currently available in black, desert sand, OD green, and digital camo and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Recover Tactical’s Grip/Rail
 System for Beretta 92/96

Recover Tactical’s new Recover BC2 grip and rail system for the Beretta 92/96 series of pistols is now available. The $50 BC2 adds a functional picatinny rail to the Beretta and can be installed in about three minutes without a gunsmith.

The BC2 grip is manufactured in Israel from glass-reinforced polymer and will not scratch or damage a gun it is installed on. It adds about 65 grams to the gun weight, but doesn’t change grip thickness.

Ruger Rolls Out New LC9s Pro

Sturm, Ruger & Company’s new Ruger LC9s Pro pistol is based on the LC9s, a compact striker-fired 9mm pistol that the company released in July of this year and which is reviewed elsewhere in this issue. The LC9s Pro contains many of the same features, but is offered without the thumb-operated external manual safety and magazine disconnect.

The Pro version is designed to meet law-enforcement specifications as a back-up gun for high-stress situations in which there may not be time to deactivate an external manual safety. The absence of a magazine disconnect safety also is a benefit for tactical reloads that allow the user to engage a target with one round remaining in the chamber and the magazine out of the gun for reloading.

Like the LC9s reviewed in this issue, the LC9s Pro has a striker action, a capacity of 7+1 rounds of 9mm Luger, and uses the same holsters, magazines, and accessories as the LC9s.

It also features a blued, hardened, alloy-steel slide, a high-performance glass-filled nylon grip frame with texturing, a grip-extension magazine floorplate to improve handling, and a windage-adjustable three-dot sighting system.

The 17.2-oz. Ruger LC9s Pro has a 3.12-inch barrel, an overall length of 6 inches, a height of 4.5 inches and a 0.9-inch width. Other performance features include a short trigger reach, a visual loaded chamber view port, an internal striker blocker, and an internal trigger safety, which requires finger pressure on the trigger to fire.

The LC9s Pro ships with one 7-round magazine, a soft case, and a cable-locking device.