September 2014

SilencerCo’s 12 Gauge Silencer

Utah company releases modular Salvo Suppressor.

Suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has released what is says is the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer. The new product, named the Salvo 12, is a modular design that allows the shooter to add or remove sections to balance length, weight, and sound-suppression needs. It arrives as a 12-inch suppressor, but can be reduced to 10-, 8-, and 6-inch configurations as needed.

“The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” asserts Joshua Waldron, chief executive officer for SilencerCo. “There is a huge installed base of shotgun hunters and shooters that has been waiting for a product like this for a long time.”

SilencerCo’s sales angle is to protect the hearing of shotgun owners just as the record-breaking proliferation of rifle and handgun suppressors do for those users.

The Salvo 12 is made for 12-gauge shotguns, and at its full 12-gauge length, measures 12.19 inches and weighs 32 ounces, according to company specifications. It is 2.21 inches wide and is 2.96 inches tall.

More important, sound levels at the shooter’s ear is 132.0 dB for the 12-inch configuration, 134.1 dB for the 10-inch configuration, and 137.0 dB and 140.6 dB for the 8-inch and 6-inch set-ups, respectively.

S&W Pays $2M Civil Penalty on SEC Charges
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) announced on July 28 that it has reached an approximate $2 million civil settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The settlement is related to a 2010 inquiry stemming from a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation, which was later dropped by the DOJ. The company consented to the settlement without admitting or denying the findings of the inquiry.

In an administrative order, the SEC said that Smith & Wesson offered improper payments to foreign government officials to get or keep business from 2007 through 2010, violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The SEC said S&W used third parties to pay bribes to foreign officials in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Turkey.

The SEC order said the company failed to design and implement a system of internal controls or an appropriate FCPA compliance program.

President and CEO of Smith & Wesson James Debney said, “We are pleased to have concluded this matter with the SEC and believe that the settlement we have agreed upon is in the best interests of Smith & Wesson and its shareholders. Today’s announcement brings to conclusion a legacy issue for our company that commenced more than four years ago, and we are pleased to now finally put this matter behind us.”

The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P, and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut.

Ruger Introduces Striker-Fired LC9s Compact 9mm Pistol
Ruger has produced a new striker-fired version of the LC9 pistol, dubbed the LC9s. The different ignition system separates it from the already established hammer-fired LCP and LC380 in 380 ACP and the LC9 chambered in 9mm Luger.

The LC9s uses the same holsters, extended magazines, lasers and accessories as the LC9 and features a blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide, a one-piece glass-filled nylon grip frame with aggressive checkering, a grip-extension magazine floorplate, and a windage-adjustable 3-dot sight system. Ruger claims the LC9s’s newly designed trigger mechanism has a short, light, crisp trigger pull.

Chris Killoy, Ruger president and chief operating officer, said, “The LC9s follows the success of the LC9, yet provides a new option for shooters who prefer the short, crisp trigger pull of a striker-fired pistol.”

The compact, 17.2 oz. Ruger LC9s pistol has a 3.12-inch barrel, the same as the LC380 and LC9 and slightly longer than the 2.75-inch barrel on the LCP.

The LC9s has an overall length of 6 inches, a height of 4.5 inches and a 0.9-inch width. That makes it the same length and height as the LC380 and LC9 and slightly longer and taller than the LCP (5.16 inches long, 3.6 inches tall).

Factory specs say it weighs 17.2 ounces empty and had a 7+1 capacity. That’s the same round count as the LC380 and LC9 and practically the same weight as those pistols. The LCP (9.4 ounces) weighs about half of the LC9s and carries one fewer round in the magazine.

The LC9s’s six-groove alloy-steel barrel twist rate is 1:10 RH, as found on the LC9 and LC380. The LCP spins its bullets at a slower 1:16-inch rate.

The LC9s offers modern safety features such as an integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect, inert magazine for safe disassembly and a visual inspection port that allows for visual confirmation the chamber’s status.

The LC9s No. 3235, $449, ships with one 7-round magazine, a soft case and a cable locking device. It is not currently approved and certified for sale in Massachusetts or California.

IZ132 Rifle Upgrades Coming This Year
If the import ban on certain Russian products ever gets lifted, shooters can look forward to an updated IZ132 rifle from Concern Kalashnikov.

The standard IZ132 rifle has a gas-operated, rotating-bolt action chambered in 7.62x39, high-impact polymer hunting butt and forend, and a 16.3-inch barrel. It will now be joined by three 922(r)-compliant upgrades for 2014-2015. The following upgrades also fit Saiga’s Model IZ240.
The IZ132 Saiga upgrade includes an improved polymer stock and handguard as well as integrated ergonomic pistol grip. The upgrade accepts traditional 30-round double-stack magazines.

The SU2 Saiga upgrade, which will be introduced in the fall, also accepts 30-round double-stack magazines while adding a Command Arms Accessories (CAA) skeletonized collapsible stock with rubber recoil pad and ergonomic extension design, a rubberized pistol grip with interchangeable back straps and finger grooves, and hand guard complete with Picatinny rails.

The SU3 Saiga upgrade includes a fully adjustable CAA stock (SRSNL) with 10-position extension adjustability, adjustable cheek piece for height and eye relief, and vertically adjustable rubberized butt pad. Its rubberized grip includes six interchangeable finger groove and backstrap inserts. Storage is also available in the grip system and secured by a snap cap. Rounding out the SU3 upgrade is a 5-Picatinny-rail system capable of handling tactical lighting, hunting, and shooting accessories. The upper-receiver dust cover can be manipulated and removed without dismantling the rail system. The SU3 is designed to accept a 30-round double-stack magazine. This model will be introduced to the marketplace in early 2015.

RWC Group LLC was established in June 2011 and began operations in January 2012 as the exclusive U.S. Importer of Izhmash Saiga rifles and shotguns. In September 2013, RWC became the exclusive U.S. Importer of Concern Kalashnikov products. Currently, these product lines consist of Izhmash and Baikal rifles and shotguns.

In July, President Obama signed an executive order targeting Russian oil, natural gas, finance and defense companies, including Saiga and Baikal firearms.

Product Recall Notice: Hornady 9mm 135-Grain Ammo
Hornady Mfg. Company is recalling one lot of 9mm 135-grain +P Hornady Critical Duty Ammunition, Item #90226, Lot #3141635. This lot was shipped between the dates of 6-5-14 and 7-16-14, the company said. The lot number can be found printed on the underside of the box label.

Hornady ballisticians have determined that some cartridges from Lot #3141635 may exhibit light or no powder charges. Use of this product may result in firearm damage and/or personal injury. The company advises shooters not to use Hornady Critical Duty 9mm Luger 135-grain +P, Lot #3141635.

This notice only applies to Lot #3141635. If you own this lot number or have any questions regarding this recall, please call 800-338-1242. Hornady Mfg Company will make all arrangements associated with this return and replacement of the product.

Any other lot numbers or item numbers are not subject to this recall and require no action.

Four New Desert Eagle 1911s Available from Cabela’s
Magnum Research, Inc. has announced four exclusive new designs for its Desert Eagle 1911G and Desert Eagle 1911C pistols offered through Cabela’s.

The first two models are the .45 ACP “G” and “C” pistols, model numbers DE1911GSBCAB and DE1911CSBCAB. The frames on both are precision cast, machined from high-quality carbon steel, and the slide is machined from solid billets of steel and then finished in a matte black. The exclusivity of this model is the commanding gray frame, which has been treated with a high-temperature ceramic Cerakote coating and is accented with black appointments. MSRP on either model is $948.

The second two new models in the Cabela’s offering are also .45 ACP “G” and “C” pistols, model number DE1911GCH and DE1911CCH. These pistols feature a case-hardened carbon steel frame using the Turnbull bone charcoal process. MSRP is $1,120. Both DE1911G models feature a 5-inch barrel length and an overall length of 8.625 inches. The DE1911C models feature a 4.33-inch barrel length and an overall length of 7.87 inches.

All four models offer a slide width of 1.28 inch and slide thickness of 0.92 inch and grip thickness of 1.30 inch. The overall weight on the “G” models is 36.2 ounces, and the C models weigh in at 33.9 oz.

The high-profile sculptured sights are drift adjustable for windage, with a pinned-in serrated front-sight blade.Other features of the MRI pistol lines include a high-ride beavertail grip safety, extended magazine release, beveled magazine well, aluminum trigger with an over-travel stop, stainless steel full-length guide rod, extended thumb safety, enlarged ejection port, and double-diamond-checkered wood grips.

CMMG Adds 5.56mm Caliber to New AR Pistol Line-Up
CMMG has added a 5.56mm version to its recently released line-up of Mk4 K AR Pistols.
Aside from the caliber, the most notable difference in this new Mk4 K AR Pistol in 5.56mm is that it features a 12.5-inch barrel, compared to the 8.2-inch barrel found on the .300 AAC Blackout and 9mm versions.

The company says the increased barrel length will allow shooters to attain greater accuracy and reliability with the popular 5.56mm cartridge.

The Mk4 K AR Pistol comes with a Magpul MOE pistol grip and stock, an A2 muzzle compensator and features an ambidextrous rear sling mount.

Other features include CMMG’s RKM11 free-floating KeyMod hand guard. The KeyMod slots are located at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and allow users to mount compatible accessories directly to the hand guard.

For accessories that are not yet compatible with the KeyMod system, CMMG offers separate 5-slot rails that attach to the hand guard. For mounting sights or optics, a 1913 Picatinny rail runs across the top of the firearm.

MPA Rolls Out 6mmBA and 6.5mmBA Bolt Action Rifles
MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA MAC Line of semi-auto pistols, carbines, suppressors and MPAR Rifles, is now producing bolt-action rifles in 6mm and 6.5mm calibers.
The MPA 6mmBA Bolt Action Rifle and the MPA6.5mmBA Bolt Action Rifle are built on an MPA tactical aluminum chassis with a Stiller’s Precision TAC Series action and MPA/Spencer hand-lapped barrel.

The MPA chassis is produced from 6061 aluminum with a v-bedding system, which provides additional clearance for glass-bedding action and the straight section of the barrel. The MPA buttstock comes with an adjustable cheek riser, length of pull adjustment, and monopod.
The 6mmBA and 6.5mmBA also feature a front-mounted bridge with Picatinny rail and a lower mounted Picatinny rail, plus a 20 MOA scope rail. The body has a Cerakote finish of either black or flat dark earth. The MPA 6mmBA and 6.5mmBA are compatible with any AICS or AW compatible magazines.

The 6mm rifles are available in various 6mm chamberings, including 6mm Lapua, 6mmXC, 6mm Creedmore, 243 Winchester and others. The 6.5mm rifles are available in 6.5mm x 47 Lapua, 6.5mm x 284 Lapua, 6.5mm Creedmore, 260 Remington and others.
MasterPiece Arms’ main offices are located in Carrollton, Georgia.

Compiled by Gun Tests staff.GT