May 2015

Glock’s New Single-Stack 9mm

The company says the G43 addresses issues that many shooters face with existing concealed carry pistols. We’ll see about that.

Glock has released a new single-stack slimline 9mm pistol, the Glock 43. The frame width of the G43 is just over one inch, and the slide width measures 0.87 inch. The overall length is 6.26 inches. For those who have smaller hands, the trigger span from backstrap to trigger face is 2.6 inches. The single-stack magazine holds six rounds.

“The G43 addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” said Glock VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”

Heizer Defense Launches PAK1 “Pocket AK Pistol” in 7.62x39 at NRA Show

At the NRA Show in Nashville, Heizer Defense debuted the new PAK1 Pocket AK Pistol in 7.62x39. The pistol is the next caliber offering in the Heizer Defense Pocket Pistol family, which includes the PS1 Pocket Shotgun chambered in 45 LC/.410, the PAR1 Pocket AR chambered in 223 Rem., and the Hedy Jane Empowered line, geared to women.

The pistols are multi-caliber with interchangeable barrels. Accessory barrels will be shipping along with the PAK1 Pocket AK. Consumers can purchase any Heizer Defense Pistol and now have two additional calibers to choose from, and additional calibers will be offered throughout 2015. On the Gun Tests Facebook page, readers were skeptical about the Heizer lines.

T.R. said, “Looks pretty useless to me. I’ll keep my rifle cartridges in my rifles.” Bob said, “Recoil is horrible in 9mm and 45. This is a shove-it-in-the-gut-and-fire-only weapon. I would not wish to fire a rifle caliber [in a handgun] unless it was a 22 or 32-20.”

The operator hidden in the bush is reclining alongside the Remington Defense PSR Precision Sniper Rifle 86642 with a side-folding stock. Remington Defense is now offering a handful of its formerly military/ LE-restricted lines to civilians.

Remington Makes Several Military/LE Products Commercially Available

Remington Arms Company has announced that certain Remington Defense products formerly reserved to military units and LE agencies are now available to civilian consumers. The initial Defense offerings are the Remington Gas Piston Carbine R4GP, the R4E Enhanced Carbine, Modular Sniper Rifles Models PSR and MSR, and the M2010 Sniper Rifle, the U.S. Army’s replacement for the M24. Prices weren’t immediately available.

Remington’s Defense Division has its own research and development engineers as well as its own dedicated unit of manufacturing personnel, who do not perform any other work at Remington except for their Defense Division duties.

Many of these operators and armorers are former U.S. Special Operations personnel who brainstorm, build, and sell these weapon systems domestically and to allied nations around the world.

The R4 RGP’s monolithic upper receiver can drop in on M4/M16-series lower receivers without modification. The gas-piston operating system allows for suppressed and unsuppressed fire without a regulator, and Remington claims it is easier to maintain than gas-impingement offerings. The short-stroke piston design features a self-aligning op rod and disassembles forward, without the use of tools. Components include Remington’s Monolithic Free Floating Modular Tube, Magpul ACS stock, and the 51T AAC Flash Hider Adapter.

Key features on the Remington Defense R4E Enhanced Carbine include a billet lower with ambi QD cups, selector, mag catch, and bolt catch; a hammer-forged 4150 CM steel barrel with Melonite treatment; Mil-Spec M16 bolt carrier and receiver extension; a 7075-T6 RAHG handguard with steel threaded inserts, and a Geissele match trigger.

Winner of the US SOCOM PSR competition and type-classified as the Mk21, Remington’s MSR/PSR rifles (Modular Sniper Rifle and Precision Sniper Rifle, respectively) come as packages with interchangeable barrels chambered in .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua Magnum and are said to allow user changes in less than a minute. They all have right-folding adjustable buttstocks. The PSR doesn’t come with the Leupold MK4 M5 reticle riflescopes that come with the MSR rifles. The actions are machined billet titanium receivers with ambi bolt releases and are topped with 20-MOA full-length monolithic top rails.

Remington was awarded the U.S. M2010 Army Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) contract in September 2010 to reconfigure its M24 Sniper Weapon Systems. The M24 and subsequent M2010 are based on the Model 700 and 40-X designs.

The action is a TriNyte-coated titanium alloy with an ambi bolt release seated into a Remington Accessory Chassis System (RACS) stock. There’s a ferric-nitro carburized finish on barrel, receiver, and bolt for maximum life and corrosion resistance.

A 20-MOA full-length monolithic top rail provides a customizable optics-mounting platform. The buttstock is right folding and is adjustable for cheek height, LOP, and buttpad height. The silencer is an AAC Titan QD model.

Beretta’s 92FS Now Available with Internal Guide Rod Laser

Beretta’s 92FS full-size 9mm pistol is now available from the factory with an internal Guide Rod Laser from LaserMax preinstalled. LaserMax is the only manufacturer of an internal guide rod laser sight.

Advantages: The Guide Rod Laser installs as close to the pistol bore line as possible, ensuring a consistent relationship between point of aim and point of impact (POA/POI) over all shooting distances.

The LaserMax pulsed laser sight comes factory aligned at 20 yards. MSRP for the lasered 92FS wasn’t available, but a Green LaserMax Guide Rod Laser (LMS-1441G) for the pistol runs another $450 MSRP. The red LMS-1441 is $400 MSRP.

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Browning Adds Cynergy 20 Gauge to Micro Midas Line; Also Grows X-Bolt Rifle Line

Browning has introduced a new Cynergy Micro Midas 20-gauge over-and-under shotgun that weighs only 6 pounds and has a compact 13-inch length of pull to better fit smaller shooters. Suggested Retail: $1,870.

Top to bottom are Browning’s new Micro Midas Cynergy 20 Gauge, the X-Bolt Eclipse Target in 6.5 Creedmoor and 308 Win. chamberings, and the X-Bolt Eclipse Varmint in 204 Ruger, 223 Rem. and 22-250 Rem.

To help reduce felt recoil, the Cyngery Micro Midas features a soft Inflex Technology recoil pad. Three ¼-inch spacers are included to adjust length of pull. The Cynergy Micro Midas will be available with 24- or 26-inch barrels.

The Cynergy features Monolock Hinge technology for a low-profile receiver, which can help control recoil. The Cynergy also includes the Reverse Striker ignition system, a mechanical trigger system that uses an actuator to reverse the direction of the impact force from the pin to the striker. It is said to offer a crisper feel and lighter pull, reduced locktime, and little overtravel.

Browning will likewise expand its X-Bolt rifle line for 2015 to include the new X-Bolt Eclipse Target and Eclipse Varmint models, $1,070 MSRP. Both models feature a laminated gray satin-finish stock that has a thumbhole grip with Monte Carlo cheek piece.

The X-Bolt Eclipse Target will be offered in 6.5 Creedmoor and 308 Win. chamberings. The 28-inch bull barrel provides excellent accuracy. The X-Bolt Eclipse Target rifle has an adjustable Feather Trigger that is factory set at 3 to 3½ lbs.

The X-Bolt Eclipse Varmint will be offered in 204 Ruger, 223 Rem. and 22-250 Rem. The X-Bolt Eclipse Varmint rifle features a 26-inch bull barrel. Other standard features found on all X-Bolt rifles include a detachable rotary magazine, adjustable Feather Trigger, 60-degree bolt lift, bolt unlock button and Inflex Technology recoil pad.

New Walnut Stocks for Magnum Research 22 LR/Mag Semi-Auto Rifles

Magnum Research has upgraded its Magnum Lite 22 LR and 22 WMR semi-auto rifles with a new Barracuda American black walnut gun stock. The new stock replaces the heavier laminate stocks in Barracuda Pepper, Nutmeg and Forest Camo colors. These rifles utilize the Ruger 10/22 trigger group and 10/22 rotary magazines. MSRP for the MLR22BW is $824 and the MLR22WMBW is $941.

The Magnum Lite MLR22BW and MLR22WMBW with the black-walnut stock uses a lightweight thumbhole design paired with a comb height designed for optics. It also features a semi-palm swell on both sides of the pistol grip and a molded-to-fit rubber buttplate. The new rifles will be equipped with the Magnum Lite graphite bull barrel. The lighter barrel weight (by 13 to 16 ounces lighter, depending on length) dissipates heat up to 43% faster than steel.

Additional features of the MLR22 include Bentz target chambers designed specifically for semi-automatics, full-floating barrels, CNC-machined receivers made from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum forgings, integral Weaver-type rails, and a black-anodized metal finish. The MLR22BW weighs 69.3 ounces, has a barrel length of 17 inches, and an overall length of 35.5 inches. The MLR22WMBW weighs 71.2 ounces, has a barrel length of 19 inches, and an overall length of 37.5 inches.

Howa Introduces Mini Action Rifles

The action and bolt on Howa’s new Mini Action are 20 percent shorter than standard 308-size short actions, which results in a shorter bolt throw when chambering a round. Available initially in .223 Rem. and .204 Ruger (with other calibers promised for the future), the rifle features a 20-inch hammer-forged barrel, a three-position safety, a HACT two-stage trigger, and a 5-round detachable magazine. This rifle without scope weighs just over 5.5 pounds with a 20-inch barrel. Howa claims its “drawn” barrel produces better accuracy than a forged barrel, because they are not extruded and stretched, and do not begin with billet stock.

They begin as extrusion tubes that are swaged, drawn and then roll leveled before cutting. Drawn barrels are also heat treated.

The Howa Mini Action Rifles are factory equipped with ten-round, synthetic, detachable magazines and have a lightweight composition stock. Scope packages are also available with the Howa Mini Action rifles.

Howa Mini Action riflestocks are available in OD green, black or camo dipped in Kryptek Highlander with lightweight, standard and heavy barrel options. Lightweight and heavy barrels measure 20 inches, and standard barrels are 22 inches in length. Lightweight barrels are a #1 contour, Heavy barrels are a #6 contour and Standard barrels are a #2 hunting contour. MSRPs range from $608 to $782 depending on package.

Hoppe’s Introduces 1.2.3. Done! Cleaning Kits

Hoppe’s new gun cleaning kits seem like a good idea. The 1.2.3. Done! kits include a caliber/gauge specific Hoppe’s BoreSnake along with 2-ounce bottles of Hoppe’s No. 9 bore cleaner and Hoppe’s high-viscosity lubricating oil. $26.45.