I just received an announcement from Concern Kalashnikov about a number of upgrades to the IZ132 rifle being sold in the United States. The standard IZ132 rifle is based on the AK-47 pattern rifle and is chambered for the 7.62×39 cartridge. It is a semi-automatic rifle fed by detachable magazines. The new upgrade will use […]
SureFire announced the new X400 Ultra: a white light, green laser combo unit for firearms. The light mounts to a standard Picatinny or accessory rail and puts out a maximum of 500 lumens. A momentary/constant-on switch allows the shooter to control the light with one finger. Remote switches are also available from SureFire. The laser uses […]
Bulgarian arms manufacturer Arsenal showed the new AR-M5FTB assault rifle at the Eurosatory 2014 expo in Paris last week. The rifle is an AK-style rifle with a forged & milled receiver that is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge. The AR-M5FTB uses an adjustable buttstock with rubber pad and the handguard has four rails for adding various […]
I recently had the chance to attend the inaugural Make Big Noise firearms demonstration at the G4S International Training facility in Shackleford, VA. The event was organized by Laura Burgess Marketing. Various writers from around the industry were invited to the facility and met with various manufacturer representatives. There were classroom demonstrations and range time.
Faxon Firearms announced the new ARAK-21 XRS complete rifle. The new rifles are designed around the company’s innovative ARAK-21 uppers that blend some of the best elements of the AR-15 and AK-47 rifles. Prior to now, shooters could only buy an ARAK-21 upper and mount it on their own AR lower. The rifles use a […]
American Tactical Imports (ATI) is now selling an AR-15 pistol based on the company’s Omni-Hybrid lower. The gun is chambered in 5.56 NATO and weighs a mere 4.75 pounds. ATI introduced the Omni polymer lowers in mid-2012 (read my review of them here) and later updated the receivers with a metal insert for high stress […]
MasterPiece Arms released a technical review video of the company’s second generation MPAR 556 rifles. The new versions of the rifle have an adjustable gas block, and the video shows how that works in practice.
Smith & Wesson has announced the introduction of a new M&P Shield without a thumb safety. The guns are in production now, and the first guns should start shipping next week. The new Shield variants will be available in both 9mm and .40 S&W. Other than the deleted safety, the guns will be identical to […]
In this week’s Media Lab from NRA Freestyle, the guys take on the famous shootout in Heat. Specifically, they look at movement, communication and suppression fire in a way that was employed in the movie. A lot of people believe the movie scene was done in a fairly realistic manner. What did Media Lab discover? Watch […]