Shooting Gear

TAPCO Intrafuse Handguard for the AR-15

The TAPCO Intrafuse AR Handguard is a fine alternative to the traditional aluminum quad-rail that many AR-15 owners consider as standard equipment today. The Intrafuse handguard is made of high strength composite material, and has full-length Picatinny rails on the top and bottom with half-length Picatinny rails on both sides.

The bottom and side rails have detachable covers, while the top rail remains open at all times. The covers are made of Santoprene, described as a high strength flexible rubber material, and are designed to be modular to fit the shooter’s desires. The covers can be removed in a matter of seconds, and do not require any tools to do so.

The handguard is designed with numerous ventilation ports to keep the barrel of the rifle from overheating.

Military Shooting Gear

Foreign Weapons Field Tool Kit

brownells_foreign_toolsBrownells introduced the Foreign Weapons Field Kit, a tool kit designed to service Soviet-bloc firearms in the field.  This tool kit may be of great interest to Special Forces and other allied troops who work closely with the indigenous peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the thousands of military surplus firearms collectors here in the United States.

The kit contains tools for servicing a variety of Soviet-type foreign weapons, including the AK-47/AKM assault rifle, PK/PKM/PKMS 7.62mm machine gun, Dragunov SVD sniper rifle, DShK/DShKM 12.7mm machine gun, and RPG-7 grenade launcher.

The foreign weapons field kit lets you field-strip these weapons quickly for cleaning, maintenance, adjustment, and repair without the confusion and down time spent scrounging for the proper tools.

Shooting Gear

Brownells Offers New Cleaning Kits for the Field

Brownells announced several new products this month that are designed to keep your rifle, pistol, and shotgun clean and running in “the real world.”

mpro_ar15_kitThe M-Pro 7 AR-15 Cleaning Kit is a handy kit with everything you need to keep your AR-15 platform gun and pistol running smooth.  The kit comes with rifle bore brushes in .223 and .308, plus pistol bore brushes in 9mm and .45.  The kit comes in a hard-shell polycarbonate black box with the following items:

  • 2 fl. oz (59ml) Gun Cleaner;
  • 2 fl oz. Cleaner/Lubricant/Protectant;
  • five-section steel cleaning rod w/30″ maximum extended length;
  • (4) bronze bore brushes to fit .22/.223/5.56mm, .308/7.62mm, 9mm, and .45;
  • bronze bolt way cleaning brush;
  • polymer patch loop;
  • 1″ circular, 2″ square, and 2½” square cotton flannel patches;
  • lint-free gun cloth; and
  • Weapons Maintenance Guide.

Brownells also states the M-Pro 7 AR-15 Cleaning Kit meets TSA regulations for legal transport in checked baggage aboard commercial airliners, due to its non-hazardous and non-flammable contents.

Shooting Gear Skills

LaserLyte Introduces the Laser Trainer Pro

laserlyte_trainer3LaserLyte introduced a new training laser: the LaserLyte Laser Trainer Pro.  In a nutshell, this device adjusts to fit the barrels of most handguns.  Once inserted into the barrel, the device will flash a laser each time it “hears” the hammer fall.

The idea is you would use this device while dry firing to make sure that you are properly exercising the fundamentals of accurate shooting (especially trigger control) and the bullets would have gone where you thought they would have.  If the laser shines someplace different than where you were aiming, then you know something is off, and you can set about correcting your shooting.

In a time when ammo is both scarce and expensive, this little device could be valuable for anyone who practices with dry firing.  See the video below for a demonstration of how the Laser Trainer Pro works.

Rifles Shooting Gear

Tango Down ARC-L AR-15 Magazine Review

Tango Down magazine review

In March, Tango Down introduced a new polymer AR-15 magazine called the ARC-L.  Tango Down took a different approach to the AR-15 magazine, and designed something new that is worth looking at.

Tango Down developed the ARC-L magazine by going back to the drawing board and taking a hard look at ammunition feeding in the AR-15 platform.  Tango Down started with the understanding that 30-round magazines in the AR-15 are curved, yet the magazine well in the AR-15 is straight.

Instead of utilizing a single piece of molded plastic, the Tango Down magazine is a two-part assembly that snaps together (permanently) in the middle.  There are several reasons for this, but the main one is to have a straight portion that is in the magazine well, with a curved portion that is the part extending beyond the magazine well.

Tango Down says by using the two-piece construction they can mix various polymers for different portions of the magazine:

We can also mix materials, impossible with conventional plastic magazines. We can offer transparent lower/high tensile strength upper sectioned magazines that avoid the brittle feed lip issue of all-transparent material construction.