Sig50

Sig 50 BMG

Sig is releasing a brand new precision bolt rifle in .50 BMG called the SIG50.  No word yet on an exact release date as it’s still in its developmental stages; however, they had one on display at SHOT.  If you’re saying to yourself, “Hey that looks just like a McMillan Tac-50,” well you would be halfway right.  When designing the Sig50, Sig Sauer worked with McMillan for to meet some “international requirements,” as Dave Grimshaw states on the video below.  Does that mean a foreign military is looking at purchasing some Sig Sauer 50 BMG bolt action beasts?

The SIG50 features a match grade trigger that has a 3.5 pound break, has fully customizable ergonomics, a 29″ heavy fluted barrel and weighs 25 pounds.  The adjustable butt stock can also come off making it a little easier to transport.  Check out the specs, pics, and a short video of the SIG50 at Shot Show below.  My favorite has to be the red dot site–I would love to see someone do some CQB with a bolt action .50 BMG.

SIG50
Caliber .50 BMG
Overall Length 57.0″
Length w/ Stock Removed 46.125″
Barrel Length w/Muzzle Brake 29.0″
Barrel Contour Heavy Fluted
Rifling Twist 1:15
Grooves 6 RH
Muzzle Break Side Ported, Thread On
Weight w/o Magazine 23.5 lb
Magazine Type Metal Box
Magazine Capacity 5 rounds
Trigger Single Stage Adjustable w/Safety
Trigger Pull 3.5 lbs

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AICS in Multicam


Spotted at Shot Show, the Accuracy International booth had some very awesome tactical artwork painted on their guns–complete with the Multicam (r) logo and everything.  I asked the representative there if they’re commercially available, and he replied “not yet;” yet being the keyword here.

Accuracy International put the stocks out as a “feeler” to see what kind of reaction they would get.  Well, from the looks of it, I’m willing to bet Accuracy International will be releasing these beauties.  I asked if AI received overwhelmingly positive feedback, how long would it be before I can drop my Remmy 700 short action in one.  Well, hopefully his answer is accurate because if all goes we could be seeing AICS stocks in Multicam by Summer.  For me, its like asking, how long did it take to figure out that peanut butter goes with jelly?  It just seems like a natural combination.

Check out the pictures below then vote in the poll.

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HK MR556A1

HK 416 Review

Well the wait is finally over; for all of those people that were waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for the civilian version of the HK416 can finally exhale.  Heckler and Koch are releasing the civilian version of the HK416 dubbed the MR556A1.  After watching the Youtube videos of an operator popping out of water and going full blast on HK416, it being thrown in the sand and still functioning flawlessly, the average range warrior can finally experience that type of durability for himself (or herself), assuming they’ll want to do such things to their $2,900 (estimated) carbine.

I got a chance to shoot the MR556A1 this week and suffice it to say, it was awesome.  Most of us know the HK416 has a proprietary short stroke gas piston system and its civilian equivalent has the same.  One difference between the two besides the obvious fact that there’s no fun button (aka full auto/get sum’ mode) on the MR556A1, is that the MR556A1 does not have a chrome lined barrel.  According to HK engineers, “chrome lining may add to barrel life but it does not contribute significantly to accuracy and can temporarily conceal defects in the barrel profile.”

MR556A1 Review

Besides the known durability, the one aspect of the MR556A1 I liked the most was the safety.  The hammer does not have to be back in order to place the weapon on safe unlike most, if not all, ARs on the market today.

If you don’t have the coin to get a complete MR556A1, HK will be offering upper receiver kits that will fit on any mil spec lower.  No word yet on how much they’ll be, but since its coming from HK, I’m sure it’ll be at least in the high 1,000s.  Also, HK has a 7.62 version in the works that should be released relatively soon named the MR762A1.  Below, you can check out pics, specs,  and a short video of me trying out the MR556A1 at the Media Day Shot Show event.

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EoTech EXPS3

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EoTech showed off their new EXPS3  at Shot Show this week.  The new optic has many similarities of its older brother, the XPS;  the main differences are  an included quick throw mount and its buttons are located on the side as they are with the 516, 556, and 557 models.  For right now reticules are limited to just the normal EoTech 65 MOA circle with 1 MOA dot, and the 2 dot reticule.  Battery life stays the same at approximately 600 hours and the EoTech EXPS3 runs on 1 CR123 lithium battery.  The EXPS3 is fully night vision compatible which is the only difference between the EXPS3 and the EXPS2 (which is not).  I believe color may be another difference; however, this is unconfirmed–I believe the EXPS3 will be available in tan since that is the model I shot with.  The EoTech website lists the only color available as non reflective black.

I’m sure EoTech came out with the new EXPS3 since many customers wanted to add a magnifier behind their XPS; well, with the buttons on the rear of the optic, it can be awkward to make adjustments.  Which is why EoTech probably came out with a “new” model that’s basically an XPS with a quick throw mount and side buttons.

I had the chance to test an EXPS3 with G23 magnifier out at the Shot Show media event and I liked it more than I thought I would.  I was anticipating a “clumsy” type of operation with the transition between  magnified and not magnified, but it was actually a rapid transition.  I would love to see this as a combo deal that could hopefully bring the combined price down.  The EXPS3 has an MSRP of $640 (the EXPS2 is $519), and the G23 is $529 dollars.  Both EXPS models should be available in May.  You can see more pictures of the EXPS with G23 magnifier below and a video of me shooting with the EXPS3 and G23 mounted on a SCAR-16s.

UPDATE

Eotech will be offering a combo deal that does indeed bring the price down.  The EXPS3 with G23 magnifier will cost around $1100 and the EXPS2 with G23 will be $1000.  That’s not a bad deal for a versatile optic.  Gunblog.com has also secured one for review.  So check back with us; we should be getting it within the next month.

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Aimpoint PRO

Aimpoint PRO Review

Aimpoint has a new red dot optic coming out named PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic) which is being produced with LEOs in mind.  According to the press release the PRO has a distinctive band-pass coating which allows the Aimpoint PRO to be used in conjunction with any generation night vision.  The new Aimpoint PRO is waterproof up to 150 feet (for all those scuba police out there), and it can also accommodate other Aimpoint accessories such as their anti reflective devices (ARD). Also the front lens is receded to help avoid damage or finger smudges.  To further help protect the lenses, the Aimpoint PRO features flip up covers.

Of course, you get the traditional ridiculously long Aimpoint battery life on the PRO which is 30,000 hours, or 3 years.  The PRO features 4 different night vision settings, and 6 daylight settings including 1 extra bright setting.  It features a 2MOA dot with unlimited eye relief.

Aimpoint PRO Review

I’m always impressed with the level of quality that Aimpoint puts out, they never disappoint, but the Aimpoint PRO is pretty much a COMP M3 on the mount that came with the COMP M4 (or QRP2).  Aimpoints are still one of my go to red dot optics (when funds allow), and the PRO would be an excellent choice.  The glass was vividly clear and the dot was a perfect size (I find the 4 MOA dots a bit large).  I had a blast shooting with it on the LaRue tactical range at the Shot Show media event as you can see below.  Gunblog.com has put its order in, and we’ll just have to wait till Aimpoint gets one out to us for a full hands on review.  Check out more pics below and the full press release after the break.

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