Viridian X5L and X5L-RS

Light with Green Laser

Viridian, a company known for its green laser sights, are releasing two new green laser/light combos in the next couple of weeks.  The two models, designated the X5L for pistols and X5L-RS for rifles both feature a 154 lumens light, which can also serve as a strobe light that puts out 184 lumens when activated.

The one thing that separates the laser/light combos (besides price) from each other is the X5L-RS is activated by a two button pressure pad.  Both systems can be configured for different combination such as pulsing laser+strobe, steady light+pulsing laser, etc…  The battery life seems impressive by providing 6+ hours of constant laser runtime, 10+ hours of pulsing laser runtime, or 1 full hour of laser+light; all on one CR123A battery.

X5L-RS Review

I actually got to try one out today at the Shot Show Media Range day event; with just the small mount of time I had with it, I walked away quite impressed.  The spec sheet states that the during daylight, the green laser can be visible up to 100 yards.  Well, during high noon in the Nevada desert, I could see the laser just fine at about 25 yards and it was a little less than 1″  in diameter at that range.

Viridian should be releasing these green laser/light combos soon at an MSRP of $359 for the X5L and somewhere in the low 400s for the X5L-RS.  Hopefully Gunblog.com can get its hands on one for a while to give you guys a full review.  Check out more pics and video below:

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Gemtech .22lr Subsonic Ammo

Subsonic .22lr ammo gemtech

Gemtech just announced that they will be producing a new line of subsonic ammo kicking it off with .22lr subsonic loads.  According to Gemtech, the Gemtech .22lr is a “42-grain heavier loading, special lube that doesn’t clog up cans, cleaner-burning powder, premium performance, value price,” round.  Hopefully they’ll  have some on display tomorrow at the range day media event.  I’ll be sure to keep Gunblog.com informed.  More to come.

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New Blackhawk Rifle Accessories

Blackhawak AR15 Accessories

I think there’s as many announcements coming the week before Shot Show than there’s going to be the week of Shot Show.

BLACKHAWK! is expanding their long gun accessory line to include a new bi-pod, grips, sling adaptors, a couple of different quad rail forends and a few different types of rail covers.

Both of the AR-15 quad rail forends are drop in replacements that can be installed without tools.  The carbine length rails are $205, while the rifle length quad rail forends are $155.  Both sets feature an integrated push-button sling swivel attachment point.   It seems peculiar that the carbine rails are more expensive than the carbine length ones; common sense would tell me it would be the exact opposite–maybe there was a typo on the press release (which you can read at the bottom by clicking “Read More”).

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BLACKHAWK! is also offering an oversized trigger guard which look like its a tad bit bigger than the Magpul trigger guard I see on a lot of rifles.  The BlackHawk trigger guard is constructed out of 6061 T6 aluminum with a Type III hard-coat anodized finish and is  available only in black for $11.

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The new BLACKHAWK! Rail Mount Vertical Grip seems to be like your standard vertical grip.  its molded from high-performance fiberglass-reinforced polymer. and it can also be mounted to rails that are out-of-spec. The BLACKHAWK! vertical grip also contains an O-ring sealed storage compartment, and is available in Black, Dark Earth, or Olive Drab for $40.

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BLACKHAWK! has also released a wide variety of rail covers.  They have a Low-Profile Rail Cover which covers 5 picatinny rail slots and uses an integral wire loom that can secure electrical wires that some people have on their pressure mounted light switches or lasers.  All of BLACKHAWK! rail covers have a rubbery surface and are available in Black, Dark Earth, or Olive Drap.

AR15 Wire Management

For more pics and  the full press release with all the accessories and prices click on “Read More” to go after the break.

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Magpul Iphone Cases

4G Iphone Case

The new Magpul iPhone cases are finally available.  So all you iPhone owners that feel the need to make your iPhones look as tacti-cool as your guns can finally do so.

Magpul is offering two different kinds of the PMAG style iPhone cases.  iPhone 3G or 3Gs owners can purchase the Magpul Field Case while 4G owners will need the Executive Field Case.  Both cases are made from the same durable polymer that the original Magpul Loop (that started it all) was made out of.  The only thing that’s missing is a cool Magpul style acronym.

Both models only cost $10 and are available in Black, OD Green, and Field Dark Earth.  No word yet on if LaRue Tactical will be making a UDE one, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

These tactically awesome cases can be purchased directly from Magpul here.

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