Heckler & Koch has a few new products to offer us this year which they’re debuting at SHOT SHOW next week. There’s nothing really ground breaking here, but nevertheless cool. The two new German guns that will be available to us civilians are the MR762A1 and the HK45 Compact Tactical.
If you were on the fence for buying the HK MR556A1 because you wanted it in a .308, well then the MR762A1 was what you were waiting for. As the name suggests, its chambered in 7.62×51 (.308). The MR762A1 is manufactured here in America but with German HK parts. Basically, its a civilian version of HK’s HK417. The MR762A1 shares a lot of features with its 5.56 predecessor such as HK’s buttstock, a gas piston system, and HK freefloating quad picatinny handguards.
One aspect of the MR762A1 that I found particularly interesting is that the barrel is “swagged” with a smaller internal diamter at the muzzle end than the chamber end–which according to HK has a positive effect on bullet accuracy and velocity. There’s also a two-stage trigger set between 4.5 and 5.6 pounds. The MR762A1 has a 16.5″ barrel with an overall rifle length of 36″ (39.5 with stock fully extended) and it weighs 9.94lbs empty. Those wanting their 7.62 HK rifle over the 5.56 version will have to shell out $1,000 more–the HK MR762A1 has an MSRP price tag of $3,995.
HK’s other civilian offering is the HK 45 Compact Tactical. The new HK45 Compact Tactical is a smaller version of the HK45 with a threaded barrel. This new silencer friendly .45 has an 8 round while the V3 model will have a 10 round magazine–all HK45 magazines will work with the new HK45 Compact Tactical. Other specs include a double-single action trigger set at approximately 4.5 lbs for the single action, and 11.45 lbs for the double; the HK45 Compact Tactical has a 4.5″ barrel and weighs 1.82 lbs empty and sports a picatinny rail for attaching a light or laser. Price for the new HK45 Compact Tactical should be slightly above the 1k mark.
Now, lets tease you guys (and girls) with something that most of you will never shoot unless you enlist in Germany –check out the new HK G28 pictured below. It’s HK’s new DMR (designated marksman rifle) for the German Army. The G28 was based on the European HK MR308 civilian competition rifle (which is a variant of the MR762A1) but it has some notable enhancements. The G28 has the new STANMAG 4694 NATO handguards which extend a bit further for attaching night vision devices in conjunction with a day scope. It also has a chrome-lined cold-hammer forged barrel, a two-stage gas regulator, and a raised cheek piece. The paint job is more than just for looks, it has a low IR observable finish, making it harder to see with NV goggles on. No price, because you can’t buy it anyway, so just sit there and drool or join the German Army.
Ruger is rolling out a new .22 lr semi-automatic pistol named the SR22. Even though it has the SR moniker on it, the SR22 has some significant differences from its bigger brothers.
I would of thought that the SR22 would just be a 22 chambered SR, but it’s not. The controls are different as you can see from the pic and its quite smaller in size. Also, it has an external hammer and it’s a double-single action as opposed to striker fired. Some other features of the SR22 pistol include an adjustable sighting system, picatinny rail for tacti-coolness, and interchangeable rubber grips. The SR22 has a 3.5″ barrel, weighs just 17.5 ounces, and comes with a 10 round magazine.
At first glance, for a half second or so, the SR22 reminds me of another .22 pistol, the Walther P22. The lines seem similar for me. If the SR22 can function reliably (.22 LR automatic pistols can be finicky), then I’m sure Ruger has a winner on its hands. Personally, I’ll wait until they have a threaded barrel model–shooting a silenced .22 is just plain fun. You should see the SR22 very soon at your gun store for a price around $400.
Strike Industries reached out to Gunblog.com about a few months and sent us a sample of their polymer products for us to take a look at. We were lucky enough to receive a set of their 1911 grips, an iPhone cover, and a non-polymer product, their pyramid angled rail adapter. Well after playing with them for a while, its time to tell you guys (and girls) what we think, and why I’m not sending the 1911 grips back to them.
Ok, we know, there is a plethora of polymer gun products out there, and you’re probably asking what makes Strike Industries stand out. For us, two things always grab our attention for any product–First it’s quality, second price. The quality of the polymer used for Strike Industry’s products seems to be first rate. They’re extremely rigid and can stand up to a significant amount of heat while still maintaining their durability; check out the video below to see an example of this durability. Second the price is deceiving, I would expect a lesser quality product at the low price point Strike Industries offers.
Strike Industries is a homegrown company made up of hobbyists and gun enthusiasts who wanted to offer a different type of polymer, so they developed their own. They believe what sets their polymer apart from others is the process in which they construct it–they directly inject the fibers into the polymer rather than mixing it or layering it. They claim that the process is cheaper and produces a result that has a similar rigidity as the polymer used in popular 1911 G10 grips. From my short time of handling their products, seeing the prices on their website, and viewing the videos, I see myself becoming a quick believer of their claims. Take a look below to see what they sent us to play with.
Yes, of course, there has to be a tactical iPhone case if you make polymer, and Strike Industries is no exception. Their iPhone case is a little different though; the tactical loop makes pulling it out of a mollle pouch and taking a quick phone call in between reloads a tad bit easier. No, but seriously, if you do keep your phone in a molle pouch of some kind, or some deep pockets, it is quite handy. The hexagonal engraving on the back looks pretty sweet too. The phone also has complete functionality with all the buttons and camera functions.
The one non-polymer product they sent us was their Pyramid Angled Rail Adapter. At first, it thought it was quite peculiar, but I could see a few rifle owners really liking this item. It allows a user to mount a grip at a 17 degree angle either forward (for an AK style foregrip) or reward (for a MK43 style grip). Although its main purpose is attaching grips at an angle, almost any picatinny accessory you wish to be at a 17 degree angle could be attached to it.
And now my absolute favorite accessory Strike Industries sent us, their 1911 grips. When first contacted by Strike Industries, I checked out their website and looked at the grips. I saw the price tag of 16 bucks and was expecting to get some sort of glorified gun show special grips. Well, I was wrong, and I’m glad I was wrong. The golf ball dimple grips they sent fit my 1911 full size perfectly, and more importantly, they felt spectacular when gripping it. Their a little thicker than my other grips (not by very much), but I prefer the slight thickness since I have larger hands. The only thing that over shines the quality of the polymer is the look the grips give my 1911–personally, I love it, and they’re staying on.
You can purchase the products shown here and see what else Strike Industries has to offer over at their website. Their products, particularly their 1911 grips, left an impression on me, and I’m anxious to see what they roll out with in the future (hint hint, high capacity magazines for the AR-15).Read More
We would like to introduce you guys to a new gun auction website, and Gunblog.com’s newest advertiser, OnTargetAuctions.com. There are a few online gun auction sites out there right now, but OnTargetAuctions.com puts a unique spin on the typical eCommerce world of auction sites.
We’re all pretty much familiar with online auctions; most of them are similar to Ebay. If you’re the highest bid, and the price reserve is met, you win the item. OnTargetAuctions.com has a sort of collective bidding system. People pay for bids on the site and just use “bids” to bid on the item. The person with the last bid, wins the item. There are also auctions for bids themselves; so instead of paying about a dollar a bid, you can get 25 or 50 pack of bids on the cheap.
If you don’t win the item, and you placed a bunch of bids, those bids don’t necessarily go to waste. You can apply those bids to purchase the item. I’ve seen some guns go for pretty low prices. The best deal I’ve seen so far has to be the Springfield XDm .45, and the winner probably paid less than $100 bucks in bids. It’s sort of high risk/high reward system, but if you’re the tenacious bidder, you can come away with some crazy deals. As the site grows, I’m sure the inventory and deals will too. Check them out, and stay tuned to Gunblog.com as we’ll probably have some special deals available here for bid packs and items–expect a promo code soon. Also, OnTargetAuctions.com is doing a giveaway this month so stay tuned for that too. Be sure to check them out.