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 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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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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ISSC teaming up with Gemtech for Shot ’11

M22 with suppressor

Suppressor manufacturer Gemtech, and .22lr pistol (and now rifle) maker ISSC are partnering up at the upcoming shot show to feature the popular ISSC M22 with Gemtech Alpine suppressors on them.  Gemtech has increased production quite a bit according to their facebook page, and ISSC has been selling quite a few M22s, so it seems like a natural match.

Although we had some problems during our review of the M22, I would still be interested in seeing this combo up close.  From the interwebs, I’ve noticed most of the problems with the M22 are isolated to their longer barrel, compensated version that we received for testing–the standard model is reported to be much more reliable.

The .22lr is probably my favorite round to shoot suppressed, just because it is pretty much hush hush quiet.  No word yet if Gemtech and ISSC are teaming up to sell the Alpine and M22 as a combo deal, but it would be nice.  The MSRP of a Gemtech Alpine is $425, an ISSC costs around $300 dollars (sometimes lower), and the dreaded tax stamp is of course $200–making the total around $925 dollars; it would be nice if they start offering them as a kit and maybe lowering the cost to negate that tax stamp. I hope ISSC has a booth at the range day media event for the upcoming Shot Show so readers can get a first hand look at this promising combo, if not, we’ll be sure to give you enough pics to get a good look at it.

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New Vortex Optics Swing Mount

Vortex Magnifyer Mount

Vortex is a company that seems to be gaining a lot of ground in the optics market by offering products whose quality seems to fair exceed their prices.  Although they do make premium priced optics, mainly for long range shooting, their “budget” priced red dots that I’ve handled presented themselves to be anything but “budget.”  The Vortex StrikeFire, and Vortex SPARC are exceptional values for their low under $200 dollar price point.

Vortex has a new product coming out soon, an optics swing mount to go with their 3x magnifier (which is also moderately priced at $160 dollars).  The mount will cost around $100 dollars, making it a little more affordable than other manufacturer’s swing mounts.

One could be able to get a Vortex StrikeFire, a magnifier, and a swing mount for under $350 dollars, which is far less than most quality red dots alone.  I’m seeing this as a great alternative for those frugal shooters that are tired of being burned by the “gun show special” optics out there, but can’t afford the military grade quality red dot optic/magnifier combination.  Vortex seems to be hitting that (growing) market like a tack driver.

The only potential issue I could see how the swing mount sticks out about a half inch-inch on the left hand side, and also weight is always a potential issue.  Hopefully can get its hands on one soon to give you guys a full review in the near future.

Vortex Magnifier Mount

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New SureFire High Capcacity Magazines

SureFire 60 round mag

SureFire is starting to expand into the realm of M4 magazines now by introducing their new HCMs (high capacity magazine).  They’ll be available in a 60 and 100 round flavors sometime after Shot Show next year.  The SureFire HCM utilizes a quad stack configuration which I would assume would be quite similar to Magpul’s quad stack magazine they’ll be coming out with soon.

SureFire has a development  philosophy that they don’t build to a price point but rather a point for the best quality and performance they can–and everything I’ve ever seen come out of SureFire has displayed this philosophy.  The SureFire HCMs will cost $129 for the 60 round model (MAG5-60 HCM), and $179 for the 100 round model (MAG5-100 HCM).  Although the price may be a little bit more expensive than what the average monthly shooter might want to dish out for a magazine, I could still see many shooters purchasing a few.  I”m sure the more avid shooters out there can’t wait to get their hands on them including 3-gun competitors.  And assuming SureFire has practiced  its rigorous quality control measures, I’m sure the price is in line with its quality and performance.

SureFire 60 Round Magazine

SureFire MAG6-60 HCM

Below you can check out some info received from SureFire regarding their new HCMs.  You can also check out DefenseReview’s full article on the HCM here.

“In the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a soldier’s ability to respond to an attack with overwhelming force is critical. Ambushes are commonplace and the outcome of the ambush is often determined in the first 30 seconds. Firepower and the ability to stay in the fight are key.

SureFire’s High Capacity Magazines are designed to provide the war fighter with 60 or 100 rounds of ammunition in a single magazine, thereby decreasing the number of reloads a soldier must perform and increasing the number of rounds available to a soldier to engage threat targets.

In battle, it takes the average soldier 4 seconds to reload their weapon and reacquire a target; time that could be spent engaging threat targets. At best, 30-round magazines allow an individual soldier to fire no more than 150 rounds in 30 seconds.*

SureFire’s 60-Round Magazine increases that figure to 240 rounds. And its 100-Round Magazine: 293 rounds. This magazine is also meant to increase the effectiveness of group that intends to give full-auto firepower to their operators. Estimated MSRP is $129 for the 60-round and $179 for the 100-round.

Do I have to download my magazine to seat it in the weapon with the bolt closed?
A. No. SureFire HCMs will fit into the host weapon with the bolt closed when loaded with the maximum round count. The design of the magazine takes into account the allowable tolerances of cartridges manufactured to NATO and SAAMI specifications.

Q. Will my 60 round magazine fit into my nylon gear for 30 round magazines?
A. The SureFire MAG5-60 will fit into most nylon pouches with Velcro cover flaps intended for two 30 round magazines. Double magazine pouches with stitched partitions may require alteration.

Q. Will SureFire be offering nylon pouches for these magazines?
A. Yes. Product specifics and pricing is still to be determined.

Q. Can SureFire HCM’s be disassembled for cleaning?
A. Yes, the SureFire HCMs can be disassembled for periodic cleaning or as required. A punch, the tip of a cartridge or common tool can be used to remove the floor plate from the magazine body.

Q. What dealers will have access to HCM’s?
A. Authorized SureFire dealers in states with no high capacity regulations. Rules and processes are being developed for dealers located in states with regulations (CA, HI, IL, MD, MA, NY, OH, DC).”

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