Company Overview: Strike Industries

Company Overview:  Strike Industries

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).

 

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Gamble Tactical LA Holsters

Gamble Tactical LA Holsters

Game TActical Holster Pics

A problem with having tactical accessories on your pistol is finding a holster that can accommodate it.  There are companies that make them, but prices are usually expensive and wait times are usually long.  Also, sometimes you’ll have to get a custom holster made to accommodate your specific setup.  One company is trying to help compact Glock owners make it easier to find a holster with their new LA Tactical Holster.

Gamble Tactical’s LA Tactical holster has a unique design that will allow an owner attach almost any light/laser to their Glock compact.  As you can see from the pictures, the complete underside of the holster is pretty much cut away, leaving it open.  The pistol is actually held in by a 3 point retention system–a small column that goes into the muzzle, an polymer strap that’s formed around where the backstrap meets the slide, and the areas around the triggerguard/frame.  The pistol is released when grabbing it; the top of your hand moves the strap which releases the gun from the holster.

Gamble Tactical’s holster is constructed from a glass reinforced nylon and can host a variety of belt clips.  The holster is also adjustable so it can provide specific cant that an owner may want.

Glock holster for bayonett

The design of the LA Holster has an obvious advantage–it provides a holster for those wanting to put accessories on their Glock 19 or 23.  However, from looking at the video below, it seems that it forces somewhat of a non traditional draw.  You have to come back a little bit then up, rather just just straight up as with most of the holsters currently on the market now.  But unlike most other holsters, you can’t attach any accessory you want, and/or switch out that accessory and still use the same holster. With a little training and some time getting used to it, I’m sure the unorthodox draw wouldn’t be a difficult obstacle to overcome.

Hopefully, Gamble Tactical will be offering their new innovative holster for more models of Glocks or even different manufacturers of pistols.  I’m sure there’s a market for the same type of holster that could accommodate other striker fired pistols such as the S&W M&Ps and the Springfield XDs (it would be difficult to make a similar holster for pistols with an external hammer such as a Sig P226).

For a light bearing holster, the price seems very reasonable at only 30 bucks and is available at the sportsmanguide.com.

 

 

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New Magpul STR and ACS-L Stocks

Magpul ACS-L

Magpul has just introduced a couple of new stocks featuring storage on your AR-15.  The new STR (Storage/Type Restricted) and ACS-L (Adaptive Carbine Stock – Light) stocks will be available for purchase this month.  Both stocks seem to be modified versions of currently available Magpul stocks.

Magpul ACS-L Pics

The new Magpul ACS-L stock is pretty much exactly what you’re thinking it would be–a slightly lighter version of the current ACS stock.  I own an ACS stock and it could use a little weight reduction so good on Magpul for tweeking it.  It shares all the same features of the ACS with the only difference being the battery tubes which are slimmer resulting in a 10% weight difference from its predecessor.  The Magpul ACS-L stock is also cheaper at $100 compared to $140 for the ACS.

Magpoul STR pics

Magpul’s other new stocks seems to be a hybrid between their ACS stock and CTR stock.  The Magpul STR is another drop in replacement stock designed to be a storage capable CTR.  It hosts the same features of the CTR such as the friction reduction system that cuts down on stock movement and the same locking system.  The STR is also priced at $100 and will be available this month.

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MGI Recoil Reducing Buffer Review

A few months ago we showed you the recoil reducing buffer from MGI for the AR-15.  The .223/5.56 AR-15 doesn’t really have that much recoil to reduce, but every little bit helps.  Shooters looking for tighter follow up shots, or lucky owners of a fully automatic AR-15 have claimed that such buffer upgrades increase accuracy greatly; however, that wasn’t the reason the MGI Buffer caught my attention.

My AR-15 was having trouble cycling correctly while shooting it suppressed–the increased gas pressure due to the suppressor was causing my bolt to cycle way too fast.  It was so fast, that my brass did not have ample time to eject.  I confirmed this by first replacing my extractor and spring on my bolt (start with the cheapest part first for troubleshooting right?).  This didn’t help, all my brass was still getting caught up as seen in the video below.  I had three options to get my AR-15 cycling correctly:  I could get an adjustable gas block; I could change my DI gas system into  a piston system; or I could try a cyclic reducer.  I chose the easiest and cheapest option–the MGI Recoil Reducing buffer.


(video is slowed down 98%, watch in 1080p for best detail)

The installation of the the MGI Buffer is the second only to the magazine for least effort required.  Simply open up the lower receiver, pull out buffer spring, and replace the buffer.

There are other replacement buffers on the market, and while their purpose is essentially the same, their construction is not.  The others feature a hydraulic system to absorb the recoil of the bolt while the MGI buffer is completely mechanical which isn’t prone to leaks as other have reported with the hydraulic buffers.

After about 3,000 rounds through my AR while using the MGI Recoil Reducing Buffer, it hasn’t failed on me yet.  More importantly though, it completely solved my spent cartridge ejection problem I was experiencing while shooting suppressed.  It seems that the MGI Recoil Reducing Buffer slowed the bolt down enough so that the spent casings could exit the receiver reliably and consistently.

Well MGI’s buffer solved my problems, but not everyone has this problem to solve; however anyone that owns a AR-15 could benefit from this buffer.  The .223/5.56 out of an AR-15 doesn’t really have that much recoil to complain about, but groups can quickly grow out of control the faster one pulls the trigger.  Using MGI’s buffer makes follow up shots  incredibly more accurate–it prevents the sights from jumping around and makes the AR-15’s muzzle rise the equivalent of an extremely loud airsoft gun.

The MGI Recoil Reducing buffer for the AR-15 has the highest ratio for ease of installation and added benefit than almost any upgrade you outfit an AR-15 with.  The average shooter who just bench shoots their AR-15 might not see much benefit to the MGI buffer.  On the other hand, competition shooters such as 3 gun participants, or tactical shooters could see some added benefit since their rapid follow up shots would be in noticeably smaller groupings.  The price may seem a little steep for a buffer at $140 considering the stock buffer costs a few dollars, but if you’re running out of things to enhance on your AR, or if you’re looking for every advantage and edge you can get, then the MGI Recoil Reducing Buffer would be a go to upgrade.

 

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Magpul MOE Scout Mount

MOE Scout Mount PIctures

Another Magpul accessory for their MOE line has been released, this time its the new Magpul MOE Scout Mount.  This new light mounting accessory from Magpul differs slightly from their illumination kit with its cantilever design positioning the light a little bit more forward for a more ergonomic option.

The Magpul MOE Scout Mount is designed specifically for the SureFire Scout Light Weaponlights and other 1913 Picatinny mounted lights–if the Scout Light is out of your budget (around $300) then the Streamlight TLR series (starting at $100) will attach just fine.  It features a low profile design and is made of polymer keeping the weight down.  The MOE Scout Mount is designed to attach to Magpul’s MOE handguards.  Two models are available–one for the left side of your handguards to mount a light at the 11 o’clock and one for the right, 1 o’clock position.  Just like other Magpul products the MOE Scout Mount is priced very reasonably at only $10 and is available now at your local or online gun stores and directly at Magpul.com.  

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Blackhawk 30mm 4-20x50mm Scope Review

Blackhawk Scope Review

Introduction

Earlier this year Blackhawk introduced a new line of riflescopes available exclusively through Cabellas.  Blackhawk offered 30mm and 1” versions, both with various models with different magnifications.  We were lucky enough to receive their flagship,  4-20x50mm magnification scope sent to us to try out for a few months.

When the scopes were first announced by Blackhawk, I must admit, I had some serious reservations.  First, a company that’s most famous for their molle gear, holsters, and apparel was now getting into the highly competitive and equally precise optics game?  Second, they announced that the scopes were not American made, but imported.  And finally, they 4-24x model costs $900 at Cabellas, which puts the Blackhawk riflescope’s price tag parallel with the Vortex Viper PST and Burris XTR scopes which are proven mid level scopes.  Well after about 4 months using Blackhawk’s entry into the optics game some of those reservations have been resolved, but left one question still lingering—is Blackhawk’s new scope worth almost $900?

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