New Magpul MOE+ and MOE-K AR-15 Grips

MOE+ Review

First seen at SHOT SHOW 2010, Magpul has finally started shipping their newest AR-15 grip additions.  They have two new offerings.  The MOE+ and the MOE-K.

The MOE+ is basically a rubber MOE grip.  I had a chance to handle it at this year’s SHOT SHOW and I do prefer its grip to their original MOE.  The MOE+ gave a greater sense of control with the weapon and it was a much more comfortable grip.  Here is what Magpul has to say about its new MOE+:

The MOE+ Grip combines reinforced polymer body construction with comfortable, wrap-around rubber overmolding for maximum weapon control in adverse environments. With a similar shape to a ‘medium’ sized MIAD, this AR15/M16 drop-in design features a hard-polymer bottom edge to reduce the possibility of equipment snags or grip damage. The MOE+ Grip accepts optional storage cores for gear stowage and includes a basic grip cap. All mounting hardware included.

Magpul MOE+ Review
Magpul’s other new addition is their MOE-K which is geared towards PDW (Personal Defense Weapon).  It has a sleeker profile and snag free designed meant to cater to those security detail folks that may be getting in and out of cars a lot and have a need for a more compact weapon.  From Magpul:

Designed as a drop-in upgrade for the standard AR15/M16 pistol grip, The MOE-K Grip provides a low profile, compact design and steeper grip angle compared to more traditional styles.

With a more vertical grip angle optimized for use on PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) configurations, the MOE-K Grip improves comfort and control on rifles that bring the primary hand in closer to the shooter’s body or body armor. The slim profile also makes it an excellent choice for shooters who prefer a smaller grip circumference.

Both are grips are available to order straight from Magpul’s website or check your local gun shop.  The MOE+ costs $23.95 and the MOE-K costs $19.95.


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Leupold VXR Patrol Optic

Leupold VXR Pics

Leupold got a good looking new tactical optic hitting the streets soon, the new Leupold VXR Patrol.  Its a 1.25-4x20mm scope that features an illuminated FireDot Special Purpose Reticle.  The new Leupold VXR Patrol shares a lot of the cool features of other VXR rifles released earlier this year such as Leupold’s MST (Motion Sensor Technology) which will automatically turn off the reticle illumination after the scope detects no motion for 5 minutes, saving battery life.  Along with a battery illuminated reticule, the VXR Patrol utilizes a fiber optic light pipe which will give a shooter a daytime illuminated reticle.

The VXR patrol also features a 30mm tube, Leupold’s Index Matched Lens System, DiamondCoat lenses, a one turn non locking eyepiece for adjusting from 1.25 to 4 times magnification.  Given the quality that Leupold puts out, and the features the VXR Patrol provides, it’s quite a deal with a price under $600.  The one thing that would make this a perfect close to mid range optic for me would be a true 0; 1.25 is ok, but there is a noticeable difference when using a true 0 magnification scope for close range work.  Either way, from the looks of the VXR Patrol, it looks to be a great deal.

VXR Patrol Review


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Leupold Mark 4 HAMR 4×24 Optic

Leupold HAMR review

Leupold has had some serious tactical successes lately.  First, their Mark 8 1.8-8×24 CQBSS was probably the most anticipated optic for 2011 due to its unprecedented versatility.  Next, the US Army selected Leupold’s ER/T M5 Auto-Locking Adjustment riflescope as their primary day time optic for their XM2010 sniper rifle.  So their newest tactical optic, the HAMR (High Accuracy Multi-Range) optic, has a lot to live up to.

Leupold’s new HAMR features Leupold’s illuminated CM-R² reticule which has a horseshoe type reticule with a BDC (bullet drop compensator) underneath as you can see from the image below.  The reticule is etched on the glass it is visible with or without the illumination.   Other features include 4x fixed magnification, waterproof construction, .1 mil adjustments, a total length of 5.5 inches and a weight of 12.9 ounces.  A picatinny mount is built into the HAMR, saving shooters some money negating the need to purchase a mount.  The HAMR is also available with Leupold’s 7.5 MOA delta point red dot sight, which is mounted atop the HAMR for CQC applications.

HAMR reticule pics

The Leupold HAMR’s concept brings to mind another popular optic, the Trijicon ACOG.  I’m sure with Leupold’s name behind the HAMR, its bound to do well despite similar products already on the market.  The Leupold Mark 4 HAMR has an MSRP around $1,600 but I’ve seen them around the $1,300 dollar mark which makes it slightly less expensive than Trijicon’s pricing for their similar setup.

HAMR Review

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Noveske iPhone Case

It looks like Magpul aren’t the only firearm guys making an iPhone case.  Noveske Rifleworks LLC has one of their own.  I doubt its as rugged since Magpul has made theirs out of their proprietary polymer material, but hey, its for a phone.  The case looks pretty cool paying homage to the fire-breathing pig that’s featured on their popular muzzle brakes.  The design is finished off with a Noveske Logo with some cool looking graphics surrounding a rifle.  It has cutouts for the lens and functionality buttons.  The Noveske iPhone case costs $10 and is available at

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Modular Driven Technologies Tac-21 Remington 700 Chasis

There are plenty of aftermarket accessories for the Remington 700; there are even more for the AR-15.  So combining these two platforms could lead to an endless amount of configurations, and that’s where the MDT TAC-21 comes in.  Modular Driven Technologies’ TAC-21 chassis for the Remington 700 short action is a Remington 700 stock system that will allow a 700 owner to put almost any AR buttstock and pistol grip they wish on their bolt action rifle.  Want to put a Magpul PRS on your Remington 700?  Want a detachable magazine or a Hogue pistol grip?  The MDT TAC-21 will probably be your best bet.

The MDT TAC-21 can accept any AR-15 buttstock and grip.  It also uses AICS 5 and 10 round magazines.  Its a drop in system that will accept any Remington 700 short action, no word on a long action model yet so you .300 win mag owners will just have to wait.  A free-floating barrel design helps with providing extra accuracy.  The TAC-21 has a full length 1913 picatinny rail up top that has a built in 20 MOA cant.  There’s sections on the chassis where a shooter can place extra pincatinny rails on if he/she wishes.  The TAC-21 also features buttstock adapters that can allow an owner to quickly swap out different buttstocks.

TAC-21 Review

All these features do come at a price.  The current price for the TAC-21 is $850 at and that’s without a buttstock or grip.  So if you’re looking to add the popular Magpul PRS stock and grip look at tacking on 300 more bucks to that which puts the total a little bit higher than another popular Remington 700 chassis, the AICS stock.  From the looks of it, the stock looks like a prime option for shooters looking to upgrade their Remington 700.  Its the closest thing I’ve seen to the ridiculously awesome looking MSR chassis that Remington is pitching the to military.  The only thing I would change, from judging by the pictures, is the safety cut out–it looks almost worthless, which would be somewhat of a concern for me if I couldn’t engage or disengage the safety.  Hopefully can acquire one for a full review.  For the time being, check the promotional video below for the Modular Driven Technologies’ TAC-21.



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New Chiappa Dedicated .22lr AR-15 Upper

Chiappa firearms, famous for their unconventional revolvers, are now selling a dedicated .22 LR upper.  More and more shooters are turning to the .22 lr to get the most bang for their buck.  Some have turned to .22 LR conversion kits for their AR-15, but that can come with some consequence.  Although the diameter of a .22lr and a .223/5.56 are microscopically close, a .223 barrel is still not made for the .22lr–in terms of size and the bullet itself.  The .223/5.56 are jacketed bullets; they have a copper-nickle jacket around a lead core bullet, most .22lr is not jacketed.  After repeated shooting with .22lr in a rifle chambered in .223, it can lead to a degradation of barrel life and accuracy; not to mention the accuracy of shooting .22lr itself can be sub par due to the 1:9 or 1:7 twist rate of your AR.

Using a dedicated upper instead of a conversion kit can mitigate these risks, and that’s what impressed me with the Chiappa .22 LR upper.  Most conversion kits costs around the $200 dollar mark, which can quickly pay for itself with one trip to the range, but the gradual damage to my precious AR-15’s barrel leaves me a little apprehensive to run it as much as I would like.  So at only $150 dollars more for the Chiappa .22 LR upper,  it makes it a little more appealing.  Not only for the reassuring sense that I won’t (or might) be degrading my rifle, but mainly for the accuracy Chiappa claims their .22lr can achieve.  Check the photo below, 28 shots at 50 yards… that’s pretty impressive.  The Chiappa .22lr dedicated upper is compatible with any mil spec AR-15 and comes with two 28 or 10 round magazines for $350.

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