Review: ZCORR Vapor Barrier Firearm and Ammo Bags

The number one enemy of any firearm or ammunition is corrosion.  Many shooters turn into firearm collectors, and many firearm collectors know the importance of two things–keep moisture out and keep the guns lubed.  ZCORR has been making a product that was designed to do/maintain these two things exceptionally well; so well in fact that their products previously were only available for the United States Marine Core.  Luckily for us, they’ve opened their product line to civilians, and Gunblog.com is ready to tell you about our experiences using the ZCORR Vapor Barrier firearm and ammunition storage bags.

ZCORR Vapor Barrier bags keep moisture out and preserve its contents within by utilizing a Vapor Phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI).  Basically, in a nutshell, there is a layer of VpCI inside of the bag, and over time, the VpCI forms a gas which molecules cling to the metallic contents of the bags forming a protective barrier against corrosives.  Once the bag’s seal is broken so is the VpCI seal around the firearm or ammunition, making it immediately available for use.

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SureFire Mini-Monster


SureFire has a nasty looking new suppressor coming out called the Mini-Monster. The SureFire Mini suppressor line is SureFire’s new flagship 5.56 suppressors, and the monster is the newest model in that line.  The SureFire Minies are only 5 inches and weigh 14 ounces while maintaing little or no zero shift and typically improving group sizes according to SureFire.  SureFire has also included a new and larger lockring to the Mini suppressors making it easier to remove and attach.  The Mini-Monster shares all those characteristics with the Mini but with one obvious and striking added feature.

At the request of many military personal downrange; SureFire added the aggressive toothed crown to create the new Mini-Monster suppressor. The Mini-Monster’s intimidating cap can be used as a breaker device to smash through glass or use it as a “non-lethal impact device” as said by a SureFire representative at the Media Day at SHOT 2011.  If anything, I think it gives it a very unique and aggressive look, and the Mini-Monster definitely stands out now compared to all of the other suppressors out there.

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New OPMOD (Optics Planet Modification) Products

Optics Planet EotechOpticsplanet.com is launching a new limited edition line of products named OPMOD (Optics Planet Modification).  The most notable product would have to be the new OPMOD EoTech EXPS.  This new limited edition from Optics Planet has all the same features of the regular EXPS such as a quick throw lever, optimized height for 1/3 cowitness, and a shorter profile.  What sets the OPMOD EoTech EXPS apart from other EPXS is the obvious OPMOD logo on the side, but more importantly, the price.  The OPMOD EoTech EXPS is only $495 dollars plus free shipping which is about 100 dollars less than anywhere else.  I got a chance to use the EXPS at SHOT this year and it was a blast to use.  The OPMOD EXPS will come in two flavors, the typical 65 MOA circle with a 1 MOA dot, or two 1 MOA dots.

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The other OPMOD product out is a special Optics Planet double rifle bag.  Again, the most desired feature of this bag is its low price at $80.  The new bag is PVC coated, features MOLLE webbing on the inside and has a couple large  pockets to help store those ever increasing range accessories shooters seem to stack up.  The new bag is advertised as a shooters mat, drag bag, and double rifle case.  I suppose if the bag is fully opened one could use it as a shooters mat, although there’s no pics on Optics Planet depicting this.

The OPMOD bag seems like a solid product for the price.  I have some reservations about the “double rifle” capacity considering the rifles aren’t separated by foam or an insert like other double rifle bags and that could lead to my expensive carbines/rifles rubbing up against each other even though they’re straps to hold the rifle down.  However, for the price it doesn’t seem like a bad deal.  The bags come in black or desert tan and are available only at OpticsPlanet.com.

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Crimson Trace Laserguards for P238

The new concealed carry movement has pushed sales of super-micro-sub-compact pistols which have been the best selling firearms for the last 2 years.  Crimson Trace has been making a new line of laser sights for these palm sized pistols called Laserguard, and the newest addition to that line is the Laserguard for the Sig Sauer P238.  Since many of these concealed carry movement gun owners are first time gun owners, and owning a gun only for protection, a reliable laser sight could serve as a great accessory for their new size-doesn’t-matter pistol.

One thing is for sure about laser sights, they are intimidating.  Nothing works faster than a laxative like having your forehead painted with a laser attached to the business end of a firearm.  The new Laserguard laser sights from Crimson Trace could serve this new community of shooters rather well; it’ll dramatically increase their accuracy being that they haven’t been shooting for years, and it’ll give them more confidence to carry.  However, no matter how many do-dads you’ve put on  your firearm, nothing will increase accuracy like mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship.

Personally, I find lasers to be somewhat distracting–that laser bouncing up almost takes away too much of my concentration from the sight picture and I find that using standard iron sights on a pistol is just faster for me.

Anyway, the new Crimson Trace P238 Laserguard seems like a top notch laser sight being that the dot size is a mere .5″ at 50 feet and it’s a 633nm class IIIa laser–which is the maximum output allowable by federal law for civilian lasers.  The laser is activated as soon as you grab the pistol by a pressure pad on directly underneath the trigger guard on the grip. The Laserguard is adjustable both windage and elevation and comes with a 3 year warranty.

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US Optics SN-4S Review

SN-4S on SCAR 17s

INTRODUCTION

The 1-4x optic is an optic that is gaining popularity in both tactical applications and competitive venues.  From CQB to medium range engagements, the 1-4x optic is extremely versatile for tactical applications. For 3-gun competitions it provides the competitor a quick option for both his/her close targets to ones out to 400 yards.

With all the hype around Nightforce and Trijicon, I feel that US Optics is sometimes left behind in the quality optics discussion.  US Optics has had contracts with the USMC and many law enforcement agencies, so most hardcore shooters and long range forum regulars know about them—I feel their recognition is far less for Joe the average shooter even though the typical range warrior will know about Trijicon or Nightforce whose prices are similar.

Although I’ve shot with Trijicon’s Accupoint 1.5-4 (I haven’t had a chance yet to try out their newer true 1-4), and I’ve had some experience with Nightforce’s NXS 1-4, I’ve never had the pleasure of shooting with a US Optics scope.   So when Jeff Fertal at US Optics offered us a SN-4S to review, I jumped at the chance.  I’ve only seen their scopes on display, and I was thoroughly pleased with my initial impressions, so finally getting to shoot with one for a couple of months was a real treat.  After using the US Optics (USO for short) SN-4S on an AR-15, Bushmaster ACR, and a FNH SCAR-H, I’m finally ready to give Gunblog.com readers my feedback and introduce them to a quality 1-4x optic that I think has been overlooked by many shooters out there.                                                  click read more to continue the review

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New Lancer Magazines and QuickMag

Lancer Translucent Magazines

In the age of Magpul; it’s easy to forget that other companies make some good magazines for the AR15 as well.  A few years ago, Lancer Systems came out with the translucent magazine that we pretty successful but was quickly overshadowed by the by Magpul mania–I myself am guilty of also having this fever.  At Shot Show this year, I stopped by the unsuspecting Lancer Systems booth and was quite pleased with their improvements to durability and added features for their new magazines, the L5 Advanced Warfighter, along with some other new products they’ll be releasing this year.

The new Lancer L5 Advanced Warfighter magazine feature a one piece hardened formed steel feed lip which differs it from the completely polymer magazines or USGI magazines we’re accustomed to seeing.  To help against corrosion the steel feed lips are coated with PTFE.  Lancer Systems have also expanded the color options for the L5 magazine keeping its original translucent model but expanding it to 4 different hues which will also be offered in opaque or translucent and 20 or 30 round varieties.  Its nice to see options out there considering almost every single AR15 you see out there, including mine, is always featured with a Magpul magazine–not to say that there’s anything wrong with that, but there’s nothing that will incite improvement like competition.  I handled the L5 Advanced Warfighter magazines at SHOT and I was impressed–Gunblog.com should have some soon for a complete review sometime before summer.

new Lancer Magazines

Along with the new magazines, Lancer Systems also have an extremely light carbon fiber handguard coming out this summer.  At SHOT these handguards looked great and were very light.  The handguards are coming out in carbine, mid, rifle, and extra long length.  The carbon fiber brought a high speed low drag look to them, and felt great.  There weren’t as slick (texture-wise) as they look, which is a good thing because the last thing we would want are handguards that slip and slide while handling them.

The last thing at the Lancer booth, and the most noticeable would be their new QuickMag attachment.  The first thing that came to my mind (and I’m sure yours as well) is, it’s a polymer RediMag.  Although it was hard to tell, I would say that the Lancer QuickMag will probably be a few ounces lighter than the RediMag, although it won’t be that noticeable with 2 full 30 round magazines attached to it.  Where the Lancer Systems QuickMag differs from the RediMag is in its operation.  There are a few more buttons and levers with the QuickMag.  The QuickMag can drop both magazines, or just one magazine, and it provides a separate button for the bolt catch and release.  It should be noted that the QuickMag is still in its development process and should be available late in 2011.

QuickMag

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