Vortex Guns

Vortex Guns

I was browsing the web and came across this little gem.


Now besides being a cool party trick, there are other more advanced practical applications for a real vortex gun; welcome to the future.

Battelle has filed a patent for their vortex gun that fires electrically charged gas rings at up to 90 mph and 60 mph over a distance of 150 feet. Ok, sounds cool, but where is the “practical” in that?

The practical application will be in clearing smoke filled hallways for fire fighters (the smoke is attracted to the electrical charge) and crowd dispersal for police (tear gas).


Now after seeing the above video, who else is going to make a vortex “cannon” for use at their next party?

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Mossberg’s M500 Flex Modular Shotgun

Mossberg’s M500 Flex Modular Shotgun


If you haven’t noticed from the last couple posts, shotguns are on my mind at the moment. I was reading through my May issue of Guns & Ammo and the first thing I turn to is their cover story on Mossberg’s M500 Flex modular shotgun. The concept of modular firearms interests me a lot, so after reading their article I decided to head over to Mossberg’s web page and get more info. The following is what I found over at their site.

Flexible, versatile and virtually limitless for fit, style and application. Wouldn’t everyone want a gun that is flexible enough to fit that description? Now with the innovative, patented and patent-pending Mossberg FLEX Series modular shotgun and accessory system, your Mossberg 500® or 590® pump-action shotgun can be that gun; easily converted in seconds without the need for tools. From a rugged tactical platform to a foul-weather hunting tool to a compact home defense gun, you can FLEX YOUR MOSSBERG!

At the core of this unique, adaptive system is the patented and patent-pending TLS

™ (Tool-less Locking System), a series of three connectors that allow stocks, forends and recoil pads to be switched for a variety of shooting applications or easily “custom fit” your Mossberg, regardless of the shooter’s stature. Eleven 500/590 FLEX 12-gauge shotgun base models and 16 FLEX accessory components will be offered initially. Adding to the versatility is Mossberg’s extensive line of 500/590 accessory barrels which are compatible with FLEX shotgun systems.

Start by choosing a FLEX shotgun base model from three 500 All-Purpose, four 500/590 Tactical and four 500 Hunting options; each with 12-gauge, 3-inch chambers. Select 500 FLEX All-Purpose and 500 FLEX Hunting shotguns feature Mossberg’s patent-pending LPA

™ (Lightning Pump Action™) Adjustable Trigger System. This revolutionary trigger system, a first for pump-action shotguns, is user-adjustable from 3 to 8 pounds with an Allen wrench and provides a rifle-like, creep-free trigger pull.

FLEX All-Purpose models come with 26 or 28-inch vent rib, ACCU-CHOKE™ ported barrels with matte metal finishes or optional all-weather Marinecote™ finish; full-length synthetic stock fit with our medium recoil pad (14 ½-inch LOP); and standard synthetic forend. Both constructed of durable synthetic with black matte finish. FLEX 500/590 Tactical models are available with matte, OD Green and Coyote Tan finishes on barrels and receivers; tactical tri-rail forends which can accommodate a touchpad; stock options that include standard synthetic (14 ½-inch LOP), six-position adjustable tactical or pistol grip; and cylinder bore 18 ½-inch stand-off barrel or 20-inch barrel with 6-round total capacity or 9-round total capacity with the 590 Tactical. FLEX Hunting models are available with 24 or 28-inch vent rib barrels and choice of OD Green, Coyote Tan, Mossy Oak® Break-Up® Infinity™ or Realtree MAX-4® camo receiver finishes. Standard full-length stocks and forends feature Infinity or MAX-4 finishes as well. Now that you have selected your base model, it’s easy to FLEX YOUR MOSSBERG!

Without tools, your FLEX shotgun can easily be purpose-built with a wide range of Mossberg accessories that feature the TLS connector system. These include three recoil pads (3/4-inch, 1 ¼-inches and 1 ½-inches thick); four synthetic forends (three standard and one tactical tri-rail); and nine stock options. Choose from our standard full-length stocks with 12 ½, 13 ½ and 14 ¼-inch LOPs; pistol grip; six-position adjustable tactical stock; and four-position adjustable, dual-comb hunting stock. Forends and stocks feature black matte, Break-Up Infinity and MAX-4 finishes. Your options are endless with this modular system.

Don’t forget that at the core of this system is the legendary 500/590 pump-action platform with its field proven design featuring non-binding twin action bars; positive steel-to-steel lock-up and anti-jam elevator for smooth, reliable operation; anodized aluminum receiver; and universally-recognized ambidextrous top-mounted safety. The base platform of this ultimate, adaptive shotgun is rugged, reliable and comes with a ten-year limited warranty.

Mossberg’s FLEX Series shotgun specifications table was too large to post up, but the price range was between $593-$826 depending on the setup. I was able to post their accessories table though to give you an idea of cost.

Mossberg FLEX Series Accessories Specifications:ITEM DESCRIPTION MSRP
95210 FLEX Recoil Pad Assembly – 3/4 inch (SMALL) $24
95211 FLEX Recoil Pad Assembly – 1 1/4 inch (MEDIUM) $24
95212 FLEX Recoil Pad Assembly – 1 1/2 inch (LARGE) $36
95213 FLEX Tactical Tri-Rail Forend – Black $46
95214 FLEX Standard Forend – Black $34
95216 FLEX Standard Forend – MOBU Infinity $46
95217 FLEX Standard Forend – Realtree MAX-4 $46
95218 FLEX Pistol Grip – Black $29
95219 FLEX 6-Position Adjustable Stock – Black $108
95221 FLEX 4-Position Adjustable Hunting Stock with Dual Comb – Black $145
95222 FLEX 4-Position Adjustable Hunting Stock with Dual Comb – MOBU Infinity $156
95223 FLEX Standard Stock 12 ½-inch LOP – Black (Compact) $77
95224 FLEX Standard Stock 14 ¼-inch inch LOP – Black (Full-Length) $77
95226 FLEX Standard Stock 13 ½-inch LOP – Black (Medium) $77
95227 FLEX Standard Stock 13 ½-inch LOP – MOBU Infinity (Medium) $96
95228 FLEX Standard Stock 13 ½-inch LOP Realtree MAX-4 (Medium) $96

Mossberg encourages you to, “FLEX YOUR MOSSBERG with the newest, most-innovative concept in shotgun customization!” What I would be interested to know is how many of you are interested in purchasing a modular shotgun? With the KSG on the market and the UTS-15 scheduled to arrive shortly, is Mossberg’s M500 Flex modular shotgun both interesting and competitive enough to attract you and your wallet?

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Chris Costa Leaving Magpul Dynamics

Costa Leaving Magpul Dynamics

The other big name at Magpul Dynamics, Chris Costa, will be leaving Magpul Dynamics later this year to form his new company called Costa Ludus as reported by Rob Curtis over at the Gearscout blog on Militarytimes.com.
Some people have been speculating already that something is up at Magpul Dyanmics.  Earlier this year, former interim CEO and the other Magpul Dynamics frontman Travis Haley quit.  Combine the departure of the two faces of Magpul Dynamics along with the controlling interest purchase of Magpul Industries by BRS, it creates an atmosphere ripe for speculatio.  However, according to the Gearscout article,  they feel that all of the events are unrelated.  Magpul Dynamics’s Art of the Precision Rifle and instructional driving video are still going to be released as planned.

I honestly hope  don’t think there’s anything to worry about.  Magpul Industries has almost a lock on the magazine market for the AR-15 along with all of its other extremely popular accessories.  The name Magpul is now synonymous with quality and affordability and its the go-to accessory for any AR-15 owner.  Both Travis and Chris are extremely marketable, and it would only make sense for them to venture out to create something of their own.  Gunblog.com wishes them luck, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to attend one of their classes.

Below is the full press release from Magpul:

Chris Costa to Branch Out On His Own in 2012

Since 2007, Magpul Dynamics has trained thousands of professional and civilian shooters, and reached countless more through a comprehensive collection of instructional DVDs.  With an emphasis on real world techniques, consistency, and efficiency, Magpul Dynamics has brought tactical instruction to the forefront of the shooting community.  The application of these philosophies to high quality multimedia productions has helped propel the entire firearms training industry to new heights, garnering the attention of a larger audience than ever before.

The entire instructor cadre has been instrumental in the success of these endeavors, not the least of which has been Chris Costa.  Chris will be moving on in early 2012 to pursue new projects within the industry, including his own training company. Magpul will continue to explore future opportunities to work with Chris, and looks forward to these projects. It has been a privilege to work with Chris for the last five years, and Magpul wishes him the best of luck in the future. The fundamentals of Reality, Consistency, and Efficiency that Chris helped instill are central to the entire Magpul Dynamics instructor cadre, and will continue to drive their training philosophy and mindset.


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Sig Sauer Discontinuing the P226 Navy — Replaced by the P226 MK25

Sig Sauer will stop producing their Sig P226 Navy and will no longer offer the model after 2011.  Sig will be replacing the P226 Navy (NSWG) with the new P226 MK25.  The Sig P226 MK25 is identical to the pistol that’s carried by the U.S. Navy SEALs.  Expect about a $100 dollar increase over the P226 Navy which will bring the price for the MK25 to about $1,100.  Hopefully we’ll have full specs and pics of the Sig Sauer P226 MK25 very soon.

(Hat Tip:  SigSauerGuns.com)

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Magpul Dynamics Driving Video ?

Chris Costa Driving Video

They started off with Art of the Tactical Carbine, then naturally followed that up with a hit sequel Art of the Tactical Carbine II.  After that, Magpul Dynamics put out Art of the Dynamic Handgun and Art of the Dynamic Shotgun.  So, you would think they would be done with their soon to be released Art of the Precision Rifle–well, not so fast, or very fast depending on how you look at it.

If you’ve been paying attention to Magpul’s facebook and blog, you’ll see that they’ve been working on vehicles for quite a while.  They actually have a facebook page called Magpul Heavy, which they showcase some of the vehicles they’ve been playing with.  At SHOT SHOW ’10, some attendees at internet viewers could have seen Magpul’s Unimog, which  perfectly epitomizes Magpul in a vehicle.  Also, Magpul just came back from Europe, where they were competing in the Breslau Rallye with one of their modified Unimogs.  So why would Magpul be dumping all this money into vehicles; I doubt they’re about to release Unimogs or even their motorcycle, the Ronin, anytime soon.  Plus, that’s not really the Magpul family’s style.  Magpul usually tests, tests, and then test their product some more then Magpul Dynamics will tease us with shots of the products in their videos (take a look at Art of the Tactical Carbine II and you’ll spot the Masada, aka ACR, and some other products they released after the video).  So the only thing left since they’ve ran out of gun platforms to instruct on, would be a platform that all shooters universally utilize in one way or another–a vehicle.

Magpul Unimog

“Oh Gunblog, you’re just speculating.” Are we?  I will say, I have unofficial confirmation that they have definitely shot footage for this upcoming video.  From who?  Well, lets just say if there was a horse’s mouth, his bearded one would be it.  We were asked not to release this info at the time it was given to us, since it was in casual conversation; however, with repeated emails going unanswered asking if we can release the Magpul Dynamics Driving Video news has lead us to believe they won’t mind.

Magpul Truck

When asked about the Dynamic Driving Video our source had some very interesting things to say such as, “We rented a Cadillac CTS and by the end of an afternoon of shooting, the tires on that thing were completely bald; the car rental company is definitely going to have to buy new tires for it.  We had it screeching the whole way around the track.”  I asked if there was anything about guns in the video, and sadly I don’t believe there will be.  If the video is fully produced and released, it’ll probably focus more on defense driving, and military driving techniques such as evasive driving and driving in combat conditions.  Expect it to be like Magpul’s Arial Platform video, but with less gun play and less for a military niche market and more applicable to a broader base since everyone drives.

Magpul Motorcycle

Hopefully, we don’t get in too much trouble for releasing this info, being that it hasn’t been confirmed (I would hate for the last words I hear to be, “BUST ‘EM!!!).  The only thing that we know for sure is that they’ve shot footage, no word on if or when the Magpul Dynamics Driving Video will be released, but it would be completely awesome to see Chris Costa drifting around in a CTS.


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Remington Versa Max Tactical

Versa Max Tactical Pics

Remington is going to release their newest auto-loading semi-automatic shotgun, the Versamax, in a tactical flavor.  The Remington Versa Max uses a specially designed gas system with multiple ports which open and close depending on which type of shotshell load is in the chamber–this allows the shooter to load a variety of different ammunition; you can see how it functions here.  So having a tactical version will probably be a welcomed addition to those shooters who are not interested in the hunting variety of Versa Maxes currently available and are more geared towards the tactical side of shooting.

From the pic, it looks like all Remington really did was add on a magazine tube extension, a picatinny rail for mounting a flashlight similar to whats on the Remington 887, and the same tactical muzzle brake.   The barrel looks quite long for a tactical shotgun; it looks to be about 21″ with that muzzle brake. Personally, I would of like to see (and hope Remington adds on for a final release) is an 18″ barrel, or if they’re going to keep the longer length then add longer magazine tube, plus a picatinny rail up top for adding on small red dot sight, and some ghost ring sights.  A ported barrel would be a nice addition as well (Vang Comp anyone?).  No word on price but if I was forced to speculate, I would have to put the price around $1500-1600 (about 200 more than a versamax synthetic, which would put it in the high end range of the Benelli M3, M4 area.  If it can cycle any load I put through in it, the Versa Max tactical may just be worth it.

Versamax Tactical Review

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