As a big Magpul Video fan, I can’t wait for this to come out. From watching the video teaser, it follows the same style of instruction from Magpul’s previous videos, so I suspect it will be just as awesome. If you take notice, you’ll see the Magpul AFG2 (that we posted about earlier this week) on some of the shotguns, and maybe we’ll see some other Magpul accessories introduced like we did in previous Magpul Videos (such as the Magpul BAD).Read More
Beretta PX4 Compact
The all new PX4 Compact by Beretta sits in between the full size and sub compact model. Beretta kept in line with the rotating barrel design that the full sizedfeatures yet shortened and proportioned the slide and grip. The new Beretta PX4 Compact also has an ambidextrous slide top and high capacity magazine 15 in the 9mm version and 12 in the .40S&W.
If you need more capacity you may insert the full size magazines bumping you up to 17 or 20 in the 9mm and 14 or 17 in the .40S&W.Read More
Demon Tactical Bi-Pod Review
Along with the muzzle brake we reviewed last week, Demon Tactical out of Virginia also sent us a Bi-Pod to take a look at (we also have few more products to review from them that we’ll be getting to later this month). For me, a bi-pod is the easiest way to improve accuracy (besides optics), and Demon Tactical’s light weight bi-pod definitely does improve accuracy while adding virtually no weight to the gun; however, I found some limitations to this accessory that could prove to be a hindrance for some potential owners.
The Demon Tactical Bi-Pod is constructed from top notch materials. The 8” legs are made from carbon fiber and capped off at ends with rubber feet (owners can cut the legs to a desired length using an arrow cutter but please use caution and realize the risks of carbon fiber dust). The mount and base is comprised of aerospace aluminum and finished off in a hard anodized matte black. The bi-pod weighs a mere 4.5 ounces, but don’t be fooled by its featherweight qualities, the Demon Tactical Ultralight Bi-Pod is extremely well constructed and is one of the most durable bi-pods I’ve handled to date.
This bi-pod does exactly what it’s intended to do very well—it stabilizes the weapon to help facilitate better accuracy, and it performs great. The rifles we installed it on were an AR-15 and a Sage M1A. The Demon Tactical Bi-Pod supported both of these weapons with ease. It helped keep the rounds on target, and keep our guns out of the dirt when not in use. The construction quality really shines when mounted on the rifle as well. Being so light, one could expect the bi-pod to be flimsy and they would be completely wrong—the Demon Tactical Bi-Pod is a rock solid bi-pod.
For me personally, the Demon Tactical Bi-Pod proves to have a few drawbacks. For one, it can only be mounted one way, and at the very fore end of rail, which could limit the types of accessories one could mount at the end—as was the case for my tactical light on my AR-15. Another drawback is the lack of adjustable legs; this could limit a stable platform to shoot with if on uneven ground (the bi-pod does swivel some which could help negate the lack of adjustability, but adjustable legs would be nice). Also, if you use the popular Magpul AFG, the Demon Tactical bi-pod prohibits a comfortable grip; this also holds true while using a short tango down grip. It works well with a full size grip and a full grip method of shooting, but using a thumb brake method of shooting was difficult while using the bi-pod.
All in all, the Demon Tactical Bi-Pod is a solid piece of equipment. Its quality is almost second to none, it’s extremely light weight (virtually unnoticeable), and it functions flawlessly. The drawbacks I wrote about are personal, and apply to my current setup on my AR-15 (I really preferred it on the M1A with Sage stock, it really shined on that platform), so one would have to evaluate their own platform and weigh the advantages/disadvantages.
One feature I would like to have with this bi-pod is to be able to mount it how I would prefer, that’s with the legs folded forward, not towards the rear. I tend to push forward on the rifle when using a bi-pod (to compensate for the kick), and with the Demon Tactical bi-pod, I was scared I was going to collapse the bi-pod (I should note this never actually happened though, the legs seem to sturdily lock in place). But if you need a super light weight bi-pod built with amazing quality, then you might want to check out this bi-pod from Demon Tactical.Read More
US Army Awards Contract to Reconfigure M24 Sniper Weapon Systems to Remington® Arms
Madison, NC – Remington Arms Company, Inc. (“Remington”), a member of the Freedom Group of Companies, is pleased to announce that the United States Army’s Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center has awarded Remington a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract (W15QKN-10-R-0403) for the upgrade of up to 3,600 M24 Sniper Weapon Systems (SWS) currently fielded to the Army pending type classification as the “M24E1”.
The major configuration change for this system is the caliber conversion from 7.62mm NATO (.308 Winchester) to .300 Winchester Magnum to provide soldier’s with additional precision engagement capability and range. The contract is for a five (5) year period and has guaranteed minimum value of $192K with a potential value of up to $28.2 million. This award follows a full and open competitive evaluation lasting 9 months, which began with the release of the Army’s Request for Proposal (RFP) on 13 January 2010. The program will be executed under the authority of Project Manager Soldier Weapons, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, and managed by its subordinate unit, Product Manager Individual Weapons.
Remington’s winning sniper rifle features the following enhancements above and beyond caliber conversion from 7.62mm NATO to .300 Winchester Magnum:
– A completely new chassis (stock) assembly, which maximizes the amount of physical adjustments for the sniper to provide a true customized fit. The chassis has a folding buttstock that radically shortens the system for easier transport and greater concealment during movement and accommodates the mounting of accessories via removable Mil Std 1913 Picatinny Rails.
– An improved 6.5-20×50 variable power Leupold® riflescope with an enhanced reticle within the first focal plane and a .300 Winchester Magnum bullet-drop compensator (BDC)
– A quick-attach/detach Advanced Armament Corp.® suppressor with muzzle brake
– A 5-round detachable box magazine – Advanced corrosion resistant coatings throughout the system
While virtually every aspect of the M24E1 has been updated and improved, the U.S. Army specifically required that the M24E1 continue to be built around the same 700TM series long action and that the fire control requirement continue to be met by the combat proven M24 SWS fire control. The M24E1’s fire control is set to a pull weight requirement of 3 to 5 lbs pull +/- 8oz, and has been found to survive near constant use, in and out of theater, for well over 10 years of service without adjustment or replacement.Read More