Heizer Defense has the most concealable modern firearm I’ve seen this year. Their new Doubletap pistol looks like a modernized Derringer. Labeled as a tactical pocket pistol, the Heizer Defense Doubletap is a hammerless break action pistol that has a 2 round capacity. It also stores two rounds in the handle. It fires utilizing a double-action trigger system, which leads me to believe that a full press on the trigger will fire both rounds.
The Doubletap is built on an aluminum frame and will be chambered in 9mm or .45 ACP. The new micro pistol is only .665 inches wide and weighs only 14 ounces which will make it the lightest and most compact pistol on the market. To keep the muzzle rise down on such a small and compact barrel, the Doubletap features porting on both of its barrels–although I really don’t know how much that’s going to help with a .45 ACP coming out of a 2 inch barrel. No price on it yet but it will be available sometime in 2012. We’ll keep you updated.
Premier optics maker, US Optics has a new addition to their SN-4 line of optics which will sport a new and very welcomed feature. We stated in our review of the SN-4 that while it was the finest optic we’ve handled, it still didn’t replace the CQB effectiveness of a red dot–USO seems to have rectified that. The new USO SN-4 DFP (Dual Focal Plane) features a two focal planes for different applications combined in one optic. The rear focal plane will contain the CQB reticule which will act like a red dot and be visible during day light. The other focal plane, or First Focal Plane will stay proportionate to the target at any magnification level.
I can’t wait to see what reticules US Optics will offer with their new DFP SN-4s. I’m sure it’ll be like all their scopes in which they offer the customers the choice of which reticule they’ld like. Everything that I’ve handeled from US Optics has been pure gold from the optical clarity of the glass to the seemingly indestructibility of the construction so I have no doubts that their new DFP scopes will continue that standard. It’ll be nice to have a dual purpose optic without having to obtain a “chin weld” on your stock (as you have to do with a combined red dot with scope).
The new DFP scopes should be out soon (they’re not listed on their website as of yet) and will have a price tag that will reflect their superiority. The SN4- 1-4x DFP mil shown below will have a MSRP of $1640. The DFP option will also be available for the USO 1.5-6x SN-4 as well which is probably going to cost a tad more.
AAC (Advanced Armament Corp.) needs to change that “C” from Corp. to Concepts because they keep teasing us with these concept guns they’re producing. AAC posted yesterday their newest creation–the Honey Badger.
This thing looks ridiculously cool with all things AAC. According to the AACblog.com, the Honey Badger was designed as a replacement for the MP5SD except that it shoots AAC’s proprietary round, the 300Blackout. I tried getting some specifics today from AAC but since they’re not sure if its going to go to retail, they’re pretty tight lipped (hopefully we can convince them to send us some pictures). But judging from the pictures, its built off an AR-15 platform with some very nice changes. The Buttstock looks particularly appealing along with the handguards that resemble somewhat the Remington’s RGP handguards. Also, who could miss that massive can–which makes me wonder if its integrally suppressed? The only thing this thing is missing to make it more AAC is a complete Argyle paint job to match Mer’s sweaters.
Well judging from the cool stuff AAC has been putting out lately it seems that being part of Freedom Group has its advantages. I find it ironic that they’ve named their newest toy the Honey Badger, because AAC, just like the honey badger, just doesn’t give a $h!t, and they’re probably going to keep putting out sick stuff like this. We’ll keep you updated with specs and pics if we ever get them.
Officially announced at Paris’s MILIPOL, FNH will be producing the previously teased SCAR-H PR (precision rifle). The SCAR-H PR is similar to the SCAR 17-S that we reviewed a few months back with some improvements to create one mean semi-auto precision rifle.
FNH’s SCAR-H PR features a 20″ heavy barrel and a match type 2 stage trigger. The buttstock looks the same as the standard SCAR-H as well as the other standard features such as the sights and the caliber (7.62×51 NATO). I would have liked to see a more dedicated precision buttstock to further differentiate the standard SCAR-H from the SCAR-H PR, but the standard stock works and it works well. Also, if the pictures are accurate, I’m dissapointed that FNH didn’t include the PWS compensator with this model being that it proved to work so well with the SCAR 17S we reviewed. Either way, I’m sure soldiers in the field, especially DMRs, will welcome the SCAR-H PR with open arms if issued to them.
No word if FNH will offer a SCAR-17s PR (a civilian version) but I’m sure it would fly off the shelves just like the standard SCAR 17S did, even if it would have an expected inflated price.
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?
Trijicon has a new reflect sight coming out next year that hosts some features never seen before in a red dot sight. Some features are just improvements over the existing higher end red dots on the market, such as a much wider field of view and its a little smaller. The most innovative feature on the new Trijicon SRS is that it uses solar cells to extend battery life to a length of about 3 years on a single AA battery.
Along with a battery life that almost matches that of the Aimpoint line of red dots, it seems it is shorter than the EoTechs and has a greater field of view. Its stubbiness also eliminates that “tube-effect” view that’s common on red dot sights wither a longer tube. Here is the full press release from Trijicon on their new SRS:
October 10, 2011 – The profile length of the new Trijicon SRS™ is short and the advanced list of features is long, as the innovative products continue from Trijicon. The new Trijicon SRS (Sealed Reflex Sight) is a reflex-type sight with a unique optical design, housed in a body length of only 3.75 inches, that virtually eliminates the “tube-effect” common with other, competitive red dot sights. The result—a field of view that essentially provides no obstruction to shooters. That means lightning fast target engagements at CQB distances with no distraction from the shooter’s situational awareness. The SRS is ideal for military, law enforcement and recreational applications on a variety of firearm platforms from AR’s to shotguns.
Equally impressive is the technology built into powering a LED lighted 1.75 MOA aiming point that includes ten brightness settings – including three NVG settings. The SRS is powered by a solar panel and a single, common AA battery. This uniquely patented configuration allows the user years of illumination life from a single battery by offering an intuitive “solar assist”, that is, drawing on battery power only when the solar cell requires additional energy support for illumination based on ambient conditions.
The Trijicon SRS™ is built to endure the rigors of extreme in-the-field use and carries the same stringent testing requirements as the renowned Trijicon ACOG® line of sighting systems. Additional features include a parallax-free objective lens, an auto-locking, self-adjusting level mount and waterproof to fifty meters.
Military.com’s gearscout blog did a good write up with some good pics on the Trijicon which can be seen here. And here is their video: