Desert Tactical Arms Suppressors

The makers of one of the hottest long range rifles on the market is now going to branch out into the suppressor realm.  Desert Tactical Arms is now producing suppressors for .30 and .338 caliber rifles.  There are plenty of companies putting out suppressors these days, but the thing that caught my eye with the new DTA suppressors is the weight.  The new DTSS (Desert Tactical Sound Suppressor) titanium model weighs only 1.15 lbs, which is pretty light for a .338 suppressor, especially for a one made out of titanium.

The new DTSS attaches to Desert Tactical’s patent pending SRS-QD muzzle break with a ratcheting system similar to those found with other suppressor companies.  Also, the .338 DTSS can also be used on a .308 rifle, so a shooter can just install the DTA’s SRS-QD on their .338 and/or .308 rifles and use the one suppressor.  There is some POI shift when installing the suppressor of about 2 MOA (2″ at 100 yards), but DTA has claimed that their new DTSS suppressors maintain a .25 MOA accuracy while installed on their rifle, so their new suppressors may even enhanced accuracy.  Prices vary from $985 for the .308 stainless steel model to around $1900 for the titanium .338 model.

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Woolrich Elite Series Tactical Discreet Carry Twill Jacket

Woolrich Elite Series Tactical has a new tactically fashionable twill jacket coming out soon.  The fastest growing demographic for gun owners is the ever expanding concealed carry movement and Woolrich Elite Series Tactical is catering directly to them.  Their new twill jacket can accommodate a pistol with up to a 6″ barrel, making it a little easier for those who like to carry a full sized 1911, but usually don’t considering its bulk.

The Discreet Carry Twill Jacket not only provides room for a pistol, but accessories as well.  The inside of the pockets are lined with 45 degree angled accessory loops that are perfect for carrying extra magazines, flight lights, or a baton.  There are also an accessory tunnel which runs through it that can provide more room for concealing other items, such a communication wires for plain clothes police officers or security.

The waistband and cuffs are adjustable, and the jacket is lined with polyester and Sherpa liner.  The Woolirch Elite Series Tactical Discreet Carry Twill Jacket costs $130 for the S-XXL sizes and $150 for XXXL.  You can read the full press release after the break.

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New MGI Recoil Reducing Buffer

MGI, most famous for their Hydra black rifles, has just released a new drop in upgrade for your AR-15.  The MGI recoil reducing buffer will help shooters close those rapid shot groups in.  The buffer tube replacement isn’t exactly a groundbreaking upgrade, they’ve been around for a while.  The most popular buffer replacement being the Endine Hydraulic Buffer; however, unlike the Endine, the MGI buffer tube is completely mechanical.

The MGI recoil reducing buffer does exactly what the name implies; it reduces felt recoil.  This effect can prove to be extremely advantageous for AR-15/M4 fully automatic rifles and for competitive shooters.  Less recoil means easily controlled follow up shots.  Recoil reducing buffers can also help with direct gas impingement AR-15s that are suppressed–the extra cushion from that the upgraded buffer can absorb the increased shock due to the increased gas pressure from the suppressor.  The MGI recoil reducing buffer costs $165 and adapters are available for rifle length stocks and .308 (AR-10) rifles for $20.

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New Savage 110 FCP HS Precision .338 Lapua

The .338 Lapua Magnum is the precision caliber of the 21st century.  It currently holds the record for longest sniper kill shot, but that shot came from a rifle costing more than $7,000.  Most .338 Lapua Magnum rifles will force a shooter dish out over $2,000 just for the chance to own a 1,500+ yard reaching rifle.  Now, Savage Arms is going to make that reach out and touch something a little easier on the shooter’s pocket.  The new Savage Arms 110 FCP HS Precision rifle has an MSRP of $1,499, making it an very obtainable long range rifle.

The Savage Arms 110 FCP in .338 Lapua features a detachable box magazine that holds 5 rounds, an included one-piece scope rail, and a three baffle muzzle brake.  This new .338 Lapua Magnum from Savage has a fluted 26 inch barrel with a 9″ twist and weighs 10.7 lbs unloaded.  The 110 FCP HS Precision does include Savage’s patented AccuTrigger, which I find to be a good trigger but with other shooters it seems to be a hit or miss.  Either way, with the features it possesses, and the capabilities of its cartridge, the new Savage Arms 110 HS Precision looks to be a good value for those looking to take their long range shooting to the next level.

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California Compliant S&W M&P 15

Shooters in the legislatively challenged state of California are going to finally be able to get their hands on the popular Smith and Wesson MP-15s.  Smith and Wesson is now producing California compliant AR-15s with all the normal frustrating modifications that make them legal in California.

The new California compliant MP-15s will include the reduced magazine capacity of only 10 rounds, and it will include the dreaded bullet button.  For those who don’t know, a bullet button is a modification to a standard magazine release button that requires a tool to be inserted in order to release the magazine.  The bullet button received its name because shooters have to use the tip of a bullet in order to drop a magazine.  The “legislative” logic behind the requirement stems from the presumption that it will take more time to change a magazine, hence making the weapon less dangerous–I tend to think that if someone was going to use a gun for violence, then I doubt they’ll respect a law about a bullet button and just use a weapon that does not have one; however, I digress.

Smith and Wesson will be making available almost their entire M&P 15 line to California shooters with the exception of the VTAC models.  The SPORT ($709), the M&P15T ($1,159), the gas piston M&P15PS ( $1,359), the .22lr M&P15-22  ($499) and the M&PORC ($1,069) will all soon be available in California gun shops.  They’re not as enjoyable as their less regulated brethren, but at least it’s something for our California shooters.

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What Gun Brands are People Buying?

What are shooters buying?  The results may surprise you as they did me.   Southwick Associates, a market analysis and statistical monitoring company specializing in outdoor and shooting sports, compiled data from 2010 to see what shooters were buying.  I figured Remington would be on top for long guns, but I was surprised to see Ruger selling the most overall pistols.  Not that Ruger doesn’t deserve the sales, but I wouldn’t have figured them to be the #1 seller.  Well, it’s certainly not the first time I’ve been wrong.   For the full results check below, and a big hat tip to Guns, Holsters, and Gear for the post.

  • rifle – Remington (17.5%)
  • shotgun – Remington & Mossbery tie (21.5% each)
  • handgun – Ruger (16.7%)
  • scopes – Bushnell
  • rifle ammo – Remington (25.3%)
  • shotgun ammo – Winchester (31.9%)
  • handgun ammo – Winchester (22.0%)
  • reloading bullets – Hornady (31.7%)
  • reloading powder – Hodgdon (37.8%)
  • holster – Uncle Mike’s (19%)
  • knife – Gerber (15%)


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