The Origin of Surefire

Surefire just released a video this week showing the origins of their company which happens to be pretty freakin’ cool.  I never realized until know that the iconic laser sight in Terminator 1 was a product from Surefire.  I can remember thinking that was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

Surefire’s philosophy is to build the best, and not to a price point–and from my experience, they’ve accomplished this with pretty much every product they put out.  Surefire’s products are expensive, but when your life depends on your gear and only the best will suffice, then the price is easily justified.  Check out the video to see how far Surefire has come from the laser sight pictured below.

 

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AAC Ti-Rant 9S

AAC has a new 9mm suppressor hitting the stores now.  The new Ti-Rant 9s is a little stubbier than its full sized Ti-Rant 9, and its not as quiet, but it still serves a great purpose.  Longer silencers make operating a weapon (especially a pistol) a little more cumbersome–it ads weight to the end of the gun which can easily throw the balance off.  That’s why training with a silencer is imperative for effective use.  By being shorter and lighter, the AAC Ti-Rant 9s lessens these concerns regarding weapon handling with a silencer, which is directly aimed at a specific market.

Many shooters, myself included, advocate using a silencer for home defense.  Guns are LOUD (who’da known huh?), so if one has the legal capacity to own a silencer, meaning that you’re lucky enough to live in a state where you can obtain one, and you use a pistol for home defense, it would serve in your best interest to get a suppressor.  I doubt anyone would take the time to put on hearing protection before defending their home, and I would assume they would rather not have to go to the hospital for a ruptured eardrum after defending it;  that’s where the suppressor factors in for home defense.  Although not as effective as a full length suppressor at quieting the boom, the Ti-Rant 9s is still quiet enough to not seriously damage your hearing, or more importantly if you  have them, your kids’ ears.  Another added bonus for home defense is that the Ti-Rant 9s’ compact size will make using that pistol that much easier while silenced.

The new AAC Ti-Rant 9s is only 5 inches long, has a diameter of 1.38″, and weighs only 7.6 ounces.  It will reduce the decibels of your pistol by about 22dB and costs around $850 plus the dreaded tax stamp ($200).  Yes, that’s probably more than what you’ve paid for your pistol, but if you’ve ever shot suppressed, you don’t really want to shoot any other way after–also, eardrums costs more than that to fix.  Check out the new Ti-Rant 9S at Advanced-Armament.com.

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New Sig 1911s

Sig Sauer has a few more 1911s to add to the ever increasing list of 1911s coming out for its centennial.  Well, the 1911s coming out aren’t exactly “new,” but new versions of existing Sig 1911s.

They have the new TACPAC versions coming out which are railed and non-railed versions of the TACOPS 1911 Sig Nitron 1911 with upgraded ERGO XT grips and they’re offered in a variety of different packages.  Packages differ from an included laser or 3 magazine, and I believe both packages feature the a roto-paddle holster.  The best part about these packages are that Sig Sauer has dropped the price down a good bit.  At the time we did our review of the 1911 TACOPS, it cost around $1,100; not shooters will be able to pick up either Sig Sauer TACPAC for under $1,000.

The other new Sig Sauer 1911s are from their .22 variety.  Sig will be offering the same 1911-22 that we posted on last week, but now will be offered in olive drab and desert tan.  They also feature classic walnut 1911A1 U.S. grips on them.  The 1911-22 are dimensionally exact replicas of their bigger caliber cousins, so they’ll make for a great training or plinking gun, allowing you to shoot a 1911 at a fraction of the cost, all while sporting some tacticool coatings.

 

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Rogers Super Stock

How many carbines/rifles do you see with either a Magpul stock, or a SOPMOD stock?  Almost all of them.  That’s why I always like seeing things that are different that maybe able to shake things up a little bit to spur some good ol’ fashioned American competition.  This new Roger’s Super Stock caught my eye for that reason.

At first glance the Roger’s Super Stock looks like a beefed up Magpul CTR, but not that the CTR needs much beefing up.  The Roger’s Super Stock is made out of high grade polymer and just like the Magpul CTR, it features a locking system to minimize the stock shifting, it also features an attachment point for a QD swivel sling.  Some differences would be the bottom of the stock where it looks like there are finger grooves molded in and up top there’s a loop for attaching a sling.  Also, the angle of the butt stock seems to be a little more acute than other stocks out there.  The best features that the Roger’s Super Stock offers though, has to be that it can be installed on a mil-spec or commercial spec buffer tube.

If its as durable as it is good looking, then the Roger’s Super Stock could be a great alternative to the stocks we’re used to seeing.  This new stocks sells for around $80 bucks making it an easily obtainable upgrade.  If any Gunblog.com readers have handled the new stock, be sure to let us know how it is in the comments section below.

 

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30mm AK-47 Scope Mount

A new AK 47 scope mount has hit the market and it caught my eye.  There are a few  makers of scope mounts for the famous/infamous rifle, but this one has an integral 30mm ring attached to it; most others are mounts with picatinny rails, or integrated mounts that are attached to a Russian style POSP optic.  The new RS Products 30 MM AK Scope Mount attaches to AK-47s that have the scope mount on the side (most do).  It also features 1/4″ adjustment side to side to ensure you’ll be able to provide a good co-witness if you’re using a 1x zoom optic such as an Aimpoint–although it’ll be somewhat of an unconventional co-witness since the sight radius on AK-47s is quite long.

From the looks of pictures, I like the look of this new AK47 scope mount.  Most quick install AK 47 mounts  are either over the gas tube, which seems to be a bit far, or their integrated picatinny rails on a dust cover.  I would never use the dust cover mount due to the likelihood of the the base shifting, especially considering the recoil of the AK47, and that would deem the optic worthless.  The side mounted optic mount would probably be my go to choice.  There are extremely solid AK scope mounts/bases out there, but they’re usually expensive and need a gunsmith to install it.    Assuming its solid enough, and at a price of $130 it should be, the RS 30mm AK 47 Scope Mount should be a good choice for adding any 30mm optic on top of your AK/Saiga.

 

 

 

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Sig Sauer 1911-22

 

Sig Sauer has a new 1911 out which will allow 1911 lovers to shoot all day since its a .22 LR.  The 1911 is my absolute favorite handgun to shoot, but not my favorite to buy ammo for.  With .45 ACP costing around .30-.40 cents a round, having extended range sessions can be costly.

The Sig Sauer 1911-22 shares the same features that make most 1911s great.  It sports a single action only trigger with a pull of about 4-5 pounds, wood grips and a 10 round magazine capacity.

SigSauerGuns.com has one for sale for $400, which is just slightly more than most quality .22lr 1911 conversion kits.  The best part about it  is that it has a threaded barrel.  If the Sig Sauer 1911-22 shoots half as good as the Sig Sauer 1911 TACOPS we reviewed, then it will definately be a great buy.  Check the specs below along with some pics.


(photo provided by SigSauerGuns.com)

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What Gun Took Usama Bin Laden Down?

Normally we don’t cover current events unless that event is a new gun coming out or something else to that effect, but last night I heard the best news I’ve heard in a while:  Osama Bin Laden was dead.  This Islamic fundamentalist terrorist bastard was the whole reason I joined the military.  I’ve been out for 3 years now, but last night made me wish I was still in to share the good news with those guys I served with.

At first I thought it was definitely a drone strike that got him, but then I heard it was a firefight that concluded Usama’s long overdue demise.  So naturally that got me thinking, and I wanted to ask Gunblog.com readers:  What gun do you think took Bin Laden out?

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