Vicker’s Tactical Glock Side Stop


Vickers Tactical, headed by the legendary Larry Vickers, is producing what seems like a much welcomed modification for Glocks.  Vickers Tactical is now selling an extended slide release which will give Glock owners a little more real estate to manipulate the slide release; Glock’s factory slide release is notorious for being a little too slim to easily function, especially under stress.

The VTSS (Vickers Tactical Slide Stop) was specifically designed to ease the function of the slide release while operating it with gloves on.  Its constructed out of  4130 chome moly steel giving it durability and longevity.  The VTSS will fit on almost all glocks (17, 17l, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 34) and costs only $20.  It is not a drop in replacement though, Vickers Tactical suggest you let a certified Glock Armorer or professional gunsmith do the installation for you. Given the popularity of Vickers Tactical’s other Glock accessory, the extended mag catch, I have no doubts the slide stop will be another must have Glock accessory.

 

 

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UTS-15 Shotgun

UTS-15 Review

Turkish shotgun maker UTAS, who has been importing shotguns into the US market quite a bit the last few years, are going to be producing the UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun.  This behemoth pump action shotgun shares quite a few features of the Kel-Tec KSG bullpup shotgun, with some added extras.

The UTS-15 is a dual magazine pump action shotgun which has a total capacity of 14+1 similar to the Kel-Tec KSG.  The UTS-15‘s magazine tubes differ from the KSG by having a selector switch that no only allows just to switch over from tube to tube, but can be switched to have the UTS-15 automatically alternate between tutbes.  Also, the UTS-15 features a shell counter along the top giving an operator an exact round count.

A picatinny rail runs a long the entire top of the UTS-15 which hosts the iron sights and allowing a choice  optics to be placed; the body of this tactical shotgun is made from carbon fiber cutting the weight down significantly.  Built into the lower receiver is a button operated laser and light, furthering the tactical pitch of the UTS-15.   Despite its appearance, the UTS-15 has an overall length of 27″ and weighs only 7.2 lbs (assuming that’s unloaded).

Due to the recent ATF ban on importing shotguns, and assuming the UTS-15 wouldn’t be considered as a “sporting” shotgun (I still consider 3 gunning a sport, but I digress), UTAS will be producing the UTS-15 in the United States for sale.  It looks like later this year will be a battle of the bullpup shotguns.  Although the bullpup shotgun has been around for a while, its never been placed in a wide market or produced on a large scale for civilian use.  Its going to be interesting to see this relatively new genre of pump action shotgun hit the scene.  I don’t have a price on the UTS-15, but given the amount of features and materials used, I would put the price around the 1k mark, give or take a couple hundred.

(Hat tip and special thanks for the pictures to TheFirearmBlog.com)

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Aramalite and Impact Training Center

ArmaLite, the company that brought us the famous AR rifles, and Impact Training, an industry leader in firearms training, are teaming together to bring shooters a new venue to hone in on their skills.  The Armalite and Impact Training center is a 120 acre facility in Northwest Illinois consisting of over 10 ranges and shoot houses giving a wide scope for different firearm training programs.

The training facility hosts four 50 yard pistol/carbine ranges, one 100 yard pistol/carbine range, one 600 yard known distance range, one fully ballistic live-fire shoothouse, a repelling tower and a dismounted shooting course.  The Armalite/Impact training facility will offer a wide range of courses available to the public as well as courses that will be closed to Military or Law enforcement only.

As a shooter, one will also hit plateaus with there ability, and training is the only way to truly advance your ability.  While watching DVDs, reading the blogs and forums, and practicing drills may help you improve, they’re still no substitute for live training with experienced professionals.  I would  love to attend some classes at this new sprawling facility; however, since I’m not law enforcement or military, I would probably have to use a loaner, since my carbine and pistols wouldn’t be considered legal in Illinois (I’m assuming).  Either way, the facilities look great and if you have a chance to attend, it would probably be worth your while.

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Magpul Dynamics Precision Rifle Courses

To go along with their up coming Precision Rifle DVD, Magpul Dynamics is now going to offer Precision Rifle courses headed by former US Marine Corps Scout/Sniper instructor, Caylen Wojcik.  One would be wise to sign up for these classes as soon as possible considering that most of Magpul’s classes seem to fill up immediately and I would expect this new course to do the same.

There will be a total of 3 different Precision Rifle courses offered by Magpul.  Precision Rifle 1 will take aspiring or experienced long range shooters through the fundalmentals of long range shooting and as expected, Precision Rifle 2 will  build upon that foundation to go into more advanced concepts.  The last course offered is a DMR/SPR Course which will help shooters learn how to effectively manipulate special purpose rifles such as SASS (semi auto sniper systesms) and will focus on target engagement out to 600 yards.  Listed below is a breakdown of the classes:

Precision Rifle 1

  • Precision Weapon System Nomenclature
  • Weapon Set-Up and Accessories
  • Telescopic Sight Theory and Operation
  • Angular Units of Measure
  • Fundamentals of Precision Rifle Marksmanship
  • Weapon and Optic Manipulation
  • Precision Weapons Maintenance
  • Recording and Analyzing Data
  • External Ballistics and PDA Ballistic Software Systems
  • Range Estimation Techniques
  • Effects of Weather, Wind and Mirage
  • Unsupported/Unusual Shooting Positions
  • Multiple Target Engagements
  • Target Engagements from 100 to 1100 yards

Precision Rifle 2

  • Internal and External Ballistics
  • Advanced features of Ballistic PDA Programs
  • Optic Theory and Techniques of Operations
  • Maximum Point Blank Theory
  • Holds for Elevation and Wind
  • Precision Weapon Manipulation
  • Sling, Unsupported, Unusual Shooting Positions
  • Limited Exposure Multiple Target Engagement
  • Self-Shot Observation
  • Stress Shooting
  • Target Engagements from 15 to 1100 yards.

Special Purpose Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle

  • SPR/DMR Weapon System Nomenclature
  • Weapon Set-Up and Accessories
  • Basic Telescopic Sight Theory and Operation
  • Basic Angular Units of Measure
  • Fundamentals of Precision Rifle Marksmanship
  • Weapon and Optic Manipulation
  • Basic External Ballistics
  • Range Estimation Techniques
  • Effects of Weather and Wind
  • Unsupported/Unusual Shooting Positions
  • Threat acquisition and ID
  • Introduction to Multiple Target Engagements
  • Target Engagements from 100 to 600 yard

To see a class schedule or to sign up for a class, check out Magpul Dynamics.

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California Compliant ISSC M22


 

ISSC‘s popular M22 will not be available in  California and Massachusetts.  ISSC will be shipping their popular  .22 lr pistols to California and Massachusetts giving those judicially confined shooters a chance to partake in some cheap Glock like plinking fun.

The new ISSC California and Massachusetts compliant M22 will be called the M22G.  It will share all the same features of the M22 with some few changes allowing it to be sold in those states.  The M22G will feature a 10 round magazine; multiple safeties, a picatinny rail and adjustable sights.  Expect the MSRP to be around $300.

 

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Raven Concealment SCAR 17s Mag Carrier

For those SCAR-H owners trying to find a magazine carrier for your magazines can now look to Raven Concealment Systems.  RCS makes some of the most popular kydex holsters on the market due to their quality and options, especially for those looking for a light bearing holster–they’re sometimes the only place where you’ll find them for a specific model.

I own a couple of RCS products and I have been completely satisfied with them so far.  I have no doubts that there are plenty of SCAR 17s owners out there that will be picking these up immediately.  The new RCS SCAR 17s magazine carriers are not up on the Raven Concealment website yet, but if you wish to order them, just add a rifle magazine carrier to your cart and state in the comment box you want the SCAR 17s–the only drawback is since everything RCS does is pretty much custom made, wait times for your order are usually long, but worth it.

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Brownells Paratrooper Charging Handle

Brownells is going to be selling a new AR-15 Charging handle called the Para-Trooper Changing handle.  This new charging handle has an oversized lever on the left hand side that folds against the receiver, creating a slim profile preventing it from snagging.  The Para-trooper charging handle opens instantly when tugged giving its operator more surface area along with a positive grip due to its deeply serrated edges.

It leaves plenty of clearance from scopes or optics that may be mounted on an A3 style upper since the paratrooper charging handle has a slight downward angle when in hte foled position.   The drop in ready Para-trooper charging handle is made out of 7075 T-6 solid billet alluminum with a Mil-Spec type III black hardcoat finish which matches most factory finishes.

I can see some shooters utilizing this type of charging handle. There’s a definite benefit to be seen from that larger latch, especially for SPR styles of AR-15 platforms that may have a large scope mounted up top which could prevent a positive and accessible grasp on the charging handle.  The price is relatively expensive at $99 compared to the popular PRI gas busting charging handles, or the BCM charging handles; however, the Brownells paratrooper charging handle provides twice the amount of surface area to grip with when extended while simultaneously having a slimmer profile while folded.   The Brownells Paratrooper Charging handle is available now at Brownells.com.

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