New for Seekins Precision in 2014 is their new .308 AR that weighs in at 9.5 lbs (w/o optics). Their first .308 rifle offers ambidextrous features in the bolt release, magazine release, selector switch, and charging handle. The SR25 patterned lower receiver will accept all SR25-style magazines as well as the .308 Magpul PMAG. The upper receiver’s rail extends approximately 1.5” to allow for more optic mounting locations. The flat bottomed 3 Gun Rail is 15” long and is designed to be placed on top of a barricade for providing a stable shooting platform.
SOG Knives has introduced an addition to their Tactical Line of knives for 2014 with the Kiku fixed blade and folding knives. This joint venture with SOG Knives and Kiku Knives produced the first folding knives for Kiku.
The Kiku knives have AUS8 stainless steel blades linen micarta handles. The Kiku folders are available in 3.5 and 4.5 inch blade lengths and black or satin finishes. The folders retail from $135 and $195 depending on length and finish. The fixed blade Kiku knives offer lengths of 4.5 and 5.5 inches and black or satin finishes. The fixed Kiku’s retail from $215.00 to $260.00 depending on length and finish.
Streamlight has introduced a number of new products for 2014. The ProTac HL3 is a 3-cell, 1100 lumen handheld light that has a wide light throw reduce tunnel vision. The ProTac HL3 will reach over 300 meters and features a High-Strobe-Low tailcap with 10 Tap Technology that can be adjusted for customized needs for the order of lighting options. The ProTac HL3 will retail for $155 and will be available in April 2014.
The Scorpion HL is a 600 lumen handheld light with a rubber texturized grip that also features a 10 Tap Technology tail cap. The Scorpion will retail for $120 and will be available in March 2014.
The TLR-4G handgun light will accommodate sub-compact, compact, and full size handguns. This 115 lumen light can operate in Light Only, Laser Only, and both Light and Laser. The TLR-4G will operate in extreme temperatures from -20 F to 120 F. This light will be available in February 2014 and will retail for $399.
The TLR-2 IRW handgun light features a 300 lumen light and IR laser. It will fit on a MIL-STD 1913 Rail or the Glock accessory rail. The TLR-2 IRW will be available in February 2014 and will retail for $575.
For those looking for a convenient rechargeable by USB light, the Stylus Pro and the Clipmate USB are great options. The Stylus Pro is a large pen sized 70 lumen light and can be recharged using an USB cable. The micro USB port is accessed by pulling down a sleeve to expose the port. The Stylus Pro will be available in April 2014. The Clipmate USB is the perfect clip-on light that features a metal clip on the back side of the body to clip onto a pocket, MOLLE webbing, or any location that is accessible. The USB charger tab is located on the bottom side of the body with a water resistant cover. The light is attached to a bendable neck and features both red and white light in high and low settings. The light offers 70 and 10 lumen options depending on the setting.
New for 2014, Luminox Watches has introduced the ANU (Approved for Navy Use) watch. The ANU features a 45mm sapphire crystal face that will not scratch as easily surrounded by a steel housing, the option of a nylon or rubber strap, and has an 8 year battery life. The ANU retails for $695.00 and will be available in March 2014.
New for 2014 from Vertx is their Phantom Ops pant powered by an Active Airflow System and designed by Fighter Design. These pants were designed for hot weather environments and allow air to circulate around the legs through mesh inserts along the inseam from mid-thigh to ankle and inside the cargo pockets. These pants are extremely durable while comfortable to wear. The Phantom Ops pant have a total of 10 pockets (5 per side) to include a slim pocket on each hip and dual concealed zipper pockets for discrete carry. The pants are constructed with 6.5 oz 65% Polyester/35% Cotton mini Rip-Stop fabric with IntelliDRY treatment and 100% Polyester mesh to prevent shrinking. The Phantom Ops will be available in mid-April.
New from Mega Arms in 2014 is their new Megalithic Tactical System that is available for both the 5.56mm and MATEN (.308AR) platforms. This one-piece upper receiver and rail system will be available in Mid and Rifle lengths for 5.56mm and Rifle length for the MATEN. The Megalithic Tactical System incorporates a strategically integrated level system and the Key-Mod versions come with hardened QD sockets on the rear sides of the rail.
Vortex Optics has announced several upgrades to their product line for 2014.
Of note is the upgraded Strikefire II. The Strikefire II has removed the night vision button which previously caused users problems with the optic appearing to have turned off and incorporated the NV function in the brightness settings. The Power Control Group Housing has been beefed up to provide an even more robust system. The Strikefire II includes a cantilever ring mount, uses a single CR2 battery which will last for 400 hours on the Bright Red setting and 300 hours on the Red/Green setting. The Strikefire II retails for $239.00.
A new weapon maintenance tool for 2014 from Otis Technology is the Otis Ripcord. This one pass cleaning tool is available in common handgun and rifle calibers, with more coming, and offers 360° barrel cleaning from end-to-end. The Ripcord has 8-32 threaded ends for accommodating additional Otis cleaning components. The Ripcord retails for $14.99.
For those who are familiar with the Otis MSR/AR Cleaning System and B.O.N.E. Tool in the .223/5.56mm variant has been expanded to the .308/7.62mm market for 2014. The .308/7.62mm B.O.N.E. will also be sold separately. The .308/7.62mm B.O.N.E. Tool retails for $29.99.
Additionally, stepping outside of being known for quality cleaning supplies, Otis Technology has introduced the MSRS, a 6061-T6, two-piece, free-floating rail for the MSR/AR/M4 platforms that mounts to a standard barrel nut. The MSRS Rail retails for $239.99.
TAC-CON has introduced a new three-mode drop-in AR trigger for 2014, which is a non-NFA part and has received the blessing of the ATF. The three selector positions for this trigger are Safe, Match-Grade Semi-Automatic, and TAC-CON 3rd Mode of Operation.
The TAC-CON 3MR Trigger System requires a pull of the trigger for each round fired and is not a “bump-fire” or fully-automatic system. The 3rd Mode of Operation is achieved by the trigger resetting just as the casing is being ejected and the bolt is still moving rearward, creating an assisted reset. The 3rd Mode trigger reset is approximately half the distance of the semi-automatic reset. The 3MR Trigger retails for $495.00.
The Bullet Bunker introduced “The System” for 2014 which features their Freedom Model bullet trap and adds a SACON (Shock Absorbing Concrete) façade to prevent ricochet and errant rounds from straying away from the target area. “The System” is rifle round capable and has been tested up to .458 Win Mag and .470 Nitro Express. The 4’x6’ model retails for $2499.99 and the 4’x8’ model for $2699.99.