Blue Force Gear has introduced a new Vickers 2TO1 Point Sling for 2014. This tactical rifle sling features a RED swivel and a Burnsed socket for the QD attachment points. The RED swivel will allow for a true emergency release of the sling using gross motor skills where standard QD attachments require fine motor skills. The 2TO1 Point Sling is available in coyote brown, multicam, black, foliage green, and OD green. The sling retails for $85.00 for the non-padded model and $95.00 for the padded model.
For 2014, Oakley has announced the Oakley Prizm shooting glasses. The Prizm was developed with assistance from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in the development of the lens. The new Target Red (TR) lens assists the shooter in enhancing targets against a variety of background, specifically dirt and foliage. Oakley states that the new TR lenses reduce eye fatigue, assist in acquiring target identification faster, and enhances confidence. Three ballistic lens variations are included and the Prizm package retails from $150.00-$250.00, depending on the frame choice.
New for 2014, Kimber has introduced the Model 8400 Advanced Tactical II precision rifle. The Model 8400 is chambered in .308 Win and .300 Win Mag, has an air-gauged steel match grade barrel, a Manners folding stock with a 1” recoil pad, is available in Desert Tan or KimPro II finishes and features reinforced carbon fiber. The folding stock is also adjustable for comb height and length of pull. The Model 8400 will accept 5 and 10 round magazines.
Lancer Systems has released a new .308 AR-style rifle, the LS7, and a new advanced hybrid 7.62x51mm magazine, the L7AWM.
The LS7 incorporates 7075 aluminum receivers, a carbon fiber handguard, ambidextrous bolt releases, barrel lengths available in 16, 18, 20 and 24 inches, and offers three differet mag-well options in standard, open left, and open right. The open mag-well options allow the shooter to conduct a magazine change while in the prone without altering the shooting position. The LS7 is scheduled for release in mid-2014.
The L7AWM magazine combines the strength of steel and the durability of polymer and is designed to work with SR25, SIG716, DPMS .308, and LM308 rifles. The L7AWM magazine is available in capacities of 5, 10, and 20 rounds with more planned for later in 2014. Retail prices for both the LS7 and the L7AWM have yet to be released.
For 2014, Burris introduced the new AR-1X Prism Sight for fast CQB shooting in competition or tactical environments. Featuring a highly visible reticle suitable for CQB operations, it also provides trajectory compensation out to 600 yards. The illuminated reticle is available in red, green, or black. The black reticle is functional with or without battery power. The AR-1X runs on a single AA battery with a 1,000 hour runtime and is night vision compatible. The AR-1X retail price is to be determined.
Crye Precision, known for their camo patterns and tactical kit has entered the firearms market for 2014. Crye has developed the Six12 bull-pup design shotgun. This double-action, striker-fire shotgun holds 6 rounds of 12 gauge ammunition in a removable rotating cartridge. The Six12 will also become available as an add-on option for an AR-style rifle and can be used as a breaching option with the 12.5” shotgun barrel with a 10.5” rifle barrel for clearance. Military and Law Enforcement can expect the Six12 to be available in the winter of 2014 with the civilian market to follow.
New for 2014, Diamondhead-USA has announced their Diamondhead “T-Brake” Muzzle Brake. The Diamondhead-USA “T-Brake”, which is triangular in shape, was designed specifically to create a greater surface area on the bottom of the brake for the gas to apply downward pressure. This premium-grade muzzle brake is machined out of 4140 steel and will be available in February 2014.
New for 2014, Safariland has released the GLS (Grip Locking System) Holster. The GLS is held closer to the body than the ALS system holsters due to the release mechanism being positioned for the use of the middle finger in lieu of the thumb. The GLS features a suede lining and is available for Glock in 9mm/.40, Smith & Wesson M&P compact and Shield, Springfield Armory XDS, and are working on additional models.
New for 2014 from EOTech is their Laser Battery Cap and X320 Handheld Thermal Imager.
The Laser Battery Cap is available as a full sight package or as a replacement battery cap for an existing 512 or 552 holographic sights. The 512LBC is red laser only and retails for $285.00 alone or $729.00 for a complete sighting system. The 552LBC incorporates both red laser and IR and retails for $429 alone or $979 as a complete sighting system.
The X320 Handheld Thermal Imager is a compact package that allows the adjustment of the seen image by the turn of a dial and is reasonably priced for Law Enforcement. The X320 retails for $3499.00.
Springfield Armory has released a new 1911-style 9mm Range Officer handgun for 2014. The Range Officer features a 5” stainless steel match grade barrel, fully adjustable target sights, a 5-6 lbs trigger, and includes 2 9-round magazines. The Range Officer weighs in at 41 oz, is 5.5” in height and 8.6” in length.