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FightLite® Announces Jesse James Firearms License Agreement

The following is a Press Release from FightLite® Industries:

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(Melbourne, FL) April 27, 2017 – FightLite® Industries, the small arms division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. is pleased to announce that Jesse James Firearms Unlimited, LLC entered into a non-exclusive License Agreement with ARES Defense Systems, Inc. at the beginning of 2017 that grants Jesse James (JJFU) certain rights to manufacture firearms under a patent owned by ARES Defense.

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Under the general terms of the Agreement, Jesse James is licensed and authorized by ARES Defense to manufacture and sell rifles that rely on some of the technology and the patent common to the ARES Defense and FightLite Industries SCR® (Sport Configurable Rifle).

“Jesse James has a very unique and creative style to his artwork and products whether they’re motorcycles, cutlery or firearms. So when he approached us with an interest in building rifles that rely on our patent and technology, we were very excited to see what custom models he would come up with and we haven’t been disappointed with the rifle that he calls the “Nomad Califas” first introduced at SHOT Show 2017” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “Jesse’s selection of materials, product styling and attention to detail is second to none in the custom firearms world as expressed by his many beautiful creations such as his “Skulls” Cisco Especial, “Kingdom of Shadows” Cisco 1911 and most recently his “Bishop” Cisco 1911 pistols set in their custom live edge presentation box. It will be exciting to watch the custom series of Nomad Califas rifles evolve from his imagination and into finished pieces of art that you can still take to the outdoors and shoot.”

About FightLite® Industries

FightLite® Industries is the small arms division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc., a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra-modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

FightLite® Industries is partnered with Defense Marketing Group who assists with promotion of the FightLite® brand through various channels of social media. For social media inquiries, please contact Ben Wentzel at ben@defensemk.com.

Notice: FightLite®, ARES Defense Systems®, MCR® and SCR® are registered trademarks of ARES Defense Systems® Inc.

FN Launches the FN 509 Striker-Fired 9mm Handgun

The following is a Press Release from FN:

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(McLean, VA – April 17, 2017) FN America, LLC is excited to announce the launch of the FN 509™, an all-new 9mm striker-fired pistol. The FN 509 was born out of the company’s effort to produce a contender for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition and has been further enhanced to meet the needs of U.S. law enforcement and commercial customers.

“When the requirements for MHS were released, our team of engineers immediately went to work, taking the successful elements of the FNS Compact and further developing those to meet the needs of the U.S. Army’s solicitation for a new, full-size pistol,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO of FN America, LLC. “Between the submission of MHS and the commercial release of the FN509, we have worked with law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and captured on-site feedback that we used to further optimize the pistol to far exceed the expectations of our valued customers.”

Built on the proven architecture of the FNS™ Compact, FN made changes internally and externally to meet the rigorous performance standards of the MHS requirements and further developed the platform into the FN 509™ with help from industry experts. Over the course of development, the platform has been tested extensively for reliability, ammunition compatibility and durability – totaling more than 1 million rounds.

Aesthetic changes to the platform include the aggressive cocking serrations, enhanced grip textures, guarded controls and recessed target crown on the barrel. Critical internal components were completely redesigned to ensure maximum performance to meet FN’s demanding standards. The FN 509 is currently shipping to FN distributors in two commercial SKUs, available at retail in early May, and two law enforcement SKUs, available in early June. Other options like manual safety models will be made available at a future date. For product specifications, please see Figure 1.

To see the new FN 509 in person, visit the FN Booth (#2429) at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings, held April 28 – 30, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. To read more on the design and development of the FN 509 or to find a dealer near you, please visit fnamerica.com.

Figure 1; Product specifications. 

Designation:FN 509
Caliber:9mm
Safety:Non-manual; internal, passive safeties
Sights:Fixed 3-dot luminescent sights;
Fixed 3-dot night sights (LE only)
Operation:Striker; DAO
Trigger Pull:5.5 – 7.5 pounds
Capacity:10- or 17-rounds
Weight:26.9 ounces
Barrel Length:4 inches
Overall Length:7.4 inches
MSRP:$649

Aimpoint Receives U.S. Army Contract for Optical Sights

The following is a Press Release from Aimpoint:

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Manassas, VA – March 22, 2017Aimpoint, the worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, has been awarded a contract for supply of 30,000 M68 Close Combat Optics (M68CCO) to the U.S. Army. The Aimpoint CompM4s sight is type-classified as the M68CCO when used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. These sights will be supplied with a killFlash® anti-reflection device, rubber lens covers, and adapters which allow the sights to be deployed on all versions of the M16 rifle, M4 Carbine, and light machineguns such as the M240 and M249.
“Aimpoint has been a trusted supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces since 1997. With the troops counting on us to build the best sights in the world, it’s a job we all take very seriously,” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “The CompM4s is the standard by which all other reflex sights are measured. These optics are designed to function with complete reliability and accuracy under the harshest conditions, and do so with near-legendary levels of ruggedness and dependability.”
Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served weapons. For more information on Aimpoint products, please visit the company’s webpage: www.aimpoint.com.

Tyrant Designs CNC Mini-Vert Grip

The following is a Press Release from Tyrant Designs CNC:

Tyrant Designs CNC , an industry leader in high-end aftermarket AR  grips is only a few weeks away from releasing their first ever AR vertical grip! So far they are only calling it the Mini Vert Grip. The dimensions are roughly 3” L x .8” W and is directly compatible with M-LOK and KeyMod. The 3” in length is almost an inch shorter than most vertical grips, Tyrant instead utilizing an elongated lip at the bottom, allowing the operator the option of either tucking their pinky behind, or resting the finger on top. It is said to weigh around 2 ounces, but no official number has been recorded. Tyrant Designs also mentioned that this will be their most affordable product to date, and the price point will be very competitive with other vertical grips.

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“This is something that we have been slowly working on for some time now. There are some great vertical grips out there, and we did not want to release just a ‘me too’ product. The mini vert is lightweight and shorter than most vert grips. That translates into less hanging mass on the operators rifle while still giving them the added control a vertical grip offers. ”

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Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and are releasing their line of vertical grips and handstops next month.

Tyrant Designs CNC, LLC
10134 Pacific Ave
Franklin Park, Il 60131
http://www.tyrantcnc.com/

Press Release – Aero Precision February Builder Sets

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Aero Precision has announced their February Builders Set, which is a limited release, one time finish of Cobalt Cerakote on the M4E1 (AR15) platform.

 The package includes:

  • M4E1 Upper Receiver
  • Gen 2 AR15 Lower Receiver
  • 15” Enhanced Gen 2 Handguard (M-LOK or Keymod Available)
  • Billet Trigger Guard

The set MSRP’s for $399.99.

For more information and to purchase, please click HERE.

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Stag Arms to Introduce New Stag-10 and Stag-10S .308 Models at Shot Show 2017

The following is a Press Release from Stag Arms:

Stag Arms to Introduce New Stag-10 and Stag-10S .308

Models at Shot Show 2017
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Stag Arms LLC, manufacturer of the world’s first left-
handed MSR, is pleased to announce their entry into the .
308 platform with the Stag-10 and Stag-10S. These .308
models have been built with both the outdoorsman and
tactical operator in mind. Each model will carry Stag’s
industry leading lifetime transferable warranty and infinite
shot barrel guarantee.
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The Stag-10 and Stag-10S feature a QPQ Nitride BCG for corrosion resistance, a VG6 Gamma Compensator for maximum recoil mitigation, a lightweight Diamondhead VRST 308 Handguard with
Keymod mounting system for modular accessory mounting and a single stage trigger with Magpul enhanced trigger guard.
“Over the last 13 years, Stag has offered high quality, low cost rifles,” said Anthony Ash, President of Stag Arms. “The Stag-10 models will only reinforce that dedication to providing extraordinary craftsmanship at a great price point, and we offer our lifetime transferrable warranty to stand behind it.”
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The Stag-10 model features an 18” chrome lined barrel with a 1/10 twist for long range precision work and a Magpul Fixed Rifle Stock to provide the shooter with a stable cheek well and a consistent eye relief. The Stag-10S model features a 16” chrome lined barrel for easier rifle manipulation in close quarters while retaining accuracy out to distance, and a Magpul ACS buttstock to compliment the shorter barrel with adjustability and a cheek well.  Both models will be available in the coming months.
Visit Stag Arms at booth #20349 at Shot Show 2017 to see them firsthand. To learn more about each product go to www.stagarms.com.

FAXON FIREARMS NEWS RELEASE – Streamline Carbon Handguards – Sub 8 Oz 15″ M-LOK

The following is a Press Release from Faxon Firearms:

Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of the STREAMLINE CARBON series of handguards for the AR-15. The STREAMLINE CARBON series of carbon fiber handguards melds extreme lightweight and functionality into a single rugged, easy-to-install M-LOK handguard. Mounted to a weapon, the shooter will see a dramatic increase in maneuverability and swing ability of their rifle compared to legacy metal options.

 The STEAMLINE CARBON fuses Faxon’s patent-pending mounting architecture and quality machining with Lancer Systems carbon-fiber know-how.  The rails mount to the AR-15 using the common mil-spec AR-15 barrel nut, ensuring anyone with standard tools can mount the rail quickly and easily. When mounted correctly, the rail is locked in to position across all three axis, ensuring rigged and rugged performance under the most demanding circumstances. The 15″ rail clocks in at less than 8 ounces in its standard configuration including all mounting hardware. An optional titanium barrel nut reduces weight further by ~.8 ounces.

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The rails feature full-length Magpul M-LOK across all 8 faces of the octagonal handguard. Using an optional low-profile M-LOK rail, shooters have the option of mounting on-plane BUIS. Overall size balances a slim profile (OD is 2.05″) while being able to fit suppressors up to 1.6″ diameter.

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 “As shooters, we designed the STREAMLINE CARBON series of handguards like our GUNNER barrels. We wanted all the functionality possible while reducing weight to the maximum extent possible,” commented Bob Faxon, President of Faxon Firearms. “Usability and modularity were absolutely critical to our design process. We want shooters to pick up the STREAMLINE CARBON option not just for its weight, but for superior utility for mounting accessories while handling arduous courses of fire.”

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 The STREAMLINE CARBON handguard will launch at Rainier Arms in a 15″ configuration. 13.3″ and 10.2″ lengths are in-production and will be available Q1/Q2 2017. The 13.3″ is the ideal companion for pinned and welded 14.5″ barrels, giving just enough space for the hand to extend all the way to the end without being concussed by muzzle devices. Retail for the carbon-fiber rails is set at $349, $339, and $329, respectively.

 

STREAMLINE CARBON Features:

  • Extreme lightweight without sacrificing strength, rigidity, or practicality.
  • M-LOK attachment across 8 facets.
  • Dramatically increases maneuverability of the weapon over legacy metal rails.
  • Low heat transfer for handling xtreme duty cycles.
  • Fits common suppressors under-rail
  • Attaches with standard armorer’s wrenches and tools.
  • Co-witness iron sights and optics/lasers*

*Requires optional low-profile M-LOK rail adapters. 

 
STREAMLINE CARBON Specifications:

 15″ STREAMLINE CARBON, Extended

  • Length: 15.0″
  • Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 6.71 Ounces 
  • Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
  • Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
  • Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
  • Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
  • Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring):  1.70″
  • Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
  • Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
  • M-LOK Slots: 8
  • Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

 13″ STREAMLINE CARBON, Standard

  • Length: 13.3″
  • Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 6.12 Ounces 
  • Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
  • Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
  • Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
  • Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
  • Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring):  1.70″
  • Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
  • Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
  • M-LOK Slots: 7
  • Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

 10″ STREAMLINE CARBON, SBR/Pistol

  • Length: 10.2″
  • Weight w/o Barrel Nut (Includes ALL Mounting Hardware): 4.96 Ounces 
  • Weight, Steel Barrel Nut: 1.28 Ounces
  • Weight, Titanium Barrel Nut: .77 Ounces
  • Height (Flat to Flat): 1.98″
  • Max Outer Diameter (Peak to Peak): 2.05″
  • Max Inner Diameter (Front Aluminum Ring):  1.70″
  • Construction: Lancer Carbon Fiber & Aerospace Aluminum – Type III Hard Anodized
  • Accessory Mounting: M-LOK
  • M-LOK Slots: 5
  • Attachment Method: Standard AR-15 Barrel Nut, Patent-Pending Clamp Architecture

 About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a leader in constant evolution in the firearms marketplace. Faxon focuses on US-made quality and innovation. From the ARAK platform, GUNNER & FLAME barrels, upper receivers, and an ever-expanding portfolio of innovating accessories, Faxon offers quality complete rifle systems and components. New dealers and OEM accounts are welcome.

 Stop by booth 7110 at SHOT Show to see the STREAMLINE CARBON Handguards, SLIM devices, SLIM barrels, and Faxon’s other new products.

About Lancer Systems: Lancer Systems is an engineering-driven company. Their goal is to provide total engineered solutions; applications assessment, component design & development, validation and manufacturing. Lancer Systems aim to fill capability gaps for the military, law enforcement agencies, OEMs and end users across the defense, oil and gas, and aerospace industries. Lancer’s facility has a Type-07 Federal Firearms License as well as an SOT allowing them to manufacture firearms as well as NFA items. Lancer Systems designs, develops and tests all advanced weapons and components in-house. Lancer Systems is well known for their L5AWM and L7AWM ultimate hybrid magazines for military self-loading type rifles.

Heckler & Koch Announces New Products and Expansion

The following is a Press Release from Heckler & Koch:
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Heckler & Koch to Expand in Columbus, Georgia 
Heckler & Koch, a manufacturer of firearms and accessories, will invest $28.5 million to expand its existing operations in Columbus, Georgia. The new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready in the summer of 2017 at which time HK will consolidate its New Hampshire operations into Columbus.
HK worked closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Columbus prior to making the decision that is expected to create 84 new jobs over the next 2 years.
“HK’s new U.S. factory will make use of advanced manufacturing technologies and will be staffed by German and American engineers and technicians,” said Francisco Hidalgo, CEO of HKUSA. “The HK products will maintain the same level of quality and reliability that the consumer has grown to expect from HK.  Our company motto is and will remain ‘No Compromise’.”
“Georgia’s pro-business environment and well-connected logistics network allows manufacturing companies to thrive in our state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Heckler & Koch’s decision to expand its existing operations corroborates our efforts to not only attract companies to Georgia, but to also retain them and support their growth. We look forward to working with our partners in Columbus to support HK in all of their endeavors.”
“One of our main priorities is to assist existing companies to achieve success,” said Brian Anderson, president & CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “By taking time to understand HK’s business, our team was able to provide the company access to valuable resources and guidance that will keep them firmly planted in the Columbus region.   
“HK has been a company that has quietly excelled in Columbus for many years and we are certainly excited about their investment and plans to hire more people,” said Russ Carreker, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus. “Columbus is a great place to achieve business success and we’re grateful HK chose to grow its business here.”
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VP TACTICAL : 
HK VP TacticalThreaded barrel variant of the acclaimed striker fired HK VP -tested and proven with a variety of the leading high quality sound suppressors. Available in 9 mm and .40 S&W.
VP FDE:
HK VP FDE Color frame variant of the HK VP in Flat Dark Earth (FDE), the tan/brown color scheme used by many international military and security units. Available in 9 mm and .40 S&W.
VP Grey:
HK VP Grey
Grey frame variant of the HK VP is an attractive and functional color alternative to traditional color schemes.  Available in 9 mm and .40 S&W.

FightLite® Introducing New Rifles at SHOT Show

(Melbourne, FL) January 11, 2017 – FightLite® Industries, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces that it will be introducing several new groundbreaking products at SHOT Show Booth #7406 in the Law Enforcement section of the show.

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The annual SHOT Show is being hosted at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas January 17-20, 2016.

“We’re really excited to bring these new products to market and topping the list is our new patent-pending MXR™, a multi-caliber sub gun that is primarily chambered in 9mm and is caliber convertible at the user level without tools to include .22LR, .45ACP and other popular pistol calibers.” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “The compact MXR™ is suppressor capable and will also convert to accept a variety of pistol magazine types including Glock, Beretta, CZ, SIG and many others. We originally developed the MXR™ as a select-fire submachine gun in response to an international L/E requirement, but we look forward to bringing the semi-auto pistol and rifle versions of this excellent design to the US civilian market through our Distributor and Dealer network.”

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To learn more about the innovative and patent-pending MXR™ from FightLite® Industries, visit Booth #7406 at this year’s SHOT Show.

About FightLite® Industries

 FightLite® Industries is a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

https://fightlite.com/