The following is a Press Release from Lancer Systems:
Quakertown, PA – July 11, 2017 – Lancer Systems LP, a leading advanced weapons and components engineering company, today announced their L5AWM 30 round Smoke magazine has been given an official National Stock Number (NSN) by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). “The NSN will allow U.S. Government Agencies, U.S. Military and NATO partners to streamline their procurement of the L5AWM magazine,” stated Kas McManus, Business Area Manager for Small Arms at Lancer Systems.
Lancer set out to engineer a better 5.56 magazine; one with the reliability of steel, durability of polymer and weight of aluminum – the L5AWM. The magazine design includes a one-piece, wrap-around steel feed lip assembly and an aggressive surface texture to create the ultimate hybrid magazine tough enough for military, LE and commercial use. The internal geometry of the Advanced Warfighter Magazine is a constant curvature utilizing a non-tilting follower for reliable feeding of 5.56X45mm NATO ammunition. The body and component materials are corrosion and chemical resistant, passing military chemical testing. The L5AWM is compatible with modern weapon systems, including M4/M16/AR, SCAR16, HK416, ARX160, SIG MCX etc.
The following is a Press Release from Elite Tactical Systems Group:
For Immediate Release
May 26, 2017: The ETS Group is proud to announce the release of their new line of 42 and 43 Glock® clear polymer magazine models. All ETS Glock® 42 and 43 magazine models are single stack and each standard model holds 7 rounds, as opposed to the 6 rounds standard Glock® factory magazines hold. Also available are ETS’s 9 and 12 round versions, an industry first! ETS’s GLK-42-9 and GLK-43-9 models are only .75 inches longer than the standard 7-round magazine and allow for a better grip and control of the handgun. ETS’s clear polymer magazines feature extreme impact resistance so they won’t crack when dropped. The durable construction ensures the feed lips won’t spread when fully loaded and stored.
.380 caliber – Fits Glock® 42 Model
- GLK-42 7 round (flush fit) 3.5″ long $16.99
- GLK-42-9 9 round – 4.25″ long $21.99
- GLK-42-12 12 round – 5.5″ long $21.99
9mm – Fits Glock® 43 Model
- GLK-43 7 round (flush fit) 3.5″ long $16.99
- GLK-43-9 9 round – 4.25″ long $21.99
- GLK-43-12 12 round – 5.5″ long $21.99
ETS’s full line of 42 and 43 models are available now at www.etsgroup.us.
About ETS Group
Established in 2014, Elite Tactical Systems Group’s (ETS) goal is to provide customers with innovative products by utilizing cutting-edge design, materials, and manufacturing processes to create the best, most rugged, clear polymer magazines. We are proud to offer durable, top-quality, American-made products built to withstand the rigors of combat and heavy-duty use.
Every once and awhile I will come across a product that stops me in my tracks and has me put it in reverse. Yesterday at the SHOT Industry Day at the Range, the Mag Pump did just that. Though I had just casually passed by their booth which was tucked away in the corner in “tent village”, it was not until I had actually seen it being used to load magazines at the Aero Precision live fire lane that it had caught my attention.
The Mag Pump is a hopper-fed, loose ammo loader for .223 Rem, 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK and is compatible with all MIL-SPEC AR-15 Magazines and is available in both polymer or machined aluminum.
So, down to the nuts and bolts. The Mag Pump is capable of being table mounted via two pre-drilled holes on the base which will provide it greater stability, though it is not required. Basic operation consists of the user placing a MIL-SPEC AR15 magazine, tip down, into the front of the Mag Pump and dumping a handful of ammo in the hopper. Though all of the rounds will need to be oriented horizontally in the hopper, it does not matter which direction the bullet tip or primer is facing. Once the user has loaded up to 90 rounds into the hopper, all that is required is a pumping motion on the side lever, which a child could do with ease. Another nice feature, no counting. Once the magazine has reached its capacity, the Mag Pump recognizes through a sensor that the tension on the spring has reached the capacity and it will no longer allow rounds to be inserted.
The Mag Pump MSRP’s for $199 for the polymer version (MP-AR15) and $399 for the machined aluminum (MP-AR15 ELITE). If you are an occasional shooter that is only loading a magazine or two once in a while, this product may not be for you. If you are a higher volume shooter, or someone who teaches or attends classes where down time between shooting for loading magazines can be a hinderance, this is definitely something you need to take a closer look at.
There are also versions coming soon for the AK47 as well as Glock 9mm magazines.
Mag Pump does not have their own booth at the SHOT Show, however, they will have some on display in booth 6112 this week. I will attempt to get a video of it in action.
For more information, please visit magpump.com or email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bravo Company Manufacturing has announced that their new magazine, “GUNFIGHTER”, is now available at select newsstands. I am curious to see if this series of magazines will be more on the traditional style of gun magazines, or Recoil-esque that is more of a lifestyle magazine with firearms as the main focus.
The cover of the magazine looks sharp, and the price tag by the UPC bar code looks to be $8.99 per issue. I am willing to pay that for a well written magazine with quality “gun porn” inside, so I hope that they live up to the cost.
The following is the current list of stores/newsstands where “GUNFIGHTER” will be available at. I am happy to see that Hudson News (typical airport newsstand) is on there as I have a flight this week, so I will be looking for it when I get there.
The line-up of some of the article authors looks very promising as there is a lot of real-world expertise and knowledge to be gained from all of these individuals. Though I do not know if I will be able to read an article from “Pat Mac” without hearing his voice as I read it. If you are unfamiliar with “Pat Mac’s” unique style of speaking and how motivational and entertaininig it is, click HERE, for a recent video and you will see what I mean.
If you happen to find this on a newsstand, let us know where you found it and what you thought of it.
10-8 Performance Glock Magazine Base Pad in FDE
For more information, visit the 10-8 Performance Webpage.
Magpul Industries announced today via email that they are now shipping their Sand colored PMAGs. Unfortunately the “BUY NOW” links are not working in the email and I cannot find anything about the Sand PMAGs on their webpage, so check back on their webpage for updates.
The Sand colors are much lighter than the FDE and are capable of taking on a more diverse color palate of dye (Recommend Rit Dye).
Below are some screen captures of the email Magpul sent out earlier as well as their promotional video.
Check out the below video by NSZ85 on the new translucent AR15 Polymer Magazines from Elite Tactical Systems Group.
The MagPod is an aftermarket PMAG floor plate replacement that allows you to turn your magazine effectively into a monopod.
Get it? MAGazine + monoPOD = MagPod.
The installation of the MagPod is extremely simple to install on any Generation 2 or older Magpul PMAG or EMAG, but not possible on the newer Magpul M3 PMAG, which was initially frustrating to install upon (non-existent) as I didn’t get the memo of the latter.
The front edge of the MagPod allows a forward lean of the rifle and provides enough real estate against the ground to prevent an uneven feeling or sideways wobble. The bottom dimple-looking pad, which is made out of an unknown rubberesque material provides a good less-slip surface. I say less-slip and not non-slip because with enough forward force, nearly any surface will slip, so I do not want to be misleading.
I appreciate the feature of the front “leg” of the base pad and how it is hollowed out on the sides. Intentional in engineering or not, the hollowed out sides not only reduce the weight of the MagPod, but afford the user some leverage to get their meat hooks onto while drawing the magazine from a pouch.
Though there is no technical data or a completed webpage to reference right now on the specifics of the MagPod, their Facebook page has been providing some insight into the process that has been in the works for a few years.
Below is an image of an earlier prototype of the MagPod that I took back at the 2013 SHOT Show. Notice the change in the forward “leg” padding?
Though there has been some heartburn over MagPod’s release date being pushed back, I think that the difference in the forward pad should be worth the wait. Manufacturers can update, modify, and change a product 1,000 times after it is released and customers have complained on why they didn’t like a product or why they will never buy from that company again. That same manufacturer only gets one chance to release its product to the world and to ensure it is right before it goes out is admirable. We would have a hell of a lot less recalls and warranty problems if more companies took this stance.
So for those of you who have been patiently awaiting the MagPod to hit the stores, your long wait may be coming to a close. As of a Facebook post from a few days ago, their latest release date is looking to be around the beginning of September 2014. I hope that date holds true as it would be nice to be able to pick up a few more.