New for 2014 from Houlding Precision Firearms is the upgraded HPF-15 UBR AR-style rifle chambered in .223/5.56. The receivers are CNC machined from 7075-T6 aluminum billets with tight tolerances. Each rifle has been upgraded with a HPF-Irish Curse Muzzle Brake, the HPF-CMXHandguard, and the BCG is now finished with a self-lubricating HSS (Houlding Super Slick) coating. The UBR is a mid-length gas impingement system with a 16 inch barrel, single stage trigger, and includes Magpul furniture. The UBR’s retail price has yet to be announced.
Advanced Armament Company (AAC) has announced the release of their Ranger 3 suppressor for 2014. This 5.56mm suppressor weighs in at 14.5 oz, is 6.25” long, is 1.5” in diameter, and is finished in Cerakote. The Ranger 3 does not require a flash suppressor like the new Brakeout 2.0, instead this suppressor can be attached by a wrench directly to the barrel with 1/2-28 threads. The Ranger 3 retails for $600.
Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT) has introduced a new AR stock for 2014. The DMR buttstock is adjustable by two positions on the extension tube, fits all Mil-Spec carbine buffer tubes, the cheek-well height is adjustable by 45 positions and the length of pull is also adjustable by 45 positions. The DMR has a concealed rail for attaching a mono-pod, 4 QD swivel sockets, a SOPMOD cheek rest, and a SOPMOD rubber plate. The retail price for the DMR has not yet been set.
New from Danner for 2014 is their Tachyon GTX boot line. The Tachyon GTX features a GORE-TEX lining, a full grain leather polishable toe, pentagon lug pattern sole with a fully rubberized outsole, a fully waterproof synthetic ultralight upper, speed lacing system, and an EVA mid-sole. Each boot weighs in at 17 oz (for a size 10). The Tachyon retails for $150.00.
New for Trijicon in 2014 is their Variable Combat Optical Gunsight, or VCOG, which has a 1-6x range and continues the tradition of rugged capability expected from Trijicon. The VCOG has seven different FFP reticle choices, functions on a single AA battery for a continuous 700 hours of operation, and is rail mounted.
The VCOG offers 6 brightness settings with off settings between each brightness setting. The first VCOG model to be introduced will be the 5.56 77 gr model, with 7.62 175 gr and 300BLK models to follow. The VCOG retails for $2,800.00.
The Sharps Rifle Company has introduced a 100% drop-in compatible AR-15 bolt for 2014. The S7 steel bolt will withstand over 200,000 PSI, has beveled lugs on the bolt face to assist with any timing issues, has a Nickel Teflon coating, rubber extractor spring donut, and a standard ejector and extractor. The Sharps AR bolt retails for $149.99. For more information visit, http://www.srcarms.com.
Blade-Tech has two new concealable holsters for 2014, the Ambi-Eclipse and the Ambi-Klipt.
The Ambi-Eclipse builds on the popular Eclipse holster and creates a 4 in 1 system that will allow for an inside the waistband or outside the waistband option for both right and left sides. The holster itself is not contoured and features sweat guards on both sides of the holster. The removable belt loops are flexible for better contouring on the body and both belt loops and IWB clips are included. The Ambi-Eclipse is available for Glock (including the new Glock 41 and 42, Smith & Wesson M&P, and 1911’s with more options coming soon. The Ambi-Klipt is an IWB holster with an adjustable and reversible polymer clip to adjust hand selection and height adjustment. The Ambi-Klipt was designed for compact handguns and is currently available for the Glock 26, Glock 42, and the Remington 51. Both of these holsters are 100% made in the U.S.A. For more information visit, blade-tech.com.
New from Beretta for 2014 is the Nano 9mm conceal carry handgun. The Nano features a snag-free design, is Beretta’s first striker fire handgun, and has an interchangeable frame for your preference of a variety of colors. The serial number is sub-chassis to remain in ATF compliance while changing out the frame. There are 3 passive safeties on the Nano; the trigger safety, the fire pin block, and a deactivator that will “lock” the handgun not allowing the trigger to be pressed without first pulling the slide back approximately ¼ inch. Two magazines are included, a 6+1 flush magazine and a 8+1 extended magazine. The Nano retails for $475. For more information visit, http://www.berettausa.com/, or call 1-800-929-2901.
Armalite has added another model to their precision rifle line-up in 2014 with the sub-MOA Armalite AR-31. The AR-31’s 24” barrel is chambered in .308 WIN, has a short bolt action, a single-stage Shilen trigger, and accepts AR-10B double-stack magazines. While test firing this rifle, there is very light felt recoil, which is similar to shooting a 5.56mm AR-style rifle, and consistently hit a 5” steel plate at 100 yards (maximum distance at range during test). The AR-31 retails for $3,46.00. For more information visit, http://www.armalite.com/, or call 1-800-336-0184.
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