Lowa Boots, which have become my favorite boot manufacturer as of a few years ago released a new model, called the Innox, this year. Waterproof Gortex and lightweight, this boot is available in mid and low-profiles and retail around $200.
From my current experience with Lowa Boots, I can speak with confidence that these boots will last you longer than most boots and the tread will remain after other’s will have expired. I am currently wearing a pair of Lowa GSG Revo’s which have far exceeded my expectations with their comfort, durability, and waterproofing capabilities.
They were featuring a long line of varying profile and length AR barrels as well as an one piece Direct Impingement Bolt Carrier. There will be no concerns of the gas key coming loose or a poor staking job with this one. VooDoo Innovations is also offering a low-mass BCG, which unfortunately was not available for viewing while I was at the booth.
Magpul had a lot to offer at this past SHOT Show with a seeming endless line of new products.
If you run an AK-47, Magpul has not forgotten you this year. They have released several handguards, stocks, and a PMAG this year. See below for the new line:
Magpul has also released the new SL (Slim Line) accessory line.
For those who like to dye their FDE PMAG’s for a personalized look will be happy to know that Magpul is releasing a new color variation called “Sand”. It is a much lighter tone than the FDE that will help with lighter colors being accepted for dying.
The PMAG-D60 is a 60 round polymer drum for the AR-15 platform. It is expected to be released sometime this summer at a cost of $129.95.
Personally, I cannot wait to get my hands on a few of the new Glock 17 PMAG’s. These mags seemed solid and as expected from anything Magpul produces should hold up extremely well.
LanTac USA, who has been mostly known for their Dragon Muzzle Brakes, had a booth full of new awesomeness available for all to see….and for one sticky fingered thief, a BCG to take home.
LanTac USA’s Blast Mitigation Device, or BMD, is a removable shroud of sorts that can be placed over the Dragon Muzzle Brake to control the side blast from the Dragon and away from the shooter. The BMD is quickly removed from the Dragon by pressing two release buttons on either side of the device.
This Enhanced BCG is the brother of the Ti Enhanced BCG that was stolen from the LanTac booth at SHOT. The stolen version was a one-off version without Forward Assist serrations and was made of Titanium. Click HERE for more info from LanTac regarding a description of the stolen BCG. They are offering a reward.
The Enhanced BCG is M16 Full Auto style, machined from 8620 steel with a Shot Peened (SP) bolt and is Magnetically Particle Inspected (MPI). The entire carrier assembly is NiB, electroless NiB coated with the patented advanced UTC EXO process. The carrier features forward gas porting with enlarged gas vents to run cooler and cleaner and reduces the pressurization of the receiver.
The LanTac Gas Block will fit .750″ diameter gas pad barrels and uses two set screws to secure the block in place.
The LanTac USA SPADA-S Rail is a lightweight freefloat handguard that features reinforced attachment positions at the 3, 6 and 9-o’clock positions with helicoil inserts. The rail offers zero protrusion to the rear and will mount to any upper receiver, regardless of shape.
LanTac USA Upper Advancd Receiver (UAR)
The LanTac USA Upper Advanced Receiver, aka UAR, is machined from Billet 7075-T6 aluminum, is finished with MilSpec, Type 3, Class2, Deep Black, Hardcoat Anodizing and comes standard with M4 feedramps. The UAR comes standard with a CP-R360 Domed Head Cam Pin. The Cam Pin features a circular head with singular flat face so it can retrofit any other BCG cam pin without the need of removing the gas key.
Line of Fire, by far my favorite glove out there for shooting, has added some new gloves to their line up this year as well as a new camo pattern (pictured above) that they will be releasing soon.
The Double Down Cold Weather Glove offers strength, stretch, warmth and weather resistance via a Durastretch shell fabric mated with 4-way stretch Polartec Power Stretch materials. Digital Goat Skin Leather and TEGS gripping technology create the palm and gripping surface. The Double Down has wind blocking capability while being breathable, water resistant and has touch screen capability. The Double Down MSRP’s for$170.
The Phantom is a knitted glove that provides comfort, fit and Cut Level 5 protection and molded impact panels to provide protection for the back of the hand. Due to the material used with the glove, TEGS material cannot be used for the palm grip. The Phantom will MSRP for approximately $35.
Patriot Ordnance Factory has been working during 2014 to get these products out for this year.
The Archangel Ambidextrous Charging Handle looks cool with the engraved wings and sword along the body, however the wingspan is just a little too big for my taste. I love the concept, but the levers are going to get caught up on kit for anyone using this in the real world.
The POF Gen4 Ambidextrous Lower Receiver seems to have hit the mark though. With full ambi-controls, including a bolt catch, not just release. Can you see it? Look in front of the trigger, inside the trigger guard. It’s the little nub in the upper right hand corner of the guard is the bolt catch. I would definitely like to get my hands on one of these.
The POF Adjustable Gas Block has 18 adjustable positions. Best part? You can adjust it with a screwdriver from the front of the block. No more trying to fish a micro Allen wrench in between rail slots to get your adjustments.
And lastly, POF has released their WARHOG, a 7,62×39 AR Platform. Yep, AR-body with AK-ammo. Currently C-Products mags are the only mags that will work.
Browe Inc, the makers of the Browe Combat Optic (BCO) and the Browe Sport Optic (BSO) have now released a new variant of the BCO, the Browe Tactical Optic (BTO). The BTO is for all intensive purposes the same as the BCO with the exception that the BTO features an Aluminum housing in lieu of the BCO’s Titanium housing. There will be some weight savings with the BCO, however the MSRP of the BTO ($1250) is $300 less than the BCO ($1550).
The BSO is only available in Aluminum and MSRP’s for $999. Though the BCO and the BTO feature illuminated reticles, the BSO is a “day optic” with a chargeable reticle that can be charged with a flashlight. The “charge” will give you a bright setting for approximately 3-5 minutes and will remain “charged” at a brightness comparable to tritium for approximately 5 hours.
New from Elzetta Design for 2015 is their Mini CQB Light. The Mini CQB is based off of their “Alpha” model and is compatible with all of the “Alpha” light components and is in partnership with Impact Weapons Components (IWC). The single CR123 battery light boasts an amazing 315 lumens and most impressively, will mount to Picatinny, Key-Mod, and M-Lok rails by switching out the interchangable rail attachment point, which will be sold separately.
Elzetta is taking pre-orders now and you can expect them to be available around late-March to early-April 2015.
The Mini CQB will run $235 for the M-Lok and Key-Mod models and $210 for the Picatinny model.
Proof Research, which is becoming well known for their extremely accurate barrels had one of their TAC II .300 WIN bolt action precision rifles out to play with at Media Day. The 26″ carbon fiber barrel with the hand-laid carbon fiber and Kevlar composite stock made for a beautiful, yet deadly combination. The crew from Proof Research had several steel targets set up at about the 800 yard mark with several clay pigeons spread around the berm as well. After getting a feel for the rifle, hitting the clay pigeon at 800 yards was almost too easy with this rifle. The TAC II .300 WIN rifle MSRP’s at $7,290.
Do not expect to throw a Proof Research AR-Type barrel on every AR you own. Unless you are rolling in money, I would not recommend installing this on your “plinker” or CQB rifle. However, if you are a competitive shooter, avid hunter, or someone who likes to get accuracy out of longer range shots, the Proof Research barrels may be what you are looking for. Available for both the AR-15 and AR-10 in varying calibers, the AR-Type barrels start at $940.