Aimpoint® has just announced the company has been awarded another highly lucrative contract to supply the U.S. Army with 30,000 M68 Close Combat Optics (M68CCO). The Aimpoint CompM4s optic has been selected to be type-classified as the M68CCO for use in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. This announcement is incredible news for the iconic red dot optic manufacturer, and a continuation of Aimpoint’s service to U.S. troops.
Trijicon has just announced the release of their MRO® rifle optic, after its debut at SHOT Show 2017. Adding to their impressive list of rifle optics, the Trijicon MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic) is a relatively compact red dot optic designed for reflex rifle shooting, tailored for the AR-15. These types of optics have proven to be extremely valuable, especially in the close-range or close-quarters shooting situations.
Trijicon has already established a strong presence for rifle optics, with their ACOG optic/scope being heavily used by U.S. armed forces in the current Global War on Terrorism. Additional high quality products like the MRO are continuing to solidify Trijicon’s place among the leading rifle optics manufacturers.
Hogue has been making a bold move into the competitive knife market for several years now. This year at SHOT Show 2017, Hogue showed off their X5 folding knife that really caught my eye for its functionality, fit and overall quality of construction. The Hogue X5 knife was lightweight, but incredibly sturdy at the same time, with several features that should help this knife garner some serious attention.
Hogue has a long and established reputation as a high quality accessory manufacturer. Everything from rifle and shotgun stocks, to slip-on pistol grips, Hogue’s highly functional molded-rubber accessories, with their combination of comfort and grip texture, have been highly favored products for years. Expanding into the knife market is a risky proposition considering the existent competition, but it is quite apparent Hogue did not jump in without doing their homework. The new Hogue knives are designed well, made with quality materials and craftsmanship, and function well for a variety of jobs.
Kershaw Eris: On-Duty Folder?
The new Kershaw Eris folding knife was just released at SHOT Show 2017. Though a fairly straight-forward and simple design, the new Eris has some nice features that could make it a viable on-duty or off-duty EDC pocket knife.
The concept of a pocket knife has been around for perhaps millenia, but in the last 150 years or so the designs and features have changed quite a bit. From daggers to folders, and everything in between, a good pocket knife is not only handy for practical jobs, but could be a last-ditch tool for life-and-death self-defense.
Yankee Hill Machine (YHM) was showing off their NITRO® 30 Stainless suppressor at SHOT SHOW 2017. The NITRO 30 was first shown off as a prototype at thee 2016 SHOT Show, and was finally released about mid 2016. One of the most fantastic features of the YHM NITRO 30 Stainless suppressor is its wide range of potential caliber uses, everything from .17HMR to .300 Ultra Mag. In addition, the NITRO 30 Stainless is full-auto rated to accommodate NFA tax stamp holders, military, and law enforcement users as well.
Yankee Hill Machine has established themselves among the elite firearm accessory and parts manufacturers available. The NITRO 30 Stainless suppressor is just one more contribution to firearms excellence through superior manufacturing, and so far it appears to be worthy of what we’ve come to expect from YHM. The NITRO 30 is not the first suppressor from YHM, but it is a culmination of many years of engineering and design work.
If you don’t think suppressors are important or applicable, you owe it to yourself to consider our comments at the end of this post.
The LA Police Gear Fixed Blade Infantry Knife is up for review, and I’m very confident you’ll be as impressed with this knife as I have been. The LAPG Infantry Knife is designed for serious, professional work, but could also be a great camping, hiking, or survival knife as well. The LAPG Infantry Knife as a lot of similar features to another brand-name “Infantry Knife,” but is available at a fraction of the cost. The Infantry Knife is just one of many LA Police Gear branded products.
Over the last several years I have become a fairly steady customer of products from LA Police Gear. Founded by a LA area police and tactical officer, LA Police Gear has expanded tremendously to offer a wide range of police, military, and civilian products. As every cop knows, if you want to have good gear, or backup gear, you often have to purchase your own. Every officer knows the paycheck only goes so far, so economy of purchases is just as important. LA Police Gear was created by a cop with just those needs in mind, and the company has been able to deliver outstanding products at affordable prices.
There was a lot of talk about the Beretta APX striker-fired pistol at SHOT Show this year, especially when the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) winner was announced and revealed Beretta was no longer going to be the Army’s handgun supplier. The Beretta APX is their first foray into the full-sized striker-fired pistol market, and will be available in the United States starting April 15, 2017.
Some may think it is too late for Beretta, but I disagree. Though Glock, HK, and Smith & Wesson have a strong influence in the striker-fired market, the recent additions of the Ruger American Pistol, Sig Sauer P320 (a variant winning the MHS contract), and the Remington R9, clearly show there is still room for competition and innovation in one of the most popular handgun styles today. Once you’ve read more I think you’ll agree.
Sig Sauer had their Whiskey 5 line of rifle optics on display at SHOT Show 2017. The Whiskey 5 line was introduced last year, but has really gained some traction in the higher mid-range rifle scope market. Sig Sauer is reaping huge benefits this year with the announcement that a modular P320 has won the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract, worth up to $580 million over 10 years.
Everything we’ve seen and heard about the Whiskey 5 rifle scopes is proving to be very positive in deed. The Whiskey 5 line of scopes really benefits from combining outstanding high-end features and magnification ranges, with mid to low high-end pricing. When considering quality optics the Whiskey 5 scopes offer a quite a lot, while being accessible to a larger market. [Read more…]
Vortex has introduced their new Viper PST Gen II line of rifle scopes. The Gen II Viper scopes expand upon the Gen I features with increased quality, performance, and magnification range. These new features are often reserved for the top of the line optics. This was a general trend at SHOT Show 2017, as most of the major rifle optics manufacturers added outstanding features to their mid-level optics.
Vortex PST scopes are the company’s second line of high quality optics, with the Razor line being the top flagship models. The Vortex Viper PST Gen II scope line offers a range of magnification options. From an outstanding 1-6x24mm magnified reflex option ideal for the AR-15, to a super long-range option of 5-25x50mm rifle scope, the Vortex Viper PST Gen II line has a lot of great features for a wide range of shooters.
The Steel Will Censor knife could be a great option as a patrol or SWAT back-up self-defense knife. Steel Will has been continually impressing the market with innovative new designs, a high level of craftsmanship, and material selections to ensure the end product is durable, and the blade maintains a sharp edge even after heavy use.
Steel Will knives have been rising in popularity due to the company’s insistence on manufacturing excellence and an end product that is both attractive and highly functional. The Censor, with its curved handle, aggressive grip texture, high quality blade, and window punch pommel, presents a highly functional duty knife.