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Badger Ordnance expands its offerings with the introduction of a tan version of its Sniper Lightweight Integrator Combat Kit. The tan SLICK provides users with a means to mount universal night sights and thermal optics. The mount features eight positions to attach night vision options, lasers/illuminators or red dots to the M151 Spotting Scope. The SLICK features a permanently attached top rail designed to accommodate coaxial laser range finders or other MIL-STD 1913 mounted laser range finders.
The modular SLICK ships with all needed hardware required to install and operate. The SLICK is MIL-SPEC compliant and boasts an anodized hard coat Type III in tan. For those that like a classic look, the company also offers the SLICK in black.
“The SLICK is a complete modular Night Vision integration kit for the M151 Spotting Scope (Leupold Mk 4). The SLICK allows for the use of all current clip on Universal Night Sights and Thermal optics,” Badger Ordnance said in a statement.
The SLICK in tan is available through Triad Tactical and features a price tag of $550.
Glock expanded their slimline series with two new variants: the Glock 43x and 48. Compared to the original 43, the differences are obvious. The new guns feature a longer grip that holds a 10-round magazine, and serrations on both the front and rear of the slide.
The original 43 combines the performance of Glock’s traditional double-stack design and the slim profile of handguns built specifically for concealed carry. The 1.1 inch width affords a more comfortable concealment. With the single-stack design coming out some four years ago, it was time for an upgrade.
“We’re always in development of new products and pursuit of innovation in our product line,” said Brandie Collins, Glock’s public relations and communications manager. “The release of these products were fitting for SHOT Show, especially with the expansion of the slimline series and the addition of the G43X to the crossover category.”
The new guns are equipped with familiar Glock features — the safe-action trigger, removable sights, and reversible controls — that make shooting intuitive and adaptable to individual preference. The longer grip allows for a full three-finger wraparound. That and the simple point-and-shoot ergonomics make controlling the 9mm easy.
The new variants differ only in the slide. The Glock 48’s barrel is about three-quarters of an inch longer, which also adds two ounces to its overall weight. Performance between the two is almost indistinguishable. Though, some who tried both guns said they thought the long-slide 48 felt a little snappier.
With the new Glock 43x and the Glock 48 on hand, I invited visitors of the range at The Modern Sportsman in Burnsville, Minnesota to experience the newest the Austrian gun maker had to offer.
I spoke with Ben and Cayla, of the Burnsville area, who were trying out rental guns at the range. Coincidentally, they had just finished shooting two Glock pistols, a 17 and 19, for the first time in their lives.
Ben, who has been shooting pistols since February but shooting rifles since the age of 12, said he thought the new Glocks seemed “really, really close” to the same gun.
“(The 43x) seemed like it had less recoil than the Glock 48,” he said. “A little bit more recoil than the 17 and 19 that we shot previously, but it seemed like it cycled through well and seemed like it had accurate aim and everything.”
Cayla had more experience with handguns. She said she obtained a carry permit about five years ago and carries a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. While she also thought the new Glocks performed similarly, she thought the smaller design had less recoil than her larger carry gun. “They’re pretty easy to handle … I have a .40 that I carry with and (the Glock pistols have) got less recoil than that, so it’s kind of nice for that,” she said.
Kami, a sales clerk at the store, described her shooting experience as between a “floperator” and an “operator” after years of shooting recreationally and carrying concealed.
“I loved the Glock 43x. I loved how compact it was but not extremely small, so it’s definitely going to be my next carry gun when it comes out,” she said. Kami added that she had considered buying the original 43 before but ultimately went with a Glock 26 because the 43 was too small.
Tom, a range officer and trainer at the store, said after trying the new Glocks that he might switch over from his Smith & Wesson compact 9mm. “I would say I would recommend those (Glocks) for concealed and carry,” he added.
“I noticed a little more of a kickback with the longer slide. But still, it was a simple trigger pull, simple reset. It was really fun to shoot. I’m really excited for what Glock has in store for the next generation,” Tom said.
Dan, another sales clerk and range officer, said he preferred the 48 over the 43x and liked the longer grip. “It’s not too thin, but it lets me get all my fingers,” he said.
The new Glocks seemed to evoke positive reactions overall, especially among Glock fans. Together, we put a total of 175 rounds through both guns and they worked flawlessly. The slimline designs pairing Glock’s intuitive controls and a full three-finger grip create the ideal package for concealed carry.
The new Glock 43x and the Glock 48 handguns released on Jan. 2 and make a public debut at the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas in late January 2019. They’ll retail in the $450 price range.
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It looks like Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern in getting in on the “let’s shoot stuff to see if it works” game.
In the above short, Kalash’s Izhevsk-based technical advisor, Vladimir Onokoy, runs an AK74 to see if 5x45x39mm will work its way through a handful of what looks like Russian kale. Drilling with 7N6 steel core (ah, the memories…) he soon visits keyhole city.
As a control, he repeats the test with an AK-104 in 7.62x39mm. Same result, only with a smaller keychain.
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Palmetto State Armory broadens its KS-47 offerings, launching the Gen 2 series designed to accept MIL-SPEC AR-15 furniture.
Chambered in 7.62x39mm, the KS-47 G2 accepts standard AK-47 magazines.The KS-47 G2 boasts an improved design that offers a single large feed ramp allowing rounds to feed with ease. In addition, the company has upgraded the diameter of the barrel’s gas ports to improve cycling reliability. The KS-47 G2 now also features magazine stops machined into the upper. This change offers a better fit when the magazine is seated.
Rounding out the upgrades are the bolt lugs which underwent a slight adjustment to provide better feeding and prevent wear and tear on the mag’s feed lips. Though the second generation KS47 has been revamped, Palmetto State Armory says the G2 will still work with Gen 1 uppers and lowers.
Offered in 16.5-inch or 10.50-inch models, the modular style rifle brings more options to consumers, according to Palmetto State Armory.
“The KS-47 G2 lets the AK shooter capitalize on their inventory of AK magazines and AK ammo with an AR-style platform,” the company said on its site. “Unlike the AK, where the barrel is permanently pressed into the receiver, the KS-47 G2 features an AR-style modular configuration which consists of a barreled upper receiver, and a lower receiver that houses the fire control group and magazine. The modular configuration allows customers to have several different barrel configurations with one lower receiver, just by releasing two pins.”
Palmetto State Armory does warn that certain aftermarket triggers will not work with the lower. The company says if the drop-in trigger is placed within a single piece, the housing often interferes with the function of the mag release spring; therefore, it suggests consumers pick up a two-piece drop in trigger group like those found at Geissele.
Prices for the PSA KS-47 G2 start at $699.
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A blaze at the Hi-Point facility in Mansfield, Ohio on Dec. 28 resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to the gun manufacturer.
The Mansfield News Journal reported that the fire, shortly after midnight Friday, produced damage estimated to be between $40,000 and $50,000. No injuries were reported as the business was empty at the time of the fire.
Madison Township fire chief Ron Luttrell said it took firefighters nearly 30 minutes to quench the blaze engulfing the middle portion of the one-story, Hi-Point facility. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the “machine area” of the structure. Chief Luttrell said no live ammunition was impacted. The cause of the fire is unknown, but state officials are currently investigating.
Hi-Point is a family owned gun maker best known for its budget friendly rifle and pistol designs along with accessories. Officials say it appears as if Hi-Point was insured, but there’s no word yet on how the fire will affect the gun maker’s production or distribution.
Interestingly, the building that houses Hi-Point was damaged by another fire two years ago. No one was inside the building at the time of that fire.
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Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday quickly mustered enough votes to override a veto from Gov. John Kasich on a pro-gun bill.
The popular self-defense reform measure, House Bill 228, was rejected by Kasich last week who argued he was “consistently pro-Second Amendment” before moving to scuttle the act. Lawmakers voted 67-22 and 21-11 in the Ohio House and Senate respectively this week to enact the proposal without the Governor’s signature.
The bill shifts the burden of proof for claiming self-defense from the defendant to the prosecution, assuring they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sponsors of the bill argued that Ohio is the only state that requires the defendant to prove they were acting in self-defense in such situations.
The law also changes Ohio’s definition of a “sawed-off firearm” to exclude any gun with an overall length of at least 26-inches not otherwise regulated by federal authorities. This makes firearms such as the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14 legal under state law.
Additionally, the legislation expands state preemption safeguards against local gun control measures– such as those increasing advocated in Cleveland and Columbus — as well as eases signage requirements on private property in regards to firearms.
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With the new Q5 Match SF, German gun maker Walther Arms launched a new series of pistols they dubbed “the highest level” of quality and performance that they’re offering, said Cody Osborne, Walther’s marketing manager during a media presentation in Tulsa last month.
“This is our big time gun. It’s not for everybody,” Osborne said while pointing out the $1,400 price point. “This is not a gun that your normal guy is going to up and grab. This is a gun that you buy to make your friends envious. That pushes the limits of performance when you get down on the range.”
The 9mm design replaces the polymer frame and the internal guide rod of the original model by constructing it entirely out of steel. While the change adds an extra pound to the gun, it results in smoother, faster shooting. Osborne explained they tested the differences between the polymer-framed Q5 and the all-steel one with Walther’s pro shooters. Looking at timed-match shots of 20 rounds the average split dropped from 0.75 seconds to 0.4.
“You would save about 3.5 seconds on a (competition) stage, so that’s pretty phenomenal when you see the grand scheme of things,” Osborne said. “Especially when you start looking at guys at the end of the match and where they sit and how the top competitors are separated. They’re usually separated by a minute amount of points.”
Osborne credits the quicker shots to a combination of the extra heft, which keeps the gun shooting flatter, and the quick defense trigger as seen on the Walther PPQ pistol, “so a two-stage nice break and then a tenth-of-an-inch reset.”
Along with the all-steel construction, the trigger was the most discussed feature. Painted flashy blue, the mechanism was tuned for a 5.6-pound pull and featured a passive safety — like a trigger on a trigger — found on most self-defense and duty pistols, which makes sense because it evolved from such a design, the Walther PPQ.
“There was a lot of requests to turn (the PPQ) into a real race gun, which started with the Q5 Match, so the logical next step was the steel frame, which catapults this thing to the next level,” said Bernhard Knoebel, Walther’s chief executive, about the new gun’s origin.
When a shooter picks up the new Q5 Match SF, Knoebel said they’ll notice the weight distribution, balance and overall mass of the gun. “I’m pretty sure that people who understand handguns will appreciate what we put into it. The level of detail, the outstanding trigger, so it’s a whole melting pot of good things that came together,” he said.
And the gun was easy to shoot and handle. Even on a freezing December day while wearing gloves. The weight of the pistol felt balanced and absorbed the recoil of the 9mm rounds with ease, making accurate follow up shots easy and manageable. Dinging small plates at about 15 yards with rapid shots was a cinch.
Others agreed. “The new Walther Q5 is sweet. Like they have the same rad trigger that the PPQ has — like the best out-of-the-box trigger you’ll probably going to find in any pistol,” said Thea Van Syoc, a social media influencer who operates the Instagram page VanleeThea.
Many gun buyers cite self-defense as reasoning for buying a gun. These are typically polymer-framed. So, it begs the question: why introduce an all-steel striker-fired pistol? Few manufacturers make them, which raises the question about what kind of demand exists for such firearms.
Walther’s director of product development Bret Vorhees expressed an if you build, it they will come attitude about the Q5 Match SF. “Not really any market forces that were really relevant, but we knew that if we came up with something that was truly special and something that was attractive to consumers, we knew that it would be popular,” he said.
“(We’re hoping that gun buyers take away) really just the quality and attention to detail that Walther is willing to offer something that really sets us apart from the rest of the players on the market,” he added.
The Walther Q5 Match SF evolved from and was inspired by competition handguns, which makes the high cost more reasonable. Other key features include an extended dust cover, wrap-around textured grip panels, oversized beavertail, and the lightening cuts in the slide. The rear sight is also removable and can be easily replaced with a red dot.
Alongside the new gun, Walther will release corresponding performance accessories that includes kits to modify magazines and triggers for all Q5 Match pistols — polymer or steel construction. On top of that, Walther will roll out more designs with an all-steel construction in the future. The Walther Q5 Match SF will be available Jan. 1. MSRP is $1,399.99.
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