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I tend to like gadgets and such so expect to see a few curiosities in here. In fact, to start off here’s a picture of Mossberg 500 converted to accept Saiga 12 magazines by Black Aces Tactical.
Black Aces Tactical ‘Pro Series Receiver’ kit converts a Mossberg 500/590 to accept Saiga 12 magazines
It is currently sold as a kit, primarily consisting of a new receiver and bolt. The fitting and action are well done and it has Type 3 hard anodizing on the receiver for a durable finish.
Next up is from Black Rain. It’s an AK platform prototype currently called the ‘Freedom Fighter’. Features include an easily manipulated thumb safety and also a right-sided mag guide that works much like a magazine funnel but still lets the shooter see the contact points necessary for rocking in a mag. Mounted to the shoulder the stock placement is perfect the attached rail system. Currently the arm is rather heavy but that is something that will be addressed as the design progresses. Note also the AR-15 contained trigger unit (blue) that will be available soon. It’s a single stage 3lb design that has a very nice clean break.
Looking much like the M41A Pulse Rifle from Aliens is an AK pattern rifle prototype from Black Rain.
AP Industries, makers of excellent superlight carbon fiber handguards and shotgun speedloaders
AP Industries is one of the companies that I specifically wanted to visit this weekend. They make a fantastically lightweight AR-15 handguard that cleverly utilizes a standard barrel nut to attach the forend. Additionally the handguards can be easily customized with rails, QD sockets and such that mount to the vent slots. Their shotshell carriers and speedloaders are impressive too, with obvious care in design and machining.
Despite the ‘period of transition’ that Magpul is undergoing they still had quite a few new products to show.
Magpul’s new AK magazine and pistol grip (with handstop)
Magpul AK mag – closeup of non-tilt follower
Not new but still good to see was the Stealth Gray furniture. It’s darker that I thought it would be but looks good. Notice that the forend is a midlength. The new color is still in the pipeline but has been pushed back until the market is a bit less… frantic.
Magpul Stealth Gray – STR stock, MOE grip and Midlength Forend
Magpul also has new steel back up iron sights (BUIS) called MBUS Pro’s and 1911 grips but my photos of those were not suitably in focus to post here. I will try for better pics again tomorrow.
Another one of the ‘must see, must hold, “take my money now!”‘ items: the IWI Tavor.
IWI Tavor FDE
Ergonomic and user friendly, I particularly like the way the bolt can be easily released by the hand inserting the magazine. It appears that the only way to lock the bolt back is on an empty magazine though. Trigger wasn’t bad but wasn’t great either (service grade), but then again it is a bullpup.
MKA 1919 tricked out for competition with side-charging handle on the forend and collapsible stock with 10 round magazine in place.
Some of you might have read my posts about converting my Saiga 12 and also using it in competition. I still enjoy shooting it way more than I should however, I have been watching the development of the MKA 1919 as a competitive shotgun. Partly because I am wary of low serial numbers, but also because magazines of greater than 5 round capacity were not readily available for the MKA 1919. It offers several advantages over the Saiga platform, namely: straight-insertion magazines, ability to seat a magazine on a closed bolt, the magazine release button, bolt release and safety lever are in the same place as the M16/AR15 family, internally threaded choke tubes using the common WinChoke thread and it has a last round bolt hold-open. The guys at imgww have railed hand guards with side-charging handles and collapsible stock modifications too. Supposedly a replacement lower (not the serialized part) specifically designed to mount AR-type stocks is in the works also. Now that factory 10 rounders are available, even at $80 per mag, [down from $129 although rumor is ProMag *cough* will be offering one for $33], I might have to consider getting one just for the cool factor. I do love a ridiculously overdone [This is my] Boomstick.
Which leads me to my last pic of the day: EMF’s Baker Shotgun. It’s esssentially Pedersoli’s Howdah pistol with a stock but it does have its own charm. Charming in that you can blast your target and set it on fire at the same time. (apologies for the lack of focus)
EMF Baker Cavalry Shotgun – Brutal Charm
That’s it for today. Check back for more tomorrow.
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