REVIEWS: THE POINTMAN GLOVE BY LINE OF FIRE TACTICAL

Line of Fire Tactical has developed a glove dubbed “Pointman”.  Gloves come in many shapes, sizes, and purposes whether it be rubber medical-grade gloves for a doctor, cowhide split leather gloves for a construction worker, or in this particular case, tactical shooting gloves for the military serviceman, police officer, competitive shooter, or just about anyone who wants to protect their hands while shooting.  Of the three main purposes of gloves, protection, grip, and warmth, the Pointman covers two of them quite well and the latter on less than frigid days.

Utilizing patented micro-replicated technology, the Pointman uses a unique gripping system that combines a high friction surface with thin flexible backing.  Used alone the grip system provides a strong and secure grip in wet and dry environments.  Used in a two-part system, the strength of the grip is maximized, though the grip will release instantly when needed.

The grip is made possible by TEGS™ (Technologically Enhanced Grip System) by Grip Tech which uses thousands of microscopic nodes, or gripping fingers, that when used in a one-part system can increase grip by up to 80% and by 270% when used in a two-part system.  In layman’s terms, TEGS™ is a high-tech non-slip traction system, not a sticking system. It will not stick to itself or your clothing like Velcro does, but instead provides traction and grip when and where needed.  Every pair of Pointman gloves include a 36” roll of gripping tape for you to place on anything that you need to get a little extra traction on, such as the grip of your AR-15.

The Pointman is a short versatile glove that is constructed of high-grade digital goatskin with TEGS™ material on the palm and fingers, premium drum-dyed cowhide leather on top of the hand and fingers, 100% Nomex on top of the hand and fingers, and includes polyurethane abrasion and impact resistant knuckle and finger guards.  The gloves are available in black, tan, and foliage green and are available in sizes from Small to XX-Large.  Line of Fire has done a nice job with the exact placement of the TEGS™ material on the palm and fingers allowing the hand to form naturally into a fist or gripping position without bunching up, causing hot-spots, or discomfort.  The TEGS™ material is so extremely thin that you will not notice it is even there.

Though some glove manufacturers offer padded palms in their shooting gloves and if done correctly are not too bad.  The Pointman does not offer padding on the palm, but does offer very minimalistic padding on the top side of the fingers.  Personally I do not care too much for padding in the palm of my gloves and I don’t think that the lack of padding will be a deal-breaker for most.

For those shooters out there that is particular about how their finger falls on the trigger will appreciate the leather over wrap trigger finger that provides seamless comfort and better trigger dexterity.  The Pointman is touchscreen capable allowing the wearer to utilize nearly any of their touchscreen devices without the need of removing the gloves.  I only say nearly since I obviously cannot test out every single touch screen out there, though every touch-capable screen that I have tried works out just fine.

Out of the packaging, the Pointman is extremely comfortable, flexible and does not require a break-in period or conditioning for functional use.  For those who are accustom to the carbon fiber knuckles offered in some tactical gloves will find that the semi-hard polyurethane knuckles on the Pointman are more malleable, are not as restrictive and do not have the hard sharp edge commonly associated with the carbon fiber one-piece molded knuckles.  However, the polyurethane knuckles will probably not provide the same level of impact resistance as the carbon fiber knuckles do.  As long as you are not being cracked across the hand with a metal pipe on a regular basis, the polyurethane should suit most needs just fine.

As with almost every quality manufacturer, Line of Fire guarantees their gloves for 90 days, to the original customer, against any defects in manufacturing, materials or workmanship.  As common sense would apply, the Limited Warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, neglect or accidents caused by the customer.  Also keep in mind that you can extend the life of your gloves by hand washing them with a mild detergent and allowing them to hang dry.  The Iraqi desert was rough on many pair of my gloves and those that were washed more often seemed to last considerably longer.

The MSRP of the Pointman is $159.99, though discounted prices can be found around the internet.

For more information, check out Line of Fire Tactical at http://loftactical.com.

REVIEWS: INTACTO ARMS OPERATOR RIFLE

Intacto Arms Operator Rifle

Intacto Arms has built amazing firearms for some amazing people. We are convinced, aesthetically and purposefully this gun tops.

Intacto Arms has released their new top of the line .223/5.56 caliber firearm, the Operator Rifle.  The Operator has all of the common upgrades that have typically been added to their Battle Tac Rifle.

The specs of the Operator Rifle are as follows:

  • Intacto Arms Billet 6061 CNC Machined Lower Receiver
  • Intacto Arms Billet 6061 CNC Machined Upper Receiver
  • Adjustable Gas Block (Precision Reflex Installed on Rifle Tested)
  • Intacto Arms Nickel Boron Bolt/Carrier Group
  • Intacto Arms 16.5″ .223/5.56 Wylde 1:8 Twist Stainless Steel Match Barrel
  • 12.5″ Intacto Arms Billet Free Floating Hand Guard
  • 4 QD Sling Mount Positions and Continuous Picatinny Top Rail
  • Phantom Persuasion Tip Flash Hider / Muzzle Brake
  • With Gift Certificate for any QD Flash Hider That The Customer Has A Suppressor For, I.E. Gemtech or Surefire
  • Geissele G2S 2 Stage Trigger
  • JP Enterprises Silent Capture Buffer System
  • Battle Arms Ambidextrous Safety
  • BCM A44 Ambi Charging Handle
  • Black Magpul ACS Stock
  • Magpul MOE+ Grip
  • Magpul 30 RD Mag
  • Magpul MBUS Sights
  • Magpul ASAP Single Point Sling Mount
  • 1680 Denier PVC 5-Pocket Tactical Soft Carrying Case

Out of the packaging the Operator Rifle appears to be a solid platform with enough quality upgrades coming standard to make any shooter, new or seasoned, feeling complete without wondering what they will need to do to make it better with the exception of throwing on the optic of their choice.  At first glance I was taken-back by the MSRP of the Operator at a price of $2499.  So I thought that in order to confirm or deny my assumptions of the price, I broke down the retail costs of each part as if I were to buy each part individually and build it up myself.  After adding up the retail prices I was pleasantly surprised to find that the retail cost of individual parts was on par with the MSRP of the complete Operator Rifle.  Add in armoring, a warranty, and the peace of mind that the rifle has been built properly and you have a good deal.

Operator Upper:

The Operator Rifle’s upper is built around a billet 6061 CNC machined upper receiver and is fitted with a 12.5″ Intacto Arms billet free floating hand guard, an Intacto Arms 16.5″ .223/5.56 Wylde 1:8 twist stainless steel match barrel, and capped off with a Yankee Hill Phantom flash hider/muzzle brake.  Atop the Operator sits a pair of Magpul MBUS sights and a BCM A44 ambidextrous charging handle.  An Intacto Arms NiB bolt carrier group rounds out the internals of the upper.

Of note is the billet free floating hand guard, which is round in shape and includes a picatinny rail on the 12o’clock position and a smooth surface on the remaining sides.  The rail has multiple mounting positions on the smooth sides to attach the proprietary 2.75” rail sections.  The rail includes four QD Sling mounting positions.

Operator Lower:

Intacto Arms Billet 6061 CNC Machined Lower Receiver features a standard bolt-release, magazine release, and pin sets and has been upgraded with a Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector, Magpul Moe+ Grip, and a Geissele G2S 2 Stage Trigger.  Rounding out the back side of the Operator is a Magpul ACS Collapsible Stock and a Magpul ASAP Single Point Sling Mount.  The machining of the lower is clean and provides for tight tolerances.  The checkering on the front of the magwell is not only aesthetically pleasing, but provides for a positive gripping texture as well.

On The Range:

I took the Operator Rifle out to my local rifle range to give it a shot (pun intended).  I was pleased with how smoothly the bolt cycled and had minimal recoil and muzzle rise.  In fact, this was most likely the least amount of felt recoil I have experienced out of an AR.  All of the controls (selector, charging handle, mag release, bolt catch/release, and trigger) functioned flawlessly without any hang-ups and offered for a smooth “Operator” (again, pun intended).

To ensure consistency while checking accuracy of the rifle, I used a CTK Precision Ultimate Gun Vise as my bench rest and shot Remington .223 55gr PSP rounds that I had on hand.  I understand that this ammo is not match grade ammo, however, it is reliable and what I had on hand.

After shooting 10x 5 round groups at 100 yards with a Vortex Optics 1-4x Viper PST Scope, I observed that the groupings were approximately 1” – 2” (~1-2 MOA) with a flyer here and there.  If I would have had some match grade ammo on hand, I’m sure that the groupings would have been more consistent and tighter.  There are a lot of factors when testing a firearm for accuracy, especially at 100 yards.  Bear in mind that I was not shooting out to 800 yards where these factors are even more pronounced, but they could have had a slight effect on consistency.  The temperature was around 48°F, no noticeable wind, no precipitation or cloud cover, and was shooting at a slight downhill grade.

The Intacto Arms Operator Rifle retails for $2499.00.

About Intacto Arms:

Intacto Arms is a Type 7 FFL and S.O.T. licensed weapons systems manufacturer and a full-service customization shop specializing in the AR and 1911 platforms. At Intacto Arms, we understand that our customers’ lives, families, and freedom depend on the quality of our work – and we take that understanding very seriously. We offer a full line of suppressors, automatic/burst weapons, SBR’s for military, L.E. and SOT/NFA clients. Our mission is to produce the highest-quality firearms and provide the best customer service money can buy. In our world, guns are not a hobby – they are a way of life. Every firearm we manufacture is 100% guaranteed by one of the best lifetime warranties in the industry. On the AR platform, we manufacture and stock .22, .223/5.56, .300 and .308. We custom build any caliber from .17 HMR to .50 Beowulf.

 

Intacto Arms manufactures some of the highest-quality firearms in the business. We pride ourselves on our boutique approach to building firearms. All of our 1911s are hand fit and finished. All of our rifles are built on a billet lower receiver. After extensive R&D, custom machining and thorough testing, we are able to provide a superior product at every price point – while still honoring the best warranty in the business.

 100% Lifetime Guarantee

All Intacto Arms products have a 100% guarantee against manufacturer’s defects.  Additionally, if you damage your firearm in the line of duty, we will gladly repair or replace your damaged Intacto Arms product at cost with minimal downtime.  Intacto Arms has invested considerable effort to produce some of the highest-quality firearms available. We stand behind our products 100%. Any mechanical issue you come across will be covered, period. The majority of 3rd party manufacturers also have a lifetime warranty; and in the event of a defective product, we promise to facilitate the repair/replacement of that product to the best of our ability. Please understand that in some rare cases, a 3rd party manufacturer may have a different policy than our own; and in that case, we will do our best to help facilitate a timely turnaround.

Intacto Arms

7103 W. Overland Road

Boise, ID 83709

208-639-1270

www.IntactoArms.com

www.facebook.com/intactoarms

 

Turkish Intelligence Service, MİT, to receive MPT-76

A Turkish news outlet has reported that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı or MİT) will be the next organisation to receive the country’s new domestically produced infantry rifle, the MPT-76.

A Haber, a Turkish TV news channel, supportive of Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan, has reported that MİT units will receive the rifle for operational and protection duties early this year. A report published on 4th January stated that (via google translate): “According to the information received, the security forces will be given the speed of deployment of the national infantry rifle MPT-76 in the new year.”

The 7.62x51mm MPT-76, made by MKEK – Turkey’s state-owned small-arms manufacturer, is a select-fire, gas-operated derivative of Heckler & Koch’s HK416/417. It is currently entering service to replace Turkey’s G3A7 and G3A7A1 rifles.

MİT are Turkey’s leading security and intelligence organisation and the announcement that they will receive the new rifle this year follows the MPT-76’s deployment with the President and the Prime Minister’s protection details.

The A Haber article goes on to confirm MKEK’s production target for 2018 and discuss the 5.56x45mm variant, of the MPT-76, the MPT-55:

Source: https://www.ahaber.com.tr

In the US, they highly value the reliability of Soviet and Russian pistols

American military expert Kyle Mizokami highly appreciated the TT and PM pistols developed in the Soviet Union, and also approvingly commented on the Russian PY-pistol Yarygin. First of all – the reliability and reliability of the triggers, which allow the shooters to fire in any conditions.

Externally, “Tula Tokarev” was utilitarian and unattractive – in other words, very fitting with Soviet military aesthetics. Like most Soviet weapons, it was extremely simple to use and reliable, although due to the lack of a fuse it was necessary to closely monitor, in order to prevent an accidental shot

– quotes the portal We Arethe Mighty military expert.

Note that the TT pistol developed in 1933 showed excellent killer force (bullet speed – 455 meters per second), high firing range (bullet flight distance – 1650 meters) and good combability during the tests at the testing range. The weapon did not give a single malfunction or misfires during rapid shooting after immersion in water and sand. Until 1952, only in the USSR was released about two million TT pistols. In addition, these weapons were also produced in Hungary, China, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Vietnam and Romania.

Makarov’s automatic pistol pleased the American expert with simplicity, which ensured his mass production in many countries of the world. The PM was built on a scheme that was also used in the German Walther PP. The gun received an open trigger, which allowed to remove the PM from the fuse and open fire, using only one hand. Another advantage of the pistol was its light weight – the PM was lighter than a TT gun at 130 grams.

In the mid-1990s, the Makarov pistol was replaced by a new Yarygin pistol, which was adopted as a standard weapon of the power structures under the abbreviation “Grach”, but also the Viking models were produced. The gun is a mixture of old and new designs, but he, according to the analyst, lacks fasteners for the laser and flashlight.

In Russia pistols are easy to maintain, durable and reliable. Perhaps they are not as aesthetic and comfortable as the modern American pistols, but when they are made, the emphasis is on functionality. This means that they will show themselves well in extreme conditions and in war
– the author of the article concludes, “RG-Sila” reports.

Plug-in modules Zel Custom Tactilite for rifles AR-15 (USA)

The term “modular design” in the field of small arms most often indicates the possibility of installing various additional devices of different purposes that affect combat and operational characteristics. Nevertheless, other interpretations of this term are possible, including very curious ones. So, the American company Zel Custom Manufacturing several years ago proposed the Tactilite project, which envisaged the most serious reorganization of the finished weapon with the help of plug-in modules.

The scope of the small company Zel Custom Manufacturing from Florida, founded by Michael Brendzel, was the release of replacement parts and additional equipment for civilian weapons of the most popular types. It produced trunks, trunk box elements, trigger parts, etc. As the promotional materials said, the advantages of such products were provided by the best materials and modern production technologies.

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At the end of the last decade, gunsmiths from Zel Castom decided to enter the civil market with a completely new product that developed the idea of ​​a modular design. Initially, the project was named Ultralite50 – “ultra-light, caliber .50”. Later, in connection with the expansion of plans, the project was renamed into Tactilite. This name formed from the English words “tactical” and “light”, and therefore, unlike the first, it almost did not reveal the essence of the new project, although it corresponded to fashion trends. A little later, there was an additional designation T1, with which the first modules were proposed to be distinguished from later ones.

In accordance with the original ideas of designers, the “Ultralight 50” / “Tactylite” product was intended to be a replacement module for an AR-15 rifle that meets unusual requirements. He had to include the so-called. top receiver by type used on standard weapons, as well as barrel and shutter with the desired parameters, compatible with the “non-standard” cartridge. Such a module was proposed to be connected to the existing lower receiver of the rifle, getting a completely new weapon with different characteristics and capabilities.

The Tactilite project in this form had one interesting feature of a legal nature. In accordance with US arms legislation, the replacement module, equipped with a barrel and a bolt, was not considered a weapon and was just an additional accessory that did not need registration. However, the shooter would have to go through all the necessary bureaucratic procedures with the lower receiver. Such an original appearance of the product “Tactylite” allowed with minimal difficulties to assemble new weapons from individual components.

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In mid-2009, Zel Custom Mfg introduced the first version of the Tactilite system, designed to use a .50 BMG large-caliber rifle cartridge (12.7×99 mm NATO). In this project, all the basic ideas were realized and the main aggregates were created. In the future, the plug-in module “Tactylite” was modified in one way or another, but its general architecture and scheme were not altered. Also, the legal status of the product did not change.

The project offered a replacement module with its own top element of the receiver, the barrel, the bolt and the means of mounting the sight. For obvious reasons, the Tactilite system was made single-charged and did not have any means of self-reloading. Nevertheless, in this configuration it also made it possible to turn the standard AR-15 product into a large-caliber rifle with the corresponding characteristics.

With the help of standard fasteners, the Tactylite product had to be fixed to the bottom element of the standard AR-15 receiver. The latter contained a shock-trigger mechanism and a receiving shaft of the magazine. The finished large-caliber rifle was to use the regular USM, located in the lower receiver. The mine of the store, however, remained out of work. The existing pistol grip and butt, connected to the lower receiver, provided acceptable usability of the weapon.

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The upper receiver of the Tactilite system was a tube of sufficient length, accommodating a longitudinally sliding shutter. In the right wall of such a receiver there was a large window with a pair of outgoing grooves in the front and rear parts. This window should be used to manually load .50 BMG cartridges. Also, an empty shell was thrown through it. Finally, the window acted as a groove for the handle of the shutter control. In the front part of the receiver there were means of installing the trunk, the breech block had a pair of fighting stops.

In the front and rear parts of the proposed receiver there were holes for the pins that fastened it to the bottom receiver. From the point of view of the mounting systems, the new receiver completely repeated the design of the standard AR-15 boxes. Thus, as stated, the Tactilite T1 product could be installed on any lower element of the receiver of a similar design.

Module “Tactile” was equipped with a sliding slide of the most simple design. The shutter frame was made in the form of a long cylinder, capable of moving inside the upper receiver. In front of it there was a rotating shutter with a pair of large fighting stops. The lock was locked by turning it clockwise using the control knob. When the shutter was closed, the latter was in the front groove of the receiver and acted as an additional stop. Inside the shutter and its frames were a spring-loaded drummer and extractor. Moving back, the bolt passed through the tubular rear element of the lower receiver and partially got inside the return-spring casing.

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For obvious reasons, the Tactilite system did not have its own shock-trigger mechanism, but it used the regular means of the existing lower receiver. For this purpose, a slot for the passing of the swinging trigger was provided in the lower part of its receiver.

On top of the module Tactilite of the first version was placed the bar for the installation of the sight, distinguished by its characteristic shape. To lift the sight to the required height, a composite section support was used, facilitated by a number of transverse holes. The upper edge of this support had the profile of the Picatinny bar and allowed to install any compatible sight. Behind the higher support there was a smaller block, also equipped with a standard bar.

At the front end of the replacement module, a freely hung barrel was fixed. Customers were offered products with threaded barrels in a caliber of 12.7 mm long, 29, 22 or 18.5 inches – 736.6, 558.8 or 469.9 mm respectively. In the advertising materials it was noted that the Tactilite system is equipped with the trunks of the Mossberg and Lothar-Walther companies, which provide high accuracy and accuracy of fire.

The company Zel Custom M. Brendzela offered customers Ultralite50 / Tactilite T1 products in different configurations. In particular, they differed in material, shape and ergonomics of the forearm, the presence or absence of a muzzle brake-compensator, etc. By prior arrangement, the buyer could make some changes of a technical or cosmetic nature to the purchased system. The cost of the finished module was determined by bundling. For the least complex and “advanced” kits, the manufacturer requested $ 1,550.

Just a few weeks after the announcement of the Tactilite system for the .50 BMG cartridge, Zel Custom Manufacturing Company introduced a new modification of this plug-in module. From the basic version, it differed in the barrel, designed for the rifle cartridges .416 Barrett (10.6×83 mm). This ammunition was created in the middle of the last decade as a modern replacement for 12.7×99 mm and resembled it with some of its characteristics, differing in some parameters.

It should be noted that the Tactilite .416 system allowed the manufacturer to expand sales to a certain extent. The fact is that in several US states and in a number of foreign countries the .50 BMG cartridge can not be used in civilian weapons. As a result, supplies of “accessories” such as Tactilite .50 BMG, for example, to California did not make sense – no one would buy them. The .416 Barrett cartridge, in turn, was not subject to restrictions and could be used by civilian arrows, and Zel Castom could increase sales through new regions and countries.

In October 2009, the announcement of a new development of Zel Custom, created within the framework of the Tactilite program, was held. She presented the so-called. The third generation of receivers for rifles for the .50 BMG cartridge. To improve the quality of the finished product, it was proposed to produce a single barrel box from a single steel blank (4140 steel). The workpiece should be machined on a CNC milling machine.

Before the introduction of new production technology, gunsmiths developed an updated design of the receiver. The main innovation was the appearance of an integrated Picatinny bar, running along the entire length of the main part of the box. The contours and forms of the internal cavity, the windows and the slits necessary for the installation of various details, remained the same. As a result, the characteristics of rifles with third-generation barrels remained at the level of previous products. According to a press release from the manufacturer, now the Gen 3 receivers have become the standard for the entire Tactylite lineup. Devices of previous designs were withdrawn from production.

The following novelty was shown in early December of the same year. By replacing the trunk and processing the shutter, a replacement module Tactilite .338 was created. As the name indicates, this “accessory” was intended for the use of a .338 Lapua cartridge (8.6×70 mm). Thus, now in the catalog of the company Zel Custom there were three basic modifications of the replaceable upper receiver, each of which could be completed with one of three trunks of different length. Nine of these products could be different in the assembly and exterior decoration.

In February 2010, instead of another announcement, Zel Custom Mfg published an alarming message about the recall of the products. All owners of one of the versions of the Tactilite T1 .50 BMG receiver were asked to contact the manufacturer. As it turned out, an error was made in the manufacture of these products. During the assembly, the cocking cock was pressed into the transverse channel of the bolt with interference. On some serial modules, the handlebars went too far into the bolt and literally clamped the drummer. When the shutter was energetically propelled forward, a blocked drummer could trigger a shot until the barrel was completely locked. To avoid possible accidents, the shooters were asked to contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Having dealt with the defective party, the arms company presented a completely new project based on already well-known ideas. At the end of summer 2010, a finished product called T2 was introduced. Replacement module Tactilite T2 to some extent repeated the design of the previous product T1, but it was different with new features. The main innovation of this project was the combat system based on a detachable box magazine. Now the shooter did not have to manually feed cartridges one at a time.

“Accessory” for AR-15 with store power was built on the basis of a third-generation receiver. In its left wall appeared a rectangular window, supplemented by a small horizontal shaft. The back wall of the shaft had a latch to fix the magazine. The .50 BMG cartridges were to be stored and shipped from the box store from Accuracy International. Ready-to-use ammunition consisted of 5 cartridges. It should be noted that the introduction of military equipment had no effect on the mechanics of weapons. The Tactylite receiver of the T2 version still had a manual recharge and a sliding slide with a turn-off lock.

In the basic configuration, the Tactilite T2 had a steel receiver and an aluminum forearm with four standard slats at the top, bottom and sides. The buyer could choose the length of the barrel and its manufacturer. In addition, for the first time in the lineup, there was a choice of ergonomics: the receiver with a “mirror” arrangement of parts could easily be used by a left-handed shooter. Prices for the product Tactilite T2 with store meals began at 2300 dollars.
As far as we know, the plug-in module with exchangeable magazines was only available for the .50 BMG / 12.7×99 mm cartridge. For one reason or another, Zel Custom did not develop and launch similar products for the .416 Barrett or .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges. A relatively wide choice was retained only in the case of the Tactilite T1 line.

The American market of civil weapons always loyally refers to the original novelties, and the Tactilite project naturally attracted attention, and also showed some commercial success. Nevertheless, sales of specific accessories for weapons were not large. However, these products still found their buyer and were produced serially.

The advantages of such “accessories” that could positively affect sales were the possibility of obtaining weapons with sufficiently high performance using finished products, as well as the lack of the need for special registration of the resulting rifle. The main drawback, in turn, was a considerable price, due to technologies and approaches to production.
Quite quickly, in just a few years the market saturation. Some of the potential buyers of the Tactilight systems purchased the desired products, while others wanted to use the secondary market and bought second-hand systems. The release of new plug-in modules actually lost its meaning. The attempt to enter the civil market with a “revolutionary new” idea brought some benefits to Zel Custom Manufacturing, but the current situation could not be used forever. By the middle of the current decade, the company was forced to curtail the already mass production of Tactilite receivers of all developed versions.

Looking ahead, it is worth noting that the company “Zel Cast” could not resist and in the market of replacement parts or spare parts for small arms of popular models. In the middle of this decade, she was forced to curtail her activities and stop the production of all new devices. The official reasons for the closure of the company were production difficulties and personal problems of M. Brendzel. However, the cessation of the release of new products had almost no effect on the operation of those already sold. A large number of rifles and guns are still equipped with parts with the Zel Custom brand, and a certain number of shooters continue to use the Tactilite system.

Wanting to get their share of the market, small arms companies often offer the most original ideas of one kind or another. Some of these projects cope with the tasks assigned and bring their creator to the market leaders; Other, however, fail. The company Zel Custom Manufacturing, setting the release of various spare parts for rifles, came to the original idea of ​​a replacement module, which includes a receiver, a barrel and a shutter, but not subject to registration as a separate weapon.

This development was expected to attract the attention of buyers and took its niche. Nevertheless, the narrowness of such a niche did not allow continuing production for a long time, and besides, it could become one of the reasons for the closure of the developer company.

More info: 
http://zelcustom.com/
http://thefirearmblog.com/
http://rifleshootermag.com/
http://defensereview.com/

AERO PRECISION ACQUIRES VG6 PRECISION

Aero Precision, a company that does not appear to have any thought of slowing down anytime soon, has recently acquired VG6 Precision.

In Aero Precision’s Press Release they state; “This acquisition is a key component to our future success and will allow us to provide competitive pricing on a premium selection of muzzle devices and other firearm components.”

VG6 Precision is an AR-15/AR-10 accessory and component manufacturer that has produced several highly effective muzzle devices such as the Epsilon and Gamma Muzzle Brakes as well as the CAGE Device.

For more information on either company and their line of products, please visit:

http://aeroprecisionusa.com

Wilson Combat NEWS: Unloads .458 HAM’R Carbines

AdWilson Combat rolls out a pair of ARs alongside a new cartridge, the .458 HAM’R.

The .458 HAM’R debuts as what Wilson Combat calls the “hardest hitting” round to enter its lineup. With an AR-10 bolt and barrel extension, the new cartridge handles maximum pressures of 46,000 PSI and boasts the capability to exceed 3,000 foot-pounds of energy from an 18-inch barrel, according to the company.

“The .458 HAM’R is more than capable of cleanly killing any animal in North America, stopping a vehicle or blasting through a brick wall,” the company said in a statement.

Accompanying the new round are a pair of rifles purpose built to tackle the thumping cartridge.

Both the Tactical Hunter and Ultimate Hunter use hybrid length receivers as well as bolt carrier groups that are 3/4-inches shorter than standard AR-10s. Feeding from a Lancer AR-15 magazine, the rifles both serve up a magazine capacity of 7 or 9-rounds.

The .458 rifles feature an 18-inch fluted Wilson Combat match grade barrel resting in an overall length of 34.25-inches, with stock collapsed. (37.5-inches with stock extended.) Tipping scales at 7 pounds, the Tactical Hunter and Ultimate Hunter are constructed with a lightweight flat top billet upper in addition to a mid-length gas system with SLR Rifleworks adjustable gas block.

Though the two versions are largely similar, they do offer slight variations. Namely, the Tactical Hunter boasts a threaded muzzle (thread protector included), Rogers/Wilson Super-Stoc, and Wilson Combat/BCM Starburst Gunfighter grip in black.

On the other hand, the pricier Ultimate Hunter dumps some accessories into the pot, cooking up a Smoke Composite Carbon Fiber closed shoulder buttstock with Limbsaver Pad and Mission First Tactical Pistol Grip, also in black.

The carbines are topped off with an Armor-Tuff finish with green and black as the standard fare, unless you want to cough up extra cash for other color combinations.

The Tactical Hunter and Ultimate Hunter will be available through Wilson Combat with prices starting at $2,905 for the Tactical and $3,055 for the Ultimate. .458 HAM’R ammunition will soon follow the rifles, with Wilson Combat saying it will also provide the ammunition online.

Source: Recoilweb

New from Air Venturi: Springfield Armory Replicas

Air guns are breaking out all over! Yesterday we ran the SIG SAUER press release announcing their new ASP20 air rifle. In that post I confessed how unimpressed I was with the air rifle versions of SIG’s fully ballistic brethren. Well pump me full of air and shoot me at steel. There must be a big market for replica airguns. Air Venturi’s now offering low cost flights to Malaga. Stop. That’s not it . . .

They’ve cut a deal with the Springfield’s dealmakers even worse replica airguns of pay day loan gunmaker’s guns. The air-powered not-firearms will put the most historically significant firearm designs into the hands of airgunners, replica enthusiasts and airsoft fans alike. Like . . . the Saint? We report, you deride.

CLEVELAND, OHIO (January 9, 2018) Air Venturi, a leading manufacturer and importer of airguns and airsoft guns is proud to announce it has secured exclusive worldwide rights to offer officially-licensed replicas from the iconic firearm manufacturer Springfield Armory®.

“By partnering with Springfield Armory®, Air Venturi is able to put the most historically significant firearm designs into the hands of airgunners, replica enthusiasts and airsoft fans alike” said Val Gamerman, President of Air Venturi. “Springfield Armory® has a rich 240 year history in firearms and we look forward to developing air-powered pistols and rifles that reflect the same level of quality and performance that customers have grown accustomed to from this revered brand.”

“With the introduction of the Springfield Armory’s name into the airgun and airsoft gun industry, we are ushering in a new era in our long-standing history in the shooting sports industry,” stated Steve McKelvain, Springfield Armory® President. “By partnering with Air Venturi, we will continue our tradition of developing products that are loyal to Springfield Armory’s heritage while ensuring The Armory’s place in the progression of American firearms and now, airguns and airsoft.”

Launching in 2018, Air Venturi will be offering replica pistols and rifles that define the Springfield Armory® legacy – the XD, XD(M) and 1911 series pistols, the Saint Edge AR-15 rifle and the iconic M1A.

About Air Venturi

Air Venturi is manufacturer and exclusive importer for international airgun, ammo and accessory manufacturers such as: Air Arms, Beeman, Evanix, Feinwerkbau, Haendler & Natermann, Kral Arms, Mantis, Seneca, Springfield Armory and Western Justice. We also carry a full line of airgun products from leading manufacturers including: AirForce, Anschutz, Ataman, Benjamin, Beretta, Browning, BSA, Colt, Crosman, Daisy, Diana, Gamo, Hawke, Smith & Wesson, Tanfoglio, Umarex, Walther, Webley, Weihrauch, Winchester and many more. For more information, visit us at airventuri.com.

About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory was designated as our national armory by General George Washington, and began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. This monumental institution went on to serve as a think tank for developing innovative firearms concepts and producing some of the most storied rifle platforms in our country’s history. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, IL revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy and restore the Springfield Armory name.

Springfield Armory Inc. engineers, manufactures and assembles their legendary M1A™, 1911 and SAINT® AR-15 lines of firearms in Geneseo, Illinois. Since 2001, Springfield Armory has enjoyed a strategic, collaborative partnership with the state-of-the-art factory in Croatia working hand-in-hand to develop and engineer the multiple award-winning line of XD® polymer pistols that have become staples in the US marketplace. We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers.

Browning M1917 AND M1919 Machinery

Welcome to the article about the machine gun Browning M1917 and M1919, giving continuation to the articles of arms of World War II.

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To talk about the invention of the machine gun Browning M1919, it is necessary to go back in time or visit Guns and Ammunition for Sale at E-arms.com. Between the late 19th century and the early 20th century, when the US still did not care much about acquiring this type of weaponry. At that time, they had not yet participated in any major conflict, only a few confrontations such as the Spanish-American War, which lasted only five months (between April 25 and August 12, 1898) the indigenous wars, which were 1836 until 1891, and the Mexican Expedition, when they went after Pancho Villa in Mexico, which resulted in the death of 15 Americans, between March 1916 and February 1917.

Before the US entered the Spanish-American War, its Army received several different machine guns, many European models such as Hotchkiss machine guns and also some Browning M1895 machine guns, manufactured by Colt and the first machine gun developed by the designer. As early as 1890, John received the patent for a machine gun with blowback operation, and in 1901 manufactured the first prototype of this type of weaponry, the model was called the M1901. The project was stagnant because of the lack of interest of the military forces in acquiring this type of armament. In 1910, John Moses Browning turned his attention to his new weapon ak47 parts and made several improvements, which was what was to become the machine gun model 1917: a heavy machine gun, powered by a belt of ammunition. Around his barrel was a kind of metal jacket, in which water was poured through a hole in his jacket to cool the barrel. His caliber was the .30-06 Springfield, standard of the army at that time.

Even with this new weapon, the US Armed Forces still had no interest in acquiring new machine guns, after all the country was not participating in any major conflict and did not intend to participate in one. Until in April 1917, with the entry of this country into World War I, acquiring machine guns became a necessity. At this time, the Americans had a meager arsenal of machine guns and the ones they had were already obsolete, in non-standard gauges. This situation became unsustainable as military personnel arriving in France needed to use armor borrowed from Allied forces, not just machine guns, but also battle tanks, as tanks had since they had exactly 0 units.

This year the Army has launched a contract for a new submachine gun. Browning delivered the prototype of the machine gun created in 1910 to military force and this prototype made 20,000 shots without any mechanical failure. Officials, still doubting Browning’s weapon, said that this model would not be able to accomplish the same feat when it was mass-produced, and in response to that John Browning gave the army a new prototype that not only repeated the feat of the previous unit , of not making any mistakes, as he made 2,000 more shots. Something praiseworthy even by modern standards. An order was then placed on 40,000 copies of the weapon, with production contracts being distributed to Colt, Remington and New England Westinghouse.

In 1918 Browning realized that he had worked well on the blowback operation system on his machine gun and then decided to upgrade his project because he wanted his weapon to be used in tanks of war, which was impossible for the M1917 model on account of her iron jacket (if she suffered any kind of damage, she could leave the weapon unused). Nor could this weapon be used in cavalry because of its excessive weight. John then made his changes to the project, removed the jacket that was cooling the pipe, added a type of heat sink around the barrel, and replaced the lighter 24 “barrel of the M1917 with a heavier 18” , among other internal changes that culminated in the birth of the model 1919 or M1919 Tank Machinegun.

The Army named the weapons according to the year they were adopted by them and so the machine gun M1917, which was developed in 1910 was called M1917. In 1917, there were 3 guns with this model, a Colt M1917 revolver, an Enfield M1917 rifle and the Browning M1917 machine gun. In 1918 Browning had already developed, fabricated and even delivered to some squads in France, during World War I, the light machine gun BAR M1918. To avoid an embarrassing situation, of having two “equal” types of armament, of the same designer, with the same model, they decided to name the new M1919 air-cooled machine gun. During this conflict was passed to the New England Westinghouse a great request of manufacture, but with the end of the War in November the number fell to 500 arms, and in total only 1300 Browning M1919 machine guns were produced for World War I. In addition, the end of the North American interest in acquiring new armaments.

The M1919 Tank Gun (or Tank Machine Gun) did not have a pointing device and to avoid this, a type of optical sight was placed on the gun receiver (besides having put a kind of removable “telescopic” stock). the M1919A1 model, which was used in Mark VIII tanks. Around 1930 Army Cavalry received several M1919 Tank Machinegun machine guns and since the original model did not have a target machine, the military of this unit adapted these pieces of other weapons by placing the crosshair on the back of the receiver and mass on a ring that was close to the tip of the barrel. They made a new tripod and presented to the Department of Supplies (Ordnance Departmant) how it would be the necessary weapon for its use.

The infantry, not to be left behind, acquired about 72 M1919 Tank Gun machine guns which also had the mass of sight adapted and allocated right in front of the receiver, making it known as M1919A3.

Between 1931 and 1936, Rock Island Armory won the .30-06 caliber weaponry rights to the Springfield Armory, and then conducted various performance tests on armaments of that caliber. All models of M1919 machine guns up to then had an 18 “barrel, but using this type of barrel the .30-06 Springfield caliber did not reach its full potential. It was then determined, after countless tests, that a 24 “barrel would improve the accuracy and distance of the shots.

In these tests two experimental models were created: M1919E2 and M1919A2E3, both equipped with 24 “pipes. The A2E3 machine gun was attached to the M1917A1 machine gun’s tripod, much like the M1919A2, but with a 24 “barrel. Its cable was a single piece of aluminum, instead of having splints of wood, the strap of aim was mounted in the window of protection of dust. It had reinforced flaps on the sides of the frame, its eye strap remained in place on the M1919A2, on a ring at the front of the barrel.

There were also other internal changes, such as various types of damping system, which consisted of various combinations of fiber discs, springs, stop cones and friction. The recoil damping system of ar parts sale, located on the back of the frame, is designed to absorb some of the energy released by the bolt movement, thereby preventing damage to the body of the weapon.

Already the experimental model M1919E2, had as main modification the location of the mass of sighting, that now was located just ahead of the body of the weapon. With the mass there, the aim radius was reduced from 60cm to 35cm, but this made equipping these vehicles with vehicles easier, since it was also foldable. This type of sight remained until the last model of Browning M1919.

The best-known and final model, the M1919A4 (which actually was not the end), came shortly after the development of the M1919A3 model. It was created to be used fixedly in vehicles (M1919A4 Fixed Machinegun), and mobile, tripod mounted (M1919A4 Flexible Machinegun). And it was precisely this model used during World War II. At this time the glocks parts for sale and all the M1919A2 models that the army owned were converted to the M1919A4 model, which now had a 24 “, heavier barrel, handle and mass of sight on the body of the weapon, had no stock or any type of latch. It worked by delay blowback action and fired with the bolt open.

The companies that produced the M1919A4 machine gun were the Rock Island Armory (RIA), Saginaw, a subsidiary company of General Motors and later by the Buffalo Arms. Other well-known companies, such as Springfield Armory, were already crowded producing the M1 Garand rifles, leaving the smaller companies to work on producing this weaponry. By the end of World War II, these companies produced about 435,000 copies of this armament, 367,000 for Saginaw, 30,000 for Rock Island Armory and 38,000 for the Buffalo Arms.

M1919Two other models were also created and also used during World War II, were the models M1919A5 and A6. The M1919A5 model was an adaptation of the M1919A4 model, which had only a larger handle for locking the handle, a different handle to hold the gun and support points to be fitted to the M3 Stuart tank dome.

The M1919A6 had a metal or wood butt attached to the handle of the gun an aero precision then a beep, instead of a tripod, a flare at the end of the barrel and a handle to carry the gun, as well as a lighter barrel. These modifications were made as an attempt to create a lighter machine gun that could be loaded and fired by a single person, since the gun itself weighed more than an M1919A4, but by using a bipod instead of a tripod, that made it lighter overall. This weapon was intended to supply the Infantry and the Parachute.

As was said, not only the M1919A5 but also the M1919A6, were used in World War II and the last also in the Vietnam War. The M1919A5 machine guns, leaving the scene of the tank for which it was developed, were all converted to A4 or A6, while A4 and A6 continued to be produced.

In 1957 the responsibility for the production of machine guns in .30-06 Springfield caliber came back to Springfield Armory with aero precision lower  and by that time they were gradually replacing the M1919A4 / A6 machine guns with the new M60 in 7.62x51mm caliber.

The use of this machine gun world was extensive and to this day there are countries that use this weaponry, some in the original form, at .30-06, others have converted it to the most modern 7.62x51mm.

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