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By Chris A. Choat

ATI Announces GSG STG-44 .22 Caliber Rifle

American Tactical Imports, a worldwide importer of firearms, is proud to introduce a new model in the GSG lineup, the GSG STG-44. The German Sport Guns (GSG) .22 LR STG-44 is the newest addition to the exciting line of GSG firearms. The demo was introduced at SHOT Show 2012, but now the GSG STG-44 from ATI is ready for shipping in the U.S. The STG 44 (Sturmgewehr 44, literally "Storm Rifle") was designed in 1944 in Nazi Germany and is considered by many historians to be the first modern assault rifle. Designed to precisely imitate the WWII Sturmgewehr, the .22 LR GSG STG-44 features a weight of 9.5 pounds, a 17.2-inch barrel, an overall length of 37.2 inches and real solid wood furniture. It is available with 10 or 25 round capacity magazines and comes shipped in an Eastern Pine box hand-crafted by the Amish in the mountain region of New York State. MSRP for the GSG STG-44 is $599.95. For more information please contact American Tactical Imports, Inc., 100 Airpark Drive, Rochester, NY 14624. Phone: (585) 328-0945. Fax: (585) 328-4168. Website: www.americantactical.com.

Viridian Introduces New TacLoc Holster Line

Viridian Green Laser Sights is proud to announce five new ECR-enabled TacLoc holsters to their line of custom fit locking Kydex holsters. TacLoc holsters are now available for the following pistols equipped with Viridian C Series products: Kel-Tec PF9, Bersa BPCC, Taurus Railed 1911 and the Taurus 24/7 Gen 2 9mm Full Size. TacLoc holsters are also now available for Taurus Railed 1911s equipped with Viridian X5L. Just like the current lineup of TacLoc holsters (built for Glock, XD/XDm, and M&P), all new versions feature ECR (Enhanced Combat Readiness) technology. This revolutionary feature allows the gun owner to pre-set laser mode, carry in a secure TacLoc holster, and ignite the laser automatically the instant the weapon is drawn - a life-saving advantage in lethal encounters. As the gun is drawn, Viridian's digital laser/holster system detects the pull and instantly launches the brilliant green laser and/or taclight – targeting, blinding and intimidating in one reflex-fast move. The new holsters will be sold throughout Viridian's distribution channels as well as directly on their website www.ViridianGreenLaser.com. For more information on Viridian TacLoc holsters and C and X Series products please contact them at Viridian Green Laser Sights, 5929 Baker Road, Suite 440, Minnetonka, MN 553454. Phone: (800) 990-9390. Fax: (952) 224-4097. www.ViridianGreenLaser.com.

Protech Tactical Now Has Canine Vest

Safariland, a BAE Systems business, has now introduced the redesigned Bark-9 canine vest for law enforcement service dogs. The Bark-9 carrier is fully adjustable and incorporates a rugged Cordura nylon exterior material for long-lasting wear. The Bark-9 is available with two ballistic options using the same materials as the Protech MR01 Type II and Type IIIA ballistic packages. The Bark-9 carrier features six straps that are fed through a D-ring strapping system and secured to high-profile hook and loop attachment platforms providing excellent adjustability. The 1000-denier Cordura nylon exterior offers long-lasting wear, and a breathable, diamond nylon rip-stop interior fabric features Spacer-Mesh padding for a more cushioned and comfortable fit. The carrier is further equipped with a reinforced restraint handle and two (2) D-rings for adjustable leash attachment. The Bark-9 also features two (2) plate pockets for insertion of the Protech Tactical IMPAC special threat plates. The 5” x 8” IMPAC plates (available for optional purchase) are designed to cover the heart and lungs area. The carrier further includes hook and loop ID attachment platforms on either side of the vest to allow for placement of optional POLICE and SHERIFF ID patches for hi-visibility identification. Available in multiple sizes ranging from small to XL, the Bark-9 is available now and can be ordered in the following colors: Black, Tactical Green, Ranger Green, Khaki, Digital Urban Camo, Navy, Digital Woodland, MultiCam, ACU or A-TACS. For more information on the Bark-9 or any other tactical armor offerings contact Protech Tactical, 3120 East Mission Blvd., Ontario, CA 91761. Phone: (909) 923-7300. Fax: (909) 923-7400. Their website is www.protechtactical.com.

Lewis Machine & Tool’s Sharpshooter System

Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT), an Illinois-based company that designs, prototypes and manufactures small arms, accessories and tooling components for the military, government, law enforcement, commercial manufacturers and responsible civilians was awarded the UK Ministry of Defense requirement for a new sharpshooter rifle in late 2009. They have now introduced an American commercial version. The UK L129A1 7.62mm semiautomatic Sharpshooter rifle was chosen based on its proven design and new features that made the rifle more accurate over longer distances. Now, for a limited time only, the newly American designated LM308MWS Sharpshooter System will be available in limited quantities. The new Sharpshooter System, like its UK predecessor, is built on a one-piece upper receiver with a free floating 16-inch stainless steel, tactically flat-matte blackened barrel with a 1:11.25-inch twist with the SureFire adapter mounted. The .308 Modular Weapon System features Flat Dark Earth furniture, a semi-auto carrier group, charging handle assembly, SOPMOD buttstock, two-stage trigger, an ambi-selector and ambi-mag release and flip-up front and rear sights. LMT packs this collector's rifle in a Pelican case with foam cutouts and includes not only the manual, torque wrench/driver and three Flat Dark Earth rail panels, but also eight 20-round magazines, two heavy-duty push-button swivels, a .308 Otis cleaning kit, a sliding sling mount, a chamber cleaning rod, sight adjustment tool and a Harris Bipod assembly. This complete, one-of-a-kind Sharpshooter System in one package is available for only $4,950 MSRP. For more information or to order please contact them at Lewis Machine & Tool Company, 1305 11th Street West, Milan, IL 61264. Phone: (309) 787-7151. Fax: (309) 787-7193.

Website: www.lewismachine.net. GunVault Introduces The New DrawerVault

GunVault is proud to announce the latest addition to its popular and affordable line of compact security safes - the DrawerVault. Now there's a security solution designed for any room in the house. The new DrawerVault series fits and operates in most standard drawers, making it the smart choice for handgun storage. Also perfect for passports, documents, cash or other valuables, the DrawerVault is ideal for your home or business. Capable of fitting most tablets and E-Readers, the DrawerVault is constructed of tamper-proof 18-gauge steel and includes a foam-lined interior to protect its contents. It's available with GunVault's patented No-Eyes keypad or biometric fingerprint scanner for easy access. An activation button triggers a spring-loaded, tamper resistant door that not only has a high-strength lock mechanism, but also performs reliably, time after time. Foolproof security is ensured with a backup override key and optional high-strength security cable. An audio and LED low battery indicator protect against direct tampering and unexpected power loss. The DrawerVault Bio uses biometrics, specifically fingerprint recognition, to access the safe contents faster and more securely than ever before. A high-performance algorithm is used to achieve speedy identification of enrolled fingerprints and at the same time has a very low False Reject Rate (FRR). The self-learning algorithm adds new minutiae to the fingerprint templates each time a user touches the fingerprint sensor, which decreases the likelihood of FRR, updates slight changes that might occur over time to an enrolled fingerprint and helps diminish variations between the enrolled fingerprints. The system can hold up to 120 fingerprint templates. GunVault DrawerVault is 12 inches long, 10 inches wide and just 4.24 inches high. It weighs 8.1 pounds and is powered by a single 9-volt alkaline battery (not included). For further information on the DrawerVault or the complete line of GunVault safes contact them at GunVault, Inc., 19949 Kendall Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92407. Phone: (800) 222-1055. Fax: (909) 382-0707. On the web at www.gunvault.com.

IWI Introduces New Uzi Pro Submachine Gun

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world has just introduced their newest Uzi submachine gun (SMG), the 9mm Uzi Pro. Developed in cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the 9mm Uzi Pro SMG is the newest member of the legendary Uzi family - one of the most popular weapon families in the world, with millions of units sold around the globe. Exceptionally lightweight and compact, the Uzi Pro is an ideal solution for both concealed or openly carried use - for law enforcement, VIP protection and Special Forces. Ergonomically designed and easy to use by right or left-handed users, it offers closed bolt operation for maximum accuracy and safety. With many of its components made of advanced polymeric materials, the Uzi Pro’s features include Picatinny rails, ergonomic butt, built-in foldable assault handle and pistol-type magazine release button. It also provides a quick fitting suppressor, full auto and single shot and adjustable shoulder stock with mounted cheek rest. IWI's goal was to incorporate the latest technological advances without compromising the extremely reliable, globally recognized Uzi, in order to make it more ergonomic and user-friendly, and equipped to handle the full range of scenarios faced in modern warfare. This goal has now been fully achieved. Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), located in the center of Israel, is a world leader in small arms for the past 80 years. IWI is a member of the SK Group, which is composed of companies that develop and manufacture a wide array of military products for governmental entities, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world. IWI's most-known products include the Tavor and Galil Ace families of assault rifles, the Negev light machine gun, the legendary Uzi SMG (Mini Micro and Uzi Pro) and the Jericho family of pistols. For more information you can contact them at Israel Weapon Industries, LTD., P.O. Box 63, Ramat-Hasharon 47100 Israel. Phone: +972-3-7606000. Fax: +972-3-7606001. They are on the web at www.iwi.net.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review SAW (July 2012)
and was posted online on May 25, 2012


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