New Review: November 2005
By Chris Choat


The Barrel X Change is now offering a new caliber conversion for the Browning 1919A4 machine gun. The new conversion allows shooters to shoot the Russian 7.62x39mm cartridge in their semi or full-auto Browning guns. The new conversion consists of a new 7.62x39 chambered barrel, 7.62x39 stripped bolt, booster nut, front cartridge stop, modified top cover extractor spring, modified recoil (driving) spring and 100 modified links. The conversion is easy to install and requires no permanent changes to the host gun. The host gun must have a .30-06 front cartridge stop, .308 rear stop and a .308 top cover. The conversion uses modified .30-06 links. Barrel X Change also offers 7.62x39 modifications to customers’ barrels, and bolts. By the time you read this they will also have nylon 7.62x39 links as well as web belts in that caliber. Now you can shoot cheap 7.62x39 ammunition in your favorite 1919A4 semi or full-auto Browning. The complete kit sells for under $400 delivered. For more information on this and other innovative firearm products, please contact them at Barrel X Change, Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 821, Arlington, IL 60006. Phone: (847) 609-4811. They can be located on the web at www.barrelxchange.com.


Tactical Excellence is now offering a conversion to change your HK USC carbine into a semi-auto UMP look-alike. The conversion features the addition of a folding UMP stock, modified UMP trigger group and the ability to use standard 25-round UMP magazines. The parts for the conversion must be supplied by the customer. Tactical Excellence supplies the block to fit the USC to allow attachment of the UMP stock. They also modify the UMP trigger pack for semi-auto only as well as supply the correct number of US made parts to bring the parts count into compliance. One nice feature that they also provide is a steel stock block attachment bolt that also incorporates a sling loop which adds a receiver sling point like the original UMP submachine guns. The rear stock attachment conversion block is made from 7075 aircraft grade aluminum that is anodized black to match the rest of the gun. This conversion allows the USC owner to have the closest possible UMP-looking semi-auto carbine as well as being able to use standard HK UMP 25-round magazines. Tactical Excellence is also making front accessory mounting rails as well as receiver top accessory mounting rail for adding various light, lasers and optics. For more information on the USC conversion, as well as all of their first class accessories, please contact them at Tactical Excellence, Dept. SAR, 525 Carswell Avenue, Unit F, Holly Hill, FL 32117. Phone: (386) 290-5664. Their website is www.tacticalexcellence.com.


TDI Arms has just introduced their new BVG (Bi-Functional Vertical Grip) for use on any firearm that is equipped with a Picatinny or Weaver style rail forearm. The new BVG is an innovative forearm grip designed to improve your shooting by adding a higher degree of controllability. It includes a quick-detach mechanism which allows an easy and secure fit on the handguard with no gunsmithing. Compatible with all Picatinny or Weaver Rail Systems, the BVG is able to store up to three CR123 batteries, the type required for many night vision devices, flashlights or laser sights. The new grip features a revolving storage compartment to expose the batteries which is easy to rotate and is also waterproof. Best of all, the BVG comes with a lifetime warranty. For more information please contact TDI Arms, Dept. SAR, 325 W. 38th Street, Room 1602, New York, NY 10018. Phone: (212) 594-4141. Fax: (212) 594-4613. They can be found on the web at www.tdi-arms.com.


The long awaited 5.11 Tactical H.R.T Watch is finally a reality. Designed with input from professionals in the special operations community, the titanium Tactical Watch features a “come-up” ballistic computer that calculates rifle scope adjustment. Calculate point of impact by inputting critical variables that determine elevation and wind adjustments. It works on all MILDOT, TMOA, SMOA and clicking rifle scopes. Punch in data about the ammunition you are shooting and the conditions you are shooting in and the watch will display the appropriate hold over for a sure hit. It’s that simple. The watch enhances a shooters confidence to engage targets out to 1,000 meters with “whenever/wherever” portability. Data is easy to enter, even while wearing gloves, with the most critical information arranged for fast change and access. Other features include shooting software developed in partnership with Horus Vision, titanium case with unidirectional bezel, water resistance to 100 meters, oversized dot matrix digital back-lit display showing day, date, month, calendar readout, second time zone, alarm, chronograph and countdown timer. The watch also includes two watchbands; a classic black leather band and a divers-style black band. For more information on the new Tactical H.R.T. watch, as well as their complete line of unparalleled clothing, please contact them at 5.11 Inc., Dept. SAR, 4300 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95355. Phone: (209) 527-4511. Fax: (209) 527-1511. They can be found on the web at www.511tactical.com.


Protect yourself, safeguard your family, and make any home or office safe for gun handling with the Safe Direction Station. Developed by a firearms trainer, it is designed to provide a designated “safe direction” during loading and unloading, dry-fire, and disassembly of your handgun. The multi-layer system employs comparable level NIJ-IIIA ballistic containment abilities that completely absorb and contain the errant bullet. The system’s Ballistic-Seal energy-dispersing panel diffuses the bullet energy and prevents property damaging “back-face deformation”. The Safe Direction Station is available in your choice of portable cases: a fanny pack and medium and large pistol cases. All cases feature YKK zippers and have an additional zippered storage pouch. The fanny pack accommodates most medium and large frame automatics and revolvers and features a ripcord opening, Cordura thumb break holster, and a fully adjustable quick release waist belt. The Safe Direction Academy Pad features the same complete ballistic containment system in a 3-ring binder insert. To use: maintain light muzzle contact with the Safe Direction emblem as you complete your gun handling operation. In the event of an unintentional discharge, the Safe Direction ballistic containment system completely absorbs and contains the errant bullet while dispersing bullet energy. For more information on this outstanding new piece of safety equipment, as well as their line of reactive targets, please contact Safe Direction, LLC, Dept. SAR, 900 South Kay Avenue, P.O. Box 1249, Addison, IL 60101. Phone: (877) 357-4570. Fax: (630) 543-0524. Their website is www.safedirection.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V9N2 (November 2005)
and was posted online on April 5, 2013


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