New Review: August 2005
By Chris Choat


There is now a new product available for competitors, professionals or anyone using an MP-5 that needs to speed up the magazine changing process. The product is called the MagShute and is a magazine-well funnel to guide a fresh magazine into the magazine-well. The MagShute requires no permanent modifications to the host firearm and speeds up reloads by as much as 40%. It is CAD/CAM manufactured in lightweight aluminum alloy and is available only in black; the color matching the HK black very well. The new MagShute allows the use of all magazines originally designed for the MP-5 including the 15 and 30-round curved, the 30-round straight and the Beta-C Mag. It attaches to the gun with a single screw which goes through the hole in the sling clip on the side of the MP-5 magazine-well. The MagShute is available only in 9mm at this time and naturally fits the HK-94 and clones as well. For more information contact; De Haes Geert, Dept. SAR, A. Gijsbrechtsstraat 10, B-2580 Beerzel, Belgium. Phone: +32 15 754946. Fax: +32 15 758082. He can also be contacted by e-mail at Geert@dehaes.com.


The enhanced HK416 carbine and rifle system developed by Heckler & Koch Defense is now being delivered to military units and federal law enforcement agencies on a priority basis. It’s not yet available to other segments of the law enforcement community. A number of HK416 carbines are reportedly already in the hands of American military forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We look forward to getting even more HK416s to the front lines in the Global War on Terrorism and to America’s Homeland Security personnel,” said Peter Simon, HK Defense President. “These weapons offer a significant improvement over other 5.56mm systems in terms of reliability and durability. First reports from the field show that the HK416s are performing superbly.”

The HK416 is a 5.56mm caliber weapon that uses an HK proprietary operating system originally developed for and used in other Heckler & Koch models such as the G36. Recognized for their reliability and ruggedness, HK G36 rifles and carbines are used by the militaries of Germany, Spain, and Norway as well as the police and security forces of many countries. The HK416 design also offers a proprietary Heckler & Koch free-floating rail system that is removable without tools and allows existing accessories like lights, aiming devices, and hand grips to be easily installed. An HK 40mm side-loading grenade launcher can also be added by the operator without the use of tools. The HK416 features the famous HK cold-hammer forged barrel for an intended bore service life of 20,000+ rounds of firing. An improved bolt and buffer system contributes to added reliability. The HK416 is available in four configurations, including carbine (10 and 14.5 inch barrels) and rifle (16.5 and 20 inch barrels) lengths. Upper receiver kits for the conversion of existing “legacy” weapons are already available and being sold by HK Defense. Heckler & Koch Defense Inc. of Sterling, Virginia supplies the U.S. military and federal law enforcement agencies with technologically advanced firearms, logistical support, training, and specialized design services. For more information, please contact Heckler & Koch Defense, Dept. SAR, 21480 Pacific Boulevard, Sterling, VA 20166. Phone: (703) 450-1900. Fax: (703) 450-8160. Their website is www.hkdefense.com.


To make their traveling customers lives easier, Pelican Products Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-impact, watertight cases, has introduced their TSA-accepted PeliLock. Developed to compliment their extremely tough cases and to be recognized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the lock now allows travelers the freedom to lock their Pelican cases and allow TSA inspectors easy access without breaking the lock. Constructed of super-tough hardened stainless steel and brass, the lock features a reset-able combination for easy user code memorization and access. As with all Pelican products, the TSA PeliLock is backed by their Legendary Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence; “You Break It, We Replace It...Forever.” For more information contact them at Pelican Products Inc., Dept. SAR, 23215 Early Ave., Torrance, CA 90505. Phone: (310) 326-4700. Fax: (310) 326-3311. Their website is www.pelican.com. Mail to sales@pelican.com.


Hornady Manufacturing has introduced two new kinds of ammunition that should be available by the time that you read this. The first is their new SST Shotgun Slug. The new slug round features their proven SST bullet sabotted in a 12 gauge shotgun round. The new round allows unheard of accuracy and terminal performance to slug users. The super-accurate bullet delivers sub 2-inch groups at 100 yards and the flattest trajectory on the market. The polymer tip of the SST bullet helps it slice through the air, minimizing drop and wind drift. When the bullet strikes the target the tip initiates violent expansion, transferring its energy payload to the target. The new round will have a muzzle velocity of 2,000 fps and muzzle energy of 2,664 ft-lbs. It will be packed 5-rounds to the box. The next new product is a new kind of ammunition for a new kind of fighting. Tactical specialists in the military and law enforcement communities have special needs and rely on specialized weapon platforms that are concealable, lightweight, accurate and lethal. Hornady’s new HK 4.6mm ammunition is specially designed to provide the accuracy and lethality needed for today’s conflict. The new 4.6mm ammunition is deadly and dependable in the uniquely flexible weapon system (HK MP-7) that provides rifle-like performance in a platform barely larger that a full-sized pistol. The new ammunition will defeat most body armor and has been tested in combat in Afghanistan. With this new 4.6mm round the user will get double the ammo count for the same weight when compared to the 5.56/.223 round. It is extremely accurate out to 200 yards and is hard hitting producing excellent wound characteristics. For more information on these as well as their full line of high performance ammunition, please contact them at Hornady Manufacturing Company, Dept. SAR, 3625 Old Postash Highway, P.O. Box 1848, Grand Island, NE 68803. Phone: (308) 382-1390. Fax: (308) 382-5761. They can be found on the web at www.hornady.com.


Operational Products Supply and Services (OPS²) have just introduced their new line of high quality optic and light mounting rings and rails. The new rings can be had in 7075 T6 Aluminum, 6al4v Titanium with Robar Roguard finish or 4142ht Steel also with Robar Roguard finish. Other features include an integral recoil lug with .204w X .118d dimensions, an integral clamping shaft machined from the same material as the ring and custom made, hardened tool steel cap screws. The clamp rail as well as the jam nut also matches the ring material except for the aluminum ring which uses custom 304 stainless bolts and stainless steel heli-coils which exceed 120 in/lbs. of strength. The rings are machined completely off bore centerline from the same bar stock and are serialized. OPS² is also offering high quality mounting rails for attaching their rings. The rails come in both 4142ht Steel with Robar black oxide finish as well as 6al4V Titanium with the Robar Roguard finish. They are offered for Remington SA and the FN SPR rifles. They are a true 1913 mil spec rail and feature custom wafer head 8-40 stainless steel mounting screws. These new rings and rails have been selected by FNH USA, HK, Unertl and DSA as their OEM mounting systems. OPS² also offers a drop rail which attaches to their rails for the mounting of visible and IR lasers, secondary sights or illumination. Another secondary product from them is their Mini-Dot mount which incorporates a ring for placement of items at any position on the scope tube itself. All of the new products carry a no questions asked, replacement or refund, warranty. For more information, please contact them at Operational Products Supply and Services, Dept. SAR, 1545 RT 37W, Suite 6, Toms River, NJ08755. Phone: (732) 286-9868. Fax: (732) 286-9869. They can be found on the web at www.hkpartsonline.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V8N11 (August 2005)
and was posted online on May 3, 2013


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