New Review: June 2005
By Chris Choat


Buffer Technologies has announced an agreement with Enidine Inc. to distribute that company’s new AR-restor buffer for the collapsible stock versions of the AR-15 or M4. The AR-restor is a hydraulic recoil buffer designed to reduce felt recoil, improve accuracy and suppress bolt bounce. The product addition comes at a time when the popularity of the AR-15 (M4) rifle is growing due to increased military and law enforcement use. Although the weapon is known for its reliability and versatility, its performance can be affected by multiple firing modes, ammunition loads and the addition of other after-market accessories. Enidine is a market leader in hydraulic energy absorbers for the industrial, aerospace and defense industries. U.S. and NATO forces use its hydraulic recoil buffers for automatic weapons. The AR-restor has easy drop-in replacement installation and requires no weapons modifications. In addition to improving accuracy and performance, the buffer helps suppress bolt bounce, control fire rate and protect optics. Buffer Technologies is a Missouri-based manufacturer and distributor of tactical weapons accessories for military, law enforcement and shooting sports. Its signature products include patented recoil buffers for most automatic pistols and rifles, the MagCinch dual-magazine system, and TangoDown covers and grips for military assault rifles. For more information about Buffer Technologies and its products, please contact Buffer Technologies, Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 104903, Jefferson City, MO 65110. Phone: (573) 634-8529. Fax: (573) 634-8522. Their products can also be viewed on the web at www.buffertech.com.


DPMS maintains its tradition of providing shooters with new and innovative products by introducing the Acarbon Fiber Free Float Tubes, a tactical alternative to the traditional handguards and aluminum free float tubes. These new carbon fiber free float tubes from DPMS stay cooler than the standard aluminum free float tubes and weigh 40% less, providing you with a unique alternative to the traditional handguard. The carbon fiber utilized in these free float tubes works in two ways. Internally, the unidirectional carbon fiber increases the strength and stability of the tube. Externally, the bi-directional carbon fiber provides a textured look and feel to the free float tube. Additionally, an internal layer of fiberglass prevents corrosion between the aluminum tube and the carbon fiber, ensuring a long lasting lightweight alternative tube. Two lengths are available; standard and carbine. Standard length tubes measures 12.625 inches and weigh 0.55 pounds while the carbine length tubes measure 7.25inches and weigh 0.35 pounds. All tubes, standard and carbine, have a 2 inch diameter, a wall thickness of roughly .09 inches and include the hard anodized barrel nut. Available now, these new free float tubes will retail for $99.00 (FF-CF - Standard Length) and $89.00 (FF-CFC - Carbine Length). For more information please contact DPMS Inc., Dept. SAR., 3312 12th Street, St. Cloud, MN 56304. Phone: (320) 258-4448. Fax: (320) 258-4449. Their website is www.dpmsinc.com


Tapco Inc., has just introduced two new miniature cannons that will put a smile on any shooters face. The first model is a Field Cannon and the second is a Deck Cannon. Both of these cannons are manufactured by the historic Kennesaw Cannon Company in Kennesaw, Georgia. They both will fire with either black powder or firecrackers! The Field Cannon’s axle, barrel and trail are made of steel with a matte black finish. It features a 1/8 inch fuse hole that will accept standard cannon fuse. The cannon has a .58 smooth bore and wheels that actually turn. Wheel diameter is 2 3/4 inches and it has a barrel length of 4 1/4 inches. It makes a great shooting toy or desk ornament. The Deck Cannon is also all steel construction with a 2 1/8 inch barrel that has an 8mm bore. A standard size firecracker fits perfectly in the barrel. These are both great for celebrating holidays and special events. For more information please contact Tapco, Inc., Dept SAR, P.O. Box 2408, Kennesaw, GA 30156-9138. Phone: (800) 250-3757. Fax: (800) 226-1662. They can be located on the web at www.tapco.com.


Kleen-Bore announces its inclusive Field Pack Cleaning Kit and is now available in a tan field pouch. Adding an element of camouflage for those needing to carry their cleaning kit into desert, swamp or sandy areas, this pouch features Velcro7 closure and a durable clip for attachment to clothing, belts or firearm cases. These features make the field pack kit easily transportable and ideal for hunters, law enforcement and military. Like all of Kleen-Bore’s Field Pack Cleaning Kits, the tan pouched kit will include everything needed to thoroughly clean a firearm including a four section cleaning rod with a unique snap-down handle, an accessory adapter, a nylon bristle brush, a slotted patch holder and cotton cleaning patches. The kit also includes a silicone gun cloth and the high-tech Formula 3 Gun Conditioner that cleans, conditions and lubricates the firearm. These contents may vary depending upon the caliber/gauge of firearm the kit is designed to clean. The tan pouch will house a universal kit for cleaning a variety of handguns, rifles and shotguns. In addition, it will also be available with specific kits for handgun/rifle and AR-15/M16/5.56mm firearms. The recommended retail price will range from $26.95 to $31.50. For more information about this and their other products, please contact them at Armor Holdings Products Division, Dept. SAR, 13386 International Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218. Phone: (904) 741-1780. Fax: (866) 780-6171. They are on the web at www.armorholdings.com.


Walker’s Game Ear, the Company that has set the standard in hearing protection and enhancement for the outdoor and shooting enthusiast, is pleased to announce that digital quality is now available in the popular Power Muff Quads. The new Walker Digital Quads are the first and only muffs to offer digital quality with 4 high frequency directional microphones. This new muff offers two-channel digital circuitry using state-of-the-art computer chips capable of processing millions of calculations per second. This highly advanced technology provides the user with hearing protection and unsurpassed sound quality with excellent speech clarity. At the range, the Digital Quads provide clear and precise voice communication combined with excellent hearing protection, making the firing line safer for all shooters. When in the field, this unique digital, directional system allows you to hear the soft subtle sounds of approaching game or the call of a distant game animal with crystal clear sound reception that only digital technology can produce. The new Digital Quads increase hearing up to eight times by amplifying high frequency sounds with an amazing 50 dB power. The Digital Quads also come equipped with the Walker’s unique Adjustable Frequency Tuning (AFT) circuit. This control knob allows the user to focus on specific sound frequencies for his or her individual hearing needs for crystal clear reception in any condition. The new Digital Quads offer superior hearing protection with a Noise Reduction Rating of 24 Db. Also, these new Digital Quads are available with audio inputs and wireless capabilities. The Audio Input system allows the user to attach a Walkie-Talkie, FRS radio, or other audio source (CD player, radio, etc.) to the muff through the use of an audio jack. The Wireless Communicator Digital Muff allows the user to use the same features as the Audio Input model without having to plug a cable into the muff. Instead, a neck-loop cable is attached to the audio source and a magnetic coil within the muff picks up the audio signal. For additional information on these innovative products, contact Walker’s Game Ear, Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 1069, Media, Pa. 19063. Phone: (800) 424-1069. Fax: (610) 566-7488. Visit their web site at www.walkersgameear.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V8N9 (June 2005)
and was posted online on May 17, 2013


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