New Review
by Chris Choat

Standard Catalog of Military Firearms

If you collect military firearms, your best insurance policy is to know what they’re worth. There’s no better source for that than the updated, revised 6th edition of Phillip Peterson’s Standard Catalog of Military Firearms. From handguns, rifles and shotguns to fully automatic machine guns and submachine guns, this book provides remarkable insight into the world’s military firearms and their accessories. Readers will find over 2,000 models of military firearms from around the world that were manufactured between 1870 and today. From Argentina to Yugoslavia, Peterson’s book contains more than 1,600 photos and expanded descriptions and values for military firearms and related accessories, with new entries for antique, pre-cartridge-era military firearms. Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, 6th Edition is the only illustrated military firearms pricing/identification guide that provides data not only for firearms, but also for bayonets, clips and magazines, filling a void in military-weapon price guides. Don’t pay too much for military firearms - or sell for too little. Know what your collection is worth - with Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, 6th edition! Phillip Peterson is a full-time federal firearms license (FFL) holder and for the past 20 years has been the proprietor of Pieces of History, a retail firearms shop specializing in historically significant guns. He is a featured columnist for Gun Digest the Magazine and is the editor of Gun Digest Buyer’s Guide to Tactical Rifles. To purchase Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, go to www.gundigeststore.com/product/standard-catalog-of-military-firearms-6th-edition.

New Quick Access Safes from Stack-On Products

Three new Quick Access Safes are now available from Stack-On Products. These safes provide security for pistols, ammo and other valuables - all have been tested by an independent lab to withstand attack per California Department of Justice Standards. Two safes feature electronic touch pads, allowing the user to program their own 3-8 digit combination, while the other model utilizes a biometric (fingerprint) lock. Safes open automatically when the correct code is used or with a backup key, that is included with each safe. QAS-1200-B (Biometric) and QAS-1200 include a removable shelf, foam padded interior and fastening hardware to bolt the safe to a shelf or the floor. The QAS-1000 is a breakthrough in the market place with a spring loaded drawer that operates on a ball bearing slide. The drawer pops open when the correct code is entered. This safe is great for securing valuables or firearms under the bed or the seat of a vehicle. The QAS-1000 can be mounted to the floor or shelf; in addition, a 1,500 lb. test security cable is also included to secure the unit in a vehicle or other location. For more information please contact them at Stack-On Products Company, Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 489, 1360 N. Old Rand Road, Wauconda, IL 60084. Phone: (847) 526-1611. On the web at www.stack-on.com.

LaserLyte Introduces Side-Mount Laser for Ruger LCP

LaserLyte answers the growing demand for lasers specific to the increasingly popular conceal carry market with the new Ruger LCP Side Mount Laser (CK-AMF). At half the cost of a leading competitor, the CK-AMF fits on the side of the Ruger LCP and the Kel-Tec .380 and .32. Easy to mount on the gun by simply pushing out and replacing the stock pins with the new screws (included). Then push the ergonomic activation button with the index finger and the laser is on target. The CK-AMF design works also as a finger guide that allows for safe trigger control without blocking the laser beam. The programmable laser features a pulse or constant on mode and also has an auto-off function to prevent an unwanted battery drain. The side mounted laser allows the pistol to fit in virtually any nylon pocket holster. The new LaserLyte Ruger LCP Side Mount Laser is compact and light, and only $99.95. You can contact them at LaserLyte, Dept. SAR, 101 Airpark Road, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. Phone: (928) 649-3201. Fax: (928) 649-3970. Their website is www.laserlyte.com.

Mossberg Announces New Model 500 Thunder Ranch Shotgun

For decades, the legendary Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun has been selected by the military, law enforcement agencies and civilians worldwide for its rock-solid durability and superior reliability; simply known as a tool that you can count on. A similar tenet is expressed by Marine Corps veteran and former SWAT team member, Clint Smith, who serves as President and Director of Thunder Ranch training facility in Lakeview, Oregon. The newly-introduced, well-designed 500 Thunder Ranch shotgun is the culmination of Smith’s life experiences and Mossberg’s dedication to build dependable and innovative firearms. At the core of the 500 Thunder Ranch shotgun is the field-proven 500 pump-action platform with non-binding twin action bars, positive steel-to-steel lock-up and anti-jam elevator for smooth, reliable operation. This compact 12-gauge features an 18.5-inch barrel and shortened synthetic stock with a 12.75-inch length of pull. The decreased overall length of 37 inches provides for added maneuverability in close quarters and for proper fit with use of tactical vests or gear. A fixed cylinder bore delivers optimal pattern densities and the machined stand-off barrel design can be used for breaching. For faster target acquisition, the barrel has a simple white dot sighting system. Convenient tri-rail Picatinny fore-end provides for the easy addition of tactical lights and accessories. All exposed metalwork has a non-reflective matte blue finish and the durable stock and fore-end feature a matte black finish and sling swivel studs. Completing this tactical shotgun package is a handy, black padded sling; 6-round total capacity; 2-3/4 and 3-inch shell capability; and the distinctive Thunder Ranch logo engraved on the receiver. For more detail information please contact O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., Dept. SAR, 7 Grasso Avenue, North Haven, CT 06473. Phone: (203) 230-5300. Fax: (203) 230-5420. Website: www.mossberg.com.

Weaver Unveils New Tactical Scopes and Accessories

Weaver introduces new tactical optics and accessories that are precision machined to the strictest tolerances to perform in adverse conditions. The new accessories are made in the U.S.A. Whether in-competition or on-duty, Weaver understands there is no room for error. That’s why Weaver engineered, designed and tested these tactical products to perform under the most severe conditions. They feature fully multi-coated lenses and a one-piece, 30mm Argon purged tube. Waterproof, shockproof and fog proof tolerances deliver proven, rugged performance. Their new tactical accessories (MSRP: $37.95 - $100.49) enable precision shooters to outfit their firearms for each mission. Tactical shooters can sight-in from a distance with new long and intermediate range scopes. These scopes boast advanced technology and ten illumination settings. First focal plane reticles and aggressive knurling provide fast, precise aiming. Aircraft-grade aluminum construction achieves greater strength and positive weight reduction. Four new tactical accessories are ideal for upgrading AR-style rifles. First, the Picatinny Riser Set minimizes weight and bulk while delivering optimal mounting height for a wide range of optic/ring combinations. Second, the full-length AR-15 Flat Top Riser Rail features 20 MOA of vertical cant to enable extended optics range adjustments. The Weaver Tactical SPR (Special Purpose Rifle) 30mm Optics Mount delivers solid holding-power to withstand aggressive recoil. Hand-adjustable knobs enable no-tool installation and removal. The last new addition to the tactical lineup is Weaver’s Fixed Back-Up Iron Sight. It features no vertical or horizontal point-of-impact shift when switching from precision to CQB aperture, keeping shooters on target and in the action. For more information on these new optics and accessories please contact Weaver Optics, Dept. SAR, N5549 County Trunk Z, Onalaska, WI 54650. Phone: (800) 635-7656. Fax: (763) 323-2506. On the web at www.weaveroptics.com.

Crossbreed Holsters Offers New Ankle Rig

Top quality holster manufacturer Crossbreed Holsters, LLC is proud to offer the concealable Ankle Carry Holster. The ankle rig offers a deep cover concealment option for small autos and revolvers such as J-frames, XD, S&W M&P, Kahr and Glock Sub compacts and most other small 9mm or .380 ACP handguns. This holster was designed to be comfortable and practical for efficient concealed carry. It features a calf support strap to keep the holster from riding down, a padded ankle section for added comfort, and a thumb break for secure carry in rigorous activity while still being easily accessible if needed. The ankle holster is produced for Crossbreed by an Israeli company that also manufacturers gear for the IDF and Israeli Police Forces. MSRP for the Ankle Carry Holster is $65.70 and is available in right- and left-handed configurations. Crossbreed Holsters all carry a Lifetime Warranty. You can contact them at Crossbreed Holsters, LLC, Dept. SAR, 224 N. Main, Republic, MO 65738. Phone: (888) 732-5011. Website: www.crossbreedholsters.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V15N3 (December 2011)
and was posted online on November 1, 2011


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