New Review: December 2013

By Chris A. Choat

Mission First Tactical Introduces Battlelink Minimalist Stock

Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT) has designed the lightest buttstock of its kind ever produced at 5.8 ounces with the new, patent pending Battlelink Minimalist Stock based upon input from operators around the world. Developed to eliminate weight, provide better target acquisition, shot accuracy, operator comfort and ease of use, and still offer all the functionality such as custom accessory mounts and optimized sling configurations, the Battlelink Minimalist Stock exceeds all operator requirements. The Battlelink Minimalist Stock is a slide-on replacement for any original collapsible buttstock. Made from a specially developed, reinforced, super-tough polyamide from DuPont's Military Plastic Division, the extremely light weight stock delivers on function, comfort and durability. The upper section features an enhanced cheek weld and the angled, non-slip rubberized buttpad allows for faster presentations, even with body armor. The Quick Detach Sling mounting point is also positioned for optimum use even with ambidextrous shooters. Made entirely in the U.S.A., the Battlelink Minimalist buttstock has an MSRP of $59.99 and is available online or at your local AR accessory retailer. For more information you can contact them at www.missionfirsttactical.com.

RCBS Unveils The Complete Ultrasonic Cleaning System

RCBS has unveiled the Ultrasonic Case Cleaner, the ultimate tool to save time and crank out rounds faster. Its 3.2-quart stainless steel tank holds a huge volume of brass cases, rapidly removing tarnish, carbon buildup and metal oxides. Handloaders can use the keypad and display to select one of five preset temperature settings, and to set the timer from 1 to 30 minutes to match their specific case-cleaning needs. These products are available now. The Ultrasonic Case Cleaner is powered by a 60-watt transducer, 100-watt ceramic heater and 36kHz ultrasonic frequency. It also offers user-friendly features including a degas function, plastic tray, drain valve, drain tube and a sensor that indicates when to change out solution. RCBS offers two new cleaning solutions to conquer various tasks when used with the Ultrasonic Case Cleaner. Ultrasonic Case Cleaning Solution quickly removes tarnish and oxidation from cartridge cases. The specialized formulation cleans brass cases inside and out, including the primer pockets (spent primers must be removed), producing a bright, professional-grade finish. Ultrasonic Weapons Cleaning Solution quickly removes grease, carbon buildup and fouling from firearm parts. The fast-acting synthetic detergent cleans all part surfaces, and its rust preventive helps stop corrosion. Both cleaning solutions are made in the U.S.A., non-corrosive and non-combustible, making them safe and easy to use. The concentrated formulas make 10 gallons of solution, and the bottles feature a built-in measuring cup. The Ultrasonic Case Cleaner has a retail price of $179.95. See the full line of RCBS reloading tools and accessories at www.rcbs.com.

I.O., Inc. Introduces Milled-Billet Stripped AR-15 Lowers

Top-quality firearms manufacturer I.O., Inc. has now added milled-billet aluminum stripped AR lowers to their already impressive line-up of products. The AR lower receivers are precision CNC machined from a solid block of billet aluminum. The receivers accept all Mil-Spec AR-15 components and feature original Mil-Specs. The receivers are fully compatible with all standard AR uppers, including the 6.8 and .50 Beowulf. “Introducing the stripped AR lower is something we are very excited about,” says Uli Wiegand, CEO of I.O., Inc. “Our lowers are manufactured with the most technologically advanced equipment on the market today. This insures the best quality and reliability possible. Our lightweight AR lower platform enables the user to switch between multiple calibers and gives them consistent reliability and solid performance.” The Milled-Billet AR stripped lowers have an MSRP of $199.95. You can contact them at www.ioinc.us.

New SureFire DSF-Series Shotgun Forend Weaponlights

SureFire has completely re-invented its Dedicated Shotgun Forend (DSF) WeaponLights from the top. The new DSF-Series Shotgun Forend models are the latest addition to SureFire’s class of integrated weapon-mounted lights. All DSF models feature an ultra-high-output of 600 lumens on its high setting and 200 lumens on its lower setting. Additional features include a precision reflector, ambidextrous switching, and sleek high-impact polymer that is textured for a secure grip in any tactical situation. The new Dedicated Shotgun Forend models are designed to replace the factory forends on the Remington 870, Mossberg 500/590, Winchester Defender 1300, SPX and Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal (FNH) P-12, Benelli M1 Super 90 and M2 models. No permanent modification to host weapon is necessary for installation, and all models seamlessly integrate into place of the factory forend. The DSF features large, tactile momentary and constant-on switches on both sides for precise control by left- and right-handed shooters. Selecting the LED’s output is achieved by activating the light in constant-on mode and then pressing the output-mode selector switch until the desired output level (600 or 200 lumens) is set. The selected output can then be left in constant-on mode or switched to momentary activation, and it stays at that output level until reset. Every DSF-Series WeaponLight also features an integrated system-disable switch to prevent accidental activation during transport, storage, or stealth operations. All DSF models produce tactical-level light (over 50 lumens) for 3 hours on two 123A lithium batteries. The DSF-870 MSRP is $375. The DSF-1300/F2 and DSF-M1/M2 MSRP for $395 and they are available for purchase through authorized SureFire dealers, calling SureFire at (800) 828-8809, or going online at www.surefire.com.

DRD Tactical Announces Gen-2 Paratus P762 Rifle And Upper

DRD Tactical announces release of Gen-2 Paratus P762 Rifle. A revolutionary takedown, semiautomatic rifle system in caliber 7.62 NATO that can be assembled out of the hard-case without any tools, in less than a minute. The Gen-2 Paratus has a 16-inch or 18-inch FN Hammer Forged chrome lined 7.62 NATO chambered barrel with 1/12 twist and Parkerized finish, folding charging handle, new 13-inch rail, QD sling mounts machined on either side of the lower receiver and nickel boron coated bolt carrier group. New hard-case has room for the attachment of brakes, flash hiders and QD mounts for suppressor use (NFA item). All Gen-2 P762 Rifles are suppressor use ready, no need for adjustable gas blocks due its rifle length gas system. The Paratus features a Mil-Std 1913 Picatinny top rail for mounting optics, a lower fore end rail for handgrips, bipods or lights and additional accessory rails at both the 3 and 9 o’clock positions. The Paratus ships in an 18"x14"x7" hard case for transport that accommodates the Paratus rifle, 4 Magpul PMags, Trijicon size optic and suppressor.

Also new is their U762 Complete Upper Assembly, which allows any current DPMS pattern 308/7.62 rifle owners to convert their rifle into a quick take down compact transportable rifle. The U762 upper comes with 16-inch or 18-inch FN Hammer Forged chrome lined barrel with 1/12 twist, Panther flash hider, 13-inch QD rail system, billet upper receiver, charging handle, bolt carrier group and hard case. For more information you can contact them at www.drdtactical.com.

Wilson Combat Has New ETM Heavy Duty/+P 1911 Magazines

Wilson Combat has just introduced their new ETM Heavy Duty/+P rated .45 ACP magazines. The new magazines have the Wilson Combat exclusive stainless flatwire MAX magazine spring and their time-tested stainless steel ETM tube. The magazines are guaranteed to never need replacement and, with the ETM with MAX spring, will change the 1911 magazine forever. Their testing has shown these to be the most reliable 8-round, .45 ACP 1911 magazines in the world. The heat-treated MAX flatwire construction never gets stressed or over-compressed like a conventional spring and is guaranteed to never require replacement even after high round counts or daily, extreme duty use. The maximum longevity MAX flatwire spring will never lose optimum feeding tension as long as you own the magazine – guaranteed. The corrosion resistance-heat treated stainless MAX spring won’t corrode in high humidity or marine environments – a leading cause of service pistol spring fatigue. They are available in either black or stainless and the black models are finished in black nitride QPQ finish; the ultimate in a wear resistant, non-reflective finish. Black nitride QPQ will not chip, crack or peel. This surface treatment is one of the toughest black finishes available. ETM magazines increases reliability in all 1911 pistols. A proprietary, custom designed multi-step tumbling and finishing process provides smooth follower operation and insertion into the weapon. Observation slots have been moved to the rear of the magazine body. The new magazines also feature a fiber-filled nylon self-lubricating follower that provides smooth round feeding. The ETM seats and locks in the weapon even with the slide closed. It also has a removable base pad for easy maintenance and the versatility of using different base pad options. For more information go to www.wilsoncombat.com.

This article first appeared in SmallArmsReview.com on December 13, 2013


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