New Review: March 2002

By Chris A. Choat


As concerns over crime and gun safety rise a company called V-Line now offers consumers Security Cases and Cabinets to secure household valuables and lock guns out of the reach of children. V-Line Industries Closet Vault was designed to install in between the wall studs with the door and frame protruding just 1 inch to provide extra internal depth. Measuring 53” X 16 3/4” X 4 3/4” the Closet Vault is large enough to accommodate small household valuables such as jewelry, cash, cameras and firearms without taking up floor space. The Closet Vault can be easily hidden in a closet or behind a door for best concealment. The door fits flush into the frame of the Closet Vault to protect against a prying attack. The Simplex push button lock is mechanical and features a programmable combination. Two “Ace” key locks have been added to the top and bottom for additional security when quick access is not required. Several shelving accessories are available to customize the Closet Vault to best meet individual needs. There are also several other options available for customizing the interior of the Closet Vault which include full and half shelves, pistol caddies and a pegboard door panel to best utilize all available storage space. For more information on this and other innovative security case and cabinets contact V-Line Industries, Dept SAR 370 Easy Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065. Phone: 1-805-520-4987. Fax: 1-805-520-6470. Web Site: www.vlineind.com.


A new model from Bushmaster, the XM15 E2S M4 Post-Ban Carbine features a lightweight 14.5” barrel machined in the distinctive M4 profile with a permanently attached Mini Y Comp muzzle brake. This configuration yields a total barrel length of 16” to comply with Post-Ban regulations. A BATF approved fixed tele-style buttstock is added to complete the military look of this new carbine. The 14.5” barrel is chrome lined in both bore and chamber for maximum longevity and ease of maintenance. The barrel’s button rifling, in a 1 X 9” right hand twist, will stabilize a wide range of currently available ammunition with bullet weights up to 69 grains. The new M4 Carbine features the M16A2 dual aperture rear sight system with both windage and elevation adjustments-elevation is calibrated from 300 to 800 meters. The two different apertures give a short range, quick target acquisition sight picture or a smaller “peep” aperture for long distance accuracy. The tele-stock style buttstock is pinned and fixed in an “open” position and has been BATF approved for use on Post-Ban manufactured carbines. As with all other Bushmasters, the forged 7075T6 aircraft quality aluminum receivers are finished in a non-reflective mil-spec hard anodize for durability and include all M16A2 design improvements such as a cartridge case deflector, last round bolt hold-open and raised ridges for magazine release protection. A mil-spec manganese phosphate coating insures complete protection against corrosion or rust on barrel and other exposed steel parts of the weapon. The M4-16 Carbine is shipped in a lockable, hard plastic case-complete with 10 round magazine, carrying sling and operators safety and instruction manual. The new M4 Carbine is also available with an optional V Match “flat-top” upper receiver and A3 removable carry handle. For more information contact Bushmaster Firearms, Inc., Dept SAR P.O. Box 1470, 999 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, Maine 04062. Phone: 1-800-998-SWAT. Fax: 1-207-892-8068. Web Site: www.bushmaster.com.


Best Made Designs has added yet another multi-functional product to their ever growing line. The new item is called the T.H.E. (Tactical Holds Everything) Wallet. This thing is the “Swiss Army Knife” of wallets. The wallet can be carried in a back pocket, it can be worn around your neck on a lanyard or it can be worn belt-mounted. The wallet features Best Made Designs innovative “Shark Bite” closure system. It has no Velcro, buckles or snaps to wear out or to make noise and it is ultra-secure. Also this new closure will last forever. In fact the entire wallet is guaranteed for life! Other features include a large document slot for passports, 8 credit card slots and inside and outside ID windows (with non-glare finish). There is also a zippered pocket for spare change, keys or whatever. It also includes divided full-length compartments for cash, receipts and airline tickets. This can even be zipped shut to form a hidden pocket! T.H.E. Wallet is made from Cordura and nylon pack cloth, double stitched and bar tacked at critical stress points to make it super durable. It is available in black, olive drab and woodland camo. This is the ULTIMATE Military/Law Enforcement wallet. For more information on this any their other “Made In The USA” products contact Best Made Designs LLC, Dept SAR P.O. Box 475, Monahans, TX 79756. Phone: 1-915-943-4888. Fax: 1-915-943-5565. Web Site: www.specopsbrand.com.


The Pepper Escort was designed by McClarin Manufacturing, Inc., as a personal defense alternative to a firearm. This new device combines a powerful light, an emergency whistle and pepper spray with UV dye marker all into one small package. Shaped like a handgun the Pepper Escort has a trigger that releases the pepper spray. The trigger is locked in the safe position by a pin “safety” connected to a whistle. Pulling the whistle away from the device also pulls out the pin safety readying the Pepper Escort to fire the pepper spray. The spray is 10% oleoresin capsicum which also contains a ultra violet dye which can aid in police identification. Pepper Escort features a 3-ounce canister of the pepper spray which is good for approximately ten one-second bursts. It also comes with a smaller 1.5 ounce canister which is good for five one-second bursts. Spray canisters are easily and quickly replaced in the handle. The spray stream is very high volume and reaches about 20 feet. On the top of the Pepper Escort is a “Tuff Lite(r)” Krypton flashlight. The super bright Tuff Lite(r) is weather and shock proof and is operated by a convenient thumb switch. The light has a pre-focused light beam that blinds the attacker and also serves as an aiming point for the pepper stream. The Pepper Escort is the ideal protection while jogging, traveling, in the home dormitory or at work. For more information or to place an order contact McClarin Manufacturing, Inc., Dept SAR 31 Bonito Blvd., P.O. Box 250, La Luz, NM 88337. Phone: 1-505-437-5542. Fax: 1-505-437-5771. Web Site: www.pepperescort.com.


Black Hills Ammunition has added two .40 caliber loads to its already extensive line of fine ammunition. For self defense and police duty use, they now offer a 165 grain Gold Dot bullet loaded to 1150 fps/ 483 ft lbs of energy. This is probably the most powerful .40 caliber load available within the industry pressure standards. As a companion training/practice round they offer a 165 grain FMJ at 1100 fps in their “blue box” remanufactured line. The 165 grain loadings have become increasingly popular, offering a good balance of velocity and bullet weight. For more information contact Black Hills Ammunition, Dept SAR P.O. Box 3090, Rapid City, SD 57709-3090. Phone: 1-605-348-5150. Fax: 1-605-348-9827.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V5N6 (March 2002)
and was posted online on February 28, 2014


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