New Review: September 1999

By Chris A. Choat


Crimson Trace forges ahead with yet another model of their highly acclaimed Lasergrips laser sighting system. The first production runs of the Taurus model 85 Lasergrips will be shipping, as you read this, from the Crimson Trace Corporations newly acquired office and manufacturing facilities in Beaverton, Oregon. The new model, called the LG-085, fits the Taurus model 85 as well as most other variants of their small frame revolvers. The grip panels are styled around the traditional combat grip to provide comfort and recoil control, but with a more discrete profile sized perfectly for concealed carry or back-up use. The new grips feature a blend of strategically placed fine checkering and smooth contoured surfaces which maximizes grip retention while providing snag-free carry and draw. The Lasergrip equipped Taurus revolver provides an impressive self-defense package for a cost similar to many stock pistols. Like all other models of Lasergrips, this new model installs easily by simply replacing the existing grip panels. Windage and elevation calibration is quick, precise and reliable. The high output laser beam is activated with a normal grip on the gun, by way of a built-in pressure sensitive switch. In addition, a master on/off switch at the base of the grips allows for complete system control. For more information on this new model of the outstanding Lasergrips contact; Crimson Trace Corporation, Dept. SAR, 8089 S.W. Cirrus Drive, Beaverton, Oregon 97008. Phone: 1-800-442-2406. Fax: 1-503-295-2225. They can also be found on the web at www.crimsontrace.com.


Federal’s high performance Hydra-Shok and Nyclad bullets have long enjoyed an outstanding reputation for consistent performance and maximum effectiveness. These bullets are now available to handloaders. Both bullets are well accepted in the Law Enforcement community. Hydra-Shok bullets feature a lead core with a unique patented centerpost design which minimizes cavity plugging problems associated with conventional hollow point bullets. The notched jacket effectively controls expansion resulting in deep penetration and efficient transfer of energy to the target. The Hydra-Shok design performs very well to FBI criteria for bullet performance. Nyclad bullet feature a precision swaged lead core completely enclosed within a unique patented nylon coating. The lead core is engineered for rapid expansion and upset. The nylon coating also eliminates bore leading. As with Hydra-Shok, the Nyclad bullet has an excellent reputation for effectiveness with Law Enforcement personnel. Hydra-Shok and Nyclad bullets will be packed 50 per box in the following calibers: 9mm 124 gr. Hydra-Shok, 9mm 147 gr. Hydra-Shok, .38 Special 129 gr. Hydra-Shok, .38 Special 125 gr. Nyclad hollow point, .357 Mag 158 gr. Hydra-Shok, .357 Mag 158 gr. Nyclad hollow point, .40 S&W 180 gr. Hydra-Shok and .45 acp 230 gr. Hydra-Shok. For more information contact; Federal Cartridge Company, Dept. SAR, 900 Ehle Dive, Anoka, MN 55303. Phone: 1-612-323-2300. Fax: 1-612-323-2506.


AirMunition International Corporation is pleased to announce the release of Glock’s Aircartridge training gun model 17T. This new dedicated training firearm utilizes the patented AirMunition technology. The Glock 17T AC was specially designed and manufactured by Glock Austria, the world’s leading handgun manufacturer. AirMunition has proven itself as a safe, realistic and cost effective means of training for today’s law enforcement personnel. The new Glock 17T AC is available to fire both the pellet firing and recoil only versions of AirMunition. The pellet firing version permits dynamic interactive (man on man) scenario training and target shooting with a multi purpose pellet as well as with the patented “Man Marker” pellet. With its proprietary “Recoil Inside” feature, AirMunition also offers full functionality of the firearms without a projectile. Today AirMunition’s “Recoil Inside” is widely applied by the major law enforcement video-based firearms and use-of-force simulator manufacturers such as AIS, American Laser, FATS, Caswell, IES and Nitor of the UK. AirMunition enables the firearm to be fully functional without the use of live ammunition. Aircartridges are safe, clean and environmentally friendly allowing training to take place indoors without the use of a range or ear protection. They use only plain air and are able to be reloaded 600 times each. The recoil only version allows students to be trained with all the operating features of the firearm in the classroom and it assists in building confidence which results in reduced training time, instructors and live ammunition used. All dedicated weapons endorsed by AirMunition come with a patented, novel safety vent providing total confidence on the range. The teaming of Glock and AirMunition has resulted in a combination of reliable technology for the training of a significant share of todays law enforcement and beyond the year 2000. AirMunition also offers a full line of air powered cartridges and reloaders in several calibers including 37 and 40 mm. For more information contact; AirMunition, Inc., Dept. SAR, 5988 Peachtree Corners East, Norcross, GA 30071. Phone: 1-888-AIR4GUN. Fax: 1-770-242-8546. They are on the web at www.airmunition.com.


Level Lock is the manufacturer of some of the world’s finest shooting support systems for hunters and photographers. They have now introduced a new monopod and tripod shooting support. The modular systems can be mixed and matched to allow the user to customize either the monopod or tripod to match their exact shooting requirements. The monopod features a precision cradle rest that rigidly secures to the rifle with a durable no-slip power-locking ratchet clasp. It also has a built-in carry clamp, foam grip, camo cover, extendable aluminum pole and both a no-skid base plate and a hardened field tip. Level Lock’s Field Tripod has the same feature as the monopod and can also be combined with the monopod for an even more versatile shooting rest. For more information on this outstanding new shooting support system contact; Brutis Enterprises, Inc., Dept. SAR, 105 South 12th Street, Pittsburg, PA 15203. Phone: 1-888-464-7468. Fax: 1-412-488-7608.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V2N12 (September 1999)
and was posted online on January 29, 2016


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