New Review: June 1999

By Chris A. Choat


If you are looking for a high quality, heavy duty, folding or fixed skeleton stock, ACE LTD. may have just the thing. ACE LTD. began producing folding stocks for the AK series rifles in June of 1997 and has since expanded their line to include both fixed and folding stocks for the following rifles; AK-47-Chinese (stamped), MAK-90 (stamped and milled), Bulgarian (milled), SA-93, SLR 95, SLR 96, Egyptian Maadi (stamped), SA58M, Romanian, Yugoslavian (stamped), DAEWOO DR200 and DR300, H&K 91, 93, 94, MP-5, and PDW (SP-89). They also have folding stocks for the AR-15/M-16 series, as long as they are equipped with alternate recoil systems. In the near future the company has plans to expand their folding stock line to include the Benelli M1 & M3, Remington 870, and Mossberg 500 shotguns as well as various other rifles. The folding stocks are precision CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum, bead blasted and hard anodized flat black. For a limited time the buttstocks are FNMI U.S.A. made for the “MINIMI” M249 S.A.W., which are also flat black anodized. A special feature unique to the ACE LTD. folding stock is the modular design. Using this design, the stock can be made to fold either to the right or the left. Any of their stocks can be attached to any style receiver block. ACE stocks “lock-up” with no movement in either the folded or extended position with a provision for wear so that it will continue to have a rock solid “lock-up” for thousands of cycles. The buttstock also features a flip-up shoulder rest that locks it in place. The top tube has a plastic “overtube” for a comfortable cheek weld in any climate. Two lengths of stocks are available, standard and long with custom lengths available at additional cost. Also included is a 1 1/4” universal sling swivel that can be mounted on either side of most receiver blocks. A sling clip hole is provided on the top of the butt to carry the weapon in the ready position. Last but not least, the stocks are all covered by a lifetime warranty. For more information or to place an order contact ACE LTD, Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 191, Chicago Park, CA 95712. Phone: 1-530-346-2492. Fax: 1-530-346-2582.


To coincide with the release of Aquila’s new 60-grain, .22LR Subsonic round, dubbed the .22 SSS, Sound Technology has contracted with a quality barrelmaker to produce replacement barrels with chamber and bore specifications optimal for the 60-grain subsonic round. The barrels will be offered as direct replacement for the Ruger 10/22, 77/22 and the Mark II pistol. These are made of 4130, chrome moly steel or 416R stainless. The rifle barrels are 18 inches long and .920 inches in diameter. The Mark II pistol barrels are 6 inches in length. Sound Technology will thread their barrels to receive a Sound Technology suppressor for $35.00, at the time of sale. They will also fit, test fire and sight in a barrel on your target Mark II for $50.00. For more information contact Sound Technology, Dept. SAR, Box 391, Pelham, AL 35124. Phone: 1-205-664-5860. Their website is www.hypercon.com/soundtech.


The Sharpshooters Rifle Rest gives its users the option of shooting in the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions. These shooting platforms encompass the needs of every type of shooting from the tactical long gunner to the varmint hunter, the bench rest shooter, the still hunter, the stalking hunter and the physically challenged shooter. These rests attach to virtually any camera tripod or monopod. They are precision machined from aircraft grade hard-anodized aluminum and are available in six different models. All versions come with a bean bag front rest, are completely adjustable and accept virtually any rifle or handgun. Any of the rests can be set up in two minutes or less. All models come with two year warranties. Center Mass also offers a full line of camera tripods, monopods and accessories. For more information contact Center Mass, Inc., Dept. SAR, 6845 Woonsocket, Canton, MI 48187. Phone: 1-734-416-0047. Fax: 1-734-416-0650. They are also on the web at www.centermassinc.qpg.com.


L&R Manufacturing Co., Kearny, New Jersey, the leader in Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems, Solutions and Accessories for more than 66 years, introduces its unique new Model LE36 stainless steel Ultrasonic Cleaning System with a 36” tank. The new model is long enough to hold any field stripped long barreled action or tactical weapon. The large seven-gallon capacity tank also accommodates cleaning both rifles and handguns simultaneously. The new system utilizes high frequency sound waves to safely lift crud, light rust, loose lead, powder build-up, copper and other residue from both outer and inner surfaces of the firearm. A unique, new, thermostatically controlled process generates and maintains consistent incremental heat that optimizes and speeds up the cleaning process up to 50% faster. For more information on this and their other full line of cleaning systems contact L&R Manufacturing Company, Dept. SAR, 577 Elm Street, P.O. Box 607, Kearny, NJ 07032-0607. Phone: 1-201-991-5330.


A new company called CROSSFIRE is now making a quality product that shooters have been waiting a long time for. The product is a 9mm-adapter block for the AR-15/M-16 series of rifles that allows the use of Colt 9mm mags. The adapter is a one-piece unit that locks firmly into a standard AR receiver but can be easily removed. The best part is that the new unit does not require the host lower receiver to be modified in any way! It is installed and removed without the use of tools and is held in place by the use of spring loaded detents. It stays firmly locked in place while allowing the shooter to easily remove the 9mm mags. Another innovation is that the user retains the use of the original rifles’ magazine release. The shooter can use the original magazine release to drop the 9mm magazines without dropping the adapter block out of the gun. The adapter block is made entirely from steel and has a black moly-resin coating finish to match the rifle. Other features include a built-in feed ramp, bolt hold-open feature and a replaceable laser-cut ejector. The unit is covered by a full warranty. If it breaks, return it and a new one will be on its way to you. This great new product is released just in time for all of those 9mm uppers that are hitting the market. For more information contact Crossfire, Dept. SAR, 4372 Neff Lake Road, Brooksville, FL 34601. Phone: 1-352-796-2628. Fax: 1-352-796-5063. Their e-mail address is xfire@atlantic.net. As this goes to press, Crossfire has informed me that it will also release another adapter block unit that will accept 9mm Sten Gun magazines. SAR will keep you informed of this and other new products from Crossfire.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V2N9 (June 1999)
and was posted online on April 8, 2016


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