New Review: V21N2

By Chris A. Choat


Continuing the strong tradition of excellence in design and performance, Christensen Arms is proud to announce its newest bolt-action rifle, the Mesa. Featuring a featherlight contour, stainless steel barrel and carrying the Christensen Arms’ Sub-MOA Guarantee, the Mesa offers a lightweight (6.65 pounds) and accurate package at an affordable price—$1,295 MSRP. Other features include a tungsten Cerakote® finish, a removable seamless radial brake, a carbon-reinforced fiberglass stock, an adjustable match-grade trigger and many of the industry-leading features you would expect in a Christensen Arms’ rifle. The Mesa is available in multiple calibers including, .308 WIN, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 WIN MAG, 7 mm-08, and 7 mm Rem Mag. The Mesa is currently shipping and available for purchase. For purchase information, please contact your local Christensen Arms dealer or find a dealer near you at www.christensenarms.com.


LUCID Optics, manufacturer of the best value line of optics on the market, is proud to offer the new L7 Rifle Scope. The L7 1-6x 24 Rifle Scope offers users a crystal clear true 1x to 6x performance-driven optic. The glass-etched L7 reticle makes this optic an ideal match for use with the AR platform in short- to medium-range applications with most calibers. The L7 features a durable 30-mm aircraft grade, one-piece tube construction. The windage and elevation turrets offer 60 MOA on either side of the optical, center set with an easy to use “lift, adjust, press down to lock” design that is both accurate and durable with re-zeroable turrets. An operator selectable magnification lever allows the user to change the zoom function quickly. The L7 is 10.75 inches in length, weighs 20.4 ounces and is waterproof, fog proof and shockproof. MSRP for the L7 is just $449. To learn more and see the full list of specifications and features, visit www.mylucidgear.com.


CAA, developers and manufacturers of advanced battle-tested firearms accessories, announces that the highly anticipated Micro RONI® and the non-NFA Micro RONI® with Stabilizer Brace are now shipping throughout the country to distributors and qualified dealers. The Micro RONI and the Micro RONI-STAB are the most compact pistol-to-carbine conversion kits ever produced. The Micro RONIs are each fitted for GLOCK® models 17, 22 and 31 or models 19, 23 and 32—model specific. The Micro RONI-STAB carbine conversion requires no paperwork, no tax stamp and best of all, no wait! It features an officially licensed SB Tactical™ Pistol Stabilizing Brace™ which enhances one-handed firing of the Micro RONI-STAB by attaching to the operator’s forearm. The Pistol Stabilizing Brace has an adjustable and flexible nylon strap for a custom fit for any user. Although originally designed for wounded combat veterans and others with disabilities that inhibit their ability to securely hold a firearm, the overwhelming acceptance of the Brace within the firearms community has propelled the product to be one of the most sought after PDW pistol accessories on the market. The Micro RONI-STAB is constructed from high-quality reinforced polymers to exacting tolerances. The Micro RONI is by far the quickest and easiest conversion kit and can be converted in less than two seconds! It is also the most cost-effective. The Micro RONI with folding stock can be secured on a single-point sling and easily concealed for private security personnel. The pistol can still be operated with the right-folding stock folded. The space-saving Micro RONI makes an excellent personal or home protection carbine. For GLOCK aficionados, the Micro RONI will take their best pistol score at 25 yards and increase its range up to 100 yards with fantastic accuracy potential. No tools are necessary to convert the pistol to a carbine. By simply dropping the pistol in the kit and locking it, the Micro RONI conversion kit with the integrated pistol now functions as a singular, durable and accurate unit. Topped with a long Picatinny rail for the addition of lights, laser and NVDs, the Micro Roni’s features do not stop there. Additional accessory space has been added with two extra Picatinny rails on either side of the frame. An extra magazine carrier in front of the pistol aids in fast reloading and offers additional grip placement. Both Micro RONIs are ambidextrous, including many of the controls such as the trigger guard safety and a superfast cocking handle. Optional thumb rests are serrated in right and left positions for increased recoil control and controlled muzzle rise. New optional integral flashlights for the Micro RONI have been designed for the GLOCK Models 17 and 19. The FLFR features an on/off switch on its side and has a powerful 500 lumens of white light using a highly efficient LED. The Micro RONI and Micro RONI-STAB are available in Desert Tan, Black and OD and open the possibilities for Gens 3 and 4 GLOCK owners. You can visit them at www.usa.caagearup.com.


Spyderco’s Para Military 2 is one of the most sought after and widely carried folding knives made. Many consider it the perfect pocket cutting tool, so what could make it better? For those who prefer shorter blades or live in areas with blade-length restrictions, the answer is a more compact, scaled-down version with a three-inch blade; Spyderco introduces the Para Military 3. This refined folding knife maintains all the essential features of the Para Military 2, including a full-flat-ground CPM®S30V® stainless steel blade, a high-strength Compression Lock™ mechanism, nested stainless steel liners, textured G-10 scales and a lightweight, easy-to-clean, open-backed construction. It also features a four-position clip that provides left- or right-side tip-up or tip-down carry and a generously sized lined lanyard hole. This knife carries a retail price of $199.95 and you can find out more at www.spyderco.com.


Shell Shock Technologies, LLC, an early-stage technology and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry, announces that its revolutionary NAS3 cases and S3 Reload tools are now available for sale on its website (www.shellshocktech.com). NAS3 cases are 50-percent lighter than brass cases, offer greater lubricity and will not abrade, clog, foul, wear-out or damage breach and ejector mechanisms. The cases also offer greater corrosion resistance, tensile strength (2x stronger) and elasticity than brass. NAS3 cases will not split, chip, crack or grow (stretch) and are fully reloadable with S3 Reload dies. Customers have reported being able to reload NAS3 cases many more times than brass cases. A video can be found on Shell Shock’s website showing 9-mm Luger NAS3 cases being reloaded 32 times using S3 Reload dies. NAS3 cases have been tested successfully to pressures over 70k psi. NAS3 cases eject cool-to-the-touch and can be picked up with a magnet. The head can be colored for branding purposes and easy load identification. NAS3 cases are “Best in Class” for maintaining consistent velocity between rounds. In an independent test performed by H.P. White Laboratory (a major munitions testing facility) 9-mm rounds fired using NAS3 cases achieved a velocity standard deviation of 0.93 fps (124-grain FMJ bullet, 4.2 grains Titegroup powder, 10 rounds, extreme variation 3 fps). New NAS3 cases do not need sizing or flaring (i.e., requiring few stations/operations on the loading machine); they are delivered sized, flared and ready for primer, powder drop, bullet drop and crimp. Reloaders may find that NAS3 cases also require less crimping than conventional brass cases. Shell Shock’s NAS3 cases can be reloaded using a specially designed set of S3 Reload sizing and flaring dies. NAS3 cases are manufactured in two parts that are held together by a high-strength compression joint. Conventional reloading dies can put unnecessary stress on this joint (caused by the way cases are pulled out of the dies using the case rim/extraction groove). Unlike conventional brass cases, NAS3 cases were designed to enable the highest possible number of reloads. Conventional reloading tools are not suitable for use with NAS3 cases. To maximize the number of achievable reloads, S3 Reload sizing and flaring dies incorporate a spring mechanism that pushes the case out of the die without any risk of damaging the case. This technique puts no stress on the compression joint and does not damage the case rim. S3 Reload dies are designed to work on most bench-top reloading presses, including Hornady®, Lee Precision, Inc., RCBS® and Dillon Precision Products, Inc. machinery. S3 Reload dies can also be used with conventional brass cases. More information on the S3 Reload dies, including instructional videos, can be found at www.shellshocktech.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N2 (March 2017)
and was posted online on January 27, 2017


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