New Review: January 2005
By Chris Choat


Advanced Technology, Inc., introduces its new affordable SHOTFORCE product line. The SHOTFORCE products are interchangeable between Mossberg, Remington and Winchester 12 gauge pump shotguns through the use of included adapters. This new product line includes a collapsible stock with buttpad, a conventional forearm, a pistol grip forearm, heatshield, a buttstock shell-holder and a flash-hider/muzzle brake. The collapsible, six-position SHOTFORCE Buttstock with Pistol Grip and free buttpad is patterned after the AR-15 CAR style assault rifle. It is manufactured from virtually indestructible, matte black, glass-filled nylon and is covered by an unconditional lifetime warranty. The free buttpad will fit most AR-15 style stocks, has a checkered non-slip surface and provides air-cushioned recoil reduction. The Tactical Forearm compliments the buttstock with its unique design and textured grip. It is available in either standard or pistol grip styles. The Deluxe Heatshield with mounted Ghost Ring Sights is an innovative solution to the problem of installing combats on a shotgun. Unlike other models, the Advanced Technology SHOTFORCE Heatshield fits all 12, 16, 20 and .410 gauge shotgun barrels. The AR-15 style nylon sights further enhance the blue steel heatshield, which also has cooling slots. The new Buttstock Shellholder holds five additional 12 gauge shells, attaches to the SHOTFORCE AR-15 buttstock and is made from elastomeric polymer. These same products are also available to fit the H&R and NEF single shot rifles and shotguns. Also soon to be available is an AR-15 style flash-hider/muzzle brake to fit most shotguns. For more information on the new SHOTFORCE product line please contact Advanced Technology, Inc., Dept. SAR, 102 Fieldview Drive, Versailles, KY 40383. Phone: (800) 926-2522. Fax: (859) 873-6229. Their website is www.atigunstocks.com.


Fobus USA introduces their new SP11 holster. This new holster for the Springfield XD features improved presentation and incorporates an adjustable tensioning screw that allows adjustable retention of the firearm. The SP11 holster is available in right-hand paddle, belt, Roto-Holster paddle, Roto-Holster belt, compact and compact ankle models. The compact models, SP11B and SP11BA will also fit the Taurus Millennium 145 and the Taurus Millennium Pro models. The suggested retail of the new holster is just $24.99. For more information on their complete line of holsters and other innovative firearm accessories, please contact Fobus USA, Dept. SAR, 1300 Industrial Highway, Suite 3-B, Southhampton, PA 18944. Phone: (215) 355-2621. Fax: (215) 322-9223. They can be found on the web at www.fobusholster.com.


TRUGLO, Inc., has once again expanded their extensive line of sighting systems. The first is an addition to their Red-Dot Series the new TG8030B2 30mm red dot sight. This new sight is waterproof as well as fogproof and features a 2X magnification. Other features of this new sight include: unlimited eye relief, wide field of view, a 5 MOA red dot for fast target acquisition, multi-position rheostat for brightness control and fingertip windage and elevation adjustments. The lens of this new sight produces more than 95% light transmittance with a special anti-reflective interior finish that eliminates stray or reflective light from appearing inside the sight. The new sight also features an integrated Weaver style mounting system and comes with snap-on lens caps. This new sight is ideal for rifles, handguns, shotguns and crossbows. TRUGLO has also just introduced a new fiber optic sight called the TG960 Universal Tru-Point Xtreme. The TG960 sight incorporates fiber optic technology with the offering of two interchangeable rear sight inserts: a traditional square blade and a .250 inch diameter ghost ring for fast target acquisition. Its all-metal construction has the feature of full windage and elevation adjustment and remains bright even in low-light conditions. The Universal Tru-Point Xtreme is easy to install and creates a universal fit for vent-rib shotguns. For more information on these as well as their extensive line of other sights contact them at TRUGLO, Inc., Dept. SAR, PO Box 1612, McGivney, TX 75070. Phone:(888) 887-8456. Fax: (972) 774-0323. Their products can also be seen on the web at www.truglo.com.


Elite Survival Systems is the latest company to enter the tactical products industry. Elite is a US based company specializing in tactical nylon products like holsters, vests and packs. The company has put dozens of new products on the market since production began last year. New items include the 7676 Tactical Holster made to fit guns with or without light attachments, the Cross-Draw Holster Vest, and the new Hydration Pack, an efficient day-pack designed for maximum comfort and versatility. Elite markets its products as extremely high-quality products that are built to last. The company also markets the popular Assault Systems line of rifle cases, bags and packs, a brand well-known in the industry since 1979. The company plans to expand its line in 2005 with numerous new products which are currently in production. The new 7676 Tactical Holster from Elite Survival Systems accommodates a variety of handguns with or without under-barrel lights attached. The latest addition to their Assault Systems product line, this fully-adjustable system has velcro-adjustable straps for adjusting drawing tension, as well as both snap and velcro weapon retention straps. For added security in extreme conditions, it has an extra quick-release retention strap that can be removed when not required. The system attaches to the belt with a quick-release belt-drop attachment and mounts securely on the thigh with dual thigh straps complete with non-slip backing. The body of the holster is constructed with an internal stiffener for added stability and easy re-holstering. On the front is an adjustable pouch for a spare magazine. The holster’s unique design make this an extremely versatile, yet functional system. The holster now also fits Taser non-lethal weapons. For more information on Elite products please contact them at Elite Survival Systems, PO Box 245, Washington, MO 63090. Phone: (866) 340-2778. Fax: (636)-390-2977. Visit them online at www.elitesurvival.com or call for a free catalog.


Hunters who spend much time in the field scouting trophy animals understand the benefits of using high power optics for locating and judging game. They also know that the benefits of higher power optics can sometimes be limited by hand-tremble, wind, extreme cold and other conditions that affect the user’s ability to get a steady view. Nikon’s new 16x32 StabilEyes binocular was designed to eliminate these limitations and provide sharp, clear, viewing in a highly portable, rugged optics package. The new Nikon 16x32 StabilEyes image stabilized binocular puts rock-steady high power, waterproof/fogproof optics into the hands of the hunter, instead of on a tripod. To achieve its incredible image stabilization, Nikon uses a servo control system with the prisms supported by gimbals utilizing +/- 3-degree angle of compensation to provide a view that is unaffected. Staying true to Nikon’s tradition of utilizing only the finest glass available in its optical products, the 16x32 StabilEyes features precisely cut and polished lenses and prisms. Each of the glass lens elements is carefully coated with multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds for true color rendition, superior detail resolution and maximum light transmission. Additionally, prisms are phase-correction coated in order to achieve the ultimate in sharpness and clarity. At just 39.5 ounces without batteries and a comparatively compact 7.0”x5.6”x3.1”, the 16x32 StabilEyes truly provides the power and benefits of both a binocular and a spotting scope in a single unit. It is powered by a pair of AA batteries, included. As a central focus design, the StabilEyes includes an adjustable diopter for correcting right/left eye vision imbalance. The binocular offers 15mm of eyerelief, which enables viewing with or without eyewear. And with an apparent angle of view of 60.8 degrees, and a 198’ field of view at 1,000 yards, the Stabileyes stands up to a wide variety of viewing tasks. For more information please contact Nikon, Dept. SAR, 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747. Phone: (631) 547-4200. Fax: (631) 547-4040. They are located on the web at www.nikonusa.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V8N4 (January 2005)
and was posted online on June 21, 2013


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