New Review: July 2002

By Chris A. Choat


Crimson Trace has just announced the Browning Hi-Power grip as the latest addition to their extensive line of precision laser sights for handguns. Lasergrips for the Browning Hi-Power feature Crimson Trace’s instinctively activated laser sight within a carefully designed, rubber wrap-around stock. Low profile finger grooves and double palm swells provide a quick, comfortable grip registration. Lasergrips rubber overmold design boasts superior comfort with reduced felt recoil. The grips also feature dual activation pads that allow for easy, immediate laser activation, and the laser itself is fully adjustable for windage and elevation. Lasergrips fit standard handgun holsters and include a master on/off switch for complete system over-ride. The new grip fits most Hi-Power models and clones, including: Browning Hi-Power Standard, Mark II and Practical models, and FN Herstal Hi-Power model HP-SA. Recommended retail price for the new High Power grip is $329.00. For more information contact Crimson Trace Corporation, Dept. SAR, 8089 S.W. Cirrus Drive, Beaverton, OR 97008. Phone: 1-503-627-9992. Fax: 1-503-627-0166. Their website is www.crimsontrace.com.


Now you can professionally clean, restore and lube your prized firearms in just minutes. K.G. Industries, Inc. One of America’s leading manufacturers of a complete line of supreme kine of cleaning, coating and lubrication products for the firearms industry, now introduces a full-line of ammonia-free gun-care products. This new line is actually a 4-step product consisting of the new KG-1 Carbon Remover™, KG-2 Bore Restorer™, KG-3 Cleaning Solvent & Degreaser™ and KG-4 Gun Oil™. These products make gun cleaning as easy as 1-2-3-4. KG-1 Carbon Remover dissolves carbon build-up on contact. KG-2 Bore Restorer polishes barrels, removes copper, lead and powder residue. KG-3 Solvent & Degreaser rapidly cuts through oil and grease. KG-4 provides corrosion protection and lubrication. For years KG Industries has been recognized as a top supplier of innovative lubricants and protective coatings to such clients as the aerospace program, NASA and the US Military. For more information on their new 1-2-3-4 cleaning system as well as a full line of other coating and lubrication products contact KG Industries, Dept. SAR, 537 Louis Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320 Phone: 1-800-348-9558. Fax: 1-805-499-4372. Website: www.kgproducts.net.


The newest product from GG&G industries is their Single Point Sling Attachment for the Remington 870 shotgun. Single point sling attachments have proven to have the “Tactical Advantage” over the standard “two point” sling attachments using the standard bottom mounted sling swivel. The new single point systems allow the operator to shoulder the weapon from either the right or left shoulder. This makes dynamic entries easier and it also becomes easier to “slice the pie” at doorways and while moving around corners without giving away the operators presence. Single Point Sling attachments also make it easier from users wearing body armor to deploy a sling mounted weapon as the sling attachment is now behind the receiver but in front of the buttstock. The new Remington 870 single point attachment is precisely machined from 7075 aircraft grade aluminum alloy and is anodized matte black. It will accommodate slings up to 1 1/4 inches in width and will also except the excellent Chalker sling system. It is easily user installed. This single point attachment can also be used in conjunction with a single point front mounting system to provide a dual-point mounting system. For more information contact GG&G, Dept. SAR, 3602 E. 42nd Stravenue, Tucson, AZ 85713. Phone: 1-520-748-7167. Fax: 520-748-7583. Their website is www.gggaz.com.


One very interesting item that I ran across at this year’s SHOT SHOW was the Muley-Pod. It is a mono-pod device that attaches to the rear sling swivel on a rifles buttstock. When folded back it gives the shooter a rear rest that provides for a very firm support. When used with a front bipod like the excellent Harris bi-pod it allows a very steady rest for precise shot placement. The Muley-Pod is very well built from precision cast aluminum. It attaches to the standard sling swivel or in the case of the AR-15/M-16 to an adapter piece that is also available. The Muley-Pod incorporates a turn buckle design in which the center section is simple rotated to increase or decrease the buttstock height. The adjustment can be done with the shooters “off” hand while looking through the scope. It also allows shooters to acquire targets for long periods of time with less fatigue. This makes it ideal for SWAT and Military applications. The Muley-Pod has a swivel “foot” that has a non-slip rubber pad attached to it for a firm footing. The unit also has a built-in sling attachment point for use with a sling. When not in use the Muley-Pod folds forward against the bottom of the buttstock. It comes in three finishes black, matte (which looks like stainless) and metal ( which looks like nickel plate). It also comes in two heights, 9 inch and 5 inch. The new Muley-Pod is said to reduce recoil recovery time by as much as 80%. This outstanding device is made in America and is warranted for life. For more information contact Muley Enterprises, Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 137, Oakley, ID 83346. Phone: 1-208-862-9226.


Lapua, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of match grade .22 long rifle ammunition, has just announced the introduction of a unique new multipurpose subsonic loading that features a specially lubricated bullet. Lapua Signum™ .22 LR ammunition utilizes a new coated 40 grain bullet that offers shooters the same benefits of coated bullets in centerfire loadings. It reduces bullet-to-bore friction, which makes obduration less violent and allows the bullet base, which is critical to accuracy, to resist deformation. The nose of the bullet is stamped with the Lapua trademark as an added means of identification. Muzzle velocity of the new ammunition is approximately 1075fps, making it firmly subsonic. This actually aids accuracy, as the bullet will not be subjected to any of the transonic buffeting experienced by faster projectiles as they decelerate through the sound barrier. Lapua has consistently achieved 10 shot group averages 15mm center to center at 50 meters. Signum™ bullets have 8 symmetrical horizontal and vertical lubricant grooves that are very evenly filled with lubricant so the barrel is lubricated homogeneously. This groove pattern absorbs about 15% more lubrication and distributes it over an area 50% greater than traditional lead bullets. This allows complete lubrication from chamber to muzzle. The lubrication also allows barrels to foul less readily and maintain peak accuracy for longer strings. For more information on the new ammo contact KalTron-Pettibone, Dept. SAR., 1241 Ellis Street, Bensenville, IL 60106. Phone: 1-630-350-1116. Fax: 1-630-350-1606. Their website is www.lapua.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V5N10 (July 2002)
and was posted online on January 31, 2014


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