New Review: February 2002

By Chris A. Choat


Designed for easy user-installation, the Knoxx Industries Sidewinder™ 10-round drum magazine system is perfect for law enforcement, home defense and competitive sporting applications. Also available with a 6-round box magazine, the Knoxx system makes reloading as simple as pushing the magazine release button and swapping magazines. Changing back and forth between buckshot, slug or non-lethal ammunition can be done quickly and positively.

This unique system, available for most Mossberg pump shotguns, is installed by simply removing the shotgun barrel and forend, unscrewing the factory magazine tube and replacing it with the Sidewinder assembly and forend. Once the barrel is reinstalled, the gun is ready for use. The magazine is ambidextrous and can be loaded with the offset drum on either the left or right side. The drum magazine slips easily into the magazine well and racking the slide delivers the first of ten 12-gauge shells into the chamber. Empty magazines drop free with the push of a button, allowing for a quick 10-round reload in just seconds. No permanent changes are made to the shotgun.

The Sidewinder is ideal for SWAT or Special Team entry shotguns, non-lethal applications and for IDPA Three Gun Match competitors. Anywhere extended capacity and quick reloads are required, the Sidewinder is the perfect solution. Teamed up with the Knoxx COPstock recoil-reducing folding stock and a short barrel, the Sidewinder-equipped shotgun can be the ultimate entry or defense weapon.

The Knoxx Sidewinder will be available as a complete kit with either a 10-round drum or 6-round box magazine. Drum and box magazines will also be available separately. Suggested retail price has not been set but kit pricing is expected to be less than $250, with drum magazine under $100 and box magazines under $65. Special pricing for law enforcement agencies and officers is planned. Distributor and Dealer inquiries are invited. Please contact Knoxx Industries, at Dept SAR, P.O. Box 2848, Paso Robles, CA 93447. Call them at (805) 227-4099 or by email at info@knoxx.com.


Streamlight, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high performance lighting equipment for the law enforcement market, has announced the introduction of a redesigned Survivor® rechargeable flashlight. The new Survivor, with an extended run time of 1.7 continuous hours, is available with Streamlight’s new PiggyBack™ charging system which enables simultaneous charging of the light and a spare battery. To further reduce the likelihood of being caught with a spent battery, a new steel hinged door and latch allow for quick , accessible battery replacement in the field. A new spring-loaded clip and built-in attachment ring conveniently latch to a belt or harness for hands-free operation or storage. Featuring the company’s exclusive Smoke Cutter® optics, the new Survivor is fitted with a “black dot” xenon bulb that penetrates smoke, fog and mist with up tp 25,000 candlepower to give a superior level of visibility. Rechargeable up to 1000 times, the light operates on a nickel-cadmium battery that can be recharged in one hour using an optional “Fast Charge” unit. The unbreakable Lexan® lens features an anti-scratch coating that can withstand harsh environmental conditions. The Survivor’s lightweight rugged nylon case is O-ring sealed for water resistance, and its non-incendive rotary switch provides easy operation, even while wearing gloves. Weighting less than one pound, Survivor is available in either yellow or orange. The new Survivor flashlight retails for $149.95 and includes a limited lifetime warranty on the body and switch. For more information contact Streamlight, Inc., Dept. SAR, 1030 West Germantown Pike, Norristown, PA 19403. Phone: 1-610-631-0600. Fax: 1-610-631-0712. Web site: www.streamlight.com.


Firearms-like engines-are often subjected to their own worst enemies: elements like heat, corrosion and even salt-water spray. While you could keep your firearms locked away in an airtight box, wouldn’t it be better to get to use them, knowing that they’ve got the maximum protection against the elements? Now you can, thanks to KG Systems Gun-Kote from KG Industries. KG Systems Gun-Kote is unique Moly or Teflon lubricating based coating that can be applied to a ferrous or nonferrous metal (it can even be applied to some plastics). Once applied, it forms a thin yet powerful shield that is designed to meet the rigorous demands of the military. KG Systems Gun-Kote was first developed for and used by the Navy Seal teams to help military weapons endure adverse conditions. It is outstanding for treating the exterior of all types of weapons (including magazines), ranging from handguns to G5 and G6 heavy artillery. This incredible product also helps dissipate heat better than bare metal. Treatment with KG Systems Gun-Kote increases heat dissipation by eight to ten percent. And since it can withstand a temperature range of minus-350? F to 500? F, not only is it ideal for firearms, but it’s found its home in such diverse applications as engine blocks, radiators, motorcycles and brake calipers. For more information on this and other unique lubricating products contact KG Industries, Dept. SAR, 537 Louis Drive, Newbury Park, CA. Phone: 1-800-348-9558. Web site: www.kgproducts.net.


The LW 15.22™ is a highly accurate and reliable, purpose built, semi-automatic or select-fire .22 rimfire rifle. Based on the AR15/M-16 .223 caliber centerfire rifles, the sub-caliber LW 15.22 rifle at last provides the user with the reliability and ease of use of its centerfire cousins. Duplicating the weight and feel exactly, the new rifle can be a superior training aid when electronic or air/gas powered systems can’t provide the levels of realism required. The LW 15.22 enables the user to practice longer, developing or honing true marksmanship skills with far less expense by using low cost rimfire ammo. Available in .22 LR and soon in .22 WMR caliber, the LW 15.22 will operate equally well with subsonic, standard or high velocity ammunition. The LW 15.22 can be purchased as a complete rifle or a complete top-end assembly. The LW 15.22 is precision engineered with forged, hard anodized upper and lower receivers, dedicated rimfire bolt and barrel assembly, A-2 sights and a magazine capacity of 10 rounds with 25-round mags available as an option. The rifle will be available in four configurations; M4 or A2, carry handle upper or flat top, all with permanently fitted flash hiders. For more information contact Leitner-Wise Rifle Company, Dept SAR, 1033 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Phone: 1-703-837-9390. Fax: 1-703-837-9686. E-mail: info@leitner-wise.com.


Designed for deployment on the Beretta M9/92F 9mm semi-automatic pistol, the M9-SD from Advanced Armament Corp. represents the state of the art in fast attach silencer technology. Constructed of anodized aerospace quality aluminum and stainless steel, the M9-SD delivers unparalleled performance in a physically small, lightweight package. The 1.25” OD by 7.1” silencer features integral front and rear sights, with an optional front night sight for enhanced target acquisition in low-light environments. The wipeless baffle stack minimizes first round pop, and delivers 32+dB dry and 40+dB wet sound reduction. The fast-attach mount allows coupling to a factory Beretta barrel, modified with a mil-spec 17-4 PH stainless steel extension, in less than two seconds. Also shown in the photo is the London Bridge Trading Company M-9 holster that Advanced Armament sells. For more information contact Advanced Armament Corp., Dept. SAR, 3100 Five Ticks Trickum Road, Suite 201, Lilburn, GA 30047. Phone: 1-770-985-3109. Fax: 1-770-985-3110. Web site: www.advanced-armament.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V5N5 (February 2002)
and was posted online on March 7, 2014


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