New Review: January 2000

By Chris A. Choat


A company called the Sovietski Collection now is offering a most unique item direct from the former Soviet Union. A classic Russian sidecar motorcycle. These motorcycles are virtually identical to the ’40s era BMW “R” series made famous by WWII General Erwin Rommell, the legendary “Desert Fox”. Since 1939, Russia’s IMZ Motorcycle Factory, in the Urals, has sold 3.2 million bikes worldwide. The original WWII-era Soviet motorcycle, featuring the “Boxer” twin engine-the platform for this Sovietski motorcycle engine-served Mother Russia well in countless battles with Nazi troops. In the ’40s, Indian Motorcycle Company and Harley Davidson & Co. even produced a knock-off of the IMZ bike for the U.S. Army! Decades later, these sidecar motorcycles are still in use by Russian police and militia. They’re built like a tank and even have a Plexiglas windshield that is bullet resistant. The bike features a 650cc “Boxer”-style twin cylinder, air/oil cooled engine and a four speed transmission with reverse. The sidecar has an engagable drive wheel for off-road conditions. The bikes are fully street legal and come with a 36 month, unlimited mileage, full parts and labor warranty. For more information on this rare piece of history contact Sovietski Collection, Dept. SAR, 3473 Kurtz Street, San Diego, CA 92110. Phone: 1-800-442-0002. Fax: 1-619-294-2500. Visit them on the web at www.sovietski.com.


Professional Ordnance, Inc. recently launched their latest website. the new site certainly complements the state-of-the-art image that they have established with their Carbon Fibre Composite firearms. On the site, you will find many helpful, informative and surprising features. Some features include a Video Showcase, a far-reaching Dealer Search and a special Dealer Page, which assists any dealer with their C-15 needs. A shopping cart is implemented throughout the site, enabling effortless purchases from the “Accessories” page and the “Cool Stuff” page. A special Law Enforcement section will appear on the site in the near future. SAR encourages all of its readers to experience the Professional Ordnance site for yourself at www.Carbon-15.com. You can also contact them at Professional Ordnance, Inc., Dept. SAR, 1070 Metric Drive, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. Phone: 1-520-505-2420. Fax: 1-520-505-2141.


Springfield Armory now offers a new proprietary design muzzle attachment (muzzle brake/stabilizer) that will full legalize your M1A(tm) rifle under the new California law. their new muzzle brake/stabilizer has been formally approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as a non-”flash suppressor”. Therefore, any currently owned M1A(tm) rifle that automatically becomes categorized as illegal and non-tranferable under the new California State law as of January 1, 2000 (because it has an original military flash suppressor) can easily become “California Legal” simply by purchasing and installing their new California Legal Muzzle Stabilizer and Installation Kit. The Muzzle Stabilizer actually reduces recoil and fully maintains the rifles accuracy. The Installation Kit comes complete with all of the tools and instructions necessary to assemble the Muzzle Brake/Stabilizer in less than five minutes! For more information to place an order contact Springfield Armory, Dept. SAR, 420 West Main Street, Geneseo, IL 61254. Phone: 1-309-944-5631. You can also visit them on the web at www.springfield-armory.com.


Well-known cataloguer Deutsche Optik has teamed up with one of Germany’s premier optical houses to introduce the Deutsche Optik line of quality binoculars. the line will debut in the company’s Summer 1999 catalogue with the introduction of an all new 15X50 BGA long range binocular and two compact binocular models. It was felt that a very strong US dollar coupled with Deutsche Optik’s considerable experience and expertise made 1999 the ideal time to introduce such a line. Emphasis will be placed on German quality optical and mechanical tolerances, features geared more towards the American sporting and birding markets, and pricing that is substantially beneath that of the leading German brands. The new 15X60 BGA model (pictured) is expected to sell for less that $900.00 (including a tripod and case), and two compact models will both sell around $200.00. Deutsche Optik’s usual lifetime warranty and money-back trial period will apply on all models. For more information contact Deutsche Optik, Dept. SAR, P.O. Box 7518, San Diego, CA 92167. Phone: 1-619-287-9860. Fax: 1-619-287-9869. On the web at www.deutscheoptik.com.

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V3N4 (January 2000)
and was posted online on September 11, 2015


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