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Figured you guys can post new products or industry news here.
Interesting sights at a great price!
Strike Iron Sights – Standard Height
The Strike Iron Sights For GLOCK™ (Standard Height) give you the best affordable option so you can throw away those plastic OEM sights. The front sight sits at 0.212″ tall with the rear at 0.285″.
The standard height sights cost $29.95 (MSRP), and are made of SUS630 hardened stainless steel.
LENGTH: Front: 0.452″ | Rear: 0.406″
WIDTH: Front: 0.235″ | Rear: 0.82″
HEIGHT: Front: 0.212″ | Rear: 0.258″
HEIGHT FROM TOP OF SLIDE: Front: 0.212″ | Rear: 0.285″
WEIGHT: 0.2 oz
WEIGHT W/ PKG: 0.6 oz
Strike Iron Sights – Suppressor Height
The Strike Iron Sights For GLOCK™ (Suppressor Height) give you an elevated sight picture for a red dot or suppressor pistol setup. The front sight sits at 0.357″ tall with the rear at 0.372″ for an absolute co-witness position with a slide mounted red dot.
The suppressor height sights cost $34.95 (MSRP), and are also made of SUS630 hardened stainless steel.
LENGTH: 0.452″ (front), 0.408″ (rear)
WIDTH: 0.289″ (front), 0.82″ (rear)
HEIGHT: 0.450″ (front), 0.408″ (rear)
HEIGHT FROM TOP OF SLIDE: 0.357″ (front), 0.372″ (rear)
WEIGHT: 0.3 oz
WEIGHT W/ PKG: 0.7 oz
Both sights are compatible with Glock Standard Frames: 17, 17L, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, and 39. If you’re looking for new sights for your Glock, or Glock parts-compatible pistol, give these a look. The standard height sights can be found here. The suppressor height sights can be found here. Take a look at the many other aftermarket parts Strike Industries offers on their website. Don’t forget to give them a like or follow on their Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
No Glock 20, or 21. I was really excited when I hit that link, lol!!
Brazil Orders 159,000 Beretta APX Pistols
Viva Italia! Brazilian Law Enforcement agencies have ordered up to 159,000 units of Beretta’s APX striker-fired semi-automatic pistol. The pistol is going to be used by the National Public Security Force and the regional police forces of several of Brazil’s 26 states. The contract between Beretta and the Brazilian Ministry of Justice will last over 18 months, with a commitment from Beretta to supply up to 159,000 pistols for a maximum value of 57 million Euros (roughly $69 million USD).
The new Beretta APX semiautomatic pistol, utilizing a removable, serialized chassis frame, can be easily modified with replaceable grip frame housings and is simple to disassemble and maintain. Ease of use was the key driver in the development of the APX.
The APX’s extremely low profile, snag free, design makes it easy to carry and draw from the holster. To accommodate right or left-handed use, the APX’s magazine release button can be easily reversed. The light, durable grip frame housing employs modern thermoplastic technology through the use of fiberglass reinforced technopolymer.
Beretta have some good pictures explaining the function of the APX.
And below you can see the different parts.
Check out TFBTV’s Review of the Beretta APX: 5,000 rounds and Mud Test.
Sources: Armi Magazine December 2020 (Italian). Beretta Defense Technologies.
A little over a year ago the Polish Policja (Police) decided to go with the Beretta APX as well, ordering about 5,000 units. The Swedish Police is currently looking for a new service pistol for 2020-21, and the Beretta APX and the Beretta PX4 are some of the handguns on their list.
I’ve never shot one but I handled them quite a bit since they were introduced. The ones I handled have excellent triggers. I was thinking of getting one for a couple of years but am already 9mm pistol rich sooo.
I never was a fan of the PX4.
The Sao Paulo Military Police goes with Glocks, and the rest of Law Enforcement with Beretta.
Brazilian Law Enforcement agencies, so surprised they didn't go with the Brazilian gold standard,Taurus.
AREX Defense Announces Delta Gen 2 Striker-Fired Pistol
Slovenian firearms manufacturer AREX Defense is pleased to announce the latest iteration of their bestselling pistol, the Delta. Three brand new models of the pistol will be introduced with the Delta Gen 2 series with new customization options as well as all the great legacy features from the original Deltaseries.
AREX Defense Announces Delta Gen 2 Striker-Fired Pistol
The most notable difference in the Delta Gen 2 series of pistols is the availability of three different sizes. Each of these basic variants will also feature availability with or without an optics-ready slide.
The AREX Delta gen.2 is available in three basic variants but each may be ordered in factory Optics Ready configuration enabling you to further enhance the pistol with a reflex optical sight. The most compact – M variant is practically identical in size to the first generation AREX Delta and reverse grip frame compatibility has been maintained for your convenience. Modular design enables you to customize the firearm to your needs and preferences. Removable front and rear frame inserts incorporate slide guides and hold the complete fire control mechanism yet only the front insert is a serialized part that must remain with the firearm while everything else may be customized or exchanged if necessary or desired.
The original checkered grip texture of the first generation Delta pistol has been replaced with a new non-slip stippling that sports a sandpaper or grip tape style texture but also features smooth edges so that the grip does not snag on clothing. The optics-ready slide will be able to accommodate some of the most popular types of handgun optics like the Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point Pro, J-Point, Vortex Razor and many more. In total, there will be 5 different mounting plates included with the Delta Gen 2 pistol.
The Delta Gen 2 also comes in three different color variations and adds a new flared magazine well, a 2-slot Picatinny rail, and four interchangeable grip inserts. All in all, AREX has brought a load of new features on the second generation of the Delta pistol and I feel like this one will be just as much of a hit as the first generation.
Online prices for the Gen1 were pretty good. If the new models keep up great pricing they could get a foothold.
Wilson Combat Expanding by 16,000 Square Feet Citing Surge in Demand
Wilson Combat – based out of Berryville, Arkansas – has officially broke ground on expanding their facility an additional 16,000 square feet citing a surge in demand for their products. This will create a 20% increase in their workforce once the expansion is complete and operational. Right now, Wilson Combat employs 200 people so this means they will be looking to hire an additional 40 employees. Tentatively, the expansion is set to be complete in January.
The expansion will include more warehouse space, a larger parking lot, and an 8th building to their already bustling complex. Wilson Combat’s burgeoning facility will grow to 93,200 square feet once everything is said and done. A lot of this growth can be attributed to a favorable firearm market with people buying arms at unprecedented rates, but also because of Wilson Combat’s own creativity in offering new, custom firearms and gunsmithing.
2016 – Customized Versions of Beretta’s popular M92
2017 – Custom Work and Part Upgrades for Glock firearms
2020 – Upgrades to 2 of SIG Sauer’s Most Popular Pistols
While Wilson Combat is experiencing bumper sales this year which contributed to their growth and the need for an expansion, they are not the only ones feeling a rise in sales. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has reported that firearm retailers have completed 35.75 Million background checks for firearms in 2020 which is 26% higher than 2019 which was also a record year at the time. FBI NICS Background Checks are not a definitive marker for firearm sales, but they give a strong pulse as to how the industry is trending, and as whole, it is going up fast.
WC is killing it!
Sportsman’s Warehouse BOUGHT by the Great American Outdoors Group
In the brick ‘n mortar retail landscape for firearms and sporting goods, there are only so many options for hunters and shooters to choose from in buying their gear. If you want that in-person touch when purchasing your gear – aside from Mom ‘n Pop shops – you are likely looking at Cabela’s, Bass Pro, or Sportsman’s Warehouse. Now those 3 giant retailers are a part of the same family. Sportsman’s Warehouse has been bought by the Great American Outdoors Group – parent company to Cabela’s and Bass Pro – to create a sporting goods retailing superpower. The press release further detailing that transaction can be read below:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. and WEST JORDAN, Utah – In an effort to better serve its loyal customers, Sportsman’s Warehouse has entered into a definitive agreement to join the Great American Outdoors Group, parent company of Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, White River Marine Group and a collection of nature-based resorts. The Great American Outdoors Group will remain a private company with a long-term view to do what is best for its customers, team members and conservation initiatives. As part of the agreement, Sportsman’s Warehouse will be acquired for $18.00 per share in cash.
The driving force behind the partnership is the two companies’ similar histories and highly complementary business philosophies and geographic footprints. Both entities share a passion with their customers for fishing, camping, hunting, boating and other outdoor activities. Likewise, both are highly acclaimed retailers with well-deserved reputations for a broad offering of outstanding brand name and proprietary products, superior customer service, deeply knowledgeable team members and an unwavering passion for conservation. Uniting together represents an unprecedented “win-win” opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts.
With the Great American Outdoors Group now holding in their hands Cabela’s, Bass Pro, and Sportsman’s Warehouse it is something reminiscent of Thanos collecting all of the Infinity Stones. If they buy Brownells and Midway, they will establish ultimate, planetary, firearm-retailing power (of course, we are only joking). Some of the self-reported benefits of this deal are listed below as outlined by Sportsman’s Warehouse:
Widely expanded product offerings
Access to the world’s largest selection of premium fishing tackle
The largest selection of premium hunting gear
Sportsman’s Warehouse will be able to offer customers the world’s leading boat brands, side-by-sides and ATVs at money-saving prices
Low prices – guaranteed
Sportsman’s Warehouse customers will enjoy The Great American Outdoors Group “Low Price Guarantee”
Greater convenience and expanded online services and selection
Receiving the best products faster
Maintaining a strong commitment to a regional and seasonal focus
Uniting together to better serve customers and the outdoors
The mission of the Great American Outdoors Group is to inspire everyone to enjoy, love, and conserve the outdoors. That is a wonderful mission statement on paper, but for anyone who might be doubting their ability to do so, the Great American Outdoors Group has more clout within the industry and outdoors than you might imagine. Simply check out some fast stats of the brands within their portfolio below:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s – Merged in 2017; 169 Store Locations
White River Marine Group – #1 Selling Fishing Boat (Tracker Boats) in America for 42 years
Nature Resorts – 2.4 Million Guests Annually through Multiple Resort Locations
Sportsman’s Warehouse – 112 Store Locations
Marine Corps Begins Widespread Fielding of Suppressors
December 30th, 2020
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —
Marines risk their lives to protect others.
Many are trained to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy’s assault by fire and close combat. They engage adversaries in any clime and place, no matter how arduous the conditions.
Marine Corps Systems Command is tasked not only with enhancing the lethality of warfighters. The command also strives to protect them.
MCSC has taken another step toward increasing lethality and protection for Marines. In December, the command began the process of fielding thousands of suppressors to infantry, reconnaissance and special operation units for employment on the M27, M4 and M4A1 rifles.
Small arms suppressors are designed to reduce a weapon’s noise, flash and recoil. They are also time-efficient, as attachment and detachment only takes a few seconds. The mass fielding of the suppressors, and their myriad benefits, represents a monumental moment for the Marine Corps.
“We’ve never fielded suppressors at this scale,” said Maj. Mike Brisker, weapons product manager in MCSC’s Program Manager for Infantry Weapons. “This fielding is a big moment for the Marine Corps.”
MCSC works with CD&I, PP&O
In recent years, the Marine Corps had already begun suppressing its M38 and M4A1 rifles. However, an increased number of commanders felt suppressing additional weapons would increase the overall lethality of the infantry.
The impetus for equipping additional weapons with suppressors came from a series of experimentations at a 2016 “Sea Dragon” event, which enables the Marine Corps to experiment with current and emerging technologies and operational concepts.
At the event, a battalion employed the suppressors as part of a Marine Corps Warfighting Lab experimentation.
“The positive feedback from that experiment was the primary driving force behind procuring suppressors,” said Brisker. “We’ve had a few limited user experiments with various units since that time, and all of those events generated positive reviews of the capability.”
Before acquiring the suppressors, MCSC worked with the Marine Corps’ Combat Development and Integration; Plans, Policies and Operations; and the Fleet Marine Force to determine the optimal concept of distribution to support the close combat Marine.
“Our intent was to leverage commercially available technology to support the near-term modernization required for our close combat Marines,” said Billy Epperson, the Infantry Weapon Capabilities Integration Officer at CD&I.
Epperson added that the Marine Corps conducted Limited User Evaluations in 2019 with commercial suppressors provided by vendors showcasing the latest and greatest in technology to characterize requirements in support of an acquisition effort that began in fiscal year 2020.
In 2020, PM IW procured about 6,700 small arms suppressors through Defense Logistics Agency’s Tailored Logistic Program, and acquired more than 7,000 additional units on the first delivery order upon the contract award. Brisker said the goal is to field approximately 30,000 suppressors by fiscal year 2023.
How suppressors save lives
CWO4 David Tomlinson, MCSC’s infantry weapons officer, emphasized the importance of suppressors in exchanging information during battle. He said gun fights create a chaotic environment with intense noise levels, producing communication problems that can increase confusion.
“I would say the most important thing the suppressor does is allow for better inter-squad, inter-platoon communication,” said Tomlinson. “It allows the operators to communicate laterally up and down the line during a fire fight.”
Tomlinson said suppressors can save lives, as Marines engaged in battle can expose themselves from their firing position. The suppressor reduces their audible and visual signature, making it more difficult for the enemy to ascertain their location.
In addition to tactical advantages on the battlefield, the reduced noise of the suppressors also benefits a Marine’s long-term health, said Brisker. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, hearing problems are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among American veterans.
“In the big picture, the VA pays out a lot in hearing loss claims,” said Brisker. “We’d like Marines to be able to continue to hear for many years even after they leave the service. These suppressors have that benefit as well.”
Tomlinson mentioned how the news of the fielding of additional suppressors has created a groundswell of excitement among the units receiving them. He believes the myriad advantages suppressors provide will benefit the Marine Corps for years to come.
“As I travel and brief units, this capability has generated the most interest—from lance corporals to colonels,” said Tomlinson. “There has been an overwhelming excitement to receiving the suppressors, which we anticipate will serve as an effective capability for the warfighter.”
Story by Matt Gonzales, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication, Marine Corps Systems Command
Knowing many acquaintances through the years with footlockers full of magazines and other gear from their time in the service, how many of these will walk off from the base?
Thank you Danzig for keeping us up-to-date. You have been busy.
TFB Review: Inforce Wild2 Weapon Mounted Light
In the world of weapon lights, there are some pretty big names from SureFire to Streamlight. They both offer some great options for both pistol and rifle lights. I am a big fan of both the SureFire X300 line of weapon lights or Streamlight’s TLR-1 HL offerings. Inforce broke into the weapon-mounted light market a few years ago and offered a variety of models like the APL and APLc. The previous generation of Inforce lights was made out of polymer to keep the weapon light down on weight. It was a great option for people who wanted to keep the weight down on their guns while having a decently bright weapon light. Things have changed with the new Wild2 weapon light as this light has an aluminum housing. Let’s dive more into the new Inforce Wild2 weapon light.
Inforce Wild2 is $179.99 and it’s available on their website currently.
Shooting with the Wild2 is easy and the toggle switches make it easy to do momentary or full on or off. The light seems like it has a lower profile than the X300 body and makes it feel less bulky than most light bodies. The toggle switch on the Wild2 does take some getting used to but after a while, it gets easier to use. The biggest difference between the X300 and the Wild2 is the momentary function. With the Surefire, the momentary light can be activated by pressing the toggle switch forward.
On the Wild2, if you do a quick tap on the switches, it will turn the light all the way on while holding the switch for a couple seconds and releasing it will make it work as a momentary light. This isn’t a bad thing for the Wild2 because it’s fairly easy to learn but it will be different from the Surefire toggle switches. In all my time with low light or night shooting, I have been very impressed with the overall brightness and balance of the light on my handgun.
Brightness and Hot Spot
The Wild2 has a 1,000-lumen rating and is a crisp clean white light with a very tight focused beam and larger flood beam than other lights on the market. The SureFire X300 for example has a slightly larger focused beam with a smaller flood beam so it’s really up to preference. For outdoor use, the Wild2’s tighter focused beam means it’s much easier to see longer distances than something like a less powerful Streamlight or the X300 that has a smaller focus beam. The larger flood beam gives you a nicely lit area around the light to help with peripheral vision as well. I still prefer something like the surefire for indoor use since it has a slightly larger focused beam but the WIld2 is a great alternative and I would have no issues running either light on a handgun.
The Inforce Wild2 on the left with the SureFire X300 beam on the right
So far, I’ve been impressed during my time with the Inforce Wild2 weapon light. It definitely feels like Inforce focused on making their new generation of lights much more durable and higher quality than before. If you’re looking for a weapon light that’s similar to something like a SureFire X300 at an affordable price, I’d definitely recommend checking out the new Inforce Wild2 weapon light.
Now for something between a Meprolight Bullseye and a RMR....
DeltaPoint Micro from Leupold Optics
January 4th, 2021
Leupold has officially released the DeltaPoint Micro, their new minimalistic red dot sight for pistols.
For shooters who need a red dot sight for their personal carry pistol, the DeltaPoint Micro is a rugged reflex sight that delivers rapid target acquisition, increased accuracy, and legendary Leupold performance in a sleek, low-profile design.
It’s a direct replacement for the factory rear sight. While I’m not overly enthused by the form factor, I do appreciate the technology. Leupold has placed a red dot about as close to the bore axis as possible. I imagine this means you’ll have to get used to it, if you decide to replace a more traditional RDS. But if this is your first use of an RDS, transitioning from traditional sights should be a bit easier as the dot is essentially where you normally find your rear sight. It’s also in direct alignment with the front sight.
Offering 8 power settings, the 3MOA dot is fully enclosed and is powered by a CR 1632 battery. The sight incorporates Motion Sensing Technology for power management and is waterproof rated at IPX7.
Although readily accessible for battery swaps, that battery case looks like it will take some getting used to. Perhaps an updated version will come out with a conformal, internal battery making the whole package a bit more sleek.
Initially, the DeltaPoint Micro is offered to fit either any non-MOS Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P models.
It should be right around $400 street price.
Camo Ammo? … New CCI Clean-22 Realtree 22 Long Rifle
With the dawn of a New Year, it means lots of new products related to the firearms industry for gun lovers like ourselves. It’s like Christmas 2.0 as we see the cascade of new products announced and are contemplating whether we really need two kidneys or not (could probably get by with just one, right). One of the 1st new product announcements to come from Vista Outdoors is Clean-22 Realtree rimfire ammo specifically from CCI. This offering of ammunition utilizes their polymer bullets for a cleaner shooting experience with a unique twist. You can read the complete list of specifications below as presented by CCI:
CCI goes on to elaborate further about the Clean-22 Realtree ammunition below:
Concealment meets clean. New CCI® Clean-22® Realtree® bottles hold 400 rounds, and their exclusive green, tan and black polymer bullet coating greatly reduces copper and lead fouling in the barrel. The coating doesn’t leave a residue and cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80 percent. The 40-grain round nose lead bullet’s geometry has been optimized for accuracy and is ideal for both targets and small game.
Introducing the New P50 5.7x28mm Pistol from KelTec
KelTec has dropped an interesting new pistol into the firearms market with the KelTec P50. The P50 is a unique looking pistol chambered in the 5.7×28mm cartridge and uses genuine FN P90 magazines, although in the P50 the magazines feed upside down! The KelTec P50 pistol will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2021 and will be sold for $995 MSRP.
It comes with some amazing features including two 50-round magazines. This 5.7 chambered handgun is sure to gather props from your buddies and range rats alike.
Although the P50 is a large format handgun, with some sling creativity, controlling this pistol allows for better efficiency downrange for varmint hunters and bullseye shooters alike.
The 5.7 cartridge comes in several variants from sporting to hunting to serious personal defense. Protective details around the world utilize its efficiency while sport shooters and hunters love the cartridge for its accuracy and distance capabilities.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the firepower this pistol offers. The P50 platform is based around the FN P90 50-round magazines and this beast comes with two of them.
KELTEC P50 SPECIFICATIONS:
Weight Unloaded: 3.2lbs
Magazine Capacity: 50
Overall Length: 15″
Barrel Length: 9.6″
Barrel Threads: 1/2×28 TPI
Trigger Pull: 5lbs
To me, the P50 presents a fresh and somewhat futuristic look with its odd magazine configuration. Based around the iconic P90 magazine its action is unique in that the barrel lifts out of the way in order for the magazine to be loaded but this also has the benefit of making the overall package quite compact. With the rail space at the top being mounted to the “upper” I think accuracy will be able to be maintained out to a decent distance.
P50 is the odd curved cut in the bottom part of the frame in front of the trigger guard. This seems like the perfect space for some sort of wire stock to snap into if one were to find a way to get a stock mounted to this pistol for a potential SBR build. Or perhaps a thumb groove.
Federal Premium Debuts NEW Hydra-Shok Deep in 380 Auto & 38 Special
Federal Premium keeps opening the flood gates on new products for 2021 and they continue that trend with additional offerings through their Hydra-Shok Deep line of ammunition with a 380 Auto Hydra-Shok Deep 99 Grain and 38 Special +P Hydra-Shok Deep 130 Grain. This will give concealed carry advocates of tiny handguns – snubby revolvers and pocket 380s – another ammo offering to tantalize over when they are selecting their carry ammunition. All of the specifications for these new offerings can be read below as presented by Federal Premium:
Federal Premium or Vista Outdoors as the firearm industry as a whole is seeing an astounding demand for all things firearms and ammunition related. To further expand on these 2 new Hydra-Shok Deep offerings Federal Premium has this press release statement below:
Shooters shouldn’t have to settle for substandard protection from any platform. Hydra-Shok Deep® has unlocked the full defensive potential of smaller cartridges with loads in 380 Auto and 38 Special +P. Both utilize Hydra-Shok Deep’s robust center post and compact core design to consistently penetrate beyond the FBI-recommended 12-inch minimum through bare gel and heavy clothing—without over-penetrating. The bullets expand aggressively, pushed at ideal velocities by high-quality primers and consistent propellant.
For you CZ Fanatics
CZ Introduces the TS2 Competition Pistol
CZ-USA continue their focus on the competitive shooting market with a new competition pistol, the Tactical Sport 2 (TS2). The new pistol was announced in Europe in November and is now available in the US. Designed with IPSC, USPSA, 3-Gun and Steel Challenge shooters in mind, the TS2 has a steel frame, aluminium grip panels and a 20-round magazine.
Here’s what CZ-USA have to say about the TS2:
Kansas City, KS – The speed, precision and dynamic performance afforded by CZ-USA’s handguns have made it the leading name for practical shooting disciplines like IPSC, USPSA, 3-Gun and Steel Challenge, a position CZ is not planning to yield any time soon.
The sport-shooting world reveres the CZ Tactical Sport for its crisp single-action trigger and long sight radius. Now, the pistol has evolved into the Tactical Sport 2 (TS2), a brand-new, built-from-the-ground-up firearm that represents the next generation in tactical sport pistols.
The TS2 was designed and built for competition shooters in the tradition of the company’s highly successful Shadow 2, mimicking its slide profile with the reciprocating weight positioned as low as possible for smoother operation, less muzzle flip and faster follow-up shots. Additionally, the TS2’s redesigned frame and improved ergonomics also reduce muzzle flip so that it’s less noticeable than ever.
The steel-framed, 9mm TS2 is an outstanding and affordable entry-level competition handgun with a wide variety of compatible accessories already available, as the large aftermarket of custom parts already available for the original Tactical Sport pistol are fully compatible with the TS2!
The new pistol comes with 20-round standard magazines and distinctive blue aluminum grips with aggressive checkering above a healthily flared magwell.
Front and rear cocking serrations on the slide make racking this pistol easy for practically anyone, with or without gloves. With a fiber-optic front sight, the included set of fixed target sights are rugged enough to withstand rough competition use.
The adaptable pistol can be easily fine-tuned to an individual shooter to be faster and more precise at the firing line, with the aforementioned custom parts for the Tactical Sport platform.
This new pistol is sure to become a favorite among IPSC/USPSA shooters, as well as beginners looking to get into competition pistol shooting for the first time.