Prior to the ’08 SHOT show in February, I saw previews of Lancer Systems’ L5 translucent 30 round magazine. When I was at SHOT, I met Greg from Lancer at the SKD Tactical booth, and he handed me a couple to try out. The L5 is a translucent 30 round magazine developed for the 5.56mm M16/M4/AR15 rifle. It has an impact resistant translucent polymer body in a smoke grey tint, corrosion resistant steel feed lips and a removable rubber coated bottom floor plate. The L5 was designed to be used with the existing magazine pouches and carriers.
Triple Aught Design (TAD Gear) has introduced two new hardshell jackets, the Combat Anorak and Bug Out Anorak Hardshells. The Combat Anorak was designed to be the most abrasion-resistant hardshell available, that would stand up to just about anything you could throw at it. The Bug Out Anorak was designed to provide protection from the elements in a more compactable package for stowing. They’re essentially Anorak versions of the Predator Hardshell, and share many of the same features.
Ranger Plates for Magpul’s PMags are finally out, in Black and OD at the time of this writing. These are similar to the Ranger Plates for the USGI mags and are a direct replacement for the PMag floorplate. All you do is remove your original PMag floorplate and slip this one on. It will not work with any magazines other than Magpul’s PMag.
From Firstlight USA come the Tomahawk and Liberator; two lights for military, law enforcement and other professionals that are ergonomically designed to fit application-specific demands for those jobs. Both lights offer different solutions to the problems faced with conventional hand-held lights, when used as weapon lights or when multi-tasking.
Sprinco USA, also known as Tactical Springs LLC, hails from Texas and manufactures high-quality springs and recoil reducers amongst other products. Featured here are some of Sprinco’s Recoil Reducer kits. Note that we’re talking about felt recoil; and more importantly muzzle jump/flip. Generally speaking, in order to reduce the recoil of a weapon, you either need to add weight to the weapon, or utilize a compensator on the barrel that redirects some of the gases to angle backwards to counteract the rearward motion of the gun (Newton’s third law applies). Guide rod replacement systems like these are more ‘Recoil Management’ systems rather than recoil reducers, as they do not reduce the actual recoil force of the pistol.
Diamondback Tactical has introduced not one, but two new versions of their Battlelab Fast Attack Plate Carrier (FAPC) previously reviewed above. One is the Gen 2 FAPC which is a more basic version like the original FAPC, and the other, shown here is the Advanced Warrior FAPC. The main difference between the Gen 2 FAPC and the AW-FAPC is that the AW-FAPC features special padding and open mesh lining for additional comfort, and is also available with integrated soft armour packages. The Gen 2 FAPC is just the plate carrier, available without any inserts. The new FAPCs are still a low-profile plate carrier designed as a high-mobility platform that’s expandable with the Fast Attack Rack (F.A.R.) cummerbund for additional load-bearing capability.
Magpul Industries’ new UBR (Utility/Battle Rifle) Stock is the long-awaited replacement for their innovative MSS M93 stock, which introduced concepts not previously seen on collapsing rifle stocks for the AR15 family of weapons. The M93 was more of a proof of concept/test bed for the many new features and as time went on, certain deficiencies surfaced which were ultimately corrected, but it was time to take it to the next level. You could call the UBR the highly evolved child of the M93; taking its parent’s features and executing them in a much more refined manner while addressing all the previous issues.