These are wicked. Ernest Emerson is now making his popular Commander folder with Kryptek camouflage, G-10 handles just in time for Christmas.
Krypek was one of the finalists for the U.S. Army’s camouflage improvement effort. It’s unlikely we will ever see battalions of soldiers decked out in this unique style of camo. But the reptilian motif is becoming quite popular. It’s showing up on packs, pouches and ballcaps.
“Since these handles are built with actual Kryptek patterns in random order, every handle is completely different and none match any other. So although they are similar, bear in mind that none will look exactly the same as our sample photos. In other words all patterns will vary from knife to knife. So if you’ve been good this year, I suggest you ask Santa for a Commander that will garner some serious bragging rights and ownership of a Commander so unique that no one will ever have one quite the same as yours.”
Emerson Christmas Kryptek Commanders are available in Highlander, Mandrake and Nomad for $290 each.
Arsenal Inc. has a new optics mount for AK-style rifles. The SM-13 is made from a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum and is designed to attach to the side of an AK variant rifle for maximum stability, Arsenal Inc. officials maintain.
The SM-13 follows the contour of the rifle closely. The low-profile design allows for the use of the iron sights when the scope mount is attached to the rifle. It relies on a time-proven steel adjustable locking mechanism that allows instantaneous attachment and release of the scope mount without any compromise to the accuracy and loss of zero, company officials say.
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PCP Ammunition is asking its customers for feedback on its new .308 caliber polymer-cased ammunition.
Polymer-cased ammo is an attractive concept because its much lighter than traditiona, brass-cased bullets. But so far, these so-called, space-age polymers have failed to perform as well as brass.
”This is the first time in history that an ammunition manufacturer has offered high performance polymer cased .308 rifle ammunition to the commercial market. We are offering this limited release of production to a select number of consumers. We are limiting the production initially to allow for user feedback that validates our test results. We are extremely interested in the feedback of our first group of civilian consumers.”
PCP Ammunition and certified, third-party testing facilities have performed thousands of tests on this product and we are confident in its safety and performance. Prior to this initial civilian release, PCP Ammunition was recently awarded contracts with the Department of Defense to deliver advanced lightweight polymer sub-sonic ammunition and an improved .50 caliber precision round, PCP officials say.
FN Herstal recently unveiled its next generation MINIMI Light Machine Guns that feature a new feedtray, cocking handle, buttstock and bipod/handguard assembly.
The U.S. Military adopted the 5.56mm version of the MINIMI in 1982 to become the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.
The new FN MINIMI Mk3 is convertible to either 5.56mm and 7.62mm and ”offers the users improved ergonomics and improved mobility while retaining the same core mechanism as the previous versions, for a limited impact on logistics,” FN officials maintain.
“The modifications introduced on the FN MINIMI Mk3 result from feedback provided by users engaged in current operating theatres. Indeed, the demands of users have evolved over the past 10 to 15 years due to changes in the way the FN MINIMI machine gun is used in combat (increased use of accessories, evolutions in the soldier’s equipment, and changes in tactics such as shooting from all positions).”
The changes include:
– An ergonomic buttstock adjustable in length (5 positions) to allow compensation for body armor and load bearing equipment. The buttstock is adjustable for cheek rest height as well. The user can have his eye correctly aligned with the iron sights, or optical sights, while keeping his cheek properly positioned on the buttstock. It also integrates a folding shoulder rest and a hydraulic buffer that stabilizes the rate of fire and reduces felt recoil.
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When we decided to do reader reviews on military-style bivy shelters, we wanted to give the rest of our audience some insight on what amounts to be a substantial investment in snivel gear. We chose these three bivies because they were anything but cheap.
The Observer Plus, which retails for a little more than $700, features a duel-pole support system at the front opening and is extremely low profile. The Sabre SE, which averages about $500, has an inflatable, Airbeam support system, a large vestibule and light-signature reducing fabric. And finally, the IONOSPHERE, which costs about $200, is a roomy, well constructed shelter that will likely keep you well protected in foul weather. [click to continue…]
NEMO’s Sabre SE features a new waterproof, breathable fabric that significantly masks light sources from inside this compact little bivy. The OSMO DC fabric does not provide full blackout capability, but it is very effective. I tested it using white, blue and red light inside; the only light that stuck out was the white light. I was truly impressed.
Like its big brother — the Gogo — the Sabre SE uses an innovative, inflatable rib, or airbeam, for support. It is a strong performer, but I found it difficult to set up and take down in a hurry.
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Snugpak’s IONOSPHERE is an inexpensive, military-style bivy that features a mesh inner shelter to keep the bugs out and a rainfly to keep you dry. I spent enough time in it to get a feel for its set-up and break-down times, weather tolerance, packability, concealability, weight and comfort.
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