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Springfield Armory Hopes to “Defend Their Legacy” with New SAINT

The Wait is Over:  Oh, Good – Another AR-15 on the Market!

springfieldarmorysaintSpringfield Armory has been teasing and building hype for their new SAINT product for a while now with their “Defend Your Legacy” campaign and, yesterday, they revealed what it is.  It’s an AR15.  Try to contain your excitement.

If you think that releasing yet another version of a rifle that will be celebrating its 60th birthday next year is not exactly a game changing event worthy of all the hype… well, we probably won’t argue with you.  To be sure, the SAINT is a nice enough rifle, but is it really “the ultimate refinement of the AR-15 form” that they claim it to be thanks to its “relentless execution of core features?

The SAINT features a flat top upper receiver that is ready for your optics and includes a Springfield-branded flip-up rear BUIS (rumored to be a UTG Pro) but, curiously, they opted for a fixed front sight to which the handguards are anchored instead free-floating the A2 birdcage-equipped 16″ 1:8 CMV barrel inside of full-length rail system.  Do you know what you do get though?  KeyMod.  The twelve people who like KeyMod, and the three companies who make native KeyMod accessories, will be very happy about that.

Speaking of the small handful of companies who make KeyMod accessories, other than the fact that it is KeyMod (and that it is load bearing against the front sight), the handguard is probably alright, considering that it is made by Bravo Company.  However, a far cry from their Alpha handguards, the exclusive PKMT handguard looks a lot like a KeyMod version of the basic Magpul MOE-SL handguards, BCM also makes the included Gunfighter Stock and the Mod 3 Gunfighter Grip that round out the furniture department.   Continue reading

Thompson/Center Arms Recalls The T/C Compass Bolt-Action Rifle

IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

thompsoncenterThompson/Center Arms has identified a condition that may exist in Compass rifles.  We have determined that there may be some instances, depending on the height and position of the rifle and other factors, where a chambered round may fire if the firearm is dropped with the safety in the fire position.  Safety is paramount to us, so we are taking this measure to further enhance performance and to meet our customer expectations, with the goal of reducing the chance of an accidental discharge should the rifle be dropped.

This recall applies to all COMPASS rifles manufactured by Thompson/Center Arms prior to September 16, 2016.

STOP USING YOUR RIFLE AND RETURN IT TO THOMPSON/CENTER AT ONCE.

Because the safety of our customers is our utmost concern, we ask that you stop using your rifle until corrective action can be taken.

To facilitate the inspection and repair of your rifle, please contact Thompson/Center at 855-512-5935 to receive instructions and a pre-paid shipping label for the return of your rifle to Thompson/Center.  Thompson/Center will repair the rifle at no cost to you, and return it to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Additional information will be available shortly on our website at http://compassrecalltcarms.com.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about this recall, please contact Thompson/Center at 855-512-5935.

Alien Gear Holsters Releases New Cloak Tuck 3.0: Concealed Nation Edition

aliengearconcealednationIn response to winning Concealed Nation’s 2016 “Best Holster in the History of Ever” reader poll, Alien Gear Holsters teamed up with the concealed carry website powerhouse to deliver the all-new Cloak Tuck 3.0: Concealed Nation Edition.

Sporting a brand new look, the Cloak Tuck 3.0: Concealed Nation Edition comes as a product of a dual collaboration between both brands.

During the online poll, Alien Gear Holsters won several titles from Concealed Nation’s readers, including the highest in gun holster comfort, holster utilization, repeat business and affordability rates.

For Customer Service Team Leader Maxwell Wiener, the opportunity to connect with such a highly regarded concealed carry website is an exciting time for both brands.

“We are super excited to be recognized and partnered with Concealed Nation,” Wiener said. “It feels great knowing a product like our Cloak Tuck 3.0 has provided safety, comfort, and peace of mind to so many.”

Concealed Nation’s Brandon Curtis is also excited to offer customers a concealed carry holster.

“This partnership with Alien Gear Holsters to create these dual-branded holsters is something that we have been excited about for a while now,” Curtis said. “Paring these two companies for this project seems like a natural way to bring the brands closer together, and we hope to see positive feedback from both communities. We are happy to continue work with the great folks at Alien Gear Holsters, and are excited to promote responsible concealed carry together with these new holsters.”

Alien Gear Holster and Concealed Nation fans can order this special edition Alien Gear IWB Holster here.

Smith & Wesson Completes Acquisition of Crimson Trace

Smith_Wesson_2Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation announced Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of Crimson Trace that we reported on previously for $95 million. Crimson Trace now will operate as Smith & Wesson’s newly established Electro-Optics Division.

The signing of the definitive purchase agreement for the acquisition was announced on July 25, 2016, and a copy of that announcement can be found here.

Smith & Wesson will discuss the transaction during its fiscal first quarter earnings conference call, scheduled for today, which will also be available via webcast.  Speakers on the conference call will include James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jeffrey D. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  The conference call and webcast will begin at 5:00 pm Eastern. Those interested in listening to the conference call can call directly at 844-309-6568 and enter conference code 59745084. The conference call audio webcast can also be accessed live and for replay on the company’s website under the Investor Relations section.

The Remington R51 Returns

2.5 Years After First Try, Remington Re-Launches Their Compact 9mm

R51It has been a bit of a rough ride for the Remington R51.  Two and a half years ago, the 200-year-old arms maker launched the R51 at SHOT Show 2014.  By July of that year, Remington had ditched the R51 project citing “performance issues” and scrubbed any mention of the R51 from the product lineups in their catalogs and online.

In their “oops” memo, Remington stated that “anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case.” They also thanked customers for their patience and promised that “the new R51 will be of the same exceptional quality as our test pistols” which, to hear them tell it, performed flawlessly.

Now, more than two years after the recall, the R51 is back and, hopefully, better than ever.  Remington announced the official re-launch of the R51 today with the following statement:

Because the R51 is so unlike any other handgun on the market, it posed unforeseen challenges in manufacturing when it was first introduced in 2014. Since then, our engineers have worked tirelessly to address the issues and extensively test the solutions, and we’re proud to say the redesigned R51 surpasses even our initial expectations.

Remington claims that the pistol has now been re-engineered from the ground up and thoroughly tested (again) to deliver “ultimate reliability.”  The 7+1 capacity R51 is supposedly designed to get on target faster and point more intuitively than other subcompact pistols on the market and thanks to the barrel and recoil spring configuration, have 25% less muzzle flip.

Updated features in the rebooted R51 include a precision-built fast-reset polymer trigger, a more aggressive and durable extractor design, enhanced recoil spring – which were among the issues with the initial pistol.

Beauty or Beast – Ergo Delta Grip for Revolvers

Change Isn’t Always Easy but, Sometimes it’s for the Better

IMG_7012We got our first look at Ergo‘s Delta Grip a couple years ago at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.  My first thought was that it was bizarre looking – maybe even a little ugly.  They certainly do not look like traditional revolver grips.  When we handled the chained-down demo unit in the Ergo booth, it felt every bit as foreign as it looked and, always being one to judge a book by its cover, I decided that it wasn’t for me.  Frankly, I wondered how they got it so wrong given how much I liked the original Ergo Suregrip on AR-15 builds.

Fast forward to the most recent SHOT Show Range Day.  The GunLink team stopped by the Ergo tent, where they were showing off the new Delta grip for the Ruger LCR in addition to the original Smith & Wesson model, to speak with the company rep.  While there, I mentioned my limited experience with the Delta grip and how my initial reaction was to be turned off by it, despite never having fired a shot from a revolver outfitted with the chunky stocks.  After he explained some of the reasoning behind the Delta’s design and offered to send us a test set, we agreed that it was time for us to pull the trigger – so to speak – on the new revolver grips and we soon had a set inbound to install on an AirWeight J-frame Smith & Wesson.

The Delta grip – to be sure – is a substantial paradigm shift for revolver shooters.  There are grips made of hard plastic, soft rubber, and wood; there are bird’s head, over-molded, flared, fat, and skinny grips; and there are slip-on and wraparound grip covers.  However, until the Delta, we had not seen a grip quite like this.   Continue reading

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