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SIG Sauer RomeoZero Pro Red Dot Sight

It used to be that seeing a red dot sight on the firing line in a handgun class was the exception rather than the rule. But those days have passed. Today, it’s extremely common for gun owners to put red dots on their carry and range guns. Red dots aren’t just for hunters or competition shooters anymore. Many gun makers are delving into the red dot market, including Sig Sauer, a respected firearms manufacturer whose years of experience go into designing quality optics. Their latest is the Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro.

The Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro is the latest red dot sight from the gun maker. (Photo credit: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer made the following statement regarding the RomeoZero Pro:

This new full-size reflex optic features a large 30mm aspherical lens made of scratch-resistant glass, offering unmatched clarity and a distortion-free sight picture when compared to competitors. The ROMEOZero-PRO features a proprietary carbon-infused polymer housing with a reinforced lens protection area making it incredibly durable while delivering significant drop and impact protection. It also comes with a hardened steel protective shroud for even greater protection and durability. The ROMEOZero-PRO is available with either a 10 MOA red dot or the versatile new circle/dot reticle. The new T.A.P. (Touch-Activated Programming) technology gives the user the ability to change brightness with just a tap on the optic.  All rear surfaces of the housing have anti-reflection grooves molded in, including the backup rear sight notch which is marked with Grade A Swiss SuperLuminova pigment for visibility in dark environments.  And just like our smaller ROMEOZero and ROMEOZero-ELITE models, the new ROMEOZero-PRO is fully assembled in the U.S.A. in our state-of-art facility in Oregon.

Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro red dot sight
Thinking about making the transition from irons to a red dot sight? Check out the Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro. (Photo credit: SIG Sauer)

The RomeoZero Pro from Sig Sauer is designed to be rugged and resistant to the bumps and scrapes that come standard with serious training. It has an overall length of 1.83 inches, a height of 1.09 inches, and a weight of 0.5 ounces. Features include eight daytime settings, 1 MOA adjustment increments, and Sig’s 5-year warranty. The optic runs on one CR1632 battery. According to the manufacturer, runtime on a single battery can be as great as 20,000 hours.

Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro
Want a durable, rugged red dot sight? Try the Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro. (Photo credit: SIG Sauer)

Features include:

  • Rear backup sight notch filled with Grade A Swiss SuperLuminova for low light conditions
  • T.A.P. (Touch Activated Programming) and button-activated brightness and reticle selection mode
  • Carbon infused weapons-grade ultralight polymer housing for increased shock and drop protection
  • Fits the Romeo2/Pro Mounting Footprint
  • Aspherical glass lens with zero distortion
  • Circle/dot or 10 MOA emitter options with 8 daylight brightness settings
  • Up to 20,000 hours of runtime
  • Structurally enhanced steel shroud for added protection
  • Assembled in the USA
Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro footprint
The Sig Sauer RomeoZero Pro has a footprint compatible with the Romeo02. (Photo credit: Sig Sauer)

MSRP starts at $245.99. Variations include a 2 MOA, 3 MOA, and 10 MOA red dot. Overall dimensions remain the same regardless of dot size.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.
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Marlin Model 1895 Trapper – The Mag Life

Whether you’re a fan of levers or not, there’s no denying the beauty of a nicely designed lever-action rifle. You also have to admit the launch of modern levers based on classic styles is a fantastic blend of the past and future, and Ruger is proving it by re-introducing the Marlin Firearms Model 1895 Trapper. This rifle isn’t just a re-launch of a classic, it’s destined to become a classic in its own right.

Ruger is re-introducing the Marlin Firearms Model 1895 Trapper, a classic lever-action. (Photo credit: Marlin Firearms via Ruger)

Ruger has this to say about it:

The Marlin 1895 Trapper was conceived by hunting and fishing guides in Alaska who needed a big-bore rifle that was short, quick-handling and optimized for hunting or protection from dangerous animals. Chambered in .45-70 Govt., this latest Marlin offering from Ruger features a 16.17”, cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1:20” twist. The threaded barrel (11/16”-24), comes with a match-polished thread protector and will accommodate common muzzle devices.

The stainless steel receiver, lever, magazine tube and barrel feature an attractive non-glare, satin finish – as do all of the small, nickel-plated parts. The bolt is spiral-fluted and nickel-plated for an attractive appearance and very smooth cycling.

Marlin Model 1895 Trapper
The Marlin Model 1895 Trapper is a modernized version of an original lever design. (Photo credit: Marlin Firearms via Ruger)

Features of the Marlin Model 1895 Trapper include:

  • Adjustable Skinner Sights peep sights for rapid target acquisition
  • Improved stock finish and checkering for a better grip with wet hands
  • Refined, streamlined stock and forend for maneuverability and aesthetic purposes
  • Threaded barrel with factory-installed thread protector
  • The location of manufacture on the barrel now reads “Mayodan, NC.”
  • A new “RP” proof mark is located on the left side of the firearm.
  • Ruger-made Marlin rifles begin with the serial prefix of “RM.”
  • The traditional black and white Marlin bullseye located on the rifle stock is now red and white.
  • Marlin Horse and Rider logo laser engraved on the grip.
Marlin horse and rider logo
The Marlin horse and rider logo is now engraved on the stock of the Marlin Model 1895 Trapper. (Photo credit: Marlin Firearms via Ruger)

The Marlin Firearms Model 1895 Trapper is a carbine-length, lever-action gun with a 5 +1 capacity. It’s chambered in 45-70 Government and designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and a reliable performer. Some changes have been made to the gun with this re-introduction by Ruger, but they all appear to be excellent improvements. According to Ruger, the Trapper was designed to tighter tolerances and was put through multiple layers of quality control including accuracy audits and numerous inspections.

Ruger Marlin Model 1895 Trapper
The Marlin Model 1895 Trapper has a threaded barrel with a factory-installed, polished thread protector. (Photo credit: Marlin Firearms via Ruger)

Specifications

Caliber .45-70 Govt
Capacity 5+1
Stock Black Laminate
Material Stainless Steel
Finish Satin Stainless
Front Sight Skinner Sights Blade
Rear Sight Skinner Sights Adjustable
Weight 7.1 lbs.
Overall Length 34.25″
Length of Pull 13.38″
Barrel Length 16.10″
Thread Pattern 11/16″-24
Thread Cap Match-Polished
Barrel Cold Hammer-Forged Stainless Steel
Twist 1:20″ RH
Grooves 6
Other details Marlin Firearms are manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Suggested Retail $1,349.00

Do you own a lever-action rifle? Which model is your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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High Speed Gear Vigil EDC Gun Belt

If you’re going to carry a gun for self-defense, you know you need a quality holster. Did you know you also need a well-made gun belt, and that without one, it won’t matter how fantastic that holster is? A good gun belt is a must-have and a vital part of your carry gear. If you’re trying to find the right belt for you, check out High Speed Gear’s Vigil EDC Belt.

Looking for a well-made, sturdy gun belt? Take a look at the High Speed Gear Vigil EDC Belt. (Photo credit: High Speed Gear)

High Speed Gear’s senior designer, Daniel Chaney, remarked on the time and effort that went into the creation of the Vigil EDC Belt: “We have been working on the Vigil EDC belt for over two years. Since many of us at HSGI and Comp-Tac carry every day, we recognized a need for an EDC specific belt and started from the ground up on this design.”

The manufacturer released the following details regarding the Vigil EDC Belt:

[It] is designed for everyday carry and daily wear. It is rigid enough to support both inside-the-waistband and outside-the-waistband holsters, yet flexible enough to be worn comfortably all day. The belt features a minimalistic design with a low-profile magnetic buckle that fits through standard belt loops. The Vigil EDC Belt is made with nylon webbing wrapped in durable Cordura fabric providing a clean and striking appearance. As with all HSGI belts, the Vigil EDC Belt features multi-line stitching for stiffness and durability.

Vigil EDC Belt in Multicam
The Vigil EDC Belt is available in a wide range of colors and patterns including Multicam. (Photo credit: High Speed Gear)

Thanks in part to the variety of colors and patterns it is made in, this is a lower-profile belt that could blend into your clothes. Even its buckle, which is rugged and designed for ease of use and secure retention, is streamlined to fade into the background rather than standing out as something that might seem tactical. Having a quality gun belt for everyday use that doesn’t blatantly stand out as a gun belt is an excellent plan for gun owners.

High Speed Gear Vigil EDC Belt
The High Speed Gear Vigil EDC Belt is sturdy, reinforced, and made to hold up to regular use. (Photo credit: High Speed Gear)

High Speed Gear Vigil EDC Belt Details

  • Rugged Cordura fabric and nylon webbing construction
  • Multi-line stitched for stiffness and durability
  • Hidden adjustment tail for a clean appearance
  • Low-profile magnetic buckle
  • Fits through standard belt loops
  • Berry Compliant
  • Dimensions: Length 28 to 52 inches x .13 inches x 1.5 inches (exact weight depends on size)
  • Dimensions, Metric: Length 71.12 centimeters to 132.08 centimeters x .33 centimeters x 3.81 centimeters (exact weight depends on size)
  • Available in Black, Coyote Brown, MultiCam, OD Green, Wolf Gray, MultiCam Black, and M81 Woodland Camo
  • Offered in sizes Small through 3XL
EDC belt
Yes, it’s absolutely vital to pair a good gun belt with your holster. The two pieces of gear work together for the best possible retention and concealment. (Photo credit: High Speed Gear)

MSRP starts at $59.00.

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Beretta APX A1 Full Size Pistol

Beretta is well known for designing and manufacturing high-quality firearms. That’s really not a surprise considering the Italian gun maker was founded in 1526, which means Beretta has almost 500 years of experience backing it and all that expertise was used in the creation of the APX A1 FS pistol. Whether you’re in the market for a home defense pistol or a range gun, the Beretta APX A1 FS was designed to get the job done reliably and accurately.

The Beretta APX A1 FS is a full-sized pistol made to perform to exacting standards whatever application it’s used for. (Photo credit: Beretta)

According to the manufacturer, the pistol is the “ultimate convergence of form, function, and fortitude” and a fantastic choice for a wide range of uses. Beretta went on to release some details about their latest pistol:

The APX A1 takes the proven ergonomics and reliability of the APX family to the next level with integrated features derived from feedback from military, law enforcement, and tactical shooters. It aims for the highest levels in performance, safety, and quality to operate for any shooter in the field. Beretta passed every stringent test of the US Army MHS program with its APX pistol candidate and is used by professionals on the ground in more than 20 countries.

Beretta APX A1 FS
The Beretta APX A1 FS is the ideal blend of form and function. (Photo credit: Beretta)

This pistol is the full-sized version of the company’s popular APX A1 Carry gun. It has an overall length of 7.5 inches, a height of 5.6 inches, and width of 1.3 inches. Empty, the gun weighs 29 ounces. These specifications mean that although it’s considered a full-sized gun it remains streamlined enough for carry use with the right holster and gun belt. The APX A1 FS is a striker-fired gun chambered in 9x19mm and has a capacity of 10, 15, or 17 rounds depending on the configuration. In addition, it’s an optics-ready pistol, a great feature for shooters interested in mounting a red dot to their guns.

Beretta APX A1 FS
The Beretta APX A1 FS has aggressive, angled slide serrations at the front and back of the slide. (Photo credit: Beretta)

Beretta’s Pistol Product Manager, Nicola Lorenzi, made the following statement regarding the APX A1 FS:

Building on Beretta’s knowledge and history of performance, the APX A1 offers the most competitive feature set available today on the market. The APX A1 takes the proven ergonomics and reliability of the APX family to the next level with integrated features derived from feedback from military, law enforcement, and tactical shooters. It aims for the highest levels in performance, safety, and quality to operate for any shooter in the field.

Beretta APX A1 FS field stripped
This is a modular pistol with three interchangeable, integral backstraps for customization to fit the shooter’s hand. (Photo credit: Beretta)

Beretta APX A1 FS Features

  • Best-In-Class Trigger
  • Serrated Combat Trigger Guard
  • Tritium Front Sight w/ White Outline
  • Red Dot Optic-Ready Slide
  • Aggressive Slide Serrations
  • Extended Beaver Tail
  • Ambidextrous Slide Release
  • Reversible Mag Release (left or right)
  • Straight Grip Profile
  • Multiple Backstrap Sizes Included in the Box

MSRP for all three available capacities of the Beretta APX A1 FS is $529.00.

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Trijicon Quick Release Mounts with Q-Loc

The mount you use to attach your optic to your rifle matters a great deal. Poorly-made or badly-designed mounts can make it impossible to hold zero or might fail entirely at the worst moment possible, so it’s a must to have a high-quality mount to go with your chosen optic. It’s always smart to go with a proven manufacturer. Trijicon is one such manufacturer and is well known and respected for both its optics and its mounts. If you’re looking for a solid quick release design, consider Trijicon’s Q-Loc Technology mounts.

Trijicon quick-release mounts with Q-Loc Technology are available for a wide range of mounts that are compatible with their extensive line of optics. (Photo credit: Trijicon)

Trijicon describes the Q-Loc Technology quick released mounts:

Q-LOC Technology is a patented quick release optics mounting system, featuring multiple proprietary recoil lugs to ensure total rail engagement. Shooters can easily remove and re-attach an optic with a Q-LOC mount without the need to confirm zero. Heavy-duty springs enable one-handed operation while also ensuring secure retention under hard and repeated recoil. Q-LOC mounts feature compact, circular knob designs to minimize the hazards of gear snags while also facilitating one-handed mounting and removal.

All Trijicon mounts with Q-LOC Technology are manufactured in the U.S. from 6061-T6 aluminum with precision-cut dimensions to accommodate any platform and ensure optimal placement on MIL-STD 1913, NATO, non-mil spec, and even damaged rails.

snag resistant knob
The Trijicon quick-release mounts with Q-Loc Technology have snag-resistant knobs. Their compact, circular design minimizes the hazards of gear snags. (Photo credit: Trijicon)

According to the manufacturer, the quick-release mount’s Q-Loc Technology allows for full rail engagement and a more solid base than many other designs. In fact, it’s so carefully designed that Trijicon states shooters won’t have to re-do zero when taking off an optic with this mount and then putting it back on the same rifle. Heavy-duty springs hold the mount securely to the rifle’s rail and proprietary lugs help keep it engaged.

Other features include precision-cut dimensions, rugged durability, and a matte black anodized finish. Trijicon’s quick-release mounts with Q-Loc Technology are available for a wide range of their optics including Bolt Action Mounts, Cantilever Mounts,  ACOG/VCOG/Trijicon Electro-Optics Mounts, and Red Dot Mounts.

Q-Loc technology
Trijicon’s quick release mount with Q-Loc Technology has a return to zero feature. Multiple proprietary recoil lugs ensure total rail engagement. Easily remove and re-attach without needing to confirm zero. (Photo credit: Trijicon)

John Trull, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Trijicon, had the following to say about the quick-release mount:

We are excited to bring a family of quick release mounts to shooters and hunters that are strong enough to match the durability of our optics. We’ve applied the same precision in our manufacturing process for these mounts as we do our optics, as well as put them through the same rigorous Science of Brilliant testing, to make sure we’re delivering mounts that meet the standard of Trijicon quality.

Trijicon optic mount
The mount is machined from 6061 aluminum for outstanding, repeatable performance. (Photo credit: Trijicon)

MSRP varies depending on the optic the mount is designed to fit.

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Apex Competition Trigger Kits for Ruger Mk IV Pistols

Upgrading your Ruger Mark IV or Mark IV 22/45 pistol is easy with an Apex Competition Trigger Kit. Available with either a black or red anodized flat-faced trigger, that is adjustable for over-travel, the kit is a significant performance upgrade for one of the most popular .22LR handguns on the market.

The kit includes trigger, sear, and hammer, along with a safety plate that maintains factory safety values.

Designed, tested, and manufactured by Apex to provide an improved, more responsive trigger pull in the Ruger Mk IV pistols, the Competition Trigger Kit replaces the factory trigger, hammer, and sear with Apex components. When installed, the kit lightens the trigger pull weight to approximately 3.0 lbs., reduces over-travel by approximately 80 percent and overall trigger travel by 25 percent, resulting in a lighter, crisper trigger break that is ideal for both the competition and recreational shooter.

Apex trigger from kit
The trigger kit is easy to install and lightens the trigger pull weight to approximately 3.0 pounds and reduces the over-travel by roughly 80 percent and overall trigger travel by 25 percent for a lighter, crisper trigger break.

Features and Specifications

  • Reduces trigger pull to approx. 3.0 lbs
  • Reduces trigger over-travel up to approx. 80 percent
  • Reduces overall travel approx. 25 percent
  • Delivers crisp trigger break
  • Maintains factory safety values
  • Easy To Install
  • Apex Part #: 117-114 (Black), 117-154 (Red)
  • MSRP: $160.00

In the box is an Action Enhanced Trigger, Hammer, and Sear. Also included in each kit is a safety plate that maintains factory safety values, even when put through Apex’s extensive drop-testing process which is conducted from six feet onto concrete. Additionally, in each kit is a magazine safety delete, which when installed, allows the pistol to fire without the magazine inserted. Installing this component is optional, but Apex recommends it be used for competition purposes only.

Apex trigger kits for Ruger Mk IV
Upgrading the trigger in a Ruger Mk IV and Mk IV 22/45 pistols is easier with the Apex Competition trigger Kit.

The Apex Competition Trigger kit is available with an MSRP of $160.

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FN America Mid Range Gas Gun (MRGG)

Do you love the FN SCAR? Interested in what is essentially a variant, or at least a close relative of the SCAR? Then you’re going to love the FN America Mid Range Gas Gun (MRGG) line. The MRGG lineup from the respected gun maker is currently made up of two rifles, the MRGG-A and the MRGG-S.

The FN America MRGG is, as its name suggests, a Mid Range Gas Gun. Although it has some SCAR-like features it is definitely a new model in its own right. (Photo credit: Soldier Systems)

The launch of the FN MRGG-A and MRGG-S was initially reported by Soldier Systems, who wrote:

Offered in two variants MRGG-A for Assault and MRGG-S for Sniper Support. The most glaring differences between the two variants are a 14.5″ barrel for MRGG-A and 20″ MRGG-S as well as different pistol grips and buttstock for the two versions. However, the side-folding adapter fits with an M4 standard buttstock so the shooter can configure the stock as he sees fit.

Controls are ambidextrous. Additionally, only MRGG-A offers full-auto fire. Otherwise, it’s semi and safe selectors for both, but it is more ergonomic than on the SCAR. There’s also a two-stage trigger which was designed in house.

FN Mid Range Gas Gun
The FN MRGG is designed for combat and is available as a full-auto or sniper model. (Photo credit: Soldier Systems)

Features of the guns include:

  • AR-style top-mounted charging handle
  • Non-reciprocating side charging handles
  • A combination forward assist and brass deflector
  • FN’s own two-stage trigger
  • Height adjustable bipod
  • Barrel lengths specific to their purpose (14.5 inch on MRGG-A and 20 inch on MRGG-S)
  • Compatible with SR25 magazines
  • Full-length MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny Rail
  • M-LOK compatible as well
  • Adjustable gas block
  • Suppressed and unsuppressed settings on gas block
  • HUXWRX Safety Co. suppressor
  • Cold hammer-forged barrel
  • Highly customizable stocks and interchangeable barrels
  • Available in 6.5 Creedmoor and 7.62x51mm NATO
  • MRGG-A ships with a Gen 3 Vortex Razor 1-10×24 optic and a Badger C1 mount and Leupold Delta Point Pro backup sight
  • MRGG-S ships with a Gen 2 Vortex Razor 4-27×50 optic and a Spuhr 4002 mount with FN ELITY
The side-folding adapter on the FN MRGG fits with an M4 standard buttstock
The side-folding adapter on the FN MRGG fits with an M4 standard buttstock so the user can configure it to their specific needs. (Photo credit: Soldier Systems)

Interestingly, Soldier Systems also noted that there’s an “adjustable gas block with suppressed and unsuppressed settings while the Gas Regulator is now buried in the receiver assembly and redesigned to reduce flash while shooting under NODS.” This is a fantastic feature for FN to include in the MRGG’s design. From their high-quality overall design to the thought that obviously went into the controls, it’s clear FN created these rifles to be the ultimate combat-oriented Mid Range Gas Guns.

FN MRGG receiver and controls
A look at the receiver and controls of the FN MRGG. (Photo credit: Soldier Systems)

Limited information is available regarding the FN MRGG-A and MRGG-S at this time. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

What do you think of the MRGGs? Could FN eventually win the SOCOM contract that’s still up for grabs? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Springfield 4.25″ Emissary 1911 Pistol

The Springfield Armory line of popular Emissary 1911 pistols includes the Emissary 4.25” in 9mm. Bridging the gap between duty and custom handguns, the Emissary delivers a bold and capable 1911 pistol with defense-minded features intended for serious use as well as convenient carry.

Springfield Armory expanded its Emissary 1911 pistol line to include the 4.25” Emissary in 9mm. It is said the pistol is a bold and capable 1911 pistol with defense-minded features intended for serious use as well as convenient carry.

The 4.25″ Emissary in 9mm from Springfield Armory blends form and function seamlessly in a firearm built for defense. Loaded with custom-grade features, it’s constructed with a forged stainless steel frame and forged carbon steel slide, with a beautiful two-tone finish. The distinctive squared trigger guard has been designed with additional room for ease of operation with a gloved hand.

The slide’s “Tri-Top” cut gives the Emissary custom styling, while a flattened top strap is finished with 40 LPI serrations to diffuse light and reduce glare. On top, the tritium and luminescent front sight on the Emissary pairs with a Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight for easy target acquisition in all lighting conditions.

Emissary pistol on dark background
The 4.25” Emissary is constructed with a forged stainless steel frame along with a forged carbon steel slide, for a beautiful two-tone finish that adds to the overall lines and aesthetics of the pistol.

Springfield Emissary 4.25″ 1911 Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Color: Stainless/Blued
  • Barrel: 4.25” Forged Stainless Steel, Match Grade
  • Frame: Forged Stainless Steel
  • Sights: Tridium/Luminescent Front, Tactical Rear U-Notch
  • Weight: 40 oz.
  • Length: 7.75”
  • Height: 5.25”
  • Magazines: 2 9-Round Magazines
  • Grips: VZ Grips

A bushing-less stainless steel 4.25″ bull barrel delivers maximum accuracy while reducing felt recoil and muzzle flip. In addition, the Emissary’s skeletonized hammer delivers ultra-fast lock times and combines with a solid-body, flat-faced trigger for top-end performance.

4.25" Emissary front sight
The Springfield 4.25” Emissary pistol’s slide features the “Tri-Top” cut to help diffuse light and reduce glare. Also on the slide is the Tridium front sight that matches up with the U-Notch rear sight.

The forged stainless frame’s front strap and mainspring housing are wrapped in a grenade-pattern texture for firm engagement in adverse conditions, which are matched with slimline grip panels by VZ Grips machined from G10. Each pistol comes with two top-quality 9-round stainless steel magazines with base pads. MSRP is $1,349.

“With its more compact slide and barrel length and the ever-popular 9mm chambering, this newest addition to Springfield Armory’s 1911 family of pistols provides an excellent option for a defensive handgun with an added level of refinement,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory.

4.25" Emissary from side
The Emissary boasts a stainless steel 4.25″ bull barrel that reportedly delivers maximum accuracy while reducing felt recoil and muzzle flip. To round out the pistol, the grenade-pattern texture on the frame allows for a firm grip even in unforgiving elements.

The Emissary 4.25″ 9mm is truly a refined 1911 built for self-defense, blending the best elements of a defensive handgun and a custom pistol to create a gorgeous and capable firearm that stands ready to deliver.

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Maxim Quiet: Maxim Defense Enters Suppressor Game

Maxim Defense is manufacturing suppressors. Beginning with one for a belt-fed, then the DSX-D (Duty Suppressor System – Direct Thread) suppressor, plus the DRF-22 (Direct Thread Rimfire) suppressor, with more to come. And none other than industry legend Phil Dater is helping them do it.

Maxim Defense has upgraded its offerings to include suppressors, with the help of industry legend, Phil Dater, formerly of Gemtech Suppressors. Initial offerings include one for a belt-fed, the DSX-D (Duty Suppressor System – Direct Thread) suppressor, and the DRF-22 (Direct Thread Rimfire) suppressor with more coming down the pipe.

Maxim Defense Suppressor Development

After S&W acquired Gemtech Suppressors and moved the company cross country, Maxim Defense was privileged to hire many of the talented people who remained behind. One of those people was Phil Dater. You might remember his name from the founding of Gemtech and the excellent work done by Antares Technologies in the modern small arms and suppressor industry.

Michael Windfield, founder and owner of Maxim Defense, launched the development of Maxim’s suppressors with the directive, “We do the hard stuff first.” Hard stuff in this context refers to successfully suppressing an FN MAG belt-fed machine gun, which they did.

Having checked that box, they began developing a full line of suppressors. Those devices are now dropping sound levels well below the OSHA hearing safe threshold of 140dB. For example, the average measurements taken per MILSTD-1474D while testing the DSX-D suppressor were 134dB on a 10.3″ AR-15 chambered in 5.56 and 114dB with the DRF-22 rimfire suppressor. These sound levels were measured at the shooter’s ear.

Maxim Defense DSX-D Suppressor

DSX-D Suppressor
The DSX-D, or the Duty Suppressor System – Direct Thread suppressor, is a MonoKore design that was designed to be robust and strong enough to withstand full-auto fire in 5.56mm, 7,62mm, and 6.8 Creedmoor.

The DSX-D (Duty Suppressor System – Direct Thread) suppressor is specifically designed to minimize a suppressed weapon system’s violent cyclic rate and gas blowback.

The suppressor consists of a three-piece MonoKore design that adds 7.25″ to the muzzle of the rifle. The DSX-D is rated for full auto in all available calibers; 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and 6.5 Creedmoor.

There is, however, an 8.5″ barrel restriction. Additionally, the suppressor can be pinned to a 10.3″ barrel to give you a 16″ overall barrel length essentially.

DSX-D Suppressor Features

  • State of the art MonoKore Design
  • Simple three-piece design
  • Constructed of military-grade materials (Grade-5 Titanium and 17-4 Stainless Steel)
  • Drops the sound level below the OSHA hearing safe threshold of 140dB
  • Purposely built for each available caliber (5.56, 7.62, 6.5 Creedmoor)
  • The suppressor core has integrated carbon cutters for easy tube cleaning
  • Full auto rated in all available calibers
  • Ships with direct thread mount (1/2×28 for 5.56 or 5/8×24 for 7.62 and 6.5 Creedmoor)
  • Disassembles with standard tools for end-user serviceability

DSX-D Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Diameter: 1.75″ outer diameter
  • Material Composition: Grade-5 Titanium and 17-4 Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 21 ounces
  • Overall Length: 7.9″
  • Finish: Cerakote and DLC (Diamond-Like Coating)
Maxim Defense MonoKore suppressors
The DSX-D and the DRF-22 suppressors have a MonoKore design and can be disassembled with standard tools and are user-serviceable.

DSX-D Suppressor Testing Protocol

The Duty Suppressor System is built for the world’s most rigorous demands; this suppressor is designed to be the most robust and strongest suppressor in its category.

It has been repeatedly tested with SOCOM tables across various calibers and barrel lengths, down to 8.5″ 5.56 NATO with M855 ball ammunition. It has survived with no damage or significant change in sound reduction.

SOCOM Firing Table test is conducted using eight fully loaded 30-round magazines, fired sequentially at different rates, from 1 round per second to a full auto mag dump.

Magazine #1 – 1 round per second

Magazine #2 – 2 rounds per second

Magazine #3 – 1 round per second

Magazine #4 – 3 to 5 round bursts

Magazine #5 – 1 round per second

Magazine #6 – 2 rounds per second

Magazine #7 – 1 round per second

Magazine #8 – full auto mag dump

Maxim Defense DFR-22 Rimfire Suppressor

DRF-22 Suppressor
The DRF-22, or the Direct Thread Rimfire suppressor, has a simple three-piece MonoKore design and is constructed of military-grade materials. The DRF-22 is designed for .22lr pistols and rifles chambered in .22lr, .22MAG, and .17HMR.

The DRF-22 (Direct Thread Rimfire) Suppressor is specifically designed to minimize the increase in cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed rimfire firearm. Design features include the significant reduction of sound signature, decreasing flash signature, reduction of recoil, and an increase in overall accuracy.

DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Features

  • State of the art MonoKore Design
  • Simple three-piece design
  • Constructed of military-grade materials
  • No detectable first round pop
  • Designed explicitly for .22LR pistols and rifles chambered in .22LR, .22MAG, and.17HMR
  • Disassembles with standard tools for end-user serviceability

DRF-22 Rimfire Suppressor Technical Specs

  • Diameter: 1.0″ outer diameter
  • Material Composition: 7075-T6 Aluminum and 6AI-4V Titanium
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Overall Length: 5.9″
  • Finish: Type III MIL-SPEC hard coat anodizing and DLC

 

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Weaver Multi-Slot Bases for Savage AXIS Rifles

Weaver has been an industry leader in high-performance optics and mounting systems for more than 80 years. The company offers multi-slot base options to include those for the Savage AXIS rifles. They accept all Weaver Top Mount Rings and Picatinny style rings and accommodate mounting scopes, red dots, laser optics, and more. Because of their one-piece, multi-slot design, rings can be moved forward or back for optimal eye relief.

The Weaver multi-slot bases for the Savage AXIS rifles all use 8-40 screws and include a standard 0 MOA model, an extended 0 MOA model, and an extended 20 MOA model.The models for the Savage Axis include a standard 0 MOA multi-slot base with 8-40 screws, a 0 MOA extended multi-slot base with 8-40 screws and a 20 MOA extended multi-slot base with 8-40 screws. 

Weaver Optics multi-slot base for Savage
Weaver Optics upgraded their multi-slot base options to include those for the Savage AXIS rifles. Weaver is best known as an industry leader for optics and mounting systems for more than 80 years.

“The latest offerings from Weaver were specifically developed to be compatible with the Savage Axis rifles that feature the new receiver which requires a larger 8-40 screw,” said Monte Koenigs, product manager for Weaver. “These rifles are quite popular and now consumers have even more mounting options including a 20 MOA base that is canted down to allow for more elevation adjustments at extended ranges. Each scope base is made in the USA and makes for a great match for any Savage Axis rifle.”

 

Weaver base for Savage AXIS Rifles
Weaver multi-slot bases are constructed of tough yet lightweight aluminum to withstand the most powerful of rifle recoils. Additionally, all accept Weaver Top Mount Rings and Picatinny style rings and can accommodate mounting scopes, lasers, and red dots to name a few.

Weaver Multi-Slot Bases are constructed with tough, lightweight aluminum to withstand the most powerful recoil. They are durably made in the U.S. and have an MSRP of $16.95.

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