by A1F Daily Staff - Friday, January 22, 2016
At a scant 30 miles northwest of gun-unfriendly Chicago, Lake Zurich, Ill., is an odd place for a premier AR manufacturer to land. Escaping from such fetters in January may explain why we found a seeming party going on in the Devil Dog booth, or maybe they’re just that happy about what appear to be fine 5.56 and 7.62 ARs. With a billet M4/5.56 DDA-15B “MRP” about smothered in Magpul furniture and other goodies at $1,399, and ranging all the way up the scale to their 7.62 DDA-10B “Cerberus” (the dog from hell, literally, you may recall), there’s a rifle for almost any taste and purpose. They’ll even walk you through your own DDA assembly in their plant. Pictured is a new variant for Devil Dog in .510 Beck: Read up on it, or take our word—it lobs sledgehammers of various shapes and sizes. Here, too, we hope to have a report for you soon.
When Kimber tells us, “You’ll have to wait until …,” we generally start muttering, futile as it is. We understand about having things truly ready: Defensive handgunning is, after all, very serious business. But a pistol like the Micro 9 brings out a decidedly juvenile impatience: Real sights, a solid grip architecture, and unloaded weights starting at under 16 ounces are hard to resist, especially in a 1911-like, 9 mm package as true as this one. June, they told us, maybe a little before. It can’t come too soon …
It’s hard to get out of the Leupold booth without the “wow” count getting out of hand, and SHOT 2016 is proving no exception. There always seems to be just one more gotta-see optic, and when it comes to the Mark 4 4.5-14x50 ER/T M5, we wish they hadn’t. Almost. To legendary Mark 4 ruggedness and precision, the 4.5-14x50 adds a huge windage and elevation range (100 MOA), extremely fine but positive adjustment (.1 mil) and a Front Focal, Tactical Milling reticle. If you’re primed for the other shoe to drop, don’t be: This Mark 4 delivers all that precision in under 13 inches and less than a pound and a half. They didn’t have to pry it out of our hands exactly, but as Wellington said, “It was a damned close-run thing.” And we were Napoleon.
We’re relatively fresh from a 13,000-plus round test of the striker-fired SIG 320, and feel like we know it fairly well. It’s a reliable, accurate and extremely versatile pistol (remember that whole grip/caliber/size/color change business, all based on a single, serialized internal core). Imagine the glee when our malingering in the vast SIG booth revealed yet another variation: A planned long slide version will soon provide another option. Labeled as a “target” model, the grip module showed some subtle changes, too. Apparently not quite finalized, our hosts said not to expect it until the June time frame. The wait is going to be tough, but if the original is any clue, very worthwhile.
For 2016 LaRue Tactical rolled out two scope mounts for the Trijicon MRO. Both mounts feature the company’s outstanding locking levers, enabling a very repeatable return to zero. Made from aluminum and hard coat anodized, these two mounts allow you to view your sights in the lower one-third of the scope instead of a true co-witness. The styles are very different looking, but allow you to choose the one you think works best best for your rifle, shooting needs and shooting style.
One of the coolest things to come out for long-range shooters is the new target from MGM. With the company’s new target-hanging system, you can hang one or two targets on a T-Post type fence post. This can make things very easy when you want a target set up right here and now. Just drive in a T-post, hang up a target and start shooting. Suspended by a piece of cloth fire hose, the target hanger material will last much longer than rubber conveyer belt. MGM also offers a lifetime guarantee on all its steel when shot with pistol calibers—the only company in business to offer that.
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