By Chris A. Choat
The Magpul” is thermoplastic loop installed on the base of the 5.56 (M-16) rifle magazine. Through this loop and recessed rough gripping surface, it provides unsurpassed speed and controllability during high stress, tactical magazine changes. It’s patent pending design allows for quick and easy installation and removal without compromising the grip needed to remain on the magazine during tactical scenarios. The Magpul” is based on the tried and true para-cords and duct-tape tabs currently in use with special warfare units worldwide. These units discovered that a loop or tab affixed to the base of the rifle magazine could aid dramatically in a successful magazine change under high stress situations. The Magpul” offers the following benefits; rigid finger loop allows for greater speed in magazine removal and subsequent 180 degree turn for insertion in the rifle, easy installation and removal in under 30 seconds, the finger loop acts as a shock absorber to protect the magazine from damage if dropped as well as silencing magazines stored next to each other. The rough texturing also provides a positive gripping surface under slippery or wet conditions. Magpul” is compatible with all US Government M-16 30 round and 20 round magazines (including the new Teflon coated versions). Other 5.56 NATO magazines successfully tested by Magpul Industries Corp include Israelia Orlite, Thermodl, Sterling 40 round and the Steyr AUG. Versions for the 7.62 and 9mm are planned for release in the next three months. For more information contact Magpul Industries Corp., Dept. SAR, PO Box 17697. Boulder, CO 80308-0697. Phone: 1-303-410-0506. Fax: 1-303-404-9319
RUGER 50TH ANNIVERSARY RIFLE AND SHOTGUN
In conjunction with Ruger’s 50th anniversary they are pleased to announce two very special new products. The classic Ruger No. 1S rifle and 45-70 caliber and the Ruger Red Label over/under shotguns are being produced with commemorative engraving. The Ruger No. 1 rifle combines classic design with modern manufacturing to provide the knowledgeable rifleman with the luxury of a performance-proven rifle that retains the beauty and elegant simplicity of a century ago. Ruger celebrates its 50th anniversary in a very special engraved No. 1 S, appropriately chambered in the historic 45-70 cartridge. Selectively plated in 24 carat gold, the massive, sculptured receiver compliments the elegance of their tasteful engraving and special 50th year logo. Beautifully stocked in select Cirassian walnut, this rifle is designed for the serious Ruger collector and sportsman. Also available are the 50th anniversary Ruger Red Label shotguns. These classic arms are now available in a very special engraved edition. In their 50th year of production, Ruger proudly presents the Ruger Red Label shotguns in unique design with 24 carat gold plated birds in flight. The 12-gauge model sports a duck, the 20 gauge model a pheasant and the 28 gauge model a grouse. Each model is further enhanced with their anniversary logo. For more information on these highly collectable firearms contact, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., Dept. SAR, 200 Ruger Road, Prescott, Arizona 86301-6181 Phone: 1-520-541-8824. Fax: 1-520-541-8850
TACTICAL GRIPS FROM S.C. HINES COMPANY
S.C. Hines Company has just introduced several new replacement grips for the AR-15/M-16 and the H&K rifles. Their grips are available in several types including, Target, Tactical and Tactical Deluxe. The new grips are direct replacement and are molded from a tough durable space age polymer. These series of grips are currently available; the Sure Grip”, the Ergo Grip” and the Clip-A-Grip”. Both the Target and Tactical series are available with palm shelf similar to the one on the H&K PSG-1 rifle. Other features include palm swells and thumb shelf on certain models. S.C. Hines Company even has an H&K Navy type grip for steel frame lowers. Check out this innovative company for all their top of the line grips. For more information contact S.C. Hines Company, Dept SAR, PO Box 423, Tijeras, NM 87059. They can be reached by phone at 1-505-281-3783.
|This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V3N2 (November 1999)|