by Chris A. Choat
IWI Now Debuting UZI Pro Pistol and UZI Pro Pistol SB
The Uzi Pro Pistol and Uzi Pro Pistol SB are the latest evolution of that storied design, now featuring the most advanced firearms technologies. Based on the famous Uzi SMG, the Uzi Pro is purpose-built with only one goal: uncompromising performance and reliability on a robust design. This 9mm Luger Parabellum version for the American public sports an advanced polymer pistol grip that reduces weight and incorporates an integrated magazine release button for fast and easy magazine changes. The cocking handle is located on the receiver side allowing for a full-length Picatinny rail on the top receiver cover. A short Picatinny rail is also incorporated into the polymer body, mounted below the barrel, perfect for additional accessory placement. Two versions of the Uzi Pro Pistol will be available in the U.S. The first is the basic pistol but perhaps the most exciting news is that the Uzi Pro Pistol will also be offered with a side-folding stabilizing brace, the Uzi Pro SB. The stabilizing brace will be produced exclusively for IWI US by SB Tactical, LLC, designers and manufacturers of the original SB15 and SB47 Pistol Stabilizing Braces that have reinvigorated the market for large frame pistols in the U.S. Originally designed as a means for persons with limited mobility to operate and fire the AR-15 pistol, it soon became clear to shooters across the USA that by adding a stabilizing brace to their large frame pistols, they could achieve greater accuracy while enjoying an enhanced shooting experience through improved firearm stabilization and control.
The custom adaptation of the stabilizing brace to the Uzi Pro SB takes the application of large frame pistol control and stabilization to a new level. With the IWI brace’s unique side-folding feature, the Uzi Pro SB can be fired with or without the brace extended depending on the shooter’s need. With the brace in the folded position, storage space required in your safe or range bag is minimized. The new Uzi Pro and Uzi Pro SB feature three safety mechanisms: a conventional manual thumb safety, a firing pin block and a proven grip safety that must be fully depressed before the gun can be cocked and fired. Simple maintenance on the Uzi Pro requires no special tools for quick and easy field stripping. Each Uzi Pro Pistol comes with one 20-round and one 25-round magazine. Find out more at www.iwi.us.
Bushnell Announces Lynx Night VIsion Binocular
Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, has just introduced the new Lynx 2.5x 40mm night vision binocular. The Gen I night vision unit features 2.5 times magnification, a viewing range of 750 feet combined with a wide field of view and an extended battery life. With its compact ergonomic design, the night vision binocular measures just seven inches in length and weighs only 17 ounces. Depending on ambient light conditions, the built-in infrared (IR) spotlight can be turned on or off to improve the viewing experience. Powered with two AAA batteries, the night vision binocular can run up to 20 hours with the IR illuminated, or up to 70 hours with the IR off. The ability to manage the IR setting allows users to control the viewing experience while improving battery life. Built with a durable rubber-armored housing, the night vision binocular is easy to carry and field-ready. The Bushnell Lynx night vision binocular is available for a retail price of $599.99. You can contact them at www.bushnell.com.
Auto Ordnance Introduces Budget-Priced 1911BKO
USA based Kahr Firearms Group is proud to announce the introduction of the Auto Ordnance 1911BKO. The 1911BKO is only the second 1911 pistol to be introduced over the past year, following in the footsteps of the successful 1911TC model in stainless steel just last year. The Auto Ordnance 1911BKO frame incorporates GI specs and features a matte black finish frame, barrel and slide. The carbon steel slide, sear and disconnector are machined from solid bar stock and heat treated properly to assure durability and long life over many thousands of rounds. The low-profile sights feature a blade front sight and a rear drift adjustable for windage. The grip is brown checkered plastic. This .45 ACP has a 5 inch barrel, length is 8.5 inches overall and weighs just 39 oz. The 1911BKO is 100% made in the USA and ships with one 7-round magazine. The BKO has a thumb safety, grip safety and firing pin block and carries a retail price of just $517. For more information on the complete line of Auto Ordnance products, please visit www.auto-ordnance.com.
Lancer Introduces Adaptive Magwell and SIG 716 Handguard
Lancer Systems LP, a leading advanced weapons and components manufacturer, has just announced the availability of two new products: the Adaptive Magwell and SIG Sauer 716 Replacement Handguard. Both are engineered using advanced, high-performance technologies to reduce weight and maximize reliability, exceeding military standards. The Lancer Adaptive Magwell is machined from 6061 T6 aluminum and is designed to fit mil-spec 5.56 AR style rifles. The component increases the diameter of the magwell and the speed with which the rifle can be reloaded. It is installed by opening the winter trigger guard and attaching the lower half to the trigger, then engaging the lower component to the trigger guard attachment on the rifle. The upper component is then slid on from the front and attached with two Allen screws. Retail price is $99.99. The Lancer replacement handguard for the SIG 716 features a free float design with aluminum Picatinny sight rail at 12 o’clock. It also has an octagon carbon fiber tube with cut-outs to expose the gas block adjusting knob. Cooling slots in the tube accept rails and slots at 6 o’clock and accept a rail for mounting a bi-pod. Available with top rails in carbine length, 7.4 inches, and extended length, 13.1 inches. Prices start at $274.99. Contact them at
TargetVision Introduces Portable Remote Target Changer
The new Portable Remote Target Changer has just been introduced by TargetVision. The Portable Remote Target Changer is an aluminum, battery powered, wireless target changing system with AR500 armor plating. With the push of a button, a user can roll down a fresh, new target from up to 600 yards away. The unit can easily be set up by one person. The system minimizes a shooters number of trips down range and is the perfect complement to a wireless spotting scope to improve their overall shooting experience. The unit operates on 900MHz radio frequency and weighs 97 pounds. It is powered by rechargeable lithium ion batteries and has an assembled height of 3 feet 6 inches. The target size is 24 by 24 inches. It comes with a 74 count roll of targets, a 12 volt DC charger and a remote controller. The target changer can also be ordered with its own fitted Pelican case. For more information go to www.targetvisioncam.com.
Magnum Research Announces First All Stainless Desert Eagle
Magnum Research has taken their most iconic handgun, the Desert Eagle, and given it an exciting new look. For the first time ever, the Desert Eagle .50 AE can now be purchased with an all stainless steel construction in the frame, slide, barrel, rail on the frame and an integral muzzle brake. The stainless steel models are 100% made in the USA and currently in production ready to ship to wholesalers and dealers. The Desert Eagle has always been considered a bit of a beast, but now, with the rugged stainless steel frame, slide and barrel, black appointments, and the new Picatinny bottom rail for accessories, it has a very distinctive new look. This high quality stainless steel model has an overpowering appearance at the gun counter and at the range, and it will be much easier to repair minor scratches than some of their other custom finish models. Also new from Magnum Research for 2015, the Desert Eagle all stainless steel model is offered in either a standard 6 inch barrel or with an integral muzzle brake. The integral muzzle brake is also offered on the DE50, DE44, and the DE357 6-inch barrel models in black. The integral muzzle brake will replace the add-on brake that Magnum Research has offered for several years. The integral muzzle brake offers significant recoil reduction, less muzzle flip and a new streamlined look. In addition, since the overall length remains the same as the standard 6 inch barrel model, the same holsters will fit the integral brake model. The integral muzzle brake model also means it can be offered at a lower price than the add-on muzzle brake. For more information and ordering instructions contact them at www.magnumresearch.com.
|This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V19N4 (May 2015)|