SIG is currently displaying two new additions to the ASP airgun line, the P320 ASP pistols in Black and FDE. Chambered for .177 pellets, the ASP P320 series features an all-metal slide, rifled steel barrel, and polymer grip. The rearward section of the grip breaks away to reveal the CO2 canister housing which powers the action, and the P320 ASP comes complete with an impressive 30-round rotary magazine.
Umarex’s ‘Legends’ consists of full-auto blowback action bb guns patterned after iconic weapons, or as Umarex’s marketing puts it, “Designs that changed history”. Two of the guns in this line caught my eye, the M712, and the MP, which is also new for 2017.
The M712 is patterned after the M712 “Schnellfeuer” or “Fast Fire” C96 Mauser, which was capable of full-auto fire and sported a detachable magazine. Umarex’s bb version follows suit, featuring full metal construction, full-auto or semi-auto fire, and an 18-round detachable magazine, which also houses the CO2 cartridge needed to power the gun’s action.
The MP is patterned after the iconic MP40, and like the M712 above, features full metal construction and select fire. The MP’s action is powered by two 12g CO2 capsules which are housed in the 60-round detachable magazine. The MP comes complete with a folding stock and adjustable rear sight with fixed front post.
I always like to visit the Kel-Tec booth early because they always have something new (and because they release a new deck of playing cards every year which tend to run out fast).
For this year, Kel-Tec has two new models of their RDB, and one new model of the KSG.
Forgive the image orientation, but the KSG–25 is long, 38 inches long to be exact. The KSG-25 Sports a 30.5 inch barrel, with a standard capacity of 24+1 2.75 inch shells, hence the name. It weighs a hefty 9.25 lbs. unloaded, and roughly 11.5 lbs. when loaded. This particular model will come complete with Magpul MBUS front and rear sites, and a Magpul RVG vertical grip, along with a heat shield to cover the extended barrel. Kel-Tec states The KSG–25 will see a limited release third quarter of this year, provided demand is high enough.
The RDB Tactical is a variation of the RDB, featuring a two position collapsible stock, as well as an M-LOK forend designed specifically for the rifle. The rep told me the rifle was so new, they didn’t have time to print out a sales card for it.
The RDB Survival is a minimalist profile variant of the RDB designed for field carry. Like the tactical, it features a 16 inch barrel, although this one is pencil profile to keep the weight down. The Survival model has an overall length of 26.1 inches, with a weight of 5 pounds, and comes with integrated iron sites, and can except any standard AR magazines. The survival also features the same two positions stock as the tactical model, providing an additional 1.5 inches of stock length for the shooter.
YouTube channel Rulof Maker made a working air rifle inspired by the ‘Tihar’ from the Metro series of video games.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (January 15, 2017)—Umarex USA expands their Axeon Optic Solutions™ product line with a revolutionary new way for shooters to hit their long distance targets. Axeon’s new, patented Second Zero™ optical device will change the way hunters and AR shooters think about taking that 300+ yard shot.
Available in both rail-mounted versions for the MSR market and scope-mounted versions for the traditional hunting market, the Second Zero system allows any scope or optic to have two functional zeros with no manual manipulation of the reticle or red-dot. Utilizing a patented custom prism system, a rifle that is zeroed in at 100 yards can be on target at a second distance when the Second Zero system is engaged—without the need to compensate for bullet drop.
TACOMHQ and its president, longtime and highly respected optic developer, John Baker, have partnered with Umarex USA to bring the Second Zero to hunters and shooters worldwide. In addition to the stock Second Zero product line, TACOMHQ will continue to offer custom versions of the product to meet individual shooters’ needs through the TACOMHQ custom shop.
“We are excited about our partnership with Umarex USA. They have the strength to bring in sales and they’re well equipped in the areas of marketing, consumer understanding and distribution. Their new Axeon product line will debut at SHOT Show 2017 (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show) with the Second Zero system, an affordable and extremely usable tool for all hunters and tactical shooters,” said TACOMHQ President, John Baker.
“Our acquisition of these and other assets assures that Umarex USA’s Axeon Optics brand will be a market leader through innovation,” said Richard Turner III, Umarex USA’s VP of Sales & Marketing. “We have tremendous respect for the innovation and commitment to performance that John and his TACOMHQ team have in developing optical products and we share these same approaches within Umarex.”
Holy marketing cross-overs, Batman!
This commercial from Chevy depicts LEGO Batman’s Batmobile as a vehicle under their lineup, a parody of their recent string of (annoying) focus group commercials.
If I had $48 million lying around, and this was real, I’d buy one.
Solon, Ohio (Jan. 12, 2016) – Air Venturi, an exclusive airgun, airsoft and ammunition importer of leading international airgun brands, today introduced the Air Venturi Electric 4500 psi Air Compressor. This release marks a welcome addition to the PCP airgunners’ toolkit . Currently, PCP owners have to rely on local fire departments and SCUBA shops to refill their air tanks and hand pumps to fill their guns. The new Air Venturi Air Compressor allows users to refill their air tanks in the convenience of their own home in as little as 10 minutes.
“The Air Venturi Air Compressor makes PCP airgunning much more user-friendly,” said Air Venturi Marketing Manager Kristen Coss. “PCP Airguns generally represent the best airguns for power and accuracy, but until now their biggest drawback has been finding a way to fill your air tank without a drive into town. This compressor makes the middleman completely unnecessary, because you can now fill your airgun at home.”
According to Paul Milkovich, Air Venturi’s Director of Business Development, the Air Venturi Electric Air Compressor marks a turning point in PCP airgunning and may turn more users onto PCP airguns. “Typically compressors of this build and quality can be priced as high as $3,000. We really wanted to develop an affordable option for PCP airgunners. With an MSRP of $1,499, our compressor puts fast refills within reach,” he said. “PCPs are the future of airgunning, and with the Air Venturi Compressor you cannot make refilling these guns easier or more convenient.”
Air Venturi’s compressor plugs into a standard 110V outlet and refills air tanks up to 4500 psi. The kit includes a hose with female quick disconnect fitting, extra seals and O-rings, male-to-male fitting and replacement filter. The compressor is perfect for Air Venturi carbon fiber and aluminum tanks currently available at AirVenturi.com.
Approximate fill times:
Please visit us at the Air Venturi Booth #2007 at the 2017 SHOT Show for a first-hand look at the Air Venturi Electric Air Compressor as well as our selection of new air rifles, air pistols, and accessories. View AirVenturi.com for more information on the Electric Air Compressor.
Winchester, Ky. (January 2017) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, reveal the Fury “Crashete”. We coined this term to accurately describe the Fury’s capability. Although the Fury’s gene pool harkens back to sugar cane and brush clearing machetes, its modern re-engineering puts it in the class of the perfect everyday tool and personal protection.
Most production machetes are made from .089″ – .125″ thick spring steel, but DoubleStar went instead with .285″ thick S7 tool steel. This steel gives the Fury’s blade a high impact toughness and resistance to shock load. Heavy enough for light breaching but still lightweight enough at 1 lb. 12 oz. to be comfortably carried on your person. Measuring just 18.25″ long, the Fury gives you reach while still being useful in close quarter situations. MSRP of the Fury is $499.99.
HatsanUSA is pleased to introduce the BullMaster, a new semi-auto Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) air rifle with a bullpup design. The BullMaster will be available in .177 (1050 fps) and .22 (970 fps) calibers and is HatsanUSA’s first venture into semi-auto PCP airguns. The rifle will be prominently showcased at the HatsanUSA booth (#1425) at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.
“Our customers have been asking us to release a semi-auto bullpup for quite some time and with the BullMaster, HatsanUSA is delivering in a big way. For us, the key feature is that the semi-auto action is gas operated, as opposed to electrical. This delivers greater reliability and longevity,” said Blaine Manifold, President of HatsanUSA.
The semi-auto action on the BullMaster allows shooters to quickly cycle through a detachable, rotary magazine (14-shot capacity .177 (4.5mm) and 12-shot capacity in .22 (5.5mm)). Each rifle comes with three magazines and sports carrying slots in the stock for storing spare magazines.
The BullMaster is fitted with a 500cc volume air bottle that is mounted to the forearm. Two air cylinders are included with the rifle. The barrel is fully shrouded, precision rifled and choked for optimal shot count, accuracy and sound moderation.
The rifle features a bullpup-style stock, with an “EasyAdjust” Elevation Comb, which allows shooters to adjust the elevation of the comb with the push of a button.
The BullMaster also utilizes HatsanUSA’s patented anti-knock system, which prevents discharge and wastage when the rifle is knocked or bounced.
The MSRP of the BullMaster is $1,399.99.
* Genuine bullpup design, Semi-auto action pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle
* Available in .177 (4.5 mm), .22 (5.5 mm) caliber
* Max Muzzle Velocity for .22 caliber is 970 fps
* Max Muzzle Velocity for .177 caliber is 1050 fps
* Detachable 14-shot magazine in .177 (4.5mm) and 12-shot magazine in .22 (5.5mm)
* Fully shrouded, precision rifled and choked barrel for accuracy
* 500cc volume air bottle mounted in the forearm
* Includes 3 magazines
* Includes quick-fill nozzle
* Tactical style ambidextrous stock with thumbhole
* 2 spare magazine carrying slots in the stock
* Accessory Weaver-style rail beneath the forearm
* “EasyAdjust” Elevation Comb Stock
* Ventilated rubber butt pad
* Built-in pressure gauge to monitor the cylinder pressure
* Weaver-style rail for both 11 mm and 22 mm scope mounts
* Overall blued finish, black anodized receiver
* Patented anti-knock system prevents discharge when rifle is knocked or bounced
* Manual safety
* Black metal trigger
* Fitted sling swivels
I wonder how effective these blades could be in an actual CQB scenario.
Newington, NH (January 9, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the 1911 Spartan BB Pistol. Modeled after the 1911 Spartan centerfire pistol, this CO2-powered, semi-automatic 1911-style BB pistol features a unique bronze finish. The slide is engraved with the original Greek words ‘MOLON LABE’ which means ‘Come and Take Them’, and the grip is emblazoned with the Spartan helmet. This high-performance air pistol also features a full-metal slide and frame with realistic blowback action of the metal slide and a 16-round magazine which holds 4.5mm steel BBs. The 1911 Spartan BB Pistol also fits in current 1911 holster systems and has the same weight and controls of a traditional 1911 firearm, making it ideal for training.
“Training is a must for all shooters, regardless of skill level, and this new SIG SAUER 1911 Spartan BB Pistol is an effective training tool for beginners and experts alike,” said Joseph Huston, vice president and general manager of the SIG SAUER Airgun Division. “Our airguns are an inexpensive alternative to live-fire training for those who want to practice but can’t make it to the range as often as they would like, and the fact that the 1911 Spartan BB Pistol fits in a regular 1911 holster allows shooters to practice drawing in addition to accuracy. Shooting enthusiasts are really embracing SIG SAUER airguns as an additional method of training, and these airguns are also an excellent way to teach beginners firearm safety and how to shoot for the very first time.”
The 1911 Spartan BB Pistol has the same skeletonized trigger as its centerfire counterpart. There is also a cam lever CO2 loading port for easy and quick loading of the 12gr CO2 cartridges. The 1911 Spartan
BB Pistol shoots up to 410 fps; however, velocity results may vary depending on temperature and altitude.
Like the 1911 Max Michel BB Pistol, the 1911 Spartan BB Pistol gives newer shooters the ability to learn firearm safety and basic fundamentals in a controlled, comfortable, quiet, and safe environment. It removes the intimidation factor of the loud noise and recoil, leaving the newer shooter more confident and with a much better understanding of traditional firearms and their safe use.
For more information on SIG SAUER airguns, visit www.sigsauerasp.com.
Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is another re-imagining of the classic Death Race 2000 which starred David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone, but it’s much more true to the original than the other recent Death Race films.
Work warning: this trailer does contain some coarse language, nudity, and graphic violence, just as a Death Race film should.
Death Race 2050 drops January 17th direct to home video.
Lakewood, Colorado (January 5, 2017) – Boker USA is excited to announce the exclusive distribution of Fox products in North America.
Boker USA’s product line now includes Fox Knives, FKMD and Black Fox. Founded in 1977 in Maniago, Italy, Fox manufactures high quality, innovative knives, and has a strong following in the industry. In addition, Fox Knives is considered to be one of the top new brands for 2017.
This partnership will enable Boker USA to provide their customers with additional choices of great products, while being able to purchase them from one centralized vendor. This helps improve delivery speed and communications with existing Fox customers going forward.
The complete Fox line (with the exception of kitchen cutlery) will be featured on Boker USA’s website, www.bokerusa.com, in January 2017, with a selection of Fox products also featured in their 2017 catalog.
Be sure to stop by the Boker booth at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (booth #BR428), and SHOT Show (booth #13167) for additional information.
FAWN GROVE, Pa., Jan. 5, 2017 – Launched on Etsy in August 2013, Ready Aim Craft has surpassed the 1000-sale mark, while maintaining a 5-star average rating. Since it’s inception, the small shop has grown from a few small items made from spent ammo, like key chains and earrings, to over 100 items including an American flag made from over 360 12-gauge shotgun shells.
“I’ve been crafting as a hobby for years now, and I wanted to start creating items for others to enjoy as well,” says Janelle James, founder of Ready Aim Craft. “I love being able to sort through a box of spent shotgun shells, that most people throw away, and turn them into unique pieces of art.”
“Most customers are shopping Ready Aim Craft because they’re searching for something special,” she continues. “I’ve created American Flags for husbands and brothers coming home from Afghanistan, as well as Thin Blue Line flags for family members graduating from the Police Academy. I’m humbled each and every time someone chooses one of my items to give as a gift, for occasions far more celebratory than the standard birthday or holiday.”
Ready Aim Craft’s iconic piece of art, the Shotgun Shell American Flag, was recently added to the museum/art collection at Lock & Load Miami, a premier machine gun shooting range in downtown Miami. “[It] looks fantastic and a lot of our customers have already given us positive feedback,” says Andy Serafine of Lock & Load Miami.
Future plans for the shop include participation in a variety of C&E Gun Shows through the Pennsylvania area and Catoction Colorfest later this year.
About Ready Aim Craft
Ready Aim Craft is a craft shop comprised of various items celebrating American pride and patriotism. Janelle James opened the shop in 2013, and everything is created and made by her and her husband, who serves in the Air Force.
Newington, NH (January 4, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s most reliable firearms, optics, ammunition, airguns and accessories, adds to its world-class Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) line of airguns with the introduction of the new P320 CO2-powered pistol. This semi-automatic .177 caliber ASP pistol is the first air pistol in the world to feature a 30-round belt magazine and is designed to look and feel like the highly-acclaimed SIG SAUER P320 centerfire pistol. Weight and trigger pull are virtually identical offering recreational shooters, professionals and competitive shooters another outstanding training tool to easily hone their shooting skills at greatly reduced costs.
“The SIG SAUER P320 has been extremely well received by law enforcement, recreational shooters and competitive shooters alike, and customers have been asking for a pellet version of this pistol since we introduced our very first airguns,” said Joseph Huston, vice president and general manager of the SIG SAUER Airgun Division. “The industry has truly embraced our ASP air rifles and air pistols as excellent training tools when the cost of ammunition, lack of range time or other factors prevent people from training with their centerfire guns as much as they would like or feel they should. We are committed to producing these high-quality, CO2-powered alternatives that make it easy for people to train in their back yards.”
The P320 ASP air pistol features a metal slide with realistic blowback action and polymer frame in addition to a smooth slide safety. This air pistol is double-action only, has a front blade sight, fixed rear sight and an accessory rail which allows easy mounting of a laser or tactical flashlight. The 12gr CO2 cartridge is inserted and removed through a compartment in the side of the grip. Velocity is up to 450 fps; however, velocity results may vary depending on pellet weight, temperature and altitude. The P320 ASP air pistol also shoots steel BBs in addition to pellets and is available in two colors – Black or Coyote Tan.
For more information on SIG SAUER airguns, visit www.sigsauerasp.com.
O P Tactical figured since we were getting a real warrior as Secretary of Defense, they ought to celebrate the event by offering a War Department T-shirt, complete with the original logo. For those of you unfamiliar, the current Department of Defense (Initially named the National Military Establishment) was created 70 years ago in 1947, during the post-WW II reorganization of the National Defense Act. Before that, there was a War Department and a Navy Department.
Take a look at the video above, where YouTuber AstonishingStudios creates a replica of the NERF Maverick REV-6 Blaster, entirely of LEGO pieces. While that’s impressive enough, the resulting model not only actually fires, but fires real NERF foam darts.
You can check out more of AstonishingStudios’ work at www.youtube.com/channel/UCW-nTiduQso39qU-nwRLFnw
It’s inventive, and it has ‘gun’ in its name, so I’m obligated to write about it. What it is, is the PFM-A5 paper airplane gun, a motorized gun which is capable of manufacturing and firing paper airplanes. It loads from a reward paper tray, and sports a fire rate of up to 120 planes/min.
Check out more of creator Papierfliegerei’s YouTube channel here.
Happy New Year to everybody!
Whoever you are, wherever you are, make the most of 2017!
YouTube Channel ‘Smarter Every Day‘ made up a video testing whether a .22 bullet was capable of shattering a Prince Rupert’s Drop, and recorded it a 150,000 fps using a high-speed camera.
Spoiler: the drop breaks, but it’s more to do with the resulting vibration caused by the bullet hitting the drop rather than the actual impact from the bullet.
Interesting, ain’t it?
This is a pretty sweet looking knife available from etsy seller Magahara. The blade is made of Shirogami #2 steel and features a parachute cord handle and a leather case. These knives are made-to-order.
Pelican has produced a line of coolers built for heavy duty outdoor use, featuring durable latches, a freezer-grade seal, and the “toughest handles in the business”. Plus, the come complete with a lifetime guarantee. Pelican even put their cooler to the test by pitting it against several grizzly bears, which can be viewed below: