by David Crane
david at defensereview.com
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O.k., we’re back from SHOT Show 2007 (and an extended business trip). There were lots of cool new tactical goodies displayed at SHOT, and we’re going to cover some of them here. Photos will follow in later product-specific articles after we’ve uploaded them to our servers.
1) Transformational Defense Industries (TDI) has updated the design of their Kriss Super V System .45 ACP submachine gun, and they had several different configurations of the weapon on hand at their booth. DefenseReview first published info on the KRISS .45 Cal. subgun in early September 2005, and we were one of the first publications to do so. The new KRISS Super V System .45 subgun now looks like a real subgun, and very different from the first incarnation, which looked a little like a gas pump nozzle.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to…
T&E the KRISS at the range in Orlando, since it conflicted with the Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) shoot at their ranges, which Defense Review did attend. We were very disappointed that we missed an opportunity to put the updated/upgraded KRISS Super V System subgun through it’s paces. However, we did take a bunch of photos of the new KRISS, including the internal bolt/slider/baseplate assembly which comprises the weapon’s unique recoil-attenuating/mitigating operating mechanism.
Needless to say, the KRISS generated a lot of interest at the show. Transformational Defense Industries (TDI) is definitely a company to watch.
We’ll publish additional photos very shortly.
2) Speaking of Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) and the shoot at their ranges, DefRev finally got to run the KAC 6x35mm PDW a little bit. We fired the weapon on both semi-auto and full-auto. Full-auto bursts were very controllable, and we didn’t experience any malfunctions (nor did we witness any malfunctions as the weapon was fired by other shooters). The weapon ate all the ammo it was fed without a hitch while we were there.
At their booth, KAC showed off their new 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO) SR-15 Carbine (semi-auto), SR-15 CQB Carbine (semi-auto), SR-16 Carbine (select-fire) and SR-15 Rifle (semi-auto) with ambidextrous controls, including ambidextrous safety/selector switch, bolt carrier group release, and magazine release. All of them come packed with tactical accessories like the KAC URX (Upper Receiver Extension) Mil-Std-1913 rail system/forend rail tube which incorporates an integral flip-up front BUIS (Back-Up Iron Sight) that acts as part of the rail system when it’s in the down position. A rear flip-up BUIS is also included in the package, as is a Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) SOPMOD Buttstock.
We’ll publish additional information about the new KAC AR-15 receivers with ambi-controls as soon as we can.
KAC also displayed their combat optics (optical sights). Defense Review got the opportunity to take a look at the KAC UNS F.I.S.T. thermal/IR (infrared)/I2 (Image Intensifier a.k.a. night vision) fusion scope/combat optic, specifically, which was very cool. We took two photos of this sight, but we’re not yet sure whether or not we can publish them.
3) Magpul Industries Corp. (MIC) showed off their new Masada "Adaptive Combat Weapon System" assault rifle/carbine/subcarbine/SBR (Short-Barreled Rifle), and it looked pretty good. The rifles we saw and handled were all 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO), but it’s our understanding at present that there will be 7.62x39mm Russian and 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO) versions as well, later on, and select-fire models will be offered to military and law enforcement personnel.
The Masada Adaptive Combat Weapon System is gas-piston/op-rod driven, and will be available with barrel lengths from 11.5" (SBR/subcarbine-config with folding/telescoping stock) to 18" (SPR-config with adjustable fixed stock). DefenseReview was told that the Mosada was designed and developed within a three-month period, which is astounding. As usual for Magpul, the Masada features a neat telescoping buttstock.
Can’t wait to get this one to the range for a little T&E.
DefRev shot A LOT of photos of the Magpul Masada rifle/carbine (in addition to the one shown, here), and we will be publishing them very soon–so stay tuned. On a side note, a number of attendees at the show commented that the Masada looked a lot like the FN-SCAR (FN SCAR-L a.k.a. Mk.16 5.56 rifle/carbine).
4) While we were at the LaRue Tactical booth, Mark LaRue showed us his LaRue Tactical IronDot Low Profile LT-625 Mini-Red Dot (MRD) sight with flip-up rear iron sight (a.k.a. flip-up rear BUIS) and Viking Tactics/LaRue Padded Sling VTAC-LR2 two-point tactical sling.
The Viking Tactics/LaRue Padded Sling VTAC-LR2 looked well designed and well made.
We’ll be publishing additional photos of the the LT-625 MRD and VTAC-LR2 Padded Sling two-point tactical rifle sling (attached to an AR-15 subcarbine/SBR (short-barreled rifle) chock-full of LaRue Tactical components) very soon.
5) Richard Karst, former manager of "Personnel Armour Sales" at Ceramic Protection Corporation (CPC), is now with First Choice Armor (FCA), and he was at the FCA booth to show off his new "Fierce Fiber" which is being incorporated into FCA’s new NIJ Level III and NIJ Level IV "MAX IV" ceramic hard armor plates, which are interesting.
Fierce Fiber is a moldable shock-resistant and stab-resistant fiber. It should be noted that the First Choice Armor multi-curve ceramic hard armor plates look pretty good.
Needless to say, DefenseReview will be publishing more in-depth information (along with additional photos) about both Fierce Fiber and the MAX IV armor plate very soon.
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