by David Crane
david at defensereview.com
All photos contained in this article, with the exception of the SIG 556 Pistol photo (below), were taken by DefenseReview.com and are the exclusive property of DefenseReview.com.
1) The new Smith and Wesson Military and Police .45 (S&W M&P45) .45 ACP pistol was on display, and the gun looked good. DefenseReview readers may remember that this was Smith & Wesson’s entry in the USSOCOM (a.k.a. SOCOM) Joint Combat Pistol program which later became the Combat Pistol program, before it was subsequently cancelled. The M&P45 went head-to-head against the HK45 .45 ACP pistol and several other contenders in the competition.
Chris Corino showed us the new gun at the Smith and Wesson booth, and…
made a point of demonstrating the ability to perform a chamber check / safety check with the M&P45’s M1911-style frame-mounted sweep-down safety in the "On" position. DefenseReview found the Smith & Wesson M&P45 pistol (a.k.a. S&W M&P .45 pistol) to be just as comfortable in the hand as previous versions of the weapon. It wasn’t too large for our hands.
DefenseReview likes the fact that the operator can go "cocked and locked" with the M&P45 pistol. This is how it should be.
2) While we’re on the subject of the S&W M&P45 pistol, we should also mention that Heckler & Koch Defense, Inc. (HK Defense, Inc.) had the HK45 and HK45 Compact (HK45C) pistols on display at their booth. Both guns looked good, and felt good in the hand. However, we still haven’t gotten either pistol to the range yet, so we can’t sign off on them, yet.
3) Cammenga Corp. had a really slick quick-load AR-15/M16 (4179 STANAG NATO) box magazine (5.56x45mm/.223 Rem.) called the EASYMAG, which allows a shooter to load and unload the magazine in seconds. The entire front section of the Cammenga EASYMAG slides down (and up), so the shooter can just dump the ammo in and out. When the front section is closed, it locks up tight. The EasyMag also sports an anti-tilt follower to help avoid feeding malfunctions. The Cammenga EasyMag has nickel-boron (NiB) coating/plating to reduce friction, wear, and corrosion. The EasyMag should be available by March 2007.
This page contains a link to a Flash video on the Cammenga EasyMag.
As if that’s not enough, they also have a quick loader (magazine loader) called the EASYLOADER, which allows a shooter to quick-load standard magazines. There is a Cammenga EasyLoader for various model of tactical firearms, including the AR-15/M16-series and Mini-14 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Rem. mags (including one designed specifically for 5.56mm ammo that’s been preloaded into stripper clips), Kalashnikov AK-47/AKM-series 7.62x39mm Russian mags, AK-74 5.45x39mm Russian mags, FN FAL, M-14, and HK-91 7.62x51mm NATO/.308 Win. mags, HK MP-5 (HK MP5) and UZI 9mm Parabellum (9x19mm NATO) mags, and M-1 Carbine .30 Cal. mags.
This page contains a link to a Flash video on the Cammenga EasyLoader.
Cammenga also has a rubberized polymer Dust Cover for AR-15/M16-variant rifles (4179 STANAG NATO magwell) designed assist in keeping dust, dirt, sand, and any/all other contaminants out of the weapon when no magazine is in place.
Right-Click here and then click on "Save Link As" (Mozilla Firefox) or "Save Target As" (Microsoft Internet Explorer) to download and view a PDF-format press release on the Cammenga EASYMAG, EASYLOADER, and Dust Cover.
4) SIGARMS had their semi-auto-only SIG 556 Pistol, which is the stockless SBR-style pistol version of the standard SIG 556 semi-auto-only rifle / carbine. DefenseReview photographed the SIG 556 rifle/carbine at SHOT 2006.
Defense Review doesn’t yet know if SIGARMS will be offering the SIG 556 Pistol to civilians, or if so, when it would be released.
The Kel-Tec RFB is a gas-operated semi-auto-only rifle with ambidextrous controls, a reciprocating charging handle (cocking handle) that can be switched to either side, and a Mil-Std-1913 top rail attached rigidly to the barrel. A free-floating four-sided Mil-Std-1913 rail system / forend rail tube can also be attached to the barrel. The RFB accepts standard FN FAL-type magazines. The adjustable trigger mechanism has five "individual adjustment parameters." Barrel lengths of 18 inches (18"), 24 inches (24") and 32 inches (32") are currently available. Twist rates are 10" or 11.25".