DefRev Quick Hits: Combat Optics, Tactical Rifles, and other Goodies…

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by David Crane

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1) Trijicon, Inc. is currently making a combo optic comprised of a TA31 ACOG with a DOCTERsight monted on the top/rear, called the Trijicon TA31DOC. The TA31DOC ACOG is a BAC (Bindon Aiming Concept) 4×32 dual-illumination (fiber optic/tritium) optical gunsight calibrated for 5.56mm (5.56x45mm) flat-top rifles out to 600 meters (600m). This new combo sight was developed for the NSWC Crane SOPMOD Miniature Day/Night Sight program. Military designation for the sight is SU-237/PVX 4x Day Scope w/MRD (Miniature Red Dot).

Editor’s Note: The first time I ever saw this setup (JPoint Micro-Electronic Reflex Sight or DOCTER Optic mounted on Trijicon ACOG Combat Optic) was at Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) in late August 2002. Subsequently, I saw a JPoint Reflex Sight mounted on a tactical/sniper scope at the Larue Tactical Booth at SHOT Show 2005. DefenseReview showed photos of that setup in our article titled LAMSA Weapons Systems Soldier’s Laser Aimer/Illuminator for SPECOPS. That article discusses two types of laser aimers/targeting devices, the Soldier’s Laser Aimer/Illuminator (SLAI-R)(a potential alternative to the AN/PEQ-2 and AN/PEQ2A), and Soldier’s Laser Aimer-GreenBeam/Infrared (SLA-GIR).

Click here to read the SOPMOD Program Overview for the NDIA Small Arms Symposium 2006. The document is in PDF file format.

Click on this link to view a PDF document on the USSOCOM/NSWC Crane SOPMOD Miniature Day/Night Sight (MDNS) program.

2) Speaking of the SOPMOD program,…

at SHOT Show 2006, DefenseReview got to view and handle the new L3 EOTech 553.A65/1 SU-231/PEQ (M553) HOLOgraphic Weapon Sight at the A.R.M.S., Inc. booth. The M553 / SU-231/PEQ optic was designed and developed to USSOCOM/NSWC Crane’s SOPMOD2 specs and utilizes an A.R.M.S. throw-lever mount designed to lock the sight to the A.R.M.S. S.I.R. 50MCV rail system.

3) Also designed and developed for SOPMOD is Insight Technology, Inc.’s LA-5/PEQ ATPIA (Advanced Targeting Pointer Illuminating Aiming Laser), which is a combo visible/IR (infrared) laser aimer/illuminator.

4) Back in January 2005, DefenseReview reported on the Knoxx SpecOps Stock recoil-reducing shotgun stock made by Knoxx Industries, LLC. Well, Knoxx industries recently introduced the Knoxx Axiom V/S Rifle Stock for bolt-action rifles.

5) More recently, DefRev published a short article on the ArmaLite Super SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System) rifle (7.62x51mm NATO /.308 Winchester) designed for engaging targets out to approx 600 meters. We forgot to mention the ArmaLite AR-10A4 Carbine (7.62mm NATO/.308 Win.) and ArmaLite M-15A4 Carbine (5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington), which are tactical carbines designed for CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat). Both weapons operate via direct gas impingement (as opposed to a gas-piston/op-rod system).

6) Arsenal, Inc. recently introduced a 5.56mm/.223 Rem. (5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington) AKM called the SLR-106FR which is definitely worth taking a look at for any Kalashnikov enthusiast. Like all AKMs, the Arsenal Inc. SLR-106FR 5.56 utilizes a stamped sheet metal receiver, as opposed to the milled receiver utilized by their now-discontinued SA M-7 and SA M-7 S, which are both AK-47-type 7.62x39mm rifles. It appears that all Arsenal Inc. Kalashnikov-type rifles from this point forward will utilize stamped sheet metal receivers. MSRP for the SLR-106FR is $849.00.

Click here for more details on the SLR-106FR 5.56mm AKM/Kalashnikov rifle.

Click here to view the SLR-106FR specs.

7) A company called Akins Group Inc. (AGI) is making a patented, ambidextrous rate-of-fire enhancement system for the Ruger 10/22 semi-auto .22LR rifle called the Akins Accelerator System (AAS). The AAS is BATFE-evaluated and approved, so it is unrestricted. Here’s how it works:

The Akins Accelerator System free-floats the barreled action inside the stock. Upon firing, the barreled action reciprocates (i.e. moves back and forth) rapidly a short distance, allowing the shooter to fire approx. 10-ll rounds per second. The shooter only has to pull the trigger once. The AAS does the rest.
AGI claims that, as an added bonus, the AAS attenuates/mitigates muzzle rise and felt recoil–not that felt recoil is really a problem with .22LR rifles to begin with.

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About David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

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