by David Crane
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.