By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
September 17, 2015
Last updated on 9/19/15.
DefenseReview (DR) recently mentioned some IMI Defense tactical AR rifle/carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) accessories in our recent piece on the Adams Arms AA Small-Frame .308 Patrol Battle Rifle (PBR) carbine. Well, DR writer/contributor and chief new product tester Jeff Gurwitch has been testing and evaluating the heck out of these accessories (including IMI Defense 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Rem. and 7.62x51mm NATO/.308 Win. polymer rifle magazines, front and rear back-up iron sights, telescoping retractable buttstocks and angled foregrips) at the range, and he’s come to the following conclusion on them: “Bottom line, I think their stuff is great”. On the mags, specifically, he recently wrote “all mags are running great with all types of ammo, so their stuff good to go.”
In DR’s experience, when Gurwitch says a product is good to go, you can take it to the bank. It’s our understanding that Gurwitch has been running the mags in particular pretty heavily. Gurwitch has run the IMI Defense G2 5.56mm and 7.62mm mags in the low thousands (round-count) between the two calibers. So far, so good. But, he’s going to keep running them for long-term, high-round-count reliability and durability testing.
In the meantime, here are some of Gurwitch’s photos of the various IMI Defense products, along with his (slightly edited/augmented) notes on them.
Both rifles (Adams Arms AA .308 and AA 5.56mm carbines) are outfitted with IMI Defense angled foregrips (FSG-1 Front Support Grip and FSG-2 Rubberized Front Support Grip) and IMI Defense magazines (G2 5.56 30 Round Enhanced Magazine and G2 7.62×51 Enhanced Magazine). The AA SF-308 Patrol Battle Rifle (PBR) also has IMI back up iron sights (BUIS) (AFS – Aluminum Front Flip Up Sight and AFS – Aluminum Rear Flip Up Sight). The top rifle (5.56mm) is equipped with IMI buttstock (STS – Sopmod Tactical M16/AR15/M4 Stock).
Both the older G1 magazine and the new G2 mag (top view): The G2 mags have worked with all types of ammo, 62gr Green Tip, M855A1 and MK262 Mod 1 77gr. I’m currently using all IMI Defense mags to include the older G1 version, which is two years old, and it’s on its third tour here in Afghanistan. ( I talked about it in last year’s rifles article on guns used here.)
Photo above shows the rubber base pads that come on both the new G2 5.56 and G2 7.62 IMI Defense magazines. It’s a great touch. You can use your magazine as a monopod. With most other magazines, you have to buy an aftermarket base pad for this same feature.
Photo above shows difference between old G1 5.56 magazine and the newer G2 5.56 30-Round Enhanced Magazine. I like both. The G2 Enhanced mag features a round-count viewing window.
Above are different views of their flip up front sight BUIS (AFS – Aluminum Front Flip Up Sight) and a side shot of the flip-up rear sight BUIS (AFS – Aluminum Rear Flip Up Sight) in the down position, necessary due to the size of the combat optic. Both exhibit super-high quality, with no sharp edges anywhere. They stay up or down, whichever you want, even on the 7.62 rifle. Very heavy duty.
One of two versions of angled foregrip (the FSG-1 Front Support Grip)
Second of two versions of their angle foregrip (the FSG-2 Rubberized Front Support Grip) . What’s great about this is the bigger front finger notch than the MagPul AFG/AFG-2, plus the inner part of grip is rubber not plastic, a nice touch that adds to more positive grip.
So far, Defense Review is very impressed with the IMI Defense products we’ve received and run, and we’ll try to keep our readers apprised of how they’re performing as the round count increases, particularly on the mags.
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