With gun-control legislation fears putting the brakes on innovation for 2013, manufacturers took a seat on the sidelines when it came to releasing new products, instead preferring to push existing stock items. However, 2013’s loss is 2014’s gain, and with any luck, you’ve saved some greenbacks for the coming innovations. While ammo prices and availability may still be off the charts, firearm accessories are booming with new models, upgrades and innovations that are sure to fit any budget and desire. Highlights include law enforcement weapon lights too powerful for civilian use and enhanced furniture for ARs, shotguns and 1911s. Whether you are looking to breathe new life into an old firearm or upgrade a factory model, here are the latest accessories to add to your wish list.
Crimson Trace Front Activation Green Lasergrips
The LG-401G green laser sight for 1911 pistols combines Crimson Trace’s Lasergrips platform with green laser technology. Using the smallest green laser diode available, the LG-401G emits a powerful beam with over two hours of run time on four lithium button cell (#2016) batteries. The LG-401G utilizes Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation feature (the laser sight is activated when the pistol is held in a normal firing grip). A master on/off switch allows the shooter to completely power down the unit for range training without the laser. MSRP $399.
Otis Law Enforcement Elite
Because Size Does Matter
When your life and the lives of those around you depend on the reliability of your equipment, maintenance standards matter. Otis makes gun-cleaning supplies for the dedicated professional, with the LE Elite Cleaning System specifically designed to clean and maintain all rifles and pistols from .223-caliber/5.56mm to .45-caliber and 12-gauge shotguns. The LE Elite features 8-, 20- and 30-inch Memory-Flex cables for breech-to-muzzle cleaning; over 40 firearm-specific cleaning components; obstruction removal tools for jammed cases and other blockages; specialized precision tools for complete breakdown and fine cleaning of all critical and hard-to-reach firearm areas; and optics cleaning gear for care and maintenance of scopes, rangefinders and more. The USA-made LE Elite Cleaning System also includes Otis’ removable Deluxe Law Enforcement Cleaning System for portability when on duty or heading to the range. MSRP $199.99.
TruGlo’s TFO sights utilize all of the innovations you have come to expect in fiber optics and modern technologies. TFO sights are available in green or yellow and glow in the dark without any type of battery or electronics, to allow quick, reliable transitions through all light conditions. TruGlo TFO sights are CNC-machined steel to offer a tough, snag-resistant design while concealing the fiber optics to ensure they cannot be seen by the target. MSRP $153.
Mesa Safe MSC Series
Bring the Heat
Mesa’s MSC Series safes combine the high-security features of burglar-proof and fireproof safes. With a two-hour fire rating, test safes are heated up to 1830°F, dropped from a height of three stories and then reheated for another 45 minutes. Doors are constructed with a 1 1/4-inch defense barrier of outer and inner plates enclosing fire-resistant material, with an anchor hole to secure the safe to the floor. Heavy-duty hinges add extra security and provide easy, smooth door operation. Interior shelves can be adjusted or removed. Your personal code can be changed in seconds, and the keypad lockout penalty will activate if combinations are entered incorrectly. MSRP $1,718 to $3,002..
Surefire X400 Ultra WeaponLight
The SureFire X400 integrates stunningly powerful white-light illumination and bright red laser aiming capabilities in one compact, rail-mountable package — an extremely effective combination for close- to medium-range engagements in law enforcement, military and self-defense applications. Generating 500 lumens of brilliant white light that is focused by a total internal reflection (TIR) lens to produce a tight beam with extended reach and significant surrounding light for peripheral vision, the X400 Ultra produces tactical-level light—enough to overwhelm an aggressor’s dark-adapted vision. The X400 Ultra’s 5-milliwatt laser sight emits a high-visibility red (635 nm) beam. MSRP $595.
Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
1,095 Days Per Battery
A hard-anodized 30 mm tube is used on the Aimpoint PRO, enclosing high efficiency circuitry to allow the sight to run continuously for up to three years on a single battery. Its front lens band-pass coating enables the sight to be used with all generations of night vision devices, while its modular QRP2 mount includes a removable spacer that indexes the sight at the optimal height for co-witness with standard iron sights on AR15/M16/M4 carbine-style weapons. This spacer can be removed to enable the use of the sight on police shotguns or sub-machineguns. The transparent rear lens cover allows the user to engage a target in an emergency situation. A 2 MOA red dot provides maximum accuracy at all distances and under all environmental conditions. MSRP $462.
5.11 Tactical ThumbDrive Thigh Rig
Let It Ride
The ThumbDrive Thigh Rig attachment is designed to allow you to easily attach your ThumbDrive holster onto a flexible leg platform. Two adjustable ballistic nylon leg tension straps with rubberized threads keep the rig from sliding or shifting from the weight of a holstered firearm. Each strap comes with a quick-detach buckle. Mounting holes allow the wearer to configure an array of accessories. The height-adjustable drop-leg strap comes with a durable swivel clip that permits the reinforced strap to bend at the waist without bulging. Available in black only. MSRP $42.99.
Safariland Model SS-M4 Super-Stoc
Need a Rest?
Safariland’s Model SS-M4 collapsible gun stock provides a comfortable, secure shoulder rest for your weapon. The SS-M4 is easy to install, can be locked down to virtually eliminate movement in the stock, and quickly converts to fit commercial or Mil-Spec buffer tubes. The sling loop and quick-detach mounting point provide for wide variety of harness and sling options. A removable recoil pad and dual-release unlocking lever round out the features. MSRP $98.
Redring MK II
Now Picatinny and Weaver friendly
The Redring MK II optical sight may now be mounted to more than simply a rib-mounted shotgun. The MKII now mounts to any Picatinny or Weaver-style base. The low-profile Redring gun sight is an ideal choice for tactical applications on AR platform or carbine rifles, as well as tactical shotguns, providing extremely fast target acquisition in close quarters. The Redring Picatinny mount transforms the proven hunting/sport shooting gun sight into a must-have tactical tool. MSRP $599.
LaserLyte Trainer Training Tyme AR
Train anytime, anywhere
LaserLyte’s training kit for modern sporting rifles includes the LaserLyte .223 laser cartridge trainer, 32-inch push rod, oversized charging handle and charging block to prevent live rounds from being chambered. The LT-223 laser cartridge trainer fits inside the cartridge chamber and utilizes a firing pin activation switch indicating the bullet’s impact with a bright red laser dot. The charging block allows only 1.75 inches of travel; the user can cock the rifle for another laser shot, while motion is kept to a minimum. The charging block also acts as a safety feature, since no live round can be chambered from a magazine while it is in place. MSRP $124.95.
Raven Phantom Light Compatible Holster
The Phantom holster was designed to provide the highest possible level of concealment to wear with any style of clothing. With the Raven Eclipse Modular Mounting System, the Phantom can be worn either on the belt or inside the waistband. The holster body is made of thin, high-strength Kydex-T, with the pancake-style design minimizing bulk and distributing the weight of the firearm. The holster body fully covers the weapon from ejection port to muzzle and the body-side portion’s full-length shield enhances comfort and aids in re-holstering, while protecting the pistol controls. The light-compatible models allow users to carry and conceal weapons with a light mounted to the accessory rail. MSRP $90.
Gunslick AR Rifle Pull-Thru Cleaning Kits
Quick and easy cleaning
Designed specifically for AR-15 or AR-10 rifles, these cleaning kits feature Gunslick Pro’s Pull-Thru Jag System, consisting of a patch-piercing jag adaptor, caliber-specific jags, cable and a standard square patch. One size of patch works for multiple calibers and caliber-specific jags allow for a perfect fit inside the bore. Kits also include a variety of brushes, three specialty tools, versatile brass handle, soft-pack case with belt loop, 1.25-ounce Ultra-Care cleaning chemical, cotton patches and more. MSRP $51.
Otis B.O.N.E. Tool
Carbon’s worst enemy
Maintaining a clean bolt and bolt carrier group is important for SR/AR owners and operators to prevent jams and malfunctions. The B.O.N.E. Tool was designed specifically to clean the bolt carrier assembly area of .223 cal./5.56mm rifles and serves multiple purposes, including scraping carbon and fouling from the bolt, bolt carrier and firing pin. The B.O.N.E. Tool includes an 8-32 threaded hole to act as a T-handle. MSRP $25.
Bushnell – 1-4×24 mm Throw Down PCL
Shed some light on the target
The Throw Down PCL’s illuminated BTR reticle provides outstanding low-light performance and accurate holdovers out to 500 yards, and features 11 illumination settings, quick-change lever and .1 mil click adjustment. The unit utilizes the first focal plane and multi-coated optics provide sharp images in bright or low light conditions. Built using a 30 mm tube for increased light transmission and toughness in the field, the Throw Down PCL weighs 17.3 ounces and measures 3.6 inches with a 3.6-inch eye relief. MSRP $299.
Leupold Tactical Mark 6 3-18×44 mm
The Mark 6 3-18×44 mm riflescope comes in a small, light package well suited to military, law enforcement and competitive shooting applications. Less than 12 inches long, the Mark 6 has a powerful 6x-level zoom range that provides an expansive field of view and rapid target acquisition at lower magnifications, as well as outstanding long-range target engagement at higher powers. The scope features Leupold’s new M5B2 adjustments: 0.1 mil-per-click elevation adjustments (M5), allowing for easy and precise corrections; auto-locking pinch and turn (B) to eliminate accidental movement in the field; two-turn (2) zero-stop elevation dial with a tactile revolution indicator; and the Xtended Twilight Lens System. MSRP $2,999 to $5,499.
Trijicon Cerakote Sights
Making the best even better
This year Trijicon introduced a selection of ACOG, Reflex and RMR sights featuring Cerakote ceramic-based finishes. The Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) is one of the most rugged miniature red dot sights available. Made from 7075-T6 aluminum to MilSpec standards, it has a patented shape to absorb impact and divert stresses away from the lens to increase durability, and is available in LED, adjustable LED, or dual illuminated versions, with dot sizes ranging from 3.25 MOA to 13 MOA. MSRP $577 to $800.
EOTech Integrated Fore-End Light
Step up your shotgun
The LED EOTech Integrated Fore-End Light (IFL) features a blinding 250 lumens of light and ambidextrous pressure pads for quick engagements. The IFL includes a 10-lumen dim mode for breaching and low-light navigational awareness, and is suitable for law enforcement and home defense applications. The IFL attaches easily, and the pressure pads and hard off/on switch make deployment intuitive. The IFL is available for Mossberg 500 and 590, and Remington 870 12-gauge models. MSRP $299.
Burris Veracity CQB
Burris’ Veracity riflescopes’ 5x zoom system provides a larger field of view at close ranges and better target acquisition at long ranges. Multi-turn target knobs found on the 4x-20x and 5x-25x models offer up to 15 MOA adjustment per rotation, with multi-revolutions of adjustment and a zero-click stop to quickly revert back to your original yardage setting without counting revolutions. With front focal plane (FFP) design accurate at any power and PTC technology, the Ballistic E1 FFP reticle features trajectory compensation out to 600 yards, with cascading wind dots. The Ballistic E1 FFP Varmint reticle offers trajectory compensation out to 700 yards with MOA tick marks to aid in distance measurement and target size determination. MSRP $899 to $1,350.
Tac-Con 3MR Trigger System
Almost full auto
The Tac-Con 3MR Trigger system is a drop-in, three-mode fire control system consisting of safe, match-grade semi-automatic and the Tac-Con-patented third mode of operation. The third mode provides a positive reset, which transfers the force from the bolt carrier through the trigger assembly to assist the trigger back onto the front sear, giving the firearm the fastest reset possible. Both semi- and third-mode positions feature a non-adjustable 4.5-pound trigger-pull weight with zero take-up and no overtravel. Why 4.5 pounds? Because most law enforcement agencies limit any trigger used for duty to 4.5 pounds and above. MSRP $495.
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