While the Gatling gun may not be all that new, Managing Editor Linas Cernauskas can tell you that it’s still a lot of fun to shoot!!! Stick with us all week as we update with the latest from the showroom floor…


Armalite SPR Mod 1

Armalite of Genseo, Illinois, unveiled their SPR (Special Purpose Rife) Mod 1 AR M15 rifle, a modular concept based on the venerable AR platform, early last year.  This year, in addition to the original model in 5.56mm, the firm has brought 4 new models, to include the Mod 1 chambered for .308/7.62, 6.8 SPC, and 7.62×39. The Mod 1 derives its designation from the fact that the handguard is modular in that the side and bottom rails are detachable so that full rails may be attached—or units that are smooth at the rear with half Picatinny rails at the muzzle end. The upper receiver is a forged unit with a full rail from charging handle to gas block. Barrel is 16 inches. The Mod 1 is available in 5.56 mm. Retail is $1,439.00. Additionally, Armalite has added an AR10 model, which accepts Magpul standard .308/7.62×59. For more information, please visit or call 800-336-0184.

Doublestar Corporation

New from Doublestar Corporation is their Midnight dragon AR-15 variant, which features a 24-inch helical, fluted black nitride-coated free-float barrel, flat-top MIL STD 1912 Picatinny upper receiver, aluminum handguards, winter triggerguard, and two-stage trigger. Also standard with the new model is an Ergo Grip, and an ACE Skeleton Stock. For more information, please visit, or call 859-745-1757.


EMA Tactical brought us the RONI Pistol Carbine Conversion in 2011, and this year has added a new model to the line of RONI Carbine Conversions in the G2-10 model, which accepts the Glock 20 and 21 pistols in 10mm and .45 ACP. The RONI installs over a pistol in seconds, and boosts accuracy up to 80 yards and beyond by housing the pistol in a buttstock and foregrip configuration. The RONI is available for several Glock pistol models, Beretta PX4 Storm, M9, M92, Springfield XD, Sig 226 and 2022, Bersa 9mm, Jericho, H&K USP, S&W M&P, FN 5-7, and other, and is being used by law enforcement agencies. Though the RONI line isn’t legal for civilians, it’s also available in a civilian-legal 16-inch barreled model. For more information, visit or call 215-949-9944.


SWORD Patrolman Mark 15
SWORD International (Special Warfare Operations Research and Development) of El Dorado Hills California has introduced its Patrolman Mark 15 carbine and rifle. Designed as a “Trunk carbine” for patrol officers, the Mark 15’s receivers are machined in pairings from 7075 Aluminum billet; these receivers maximize strength and reduce shooter feedback through the billet production process, and by way of added metal in critical areas of the receivers and by optimizing the geometric angles. The mag wells are EDM cut to produce a recess that is an exact negative of a magazine, creating a perfect fit and eliminating movement or play of magazines in the weapon for heightened performance; the mag wells are also given an increased chamfer to aid in quick loads. An integrated trigger-well maximizes comfort for the shooter, and a free-float modular rail system with a single-plane Picatinny rail extends over the receiver for a true continuous rail. Magpul MBUS flip-up sights are standard. For more information, visit, or call 916-588-6344.


Beretta ARX160
Beretta brings us their new ARX160 rifle chambered in .22 caliber. The ARX has polymer/steel-reinforced receivers, continuing the trend of their CX4 Carbines and PX line of pistols to implement ambidextrous controls to include the mag release and selector switch. The stock is both retractable and side-folding. The ARX also features a MIL STD M1913 full-length rail, and ships with Beretta’s proprietary flip-up sights, which lock down and are sprung to return to the upright position if they sustain an impact. Beretta is gearing up to produce the line in the USA, the major delay in introducing the design to the US market in years past; the best part of the ARX is that Beretta hopes to produce the platform chambered for 5.56mm, and 7.62x59mm (.308 Win). This model is so new that both actual overall weight and retail prices were not yet available at the time of this writing; but most significant of the ARX160 is its incredibly light weight. For more information, visit, or call 800-636-3420.


Laser Devices, Inc. SPIR

The SPIR (Special Purpose Infrared) is equipped with an Eye-Safe, Class-1 infrared illuminator. Designed for use with Night Vision Devices. It can be hand-held or mounted to any MIL-STD-1913 rail using the self-adjusting quick release HT Mount. Variable Beam adjustment from 2 feet to 30 feet provided an eye-safe means of illuminating distances up to 800 meters. For more information, visit


Laser Devices, Inc. Green Ultra Power Point Laser

Laser Devices, Inc. announced the addition of a GREEN Ultra Power Point Laser and a Class 1, Eye-Safe IR Laser Pointer option for the AR-2A for AR-15/M4 style rifles. The <5mW GREEN laser pointer improves range and visibility in daylight and at night, offering faster target acquisition that is FIVE times more visible than traditional red lasers. For more information, visit


MGI Hydra Marck 15

MGI’s Hydra Marck 15 is gaining momentum with its ever-expanding list of available caliber conversions. We’ve seen various AR15 caliber conversions come and go over the years, mostly in the form of a lower and any number of uppers, necessitating a different zero for each caliber, but the Hydra stands alone in that it uses standard barrels, magazines and bolt carriers to make its conversions using the same upper, which means the zero stays constant. Further, the Hydra converts in 2-3 minutes at most. The gun is thus far capable of firing more than 16 various calibers,) including .22, .223 or 5.56, 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, .450 Thumper, .458 SOCOM, AK-47 system, as well as the .45 Hybrid, M3 (Grease Gun) and LE in .45, 9mm and .40 LE (using Glock magazines), 7.62×25 and the .45 Super Mag (.460) gas operated, .50 Beowulf and many others. Also impressive of the system is the fact that despite the rapid conversion capabilities, the barrel locks in solid as a rock and functions as a free-float unit, and though with the lower receiver separated, the mag well is changed by simply depressing the mag catch and sliding the unit off the receiver, it, too, locks solidly to the lower. For More Information, please visit, or call 207-945-5441.


Parabellum Armament
The one major weakness in the otherwise unstoppable platform of the AK-47 in the modern world has always been its lack of a positive mount for readily changed optics.  Parabellum Armament of Cincinnati, OH, has developed a rail system to solve this dilemma.  The AK Adaptive Rail System (AKARS) installs in minutes, by sliding in their replacement stamped steel dust cover and removing the front sight, and dropping in their MIL-STD-1913 mounting rail, machined from aluminum alloy billet; this requires only that a pin and set screw be inserted to secure the rail.  In this way, the (AKARS) provides a standard mounting rail to which optics may be mounted and changed as rapidly and positively as with any other modern weapons platform, and zero may be retained on the optics. The AKARS retails for just $129.00. For more information, please visit, or call 614-593-2525.


ATI HGA FX45 Fatboy Lightweight
American Tactical Imports has unveiled their newest model of their high capacity .45 ACP 1911, the FX45 Fatboy, in a lightweight version.  The pistol, designed on the familiar single-action 1911 platform, features a wide-body frame, hence the moniker, which houses either a 10- or 12- round magazine for 11- or 13-round capacity of the big .45 ACP round.
The Fatboy features a 3.2-inch flared bull barrel, a slide machined from carbon steel round bar with front and rear cocking serrations and a lowered and flared ejection port, and combat sights dovetailed into the slide.  Other enhancements such as a dual recoil-spring system, extended slide catch, swept beavertail grip safety, and a skeletonized aluminum trigger are now complimented by a lightweight alloy frame CNC-machined from a casting.  Sections of the grip frame have been machined away in the new model and replaced with an ultra-thin polymer grip panels for further weight reduction over the previous all-steel framed model. For more information, visit or call 800-290-0065.


Sig Sauer 716
Sig’s new 716 Patrol Rifle in .308/7.62 rifle is built on a very AR-10-like platform, with subtle differences; the most significant difference is that the 716 is piston-driven, which has several advantages over the standard gas impingement system. The piston has a 4-position valve with a rotating selector at the front of the gas block; a simple turn of the selector varies the amount of gas vented from the block to either increase or decrease the amount of energy imparted to the piston and bolt carrier, so that the gas can be set optimally for the load used, or to overcome stoppages in an extremely fouled weapon. The 716 features an ACS stock, MIAD pistol grip, a proprietary free-float quad rail, ambidextrous mag catch, and three sling mounts on the left side.   A spring-loaded plunger in the lower receiver exerts pressure against the upper, acting as an accu-tension device to eliminate play between the receivers.  The “gas key,” which actually acts as a contact point for the piston rod, is machined as part of the bolt carrier for superior strength over a staked unit.   The upper receiver is a flat top with M1913 Picatinny.  Overall weight is 9.3 pounds, overall length 27.4 inches, and magazine capacity is 20 rounds from a Magpul AR-10 mag.  Retail is $2132.00, and the rifle is available now.  For more information, please visit, or call 603-772-2302.

Slide Fire
The new SSAK-47 XRS butt stock from Slide Fire Solutions mounts in short order to any stamped receiver AK047 rifle, including the Saiga weapons. Both right- and left-hand models are available. The way that the Slide Fire Solutions stock works is through a “bump fire” principle; the two-piece stock reciprocates within itself allowing it to expand slightly in length and retract; the trigger finger actually rests on a shelf on the opposite side of the guard, hence the reason that the stock is left- or right-oriented. The shooter puts forward pressure on the forend, moving the trigger forward under the finger until it is depressed; recoil sends the weapon back as usual, and the forward pressure on the forend repeats the process, giving an automatic fire effect, though the stock is perfectly legal, since the finger is technically depressing the trigger every time. Retail is $299.95, and the stock comes with an Interface Block, Nut Retainer, Hex Key, Mounting Hardware, and Instructions. For more information, visit, or call 325-945-3800.

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