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    More than 22,000 Attend Peaceful 2A Rally in Richmond Virginia

    Gun rights advocates hold that upwards of 50,000 attended the VCDL lobby day in Richmond this week. (Photo: VCDL)

    As part of a rally in conjunction with the annual Virginia Citizens Defense League lobby day in Richmond, tens of thousands filled the streets.

    In all, Capitol Police estimate that some 22,000 gun owners and Second Amendment advocates of all stripes were on hand Monday around the state Capitol complex. Even those numbers were considered conservative as many reportedly were not able to get close enough to the historic downtown area to join the throng of those exercising their First Amendment right to protect their Second Amendment rights.

    “Thanks to everyone who patiently waited to enter for today’s rallies & to lobby their legislators,” noted authorities. “Capitol Square & the surrounding area saw crowds of tens of thousands & only one arrest was made.”

    There were no reports of injuries and the sole arrest was reportedly for a 21-year-old woman charged with wearing a mask in public– an obscure 1950s-era state law— more than an hour after the event ended.

    “I cannot begin to say how absolutely great gun owners really are!” said Philip Van Cleave, VCDL president. “Not only was Lobby Day completely peaceful, had a massive turnout on a very cold, but beautiful day, but we even had support from gun owners across the country, some driving in from as far away as California. Buses from Texas, Connecticut (sponsored by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League), Florida, and many, many other states arrived, too.”

    Mike from the Mr. GunsnGear channel was on-hand for Monday’s lobby day rally, passing out donated magazines, and has a report from the ground.

    The reason for the high turn out is due to a raft of gun control legislation proposed by the state legislature– a body which recently switched polarity to single-party Democrat control with the help of millions from out of state anti-gun groups with deep pockets.

    Three gun control bills were passed last week in the state Senate and another dozen are on tap in the House Public Safety Firearms subcommittee on Tuesday, as noted by the VCDL.

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    Meopta DichroTech Reticle Technology Wins Gray’s Best Award

    Meopta DichroTech Reticle

    TAMPA, FL – -(AmmoLand.com)- Meopta’s groundbreaking DichroTech reticle technology, which delivers battery-free illumination, has won a 2020 Gray’s Best award. This advanced dichroic coating enables reticles in multiple color configurations to automatically adjust color tone and intensity in varying light conditions without the use of a battery. DichroTech provides maximum contrast and visibility, enhancing target acquisition while speeding and improving shot placement.

    The following are excerpts from the Gray’s Sporting Journal 2020 Expeditions and Guides Annual:

    “This is the first time in the 25-year history of Gray’s Best that we have given the award for a reticle technology, but when Meopta refers to their DichroTech as “game-changing,” they are not exaggerating.

    In recent years, the hot item has been illuminated reticles, with the illumination powered by batteries. These have steadily improved, with such modifications as variable intensity to suit ambient conditions and prevent loss of night vision, and automatic shut-offs to conserve battery power. Each has had its drawbacks, however, not least being the need for instant adjustment when seconds count (a glimpse of a moving deer at twilight) to batteries dying at the most inopportune moment, and the need to remember to carry spares.

    Meopta’s new “dichroic” technology gives you a coating, for lack of a better term, which adjusts the reticle’s visibility to ambient light conditions with no action on your part. It is permanent, battery-free, and never threatens your night vision.”

    Terry Wieland, Shooting Editor

    “We are honored to receive this prestigious award from Gray’s Sporting Journal and appreciate their recognition of Meopta’s efforts to offer hunters and shooters a unique alternative to battery-powered illuminated riflescopes,” said Pavel Stastny, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at Meopta. “DichroTech reticles have been well received, and we will continue to add more reticle options using this new technology.”

    DichroTech reticles are currently available in the MeoStar and Optika6 riflescope lines with more offerings to come.

    Follow Meopta on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for the latest news and product announcements.


    Meopta USA LogoAbout Meopta

    Meopta has been producing high-end European optics for over 85 years and is a leading manufacturer & partner to many of the world’s finest optical brands. Meopta conceives, develops and manufactures precision optical and electro/optical systems for semiconductor, medical, aerospace and military industries as well as for consumer markets.

    For more information regarding Meopta, please visit www.meoptasportsoptics.com.

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    [SHOT 2020] Industry Day At The Range

    [SHOT 2020] TFB Industry Day At The Range – H&K Optics Ready VP9 and SP5

    During SHOT 2020’s industry day at the range, Heckler & Koch unveiled the new Optics Ready VP9.  The new VP9 uses the existing full-size VP9 while adding a couple notable improvements.  As the name implies, the optics ready VP9 accommodates a wide variety of red dot sights (RDS).

    Optics Ready VP9

    During Industry Range Day, H&K had three variants on display featuring the Leupold Deltapoint Pro, Trijicon RMR, and Vortex Venom.

    VP9 Optics Ready

    [SHOT 2020] H&K Optics Ready VP9

    H&K indicated the new optics ready VP9 would have five different mount plates available for purchase when lanched.  The pistol will ship with a cover plate on the optics mount.  H&K will then be offering the following mounting plate options for the various optics mounts.

    • Plate 1 – Meopta MeoSight III, EOTech MRDS, and Noblex III
    • Plate 2 – Trijicon RMR and Holosun
    • Plate 3 – C-More STS2
    • Plate 4 – Leupold Deltapoint
    • Plate 5 – Burris Fastfire 2/3 and Vortex Viper/Venom

     

    VP9 Optics Ready

    [SHOT 2020] H&K Optics Ready VP9

    On top of the new optics ready upgrades, the VP9 also received a capacity upgrade as well.  The dimensions of the new 17 round magazine are nearly identical to those of the earlier 15 round magazines.  Industry reps from H&K indicated that modifications had been made to the spring and follower of the magazine to allow for the extra 2 round capacity.

    SP5 – Importing a Classic

    H&K SP5

    [SHOT 2020] TFB Industry Day At The Range – H&K Optics Ready VP9 and SP5

    During my time spent with H&K, I was able to get some trigger time and ask some questions regarding the recently released SP5.  H&K was able to better explain why the SP5 has a different rear sight compared to its MP5 counterpart.  As the SP5 is imported as a pistol, it comes with a notched rear pistol sight instead of the rear diopter sight normally found on the MP5.

    All the H&K demo guns functioned flawlessly during my time at their booth.  Big thank you to members of the H&K pro shooting team for helping me put both of these guns through their paces.

     

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    [SHOT 2020] Yankee Hill Machine Co

    At SHOT 2020 today Yankee Hill Machine Co showed off three new suppressors that we at TFB have been excited about ever since their announcement.

    Resonator K Suppressor

    The Resonator K has been a highly anticipated release ever since the Turbo K was announced. As Pete put it in his article on the announcement, the Resonator K is “short, sweet, and affordable”. At just 5.65″ tall and weighing in at 12.4 ounces with a QD mount, or 4.8″ and 9.6 ounces without, it’s definitely short and sweet. Affordable? You bet, with an MSRP of just $589 (plus the tax stamp). The Resonator K is a 30-cal can that’s rated for rifle calibers from 17HMR through 300RUM.

    Nitro N20 Suppressor

    Additionally, YHM was very excited to show off their new Nitro N20. The original Nitro was a user-configurable suppressor, which was adjustable to one of two lengths depending on the user’s preference. The Nitro N20 is now a 100% titanium construction, with two configurations. The N20 weighs either 6.5oz (short configuration) or 10 ounces (long configuration). It is either 5.4″ or 7.5″ long depending on the configuration. The Nitro N20 is a “do it all can” rated for rifle calibers up to 308Win, and pistol calibers up to 9mm.

    I got a chance to take it apart and play with it, and it is a gorgeous piece of machining. The N20 is easy to manipulate. The end cap comes off with a provided wrench, a quarter, or possibly your fingers, and it’s as simple as unscrewing the body of the suppressor and putting the end cap on to switch configurations. In addition, it will work with just about any kind of adapter. The Nitro N20 has 1- 3/8”-24 rear mounting threads and ships in the 1/2”-28 Direct Thread format. Additional mounting options include the Phantom Q.D. Adapter, 3-Lug adapter, Nielsen adapter, and a multitude of Direct Thread sizes.

    R9 9mm Suppressor

    The R9 suppressor is very similar to the Resonator K, with a few exceptions. It’s 9mm capable whereas the Resonator K is not, but lacks the Resonator K’s full-auto capability. When Yankee Hill says their suppressors are full-auto capable, they mean you could put them on a post-sample M249 and burn through a full 200 round belt no problem. So when they say the R9 is “not” full-auto capable, they recommended no more than “a 30 round magazine” before letting it cool down. The R9 is specifically designed around the 9mm cartridge while retaining the ability to shoot up to 300BLK or 308Win.

    Yankee Hill set the MSRP for the Resonator K at $589, the Nitro N20 at $1249, and the R9 at $449.

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    Industry Day at the Range :: Guns.com

    Though SHOT Show’s official start date is Tuesday, January 21,  media, exhibitors and attendees from all over the world get a sneak peek at all the new products at Industry Day at the Range. Hosted at Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club Monday, January 20, participants got their first looks and first shots on many new products debuting at SHOT Show.

    As usual, Guns.com was on hand to snap a few pictures of some of our favorite things.

    A range day attendee gets some time with the Walther Q4. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    SHOT SHOW 2020

    The Walther Q4. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Gabby Franco tearing the range up at the Walther booth. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Jerry Miculek pulling the trigger faster than we could snap photos. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Mossberg’s MC1sc. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Ruger debuted a ton of new products that were on display at range day. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    MKIV Target 10

    The Ruger MK IV Target, now making sure you stand at least a foot from the target (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    The Ruger LCP II in .22LR. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    5.7 making that comeback. Hands by Chris Eger (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    DBX 57

    Speaking of which, Florida-based Diamondback debuted their new DBX in 5.7 this week. Now that’s a 5.7 pistol! (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Shadow Systems unveiled a new pistol, the MR920, at range day. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Who doesn’t dig HK’s sweet designs? (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    HK SP5

    Let’s see that again (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Python workout

    Colt had a couple of NEW Pythons on hand that got a serious workout. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Laugo Alien

    Speaking of neat designs, the Laugo Alien has landed in the U.S. from the Czech Republic! (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Laugo Alien

    And wait till you see what they look like on the inside (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com,)

    Shot Show 2020

    If it’s not on the ‘Gram, did it even happen? (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Ziga Manca Polenar

    Manca, Ziga, and Samo of Polenar Tactical (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Federal and CCI ammo on display. 2020 seems o be the year of the 22LR (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Punch is just one of the new offerings from Federal. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Sig Sauer hosted its own range day, inviting attendees to get some trigger time on Sig branded products. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    Max Michel Lena Miculek

    Where we caught Max Michel and Lena Miculek, showing how it’s done (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    Shot Show 2020

    Guns.com’s very own Ben Philippi took to the Sig range to test out some of the newer P320 models. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

    These guys are easy to put down but pretty hard to kill completely, kinda like the Shot Show flu. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    In all, something on the order of 500,000 rounds were fired at Industry Day alone. Gotta bump those numbers up. Those are rookie numbers. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

    For the complete details on all these and more breaking SHOT Show news, watch this space for continuous updates all week. 

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    7 Best Choices Of .40 Cal Pistol

    January 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM PST











    What Would Be The Best .40 Caliber Pistol To Get Started On 10mm Lite?

    Even though the round has been eclipsed by 9mm, some people get curious and wonder if maybe they should get a .40 cal pistol while the getting is good. It wouldn’t be the worst impulse in the world as .40 S&W is a proven round for self-defense and competition.

    But what about the hardware? What are the best guns to get into Diet 10mm? Well, there are a bunch of great .40 caliber pistol models to choose from. These seven pistols are as good a starting point as you’re likely to find, though each suits a particular purpose better than others.

    Arguably Glock’s Best .40 Cal Pistol

    40 Glock pistol

    The Glock 23 is arguably the best .40 Glock pistol. The Glock 23 is the same frame, slide and barrel size as the Glock 19, so it has everything good about the 19 but in .40 S&W.

    The Glock 23 is big enough for a sure grip, which helps defray a bit of the extra .40 vs 9mm recoil. Literally every specification is the same, save for onboard capacity, which is only reduced to 13+1.

    Some might think it’s a boring choice, and maybe it is…but you’d be surprised how many holsters we sell for this pistol on a monthly basis. It’s easily the most popular holster for .40 pistols we sell.

    M&P40: S&W’s Big .40 Cal Pistol

    40 S&W pistol

    Smith and Wesson created the round, so any .40 S&W pistol made by them had better be good. The M&P40 is definitely worth a look, if you’re after a full-size .40.

    Granted, you don’t have to settle for the base model. Performance Center and CORE models with optics and other upgrades can be had as well.

    The excellent ergonomics of the M&P pistol makes for some very comfortable shooting, and the build quality ensures that you can expect a long service life and reliable running from this pistol. While capacity isn’t as generous as with the 9mm model, the onboard complement of 15+1 is more than respectable. It’s been known as a workhorse pistol, reliable and accurate, since it was first release. Spend a little time with one and you’ll see why it’s one of the most popular .40 pistols in police service in the past decade.


    Sig P320: A .40 Cal Pistol Goes Modular

    40 pistol

    The Sig P320 is certainly the pistol of the moment, but is there a .40 S&W version that’s worth looking into? There certainly is, namely the Sig P320 Compact .40. The Compact gives you everything good about the full-size, but in a more compact package better suited to daily carry. You can also opt for the Carry model, which has a full-length grip and adds magazine capacity.

    Carrying capacity is 13+1 rounds in the Compact model or 15+1 in the Carry model. You also get the incredible features list of the Sig P320, including the modular frame system. Invest in an additional caliber kit and some magazines, and you can swap the .40 for a 9mm at will.

    No other pistol on this list has that capability.


    A Big Sig .40 Cal Pistol: Sig P229R

    40 pistol

    The Sig P229R .40 gives you the best of both worlds. The all-steel frame is rugged enough to soak up the recoil. It’s a very common police-issue pistol, as it’s popular for detectives and other plainclothes officers. It has a rail for mounting an accessory, in case you want to do the laser/light thing. While it’s not exactly tiny, it’s small enough to carry every day so long as you have a good, stiff belt.

    It’s the classic Sig Sauer DA/SA operating system, so you know that it’s proven. Capacity is a little limited by modern standards at 12+1. While it’s big and heavy, that takes some of the snap out of .40 S&W. You get a compact service pistol in a more-powerful caliber than 9mm but that isn’t too hard to shoot.

    Since its one of the classic Sigs, this isn’t a flavor of the month; this is a gun you can invest in for a lifetime of use. The old Sigs have service lives measured in decades, so the purchase price (somewhere between $800 to $1,000 in stores) is not so bad.


    Springfield EMP .40 Cal Pistol

    Springfield EMP .40 S&W

    The Springfield EMP .40 S&W is here to add a touch of class to this .40 cal pistol lineup. It’s a 1911 pattern pistol, with all the trimmings. However, Springfield Armory also trimmed the grip housing so the gun is built around 9mm/.40 S&W, rather than being based on the .45 ACP with magazines and other bits designed to fit. There is no model in .45 ACP in the EMP series as a result.

    The EMP or Enhanced Micro Pistol is offered with 3-inch or 4-inch barrels as they are Officer and Commander-frame 1911 pistols. The former holds 8+1 and the latter 9+1. The .40 S&W models all feature two-tone finishes, but are quite the lookers. All models are equipped with a skeleton hammer and trigger are added, along with a beavertail grip safety with memory notch and ambidextrous tactical safety levers. The 3-inch model features tritium night sights, but the 4-inch model comes with a steel rear ramp and a fiber optic front sight.

    Granted, it’ll cost you. Expect to spend about $1,000…but Springfield Armory makes very decent 1911 pistols. They aren’t Wilson Combat quality (unless you get their custom shop to make you one; those are) but they are very well made, reliable and accurate. If you want a .40 cal pistol with class, these would be very good options.


    A .40 Cal Pistol For Easy CCW: Glock 27

    40 glock pistol

    You wouldn’t necessarily think it, but the Glock 27 is a wildly popular Glock .40 pistol as well. It’s true that .40 S&W snaps a bit in subcompact guns, but the Glock 27 is very manageable with it’s blocky, top-heavy slide. With an extended magazine and grip sleeve, it fills the biggest of hands nicely.

    It’s compact size and reduced weight compared to the 23 makes it ideal for packing, with plenty of capacity (10+1 in the base magazine size) for an EDC gun. Given that you get the rugger simplicity, reliability and accuracy of the Baby Glock in the bargain, it’s no wonder that holsters for this pistol are some of our best-sellers.


    H&K VP40: Arguably The King Of Big Striker .40 Cal Pistols

    40 cal pistol

    While there are a number of other popular .40 cal pistols…arguably the best is the H&K VP40.

    The VP40 has a polymer frame and striker-fired operating system, just most of the other guns on this list. However, the difference is that Heckler and Koch actually pays attention to the details.

    The ergonomics are outstanding. The features – such as the charging handles on the rear of the slide – are far more intelligently designed than on many other pistols of the same format. And then there’s the trigger, which is the best of all striker pistols. Smooth, with a crisp glass-like break and a hard reset.

    You might have to part with a few extra bucks (not too many; VP9 and VP40 pistols are easily found for less than $600) but you get more than that in extra quality.



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    New Mossberg MC2c 13+1 9mm Pistols for 2020 :: Guns.com

    Mossberg is growing their handgun line with the introduction at SHOT Show of the new MC2c 13+1 9mm pistol platform.

    An upgrade to the company’s MC1sc sub-compact launched in 2019, the new MC2c is still a 9mm with a slim profile but brings a double-stack magazine and slightly larger size to the game. Offered in five models that vary in finish and sight options, all come standard with a flush-fit 13-round magazine as well as an extended 15-round mag.

    “Combining superior ergonomics, performance-driven features and an increased capacity with its double-stack magazines, makes the MC2c a great size for concealed carry or home protection,” says Mossberg in a press release on the new handgun line.

    When it comes to specs, the MC2c features a 3.9-inch barrel with an overall length of 7.1-inches. Width is a trim 1.10-inches while height is 4.90-inches. With a 21-ounce unloaded weight, the MC2c roughly approximates the Glock G19 but comes in just slighly smaller.

    The MC2c comes in several models with a choice of dovetailed night or 3-dot white sights, black or stainless slides, and with or without cross-bolt manual safeties. (Photo: Mossberg)

    The newest Mossberg pistol (sounds weird doesn’t it?) is on point with the ergos, having multi-angle serrations on the slide and a reversible magazine release. For those who crave a cross-bolt safety, it is an option and is also reversible for right or left-handed shooters. There is also an oversized trigger guard with a flat-profile trigger. Like the MC1sc, the guns use Mossberg’s Safe Takedown System which allows the striker-fired pistol to be field stripped without pulling the trigger.

    Other features include dovetail-mounted, low-profile white 3-dot sights that are drift adjustable, a front accessory rail and options for either a black DLC-finished or bead-blasted stainless steel slide. Likewise, there is a variant with TRUGLO Tritium Pro night sights.

    MSRP on the Mossberg MC2c ranges from $490 to $595 depending on the model.

    BROWSE MOSSBERG PISTOLS HERE

    For first impressions on the new MC2c, check out the below from TFB TV and Gun Stock Reviews

    To check out other interesting new guns released at SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas this month, check out our detailed and on-going coverage. 

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    NSSF Hails Publication of Firearms Export Reform Rules

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation, applauds the Trump administration’s posting for public inspection the final rules that modernize the export regulations for firearms and ammunition products.

    WASHINGTON — NEWTOWN, Conn. — -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, applauds the Trump administration’s posting for public inspection the final rules that modernize the export regulations for sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products.

    The formal publication of the final rule is scheduled for Jan. 23. The rules will be implemented 45 days after formal publication.

    President Donald Trump’s administration successfully completed the long-promised modernization of the export control regulations that began more than eight years ago under the prior administration, but which was never completed due to domestic gun control reasons.

    “This is a tremendous achievement for the firearms and ammunition industry. We salute the Trump administration for modernizing our nation’s outdated Cold War era export controls and putting American manufacturers on an even playing field with their foreign competitors,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel.

    “This initiative will enable U.S. manufacturers to create more good-paying jobs in America while also helping to strengthen our national security.”

    The rules issued today transfer export licensing of sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products to the Commerce Department from the State Department. This change removes unnecessary and outdated regulations and allows the State to focus its export control resources on those items that give our warfighters a tactical advantage. It makes no sense to treat the commercial sale of hunting or target shooting rifles with the same level of scrutiny as nuclear weapons, tanks, and fighter aircraft.

    The new rules also eliminate a punitive annual $2,250 registration fee that gunsmiths and small companies who do not manufacture, nor export firearms or ammunition products were forced to pay.


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    About NSSF

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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    Israel Defense Forces UZI SMG -The Firearm Blog

    POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great length trying to find the best pictures on the Gunternet.

    Today we take a look at an UZI SMG, a firearm as iconic as Heckler & Koch’s MP5.  According to Wikipedia, there are more than 10 million Uzis built (Source), and the Belgian Federal Police still seem to be using them.

    Caption:

    Now this is pretty cool!

    It’s an UZI SMG that has actually been issued and used by Israel Defense Forces.

    Markings are all hebrew and the gun is Full Auto. I’ve always had a weak spot for the full size UZI. Yes, it has a lot of weaknesses, like the disputed grip safety, hefty weight for a 9 mm (almost as heavy as a Kalash) and flawed controllability/accuracy due to its open bolt operation and heavy bolt weight.

    BUT it is very compact, sturdy and reliable and that’s why it has been around for so many years, rightfully so. Personally, I love the iconic design, the ingenious folding stock mechanism and how the gun feels in your hands.

    It’s just something special.

     

    The Uzi SMG is owned by Waffenteile.ch

    Picture and caption by SveenysArmory, used with permission.


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    PTS MTEK FLUX Bump Helmet -The Firearm Blog

    Helmets are the standard for holding night vision goggles on your head. There are a number of manufacturers that make them. OPS-Core and Team Wendy are some of the more popular ones. For shooters on a budget, they often go with a simple bump helmet. They do not offer any ballistic protection and are sort of glorified bicycle helmets. But that’s really all you need to hold night vision on your head. MTEK USA has a ballistic and carbon versions of their FLUX helmet. However, a FLUX Bump does not exist . . . until now, thanks to PTS Syndicate.

    PTS Syndicate MTEK FLUX BUMP

    Last week I teased some pictures of the MTEK FLUX replica helmet in my article about AMP arm modifications. For those not familiar with PTS Syndicate, they are an airsoft company. They make licensed replicas for the airsoft market. They licensed the FLUX from MTEK USA and this replica is really good.

    Why the MTEK FLUX helmet? First of all MTEK USA only makes ballistic and carbon FLUX helmets. They do not make a bump version. Secondly, the MTEK FLUX design is not just an aesthetic difference it is functionally different.

    From MTEK USA:

    The first thing you notice when putting on the FLUX is how it wraps around your head. One might argue that the outer shell geometry is one of the most significant factors in a helmet’s design. That is because all other features must follow, in some form or another, this main “reference body”. The FLUX helmet is specifically designed to follow the natural shape of your head, so it results in increased comfort and stability, even when you wind up wearing it for hours on end or with multiple accessories attached. This goes a long way to actively reduce mental and physical fatigue, especially when you don’t have time for either. Hundreds of variations and revisions went in to the FLUX shell design, because to make a better helmet, it all starts with a better helmet shell.

    The bottom of the FLUX shell extends further downwards and recurves into center. This lowers the rear mounting position of the retention system, and allows the suspension system to further cradle your head. This significantly adds to the overall stability of the helmet, especially when wearing large NOD’s or other mounted accessories.

    So a replica of this design while not made of the same materials would still exhibit the same benefits due to the shape of the shell.

    I know what some of you are thinking. “You want to trust your expensive night vision on a toy helmet?” While in the past some other replica helmets were not great, it was the accessories that mattered. Not the helmet. Night vision needs a solid foundation to mount on to. That starts with the shroud. The part that is bolted to the helmet. In the case of the MTEK FLUX, they use a Wilcox shroud. PTS replicated that perfectly. It feels just like the real thing. I use Wilcox shrouds on all my helmets and even my Crye Nightcap. If you think a plastic replica helmet is suspect, think about skull crushers like the Crye Night Cap. It is a nylon hat with a carbon fiber reinforcement for the shroud. That is even less stable than a plastic helmet.

    I swapped the shrouds and they are compatible.

    When you pull the rails and shroud off you can see PTS replicated the FLUX design. The real MTEK FLUX helmet features a “bolt-less” design. Other helmets use bolts to attach rails, suspension systems, chinstraps and shrouds. MTEK claims that this creates a weakness in the shell and can cause secondary fragmentation.

    There are no drilled holes or inserts through the FLUX helmet to weaken the underlying ballistic material. Polymer fasteners replace all the heavy bolts, screws and other steel mounting hardware. Fastener strikes and secondary spalling are no longer an issue. Lightweight retaining structures are bonded directly to the outer shell to allow for accessory rail and shroud removal. The end result is a safer, lighter-weight helmet.

    Photo by MTEK USA

    Since the PTS FLUX bump is just a night vision hat it does not need to boltless design but they replicated it anyway. The retaining structures are not molded to the plastic shell and are screwed into the shell. Aside from that small difference, the rest of the helmet is virtually the same as the real FLUX.

     

    It is a little difficult to see the black hook velcro inside the black helmet but the velcro pattern is identical to the real MTEK FLUX ballistic helmet below.

    The MTEK FLUX ballistic is one of the lightest ballistic rated helmets on the market. It is NIJ IIIA rated. It can stop .44 magnum and weighs only 1lbs 10oz. A little bit off their reported 1.1lbs weight on their website. This could be due to the paint, velcro and retaining structures on the real helmet.

    The PTS FLUX bump only weighs 1lbs 5 oz. That is the shell with the bolted retaining structures. Not the weight with the rails, shroud, harness or pads.

    596 grams is 1lbs 5 oz.

    The real FLUX is 1lbs 10.4 oz.

     

    FLUX Differences

    Aside from making manufacturing easier by bolting the retaining structures to the plastic shell, there are some other small differences with the real FLUX and PTS FLUX BUMP.

    The real FLUX uses plastic hardware to attach the side rails. They use an anti-rotation T-nut whereas PTS does not. The PTS helmet uses all-metal screws and buts. You can order the real hardware on MTEK’s website for only $25 if you really want to save an ounce or two.

    MTEK on the left. PTS on the right.

    Not that it matters but it is possible for the metal T-nut used for the PTS FLUX bump to spin. Since it slots into the retaining structure of the bump it cannot fall out even if it does spin. You can see in the photo below the PTS metal T-nut fits the real FLUX helmet.

    The pads look very similar but the PTS FLUX bump pads are thicker. I actually prefer this because the real FLUX liner pads are too thin and my head is swimming in the helmet.

    A subtle difference with the secondary liner pads from PTS, they have lightning cuts in the hook velcro. I do not think this is a weight savings aspect but more for improved ventilation through the pads?

    MTEK on the left, PTS on the right.

    Photo by MTEK USA

    There is one difference between the PTS FLUX bump and the real FLUX and that is the chin strap. The Cam-Lock sliders used for adjusting the strap on the PTS version are not as good as the real FLUX strap. The problem is the Cam-Lock does not lock securely and pops open too easily. This PTS FLUX Bump is a pre-production sample so hopefully, they will fix this issue when they go to production.

     

    Compatibility

    The PTS FLUX bump helmet is really good. So good that the parts and accessories are interchangeable. I was able to install all the real FLUX rails, shroud and harness to the PTS FLUX bump and vice versa.

    PTS replica shroud on the real MTEK FLUX ballistic helmet.

    The side rails are identical other than the molded PTS logo.

    Final Thoughts

    I was curious to see if the proprietary geometry actually made a difference. I wore the PTS FLUX bump helmet for about 6 hours straight and did not experience the typical forehead aches I get with the OPS-CORE helmet design.  However I am not sure if the difference is truly due to the geometry of the helmet or the liner pads.

    The FLUX liner pad design is simple. There are no Styrofoam pads like on the OPS-CORE helmet design. This could be the difference in comfort.

    Price wise I was told that the PTS FLUX bump will be around $125. This is more than the unlicensed OPS-CORE replica helmets but this is a better helmet than those other helmets. If PTS fixes their Cam-Lock sliders then it will be the best night vision hat on the market. I don’t want to call it a bump helmet just because it is not rated or tested for impact like some of the real bump helmets out there. I am ok with this because I am not doing physical activities that would cause me to hit my head against anything hard. If you need a bump rated helmet then you might have to get something else.

    We should see this and more next week at SHOT SHOW 2020.



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