Umarex to Produce Glock Replicas

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Germany-based Umarex, known for producing replica firearms of some of the industry’s most popular models, will soon add Glock to its lineup. Umarex is the first replica-pistol manufacturer to receive the worldwide license from the Austrian gun maker.

“For years now, the trust between our two companies has been growing and we are looking forward to further developing this relationship with Glock,“ said Eyck Pflaumer, managing partner of Umarex. “From November 2017 onward, gun fans will find the first replicas of these famous pistols in outdoor retail locations almost everywhere in the world.” U.S. distribution is expected to begin first quarter 2018.

Umarex will build Glock pistols in the categories “Airguns” (4.5 mm / .177) and “Airsoft” (6 mm). Particularly attractive for collectors, the license allows the replicas to carry the original markings and be marketed in authentic packaging.

The Glock replicas will be distributed worldwide through sporting goods dealers, except in France and French territories. Umarex USA and the Elite Force Airsoft group of Umarex USA will distribute the world-leading Glock pistol replicas exclusively throughout North America.

For more, visit umarexusa.com.

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SilencerCo Releases First Suppressed Muzzleloader

For the first time since the National Firearms Act (NFA) was created in 1934, civilians can enjoy suppressed shooting in nearly all 50 states with SilencerCo’s latest innovation: the integrally suppressed Maxim 50 muzzleloader.

With the invention of the Maxim 50, SilencerCo has created a product that is 100 percent legal for civilian ownership under federal law (some state laws may not allow it, though, depending on how they define muzzleloaders) while providing hearing-saving suppression at a reasonable price point. How is this possible? By paying very close attention to federal law. 

The BATFE defines a silencer as a “device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the report of a portable firearm . . .”  By that definition, a silencer is only a silencer if it can attach to a firearm. The Maxim 50 is built on the base of a Traditions Vortek Strikerfire Muzzleloader. For those who know muzzleloaders, you’ll also know that they are not considered firearms by the BATFE but are instead antique firearms, a definition and difference that is very distinct under federal law. Because of this, a moderator that is permanently affixed to a muzzleloader is not legally defined by BATF as a silencer, since it does not attach to a firearm. With this realization, the Maxim 50 was born. 

“It took a lot of creativity to arrive at this solution,” said Josh Waldron, SilencerCo CEO and Co-Founder. “We have been working on this product for three years, with most of that time spent waiting on a determination from the Technology Branch of the BATFE as to how this product would be classified. As soon as we received official word that it wouldn’t be considered or regulated as a silencer, we got to work on bringing the Maxim 50 to customers across the country.” 

SilencerCo expects the Maxim 50 to be a hit not only with the NFA-loving crowd, but also with hobbyists and hunters. In many states, muzzleloader hunting begins days (sometimes weeks) before standard rifle season, giving hunters using this platform an edge. But this edge does come with caveats—antique firearms are usually loud, have lots of recoil, and the shooter has to battle the thick cloud of black powder smoke billowing from the barrel as they try to see if their shot connected with their game. The Maxim 50 solves all of the issues experienced by muzzleloader shooters while also drastically reducing the resulting smoke by more than two-thirds, allowing hunters to see the location of their shot and track their game.


SilencerCo is honored to finally be able to bring suppressed shooting to its customers across the country, and, in most places, sans a long wait or a tax stamp.

For more information visit silencerco.com

SIG Sauer Rifle Safety Warning and Recall Notice

By: American Rifle Staff

SIG Sauer has issued a press release announcing a recall notice for certain rifle models:

SIG Sauer, Inc. has determined that a limited number of rifles in the SIG716 DMR, SIG516 Carbon Fiber and SIGM400 Predator models were built with a two-stage SIG Sauer trigger that may have an improperly heat-treated hammer. Over time this could result in a trigger malfunction creating a significant safety hazard. SIG Sauer is issuing a mandatory recall to replace the hammer and trigger assembly in these specific rifles. This recall does not affect any military or law enforcement rifles or any SIG MCX/SIG MPX products.

SIG Sauer says it will correct any of the affected firearms at no cost to the customer.

The firearms affected by the recall can be identified by the presence of a SIG mark etched into the hammer.

To determine if a rifle is subject to the recall, take the following two actions:

  • Enter your firearm’s 9-digit serial number on the SIG Sauer website.
    • The serial number is located on the left side of the lower receiver.
    • NOTE: The serial number will never contain letters “i” or “o”.
  • If your firearm’s serial number is identified to be one of those affected by the recall, stop using the firearm immediately and follow the four corrective steps.

CORRECTIVE STEPS

  1. Call SIG Sauer Customer Service at (603) 610-3000, Option #1, and have the rifle’s 9-digit serial number available.
  2. SIG Sauer Customer Service will send you shipping instructions that include a pre-addressed shipping label and box.
  3. Upon receipt of the shipping instructions, follow instructions found in the Owner’s Manual.
    • Remove the magazine from the rifle.
    • Clear the firearm of all ammunition.
    • Separate the upper receiver from the lower receiver by removing the front and rear take-down pins.
  4. Using the pre-addressed shipping label and box that was sent to you, ship the lower receiver to SIG Sauer.

Once received by SIG Sauer, the lower receiver will be repaired and return-shipped to you within 2-3 weeks.

SIG Sauer apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused and will service any affected rifle in the most expedited manner possible.

For further information visit sigsauer.com

Crimson Trace Options for Glock Gen5 Pistols

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Crimson Trace wasted no time in producing laser sight options for the newly released Glock G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 semi-automatic pistols. Options include:

Laserguard laser sight LG-637 with red laser diode
Laserguard LG-637G with green laser diode
Laserguard LG-639 (red)
Laserguard LG-639G (green) laser sights
Laserguard LG-436 laser sight

The Crimson Trace Laserguard LG-452 green laser sight will also fit the Glock pistols.

In addition, the soon-to-be released Crimson Laserguard Pro with LED white light and laser diode—the LL-807 with red laser diode and LL-807G with green laser diode—will fit the new Glock G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 pistols. MSRP for Crimson Trace laser sights begin at $249 for the LG-637 laser sight.

The Crimson Trace Laserguard family is one of many laser sight and tactical light products the company offers that securely fit firearms by Glock and many other manufacturers. The company now offers more than 30 laser sights, firearms lights, and combination units for installation on nearly all Glock pistols.

For owners of the new Gen5 pistols, Crimson Trace’s Laserguard Pro laser sights combine a 150-lumen LED white light within a compact housing along with either a red (LL-807) or green (LL-807G) laser. Features of the Laserguard Pro include Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation firearm laser sight engagement system located under the trigger guard, a master on/off switch on most models, and easy-to-use elevation and windage adjustments. An adjustment wrench and battery are included in each package. All of these innovative products are covered under Crimson Trace’s Free Batteries for Life program.

Crimson Trace products for Glock pistols can also be easily installed without modification of the firearm—or special gunsmith skills.

For more information visit crimsontrace.com

Glock Announces Gen5 G17 and G19

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Glock, Inc., has announced the 5th generation of its G19 and G17 pistols, which feature more than 20 design changes that distinguish them from their Gen4 predecessors.

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“The development of our Gen5 pistols was the result of the constant pursuit of perfection and a desire to meet the requests of the consumer market,” said Glock, Inc. Vice President Josh Dorsey. “We have combined the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve durability, accuracy, and performance. The benefits enhance the shooter experience at the range and in high-stress situations where fractions of a second matter.”

The Gen5 pistols are a variation of the M pistol used by the FBI. Through rigorous testing and development, Glock has combined the historical reliability and trust in the brand with precisely engineered design changes to meet the demand of consumers world-wide.

Among the design changes are five key features. The Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) utilizes new barrel rifling to deliver improved accuracy. The removal of the finger grooves and an added ambidextrous slide stop delivers improved control and flexibility. The nDLC finish is a tougher and more durable finish that is exclusive to the Glock manufacturing process. Introduction of a flared mag-well increases performance by making it easier to funnel the magazine into the mag-well, particularly in high-stress situations.

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The roots of the Gen5 pistols lie in a request by Federal Law Enforcement for a new service pistol. “Our goal was to meet the demanding needs of law enforcement agencies while maintaining our standard of perfection,” said Dorsey. “Once the pistols we submitted proved themselves in testing and were adopted, consumers began asking for those pistols. The Gen5 pistols we are introducing today meet that demand.”

For more information visit us.glock.com/Gen5