CAA USA is now distributing the Secubit GSC Gun Shot Counter for Glocks (which I will just refer to as a GSC). Secubit is an Israeli firm which manufactures GSCs for the Glock and picatinny-rail-equipped rifles. It costs $100 for the Glock Gen3 version.
I’ve noticed a lot of whining online about “why would you need this?” I think it’s a rather useful tool for setting and complying with a maintenance schedule, not to mention understanding your shooting habits in more detail (such as split times). Whether it’s a hundred bucks useful… the jury is out. It would be a no brainer to me at a quarter of the price, but I’d need to be using it on a serious-competition race gun to justify spending a hundred bucks on it. I think there’s real merit in computerized statistics for firearms, and would like to see more hardware innovation in this area.
(H/T to TTAG!)
RoverDave, a well-respected mod at the UziTalk forum, has posted that the Uzi Pro Pistol will be shipping in “2-4” weeks. If this pans out, we should be seeing Uzi Pro Pistols in stores by mid-to-late July. Sig brace versions will apparently follow “shortly after”, although I suspect “shortly after” might be “never”, given the recent BATFE statements on the braces.
You’ll recall that the Uzi Pro Pistol has an MSRP of $1109, so street prices will most like be around $900 once initial demand comes down. This is a lot of money, but the original Action Arms Uzi Pistols still sell for $1250 or more on Gunbroker, so there may be a market. I know I’m planning on picking one up!
While I would probably take any review from a national defense industry publication with a grain of salt, I just found an older article from Israel Defense that reviewed the new-ish 7.62×51 Negev NG7. Spoiler alert: they liked it a lot.
But, in fairness, the NG7 sounds like a hell of a gun. The NG7 is lighter than an M249 SAW, while packing a significantly bigger punch (7.62×51, instead of 5.56×45) and being far more comfortable to carry and hold.
While reviewing the product catalogs from Magnum Research and IWI-US, I noticed that neither of them are going to be importing the “compact” versions of either the BDE III or the Jericho. Perhaps they don’t feel these guns can compete in the concealed-carry marketplace? Assuming that Magnum Research drops the BDE II line, there will no longer be an option for a compact-size Jericho on the market.
Battle Ready International, however, did mention to me that they were trying to import the BUL M-5 Ultra-X, so there may be some hope in the future. The BUL M-5 Ultra-X will no doubt be expensive, but it is arguably the best choice out there for an “officer”-size double stack 9mm 1911.
Please note, though, that MR and IWI-US will both be releasing “semi-compact” guns that feature a shorter barrel/slide with the same-sized grip. These are perfectly fine guns, but many find them less usable for concealed carry due to the long(er) grip.
Magnum Research has announced the new Baby Desert Eagle III line of pistols. It took me a few seconds to realize it, but this appears to be the BUL Cherokee with a full length dust cover and a slide safety. It’s not so obvious with the steel version pictured above, but take a look at these two guns:
There are clearly some changes to the frame and slide (probably to more closely mimic the old BDE II), but I’m unaware of any other existing Tanfoglio clone that has a similar frame. The steel version is also using a frame that looks suspiciously like that of the old BUL Storm.
UPDATE 4/3/2015: all4shooters confirmed a couple months ago at SHOT that the BDE III is being made by BUL Transmark. Given the changes over the Cherokee, which appear substantial, I think this qualifies as a completely new model of Israeli-manufactured handgun.
The IWI-US website has been updated with the new Galil ACE, Uzi Pro pistol, and Jericho pistol models. No surprises as far as I can see.
The law enforcement section has listings for the Negev LMG (including short barrel config) and the Uzi Pro SMG, because, as you know, law enforcement really needs access to light machineguns. Again, nothing new, albeit the Uzi Pro section does a nice job of showing it off.
Looks like a new Israeli manufacturer is releasing their own AR-style rifle, as reported on at Israel Defense. Doesn’t look particularly interesting, except that the manufacturer claims they’re making all the metal bits for QC purposes.
I think it’s interesting to see Israeli manufacturers moving into AR-style guns as the IDF moves away from them and towards the Tavor and X95. Due to the rumored high cost of the Tavor and X95, it could be that these manufacturers think that either domestic police forces will be investing in new AR-style rifles to replace more obsolete weapons (M1 carbines!), or that the Tavor will not be issued to reserve forces and some other cheaper rifle (AR-15!) will be used instead. As a pure export play, I don’t really see the business plan – Colt, FN, etc. all have far more capacity for large contracts, and can probably do them cheaper, too.
(H/T to gun.fm!)
IWI-US has released the new 2015 catalog of their products. While there are no surprises in there, there are still some nice pictures to leaf through. I will admit to being mildly disturbed by the concept of trying to sell the Negev (a belt-fed light machinegun) to law enforcement, though.
If you want more Israeli gun porn, there’s also BUL Transmark’s catalog. Not quite as epic, but still some nice 1911s and Tanfoglios to look at.
I was somewhat disappointed with the Israeli presence at SHOT Show 2015. Not a lot of surprises.
No new releases from IWI-US, albeit they certainly had quite a lot of announcements last year. Short Barrel Shepherd has a nice write-up, but couldn’t get them to talk about factory stocks for SBRs. Also seemed like there was some pull-back on the braces, which is not surprising given recent BATFE actions.
UPDATE: Adipose at Uzitalk confirmed with them that alternate stocks will be offered, including the Vietnamese wire folder. The “I can’t deal with AR stocks on rifles not an AR” crowd should rejoice, I suppose – horrible cheek weld will be yours again.
Meprolight launched a pair of new handgun sight lines that use tritium and fiber optics for illumination. The FT line is interesting from the perspective that TruGlo’s TFO sights are regarded as having durability issues, so Meprolight may be able to provide a better alternative. The RE series doesn’t use fiber optics, but does have an innovative (gimmicky?) dot-in-crosshairs approach. I’d give them a try, I suppose.
There was also a camo-skinned M21 (“M21H”) introduced. I can literally not think of a market that the M21H would appeal to. Hunters use magnified optics. Modern sporting rifle owners will spray the current M21 to match their color scheme, or just go with black. Maybe Mepro will prove me wrong and sell a zillion of these things, but it feels like an ill-conceived product. The Mepro 4x is still missing in action, which is a shame – maybe they felt it couldn’t compete in the US market against the ACOG?
There were rumors that FAB Defense was going to introduce a polymer KPOS chassis, but nothing was shown.
I am really hoping things are bit more exciting next year, as I am planning on attending SHOT in person.
I got an email this morning from Guy Tal over at MagLULA announcing their newest Israeli-made product, the 30-round AR15 / M4 universal heavy-duty Range BenchLoader. It appears to be a polymer cost-reduced version of their existing AR15 / M16 / M4 BenchLoader. Given that this new version has a MSRP of $165 (versus $430 street for the older one), I think it has much more of a chance at succeeding in the market. You can see how it works in this video.
Personally, I’ve always been a little skeptical of the need for this product for individuals – I find that the stripLULA works wonderfully if you get your stripper clip infrastructure in place ahead of time. I would have a lot more use for a cost-reduced variant for AK and/or Galil mags, since neither of those can use stripper clips effectively. (And where is the AK-74 stripLULA?)