[SHOT 2016] A plethora of cool new things at Mako Group/FAB Defense

Ultimag AKR30 with a pull tab attached to the bottom for extraction from chest rigs

Ultimag AKR30 with a pull tab attached to the bottom for extraction from chest rigs

I was making my way to another appointment at SHOT when the Mako Group/FAB Defense booth caught my eye.  The first thing I checked out was their new “Scorpus” line of holsters, made of glass-reinforced polymer.  These are a retention holster that indexes on the triggerguard, but release button/finger channel keeps your finger indexed in a safe location along the slide or the frame when you draw.  These are available now for the 1911, SIG 226, Glock (9mm/.40/.45), Jericho 941, Makarov, and the S&W M&P (enough ampersands?).  There are also magazine pouches in the Scorpus line.  All holsters/pouches are available in black, tan, or green.

Next, I checked out some of their new grips, including a VZ58 grip that was very comfortable.  The grip I was most intrigued about, however, was a Makarov grip that has an extended beavertail and converts the pistol from a heel magazine release to a more user-friendly grip mounted magazine release.  It is also easy to convert the side of the release, or make it ambidextrous!  Also seen was a prototype for a “Podium” bipod for AR15 SBRs, much like their Tavor TAR Podium, that helps keep things compact and the fore-end clear from clutter.

I also got to see their new M4R10/22 Stock, which is a complete drop-in side-folder stock for standard or bull-barreled 10/22s, in use by the IDF.  The stock can accept any M4-style buttstock on the tube if one wishes to change out the buttstock.  The hinge was super strong and locked into place very well, and it was a very comfortable stock.

Lastly, they had 2 new Ultimag magazines, and a cool top cover call the PDC for the AK47 that has tensioners both front and rear for a better zero.  The rear tensioner is adjustable, and works by being cranked tighter to the top cover/recoil spring release button when attached.  The new magazines were a polymer magazine for the VZ58, and the new Ultimag Smart Load.  The Smart Load works by pulling out a machine timing belt that is attached to the follower, which retracts the follower to the bottom of the magazine.  The follower is held down by ratchet tension, and one can just drop rounds into the mag.  Then, one pushes a button on the bottom of the magazine, and the timing belt retracts and spring tension is reapplied to the follower.  Also seen was their GL and GK-MAG stocks, for ARs and AKs respectively, that hold a 10 round magazine in the stock for backup.

Thanks to everyone at FAB Defense/The Mako Group for their time!



Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


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  • Adam D.

    If they proove to be reliable, those polymer VZ58 magazines will be a godsend
    here in Central Europe. There are a lot of VZs in this region.

    The AK rail is holding some promise too. If it really maintains zero, it’ll be a very popular item. It seems sturdier than the TWS top cover.

    The Makarov grip and the 10/22 stock are also cool, it looks like
    engineering-wise Mako did a good job this year!
    The only thing I will never understand about Israeli products is how they pull off these incredibly cheesy, overdesigned looks with their guns and parts.
    The function is there, durability is fine, price is OK, but the looks man…

  • BattleshipGrey

    Any word on prices?

    • Rusty S.

      what in particular were you interested in the price for? There’s a lot of stuff…

      • BattleshipGrey

        The top cover has me interested. Also, are the mags just for the VZ58 or is there a standard AK mag as well?

  • CanadianShill

    Awesome, only nags if found reliable for my vz are the aluminum cz’s, every other has been terrible, this should be interesting

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    Mako makes pretty comfy grips.

    • Mako don’t make anything

      Nope. Fan Defense makes them. Mako (a distributor) doesn’t mako anything.

      Why didn’t Rusty mention this?

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        Damn, dude, thanks for that fact, but that’s like saying GM makes good trucks though it is a Chevy. Close enough… FAB Defense makes comfy grips.

  • Elvis

    It’s like a windowed Pmag, but someone left the window open.