In the midst of a sea of 2017 SHOT Show attendees, I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of the Surefire booth and their new products from none other than Andrew Wright, Surefire Public Relations. Quick side note: it is a pretty surreal experience to talk with/interview someone when you are surrounded by life-sized posters of them shooting steel. I almost asked Wright to autograph my now vintage E1B light. But, I digress.
No stranger to innovation, Surefire, of course, still makes top-notch, hard use flashlights that impress even the most novice shooter. But through the years, Surefire has expanded into every realm of the firearms industry. And this year is no different.
For example: Holsters. The Surefire team has developed a unique system that uses their weapon lights as the retention system rather than the gun itself. Branded the Masterfire Rapid Deploy Holster, the polymer system was developed for law enforcement and tactical team members where smooth deployment and light activation is a must. Think the pointman in a stack carrying a ballistic shield or a K-9 handler.
That being said, I can see a wide variety of applications outside of MIL/LE missions – the Masterfire is probably the best system I have seen for carrying a suppressed pistol, opening the market to the fast-growing US silencer industry. No doubt I’ll be picking up a Masterfire for my suppressed G17 “around the homstead” gun.
Surefire Masterfire® Rapid Deploy Holster
The Surefire Masterfire® Rapid Deploy Holster is a revolution in Holster design. The Masterfire® was designed to work with almost any pistol with a rail that interfaces with the holster via the weaponlight and suppressors listed below. The Masterfire® also has a Level 3 retention with primary and secondary lock systems. The Masterfire® is ergonomically designed to release and present the firearm for a fast draw.
Surefire has also updated their micro weapon light line with the XC2. Super compact and running on one AAA battery, the XC2 features an impressively bright LED as well as a red aiming laser.
Surefire XC2 Weapon Light/Laser
On to my favorite topic: Suppressors. Surefire has made several additions to their Ryder line of pistol caliber silencers. First up, a dedicated Ryder 9-MP5 with a rock solid SOCOM-style three lug mount. Designed for sustained full auto use, the Ryder 9-MP5 is a bit beefier than the the Ryder 9 and new Ryder 9M.
Surefire Ryder 9-MP5
The stainless-steel constructed RYDER 9-MP5 is a duty-use suppressor for the H&K MP5 sub-machine gun. The suppressor attaches to a standard tri-lug barrel via our patented Fast-Attach® mechanism, similar to the way our best-in-class SOCOM Series suppressors attach. The patented stainless steel baffles are extremely durable and highly effective at attenuating noise, along with built-in spacers help prevent carbon buildup. The suppressor is easily disassembled for cleaning, and the baffles are indexed and numbered for ease of reassembly. Designed for hard-core use, the RYDER 9-MP5 does not affect bullet performance or point of impact/point of aim as is the case with other sub-machine gun suppressors. When it comes to durability, performance, and ease of maintenance, the RYDER 9-MP5 is the clear choice for suppressing the MP5.
I was also very impressed by the new Ryder 9M – It’s really light and solidly constructed. And with the option to run it either in short or long configurations makes it the newest addition to the ever growing modular suppressor market.
Surefire Ryder 9M
SF RYDER Modular suppressors are built to the same exacting standards as our battle-proven Fast-Attach® SOCOM suppressors. The SF RYDER 9M-Ti suppressor— for 9mm pistols and rifles—features an ultra-light titanium tube, front plate, and rear plate that help minimize weight with no sacrifice in strength. Inside the suppressor are durable heat-treated, stainless steel baffles that are indexed and numbered for easy disassembly and reassembly for cleaning. This model allows for the end-user to remove a 2” module from the front portion of the suppressor to reduce overall length. Simply reinstall the end plate on the now-shorter option and the suppressor is ready for use. These suppressors are available in three different colors and just like the RYDER 9-Ti come available in either 1/2 x 28 or M13.5 x 1 LH threaded option.
And last but not least, the Ryder 22-Mini, a sub-four inch rimfire silencer.
The newly introduced RYDER 22-MINI offers the same great benefits to that of the RYDER 22-S only now in a more compact, shorter overall length with minimal increase in sound attenuation. This suppressor is optimum for use with carbines and pistols chambered in .22 LR along with being rated for .17 HMR or .22 WMR and full-auto rated.
Of course, Surefire still makes a comprehensive lineup of flashlights in all shapes, sizes and outputs.
I’m looking forward to getting some hands on time with the Masterfire holster and will post up a review as soon as possible.