Strike Industries Releases NEW Aluminum EMP For G19

More rounds are always appreciated, and Strike Industries has been providing more rounds for your Glock with their polymer Extended Magazine Plate (EMP) for a few years. While the polymer versions continue to keep customers happy, people have been calling for a metal version. Well, now Strike Industries has delivered. Utilizing the same design that people love, the new aluminum EMP for Glock 19 pistols is now available.

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Tyrant Designs Announces New Glock Sights Coming Soon

Tyrant Designs is a CNC-machining specialty shop producing firearms parts and accessories from their home base in Chicago, Illinois. They claim to be the inventors of the original skeletonized AR-15 grips, and today they sell multiple versions of this product as well as many other parts. TFB has covered many of their prior offerings, and some examples of those are listed below. Typically, our own reviewers as well as the industry and customers at large have reacted mostly favorably, and generally regarded these products well. Now Tyrant has announced a new product coming soon: machined aluminum Glock sights. The sights appear to employ a white front blade and blackout rear configuration with their chevron-style serrated surface texturing, although it’s indicated that additional options including night sights and suppressor height versions will be added at an as-yet-unknown later date.

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[SHOT 2018] Jones Arms Explosive Bonded Steel/Niobium/Aluminum PCC Barrels

Another innovative company that I came across in the NEXT section of Level 3 of SHOT Show 2018 exhibition was Jones Arms. It is easy to simply pass by their booth because the most interesting product they have is not something that immediately catches your attention. At first glance, it looks to be just another AR-15 based PCC barrel. When the company officials handed me the barrel, I was shocked because it weighs a fraction of what you expect such a barrel to weight.

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[SHOT 2018] Several Innovations from Yankee Hill Machine Co.

TFBTV’s Corey Wardrop meets with Kevin at Yankee Hill Machine Co. at SHOT Show 2018.

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Aeon Tac LWB Aluminum Adjustable AR-15 Stock

A Californian company called Aeon Tac makes aluminum AR-15 stocks called LWB (Light Weight Billet). The stock is machined out of a billet 6061 aluminum and as the name implies, it is quite lightweight weighing only 7 oz. It is an adjustable stock with 3″ difference between the fully collapsed and extended positions.

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Quarter Circle 10 Weight Adjustable Pistol Caliber Carbine Buffer

Quarter Circle 10 has introduced a new weight adjustable buffer assembly for the AR-pattern blowback operated pistol caliber carbines. The buffer comes with four aluminum, four steel, and four tungsten weights, as well as four rubber spacers. Having that choice of different material weights you can assemble the buffer to weigh from 5 oz (without any weight installed) to 11 oz (with all tungsten weights) and everything in-between. By choosing the proper weight combination you can adjust the overall buffer weight to flawlessly work with the caliber your PCC is chambered in. It will also be handy to adjust the weight for use with a suppressor.

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Lightweight High Power Handguns – Aluminum Framed Could Have Beens

John Moses Browning was known to have stated his High Power designs and the technological upgrade and successor to the venerable 1911 handgun. Using a double-stack 9mm magazine and the first handgun to feature the now ubiquitous Browning tilting block operation, the High Power has served and continues to serve as a stalwart military sidearm… but its a heavy one.

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Explosion Welded Framed 1911 Pistols by UA Arms

UA Arms makes a lightweight 1911-style pistol called IA 5.0. The gun uses a metal frame, which is made of aluminum or titanium combined with stainless steel. It is not an alloy, but the two metals are bonded together by a process called explosive welding. The result is a 1911 pistol with up to 50% lighter frame.

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A Briefer Overview of AK Magazine Patterns, from Forgotten Weapons

Back in September, TFB reader Brandon took us through the history and variations of Russian Kalashnikov magazine patterns in a two part article that’s well worth reading if you haven’t already. Having said that, if you don’t have the patience for articles or if you can’t get enough on AK magazine patterns, Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons has released a brief video overview on the subject:

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GUEST POST: A Brief History of the Kalashnikov Magazine Part 1: Metal Magazines

This is a guest article from our reader Brandon covering the development of metallic magazines for the AK-47 and AKM rifles. Thanks, Brandon!

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Future Firearms Ammunition Technology 001: Aluminum Cased Ammunition - Lightening the Load, Pt. 1

The metallic cartridge case was invented in the 1840s, and – starting in the 1860s – its military application brought with it a host of of advantages for the soldier: Now, ammunition was self-contained, weatherproof, and durable. Yet, despite it being a massive advance, the metallic cartridge wasn’t an across the board triumph. With the addition of a metal case, ammunition became heavier, and cost more to manufacture. In the early days of metallic cartridges, military weapons were slow to fire, and fired heavy bullets that made up the overwhelming percentage of mass of the ammunition, so this advantage was small. Ironically, though, the metallic cartridge allowed the invention of faster firing designs that expended ammunition more quickly, and as ammunition caliber shrunk and average bullet weight dropped, the percentage of mass contained in the metallic case grew.

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BREAKING: US Army Introduces New Enhanced Performance Magazine for M4/M16 Series Rifles

The US Army has taken one more step towards further improving the reliability of the controversial M16 and M4 series of rifles, according to a TACOM announcement. The Army is introducing a new pattern of magazine to supplant the older black, green, and tan follower magazines, respectively. Called the “Enhanced Performance Magazine”, the new pattern sports a tan magazine body and a blue follower, for identification, and boasts a 300% increase in the mean number of rounds between stoppages when used in the M4 Carbine. Unlike previous magazines, the EPM uses a new, modified magazine body (and therefore not interchangeable, hence the different color) which presents the rounds at a more favorable angle to the rifle’s feedway, improving reliability and, importantly, preventing the hardened steel tips of new 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Rounds from contacting the aluminum feed ramp section on M4 type rifles.

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V7 Introduces Ultra-Light Lithium Aluminum Alloy Lower Recevier

V7 Weapon Systems, known for the plethora of ultra-light and titanium parts, has released their latest ultra-light part for the AR-15, a lower receiver. The new receiver features a relatively new alloy, 2055, which features a relatively high lithium content. The alloy is stronger for both toughness and strength, by about 20% in each regard according to Alcoa, the developer of the alloy.

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Is Aluminum Bulletproof? Demo Ranch Tests

While your standard tin foil is, of course, not bulletproof, there is a long history of using aluminum for armor in fighting vehicles. Its relative strength to density (and therefore weight) makes it ideal for a variety of applications that need rigidity and strength. Given this, it’s easy to see how it’s proliferated across the firearms industry with the AR platform being the prime example.

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Korean Scientists Develop Lightweight Steel Stronger, Cheaper Than Titanium

Light? Strong? Tough? Cheap? A new material developed in Korea promises all of the above, and could throw open wide doors in many industries, including small arms development.

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