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SIG Elite Performance Ammo

SIG SAUER Inc. has been building some of the world’s best handguns for decades. Now they’re leaping into the self-defense ammo market with their new lineup of 90-gr. .380, 125-gr. .357 SIG, 124-gr. 9mm, 165-gr. .40 and 200-gr. .45 ACP loads, all made with their own “SIG V-Crown stacked hollowpoint” bullet. We got a small sample for a quick look-see. They tell us the new line is completely American-made and they’re ramping up production as fast as possible.

At first glance, it looks to be of high quality, with consistent finishes on the bullets and cases, and sensible 20-round boxes. The bullet is described as having “… an additional hollowpoint cavity behind the main cavity. This design, along with the V-shaped jacket skives, guarantees controlled, uniform expansion at all effective distances and velocities.” Not having any gel blocks at-hand to find out for myself, I’ll take their word for now.

I went ahead and fired all three calibers I had on hand over a chronograph to get an idea of velocities, and they showed a high level of consistency, with low velocity deviations of around 40-50 fps total per caliber. Many handgun loads vary as much as 100 fps or more, so this bodes well for accuracy for the SIG ammo. Velocities averaged 1,145 fps in 9mm (Browning Hi-Power), 985 fps in .40 S&W (hampered somewhat by my short-barreled XD Sub-Compact used) and 945 fps in .45 ACP (5″ Les Baer 1911). The guns ran 100 percent and I noticed the lighter bullets in the .40 and .45 helped to soften recoil some.

SIG is known for their almost over-the-top quest for quality, and I can attest they take that quest very seriously. I’ll keep you posted on what we learn after more testing. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/sig-sauer-inc/, (603) 610-3000.
By Roy Huntington

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Robar Unity Tactical Atom Adaptor

Aclean sight installation is always eye-catching and Robar’s melding of the Unity Tactical ATOM Adaptor (made exclusively for Robar to a 1911 slide) is simply beautifully done. While adapting red dot micro sights to semi-autos has been around for some time, the sights and mounts are only just now getting to the point it makes solid sense. At least to me.

In this case, Robar’s combination of the Trijicon RM06 RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) sight with the ATOM Adaptor has created a bullet-proof combo that can actually withstand combat conditions. In a police duty holster or a soldier’s gunbelt, this tough-as-nails duo is nearly impervious to anything tossed at it.

Robar’s attention to detail and gunsmithing skill means the installation is clean, reliable and trustworthy. As you read this, it’s available on your own slide, with prices corresponding to standard shop set-up labor due to the differences in 1911 slide specs. In the future, they may offer a slide already outfitted with the adaptor, however the slide would need to be fitted to your existing frame. Or hey … you could simply have Robar build you a new gun based on the modified slide!

As a die-hard iron sight guy, I always look at this sort of thing with a wary eye. But this combination of “toughest in the class” dot sight with this innovative mounting system, all put together by the industry leaders at Robar caused me to rethink this whole technology upgrade. Maybe you should too. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/robar-companies-inc (623) 581-2648.
By Roy Huntington

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Skinner Sights

Owner Andy Larrson has a small shop in St. Ignatius, Mont., where he has a bit of help turning out simply marvelous sights for all manner of rifles. Why am I talking about rifle sights here? Because most of you have rifles, enjoy rifles, and know the perfect companion to a good handgun — is a good rifle. Andy knows that too, and makes sights perfectly suited for helping you to perfect your favorite rifle. Machined from solid steel, brass or stainless steel bar stock, each sight is precisely hand-fitted and looks more like a Journeyman’s final machining test rather than simply a set of sights. There’s simply no castings or shoddy workmanship present in their shop, period.

Andy has worked hard to not only create highly functional sights for a wide assortment of rifles, but has shown a keen eye for design too, making sure each sight compliments the lines of the rifle it’s intended for. I’ve had dinner with Andy, met his new wife Shelia (check out the Insider in this issue to see her first-ever hunt!) and can say the man I know takes his craft very seriously. Skinner Sights offers reliable customer service and a full 30 day money back policy. And how about this — if your sights ever need repaired, Andy’s shop will do it for free.

I have a couple sets of Skinner sights on personal rifles (Model 94 Winchesters) and can attest to their high build quality. I like the 2-tone brass/blued steel look as it’s retro and modern at the same time. Make sure you check out their website and explore the many options. From Marlins, Rugers, Henry Rifles, Winchesters, Browning, CZ’s, .22 sights and more, Andy likely has a solution for your project. Make sure you read the “Frequently Asked Questions” before you call with a question. For more info: www.skinnersights.com, (406) 531-5113
By Roy Huntington

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Rosen Tablet/iPad Bag

The company name is actually Mitch Rosen Extraordinary Gunleather — and for good reasons. I know Mitch personally, and frankly, he gives no quarter when it comes to quality of raw materials, design, construction and final finish and presentation. Simply put, I challenge you find anything of higher consistent quality. A few may rub shoulders with the Rosen shop in that rarified air of “Best Quality.” But aside from one or two tiny, one-person benches populated by near idiot savants coming from some Hobbit-like land somewhere — you can’t beat Mitch’s gear.

Rosen’s latest, the Astoria Tablet Bag, is a nice change from gun gear, but addresses something many of us do daily — tote an iPad or electronic tablet of one sort or another. You don’t hide a gun here, you just protect that electronic gizmo so many of us rely on daily and as we travel. Available in either black or mahogany, in exquisitely grained leather, the trim binding and shoulder strap will be black on either color. You can adjust the shoulder strap, and the flap secures with a brass, turn lock.

Like all of the gear from the Rosen shop, the Astoria Bag leaves no stone unturned regarding quality of execution. This is not only a lifetime investment, but as a gift for your better half gents, I promise she’ll be impressed you had the sense to buy something like this. And just so you know, the Victorian Ladies Handbag offers similar crafstmanship, but offers a handgun concealment feature. Hey, buy both and reach new heights of wonder at Christmas. “You really did this? You thought to buy me these all by yourself?” I can hear the doubt in her voice even now. Tell her Handgunner helped — some.

The Astoria is about $185, and while you’re at it, check out their newly redesigned website. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/mitch-rosen/, (603) 647-2971
By Roy Huntington

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Timberline Battlehog

Timberline is sort of one of those companies often flying under the radar. I think if you take the time to check ’em out, you’ll find a remarkable cross-section of high-quality knives, sharpening systems and unique, highly useful accessory items for people who like and use cutters of all kinds. John Anthon, the president of Timberline, started the company in 1989 making high performance sharpeners, and has branched out since.

Over the years, Timberline (parent company GATCO — Great American Tool Company) has consistently offered solid, work-horse designs, at very affordable prices. They’ve built a successful business making sure people who need hard-working cutters get what is promised on the package. And they regularly surprise, with truly innovative design ideas, stretching the cutlery envelope.

The BattleHog series (this is the Model 1164), keeps it simple and tough — just what this sort of knife is built to do. The 3″ titanium coated stainless steel spear-point, combo edge blade is mated to a machined and textured G-10 handle, making a tidy but “grabby” folder. The Vallotton “Kickstart” assisted opening technology allows you to bump the blade open with a nudge of your thumb. Handy in an emergency, or even if you’re just opening a box with one hand. The “pocketed” stainless steel liners keep the scales stiff, and the blade locks open using a rugged liner-lock system.

With the right/left reversible pocket clip, handy lanyard and modest blade length, the BattleHog is right at home in a pocket, yet big enough to lend a sharp hand when you need it most. I like this sort of “all-round” using knife. While big, brawny blades get the press at times, most people I know have something like the BattleHog in their pockets to do the actual work. The best part is you get all this for around $50. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/timberline-tactical/, (716) 646-5700
By Roy Huntington

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Lasermax Centerfire Laser

Green is the new red, as it were, and LaserMax’s futuristic design for their green CenterFire Laser system for the Ruger LC9 and LC380 showcases it just fine. I played with one long enough to realize it goes onto an LC9 easily, without needing a gunsmith or changing out any other parts. It centers the laser just beneath the bore, and comes zeroed for POA/POI at about 10 yards. If you want to change that, you can adjust it with a supplied small tool.

The switch is an ambi one, moving horizontally, from right to left, or left to right, just at the rear of the unit. It falls under your trigger finger as you keep the finger outside of the guard (like you’re supposed to!), and offers a sort of indexing position. If your finger is along the trigger guard and you activate the laser, keeping your finger in the same place won’t block the laser.
The 1/3N Lithium cell battery provides about one hour of continuous “on” operation and are readily available. LaserMax made it a point to work with holster makers to assure concealment rigs were available when these models were introduced. Galco and DeSantis have already come aboard, and other makers are close behind. At around $249 MSRP, it’s an affordable way to take advantage of this technology if you want to make it a part of your defensive training plan, and is a perfect match for Ruger’s tough little pocket pistols. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/lasermax-inc/
By Roy Huntington

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SureFire PSX Fury

We see a lot of flashlights around here. Some are good, some are okay and some are trash. We don’t feature the trash. We feature some of the okay ones because, frankly, sometimes okay is good enough, so why spend hundreds if you don’t need to? But now and again, something really strikes us as being in one of those “ultimate” must-have categories. This is one of them.

I’m a shameless flashlight junkie. We live in the woods so there are lights stashed all over, and they all get used constantly. One thing I’ve learned, both during my police career, hunting and out here, is there are times when you can’t have too much light. When “combat” lights first came out, we were enamored with the “Over 45 lumens of light!” they offered. “Holy cow, it can’t get any better than that!” we all said. We were wrong.

At an honest 1,000 lumens, SureFire’s new P3 is compact, beautifully made of aircraft-grade aluminum, uses three CR123 batteries, weighs 7.2 ounces and is about 6.8″ long. It also delivers an honestly blinding white light, with run-time of about 1.5 hours at 1,000 lumens, and 60 hours at 15 lumens. It’s a great second light for a duty cop, or a primary light for anyone else.

The best part of this system is the fact it’s simple. Push the tailcap once and you get 15 lumens (enough for most chores) but hit it twice and you get that 1,000 lumen “reach out there a couple of hundred yards” light. If you hit a bad guy in the face with this level of bright, you’d have a good window to act to defend yourself. You’d also light up a parking lot, canyon, city street, pasture, back lot, inside of a movie theater, warehouse or aircraft carrier flightdeck.

As one pundit put it, “Pretty soon you won’t need your gun because your light will simply dry-up and burn any suspect you shine it on.” We may be getting close to that point. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/surefire-llc/
By Roy Huntington

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RAM Flat Surface Mount

CrossBreed Holsters, that instantly iconic brand with the innovative and just as instantly copied holster ideas (means something when everyone copies your good idea …) just had another good idea. Teaming up with RAM Mount, they’ve designed a line of their holsters you can screw onto a mount you can set-up exactly how you need it. Secured to any flat surface (under a desk, in a vehicle, plane cockpit, wall, closet, who knows what you’ll dream up), the double ball joint system is virtually infinitely adjustable.

Paired with one of CrossBreed’s Ohai, Belly Band or Last Ditch models it gives you a remarkable way to keep your personal protection handgun at-hand. They also offer a round-base adaptor if you already own a RAM Mount, and also offer a handlebar mount for a motorcycle, ATV or bicycle. Actually, it would work on any metal bar mounting point the right diameter, so be creative. RAM is famous for their rugged vehicle mounts for all sorts of gear like computers, GPS and you-name-it. They are in virtually every police car out there and are designed to be as fail-safe as possible — sort of like CrossBreed’s gear, so the match is perfect.

This is innovative, affordable (a bit less than $100 for a holster and mount) and just makes sense to me. It also comes with a “Two week try it free” guarantee. For more info: www.
By Roy Huntington

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Target Is Moving

Looking to train with a moving target without the ricochet? You’ll want to check out Target Is Moving. Mastermind Brent Korchuba devised this remote moving target system to be compact, portable and easy to use — and he got it right. I spent an enjoyable afternoon testing the T.I.M. Remote Moving Target System and it only took seconds to set up. It uses a custom 20″ cardboard target, fitting nice and snug into the “T”-shaped base, which houses two AA batteries to power the swinging motion. All together, it weighs under a pound.

This system uses a remote control — which has a range of up to 50 yards — to determine the speed and offer one of two modes for the swinging motion. There’s what I’d call “Standard Mode,” when the target simply swings right to left — nice and easy. You can up the ante by increasing the speed of the target, and it works wonders for really understanding how to control your muzzle. Not for the faint of heart, the second mode is what I can only describe as “Loco Mode,” where the target swings back and forth erratically, stuttering and changing directions mid-swing. It provides a tricky test from 10 yards!

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Brent tells me he’s developed a new model, the TIM-2, featuring a metal component housing at the base to protect against errant shots. But in all honesty, if you’re taking your time with well-placed shots, you’ll be just fine.

Turns out, this system actually makes a pretty good target for airsoft guns! The BB’s don’t quite penetrate the target, but they do leave enough of an impression so you’ll be able to see where you’re making hits. There’s really no limit how you can use this target, so be creative. It’d be great for your local gun-club matches! We’ll be doing a short video featuring this crafty target system in action so be sure to check out our website. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/target-is-moving/
By Jade Molde

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SOG Bladelight

Acouple of years ago I found myself gutting two deer, in the snow, on the ground, in the dark. It was a bit unexpected (a long story), but Suzi was kind enough to hold a decent flashlight on things as I worked. But even with an expert light holder like Suzi (years of writing citations with a light under one arm gets you lots of practice …), I still found myself saying, “Move it over a bit, more, a bit more, there, okay, now see if you can get some light inside …” and she tried gamely. The bottom line was I needed light inside the chest cavity, and I was blocking the way most of the time. A headlamp would have helped, but I didn’t have one.

When I saw this at a knife show attended by SOG, I immediately saw how valuable the idea was. This is a 3.9″-bladed folder, stainless, anti-slip handles, liner-lock, etc. but with a twist. It comes with a built in lighting system of six LED’s installed so they shine down the blade. It offers shadowless light right where the blade is working. So if you’re gutting and skinning, cutting rope in the dark, slicing the morning bacon in camp or just need to light the way (the lights work with blade open or closed) the Bladelight from SOG might be just the ticket.

Common AAA batteries (2) run it, and the 34-37 lumens of light burn for about 260 minutes. It has no clip, but comes with a sturdy nylon pouch with a rugged belt clip I really like. The concept of the Bladelight is featured in a bunch of models from SOG, from fillet knives to hunters and camp knives and even a fixed blade model right at home on a SWAT officers vest (how useful would that be, eh?). From about $85 for our test model to around $115 for a pretty brawny fixed bladed model, none of these will break your bank. This one goes in my hunting backpack for sure. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/sog-specialty-knives-tools-llc/.
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