The Mute: Non-Metallic Noise Mitigation

“The Mute” is a recently announced, non-metallic, no baffle suppressor for your firearm. It’s intriguing for a number of reasons, and we’re looking forward to seeing if reality meets seeming potential.

Here’s a quick look:

 

This is the release received by AR 15 News:

The Mute Suppressor

The Mute offers a combination of durability, low weight, and excellent sound reduction without baffles. Utilizing the Venturi Effect, the non-metallic can was designed to remain incredibly cool, making it mild to the touch and allowing you to remove The Mute after firing.

Shooting The Mute polymer AR 15 suppressor

This product integrates self-thermal regulation via the Thermal Shroud function. Our proprietary D28 material and next-gen unibody construction methods reduce recoil and regulate the heat for less mirage, muzzle rise, and blowback. The highest level in all details ensures best in class performance.

Works in unison with the flash hider (included) by mounting directly over the device.

The Mute quickly attaches to a flash hider.

The Mute quickly attaches to its mated flash hider.

Revolutionary Material

This suppressor’s design integrates self-thermal regulation via the Thermal Shroud, which greatly reduces heat, mirage, muzzle rise, felt recoil, and sound compared to an unsuppressed firearm. Our proprietary D28 material and next-gen unibody construction methods deliver the highest level in all details and ensure best-in-class performance.

Next-Gen Design

This is a baffle-less nonmetallic design consisting of a thermal shroud and flash hider mount. Incorporating advanced manufacturing techniques and our proprietary D28 material, The Mute’s innovations result in a sleek and resilient unibody, with excellent thermal regulation and portability.

"The Mute" sound suppressor, business end.

“The Mute” sound suppressor, business end.

SELF THERMOREGULATION

As the bullet travels through the mute, gases are focused out the front vent, bringing cool air in from the rear. The more rounds you fire the more air is cycled through allowing the Mute to cool faster.

REGULATES HEAT

The intended purpose is to not trap and cool, rather direct gas through the thermal shroud. The improved thermal shroud instead uses a venturi effect to mitigate the heat. The average temperature is 97°F – 120°F even with intense rapid-fire. The exterior wall is tame to the touch allowing you to remove the Mute even after intensive shooting compared to traditional suppressors.

Learn more about these interesting new Quick Detach (QD) suppressors at the-mute.com.

Til Valhalla 3: Don’t Tread On Me

“All the doorways, before one enters, should be looked around, should be spied out; it can’t be known for certain where enemies are sitting in the hall ahead.”

That is a line from the Hávamál. 

DON’T TREAD ON ME.

That’s a line from the Gadsden Flag. In fact, it’s the line from the Gadsden Flag.

Gadsden flag Viking shirt

They’re both significant, and both feature prominently in the latest Viking shirt design from Anachrobellum: Til Valhalla III, Don’t Tread On Me.

American Viking with Gadsden Flag

In addition to what is arguably contemporary Nordic fare (like an ax, chain hauberk, and the like), the Norseman in the image is also equipped with a variety of implements that will no doubt be familiar to Mag Life readers. Not least among those is his SBR, which, it should be noted, sports such accessories as:

 an FDE/coyote (-ish) PMAG

Magpul Ranger Plates

• elements of what appears to be a MOE Mid-Length Furniture Kit

• some model of weapon mounted light

• red dot sight

• an RDS magnifier in one of his mag pouches

• some sort of silencer

Similar accouterments adorn his (modern, ballistic) assaulter’s helmet and hearing protection, the various pockets and pouches of his plate carrier, and most likely all the rest of his kit and battle rattle as well.

The juxtaposed gear makes sense when you consider the designing company’s name. The name Anachrobellum (www.anachrobellum.com) is a made-up combo of the Latin word for war (bellum) and the word anachronism. Anachrobellum’ss designs usually involve a mix of armor and weaponry from historical warrior archetypes and modern armed professionals.

Get your shirt online here: https://www.madduo.co/collections/viking-shirt

You can follow them on Insta, @anachrobellum.

 

Hellcat Micro-Light and More TLR-6 (s) Announced

Streamlight has advised that several new models of their TLR-6 weapon-mounted light (WML) will be shipping in March. The new additions to the dash-6 lineup include one for the Glock 43X, the Glock 48 – and a Hellcat micro-light as well. In addition to those three iterations, a non-laser version of the WML for the SIG Sauer P365 and P365XL will be available.

All the new models of Streamlight WML are designed to securely attach to the rail and trigger guard of subcompact weapons and to maximize visibility and targeting capability in a variety of concealed carry, home defense, and tactical applications.

Streamlight-TLR6-Hellcat-G43x-G48

Be sure to choose your light correctly. Understand the Glock 43 vs 43X, for instance (and which light might be appropriate); similarly, determine if you need a light and a laser or just a light. There’s a reason for each, both, and sometimes (though rarely) neither.

Each of the new models delivers 100 lumens and 2,000 candela over a beam distance of 89 meters, and features a parabolic reflector that produces a balance of beam and peripheral illumination. The laser models offer three lighting modes: LED Only, LED/Laser and Laser Only, with operating run times of one hour for the LED Only and LED/Laser modes, and 11 hours for the Laser Only mode.

The new lights are powered by two (2) 3 Volt CR-1/3N lithium coin batteries. They feature an integrated battery door that permits batteries to be replaced while the light remains mounted on the gun, eliminating the need to re-sight the laser after a battery change.

Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharra said in the release,

“Our popular line of TLR-6 weapon lights continues to grow with the addition of more laser-equipped models to fit a variety of popular subcompact guns. These newest light/laser models not only offer targeted bright light but also feature a powerful red aiming laser to enable users to more readily identify a potential threat before taking action. And, the non-Laser version of the TLR-6 for SIG SAUER P365 gives agencies with non-laser policies and other users an ultra-bright weapons light option for the handgun.”

The TLR-6 for the Springfield Armory Hellcat is 2.33 inches long, the TLR-6 for the Glock 43X and Glock 48 rail is 2.12 inches long, and the non-Laser TLR-6 for SIG SAUER P365 measures 2.5 inches long.

Check out the whole lineup of Streamlight’s various lasers and pistol lights.

Streamlight-TLR6-Hellcat-G43x-G48

Will gamers see one of these little blasters equipped with a Hellcat microlight in Roblox Phantom Forces? No idea. More likely there than Valheim. But what’s important is, you’ll be able to buy them online from distributors!

NEW!! Multitasker NANO – Optics Adjustment Tool

Multitasker®, specialty makers of weaponcentric multitools, is proud to announce the latest addition to its product line: the patent pending NANO®, a small 1-pc tool intended for carbine optics adjustments. Barely larger than a soda can flip tab, the NANO combines practical utility with a tiny footprint to handle mission critical tasks that most full size multitools cannot. 

Multitasker Tools Nano

Featuring a dedicated Aimpoint® T1/T2 turret adjuster on one end and a slotted screwdriver with radiused edges on the other, the NANO is compatible with a wide array of issued carbine optics, including the Aimpoint M68 CCO, Trijicon ACOG, Eotech EXPS-3 as well as the Trijicon RMR and aiming lasers such as the PEQ-15 and MAWL from B.E. Meyers & Co.

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Multitasker Tools Nano

Despite its minuscule size, the NANO offers multiple secure carry options. The built-in lanyard hole can be used with a keychain and is compatible with 550 paracord. The winglets on each side of the NANO act as a dovetail, allowing it to dock into the SpaceFrame™  storage slot found in the upcoming Gen3 MagPod®. The raised disc featuring directional markings for the Aimpoint T1/T2 doubles as an index point for docking/undocking the NANO from the Gen3 MagPod.

“The NANO is a staple in my firing line equipment. We all have dropped and either temporarily or permanently lost a windage/elevation cap from an Aimpoint optic. The NANO can be attached several ways to ensure it is always with you when you need it. The adjustment direction indicator with corresponding arrow is a handy reminder on the range. I have had an early preproduction version on my keyring, and another one on my range timer lanyard and they are constantly getting used. I am always prepared with the NANO.” 

– Matt Jacques, Victory First LLC

SPECS:

  • Size: 1.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight:  Less than 1 ounce
  • Carry Options: Built-in lanyard hole and compatible with the integrated SpaceFrame locking storage slot on the front of the upcoming Gen3 MagPod®
  • Material: 420 stainless with Melonite® finish
  • MSRP: $14.95

Available February 2021 via select Multitasker dealers. For more information please visit: thenanotool.com.

VariArc Out in the Wild

As you can see in these images, the Thyrm VariArc is beginning to appear more and more frequently “in the wild”. That’s a testament to its utility as a helmet accessory and usefulness in a wide range of tasks and applications.

VariArc light mount

The VariArc is a helmet light mount with 360 rotation.

First introduced in October 2019, the light mount has become increasingly ubiquitous in several career fields. It’s seen, survived, and proven itself during law enforcement responses to civil unrest, on military operations in various places, and across the spectrum of first responder activities.

The VariArc is intended to provide a variety of task light options. It can be indexed forward for direct illumination, down for a bounce light effect, up for an umbrella/canopy applications…whatever is needed. Keep it locked in forward, or twist and unlock to rotate it through 8 additional index points for administrative use.

“House” Thyrm, a part of the HMW Tactical Alliance, says of the VariArc,

“The locking teeth are biased to the forward position, keeping your light aligned for the most critical uses, but with a firm twist, the VariArc mount unlocks and rotates…Its small footprint and low-profile keep things tidy and the Picatinny Rail allows for maximum compatibility with visible and IR lights..”

VariArc

VariArc

Light Compatibility

The Thyrm VariArc is compatible with standard 1913 Picatinny Rail Lights such as:

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Specs and Details of the VariArc Light Mount

[Currently available for Ops-Core and Team Wendy helmets.]

    • Positively locks in the forward index position
    • Picatinny accessory rail with 3 slots and 4 ridges
    • Retention holes on both ends for dummy wiring critical gear
    • Durable, reinforced polymer construction with steel hardware
    • Compatible with dovetail-style helmet rails
    • Available in black and flat dark earth (FDE) colors

Fits both tactical helmet and bump helmet options.The VariArc is available via the Thyrm website, at Goon Gear, through SKD Tactical, on Amazon, and numerous other retailers.

SHOT 2021 Products: virtual “not-SHOT” tracking

Did you miss out on the debut of the Ruger-57? Maybe not catch the Taurus TX22 or the new bolt gun goodness from Accuracy International? Here’s a solution. If you’re too busy to scroll social media or log into the various online locations for virtual coverage of new SHOT 2021 products, you might check into the SHOT Show 2021 article on The Mag Life.

Ruger-57

The Mag Life blog is the official online publication of GunMag Warehouse (q.v.).

There is a lot of information packed into that (constantly evolving) piece, and more still in some breakout articles that are appearing.

New SHOT 2021 Products

Here are a few examples:

Shadow Systems Glock

The Shadow Systems DR920 you see above is the first production handgun from that company. One of our nerd friends said they were gonna build in Phantom Forces (true story), though holding your breath is not recommended.

The spring-loaded rifle sights you see below are the new Magpul MBUS 3 “irons” from Magpul Industries.

MBUS3

New from Streamlight are several handheld and weapon-mounted lights, including the TLR7 Sub (below) and…

TLR7 Sub

“SUB stands for sub-compact, not the type of sub that accommodates meatballs. Small guns are getting more and more capable and so are WMLs. The TLR 7 SUB promises to be the most powerful of the lights currently in the subcompact game.” Travis Pike

the Streamlight Wedge “slim line” EDC flashlight.

Streamlight Wedge EDC light

You might also like the look of the Aero Precision BREACH AR charging handle.

Charging-handle-Aero-Precision-Breach

If you’re interested in the ammo side of new SHOT 2021 products, you will also be able to find news of new cartridges like the 6.8 Western.

6.8 Western is just one cartridge to be found in the lineup of new SHOT 2021 products

“If we compare [6.8 Western] to our .270 WSM cartridge, the 6.8 Western has 10 percent less propellant but has 12 percent more energy at 500 yards. It seems that we cheated physics somewhat but we really just used it to our advantage by optimizing case capacity and bullet weight.”

Kyle Masinelli, Director of New Product Development at Olin Winchester

 

We’ll update this and other posts about SHOT 2021 products as we are able. 

On another note entirely…

While nothing to do with virtual SHOT, one good thing that has come out of the politically horrible week has been the Bernie Sanders meme lineup.

Stag Arms ReBrands for Move to Wyoming

Stag Arms unveiled today their new “Cheyenne, Wyoming” marked receivers as well as a new more modern logo. I’ve been taking photos of this new FDE Stag 15 Tactical for a couple of months now but couldn’t share any until today due to its new logo and markings but man this is hard to beat for for the price.

PRESS RELEASE

Stag Arms is proud to unveil our new Cheyenne, Wyoming marked receivers complete with a new Stag logo and branding. We commemorate our big move to the great American west with an equally bold update to our classic logo.

AR15NEWS- stag arms stag15 tactical rifle fde flat dark earth

“The new logo reflects the direction our team is taking the company; bold, modern and aggressive. This is the new Stag Arms.” Said Chad Larsen, President of Stag Arms. “With the closing of our Connecticut facility in 2020 we ended a chapter in our company’s story. The move to Wyoming has allowed us to write a new chapter and refocus our efforts on building high quality American-made rifles that will serve our customers for life.”

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AR15NEWS- stag arms stag15 tactical rifle fde flat dark earth

Fans of Freedom, Stag Arms and Wyoming can now purchase a complete Rifle or Pistol with the Cheyenne roll-mark and new logo at www.stagarms.com or at your favorite Stag Arms Dealer.

About Stag Arms:
Now headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Stag Arms has been building AR-15 rifles since 2003. Stag Arms produces a full line of AR-15, updated AR-10 and pistol-caliber “PXC” rifles, pistols and others. Stag is known for serving the left-handed market with special Stag 15’s & Stag 10’s as well as offering numerous models with modifications which make them legal in less freedom-friendly states. Each rifle comes with a lifetime warranty and an infinite shot barrel guarantee. Learn more at www.stagarms.com

For Sport. For Security. For Life. Stag Arms

Win a Mk13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle from the SSA!

The USMC Scout Sniper Association raffle continues, but time is running out to get in on it. There are five (5) weeks remaining. Although the annual Gathering of Snipers (2020) was canceled, the raffle was not. That means you still have the opportunity to win an MK13 Mod 7 (the USMC variant of the SOCOM rifle) with all the accessories and accompanying prizes or a HogTooth knife. All pertinent firearm laws apply, of course.

MK. 13 Mod 7

In April 2018, the US Marine Corps announced it would field a USMC-specific version of SOCOM’s MK13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle manufactured at NSWC Crane. While the M40A6 is being retained for use in training and as an alternate platform, the MK13 Mod 7 has operationally replaced the venerable M40 series rifles as the primary sniper rifle for the Corps. The M40 series saw service with the Corps in several variations starting in 1966. Scout Snipers are now carrying the MK13 Mod 7 in every clime and place, throughout the Global War on Terror and in other hot spots around the globe.

SSA Mk13 Prize Rifle

The rifle you could win in this giveaway was donated through the generosity of SSA Member Ryan Niederman and Friend of the SSA Jarret Guill. Components were carefully sourced to produce as authentic a clone of the military-issued firearm as is humanly possible, some manufactured on Marine Corps contract production runs. In addition, generous donations were made by the following industry partners to ensure an authentic build:

  • Nightforce – Mil-Spec scope
  • Geisselle Automatics – Mil-Spec trigger
  • Surefire – Certificate for Mil-Spec suppressor
  • LaRue Tactical – Mil-Spec QD scope mount
  • MagPul Industries – Eight magazines
  • Harris Engineering – Mil-Spec bipod
  • VTAC – Mil-Spec sling

As the SSA explains,

“The lucky winner of this special, very complete rifle package will own a historic piece of the legacy built with the blood, sweat and tears of US Marine Corps Scout Snipers.”

Scout Sniper Association 2020 Prize Package (1st Prize)

This prize package has a retail value of over $12,000.00. FFL rules, transfer fees, and NFA tax stamp fees are the responsibility of the winner).

  • RIFLE: Mil-Spec Stiller MK13 Bolt Action with RFID tag
  • CHAMBER/CALIBER: .300 Winchester Magnum
  • SCOPE: Mil-Spec Nightforce M571 ATACR 5-25 x 56 F1 with TReMoR3 Reticle and RFID tag
  • SCOPE MOUNT: Mil-Spec LaRue Tactical LT840H-34-0 Quick-Detach SSDS Mount on an AI 20 MOA Picatinny Rail
  • CHASSIS: Mil-Spec Accuracy International MK13 Mod 7 AICS with Folding Stock
  • TRIGGER: Mil-Spec Geissele Automatics Super MK13 2-Stage Trigger, Non-adjustable, Set at 3.5 lbs
  • BARREL: Mil-Spec Lilja 1:10 Twist, Stainless Steel, 25-inches
  • FLASH HIDER: Mil-Spec Surefire 4-Prong FH762RC, 5/8-24 Thread
  • SUPPRESSOR: Pre-Paid Certificate for Mil-Spec Surefire SOCOM762-RC DE Suppressor
  • MAGAZINES: Eight Mil-Spec 5-Round MagPul PMAG 5 AC L Magnum and one factory AICS Magazine.
  • BIPOD: Mil-Spec Harris Engineering BRMS Bipod
  • SLING: Mil-Spec VTAC-Mk2-CT-UG Padded Nylon Sling
  • CASE: Mil-Spec Pelican iM3300 Storm MK13 Mod 7 Deployment Case with Custom Cut Foam
  • ACCESSORIES: Mil-Spec camo tool bag; Mil-Spec MK13 Mod 7 Multi-Tool; USMC-correct cleaning rods and brushes
  • Built faithfully to NSWC Crane/USMC Military Specifications

USMC SSA 2020 Prize Package (2nd Prize)

The second prize in this raffle is a hand-crafted blade from HogTooth Knives. It was made by Matt Chase, a former Scout Sniper, to honor fellow snipers who paid the price for excellence. This is the first time one of these knives will be released to a raffle winner.

If you don’t wish to enter the raffle but do want to help out, or you would like to double down on your support for the Association, donate here.

USMC Scout Sniper Association

The United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, tax-exempt, Veterans Organization under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 33-0887131).

Website: www.scoutsniper.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/usmcssa, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usmc_scout_sniper_association

Black Collar Arms does Forged Carbon Fiber

Black Collar Arms has advised they’re bringing out a series of forged carbon fiber components. Beginning with scope rings in 30mm and 34mm diameter, the new components will be manufactured with the same material originally developed by Lamborghini and Calloway. It’s reportedly stronger than titanium with just one third the weight.  The new weapon accouterments will be built in partnership with Oklahoma-based McVick Manufacturing.

Black Collar Arms says the new scope mounts have many physical advantages over aluminum mounts. They reportedly weigh in at a “…scant 5.2 ounces, these forged carbon fiber scope mounts are as stiff and rigid as if they were machined from steel…with just 1/6th the thermal expansion of aluminum.”

They further advise that the new rings present a 30mm distance from the top of a Picatinny rail to the centerline of an optic. According to their release, this is tall enough to just clear most 50mm objective lens scopes on a full-length rail (their emphasis).

A custom Black Collar Arms” “Pork Sword” pistol with McVick forged carbon fiber scope rings, spiral fluted X-Caliber barrel, SB Tactical FS1913A brace, JK Armament Modular Solvent Trap, and ELF700 trigger.

The upcoming one-piece scope mounts will not only be the first of a line of forged carbon fiber optic mounting solutions but in a series of AR15 parts and other weapon components and accessories.

Black Collar Arms forged carbon fiber accessories.

As for availability, Black Collar Arms explains,

“Quality is extremely high, but current production capacity is low. Mount availability will be rather limited with small batches arriving at Black Collar weekly while we gradually invest in increasing capacity.”

Learn more on the Black Collar Arms website (@blackcollararms) and/or at McVick’s site (@m.cvick). Delta Engraving is online at deltaengraving.com.

 

Lightening the armor load | Shotstop Ballistic Technologies

There are many misunderstandings out there about “civilian body armor” (i.e. armor for citizens). Though it is perfectly legal in most places for someone to buy, own, and wear body armor (despite what some media outlets might prefer), legality doesn’t do anything about weight. Nor does it make armor less cumbersome, restrictive, or expensive.

Shotstop body armor

Shotstop, an Ohio-based “armor technologies company”, says they have an answer to those drawbacks. And not just when it comes to lightweight body armor either. They say it’s even more significant with regard to their armor plates (like the one you see above in a photo by @missheraux).

Says Shotstop, “Our patented materials, processes, and designs make real-world ballistics protection solutions far more affordable to a wider market, thus saving many more lives.”

armor plate by shotstop

They do this, in part, with what they refer to as Duritium technology. It’s a material they claim makes for the lightest level IV body armor available, if true would be a fine counterpart to the best plate carrier you’re able to get hold of. Duritium technology also appears to be a part of their recent bulletproof backpack inserts and guidance (see more at “Bulletproof Backpacks“).

Shotstop armor plate backpack

Here’s how they run it down in their own words. Everything between the two lines was pulled from one of their blog posts.


Body Armor Materials and their Contribution to Weight

The type of material that makes up body armor plays a significant role in how heavy it is. Below is a list of the various materials used to make body armor and how much they typically weigh per sq. ft.

STEEL BODY ARMOR

While steel might be the most common and cheapest type of body armor out there, it definitely isn’t the lightest. In fact, steel body armor is typically the heaviest, weighing in at about 10.2 lbs per sq. ft., which is why body armor is so heavy—if you’re wearing steel plates.

CERAMIC BODY ARMOR

Ceramic body armor is typically much lighter than steel plates, weighing in at about 5-6 lbs. per sq. ft. However, what you lose in weight, you also lose mobility. They’re also a lot more expensive for a product that can typically only stop a few rounds before shattering. So, while ceramic plates are much lighter than steel, given the lengthy period you’re probably wearing them, that weight adds up.

POLYETHYLENE ARMOR

Despite the fact that polyethylene—generally made from a specific kind of polyethylene, called Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)—is the most common type of plastic used in the world today, it is not your cheapest body armor option. In fact, it typically costs more than steel or ceramic armor, but the added cost comes with 15 times the abrasion-resistance than carbon steel. Luckily, it is the lightest option, by far, between steel and ceramic, but still not the lightest option on our list.

DURITIUM® ARMOR

Duritium is our patented technology, combining UHMWPE with composite materials for the lightest, thinnest, and most durable body armor—Yes, you read that correctly, lightest body armor.


If you’re interested in learning more about Shotstop, they’re online at shotstop.net. Connect with ’em on Facebook ( /shotstopballistics/ ), follow on Instagram ( @shotstopbodyarmor ), or find them on Linked In.

Shotstop armor plate in the desert

Shotstop