“Train like you fight” as the saying goes. Every gun owner worth their salt spends more time off the range than on it, through dry firing, movement drills, and even small unit tactics. Safety is of course always a priority and even with we believe our gun is “empty”, it only takes one error in judgment for an easily fatal negligent discharge. This is one reason many shooters prefer to train with a “rubber duck” training weapon, red gun, laser dryfire training tools or other dummy weapons.
To that end, the folks at Armaments Systems & Procedures (ASP) have been developing reality-based defensive training tools for years to tackle this exact problem. Introducing, the ASP Red Gun H&K 416 training carbine, a new take on polymer training guns.
HK416 Red Gun Review
Feeling “Reddy” for Anything
by Guest Contributor Eric Huh
While you might have heard of the “blue gun” training tool, this Red Gun was built from the ground up with modern materials and purpose-made for law enforcement tactical applications.
Unlike most training guns, ASP’s Red Gun is constructed with stronger reinforced polymer for repeated use and abuse in training environments. This makes the tool ideal for simulating combative encounters that may involve hard weapon drops or smacks across surfaces. While I certainly had not been conducting building drops with this gun, it certainly felt it struck the right balance between durability and weight savings.
Another unique feature of the Red Guns is the functional magazine release and catch. This particular model includes two AR-pattern Hexmag training magazines that feel exactly like the real thing. The only difference here is of course they are non-loadable.
The Red Guns are also molded to the exact specifications and tolerances of their real-life counterparts. In this particular model, the Red Gun perfectly captures the shape of the H&K 416 from the grip down to the handguard and barrel. There is even a usable sling loophole in the stock.
Red Gun Functionality and Use
The look and feel of the tool is nice, but how does it perform when used practically?
The H&K 416 Red Gun does exactly as advertised, with a few minor hiccups. As mentioned before, the geometry and tolerances are so well replicated here that the Picatinny rails are actually fully usable. I was able to easily mount various red dot and holographic optics as well as a weapon-mounted light. While seemingly an insignificant feature at first glance, having the full use of the pic rails further immerses the user by giving them the option to mount the exact same accessories as they would in the field. The aforementioned sling loophole (along with the included front sling mount adapter) allows for…well a sling, arguably one of the most important accessories to your rifle.
The magazine release and catch I have found that these work exactly as you’d expect, perfectly retaining and dropping magazines with ease. I literally could not tell the difference between my real AR and this Red Gun. As a matter of fact, you can even use real AR mags if you so desire. This goes without saying, but incorporating reloads into your training adds further realism and of course carries over to live fire.
The value of this feature cannot be overstated.
In terms of shouldering the Red Gun, I will voice a small complaint. The length of pull for the carbine is permanently fixed at its longest (usually four “clicks” out) configuration, due to its all-polymer construction. While for some larger individuals I’m sure this would be no issue, however, this is not how I set up any of my ARs. In fact, more often than not, my length of pull changes depending on if I’m standing or going prone and if I’m wearing kit or not. It’s certainly not the end of the world to shoulder the weapon at maximum length, but it is slightly uncomfortable. There is not any solution I can think of that could include an adjustable buttstock without sacrificing the all solid polymer construction.
And while I do appreciate the fully usable Picatinny rails, I do wish there were some form of included front and rear iron sights. I am well aware that this Red Gun is a replica of a base H&K 416 without any sort of attachments, however, I do still think perhaps including detachable, screw-on Picatinny mounted sights would be very convenient for the user. After all, what good is simulating a firearm if you cannot convincingly aim at anything? It would be nice to have some capability of dry fire training, but incorporating such a feature into a dummy gun like this would likely be very difficult.
On the whole, the ASP Red Gun H&K 416 is an excellent training device and something I would highly recommend for anyone looking to do close-quarters firearms training. This is probably as close as you can possible get to replicating the real model without compromising on rigidity and safety. While I might have my minor complaints, ASP has more than delivered on the intended uses of this product.
NEMO Arms … When you think of the name “NEMO Arms” the first thing you probably think of is the insane OMEN 300 Win Mag AR they make. The last thing you probably would have thought of was “Over/Under Shotgun”, but that’s all about to change. NEMO Arms recently started offering 12 gauge and 20 gauge over/under shotguns that are sure to blow your mind.
I’ve got to be honest, I like nice things but I’m never really been an over/under kind of guy. More of a 870 pump or Mossberg 930 kind of guy. I’ve always been under the impression that to get into a nice over/under you’d have to spend something in the $8k-$10k range, so I’ve never even tried. I mean, if you do a simple search for “expensive over/under shotgun” you find examples that are over $100k.
Recently I was given the opportunity to photograph and review the new NEMO Arms NXL Lite 20 gauge with an MSRP of $3,199. Compared to many other “high end” over/under shotguns, $3,199 is actually on the low end so I was interested to see what this gun was all about.
First let’s look at some of the features of the NEMO Arms Shotgun
- NEMO Arms (Ergal 75) Magnesium Frame with (Nickel Plated) Finish
- NEMO Arms 26” (Monobloc 42CrMo4) Steel Barrel
Italian Certified Proof markings inside the receiver and extensions
Laser engraved scrolling on o.d. of chamber
- Stock & Forend Material is made from class A Turkish Walnut with Oil Stained Finish
- 5lb Mechanical Trigger pull with an adjustable trigger blade for better adjustment for shooters ergonomics
- Polished safety for smooth operation
- Choke Systems with 2.75” oal. NXS Model comes with 3 chokes [Full,Modified,Improved Modified]
- TSA approved NEMO Negrini Case with 3 code locks and QD mounts for sling attachments
While a good first impression is not a concrete stamp of approval, it is usually a great indication that the company has done due diligence in other areas of the firearms production as well. It’s no surprise that NEMO Arms went all out on the presentation of their new shotguns. Imagine if you will, you show up to your FFL to pick up your new shotgun. The guy behind the counter goes back to get the gun everyone has been drooling over. He can’t help but find it appropriate to do what I would call a “curtsy” as he hands you the NEMO Negrini Case.
The outside of the case is all Black and kind of sporty looking with a checkered texture and NEMO logo. You lay the case out on the counter and proceed to open it like a treasure chest and this is the glorious sight you see …
The inside of the case is lined in a beautiful padded red felt-like material with a divider separating the two halves of the shotgun which are held in two molded compartments for a perfect fit. This is the type of presentation you would expect from a high end shotgun and they nailed it.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Another good indication of a quality firearm can be found when you get close up and look at the details. Some details can look good from far but upon closer inspection you see they are far from good. The NEMO Arms NXL Lite has a lot of details in all the right places. From the Grouse, Partridge and Pheasant engravings on the frame to the scroll work on the barrel and checkering on the handguard, the craftsmanship is absolutely beautiful. The camera had an easy time finding plenty of beautiful angles to view this gun.
Of course, the NEMO Arms NXL Lite shotgun can not be reviewed without some range time. From the minute we opened the case at the range to the time we left we were reminded of how nice this shotgun is.
Over/Under shotguns are totally different from your semi auto guns in that there is no tube. You open the breach, place one shell in each chamber and then snap the breach back closed. Now you’re ready for some fun. No matter how many rounds you’ve already shot, you just keep going back for more. Maybe it’s the awesomeness of ejecting the spent casings and seeing the smoke billow out but we we having so much fun we didn’t even care how much the ammo costs. The NEMO Arms NXL is super accurate which makes shooting clays a breeze.
Overall the NEMO Arms NXL just seems like it shouldn’t be as good as it is at this price point. It seems like an all around perfect package for this type of shotgun. Lightweight with it’s magnesium frame, even with it’s 26″ monobloc steel barrel, the weight is only 6 pounds. That’s the same weight as a Remington 870 with only an 11″ barrel. The world of shot guns I’m used to, you never get everything you need in a single package. This NXL Lite on the other hand comes with A Negrini Case and all the chokes you’ll need, also in their own small case. Full, modified and improved modified.
While anything priced $3,199 MSRP is not cheap, I fully realize I have AR’s that cost more than this. And knowing what kind of crazy money some of these high end over under shotguns go for I’d say this is a killer deal. If anyone I know is looking for an affordable but extremely nice over under shotgun, I will have no second thoughts about recommending the NEMO Arms line as something they can even hand down to their children years from now.
For more information regarding the NEMO Arms Over/Under Shotguns you can check all four models out at www.NEMOArms.com
Guest post, photo and review by Greg Skaz Photography.
GunMag Warehouse has launched GunMag Warehouse Training. That’s going to be most immediately significant to those of you living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, but eventually it’ll be good news for everyone.
Here’s what GMW says in their release:
GunMag Warehouse Launches GunMag Training
Carrying a gun is (or should be) a gestalt of conditions, not just a mastery of marksmanship. It’s as much about being a good human being, controlling emotions, and practicing compassion as it is honing weapon manipulation skills and practicing situational awareness. A responsible armed citizen doesn’t need to be a Tier One Ninja, but does need to be ready for the hard part.
And the hardest part of any defensive shoot occurs prior to and after the trigger press.
GunMag Warehouse is proud to announce the launch of GunMag Training.
GMT will be the instructional arm of GMW. It will be led by Daniel Shaw, formerly of Shaw Strategies and the USMC. Additional cadre members will be announced in coming months.
GMT’s mission will be to prepare those who carry a gun for such difficulties, and to promote a well-trained, reasoned, and humanistic armed citizenry. Because of GMT’s atypical approach, its students will gain more than a high level of technical proficiency.
GunMag Training courses will address such things as:
• Life safety as it relates to the armed citizen and the use of force
• Contextual safety beyond the traditional four rules
• Effective weapon handling
• Mental and emotional preparation prior to an Event
• Pragmatic expectation of what happens after an Event
• Awareness of positional and locational engagement
• Practical understanding of the spherical environment
• Practical understanding of the public environment
• Practicable marksmanship on demand not command
Shaw, a retired Marine infantry leader and combat veteran, will pull from his extensive military career and a lifetime of experience to combine tactical acumen with the moral ethos appropriate to carrying a firearm.
Courses will begin almost immediately with firearms training classes in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and others in Ohio (including Shaw’s seventh year teaching at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association Training Conference). Additional classes and locations will be announced soon.
Learn more at GunMag Training (https://training.gunmagwarehouse.com/).
Founded in 2012, GunMag Warehouse has become the predominant gun magazine and accessory destination for new and veteran gun enthusiasts alike. Follow us: @gunmagwarehouse on Twitter; /gunmagwarehouse/ on Facebook. Connect on IG, @gunmagwarehouse. And be sure to follow our blog, The Mag Life.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
They’re both significant, and both feature prominently in the latest Viking shirt design from Anachrobellum: Til Valhalla III, Don’t Tread On Me.
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:
• elements of what appears to be a MOE Mid-Length Furniture Kit
• some model of weapon mounted light
• a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
“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..”
The Thyrm VariArc is compatible with standard 1913 Picatinny Rail Lights such as:
- Streamlight TLR-1, TLR-VIR, TLR-7, TLR-8, and similar lights
- Surefire Scout, X300, XH35, Vampire, XC1/2, and similar lights
- INFORCE APL, APLc
- Arisaka Side Scout Mount (Picatinny)
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
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.
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:
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.
You might also like the look of the Aero Precision BREACH AR charging handle.
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.
“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…
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.
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.
“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.”
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