GunMag Gun News: 5×5 Friday | July 2019

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It’s been an interesting week in gun news. The annual Triggercon event is currently underway in Washington, several firearms companies announced military or law enforcement contracts, and a few new gun accessories have been released. Oh, and some guy accidentally went fishing for guns. Keep reading for this week’s GunMag News, 5X5 Friday.

Massachusetts Man Pulls Fully-Loaded Uzi from Pond

Magnet Fishing Lands Five Loaded Guns

This week’s gun news includes a surprising magnet-fishing story. Last Saturday, a man attached a high-powered magnet to a rope and cast it into Pillings Pond in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Imagine his surprise when he pulled up an Uzi submachine gun. He alerted the police, who determined that the gun was fully loaded. He decided to see what else he might find, so he threw the magnet back in. All said and done, they pulled five firearms out of the pond. Besides the Uzi, they found a .40 caliber Glock handgun; a Colt Cobra revolver; a revolver that had significant corrosion; and a semi-automatic handgun with significant corrosion. The police said that all five of the firearms were loaded.

Gun news - magnet fishing yields five loaded firearms
Top left: Pillings Pond. Bottom left: Uzi submachine gun. Right: Images from Lynnfield PD of the resurrected firearms.

That’s quite a fishing story. “In my more than 35 years on the force, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Capt. Karl Johnson. “It’s a little strange.”

Triggrcon 2019

Range Day and Industry Convention

Leaders in the tactical firearms industry convened this week in Bellevue, Washington for the annual Triggrcon convention. Activities for the week included Range Day, a two-day showcase of the latest tactical firearms innovations, and training opportunities. Also, attendees had the opportunity to attend Chris Costa’s seminar on Leadership and Use of Deadly Force.

Watch Triggrcon’s video of the 2019 Range Day.

Sig Sauer

Milwaukee PD Transitioning to P320

Sig Sauer’s latest gun news includes their announcement that the Milwaukee Police Department is transitioning to make the P320 their official duty firearm.  The municipal force has about 1,800 sworn officers covering seven districts. According to MPD Chief Alfonso Morales, the officers appreciate the modularity of the P320, which makes it possible to choose a comfortable grip size. He also noted an overall improvement in qualifying scores during the transition.

Gun News, Milwaukee PD transitions to Sig Sauer P320
The SIG SAUER P320 pistols for the Milwaukee Police Department are being distributed through Streicher’s, Milwaukee, WI.

From Sig Sauer:

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing.  The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

“SIG SAUER is honored to earn the trust of the men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department through their selection of the SIG SAUER P320 Pistol as their official duty pistol,” added Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER Inc.  “The unprecedented modularity of the P320 will serve this large department, with a diverse group of officers, well into the future, and we look forward to developing a long partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department.”

Otis Technology

Cleaning Kit Selected for Advanced Sniper Rifle System

This week, Otis Technology announced that Barrett had selected their I-MOD cleaning kit to include with the MRAD rifle system. The system is part of the recently awarded Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) System.

Otis I-MOD cleaning kit to be included with the MRAD Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) system.
This kit will clean and maintain 7.62x51mm, .300 Norma Magnum and .338 Norma Magnum.

From Otis Technology

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Barrett the contract for ASR with its MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) Rifle. Each MRAD delivered under this contract will include an Otis I-MOD Cleaning Kit designed specifically for this weapon platform. The included cleaning kit will clean and maintain 7.62x51mm, .300 Norma Magnum and .338 Norma Magnum.

High Speed Gear

Awarded Contract with Marine Corps

Marine Corps Systems Command just awarded High Speed Gear with a contract to provide 150,000 double-rifle magazine pouches. The HSGI XSR TACO MOLLE pouch can hold two of any type of rifle magazines, with up to three inches of horizontal space on the platform.

Gun news: High Speed Gear contracts with Marine Corps for 150,000 TACO MOLLE Pouches.
The X2R TACO MOLLE pouch is a modular double rifle magazine pouch.

More from High Speed Gear:

The HSGI X2R TACO will handle any type of rifle magazines. The Double Decker design allows the user to carry 2 magazines in a single pouch that takes up only 3” of horizontal space on the platform. The X2R uses injection-molded polymer brackets, Cordura front and back, shock cord lacing, and a thin HDPE separator to ensure adjustability and user perfect fit to maximize deployment capabilities.

“Over the years, all branches of the military have used High Speed Gear. We are honored to have been selected by the United States Marine Corps to provide 150,000 X2R TACO pouches as the solution for the requested modular double rifle magazine pouch,” said Bill Babboni, vice president of sales and operations. “It was exciting to learn that HSGI was selected especially since Marine preference played a sizable part in the selection process.”

SB Tactical

HKPDW Adjustable Pistol Stabilizing Brace for MP5 and MP5 Clones

This week, SB Tactical announced the release of their new HKPDW Pistol Stabilizing Brace. It is compatible with MP5 and MP5K Reverse Stretch clones and can be adjusted to three different positions.

Gun news - SB Tactical HKPDW Brace
Designed by U.S. Veterans and manufactured in the U.S.A.

More from SB Tactical:

Comprised of a 6061 hard-coat anodized aluminum housing, steel rods, adjustable nylon strap, and an integral QD sling socket, the HKPDW provides the end-user with all the advantages of a pistol with improved control by adding a third point of contact for stabilization.

Like all SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Braces, the HKPDW is U.S. veteran designed and proudly manufactured in the U.S.A.


ACRO Mount for Glock MOS Models

Here’s a new mount for the Glock MOS that won’t break the checkbook.

Gun news - Tango Down Mount for Glock MOS.
Fits GLOCK MOS models only.

From TangoDown:

TangoDown Inc. is excited to announce the latest addition to the lineup – the TangoDown ACRO Mount for GLOCK MOS Models (AAM-01). Due to Aimpoint® having a reputation of developing top-notch products, we decided to introduce an ACRO mount plate that wouldn’t dent your wallet while maintaining a solid mounting platform. The AAM-01 is made from ordnance grade steel with a Melonite finish to remain rust free.

MSRP: $28.95

Gun news - Tango Down Mount ACRO Glock MOS

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That’s all for now. Check back next week for the latest in Gun News.

Happening Now – Magpul PMAGs Inventory Reduction

Lowest Prices of the Year!

You’ll want to take a look at our inventory reduction sale because we have twenty-seven different items on the sale page.

Check out these savings!

Here are a couple of the mags on sale:

On sale for $79.99 – regular price $123. 10 PACK MAGPUL PMAG GEN M2 MOE AR-15 .223/5.56 30-ROUND MAGAZINE
Now just $99, regular price $123. 10 PACK MAGPUL PMAG GLOCK 17 GL9 9MM 17-ROUND POLYMER MAGAZINE

But seriously, we can’t post all twenty-seven of them in this news piece. Go take a look at the sales page. Really.

New from Springfield Armory


Gun news this week started out with a new release from Springfield Armory: the new M-LOK SAINT rifles.  There are two sight options with these rifles. One has a SA low-profile flip-up front sight, and the other has an A2-style front sight.

Springfield armory MLOK Saint - 5X5 gun news
Springfield armory M-LOK SAINT – both options have a low-profile, dual aperture flip-up rear sight.

More from Springfield Armory:

At the heart of these SAINT rifles is an M16 bolt carrier group, with a Carpenter 158 steel bolt that has been shot-peened and magnetic particle tested to meet the most demanding durability requirements. The 16-inch barrel is made of Chrome Moly Vanadium and Melonite® coated inside and out for longevity and corrosion resistance. A 1:8-inch twist rate barrel is capable of stabilizing a broad range of ammunition types and projectile lengths. The rifles are a lightweight 6 lbs. 11 oz. , capable of quick and easy handling under strenuous conditions.

Unlike many AR-15s on the market, the SAINT family of rifles feature an upgraded trigger right out of the box. The nickel boron-coated GI single-stage trigger operates smoothly and provides a clean, grit-free pull. These M-LOK compatible SAINTs also use a mid-length gas system with an “H” heavy tungsten buffer, designed to mitigate snappy recoil and ensure a smooth, accurate, and comfortable shooting experience. The Accu-Tite™ tension system provides a tight, wobble-free fit between the upper and lower receivers, which are constructed from Type III hard anodized aircraft-grade 7075 T6 aluminum.

Bravo Company outfits the M-LOK compatible SAINT rifles with quality furniture, including the upgraded BCM Gunfighter stock, the Mod 3 pistol grip, and the BCM trigger guard. One 30-round Magpul PMAG is included.

These new M-LOK compatible SAINT rifles are also available in a California legal configuration with a Strike industries featureless grip, Magpul MOE fixed carbine stock and SA muzzle brake. These models ship with one 10-round Magpul PMAG. For information about the M-LOK Compatible SAINT.

Apex Tactical Specialties

Mounting Plate for FN 509

Apex Tactical announced their new mounting plate that is designed specifically to mount the Aimpoint Acro P-1 to the slide of FN 509 Tactical model pistols. It is available now on the Apex Tactical Website.

Apex Tactical mounting plate for FN 509 - 5X5 gun news
Apex Tactical mounting plate for FN 509

More from Apex Tactical:

…the new Apex Optic Mount is machined from a billet of heat-treated steel and black Melonite finished for enhanced durability. The low profile design of the mounting plate ensures co-witnessing between the suppressor height sights and the Aimpoint Acro P-1.

Features and Specifications:
– Specifically for use with the FN Low Profile Optics Mounting System™
– Securely mount the Aimpoint® Acro P-1 to FN 509 Tactical slide
– Apex Part #: 119-109
– MSRP: $24.95

RMJ Tactical


Since summer is in full swing, it makes sense that campers might be looking for tools to help out with clearing the campsite. RMJ Tactical just announced their newest camp-ready axe, the Weezerker.

WeeZerker Camp axe, 9th century viking style, 5X5 tactical industry news
RMJ’s WeeZerker is a small, pack-ready camp ax, designed in 9th-century Viking style.

RMJ says:

The Weezerker is inspired by our full-size Berserker, customers and staff alike have provided input over the years that lead us to a small, pack ready camp ax in the same 9th century Viking style.  

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

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