The Wilcox J-arm remains very popular despite some very fundamentally flawed design and execution flaws. The steel pin + drum detent system that Wilcox likes to employ so much uses an aluminum drum and a steel pin. A hard impact will cause the steel pin to begin to damage the aluminum drum, developing a fairly noticeable […]Read more "Why the Wilcox J-arm is bad. And why Wilcox should feel bad."
A quick comparison of the output between the older Surefire M300V-A (120 lumen white) vs the new M300V-B (250 lumen white). I should point out that the IR output has remain unchanged between these two versions (100mW), however the M300V-B is now only offered in Black while the older gen lights were also available in […]Read more "Comparison between M300V-A and M300V-B"
An interesting light mounting option came across the lab this week, special-ordered for Z. The Arisaka Defense M-Lok Inline scout light mount. 6061 aluminum, Type 3 hard anodized. Typical stuff. With more rail manufacturers hopping on board the M-lok train and adding M-lok in between the traditional 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, offset flashlight […]Read more "Arisaka M-Lok Inline scout light mount"
The brand-new Surefire DS dual switch announced at SOFIC earlier last month arrived at the lab the other day, along with the updated M300v-B (250 lumens white light up from the old 120 lumens of the M300V-A) As expected from Surefire the cap is exquisitely machined and sculpted. The push-button switch is nicely protected and […]Read more "Surefire Scout DS dual switch"
The Midwest Industries entry for the MR556 platform stopped by the lab earlier last week on its way to Z and I thought I would take a detailed look at the M-Lok slick rail. Boasting 7-sides of M-Lok with standard Picatinny up top, 6061T6 construction and an affordable pricepoint ($210 USD), it brings to the […]Read more "Midwest Industries M-Lok rail for MR556/HK416"
With the continuing popularity of the Geissele HK416 SMR rail and the adoption of the rail by not only CAG but also LEO, it seemed fitting to start another build. A not-so-well-kept secret has been slowly surfacing and it’s time to shed some light and provide an in-depth comparison between HAO’s version of the Geissele […]Read more "HK416 SMR – Real Steel Geissele vs. HAO"
Straight-away the gun was torn down to the mechbox to see what VFC has in store for 2016. Engraved logo, red aluminum cylinder are new for 2016 and the 8mm bearings and red nylon-fibre piston were introduced in 2015. Looking from the rear of the mechbox, the Deluxe RIS II has a wiring harness with […]Read more "Block2 Build – Teardown + Mechbox overview"
With the Colt-licensed MK18 Mod1 firmly in its history books, it was only a matter of time before VFC turned its attention to its larger brethren. Also released at the same time was the FSP (front sight post) variant, which is still very much relevant in the wild. Back to the topic at-hand – after […]Read more "New Project – VFC Daniel Defense M4A1 RIS II FDE"