XRAIL

Manufactured by RCI (Roth Concept Innovations), XRAIL is a magazine extender which can be easily mounted to an impressive variety of manufacturers and models of shotguns. The XRAIL system is essentially four extension magazine tubes which automatically rotate from one tube to the next as they are emptied, extending a typical magazine tube by up to 22+1 rounds. There are currently two sizes in production. The Full Version XRAIL, and the Compact XRAIL, with the Compact holding up to 14+1 rounds.

The prospect of storing more ammunition in a single, relatively compact, loading tube is amazing. For competition shooters, the XRAIL could be a great addition to shave off seconds from timed runs by decreasing the frequency of reloads, but for any other purpose I feel like the weight of the rounds so far towards the front of the firearm would increase the fatigue on the user past the point of being terribly practical. The Full Version XRAIL weighs in at only 2.5 oz. empty, but the addition of four loaded magazine tubes would shift a considerable amount of the firearms weight to the front of the barrel making it just that much more unbalanced or taking that extra second to shoulder. As far as hitting a range goes, I would absolutely love to get my hands on an XRAIL system. When it comes to the practical application for home defense situations, or survival situations I think I will stick with the more standard 5+1 for now.

Oh. And just so you know how much I would love a day at the range with one of these bad boys, here is a little video I found.

Polymer 1911 frames

I love researching 1911s! The iconic 1911 has long been one of my most admired hand guns, and the amazing amount of variants in its family tree is intriguing. By far the most controversial of these offspring is the polymer framed 1911. By some it is seen as a much-needed leap into the modern firearm industry, while others cry blaspheme. Many people question the logic of purchasing a polymer 1911 on the premise that a Glock or XD can be bought at a much more affordable price. Throughout the last few years, a few prestigious firearm manufacturers have promoted and dropped various polymer 1911 designs and all have been controversial. This years SHOT show has revealed yet another creation in the field of polymer/1911 alchemy.

Photo courtesy of Guns&Ammo

Rock River Arms (RRA) was caught showing off its new polymer 1911 at this years SHOT show. Their approach includes a textured grip with a 5” slide and steel frame insert billet (both consisting of 4140 steel) on a single stack polymer frame, and weighs in at 2.04 lbs/~36.64 oz. Most polymer 1911s have been double stacked, and as a result, end up having a bulky and generally uncomfortable grip. The RRA 1911 poly stuck closer to that amazing 1911 feel by keeping the thin, single stacked design, but may have also ended up with a very top-heavy pistol because of it. Of course since the polymer frame makes for a lighter firearm, it will also undoubtedly give this .45 a meaner recoil than its stainless counterparts. As always, there is a trade-off between being light weight and having low recoil.

RRA put a good spin on polymer 1911s with this one. Keeping it classic so that it still has the same nostalgic look and feel while also making the whole package lighter was a good move in my opinion. Unfortunately I can’t really say whether or not it is practical until I have handled it, but I for one am going to give it a chance: blaspheme or not.

X-30R Rifle

The X-30R is rifle now being manufactured by Excel Arms. While details are still limited on many aspects of this semi-auto .30 carbine, Here is a look at some of the info I managed to pull up.

SPECS
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Height: 6.25”
Width: 1.5”
Weight (Empty): 6.25 Lbs.
Barrel Length: 18”
Overall Length: 34”-38”
Action and Operation: Semi auto, delayed blowback.
Magazine: Accepts M1 Carbine magazines.

These new rifles are being CNC milled from aluminum and will also feature threaded holes in the barrel shroud for rails, should you wish to add them. There are currently two models being produced. The “basic”, and “I.S.”(Iron Sights). Excel Arms is said to be working on multiple models of the X-30R to be released at some point later on this year, but I couldn’t seem to pull up anything that was more specific than saying a pistol variant should be among them. In any case, I’m sure we will be hearing more about the X-30 family in months to come. I will be keeping my eyes open for any new information to come out about tests of current models, and releases of new models.

For those unfamiliar with the .30 Carbine round, here is some size reference.

30 Carbine, 5.56mm NATO, 6x35 KAC, 5.7mm FN
.30 Carbine, 5.56mm NATO, 6x35mm KAC,  5.7x28mm

Gatling Gun Replica

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Colt is manufacturing functioning replica of the 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun.
The gun fires the .45-70 cartridges at a rate up to 800 rounds per minutes  (based on how fast you can spin the crank). The gun weighs around 250 lbs.

Colt brought it out to the media shoot day at SHOT 2012

The guys over at the Armory Blog got the chance to fire this gun a few times.

Pretty cool to see a gun like this in todays market.

US Palm Quad Stack 45 and 30 Round AK Mag

US PALM’s is releasing 2 new quad stack AK-47 (7.62×39) magazines.

45 Round (Standard 30 round double stack height) $100
30 Round  (Short) $80
 
Made in The USA

US Palm should have them available in the second quarter of 2012 (March)

 

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SHOT show 2012

I (Atticus- Main GEARS writer) was unfortunately unable to make to SHOT show as planned due to a number of projects with my other job that had deadlines changed to the week of SHOT.

We will still be bringing you the latest info we can from SHOT over the next few weeks.

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Check back everyday for more on SHOT show.

LE901 .308 to 5.56 Conversion process – live from SHOT Show 2012

Doug Campbell of Colt Defense demonstrates how easy it is to convert the LE901 from a .308 to 5.56 (.223) in a matter of seconds.

[UPDATE: The Colt SP901 has been renamed LE901]