Rock Island Armory is introducing its first Conversion for Glock kit, which allows Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3 models of the G17 and G22 pistols to be converted to chamber the new .22 TCM 9R round. The new TCM 9R round matches the length of a 9mm cartridge, allowing it to feed and function properly inside supported 9mm firearms. The TCM series of cartridges was inspired by the need for higher speed and accuracy along with less recoil. While installation of the conversion kit is a simple process, a professional gunsmith is required to ensure full functionality and safety. (<a target=blank href=https://us.armscor.com/products/glock-conversion>http://us.armscor.com</a>; 775-537-1444)
Customizable to achieve a perfect fit with a variety of popular everyday-carry firearms, the 578 GLS Pro-Fit features an innovative technology that automatically secures the weapon when holstered, and releases it upon application of the middle finger with a standard shooting grip for a more intuitive and safer release. The 578 Pro-Fit holster body is constructed with the SafariSeven material, a lightweight, state-of-the-art nylon blend that is completely non-abrasive to a gun’s finish, tolerant of extreme high and low temperatures, and easy to maintain. The 578 GLS Pro-Fit is available in SafariSeven finishes. (<a target=blank href=http://www.safariland.com/paddle/model-578-gls-pro-fit-holster-with-paddle-57800.html>http://www.safariland.com</a>; 800-347-1200)
The ACER-LB from Bravo Concealment is a dedicated inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster made to accommodate handguns with tactical lights. Made from rugged Kydex, the handmade holster features adjustable tension through the adjustment of two screws under the triggerguard. Its rugged design also means that this holster can endure the rigorous daily demands of range training and concealed carry. The Acer-LB’s belt clips or soft belt loops allow the holster to be “tuckable.” A Combat Suede exterior is also available for added comfort. (<a target=blank href=http://www.bravoconcealment.com/products/acer-lb-light-bearing-holster>http://www.bravoconcealment.com</a>; 956-783-7682)
Magnum Research’s iconic Desert Eagle pistol, a long-running standard for high-caliber handguns, is now available with an eye-catching cheetah print. Available on the .50 AE and .44 Magnum Desert Eagle pistols, the new print utilizes a water transfer method that has been extensively tested for durability. The company claims even cleaning solvents and acetone will not soften or damage the finish. While the cheetah-print Desert Eagle is a limited-edition item, these big-bore pistol are also available with stainless steel, titanium, gold, chrome, nickel or bronze finishes. (<a target=blank href=https://www.magnumresearch.com/Firearms/Magnum-Research-Desert-Eagle-50-AE-Cheetah.asp>http://www.magnumresearch.com</a>; 508-635-4273)
Pocket pistols are great in the concealability category, but when small guns mix with average- to large-sized hands, controllability can suffer. Enter Pearce Grips’ PG-42 Grip Extension which gives the shooter more gripping surface area for the pinky finger. Pearce also has the PG-FI42 Grip Frame Insert for the Glock 42. The handy unit friction fits solidly in the bottom rear cavity of the .380 ACP Glock 42 keeping debris out of the gun’s magazine well. Pearce has a similar unit on the design table for Glock’s newest 9mm G43. (<a target=blank href=http://www.pearcegrip.com>http://www.pearcegrip.com</a>; 800-390-9420)
For fans of the venerable 1911 platform, Winchester has delivered its Win 1911 ammo line, a series of cartridges tailored to maximize your favorite warhorse’s performance. These .45 ACP rounds offer either a flat-nose full metal jacket (FMJ) or a jacketed hollow point (JHP) design. Both the FMJ and JHP designs feature nickel-plated bullet jackets for easy identification and 230-grain bullets. Together, these cartridge designs from the Win1911 line are perfect for practice on the range and reliable personal defense. (<a target=blank href=http://www.winchester.com/Products/handgun-ammunition/Performance/win1911/Pages/default.aspx>http://www.winchester.com</a>)
Flip through the pages of any issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS and you’ll discover a treasure trove of news and reviews regarding the latest and greatest pistols and gear currently available in the firearms industry. The August 2015 issue is no different. From Rock Island Armory’s .22 TCM Glock conversion kit to the cheetah print Desert Eagle from Magnum Research and new holsters by Safariland and Bravo Concealment, here’s a roundup of six can’t-miss products that are currently making waves.
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