- MAKE: Lancer-Systems
- MODEL: L5-AWM
- CHOICES: Opaque or translucent; 5-, 10-, 20- and 30-round
- MSRP: $16–$25
Lancer mags … OK, so the L5-AWM isn’t exactly new, yet we’re still amazed at how many shooters haven’t heard of them or used them. It is the Advanced Warfighter Magazine—and that it is.
We love polymer magazines. They’re tough and hassle free. The problem is that in extreme cold, they get brittle (we’ve had the feed lips split). On the other side of the climate spectrum, bug spray on your hands can wreak havoc with many polymer mags.
The L5 is the best of both worlds: all the benefits of polymer and all the benefits of metal with none of the drawbacks. It’s chemical-safe polymer with hardened-steel feed lips. The steel extends down to the top of the mag catch for the most secure hold you can get. It’s got aggressive texture for a secure grip, and the body is a slim design with none of the bulk. All in all, it’s very well designed.
There are a lot of excellent mags on the market, but this one is outstanding. It is also available in the L7 for .308 ARs.
- MAKE: Elf Tactical
- MODEL: AR-15/AR-10 Ambidextrous Speed Safety
- MSRP: $40
For those who love the AR but wish it had an old-school cross-bolt safety, the Elftmann Ambidextrous Push-Type Speed Safety is for you.
No flipping of the selector is required—just push on/push off. It’s faster than the typical bang switch. This safety is precision machined from stainless steel and comes in a black oxide or stainless steel fi nish. It’s compatible with all MIL-SPEC receivers and comes shipped with the detent. However, it is not compatible with all triggers, such as those that require a three-position selector switch.
- MAKE: SeeAll
- MODEL: Nite-Rail
- DIMENSIONS: 2.62x1x1 inches; 2.6 ounces
- RETICLE: Delta (triangle); crosshair
- MSRP: $200
This ingenious design is a one-piece open sight that personifies K.I.S.S. (“keep it simple, stupid”). Because it’s an open sight, it allows the shooter to see both the sight and the target at the same time; in addition, it doesn’t block any of the shooter’s field of view.
This model attaches to any rail. In fact, we tried it on an AR Picatinny rail and a Ruger MK IV Hunter with a weaver rail, and it mounted on both. We found it easy and fast to acquire targets on both platforms. Unlike other sights, the target is never obstructed from view, so you never lose sight of it. Just bring the SeeAll up to the target.
We also found it to be quite accurate. It’s far easier to use than iron and other sights. It’s also extremely tough; and with no batteries, it will never fail.
- MAKE: HiperFire
- MODEL: HiperGrip TL
- MSRP: $45
The HiperGrip flat out looks cool and unlike any other grip we’ve seen. But it really shines when picked up. It fills the hand nicely and has a natural grip angle, giving the wrist good structural support.
This grip is made of high-strength, high-impact polymer that has been abraded for extra grip texture. We found the fit to be very comfortable and perfect in just about every way. And, it is adaptable to every hand: It can be modified for a perfect fit for anyone by using a hand file or Dremel. The “TL” stands for “textured finish/ logo colors.” The HiperGrip TL also comes in smooth finish and noncolor logo models.
- MAKE: Otis
- MODEL: Bio-Based Gun Care
- MSRP: $5–$10; varies for size and type
- AVAILABLE: 2- and 4-ounce bottles or aerosol
We tested the MSR/AR cleaner, copper remover, firearm lubricant and Bio CLP, and all are excellent. They work very well and offer the added benefits of having a good aroma and being health friendly for you, your family and the Earth.
The packaging explains the uses of this product. However, to clarify: The lubricant is for high-intensity use for the short term, whereas the CLP is for longer protection. A precision applicator pack ($5) is also available. This lineup from Otis comprises some of our go-to gun care products.
- MAKE: TKM (Triangle Krav Maga)
- MODEL: Cach
- MSRP: $65
The Cache is a survival wallet that ensures you’re ready for just about any contingency. It’s made of truck-grade aluminum that’s been hard coat anodized and wrapped with bungee straps for securing up to eight credit cards and 30 bills.
The frame has a bottle opener, hex wrenches (¼, 5/16, 3/8, ½ and 5/8 inches) and a .25-inch bit holder machined into it. It comes with one Phillips/standard screwdriver bit.
It’s a great minimalist wallet and survival tool. The only down side is that it’s a little hard on pants pocket interiors due to all the machined edges.
- MAKE: Magpul
- MODEL: DAKA
- AVAILABLE: four sizes, six colors
- MSRP: $19–$35
The DAKA is quite possibly the toughest soft pouch in existence. We stuffed a 10-pound barbell into it and spun it around by a carabiner hooked through the attachment point. We then took the weight out. The pouch looked like it did when we took it out of the package.
The DAKA is made of polymer-reinforced fabric with welded seams and a YKK water-resistant zipper. It’s not totally waterproof if submersed, but it will keep water out in just about any other situation. We hosed it down with water for two minutes, and its contents remained completely dry. The zipper has a handle made of 550 cord enclosed by shrink-tubing. As a result, you can open and close it even while wearing winter gloves.
- MAKE: Crossfire
- MODEL: Ruger 10/22 Ambidextrous Magazine Release Lever
- MSRP: $23
We are not big fans of superfluous gun modifications; most guns are best left as designed. Nevertheless, this mag release rocks.
A factory 10/22 mag release can be hard to find without looking at it, and it is hard to press, particularly if you are wearing thick gloves. At the least, it requires a lot of unnecessary motion as the weak-side hand comes off the grip to release it, then to the fresh magazine and then back to the gun.
With the Ruger 10/22 ambidextrous magazine release lever, you can drop the mag AR style—with your trigger finger—while the weak-side hand goes for the fresh mag. Its low-profile design won’t snag on other objects, and it only requires about 1 inch of finger movement to release the magazine.