Many firearms experts warn against weighing down your gun with every gadget and gizmo manufactured. But because of their ability to improve accuracy, most agree that sights and slings are worth their weight (these days, most manufacturers are making them lightweight anyway). Take a look at some of the latest offerings.
5.11 Tactical’s VTAC 2 Point Padded Sling allows the shooter to adjust the overall length of the sling. By pulling the free-running end of the sling you can snug your rifle up to your body. By pulling the release you can easily release the sling to its original length. This gives you flexibility in tactical situations. The sling comes in a padded and standard version. It’s made of high-impact plastic slides and clips as well as heavy-duty nylon. The butt stock adapter isn’t included. 5.11 Tactical 866/451-1726 www.511tactical.com
Surefire’s Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights (RTS)—for AR-15 / M-16-type rifles—provide shooters with the quickest possible transition between longer- and closer-range target acquisition. These sights, which are machined from lightweight, durable 7075 aluminum, mount directly to a weapon’s Picatinny rail, offset from center by approximately 45°. This offset position makes transitioning from optical to iron sights simply a matter of quickly canting the weapon with your wrists and locking on to the target. There’s no removing a hand from the weapon or making a manual adjustment, and no cluttered field of vision or iron sights blocking the optical sight.
ATN’s ThermoSight T50 320x240 is designed to interface with scopes such as the Trijicon ACOG for the M-4/M-16 and similar weapons. A longwave thermal imaging sensor provides crisp imagery through total darkness, fog, smoke dust and other obscurants. The multi-use design offers mission flexibility for use as a thermal weapon sight and as a rugged hand-held imager. The rubber shroud ensures covert operation by eliminating illumination of the operator from the viewfinder. The portable design reduces operator fatigue, and large, rugged, single-button controls are used for basic image adjustment. No special batteries are required because it runs on CR123 photo cells. FLIR controls the entire supply chain on the critical technology inside the ACTS.
ATN 800/910-2862 www.atncorp.com
Blackhawk’s Rapid Adjust Two-Point Sling is fully adjustable and ambidextrous. It uses an innovative two-point design that provides a secure carry, and quickly transits to accommodate multiple shooting positions providing stability and security. The quick-adjust buckle allows for easy shoulder or firearm transitions. The Rapid Adjust Two-Point Sling is made from American made 1.25" nylon webbing and is available in black. Blackhawk 800/694-5263 www.blackhawk.com