It’s a total SIG setup: rifle, ammo, suppressor and optic—all made by SIG Sauer. The most significant change to the Gen 2 716 rifle, introduced at SHOT Show 2017, is that it is now available in 6.5 Creedmoor. Other notable changes include a one-piece M-LOK handguard and a PRS Gen 2 stock for more adjustablity, and overall weight is much lighter at under 10 lbs.
There are plenty of good reasons to own a pistol-caliber carbine in the same chambering as your everyday carry gun—its ability to accept the same magazines chief among them. For the 9 mm Ruger PC Carbine, this means that right out of the box it accepts mags from the Ruger Security-9 and SR9 pistols, but buyers are also supplied with an adaptor for the ubiquitous Glock 9 mm mags. Other notable features on this takedown carbine are an adjustable length of pull (three 1/2-inch spacers included); a 33 percent glass-filled nylon stock; CNC aircraft-grade aluminum receiver; integrated Picatinny rail; a trigger group comprised of 10/22 components and, also like the 10/22, an easy takedown mechanism.
Meprolight’s battle-proven M21 reflex sight features a tritium-powered reticle that is aided by a fiber-optic collector. Still, under certain circumstances—such as when the user is aiming from a dark area into a strongly sunlit area—the M21 and similar sights can experience reticle “washout.” Inventor Chris Roenker has solved that problem with a low-cost, bolt-on enhancement in the form of his Reticle Enhancement Module 21 (REM-21). The unit, powered by a single CR2032 cell or two CR2016s, projects light from a diode onto the sight’s collector, and its intensity can be varied by an 11-position control knob. Battery life with the CR2032 is 106 hours of continuous use.
XTech Tactical offers extended 9 mm Luger magazines for Heckler & Koch’s VP9 and P30 series of semi-automatic pistols that boost the guns’ capacity from 15 rounds to 20. Utilizing an elongated polymer baseplate, the stainless steel magazines feature toolless disassembly and rear-facing witness holes. In addition to complete magazines, XTech also offers kits allowing for the conversion of stock factory magazines.
This past weekend I spent a few hours poking around the aisles of the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Va. It’s a good show that now occupies every square inch of the Dulles Expo Center, and I always see old friends, but I can also catch a glimpse of what’s going on out there when it comes to interest in firearms old and new.
When sizing the 1911 up against the popular polymer-frame, striker-fired semi-automatics of the day, the 1911 earns top marks in many categories, including for its trigger, its handling characteristics and its ergonomic grip and control placement. When it comes to capacity, though, the old warrior definitely trails behind double-stack designs. Still, the 1911 remains a top choice of competitive shooters, some elite military and law enforcement units, and many personal-defense practitioners. And those who stick with “Old Slabsides” have found extended 10-round magazines to be a reliable means for closing the capacity gap.