FAB Defense FBS / RBS Backup Sights

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Backup sights are a controversial issue these days. There are an increasing number of shooters who feel that the current crop of military-grade reflex and prism sights (Aimpoints, Trijicon ACOGs, etc.) are tough enough and reliable enough that backup sights are no longer useful – that is to say, any event that’s traumatic enough to destroy an ACOG is probably not going to leave behind an intact rifle.

To my knowledge, most militaries still embrace backup sights as an essential. About the only first-rate military I’ve ever seen field optics without backup iron sights is the IDF – you can find plenty of pictures online of optics deployed on flat-top M16s without a rear backup sight..

Therefore, I assume FAB Defense developed the FBS / RBS backup sights for export. I have a 9mm AR-15 that needed some backup sights, and the FBS / RBS seemed like an interesting option. How did I like it? More after the break.

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The Elbit Falcon Optical Gunsight MkII

 

IMG_1494The reflex sight is arguably one of the most important recent developments in small arms technology. I’ve read assertions that first round hit probability is tremendously increased with the proper use of reflex sights, especially on moving targets, and I’m certainly inclined to agree. Aimpoint was the first manufacturer to create such sights, but a company that followed closely behind them was Elbit Systems of Israel, who created the Falcon optical gunsight.

I was able to acquire a Falcon reflex sight recently, and had a chance to put it through its paces. More after the break!

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The IMI Compact 945

Yes, that’s an actual unfired, mint-condition IMI Compact 945 (which I’ve previously erroneously called the 945 Compact) you see in the picture. You’ll recall this pistol from the article I wrote on it previously. The Compact 945 did make it into the wild, at least in a limited way.

Before I go any further, I want to acknowledge reader “Patrick from Belgium”, with the photos and manual you see in this article, not to mention some other contextual information that’s probably at least as important. The good stuff is after the break!

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More Information on the Kareen Compact

 

Thanks to a GunBroker seller (Ed at Lear Firearms in NH) who unearthed a pair of Kareen Compacts and was kind enough to share detailed pictures with me, we have a lot more information on those guns now.

The Kareen Compact is a bit of a unicorn, and a mysterious one at that. Not quite as rare as the IMI 9mm Revolver or 945 Compact, but probably about as rare as the transitional Baraks, which is saying something. Until now, I had only seen one other. More info after the break!

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IWI releases version 3 of the polymer Jericho

TFB has a great blurb on the new version of the polymer Jericho that IWI just released. It apparently has an improved grip texture, no finger grooves, upgraded accessory rail, and a replaceable backstrap. None of that is revolutionary, but the replaceable backstrap is actually somewhat uncommon on CZ-75 derivatives. I assume IWI-US will be importing this new Jericho version in the future.

Speaking of IWI-US, they announced last month that the Galil ACE in 5.56 was shipping to their distributors. Fascinatingly, I have not seen any on Gunbroker, which makes me wonder exactly what happened there.

(Sorry for not having posted for a while – new job, less range time, kids, Passover, etc. I have some great content lined up, and just need to get it up online.)

X95 SBR Parts Now Available

If you’re in a state that allows SBRs AND you’re an X95 owner, your ship has come in.

IWI-US has announced on Facebook that the X95 short foregrip and thin buttplate are now available. The 13.5″ barrel is still on the way, but a 3″ chop from 16.5″ is unlikely to require much in the way of gas system changes. The resulting gun will not look exactly like a mil-spec X95, but it’ll definitely be a lot closer. Be warned that putting the thin buttplate on a stock 16.5″ X95 will turn it into an SBR, as it will no longer make the 26″ OAL limit.

Now, where’s the Galil ACE and Uzi Pro SBR kits? 🙂

IWI DAN at SHOT 2017

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Yes, it’s true: IWI is releasing the DAN in 338 Lapua this year, and it’ll be featured at SHOT 2017. The DAN was designed by Nehemiah Sirkis, who I like to think of as the Gene Stoner of Israel.

The press release makes it clear that IWI is offering is a premium package, coming with everything shown above besides the optic. It will be expensive: to put it in perspective, the Remington M2010 has an MSRP of $17,000 sans scope and suppressor. Street price is considerably lower, though; I’ve seen them as low as $8k on Gunbroker. The DAN doesn’t have much in the way of operational history, so I don’t think IWI will try to price it as high… still, expect street prices to be pretty stunning, and probably around $7k-$10k. It’s a beast of a gun, and weighs in at 15lbs naked, so the civilian market for this is probably pretty small, even without considering the price.

EDIT (3/10/2017): MSRP is $9,000. If street price is 82.5% of that, expect to pay about $7,500 for the rifle. With that pricing, I’m not sure who they’re going to sell to besides collectors – police snipers don’t need 338 LM performance, and the military is unlikely to use this when the Remington M2010 is already in the system. This is unfortunately going to be one of those rifles that sits new-in-box in a vault, waiting for the day it gets sold for some absurd multiple of its retail value due to rarity. Still, kudos to IWI-US for even making this available at all.