Every annual SHOT Show, we eagerly await all the new product débuts and releases. Sometimes companies are quick on the draw and have the products already shipping to gun stores, like the case of the GLOCK 42.
Other companies showcase working prototypes that may or may not make it to market. After waiting a few months, we are finally seeing some of the much-anticipated new, innovative and redesigned gear we were excited about from the 2014 SHOT Show. Some of the products are not exactly brand new, as in the case of the Colt LE901 modular carbine, which we wrote about in 2010 and shot in 2012. Others such as Luth-AR’s MBA-1 and MBA-2 are truly brand new to the market. Most of the time, it is worth the wait; companies have to work out the kinks in new products, or beef up production because supply just does not meet demand. Either way, without further ado, here are seven new products we are happy to announce we have in stock!
Never done before, Colt ventures successfully into creating a modular, multi-caliber carbine. Using the same proprietary lower receiver, Colt developed a functional and reliable, truly modular AR-10/AR-15 carbine. Yes, the Colt LE901-16S is what dreams are made of. With very little adaptation on the AR-15 platform, the LE901 .308 Winchester rifle includes an adapter that allows you to easily swap out the upper assembly for ANY—that’s right—ANY MIL-SPEC upper, with no need to do anything to the lower. With the correct bolt assembly and corresponding magazine, we don’t see why you can’t put a .300 Blackout, .22 LR, or 6.8 SPC, besides the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO upper on the LE901. What makes this possible is the LE901’s buffer tube. It is the same size as other 5.56 AR-15s, making the swap not only possible, but easy.
Further, the rifle is 100% ambidextrous for righties or lefties. Even though certain parts on the LE901 are a little bit bigger—it operates the same as any direct gas impingement .223/5.56 AR-15. It has a 16-inch heavy full floating barrel, flash hider, bayonet lug, Vltor collapsible stock and takes Magpul PMags. It not only includes sights, but also a one-piece monolithic upper with rails so you can put on your own optic.
No need to decide between the AR-10 or AR-15 anymore. Colt’s LE901-16S innovative design straight up works without problems. It really does solve a dilemma many of us had.
Luth-AR MBA-1 and MBA-2 Skullaton Buttstocks
In a couple of years without much innovation or truly new product designs, Luth-AR’s first products are innovative and the MBA modular buttstock is one of the lightest on the market. Brand new, but nowhere near a rookie to the black rifle industry, Luth-AR has been around only about a year. The founder of Luth-AR has over 30 years of experience making and designing AR-15s. Luth-AR’s president, Randy E. Luth just so happened to have also founded DPMS/Pather Arms—ever heard of it?
Both the MBA-1 and MBA-2 Skullaton fixed buttstocks are interchangeable with A1 and A2 buttstocks. They will not fit AR-15 models with telescoping buttstocks.
The MBA-1 modular buttstock may not collapse, but it still is adjustable. Because the height is adjustable up to one inch, the MBA-1 will fit comfortably on shooters of all sizes. A length of pull extension adjusts up to 1-1/16 inches. The stock is 10-3/8 inches, but extends to 11-1/2 inches. Fitting almost all .223 Remington AR-15s and .308 Winchester AR-10 rifles with either an A1 or A2 stock, the MBA weighs only 1.26 pounds.
To shave off even more weight, the futuristic-looking MBA-2 is skeletonized making it even lighter than the MBA-1 at 0.7 pounds. This ergonomic stock is 10-3/8 inches long. The Luth-AR stocks are glass-filled nylon and completely made in the U.S.A.
In competition with more and smaller mom and pop AR-15 builders and suppliers, new companies must come up with fresh ideas and innovative designs that are solid, look good and work reliably. Luth-AR saw a need for a lightweight, uncomplicated fixed aftermarket stock for the serious, precision AR shooter. The company fulfills that need with the MBA modular and MBA-2 Skullaton buttstocks for a surprisingly low cost.
Colt Competition CSR-1516 Rifle
Hand built in Texas by Bold Ideas, Colt Competition’s sporting CSR-1516 5.56mm NATO rifle is a high-end AR-15 without the high-end price tag. Colt Competition focuses on custom rifles optimized for 3-Gun competition, with many upgrades to Colt’s basic AR-15 rifles. However, the CSR-1516 is designed more for sporting purposes and though the company left off a few minor features to keep costs down, the Colt CSR-1516’s important upgrades stay the same. Including the crisp six-pound nickel-Teflon coated match-target trigger and “Slick-Side,” 12-inch free float, one-piece handguard. A 13-slot Picatinny rail sits atop the flattop upper, but the handguard is drilled all through out so you can add more rails and accessories.
A 16-inch 4140 chromoly steel air-gaged match barrel with 1:8” twist comes standard. Most parts of the CSR-1516 are Colt “branded” including the (Hogue) black rubber finger groove grip with integrated Beavertail.
Weighing in at 6.45 pounds, the CSR-1516 makes an excellent and accurate target rifle, one with a beginner’s price, but not a beginner’s features and upgrades.
Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Fuel Cell Pack
Get power to your small electronics, phone, GPS, camera, flashlight and other small electronic gadgets without sunlight, electricity, salt water, or any other external power source with the Brunton Hydrogen Reactor fuel cell pack. Using the included hydrogen core, that looks a lot like a lithium ion battery, you have clean power to charge your electronic devices providing one or two amps of power.
The Brunton Reactor generates energy through absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere and hydrogen from the rechargeable cell. This hydrogen core separates positively charged ions from negatively charged electrons and gives you electrical power. Or maybe it’s magic—either way using this small hydrogen cell and oxygen in the air, you get energy. One amp will charge your phone, GPS unit, or camera batteries. Two amps will charge your iPad. It takes about one hour for the cells in the hydrogen core to reach their max capacity. The recyclable hydrogen cells do need power to recharge however. The unit measures a compact 5.3 by 2.9 x 1.3” and includes two rechargeable hydrogen cores that each provides a full charge to an iPhone three times. Once they run out, you can buy replacement hydrogen cells.
For emergencies, bugging out, primitive camping and hiking trips, you no longer need to be dependent on good weather. Never be without a power source even in the worst of weather with the Brunton hydrogen reactor fuel cell pack.
JSE Surplus Optics Ready AR-15 Upper Assembly
The JSE Surplus built and test-fired upper assembly with upgraded Yankee Hill Machine parts has an excellent fit and finish for the price. The A3 flat top upper is covered by a Yankee Hill Machine Todd Jarrett Competition 9-inch free float rail comfortable to hold and shoot and includes “T” marks. Included is a forward assist and M4 polished barrel with 1:9 twist. A MIL-SPEC bolt carrier assembly group, charging handle and Yankee Hill Machine flash hider round off this quality complete 5.56 NATO AR-15 upper assembly. Match it with a low cost lower receiver for a budget-friendly AR-15.
ProMag Mosin Nagant Five Round Polymer Magazine
ProMag’s proprietary detachable five-round magazine specifically fits ProMag’s AA9130’s Archangel synthetic stocks. The carbon-fiber filled polymer magazine has a special ProMag heat-treated chrome-silicon wire spring for reliable feeding of 7.62x54R ammunition.
What new product is your favorite? Personally, mine is the Colt LE901 and Brunton Reactor. I am adding both to my wish list. Which item are you putting in your shopping cart? Tell us in the comment section.