News Brief – 6/14

Michael Crites

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In this week’s gun news SiCo bringing more lowers to market, FN wins big with machine guns, Army picks NightForce, and Sig Sauer raises some Spectres.

SilencerCo Lowers

SCO15 Lower

Utah-based suppressor maker SilencerCo has been making small batches of their SCO15 lower receivers for a minute, but they recently announced they plan to bump up those numbers. Headed to local gun stores and retailers around the country the SCO15 is fully customizable and made from billet 7075-T6 aluminum. Finished in Type III hard coat anodize they come standard with an ambidextrous bolt catch, flared magwell, integrated QD sling cups, and an enlarged integral trigger guard.

“The SCO15 is a product that combines the highest quality of in-house development with the most coveted features in an AR-15 Lower Receiver,” said Scott Clinger, SilencerCo’s VP of Business Development. “We are excited to make these lowers more widely available for customers at their local retailers. It’s the perfect start for those who want to complete their dream AR-15 build.”

MSRP is $249.

FN Gets $92 Million Deal with Army

M240 FN

South Carolina’s FN USA announced last week they got the nod from the Army to supply up to $92 million worth of M240 general-purpose machine guns and spare receivers to the military over the next five years to support both the U.S. Army and other Department of Defense programs.

The award is structured so the Army can purchase multiple variants of the M240 including the M240 coaxial, the M240B, M240L, M240D, and M240H models

“The U.S. Army contract for the M240 machine gun was the first military contract FN was awarded and the first to be produced from our production facility in South Carolina,” noted Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “We’re incredibly honored to continue our relationship with the Army, supporting them with high quality and reliable weapon systems for our servicemen and women.”

NightForce to send glass to USSOCOM

Nightforce Optics announced their MIL-SPEC ATACR 4-20×50 F1 has been selected by the US Special Operations Command to fill the Ranging – Variable Power Scope (R-VPS) component of the Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic (MAS-D) Program.

What all that milspeak means is that it will be integrated as the Mid-Range and the Designated Marksman optics for the upcoming Semi-Automatic Sniper Weapon Systems in engagements out to 1200m.

“We are both proud and humbled to realize another Nightforce ATACR model selection within the VPS family of scopes for USSOCOM. While a new benchmark for us, the real benefit is the continuity it brings to the end-user. Now, regardless of weapon system, they will have commonality in adjustment features and ancillary components”, said Nightforce’s MIL-GOV-LE Business Development Manager, Tod Litt.

Sig Sauer Summons Spectres

Giving the P320 XCompact and the P365XL a new look, the SIG Custom Works have introduced the Spectre series which feature a laser engraved LXG grip module under a custom distressed slide– so that everyone can look like they can afford enough 9mm to wear out their gun these days– and a host of XSERIES upgrades.

“This latest creation from SIG Custom Works brings an entirely new level of customization to our two most popular lines of pistols – the P320 and P365,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, for Sig Sauer. 

“The all-new LXG grip module is laser engraved in-house, and the custom pattern on all four sides delivers an aggressive, stylish texture for a stronger, more controlled grip.  The custom slides are distressed with the exclusive Spectre XSERIES lightening cuts, making the Spectre series of pistols truly unique, and a real standout for concealed carry.”

 The P320 Spectre is direct-mount compatible with the company’s ROMEO1Pro, the soon-to-be-released SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO2, Delta Point Pro, and RMR Reflex Optics, and ships with (2) 15-round steel magazines.  

 The P365XL Spectre is compatible with the ROMEO Zero or RMSC sights, and ships with (2) 12-round steel magazines.  

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