Trijicon MGRS

News Brief – 7/19

Michael Crites

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In this week’s gun news Glock turns 92, Kimber teases better guns, Ruger teases classic cowboy guns, Taylor’s updates the M1886, and Trijicon gets some love from the Army.

Happy Birthday, Herr Glock

Gaston Glock hits age 92 this week.

Born July 19, 1929, in Vienna, by the 1950s he was taking out his first patents and in 1963 founded GLOCK (all capitals, per the company).

Moving up from making small household goods such as fittings, hinges, and curtain rods, Glock pulled down some military contracts for the Austrian Army for things like grenade casings then scored a big win with a field knife (the Feldmesser 78) he designed in-house before developing a prototype pistol that beat out 20 others for a big tender from the same military.

Adopted first by the Austrians as the Pistole 80, Glock’s Model 17 went on to a bit of success internationally and the rest is history.

Kimber listens

Kimber Listens

Alabama’s Kimber, probably best known as a maker of 1911s, says “Get ready to upgrade your standards. Because the next Kimber is nearly ready.”

The Facebook post teases the news as a response to a request from a customer named Joe who wants a “10-13 capacity 9mm. Less then (sic) inch thick. Optics ready. Flat trigger. Grippy handgrip. Reliable and accurate.” 

When compared to the rest of the market, it sounds like Kimber is going to be moving into the Micro 9 neighborhood to compete with guns like the Sig P365, Ruger MAX-9, and Springfield Armory Hellcat.

In other words, the new standard pistol profile for the 2020s.

Ruger breathes life into Marlin's corpse

Marlin Long Live the Lever gun

Marlin Firearms was founded 151 years ago and, while they made all sorts of things to include revolvers, machine guns, and bicycles across the company’s lifespan, Remington Outdoors did the brand an injustice after they acquired it in 2007.

After “Big Green” went belly up in 2020, Ruger purchased everything from tooling and spare parts to manufacturing packages, CAD drawings, and social media accounts at a federal auction. 

Now, Ruger is reportedly planning to bring it back to life later this year and, to show that the pulse is at least slowly beating, over the weekend made the first new post on Marlin’s official Facebook page in five years. It’s Alive!

Taylor's new TC86

Taylor’s & Company, which specializes in various lines of repro late-19th century revolvers, rifles, and shotguns, has a new take on the very old-timer Winchester M1885 lever-action. Taylor’s new TC86 is a takedown gun that can be broken apart into two similar-sized components to fit in a saddle bag or hiking pack.

Going further, it has a color case receiver and checkered pistol grip walnut stock along with a weaver rail with a skinner peep sight on it. Chambered in .45-70, MSRP on the TC86 is $1,800ish.

Trijicon tapped by Army for Ma Deuce

Trijicon MGRS

Michigan-based Trijicon announced they have been selected by the U.S. Army to provide what Uncle Sam terms the MGRS or Machine Gun Reflex Sight.

Forged from 7075-T6 aluminum as it has to take a beating from .50 caliber BMG going full auto, the MGRS uses two interchangeable range knobs that are ballistically calibrated for use on M2/M2A1 machine guns.

When zeroed, the knobs allow the user to dial the correct range as a mechanical Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) for accurate engagements. It uses a 35 MOA segmented circle with a 3 MOA reticle dot which is close enough for .50 cal work.

The MGRS also includes a 3x magnifier, which is always helpful, and a CR123A battery — billed as lasting “1,000 hours of continuous operation”– powers the unit.

Fully transferrable Ma Deuce? That'll be $50K please.

Should you be interested in mounting an MGRS on your own M240 GPMG or M2 .50 cal, the advertised cost is $4,999, with the magnifier.

While that “seems” expensive, the sight is only about 10 percent of the cost of a transferrable M2

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