News Brief – 7/5

The American Firearms News Brief for July 5th: Burris readies a clip-on thermal, Noveske brings the squirt, Rock Island announces a shorty shotty, Ruger maxes out the LCP, and Walther wants you to carry medical.
Michael R Crites


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Burris clip on thermal scope

In this week’s gun news Burris readies a clip-on thermal, Noveske brings the squirt, Rock Island announces a shorty shotty, Ruger maxes out the LCP, and Walther wants you to carry medical.

Burris Thermal Clip-on

Burris clip on thermal scope

Offering a handheld thermal scope with a 4x power zoom that can quickly attach in front of the objective lens of your current optic, Burris announced their BTC earlier this year and it looks like it is nearing delivery to the market.

With 4 color palettes, a 17-micron pixel pitch, 50mK NETD, and 50Hz refresh rate (all stuff you look for in a thermal sight aimirite?) the ability to turn even a 50-year-old scope into a thermal scope with a simple attachment could be a game-changer when it comes to wider use of the tech.

The bad news is that price starts at $2,999.

Noveske Water Hog 5000

Known for their famous Flaming Pig muzzle device and their longstanding aversion to feral hogs, Gucci black rifle maker Noveske has a sweet new squirt gun ready for poolside. Yes, we are talking  $50 super-soaker style stuff.

Sounds goofy but it may pay off well for the company. The epic video for the Waterhog is pretty NSFW but, as one commenter notes, “This is precisely why my AR’s are covered and filled with as many Noveske parts as I can afford.” The question is, why are Daniel Defense and others *not* doing this?

Rock Island VRF14

Doubling down on their past series of semi-auto magazine-fed shotguns such as the VR80 and VR82, RIA has a new, stockless/braceless 12 gauge “firearm” (don’t call it a shotgun) that uses the same action and mags. The 26-inch VRF14 includes a 14-inch barrel much like the Mossberg Shockwave or the old Remington V3 Tac-13 series.

Rock Island says the new gun, “is the first semi-automatic short-barrel firearm of its kind. It boasts a familiar pistol-style grip so you can shoot 12GA shells from the hip.”



Meeting the new trend in “Micro-9” pistols such as the nearly pocket-carry-sized Sig Sauer P365 or Springfield Armory Hellcat, Ruger has nearly doubled the magazine capacity of the LCP II without adding much to its size.

The new LCP MAX, borrowing the name of the company’s new MAX-9 micro carry parabellum, has a 10+1 magazine capacity with an optional 12+1 if the user is OK with adding a bit of extra length to the grip. Importantly, it only weighs 11 ounces, stands 4-inches high, and is just 5.17-inches long, something that no 9mm semi-auto can beat.

MSRP on the new Ruger LCP MAX is $449, which will probably be closer to $400 at your local gun store, and for that price, you even get night sights pre-installed. Bonus.

Walther DDAM

Walther DDAM kit

Offering a systems-based solution for those seeking to be well-prepared, regardless of if they carry a blaster or not, Walther just introduced what they call their Defense Division Ankle Medical, or DDAM, kit.

Inside the Walther-branded ankle kit is a tactical tourniquet, some hemostatic gauze, a compression bandage, a chest seal, and some other medical goodies. Plus, it comes with a scannable QR code that allows the user to access an array of training videos to show you how to best use it all.

“We’ve been saying ‘It’s Your Duty to Be Ready’ since the launch of the Walther PDP and it’s a concept we truly believe in,” says Walther.

The cost is $179.99, which is kind of high for what it includes, but a lot of other EDC medical kits don’t come with training support.

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