Eotech has a rebate going on, you must purchase before 12/31/2010, you need a copy of the receipt, the bar code from the box, then fill out form, and voila – you get a check back!
A great new accessory arrived last week, the new Aero Precision COP (Continuous Optics Platform). Proudly made in the U.S.A., this is a one-piece complete upper/handguard replacement for the AR15 rifle that makes mounting optics and accessories a breeze. There is no more bridging the gap between handguard and flattop upper receiver when mounting longer eye relief scopes. The upper is rigidly structured for greater accuracy.
BUT, what truly makes this a different concept is the ability to change the left, right and bottom rail panels to make your upper WHAT YOU WANT. You could install the 3 included picatinny rail sections to make a railed unit, or insert the 3 flat sections to give the upper a more rounded feel, or use the two half railed sections like I did to provide a smooth rear section but the ability to mount accessories towards the front. The combinations are endless as you can even flip the half-railed sections so that the rail slots are in either the front or the back of the handguard. And Aero Precision didn’t go cheap and leave you to find your own tools, included is a Torx screw driver and a proprietary barrel nut and proprietary barrel wrench. Currently, only the carbine length rail is available but future offerings will include a mid-length and rifle-length COP upper.
It was brought to my attention today that in March we sold 300% more 5.45×39 surplus ammunition than we did 7.62×39! 5.45×39 is the current military caliber for the Russian military and many former Warsaw Pact countries. We are seeing an influx of this ammo into the US commercial market as it’s now 20 years old and being surplussed by countries that will either be replacing it with newer stock or changing over to a new caliber.
7.62×39 caliber rifles outnumber 5.45×39 caliber rifles at least 40:1. So what has pushed the 5.45 round to be the current hot seller? Well S&W coming out with a 5.45 upper and complete rifle certainly hasn’t hurt 5.45×39 ammunition sales. Neither has the influx of AK74 type rifles being built with US receivers and imported rifle kits. BUT the true key is so many guys are looking back at the ammo market ten years ago when prices were 30% of current prices in other calibers and decided that now is the right time to stock up on the cheap.
Comparatively, 5.45×39 ammunition has never been cheaper than it is right now. Our average sale is 4 cans (4,000+ rounds!), $480 plus shipping. How much .223/5.56 could you get for that much? Barely 2,000rds. I have had a lot of customers tell me that they are buying the ammo now without even owning a gun in the caliber and will pick up an AK74-type rifle at a later date!
In a few years I guess we will know if this was truly the golden age of 5.45×39!