Another item of notice is the PSA AR in 7.62x39, Not unlike the CMMG Mutant, this version takes your standard AK mags via the cut lower receiver allowing the ak mags to lock into place. The fire control group are still your standard AR 15 components, as are the bolt and carrier. Lacking a bolt catch could be a little troublesome for those die hard AR guys and gals, but to those already familiar with the AK system it’s nothing to fret. The balance on the firearm is fairly well managed, as is normal it’s front heavy. The keymod rail system that is standard on this makes for easy mounting of accessories as is desired by the operator. Overall, this looks like it will be a more economical version of other AK ARs, but time will tell if these are as widely received as others are.
Next on my list of awesome from PSA is goint to be their 9mm AR. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “A 9mm ar? So over done......” Which, may in fact be true. Just about every other booth housing an AR had a 9mm version as well. The upside to the PSA versions are they are now Glock mag compatible. Yes folks you heard correctly. Glock mag compatible AR lower. Fire controls are still standard ar 9 components, as is the buffer. The BCG however is specialized due in part to the design of the Glock mags. The upper itself is slick, both in appearance and aesthetics. Since the 9mm has no need for a forward assist, that is gone. As is the brass deflector. No dust cover either, However the action remains slick and crisp. This version, like their Uzi mag variant, comes with mid length ar handguards. Rather plain for a 9mm AR, but that just makes it open for user modification.
And now, the moment we have been waiting for. About two years ago, PSA decided that they were going to venture into the “Production Custom” 1911 realm. Translation, they wanted to make basically a $2500 gun and sell them for around $1500. Then the bottom kind of fell out of the 1911 market, Back to the drawing board they went, and came back with what was presented at SHOT this year. A pair of very dazzling 1911s. What was dazzling about them you ask? Everything, from fit to finish to detail. One was stainless, the other a carbon steel variant. Both of these pistols come with rosewood grips, which were very pleasing to my eyes. Everything about this pistol made me want to buy one right there. Sadly, I could not. The look on the two tone caught my eye first. I always have been drawn towards the not so standard finishes. But this was something else. Slanted cocking serrations both forward and rear, polished side and media blast finish on the round surfaces of the slide make for a very nice appearance. The frame was also media blasted to give it that subdued look as well. Checking out the slide wobble on the frame left about no wiggle room, hopefully generating better accuracy with the tighter tolerances. What caught my eye right away though was the beavertail safety. The guys in the PSA shop took the time to blend the safety into the frame, making for a very streamlined feel when you wrap your hands around it. Novak sights topped off these beauties, so if you wanted to change them you’re gunsmith won’t curse your name trying to work on them. Overall, these pistols were right on the mark for anything you could want in a 1911 platform. The PSA rep I was talking with did mention that there were plans to expand the options on the 1911 line, but for now we have the two finishes in a full size package. Pricing on these you would assume based on my raving would put them well over $1000, but they are supposedly gonna be coming out around $699 for the carbon and $799 for the stainless.
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