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Jurassic World Utilizes Crimson Trace Laser Sights

I would never even think about taking on a pack of velociraptors without a Crimson Trace laser sight…

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(Wilsonville, OR)—Anyone viewing the mega blockbuster movie—Jurassic World— will notice the very prominent red laser sights on the firearms used by the InGen rangers when they encounter an escaped and deadly dinosaur. The movie’s firearms used in the dark jungle night encounter were equipped with standard Crimson Trace Rail Master (CMR-201s) laser sights and not created movie prop productions. Those specially selected movie laser sights are among the nearly 200 products manufactured by Crimson Trace.

“Early on in the Pre-Production of Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” when the time came for us to outfit the elite InGen team with laser sighting devices to regain control of the park, only one company came to mind—Crimson Trace,” said Guillaume Delouche, the movie’s Property-Master. “Crimson Trace’s line of lasers is not only versatile, it is literally perfect for movie prop applications. We are able to fit them onto our collection of real—and stunt—firearms for an authentic tactical feel throughout every sequence.”

Crimson Trace frequently works with top Hollywood and New York prop companies and movie production crews across America. Those skilled groups are learning through firearms manufacturers, law enforcement and military units, plus from active shooters who are movie consultants, about the benefits of laser sights for firearms. As many movies are planned in detail—such as Jurassic World was—Crimson Trace is contacted about working with the prop and production company staff to determine the firearms to be used and the compatible Crimson Trace products available. Today, more of those decisions for the filming centers on determining whether they want green or red laser sights. Crimson Trace offers a wide selection of both.

A special Jurassic World movie premier event was held in Bozeman, Montana in partnership with the Museum of the Rockies—www.museumoftherockies.org. Key movie stars, industry media members, along with several Crimson Trace partner companies, attended the special movie premier and series of related events. The media members represented some of the nation’s top firearms publications, including: NRA Family Insights, SHOT Business, The Outdoorwire, Gun World, Harris Publishing and others. This event also included touring BLACKHAWK! and FLIR Systems facilities in Montana.

Crimson Trace manufactures sighting and lighting systems that can be easily installed on a huge selection of pistols, revolvers and long guns. The product lines include: Lasergrips®, Laserguards®, Lightguards®, Rail Masters®, Rail Master Pros® and the Defender Series®. For more details, visit www.crimsontrace.com or call 800-442-2406. Crimson Trace also provides laser sighting technology and products to military and law enforcement units around the globe. The company holds numerous patents for innovation. Crimson Trace, since its beginning more than 20 years ago, remains a proudly American company.

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ABOUT CRIMSON TRACE:

Crimson Trace, the acknowledged industry leader for laser sighting systems for firearms, is based in Wilsonville, Oregon. Its award-winning innovations include Lasergrips®, Laserguard® and Lightguard® –all with Instinctive Activation ™. The company’s product line also includes the Defender Series® and Rail Master® platforms – all are proudly crafted in America. More details are available at: www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

RE Factor Tactical Delta Trauma Kit

RE Factor Tactical’s new Delta Trauma Kit is individual first aid pouch that is designed to be compact and accessible. It has a sleeve and pull-out tray design. The sleeve is mounted to the user’s belt where it contains and protects the pull-out tray. The tray can be quickly removed from the sleeve by pulling the grab handle with either hand.

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The sleeve portion of the kit allows the user to mount a tourniquet via elastic straps and a set of trauma shears in a sleeve on the back. It also features a loop Velcro panel for adding medic tabs to indicate the pouch’s contents.

The tray is designed to hold life saving items like hemostatic gauze, chest seals, airways, control wraps, gauze, decompression needles, and more. It also features a vinyl window that can be used to store reference material or a 9 line MEDEVAC.

The Delta Trauma Kit is available as a pouch or complete with contents. Check it out at RE Factor Tactical.

5.56x45mm Fired From a 7.5″ Barrel is Just a Glorified .22LR

This is a followup to my recent post regarding why super short barreled AR-15s chambered in 5.56x45mm are more viable than they used to be thanks to various advancements in projectile design, flash suppressor technology, and more. The article was never intended to say they were the best choice. In fact, I clearly state that other calibers are more efficient in such short barrels but, as usual… the internet overreacted.

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One of the more common comments was a variation on the theme of the 5.56 being roughly on par with or only slightly better than a .22LR at the modest velocities produced by 7.5″ barrels. That is the kind of gun counter dogma that makes some sense on its surface because you are giving up some velocity by using such a short barrel and that is not good news for terminal performance. However, this statement just doesn’t hold up with even a cursory examination of the data.

Let’s compare a high velocity .22LR with some 5.56/223 rounds that have shown to be solid performers in shorter barrels. We can compare mass in grains, velocity in feet per second, and energy in foot pounds.

CCI Stinger .22LR

  • Mass: 32 gr
  • Velocity: 1640 fps
  • Energy: 191 ft.lbf

Hornady TAP 5.56 55gr GMX

  • Mass: 55 gr
  • Velocity: 2340 fps
  • Energy: 669 ft.lbf

Winchester Ranger 64 gr 5.56 (RA556B)

  • Mass: 64 gr
  • Velocity: 2210 fps
  • Energy: 694 ft.lbf

Speer Gold Dot 64 gr 5.56

  • Mass: 64 gr
  • Velocity: 1930 fps
  • Energy: 529 ft.lbf

Remington Hog Hammer 62gr TSX

  • Mass: 62 gr
  • Velocity: 2090 fps
  • Energy: 601 ft.lbf

Much of the velocity data came from the poboyspecial Youtube channel.

 

The data represents just a few of the rounds that perform well from such short barrels. It doesn’t even include a 50 gr TSX load which is considered the gold standard of performance from such short barrels. As you can see, all of the loads sampled here are significantly faster and heavier than 22LR which adds up to significantly more energy. What you can’t see is that all of them exhibit expansion and penetrate well beyond the FBI minimum.

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The data shows that, in terms of energy, a well selected .223 or 5.56 round out of a 7.5″ barrel outperforms many .45 ACP and .357 Magnum loads at typical handgun velocities. That really isn’t all that impressive considering that those are handgun loads but it does shows adequate performance for the very limited role you might use such a barrel/ammo combination. When used in a PDW type role, you get a weapon that has extended capacity and usable range beyond a typical handgun, along with fringe benefits likes increased accuracy and ease of accessory mounting (white lights, optics, etc.).

I think it is clear that you the 5.56/.223 is hardly ideal out of such short barrels but to say it is comparable to a .22LR is ridiculous. Choosing a compact package for a specific role is a compromise. You make a similar compromise every time you carry a handgun instead of a rifle. Context is the key.

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