Press Releases

Press Releases

Samson Manufacturing to Supply Israeli Defense Forces with Flip-up, Backup Iron Sights (+)

KEENE, NH – Samson Manufacturing announced today that they have been chosen to supply the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with their flip-up, backup iron sights (BUIS) for IDF M4 Carbines.

Working closely with the IDF, the Samson sights passed rigorous environmental and field testing prior to being assigned IDF Part Number 2888-88124. Significant quantities of this rugged and dependable sight have been in IDF field trials for almost a year.

These sights differ slightly from Samson’s standard offerings, featuring a slotted mounting screw and modified picatinny clamp. Also, per IDF specifications, the A2-style aperture is mounted such that the small aperture presents when the sight is deployed.

Samson COO Tim Mulverhill confirmed the announcement, “We are extremely pleased to have been chosen to support the IDF with our back-up sights. The IDF operational tempo and physical environment is notoriously hard on small arms equipment. The Israelis thoroughly test their field gear accordingly, and I am pleased to say that Samson sights have met the challenge.”

All work will be completed at Samson’s facility in Keene, New Hampshire. Samson will be adding this IDF version to their regular product offerings as IDF 2888-88124. Interested customers can review the IDF Sight and other Samson products at SHOT Show, booth 20327, in Las Vegas from January 22-25, 2019.

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About Samson Manufacturing: Samson Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of firearms parts and accessories. Using materials sourced in the USA, Samson products are designed, engineered, manufactured, and finished in Keene, New Hampshire—since 1994.

Samson announces new lightweight variant for the SX rail family (+)

Keene, NH – Samson is releasing the newest model in their SX series of handguards, the SXS Lightweight.

It represents the latest in handguard technology. This incredibly light rail system weighs in at 6.8 ounces for the 13” model. While weight was the primary design criteria, the rail still had to pass deflection tests to prove it is rigid enough for professional use. Long term durability is a concern in lightweight components, so Samson chose aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum over carbon fiber.

The SXS Lightweight utilizes Samson’s patent pending Vertical Bias Mount (VBM) technology. The VBM mount offers several advantages over other mounting systems. This mounting system is rigid, straight and easy to install. The VBM barrel nut requires no clocking or shims. The clamp is captured and comes pre-installed. All shooters need to do is tighten the barrel nut to AR15 specs, slide on the handguard, and tighten the two mount screws. At that point, the clamp and alignment tabs take over to create a solid and straight installation, the first time.

The M1913 top rail is interrupted by a section of M-LOK® attachment points. While completely removing the top rail would be lighter, Samson engineers were adamant about including some rail sections; the rear for bridging optics with the receiver, and the front so shooters can install iron sights.

  • Numerous weight reduction cuts
  • Easy install Vertical Bias Mount captured clamping system
  • Free float
  • Interrupted M1913 Picatinny rail on the 12 o’clock position for front BUIS and bridging optics with the receiver
  • Ergonomic design
  • M-LOK® attachment points at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions
  • Made in New Hampshire USA
  • Material: 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Finish: MIL-A-8625 type III class 2 anodizing
  • Length: 13 and 15”
  • Inside diameter: 1.3”
  • Outside diameter: 1.5”
  • Weight: 6.8 oz. (13”)