ATI Gun Demos at Gunsite

Accessories for Ruger rifles, Stoeger shotguns, Vepr rifles, Benelli shotguns.

ATI Gun Demos at Gunsite
By: Sam Smith

In September 2012, in the hot, arid desert located high in the mountains of Yavapai County, Ariz., Advanced Technology International (ATI) held its annual gun show at the Gunsite Academy. In 1976, Jeff Cooper – a World War II vet – founded the American Pistol Institute and later renamed it the “Gunsite Training Center.”

Later in that same year, Gunsite began offering shotgun and rifle classes to law enforcement and military personnel as well as civilians. For over three decades, its instructors have conducted on-site training for individuals and groups from around the world. Cooper is widely recognized as the father of “the Modern Technique” of handgun shooting. He is one of the 20th century’s foremost international experts on the use and history of small arms.

The 2012 ATI Gun Show was attended by several writers including retired cops, active police officers, and avid hunters. At the Gun Show, several newly ATI-engineered accessories, specifically designed for shotguns and rifles, were introduced. All of the attendees were allowed to shoot the decked-out guns on the 2,000-acre open-air gun range under the vigilant eyes of the Gunsite firearms instructors.

Vepr Strikeforce Elite

One of the rifles presented at the Gun Show was a futuristic-looking Vepr AK-47. Although this Russian-made AK-47 was originally created to be a hunting rifle or used for target practice, the ATI accessories made it look like a gun that should have been carried by one of the cyborgs in one of the Terminator movies.

The AK-47 was decked out with a sleek, Vepr Strikeforce Elite Stock package that incorporated a cheek rest pad, a textured pistol grip, and a six-sided forend with an aluminum optic rail. An 8-inch optic rail was suspended over the gas rail. The ATI accessories definitely added to the intimidation factor of this formidable weapon. Not only was this gun menacing, but it was atheistically pleasing to the beholder’s eye.

Constructed of military type III anodized, 6061 T6 aluminum, this flat-black, six-sided forend was 18 inches long and weighed only 17 ounces. A forward-stabilizing, seven-sided nose cone, also constructed of anodized aluminum, was located at the tip of the forend. The inner diameter of the FS8 nose cone was 1.0 inches. A really neat feature of this design was the shape of the nose cone allowed the shooter to anchor it into any corner, door jam, fence, wood, concrete, or aluminum siding structure. The seven-sided nose cone allowed the operator to steady the forend of the rifle and sight in on a target, taking it out with precision accuracy.

The VEPR Strikeforce Elite Stock Package also comes with a Soft Touch Cheekrest pad, Scorpion Razorback Recoil Pad, and a Scorpion Recoil Pistol Grip. The pistol grip is manufactured out of a material that absorbs the initial shock wave of the recoil regardless of its load size adding to the comfort level of the shooter and reducing the challenge of having to reacquire the target after each shot by minimizing the lift of the muzzle.

Stoeger Talon Tactical

The ATI representatives brought out a Stoeger Shotgun equipped with the Stoeger P350 Talon Tactical Stock and Forend. This package included a Soft Touch Cheekrest Pad, a Scorpion X2 Recoil Pad, Scorpion Recoil Pistol Grip, Sure-Grip Textured Pistol Grip, Triton Mount System, and Sure-Grip Textured Forend.

One of the nice features of the Stoeger Talon Tactical package was the Six-Position Collapsible Buttstock that had a built-in Scorpion Recoil System. The recoil pad was manufactured out of a non-slip material and was removable. The collapsible butt stock and Scorpion Recoil System were designed to reduce the recoil and discomfort to the shooter’s dominant hand and thumb.

The Sure-Grip Textured Pistol Grip helped eliminate the stinging sensation of the recoil.  It also increased the shooter’s accuracy of hitting a target by reducing the muzzle lift. These ATI products for the Stoeger P350 made this powerful shotgun a pleasure to shoot.

The Stoeger P350 Talon Tactical Stock and Forend package also included the Triton Mount System constructed of Military Type III Anodized Aluminum. It allows owners to firmly attach an ATI Tactical Stock or Rear Pistol Grip without the use of any specialized tools. The Triton Mount System offers an interchangeable sling mount location for both left-handed and right-handed shooters. Contained within the package was the new Stoeger shotgun forend with Sure-Grip texture. The forend was designed for increased comfort with a new palm swell. The grip was noticeably improved because of the new Off-Set Diamond Texture Panels.

A 1-inch single point sling, composed of black nylon and a high-strength bungee cord, was included with the Stoeger P350 Talon Tactical Stock and Forend package. It can be attached with a nylon-wrapped, industrial carabiner. The sling came with a cushioned, non-slip shoulder pad with the ATI logo.

The P350 Talon Tactical Stock and Forend package was equipped with a shotshell holder that carried five 12-gauge shotgun shells that can be installed on either the left or right side. It came with a self-adhesive, Soft Touch Cheekrest Pad designed to provide extra comfort when shooting. The complete ATI package for the Stoeger P350 contributed to the overall smoothness of firing the Stoeger. The Scorpion Recoil Pistol Grip and Soft Touch Cheekrest made shooting this resilient shotgun seem like firing a .22 rifle.

This year ATI has been working with Benelli Armi SpA, an Italian firearm manufacturer, and has created one of the niftiest shotguns ever to be made available to law enforcement. Benelli Armi SpA is already well-known for the M3 12-gauge shotgun that has been lengthily used by American SWAT teams.

Set to be released by the end of the year, the Benelli M4 Shotgun, completely fitted with ATI accessories, was introduced at the ATI Gun Show. The Benelli M4 with ATI-engineered accessory package is a revolutionary shotgun that is destined to make a huge impact in the world of law enforcement. Firearm instructors, street officers, and SWAT officers will love it.

One of the most pleasurable rifles to shoot at Gunsite was the Ruger 10/22 with the ATI Fiberforce Stock. The Ruger had a lightweight Dragunov .22 design and weighed only 26 ounces. The Ruger 10/22 would make a great introductory gun for a son or daughter. Owning the Ruger 10/22 is a thrifty way for an officer to continue shooting and keeping up his marksman skills since .22 ammo is less expensive than the higher calibers.

It was a joy to shoot and it was so light that at times it seemed as if one was carrying a BB gun. While traversing through some of the rocky gullies at Gunsite and hunting down the steel targets, my arms did not fatigue as they had while lugging around the heavier Vepr, Stoeger and Benelli guns. Gunsite is located high up in the mountains, a couple thousand feet above sea level, where the air is thinner making the lightweight Ruger a relief to shoot, especially after running down the washed out gullies with the heavier weapons.

ATI appears to be destined to make great inroads into the law enforcement community. Although they are fairly new to the gun business, they are quickly jumping over their competition with rifle and shotgun accessories that benefit street officers and SWAT members worldwide.

Sgt. Sam Smith is a 17-year veteran with the Evansville, Ind. Police Department. He is an Indiana University graduate (B.A., M.A.) and currently supervises the Field Training unit and oversees the Firearms unit. He can be reached at

Published in Tactical Response, Jan/Feb 2013

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