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After being in the industry for over 30 years, I have come to appreciate the relationships I’ve made and the opportunities I have been afforded. One of those is the relationships is with the great folks at Gemtech. Last year, I was invited to the company’s facility in Boise, Idaho, to get a closer look at a number of new products that were under development. At the time, several of these were embargoed under a non-disclosure agreement. Gemtech’s CEO, Ron Martinez, was quick to note that these projects would not be released until they were ready. I am pleased to see that several of those products have been introduced for 2017.

The first products that excite me are the 5.56mm and 300 Blackout Integra integrally suppressed upper receivers. The Integra was first developed for a United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) request for a suppressed upper receiver group (SURG) to upgrade existing M4 lowers for continuous suppressed operations. The Integra 5.56 upper contains a 10.5-inch barrel, a proprietary expansion chamber and a removable G-CORE baffle. The core is machined from 6AL4V titanium, which is both lightweight and durable. The Gemtech/NEMO Arms gas block eliminates the majority of the blowback, making the Integra more comfortable to shoot. The overall length for both chamberings is 16.1 inches, and each requires only one tax stamp for the suppressor.

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