SHOT 2020 | Unity Tactical
Every year we enjoy looking at the new products from Unity Tactical. Their approach is no BS and they truly cleverly solve really pragmatic problems. With a very close relationship with high level SOF teams, every year they launch products that provide solutions or reduce inefficiencies enhancing operators’ capabilities incrementally every year. We like this type of innovation.
This is the second iteration of the very popular ATOM slide. If you are not familiar with the predecessor the ATOM slide is a modular optics solution for handguns, this came to the market long before most currently available solutions, and its quite possibly still the best design out there.
Since the first gen was launched in 2012 things have changed in the striker-fired pistol market. Glock still holds a very strong position but, with the acquisition of the M17 and M18, the Sig P320 is becoming more and more popular.
This lead Unity Tactical to design an updated version of the ATOM slide with a universal interface that could work on multiple platforms (including CZ P10C and Smith&Wesson M&P).
Just like ATOM 1.0, Unity Tactical will manufacture Glock 19, Glock 17 and Sig P320 slides
Below are the photos of the demo model they were showing at SHOT.
The plates (made specifically for each optic) index from the side and rotate in position, then a tapered setscrew will lock the plate in position (avoiding rotation).
The two non-concentric cuts in the front and in the rear will provide locking to any upward, forward and backward force and movement.
What is unique (and unexpected) is that Unity Tactical made this an open license for both OEM and custom shops and you can become a licensed ATOM partner. This, hopefully will become the M-LOK of handguns.
The Unity Tactical HOT Button is a low-profile ergonomically efficient remote switch for lights and lasers. It’s available in M-LOK and 1913 Piccatinny and is able to interface with Surefire, Streamlight and any Crane-Spec Laser (with a redesigned plug that fits better among all different manufacturers).
This type of switch allows a more accurate control over traditional tape switches bridging the gap between tail caps (secure for NDs but not always grip-efficient) and tape switches (more efficient but not as secure for white light NDs). Also, the angle at which the HOT button is positioned allows a clean activation and to deliberately activate momentary or constant on.
Growing popularity of handguards with M-LOK slots not only placed at the 3-6-9 o’clock positions but also at the 45 deg in between, two HOT buttons can be placed close to each other (due to the low profile design) and allow to control IR illuminator + Pointer with one HOT Button and visible light with the other.
The HOT Button is also a very interesting solution for activating lights on PDW and very short rifles. Below is a photo of a Rattler with a 2-cell light; it would be impossible to active the light via tail-cap and a regular tape-switch would take up too much space.
TAPS (Tactical Augmented Pressure Switch) from Unity Tactical and TNVC is a remote control for aiming devices and lights compatible with NATO/CRANE-spec laser ports, Surefire, Streamlights and Steiner lights.
The TAPS Sync allows to activate (for example) an IR illuminator and IR Laser with one button and the white light with the other button. Allowing to switch from IR to visible seamlessly.
If used with a digital aiming device such as the Wilcox RAID-X or the L3 NGAL, the TAPS Sync is able to override the settings on the aiming unit. For example in the photo below the RAID-X is set to IR (not 100% sure but could be IR illuminator + IR laser). If one button of the TAPS Sync is pressed the RAID-X fires in IR, if the other button is pressed the RAID-X fires the green visible laser and the white light mounted at the 3 o’clock position, even if the RAID-X is set to IR!
Last year Unity Tactical released the FAST mounts for Red Dots and the FTC mount Aimpoint Magnifier, which were extremely popular. This year Unity adds the FTC mount for the EoTech G33 magnifier. It work with the same force to overcome principle as the Flip to Center mount for the Aimpoint magnifier.
Unity Tactical also modified an Aimpoint FTC mount to accommodate for a thermal imaging unit to place in front of the main optic for detection.
FAST LPVO Mount
This mount is designed to rise LPVO higher, providing a fast and repeatable reticle acquisition, especially when wearing night vision, gas masks, helmets and other tactical gear. The mount is available for 30 mm and 34 mm optics and it rises the optic’s center line to 2.06″ above the rail.
The FAST LPVO mount is compatible with an optional offset MRDS mount that places the secondary optic to a peculiar position.
The MRDS is not placed at a 45 deg angle but at a 35 deg, this allows a faster transition between primary and secondary optic. The MRDS mount is also placed higher than “usual” for clearing the any laser devices or lights that might be placed on right side of the handguard.
The BE MEyers MAWL is the laser device with the biggest footprint and usually it interferes with RDS on standard 45 deg mounts. The Unity Tactical MRDS mount for the FAST LPVO clears it.
Remora™ Mount for 3M Peltor™
Remora™ for 3M Peltor™ Rail Adapters provides an accessory mounting platform directly overhead of the rail mount hub. It makes the most use of the very limited rail-estate on a helmet with rail-mounted comms that utilize the OEM rail mount assembly.
Universal Helmet Adaptor for Ops-Core AMP
Because of the success of the Ops Core AMP COMMS headset within SOCOM, Unity Tactical is now manufacturing accessory plates that allow to mount this headset to multiple helmets. As you can see from the images below accessory plates are available for Mtek, Hard Head Veteran and Team Wendy helmets.
Beacuse Operator NVG Recording Device