Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 2, Number 1

U.S. World War II transit poster ‘They also serve, who buy WAR BONDS 7th War Loan‘ by Phil Lyford, 1945. Oblong full color poster showing…

Blyskawica: Poland’s First Successful SMG Design

The Blyskawica (‘Lightning’, pronounced bwiskavitsa, with ‘wi’ to be read like in ‘wisdom’) was designed and manufactured fully clandestine, for the Home Army (Armia Krajowa,…

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SIG Sauer Raises the Bar with Their New SIG516/517 Rifles

Historically, the annual AUSA Show is not known for debuts of the latest small arms technology.  The big dollar programs like MRAP and Future Combat…

Ruger’s SR-556

At the NRA Show in early 2009, Ruger introduced a new member to their semiautomatic rifle line: the SR-556 – Ruger’s Black Rifle.  When they…

The Fraser-Volpe Mars Weapon Sight: A New Roman God of War

A relatively new product on the U.S. market, the Multi-Purpose Aiming Reflex Sight (MARS) has been on the international market for several years, and is reportedly…

Museum Satria Mandala // Jakarta, Indonesia

Example of the museum’s diorama section: The Battle of Cibadak – 9 December, 1945. “On 9 December 1945, a British military convoy escorted by several…

History of the Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Launcher

The HK M320 40mm grenade launcher. Until recently, the field of 40mm grenade launchers was almost exclusively dominated by the M203.  With the recent adoption…

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Are We Forever Stuck with the Bayonet?

Ramrod Bayonet shown with conventional models. (U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal Museum) I sat quietly taking notes as the Purchase Description was being reviewed, making sure…

Brugger+Thomet’s Police Days

TASER introduced their TASER X12 dedicated less-lethal shotgun done in cooperation with Mossberg but did not have the actual X12 on display. The X12 is…

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IMDEX 2009

Over 150 exhibitors from 23 countries gathered in the sunny Singapore Spring for IMDEX 2009.  This was the seventh biannual IMDEX, and it was opened…

ITEC 2009

ITEC attracts exhibitors that constantly push the envelope in cutting-edge defense training, education, and simulation.  120+ exhibitors provide hands-on demonstrations of technological applications for military…

The Soviet Model PB Silenced Pistol

The Makarov PB suppressed pistol with the secondary suppressor removed. This was easily concealed, and the secondary suppressor could be attached literally in seconds. The…

The Austrian Schwarzlose Model 07/12 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose of Charlottenburg, Germany was a well known and respected inventor and arms designer working out of the gun making center of Suhl,…

MSPO 2009

The 40mm RGP-40 MGL sparked many controversies and we’re certain to hear about it in the future. The exhibited prototype was fitted with a CK-5/Zs-1…

Russian Underwater Guns

Dr. Philip H. Dater takes aim with the SSP-1M 4-barrel underwater pistol. The sound signature was recorded as 160.1 dB average in open air. (Dan…

Modern Day Marine 2009

8 July 2009, Afghanistan. First Lieutenant George Saenz, along with two members of the Afghan National Police, provides security during operations in Helmand Province. His…

From the Mean Streets: Maljutka

The strategic placement of elements on the battlefield has been the subject of millions of words, from many sources, both experienced and those who are…

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 1

Gun control efforts by the United Nations are well known.  The Fredrik Reuterswärd sculpture of a revolver with its barrel tied in a knot is…

SAAB Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW

Three demonstrations of the Saab New Light Anti-tank Weapon, NLAW, including live firing, were conducted during the summer 2009.  At the same time, deliveries were…

FAL/SA58 Mags (DS Arms)

DSArms, the  world leader in FAL type rifles and accessories, is pleased to offer new US made FAL high capacity magazines. These new steel magazines…

RAAM (Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module)

Vectronix and Wilcox Industries have jointly developed a new weapon sight for stand alone and under-barrel 40mm grenade launchers.  Utilizing a laser range finder, ballistic…

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 1

Law Enforcement International The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Law Enforcement International (LEI) for the supply of a new 7.62mm semiautomatic “sharpshooter”…