Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 3, Number 3

Canadian 4th Machine Gun Company cap and collar badge. The cap badge is made of Browning copper with a maple leaf background. This badge is…

ISDEF 2010

(Left) LRB6000CI 7×50 laser range finder by Newcon-Optik will give excellent identification up to 6 km. (Right) The NVS33 clip-on night vision mounts either forward…

AUSA 2010

The Colt CM901 weapon system proved to be a popular destination for many attendees. AUSA 2010 proved to be a great success, with attendance by…

Uhlan 21: The Polish Future Soldier Project

Designing “Future Soldiers” space-age suits of armor with TV and other creature comforts has been a popular fad since 1950s, but only in the last decade have such projects significantly moved from concept into the mainstream. Latest advances in microelectronics, mechanics and ergonomics, coupled with shifting the emphasize from the tanks and missiles back towards individual soldier as a result of the end of the Cold War and in accordance with the ‘asymmetric warfare’ doctrine, brought about Future Soldier projects popping up everywhere….

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Sharpshooter: The UK’s New L129A1 7.62x51mm Rifle

A soldier from the 1st Battalion the Scots Guards looking through the scope of his Sharpshooter rifle. Members of B Company, the 1st Battalion The…

SHOT Show 2011

The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) show was once again held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. …

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Surefire Mini and Micro Muzzle Devices

All SureFire suppressors attach over the muzzle of an AR-15/M16 (shown here on an M4) via a muzzle brake/flash hider that replaces the factory bird…

Colt Automatic Gun Model 1895/1914

Captain Herbert W. McBride of the 21st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, wrote in his excellent book A Rifleman Went to War the following concerning the use of the Colt Automatic Gun Model 1895. “We Canadians of the Second Division were originally equipped with Colt guns… I imagine I can hear some sniffles and horse-laughs. You think that the Colt is a poor weapon, eh? Well, just let me tell you something for your information and instruction… Never have I seen any machine gun….

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Project Manager Soldier Weapons

By the time you read this, the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System with its uncannily accurate airburst ammo will undoubtedly have drawn its first blood in Afghanistan. This sci-fi looking individual armament, initially the “grenade gun” upper half of the ill-fated Objective Individual Combat Weapon, has been in combat operational test mode for several months now with selected elements of US Special Operations Command….

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A Visit to Caracal: SADJ Tours Caracal’s UAE Headquarters

19 February, 2011. A small group of firearms community writers from the United States had been invited to the Caracal facility in the United Arab Emirates. (David Fortier, Bryce Towsley, Tim Ford, and Mike Seeklander joined this author). We gathered at our hotels in the morning, and were taken to the facility where we were greeted by Saeed Ali Al Shamsi from Caracal and given the grand tour of the manufacturing facility….

IDEX 2011

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) of 2011 is a biannual show that has reached its 10th anniversary with this event. It is a mature show with well developed habits and procedures for the exhibitors and attendees. Having established itself as a benchmark show much like Eurosatory, Milipol, DSA or AUSA, IDEX attracts a rich diversity of attendees from around the world. The show itself is centered in Abu Dhabi, the capitol city of the United Arab Emirates….

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Leupold: Modern Innovations in the Optics Industry

Firing the Remington Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) set up on .338 Lapua, with the Leupold Mark 4, 6.5-20x50mm Extended Range/Tactical (ER/T) optic. Leupold, the oldest…

Armalite SPR Mod 1 (with High Speed Magpul Enhancements)

The SPR Mod 1 being put through its paces by Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Steve Worden. The ArmaLite rifle is equipped with the Trijicon…

Peruvian Small Arms: Gunning for the Shining Path

About one week prior to our visit to Lima, the die hard guerrillas of Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) had ambushed an Army patrol, killing all 14 soldiers.  The region known as VRAE (for Rivers Apurimac and Ene Valley) has become a hub of military activity with soldiers and police officers chasing the Sendero Luminoso guerrilla group, which has resurrected in a narco-guerrilla form.  The extremist Maoist Shining Path guerrilla group was decimated in the 1980s, but a core of some 300 insurgents escaped to the Vizcatán region….

International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 3

Recent questions have arisen in the international arms community over retransfer assurances and end use restrictions on U.S. made products.  While some of the U.S….

ST Kinetics Remote Weapon Station (RWS)

ST  Kinetics’  Remote  Weapon Station (RWS) is a remotely operated two-axis stabilised  weapon  station.  Equipped with  advanced  sightings and video tracking,  the  versatile  system  provides…

BLACKHAWK! Dynamic Entry’s Mini Deployment Kit

BLACKHAWK! Dynamic Entry now offers the Mini Deployment Kit.  This compact and portable entry kit was created based on the unique demands patrol and tactical…

Raptor’s Safe-T Wipes

Raptor Safe-T Wipes have been specially formulated to immediately detect explosives and provide a simple colorimetric indicator for the user.  The wipes work on a…

LaserMax Genesis

LaserMax has now announced the debut of Genesis, a compact, durable green laser with a rechargeable battery.  The highly visible, pulsating green laser from LaserMax…

McMillan’s M3A Rifle

McMillan has now expanded its tactical line with the introduction of the McMillan M3A rifle.  The M1 platform has seen renewed interest as a close-range…

Battle Arms Development’s B.A.D.A.S.S.

Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector (B.A.D.A.S.S.) is a new selector for the AR-15/M16 series of rifles.  The new selector is not only ambidextrous but…

Kel-Tec’s KSG

Kel-Tec has just announced the introduction of its new bullpup-style shotgun called the KSG.  This previously rumored shotgun is now a reality.  The KSG is…

Barrett M107A1 Rifle

Barrett, a company internationally known for providing high-end firearms, optics, and training, introduces to the commercial market the next generation of the U.S. Army’s M107…

BAE Systems M777

Weighing in at less than 4,200 kg, the revolutionary M777 is the world’s first artillery weapon to make widespread use of titanium and aluminum alloys,…

Industry News: Volume 3, Number 3

Bushmaster Manufacturing Moving to New York The Freedom Group announced a manufacturing relocation of the Bushmaster Firearms International manufacturing facility located in Windham, Maine, to…