AAD 2016 South Africa

“Unlocking Africa’s Aerospace and Defence Potential” Africa at times is a continent stewing in discontent and danger, rapid government changes, with outsider influences inflaming ancient…

AK-103 Self-Loading Rifle in Nigeria

Photo credit: Nigerian Armed Forces A Nigerian Army operation targeting armed bandits suspected of cattle rustling killed 18 individuals near Dansadau in Nigeria’s northwestern state…

Thermal Imaging: A Hot Topic

Various thermal imaging sights and imaging devices are available to both commercial and military markets that claim near miraculous capabilities. Manufacturers’ technical explanation of thermal…

Chinese Type 67 GPMGs in Syria and Yemen

Government forces in Yemen employing a Chinese Type 67-1 GPMG. Photo: Reuters/Stringer ARES recently reported on the presence of the uncommon North Korean Type 73…

DSA 2016—Defence Services Asia

18-21 April, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The 15th edition of the DSA show was held at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur in…

British Accuracy International AW Sniper Rifle in Syria

[Photo credit: ?????] A Russian news segment, released September 28, 2015, contains rare footage of Syrian government special operations forces (SOF). The Vesti reporter follows…

German Late-War Pistols of World War II

In the German armed forces pistols have always been in short supply, even though the serial production of the most common pistol, the P38 in…

Iranian RU-Series Thermal Weapon Sights in Syria

Sadad 102 thermal imager. In August 2015, ARES documented the appearance of Iran’s RU-series thermal weapon sights on the Iraqi battlefield and their use by…

The French Army’s Next Standard Assault Rifle: The Contenders

The question in June 2016 was “Who will supply the French Army’s next assault rifle?” The French Army’s standard assault rifle, the bullpup 5.56 mm…

The Ultimate CQB big-bore–Russian ASh-12 Assault Rifle

ABOVE: ASh-12 rifle with tactical sound suppressor and 10-round magazine. Photo: KBP, Russia ASh-12 assault rifle is one of the most mysterious Russian small arms…

Father of Modern Wound Ballistics

The Vietnam War witnessed new weapons and munitions on the battlefield, such as U.S. cluster bombs and its small caliber high-velocity (SCHV) 5.56×45 mm M16…

Sig Sauer’s MHS Win

ABOVE: A soldier fires his issued M9 handgun while in training in the United States. Throughout the Gulf War to the current operations in Iraq…

Firearms Lubrication: Do’s & Don’ts

All one needs to do to suffer complete confusion is walk down the aisle of any gun store where the gun lubricants are shelved. Then…

FÉLIN —Future Infantry Soldier System, France

ABOVE: A combat group of 2e Régiment d’Infanterie de Marine (2e RIMa) equipped with FÉLIN. The 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment (2e Régiment d’Infanterie de Marine,…

Belgian FN Herstal FN – CAL Rifle in Gaza

At far right, the image above appears to show a Belgian FN CAL (Carabine Automatique Légère; Light Automatic Carbine) rifle in the hands of fighters…

MSPO 2016: A Year Before the Silver Jubilee

ABOVE: Modular turret weapon station from Dillon, the MMC-R.(Multi-Mission Compatible Rapid) The 24th MSPO (International Defense Industry Fair) in Kielce, Poland was as large as…

US M240 GPMG seen with Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in Syria

An image posted to Twitter on October 20, 2015, appears to show a Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in Syria wielding a United States-made M240 series general-purpose…

The New 84mm AT4

ABOVE: The AT4 CS HE with Aimpoint FCS51. With regards to impact/airburst: The gunner chooses impact or airburst on the sight with 1 button. Photo:…

Bulgarian AR-M9 and AR-M9F Rifles Supplied by UAE to Allied Forces

Members of the Libyan 11th “Lightning” Battalion (center) armed with Arsenal AR-M9F self-loading rifles assist with traffic police duties, May 2013. Since 2011, Bulgarian Arsenal…

Russian Forces Assault Rifles Today

The Russian army has made several attempts to develop and introduce a replacement for the “Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle model 1974”—AK-74. The “Kalashnikov Automatic” epoch began…

North American Anti-Materiel Rifles with Houthi Forces in Yemen

Multiple videos shared by pro-Houthi media channels during October 2015 show Houthi rebel fighters employing Barrett Model 82A1 (M82A1) anti-materiel rifles during fighting in Yemen….

DX Korea 2016

DX (Defense Expo) Korea is, literally, a defense exposition held bi-annually in Korea. Originally, there was one major international defense expo in Korea; it has…

SMGs and carbines in Military and the Use in Brazil

ABOVE: The .40 S&W Taurus CTT40C is the semi-auto-only version of the SMT40 subgun, and has entered service with PMERJ–Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio…

IndoDefence 2016

“Bolstering Defence Industry Cooperation: Achieving a Global Maritime Fulcrum and Secure World” November 2-5, 2016, Jakarta Indonesia: This was the 7th Biennial Tri-service event in…

Pistola Ametralladora P.A.M.: The Argentine Grease Gun

ABOVE: Pistola Ametralladora P.A.M. In the Second World War Argentina was officially neutral. However, from the beginning, the government was sympathetic with the German Reich…

The Sig Sauer MPX

Over the past two decades, the 9 mm SMG has all but died in the law enforcement and military roles in favor of the 5.56…

SITDEF 2015

This was the Sixth biennial meeting of SITDEF in Lima, Peru. SITDEF occurs every two years and has since the start of the show. The…

The New Carl-Gustaf M4: Lighter–Better–Smarter

ABOVE: Combat proven. More than 40 nations have Carl-Gustaf in their armed forces inventory. U.S. Special Forces soldiers fires a Carl- Gustaf grenade during a…

Eurosatory 2016

The 2016 exhibition of Eurosatory was held from June 13 to 17, at Paris-Nord Villepinte, covering 50 acres and having 1,571 exhibitors. During the exhibition,…

Rio de Janeiro’s Military Legacy: Fort Copacabana

ABOVE: Fort Copacabana There is considerable military lineage in this beautiful Brazilian City—invisible to most and yet, clearly present all over. For instance, international flights…

TAVORX-95: Bullpup Excellence

ABOVE: The author ran the gun through some CQB drills with the excellent Innovative Arms Grunt-M suppressor attached. The suppressor is hearing safe even indoors…

Iranian AM50 Anti-Materiel Rifle Documented in Yemen

ARES has documented Houthi fighters with two models of anti-materiel rifle (AMR) manufactured in Canada and the United States of America, but more images posted…

AUSAExpo 2016

ABOVE: It saves hours of time and does a better job. Soosung Defense Industries is offering large bore automatic bore cleaning robots. They operate by…

B&T Universal Service Weapons: How about Swiss Quality with a Swedish Touch

ABOVE: The B+T Universal Service Weapon with folded stock, light, Nano sight and ‘+2’ magazine, left and right side The recent terrorist threat to Europe…

10 Things Trump Can Do for the Firearms Industry

President Trump Should Use Executive Authority to Improve the Regulatory Environment for the U.S. Firearms Industry The election of Donald Trump as our country’s forty-fifth…

NDIA 2017 Awards

Closing of the MOD Pattern Room 2002: L to R  Warren Wheatfield, Dr. Philip H. Dater, Dan Shea, William Vallerand, Dolf Goldsmith, P. Burke Fountain,…

Could Government Arsenals Build America’s Small Arms?

There are many political and legal challenges facing America’s small arms industry. Their future could be in jeopardy should highly restrictive legislation be enacted. Since…

Unknown Submachine Gun with Fake Markings Seized in Europe

Machine pistol seized in Manchester, England in March 2014. Photo credit: GMP Along with the documented ‘R9-Arms’ pistol, another previously unknown 9 mm submachine gun…

Croatian VHS-D1 Rifle in Syria

A pro government combatant poses with a VHS-D1 rifle. Photo credit: Ivan Sidorenko The Convoluted Path in Formation Flows Photos posted to Twitter show a…

SOFEX 2016 & KASOTC 2016

SOFEX 11th Edition 2016: Networking for Global Security The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is host to the SOFEX military trade…

Russian MRO: A Thermobaric Rocket Launcher is Syria

Photo credit: Ajnad Alsham A video posted to YouTube on October 29, 2015 shows two Russian-made MRO-A rocket launchers and a Soviet or Russian RPO-A…

Paratus: DRD Tactical & the Covert Arms of the Free World

Paratus: DRD Tactical & the Covert Arms of the Free World Dan Shea Features, Reviews, Volume 9, V9N1 ABOVE: With the Paratus, VCOG, Harris Bipod,…

Modern Day Marine 2016 Expo

ABOVE: Marine Zone. Marine Corps Systems Command’s impressive presence in Tent B anchors what is commonly called the “Marine Zone,” a concentration of exhibits showcasing…

Help & Where to Get it: The U.S. Import/Export

The NFA world is a difficult one (dealing with Title II firearms). The landmines in regulations are frequent; seemingly common sense business decisions can often…

Less Lethal Special

ABOVE: Combined Tactical Systems 40mm Impact+ Baton COMBINED TACTICAL SYSTEMS: Product Name: 40 mm Impact+ Baton Product Description: An impact projectile that is spin stabilized…

The Two Most Important Events to Attend for People Serious About Small Arms

I’ve mentioned many times in our magazines the trade shows and other events I personally consider to be critical for both interested parties and vendors…

Symposia at Shrivenham 2016

CLOSE COMBAT SYMPOSIUM – 19-21 July 2016 The Close Combat Symposium held over July 19-21, 2016 is a follow-on Symposia to the former Small Arms…

Land Forces 2016

ABOVE: The Sniper Weapon & Observer Reconnaissance Device (SWORD) is seen here fitted to a rifle at the Colt stand. This Android-based application gives snipers…

Gladius: The Future Soldier System

The Gladius by Rheinmetall Defence is designated as IdZ-ES (“Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System”) by the German defense. “ES” means expanded set of capabilities….

The Colt CK901: The Mystery Colt of Yemen

ABOVE: The author firing a full auto burst with the Colt CK901. Notice the four fired cartridge cases ejecting from the rifle and how flat…

Croatian Arms Factory HS-Produkt

After Yugoslavia disintegrated in the 1990’s, Croatia became an independent country. The result was also an internal conflict against various peoples and regions up until…

Defense & Security 2015

to the line-up, a 7.62x51mm “Big brother” to the very reliable Negev 5.56×45 machine gun. The DAN .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifle with Meslas optic…

SADJ Visits Aimpoint

Aimpoint AB President Lennart Ljungfelt met Megan and I at the company conference room in Malmö Sweden, gave a short introduction to the company and…

Fidae 2016

IWI part of the SK Group at FIDAE (I.W.I.). Brazil announced in September 2015 its intent to purchase seven antiaircraft batteries from Russia. The order…

The Windham Weaponry MCS

ABOVE: Windham Weaponry MCS The M16/M4 weapon system entered a new era in 2003 and would redefine the term “modular rifle”. In 2003, Lewis Machine…

Expodefensa 2015

There are a number of defense expositions in Central and South America. The addition of Expodefensa in Bogota, Colombia has been well received, and it…

Brazilian Man-Portable-Missile-System

ABOVE: Brazilian Soldiers with Igla 9K38 missiles (Andre Gustavo Stumpf Filho) Brazil announced in September 2015 its intent to purchase seven antiaircraft batteries from Russia….

Mini Red Dot Sights Supplementing Scopes

Advancing technology shrank red dot sights small enough to be used in conjunction with scopes, providing users with magnification on distant targets as well as…

Sniper Optics

ABOVE: Aimpoint 6XMag-1 Aimpoint These two products, when paired together are perfect for multiple applications. The Micro T-2 (AR Ready version refers to the type…

C-19: The New Canadian Ranger Rifle

ABOVE: “Canadian Rangers test-fire the recently-adopted C-19 rifle”. (Image credit: Canadian Armed Forces) The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve,…

QinetiQ North America’s EARS SWATS

QinetiQ North America’s EARS® SWATS® is a compact, shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system that instantly detects and locates the origin of hostile gunfire. This system provides…

QIOPTIQ: “THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE IS IMMENSE”

Enhanced Weapon Sights for Dismounted Close Combat Warfighters Intro The roadmap for enhanced Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Engagement is becoming increasingly interesting as many nations…

The Ditsong Museum of Military History

ABOVE: Two 37mm “Pom-Pom” guns- large Maxim water-cooled machine guns with brass jackets, grace the entry to the exhibits. This pair of consecutive serial number…

SWORD: Soldier Weapon & Observer Recon Devices

There have been a number of attempts in the last decade to integrate all of the possible futuristic ideas for the modern “Battlespace.” Most are…

BERETTA PM12S: THE EVERGREEN!

INTRODUCTION At the end of the 1950s the Italian economy was booming, thanks to both the creativity of manufacturers and the enormous boost provided by…

‘Mixmaster’: The U.S. Air Force’s GUU-5/P

ABOVE: An airman fires a later model GUU-5/P with the M4-type barrel based on an early “slab-side” lower reciever (Air Force) In January 1991, the…

Better Tools to Work on Your Black Rifle!

ABOVE: The Smith Enterprises barrel wrench is the finest in the industry. Being able to grab 14 points on the barrel nut is much more…

Barrett 240 LWS

ABOVE: Barrett employee in an assault stance with the LWS, in the way that Barrett envisions the LWS being most useful in. The handguards allow…

44 Bore: 7.62 x 39 mm AK rifles modified to fire 7.92 x 33 Kurz ammunition

The rifle above is a curious example of weapons coming full-circle and being reinvented. This is the �44 Bore� rifle, a colloquial name given to…

Skynet is real! An anti-drone round

With the rapid advancement of micro technology, recreational remotely operated aerial vehicles (ROAV) or unmanned aerial systems-UASs, commonly known as “drones”, are hitting the market…

DM32 Bunkerfaust supplied by Germany to Kurdish Forces

ABOVE: Peshmerga fighter with a Panzerfaust 3 recoilless weapon, 2015 (photo credit: original source unknown). Photos of arms now delivered to Kurdish forces being loaded…

In Defense of BLS

ABOVE: Lcpl. Chandler with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company 1/9 holds security while on a dismounted patrol inserted via helicopter into Now Zad District. Because this…

NDIA 2016

ABOVE: While Jim Schatz and other advocates campaign for immediate fielding of a LICCIW (Lightweight Intermediate Caliber Cartridge Individual Weapon), Big Army marches on. This…

Sniper Rifles of World War II

ABOVE: Two combatants sit at rest. The K98k Mauser is above the Springfield M1903A4. Their army’s helmets lie next to them. One definition of a…

Tavor Turns 10!

One of the most prominent and prolific military bullpup-style rifles in history reaches its 10th anniversary in the field in 2016. SADJ wants to acknowledge…

Truvelo CMS

Truvelo Manufacturing started in the 1960s in South Africa manufacturing various electronic devices. In 1994, the Truvelo Armoury branch was formed and entered into the…

Preparing for the Olympic Games 2016

ABOVE: The new Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras (Sisfron), will transforms all aspects of the Brazilian armed forces. Here a trooper demonstrates the new…

The Caracal CAR816: The New Desert Assault Rifle

ABOVE: The Caracal CAR816 in the hands of a UAE soldier. This rifle is the basic assault rifle with a 14.5 inch cold hammer forged…

Setting Up a Sniper Weapon System

A sniper weapon system is a precision instrument. The basic components of a sniper weapon system is the rifle and the optic. This article will…

Accuracy International AX50

ABOVE: Accuracy International AX50 .50BMG rifle was designed with long range accuracy in mind. Accuracy International (AI) has been a well known entity in the…

Sniper Rifle Manufacturer Guide

ABOVE: Accuracy International AXMC338 Accuracy International Accuracy International AX50 Designed to withstand constant military deployment, the AX50 long range anti matériel rifle from Accuracy International…

ADEX 2015

ABOVE: Korean made K2 tank driving demo. Armed with 120mm smoothbore cannon and up-to-date electronics, this 55t tank is one of the best main battle…

The Beretta M9A3: The Latest Upgrade of the U.S. Service Pistol?

ABOVE: M9A3 pistol equipped with a SilencerCo Octane 9mm sound suppressor. In 1985 a legend was retired. The highly regarded M1911A1 pistol was replaced with…

US Machine Gun Armory’s SAW

ABOVE: Compact, lighter than one might think, the MGA SAW in 6.8 SPC brings serious firepower to the engagement. In almost all modern militaries, the…

Personal Defense Weapons

ABOVE: A crude Chinese made copy of the Mauser C96 pistol with detachable buttstock. During World War I, the primary weapon issued was the full-power,…

Caracal, LLC.: The First Gulf Coast State Small Arms Manufacturer

ABOVE: Shown is a UAE sniper using the Caracal bolt action 7.62x51mm CS308 rifle. SADJ first visited the at the time brand new Caracal firearms…

UZI PRO PISTOL: A PDW in Semi-auto as well

ABOVE: The new IWI US UZI Pro Pistol offers a civilian legal pistol version of the UZI Pro submachine gun. The UZI 9mm submachine gun…

Modern Day Marine 2015: Hard times. Hard choices.

ABOVE: Cased Telescoped. A useful comparison of the initial 5.56mm CT Squad Auto Weapon and a mockup of the 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun in the…

IDF recovers various weapons including improvised firearms in Nablus

Israel Defence Force (IDF) soldiers from the Yahalom (“Diamond”) special unit, recovered hundreds of weapons as well as quantities of ammunition and explosives during a…

GLOCK 10MM Auto handguns

ABOVE: GLOCK offers users a choice in handguns chambered in 10MM Auto in the form of G29, G20, G40 MOS. Full stable of 10MMs with…

The 10mm Auto SIG P220

ABOVE: The P220 chambered in 10mm was tested with many different types of ammunition including Hornady Critical Duty, Hornady Custom, Buffalo Bore as well as…

2016 Combat Handgun Guide

ABOVE: Colt’s O1070CCU – COMBAT UNIT™ RAIL GUN® Colt The COMBAT UNIT™ RAIL GUN is an upgraded Duty Ready pistol based on the Colt Rail…

Royal Malaysia Police Museum

The Royal Malaysian Police Museum Modern Malaysia is a beautiful country, rich in agriculture and history, with a growing industrial base. It was born from…

The LWRCI PSD MKII 6.8x43mm Carbine

The author firing the M6 PSD MKII chambered in 6.8x43mm SPC caliber. Notice the proprietary Magpul magazine designed for optimal feeding of the 6.8mm SPC…

Previously Unseen Rifle Presented at Ukrainian Arms Inspection

National Guard of Ukraine Amongst arms and equipment inspected by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, one suppressed rifle stands out. The display of military hardware took…

Machine Gun Armored Patrol Carriers in Central America

ABOVE: In El Salvador, the AML-90 was relegated to perform security escort to artillery units, with an UR-416 traveling alongside — not with mechanized infantry,…

3-9x Tactical Scopes: A Perfect Partner to the Modern Accurate Rifle

Left to Right: SWFA 3-9x42mm, Leupold VXR Patrol 3-9x40mm, Vortex PST 2.5-10x32mm, Burris XTR II 2-10×42, Leupold MK4 LRT 3.5-10x40mm Front Focal, Nightforce NXS 2.5-10x32mm,…

IMBEL 5.56 mm rifle developments

This early IA2 prototype is fitted with a longer barrel than the current 330mm (350mm, with flash hider) unit, while its polymer foldable stock, also…

REC 7 Direct Impingement: Continued evolution of Barrett’s AR platform combined with .300Blackout

Range vehicles presented realistic ambush scenarios during Barrett REC 7 DI T&E. Barrett has taken its vision of the AR rifle another step forward with…

NSV & Kord Machine Guns Identification & Differences

Photo credit: Sergei Gritts/AP Untrained observers frequently confuse superficially similar small arms and light weapon (SALW) systems, particularly with the pressure of covering a current…

Libyan Workshop Refurbishes Small Arms for Ongoing Conflict

Shows AKM type rifle and PKMT undergoing refurbishment. Libyan workshop refurbishes small arms for ongoing conflict. Photo credit: Hassan Morajea (Armament Research Services) In a…

NDIA’s Chinn and Handcock Awards

National Defense Industrial Association’s Small Arms Group: NDIA started out in 1919 as the Army Ordnance Association and through various mergers over the last century,…

Optoelectronics Gross Analysis: Optics Creeping Closer to the Chip

Advancements in optoelectronics is changing the firearms sighting device industry as we know it today and it is likewise changing society’s very perception. It’s no…

MGA SAW K

ABOVE: Firing the MGA SAW K in .300 Blackout from an overlook in the badlands of Utah. “Squad Automatic Weapon”- the “SAW.” The phrase has…

Arms Diversion: a Caracal Model F Pistol in Libya

Pictures supplied to ARES show a Caracal F semi-automatic pistol, produced by Caracal, a United Arab Emirates-based firearms manufacturer. This particular Model F is the…

Kurdish Forces with Chinese QLZ87 Automatic Grenade Launcher & M99 Anti-materiel Rifle

The QLZ87 is a direct gas impingement operated, selective fire grenade launcher chambered for the Chinese 35 x 32SR mm cartridge. With an effective range…

ISAF armament of BLS

In a previous article SADJ covered ISAF armament on Camp Leatherneck from the American and British perspective. In this one SADJ will cover small arms…

Lightweight with Full Power Belt- Feds

ABOVE: MG5 A2 (HK121) is the new MMG for the German defense to replace their aging MG3 machine guns. It is being promoted by H&K…

Black Rifles: SHOT Show 2016

FN 15 Military Collector M4 The FN 15™ Military Collector Series M4 and M16 bring to market military replica rifles made to FN’s exacting specifications….

United States Mk 14 EBR in Syria

Images uploaded to Twitter by the Free Syrian Amy’s ‘Division 30’ show combatants with US-made arms. In one image, a Mk 14 EBR (enhanced battle…

Is there a thing such as an Assault or Battle rifle?

ABOVE: Infantry rifle should perform adequately on any possible terrain, but some current battlefields overstretch the capabilities of weapons that were built for total war…

Patriot Ordnance P308 Full- Auto “For America”

ABOVE: POF’s engineers did not just add some extra parts. They perfected this gun. There’s something better about this rifle. Under sustained full auto fire,…

Assault Rifle Development in the 70 Years Since the Sturmgewehr

ABOVE: April 23, 2006, Staff Sgt. Brad Smith from 3-320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division with his 14.5inch barrel M4, sitting in the middle of…

The SS Anti-Tank Rifle M.SS.41

ABOVE: Soldiers of the Waffen-SS equipped with an early PzB 38 during exercises. After the annexation of the Sudetenland and the destruction of Czechoslovakia as…

A Glimpse of Future Combat Small Arms 2045

Introduction At the time of this writing, computers and related information technologies are a part of almost everything we say and do—a situation arguably both…

The Evolution of the 9mm AR Carbine

The Evolution of the 9mm AR Carbine Christopher R. Bartocci Features, History, Volume 7, V7N6 ABOVE: The Colt 9mm-pattern carbines never achieved the success they…

Kuwait Shooting Sport Club

The Kuwait Shooting Sport Federation has its base at an amazing facility on the Sixth Ring Road in Kuwait City, called the Kuwait Shooting Sport…

Armor-Piercing Shotgun Projectiles Fired During Protests in Ukraine

Law enforcement personnel firing armor-piercing shotgun projectiles during protests in Ukraine. Sergei Grits (AP Photo). In January 2014, various journalists, aid workers, and others have…

Military Museum of Colombia

ABOVE: 1939 Lahti 20mm anti-tank cannon, converted to .50 BMG, mounted on FN30 tripod. Note in the inset, how the magazine has been shortened to…

The US Navy’s Electric Weaponry

ABOVE: Beam weapons in the battlespace. Envisioned in this 2008 illustration promoting the Navy’s Maritime Laser Demonstration feasibility project, a carrier task force fights off…

VP9 Suppressed Pistol from B&T: The Silent Helper

ABOVE: The VP9 is inspired by the Welrod design but modernized for Veterinary use. The legendary silenced Welrod pistol that was developed during the Second…

Torture Tests: The CZ 807 AI