Volume 7

IDEX 2015

ABOVE: In another part of the Trust International Group’s booth, Jerry had placed the OOW HCAR in 30-06 caliber with suppressor. This rifle system, the…

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…

International Legal Affairs: V7N6

AES – The Automated Export System As computing systems get more advanced, there are increased opportunities to automate previously mundane or tedious tasks. In automating…

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…

New Products: V7N6

U.S. MACHINE GUN ARMORY ANNOUNCES THE MGA SAW K The U.S. Machine Gun Armory, an international provider of multi-caliber military belt-fed machine guns, often referred…

Torture Tests: The CZ 807 AI

ABOVE: CZ Engineer Martin Sanda puts rounds downrange and brass in the air during the test of the 5.56x45mm CZ 807 AI assault rifle, using…

Industry News: V7N6

Two U.S. Senators Fail ITAR Literacy Test Many are understandably upset with the proposed rule from the U.S. State Department to regulate the dissemination of…

The Evolution of the Piston Operated M16/M4 Rifles

ABOVE: Third generation model Colt LE1020 successfully passing a mud test in 2008. Although never put into production, the final production LE6940P/APC is a direct…

SAAB Bofors Dynamics Customer Conference

Barracuda Signature Management, a SAAB company, held their Customer Conference on 21-22 May 2014 in Sweden. These conferences are held periodically, when management feels they…

Iranian AM50 & Russian ORSIS T-5000 Rifles in Iraq

ABOVE: The Russian ORSIS T-5000. (Yuri Lyamin) Recent photos to emerge from Iraq show government troops with new Iranian AM50 (sometimes written as ‘AM-50′) anti-materiel…

Unlocking the Mystery of Recoil

Have you ever thought about all the tests that must be used during the development of a firearm? A recently introduced test device will change…

U.S. Carbine Caliber .30, M1, M2, and M3

ABOVE: Circa 1950, an Air Force officer with his modernized version of the M2 carbine featured an in-line stock, raised sights, muzzle brake and bipod….

Syrian Rebels Produce Home-Made Anti-Materiel Rifles

A home-made anti-materiel rifle (AMR) made by Syrian rebels. (YouTube video) The Syrian conflict continues to yield interesting expedient small-arm designs. ARES has received YouTube…

The Mk12 SPR (Special Purpose Rifle)

ABOVE: The Mk12 SPR has seen significant amount of action in the Global War on Terrorism being very popular with the Special Operations operators who…

Trijicon MRO: Another Brilliant Aiming Solution from Trijicon

Once seen as an enhancement to your duty or combat rifle, quality RDS (Red Dot Sights) have become all but mandatory equipment for many working…

Russian MRO-A Rocket Launchers in the Ukraine

Images emerged from the Ukraine following fighting in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on the 25th of May, 2014 showing alleged pro-Russian Ukrainian separatist fighters in possession of…

Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N5

World War II Japanese home front patriotic fan. Made of bamboo and paper it measures 7-1/2 inches long and opens up to be about 10…

The World’s Smallest Combat Proven and Advanced “Flying Robotic Binoculars”

ABOVE: Black Hornet is a “flyable robotic video camera” that bears a resemblance to a helicopter if you can see it – it is small…

International Legal Affairs: V7N5

First Amendment Rights Versus the ITAR On June 3, 2015, the U.S. State Department published a proposed rule on the publication of firearms related information…

Ukrainian Copies of Swiss Brügger & Thomet APR Rifles Used During Protests in Kiev

During the ongoing civil unrest in Kiev, several images have circulated showing Ukrainian security forces equipped with a range of lethal weapons, including sniper rifles….

Galil ACE Model 21 in South Sudan

Above: The image shows a Galil ACE Model 21 carbine reportedly in the possession of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Air Force. The ACE…

New Products: V7N5

Kivaari .338 Lapua Rifle Now Shipping Kivaari .338 Lapua Rifle Now Shipping DRD Tactical is happy to announce that they have started shipping their new…

Industry News: V7N5

Fine for Improper Wire Transfer The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it had fined the New York branch of the National Bank…

Police Small Arms Arsenals in the Northern Central American Triangle

ABOVE: TIGRES operators are trained at Lepaterique, Francisco Morazán, where they attend a 12-week course provided by Colombian police Jungle Commandos, and 7th USSF Group,…

Affordable Swiss Quality that is not for the Weak of Hand

Sphinx SDP Compact Sphinx Systems Limited is a Swiss-based manufacturer that produces an evolved CZ 75 design, and while their previous offerings have been rather…

Polish PPZR Grom MANPADS Seized from Pro-Russian Separatists in Ukraine

ABOVE: Markings on a PPZR Grom E2 missile launch tube. (Ukraine Military TV YouTube channel) An interesting video was released by the Ukraine Military TV…

New Pistol Designs out of Libya

The demand for firearms in Libya has brought to light three handguns so far undocumented, at least in the English-speaking world. At least one of…

CMMG Mk 4 RCE: Prime example of a Recon I Recce AR

ABOVE: The RCE is CMMG’s version of a “Recce” or Recon AR. The driving force behind the Recon was to give sniper/observer teams a support…

Nammo Lapua .338 PS

Nammo Lapua .338 PS The Nordic Ammunition Company, or Nammo, is a familiar name in the defense industry, and their products are well known to…

Combat Equipment and Arms for the Russian Infantryman in the XXI Century

“Future Soldier Programs” has become a term for many nations, and now Russia has equipped its armed forces personnel with Ratnik (Warrior) Infantry Combat System…

Small Arms of the Ukraine Army

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has come to our attention that the author of this article submitted photos that misidentified which military the soldiers were from. The…

Kestrel Drop

If you’ve ever used an anemometer, or a wind meter, chances are it was a Kestrel. The anemometer is invaluable to anyone seeking to achieve…

Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N4

Original silk art painting done immediate post World War I during the occupation of Germany. Entitled, “Neuwied Germany, Co. A, 4th M.G., 2nd Div., With…

FN MINIMI 5.56x45mm Light Machine Gun

ABOVE: Norwegian infantry MG gunner fires the MINIMI 5.56mm. The MG is equipped with an Aimpoint optical sight. An under-mounted polymer ammunition container helps keep…

Lighten the Soldier’s Load

ABOVE: Explosively bonded aluminum and stainless steel Model 1911 .45ACP by Uselton Arms Manufacturing offers a weight savings of 33% over a conventional steel frame and slide. Militaries of…

International Legal Affairs: V7N4

Recalls and Warrantees Firearms, like most mechanical items, occasionally break. Parts can fail, and barrels become worn. If the firearm was made in the United…

New Products: V7N4

IWI US, Inc. Introduces Galil Pistol for the U.S. Market IWI US, Inc. Galil Pistol for the U.S. Market IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of…

Enhanced Bolt Carrier Groups

ABOVE: As designed at the request of SOCOM, the Lewis Machine and Tool Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group. Note the addition of an additional gas port….

SADJ visits Israeli Arms Factories: 2015

ABOVE: IWI eLog SADJ has always traveled the world in search of the innovators in small arms and weapons. Sometimes we’re able to coordinate visits…

Industry News: V7N4

FDIC Head Admits “mistake” in ‘Operation Choke Point.’ Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg told members of a U.S. House panel that much of…

Accuracy International

ABOVE: Dave Walls posing with the rifles he brought into the precision rifle community. The L96 (top) was Accuracy International’s first major contract and brought…

Gulf Defense & Aerospace 2013

This was the second biannual Gulf Defense & Aerospace show held in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It’s always difficult starting a new show, and the promoter…

Family of Multi-Purpose Infantry Munition Systems MPIMS

ABOVE: Business side of the Full Scale MPIMS Area denial and protection has been a key factor in most combat missions from the beginning. For…

Land Forces 2014

Australia, known as the land down under, is hard for Americans not to think of it without the image of Crocodile Dundee appearing in your…

The Secret Life of the Dror: Part II

ABOVE: Where the Dror springs were made. ‘Israel,’ the boss, stands in the doorway. (Carl E. Ekdahl) For reasons never made clear, Slavin took his…

KASOTC 2014: The Warrior Competition, “The King’s Challenge”

ABOVE: US team ready to go for Precision Rifle. “We have to understand that it is called “international” terrorism, however, we as Special Forces, special…

Weapons of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps

ABOVE: This Marine corporal from the 1st “Sea Dragon” Marine Division is wearing the old uniform. He is cradling a 5.56mm K1A submachine gun. A…

SOFEX: 10th Edition 2014

ABOVE: Beretta’s ARX160 5.56x45mm rifle was on display, and has been purchased for testing by Jordanian Armed Forces. Of course, the ARX160 is available in…

Vision 2025 Weapons of the Future

As computing power and speed increases, new weapons and technologies are being developed that employ artificial intelligence (A/I). Within the next ten years, the advance…

New Products: V7N3

Steiner Introduces “Intelligent” Combat Sight (ICS) Steiner Introduces “Intelligent” Combat Sight (ICS) Steiner’s new “Intelligent” Combat Sight (ICS) integrates a laser rangefinder and a ballistic…

International Legan Affairs: V7N3

M855 – What’s the Big Deal? Pay any attention to American politics, and the reader will know that the ATF recently attempted to reclassify and…

DPMS GII SASS .308 Win. AR Rifle

ABOVE: Field expedient firing positions were utilized during GII SASS evaluation at Echo Valley Training Center’s “Jungle Walk” range. DPMS offers one of the broadest…

Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N3

Australian gold gilt and enameled veteran’s pin for the 2/1 Machine Gun Battalion Association’s 50th anniversary. Enameled grey, black and yellow triangle insignia of the…

Less-Lethal Launchers During Protest in Turkey

Crowd control actions executed by Turkish police in 2013 have showcased the employment of several less-lethal launchers. Aside from a range of medium-calibre riot guns…

The FNS 9

ABOVE: After a thorough evaluation, the FNS 9 stands head and shoulder above many other 9mm handguns. A Superior Polymer Pistol The FNS 9 9mm…

Industry News: V7N3

Vietnam Wants Arms Embargo Lifted Vietnam wants the U.S. to lift fully an embargo on arms sales that was eased last year, but Washington is…

PWS “Modern Musket” Direct Impingement AR

ABOVE: The direct impingement Modern Musket harkens back to our early nation’s history. It is no secret that the Eugene Stoner’s AR platform is the…

SRM Arms’ MLE Auto-Shotgun

The MLE will exceed every intent and expectation of the combat shotgun. By and large the shotgun has been traditionally regarded as something of a…

9K310 Igla-1 MANPADS

Weapons captured from rebel forces in South Sudan. (The East African (forum)) Captured From Rebel Forces in South Sudan Seen in the bottom centre of…

The Secret Life of the Dror: Part I

ABOVE: Carl Ekdahl shoulders a Johnson LMG outside the factory. (John Ekdahl) Niagara Falls, N.Y., Monday afternoon, February 24, 1947. Parked by the wintry highway,…

Rheinmetall Vario-Ray SWIR

ABOVE: Rheinmetall Vario-Ray SWIR Rheinmetall adds a new offering to its line of electro-optical equipment: the Vario-Ray (LLM-VR). It’s designed to be used on small…

GM-94: Grenade Launchers in use with Russian Forces in Crimea

Armed combatants in the Crimean peninsula. One of the GM-94 grenade launchers pictured is fitted with an EOTech-type holographic weapon sight. (Livejournal, original source unknown)…

Patriot Ordnance Factory

ABOVE: The original POF rifle in its Gen 1 configuration. The first rifles were chambered in 5.56mm. The upper receiver is a standard forged upper…

What’s New at the New FN America?

ABOVE: 14 March 2014, Alaska, USA. Soldiers on the range engage targets with M16A2 rifles during the 59th Signal Battalion Soldier of the Year Competition….

General Dynamics displays internally funded programs at Modern Day Marine 2014

ABOVE: Weighing 24 lbs., the GD-OTS Light Weight Medium Machine Gun is a full 5.5 lbs. lighter than the M240B, while the .338NM round has…

AUSA 2014

ABOVE: PD-100T Black Hornet PRS (Personal Reconnaissance System) is about the size of a dragonfly. The focus of the annual AUSA (Association of the United…

Torture Tests: The U.S. Ordnance M60E6

SADJ has known and covered the products from U.S. Ordnance in Reno, Nevada for many years. Their US MK43 Mod 0 (M60E4) machine gun is…

MACHINE GUN MEMORABILIA

Sterling silver U.S. doughboy dog tag holder and locket. The outside of the holder is engraved “2nd Lieut. H.W. Billman 109 M.G. Bn. 28th Division…

Expodefensa 2014: Bogota, Colombia

Expodefensa in Bogota, Colombia is a bi-annual show that has strong regional attendance. It is heavily attended by the Colombian military groups, and their buyers…

International Legal Affairs: V7N2

Shipping Hazardous Materials Shipping ammunition within the United States? Easy. Slap a UPS Ground shipment label and ORM-D sticker on it and off it goes….

INDO DEFENCE 2014

ABOVE: Some of the locally manufactured vehicles on display at Indo Defence 2014. These are all products of PT Pindad, with Anoa 6×6 armored personnel…

New Products: V7N2

SureFire Releases Its Most Powerful LED Flashlight Ever SureFire Releases Its Most Powerful LED Flashlight Ever SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical…

Ideas 2014

ABOVE: Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) flagship machine gun, the MG3, is considered to be one of the best made versions of the old high-speed design….

Modern Day Marine 2014

ABOVE: New SWORD Technology Demonstrator. Based on the company‘s patented Network Power Data System, the modular Soldier Weapon & Observation Recon Devices system links the…

Industry News: V7N2

Chinese Arms Appear in South Sudan The (new) civil war in South Sudan is a little more than a year old, but it won’t end…

US Ordnance M2A2 .50 caliber machine gun with the Aimpoint MPS3 Optic

Aimpoint has had a lot of success in the individual weapon categories, with their military and civilian programs. After years of being asked to address…

Radon MSBS-5.56: Poland’s New Battle Rifle

ABOVE: Norbert Piechota of FB Radom demonstrates the MSBS-5.56B rifle. Note the steadiness of the weapon in full-auto firing: two cases are already flying, the…

ORSIS T-5000: New Name in Precision Rifles

ABOVE: T-5000 with night vision adapter. Until recently, Russian small arms were famous mostly for their ruggedness, durability and reliability, even under the harshest of…

FAL-Based Submachine Guns from IMBEL’s Fábrica de Itajubá

ABOVE: Author firing an MD1A1 at Fábrica de Itajubá; the weapon offering a moderate cyclic rate of fire in the region of 550 rounds per…

Interview with Jeff Hoffman, President of Black Hills Ammunition

ABOVE: Jeff Hoffman adjusting his scope on a Lewis Machine & Tool LM8MWS 7.62x51mm rifle as he engages targets out to 850 yards. Notice the…

SIG P320

ABOVE: The P320 in full business attire. The extra-long Picatinny spec rail allows for a multitude of add-ons. sIG Sauer means quality and performance. Their…

Argentina’s Indigenous Rifle Attempts

ABOVE: This particular example of a scoped Argentine rifle shown in a publicity photo has the cocking handle on the left side and, barely discernible,…

Portable Anti-Tank Weapons in Mexico & the Northern Central American Triangle

ABOVE: Mexican soldier atop of a Humvee with a RL-83 Blindicide. This is an obsolete AT weapon, but still applicable to the potential threats faced…

Zastava M93 Black Arrow (Crna Strela)

ABOVE: The scope mount had to be canted to the left and the carrying handle to the right to locate the handle at the rifle’s…

Grenade Launchers and their Ammunition: International Developments

ABOVE: From left to right: 20x30B K-11; 20x42B PAW 20; 25x40B XM25; 25x59B LW25; 30x29B VOG-17; 35mm CL DFS10. The VOG-17 is genuine; the others…

The Future of the Military Assault Rifle

ABOVE: ISAF Troops returning fire in Afghanistan. Insurgent forces partially overran COP Kahler in Afghanistan in July 2008 in part due to the failure of…

Live Firing the HK121/MG5: The German Army’s New Universalmaschinengewehr

ABOVE: A useful comparison of similarities between the 7.62 NATO caliber HK121/MG5 in front, with its predecessor, the 5.56mm MG4 in the background. The 22…

OIP: Less Really Is More

Our fighting soldiers – the recon units and scouts and expeditionary fighting forces that carry all of their equipment on their backs in and out…

AAD 2014

ABOVE: South Africa’s famous SS77 machine gun from Vektor has a venerable history, replacing the FN MAG as the General Purpose Machine Gun in South…

Combined Systems expands non-lethal capabilities with more options from VENOM

Combined Systems is excited to announce the expansion of its VENOM Non-Lethal Tube Launched Munitions System product line. In 2014 CSI made the push for…

Eurosatory 2014

ABOVE: Steyr STM 556 assault rifle. (Steyr) Eurosatory 2014, the Defence and Security Exhibition was held in Paris Nord Villepinte (near Charles de Gaulle airport)…

New Review: Volume 7, Number 1

American Built Arms Introduces Aluminum Forearm T*Rail American Built Arms Introduces Aluminum Forearm T*Rail American Built Arms Company (A*B Arms), a veteran-owned manufacturer of firearms…

Industry News: Volume 7, Number 1

Iran looking to upgrade weapon systems Faced with the arms embargo enforced by the West, China may be Iran’s last hope in upgrading its obsolete…

International Legal Affairs: Volume 7, Number 1

International Shipping: Why Does Everything Cost So Much? A recent call from a prospective client came in, and went something like this. “I’m in Canada,…

Machine Gun Memorabilia: Volume 7, Number 1

ABOVE: British Machine Gun Corps shoulder patches as adopted for the 101st Machine Gun Company. This rare and unique patch features the image of a…