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,…

International Legal Affairs: V8N6

ITAR Registration, Yet Again On July 22, 2016, the U.S. State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) released new guidance on whether gunsmiths must…

New Products: V8N6

ABOVE: CAA INTRODUCES NON-NFA RONI PISTOL CARBINE CONVERSION CAA, developers and manufacturers of advanced battle-tested firearms accessories, is proud to announce the RONI® Civilian pistol…

Industry News: V8N6

U.S. State Department Announces that “Gunsmithing” Requires ITAR Registration On July 22, 2016, the U.S. Sate Deparmtnet, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls issued new “guidance,”…

Accuracy International awarded the Danish Army Contract for Long Range Precision Rifles

Photograph courtesy of Accuracy International Ltd showing the AX50 rifle system for the Danish Contract.  The soldier in the picture is not a Danish soldier…

Qioptiq Chosen to Supply Australian Land 125 Project

Qioptiq, an Excelitas technologies company, has secured a multi-million pound (£) contract for the supply of Kite In-Line Weapon Sights and maintenance items to the…

Phoenix Defence Partners with Truvelo Armoury

Phoenix Defence announces the availability of 14.5x114mm, 20x82mm and 20x110mm (Hispano) sniper rifle systems to U.S. government agencies. Their new partnership with Truvelo Armoury of…

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 FTS2 Thermal Sight – No Place to Hide

Weapon Sight Technology Enhances Small Arms Effectiveness To detect, recognize, identify, decide, acquire, engage and defeat in any environment. This requirement is incumbent on the…

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…

Less Lethal Combined Systems, Inc. Expands Line of Flash Bangs

ABOVE: CTS 7290M Mini Bang™. For 35 years, Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI) of Jamestown, PA has been a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing…

‘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…

International Legal Affairs: V8N5

US Arms Policy Against Vietnam: History, past, present, and future. On May 23, 2016, President Obama announced lifting a nearly 50-year old arms embargo against…

New Review: V8N5

ABOVE: B&T UNIVERSAL SERVICE WEAPON NEW WEAPON FROM B&T; THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE WEAPON Recent terror events in the world and especially Europe have changed the…

Industry News: V8N5

United States lifts the Arms Embargo against Vietnam On May 23, 2016, President Obama announced lifting the arms embargo against Vietnam. For a full discussion…

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…

Nielsen-Kellerman Introduces Kestrel 5 Series Meters

Today, Nielsen-Kellerman is releasing its all-new K5 line of Kestrels, which replaces the Kestrel 4000 series. Loaded with features such as Android and iOS connectivity,…

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…

BCN Technical Services, Inc.

Many are familiar with industry ammo manufacturers, but who makes and upgrades the machines that produce the ammo? BCN Technical Services, Inc. has been in…

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…

Swedish Ordnance Taming the Flash

SADJ was recently in Sweden on a tour of defense industry contractors including Saab, Nammo, and Aimpoint, and we had the opportunity to stop in…

International Legal Affairs: V8N4

Europe Discovers the Virtues of Personal Self-Defense While European Politicians Seek to Disarm the Continent. Gun control pundits have long extolled the virtues of an…

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…

New Products: V8N4

STI™ INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCES THE NEW GUARDIAN 2011 PISTOL New for 2016, the ever popular STI™ Guardian is now available in a 2011 platform with a…

Industry News: V8N4

New Sanctions on North Korea Following the February 7, 2016 missile launch by North Korea, additional sanctions have been imposed by the US Government. The…

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…

AAD: Ground Forces Equipment

The 9th edition Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD), the continent’s Premier Exhibition and show of Air, Sea and Land will be taking place from 14-…

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…

The ARX® by PolyCase: A NEW Twist

Every so often a product comes along that is completely, unequivocally “new.” Not just a new variation on an old design, or a new design…

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…

International Legal Affairs: V8N3

The ACE Secure Data Portal – Bringing International Transactions into the 21st Century. For many years, the import/export community has relied upon a combination of…

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…

New Products: V8N3

ATN DEBUTS LATEST OTS THERMAL MONOCULAR LINE ATN DEBUTS LATEST OTS THERMAL MONOCULAR LINE ATN, innovators of advanced night vision, thermal imaging and digital Smart…

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…

Industry News: V8N3

HIMARS achieves one million operational hours Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) recently achieved a significant milestone with U.S. military forces, reaching one…

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…

Global Security Asia 2015

Global Security Asia has been held in Singapore since 2005, and the show has continued to grow and gain favor with attendees and exhibitors alike….

AUSA 2015

ABOVE: Sig’s MCX mission-adaptable weapon system contains several significant engineering modifications that increase reliability and extend weapon life. The 2015 AUSA Expo premiered a number…

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,…

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…

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,…

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,…

Industry News: V8N2

Lockheed Martin Receives $528 Million THAAD Missile-Defense Contract The Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) a $528 million contract in December 2015 for production…

New Products: V8N2

MEOPTA INTRODUCES NEW MEOPRO 6.5-20X50 AND 6.5-20X50 HTR RIFLESCOPES MEOPTA INTRODUCES NEW MEOPRO 6.5-20X50 AND 6.5-20X50 HTR RIFLESCOPES Meopta adds to its popular 1-inch MeoPro®…

International Legal Affairs: V8N2

Defense Distributed – continued. A brief synopsis of the events thus far: January 2013: Defense Distributed, a nonprofit, gun-design digital publisher headquartered in Austin, Texas…

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…

TAROS 4X32 CQ OPTIC

From soldiering to civilian life I have had the opportunity to use some of the world’s greatest CQ optics. SADJ was given the chance to…

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…

Partner 2015

This was the seventh bi-annual PARTNER Exhibition held in Belgrade, Serbia. This regional show is maturing, and gathering some momentum. There were many delegations from…

International Legal Affairs: V8N1

Dealing with the U.S. Government: U.S. State Department versus the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Dealing with the U.S. Government is not always…

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,…

New Products: V8N1

FOBUS ANNOUNCES NEW HOLSTER FOR SELECT GLOCK MODELS FOBUS ANNOUNCES NEW HOLSTER FOR SELECT GLOCK MODELS First Samco, Inc. (FSI), the exclusive distributor of Fobus…

Industry News: V8N1

“Unreasonable” interpretations of the public domain exception The US State Department recently announced proposed regulatory language that would restrict the publication of technical data. Recall…

DSA 2014

ABOVE: In a back corner on the lower floor, SADJ found the following gems from TNIITochMash in Russia. We had the opportunity to spend some…

ISDEF 2015

For seven years now, exhibitors from all over Israel and numerous other countries from around the world have gathered in Tel Aviv to show their…