Volume 9

The Sniper’s Most Important Tool

ABOVE: A Norwegian sniper with the Barrett MRAD .338 caliber. Simen Rudi/Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) Designated Marksmen and Snipers An infantry squad has traditionally…

The Desert Sniper

ABOVE: A sniper uses a Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics to gauge the wind prior to taking a shot. The sun rises…

The Pistol: Vital in a Soldier’s Armory for Close Combat

ABOVE: To be a good shooter–the Mantra is “train–train–train!” Soldiers from tactical transport troop, on a shooting range outside Mazar E Sharif in Afghanistan where…

International Legal Affairs: V9N6

New European Union Firearm Restrictions After several rounds of firearm legislation throughout the early 2000s, the European Parliament passed new restrictions on firearm ownership on…

MIL-SPEC Torture Test: Century’s US-Made AKs: The RAS47 & C39V2

ABOVE: George Salg fires the RAS47 during the semi-automatic testing at the Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County range. Century Arms’ RAS47 & C39V2 Face the…

Industry News: V9N6

Aimpoint Announces the CompM5 Optic Aimpoint has announced the addition of the new Aimpoint CompM5 sight to their professional product line. Powered by a single…

V9N6 Product Special: Hand Grenades

Hand Grenades M-84 KRUŠIK HOLDING CORPORATION Hand Grenades M-84 & M-75 M-84 Hand Grenade Manufacturer: Krusik Holding Corporation Model: M-84 Type: Hand Grenade Discharge Time:…

Secret Mission: How the Germans Brought Hollow-Charge Technology to Japan

ABOVE: The seaman’s book of Colonel Niemöller. He travelled to Yokohama aboard the blockade runner “Tannenfels” and covered as a paymaster. In the course of…

Vortex Razor Red Dot Offers Lightweight Durability

ABOVE: The Razor adds little weight or bulk to the Aklys Defense ZK22 bullpup conversion of 10-22 action. Designed in 2012, the Vortex Razor Micro…

Dispatches: V9N6

PHOTO COURTESY ARES Serbian M02 Coyote HMG and 120mm Mortar Projectiles in Syria By Yuri Lyamin with N.R. Jenzen-Jones In recent days, reports have emerged…

V9N6 Product Special: Suppressors

ABOVE: YANKEE HILL MACHINE 5.56 Turbo Suppressor YANKEE HILL MACHINE 5.56 Turbo Suppressor The Turbo™ was designed to meet the increasing demand for a quiet,…

Promoting Partnerships over Politics in Paris

In the spirit of bilateral partnership, this summer Tom Kallman (right) invited French President Emmanuel Macron (left) to visit American exhibitors on opening day of…

New Products: V9N6

Primus 8×56 King of the Night & 8×42 Universal Genius Binoculars BLASER Primus 8×56 King of the Night & 8×42 Universal Genius Binoculars Rather than…

Rifle Grenades & Launchers in Post-War Germany

ABOVE: A member of the “BGS” (Bundesgrenzschutz = federal border police) armed with a G 1. Note the early training rifle grenade Modell 1957 with…

CSA45: The Mild Mannered Carbine

The CSA45 carbine by Flint River Armory is a gas piston design chambered in 45ACP. In the world densely populated by AR15 derivatives, it’s an…

SITDEF PERU 2017

Biennial Arms Event Attracts 42,000 from Around the World This was the seventh biennial meeting of SITDEF in Lima, Peru. SITDEF has taken place every…

International Legal News: V9N5

Let’s Go Abroad: Temporary Exports and Foreign Trade Shows For many in the industry, the SHOT Show in Las Vegas may be the firearms trade…

NDIA Armaments Forum 2017

DoD’s “Third Offset Strategy” seeks to ensure that America’s military stays well ahead of its most aggressive competitors. March 7, 2017, Hurlburt Field, FL. 7th…

Behind the Razor Wire: The U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Training Center

ABOVE: Pittman Range, Fort Meade, MD, 2016. An Operational Advisor sharpens his M4A1 Carbine skills in CQB shooting. Photo courtesy of Asymmetric Warfare Group Part…

Dispatches: V9N5

Boko Haram with UAG-40 Automatic Grenade Launcher in Nigeria By the ARES Team In April 2016, Boko Haram (the Nigerian affiliate of the Islamic State)…

Spuhr Collapsible Stock Assembly

Bringing the HK G3 into the 21st Century The HK G3 is still soldiering on more than 50 years after its introduction. Cheap and reliable,…

Typhoon 12

Possibly the most common classification of an AOW is the smooth bore handgun. According to the legal description of a concealable weapon, the Bureau of…

Chemring Ordnance

Chemring Ordnance (COR), an operating company within the Energetic Systems sector of Chemring Group, is a global center of excellence for the design, development and…

The Evolution of K1/K2 Families in the ROK Military

The Korean armed forces are armed with Korean-developed K1- and K2-series 5.56mm weapons; the development and evolution story is not well-known outside of Korea, partly…

MIL-SPEC TORTURE TEST: GemTech MGS Suppressor

ABOVE: The above photo is one frame from a high speed video of the second round of a 200-round belt. The camera used was an…

Industry News: V9N5

Smith & Wesson Purchases Gemtech Smith & Wesson announced that it will acquire Gemini Technologies, Inc. The Idaho company known as Gemtech manufactures “high quality…

IDEX ABU 2017

ABOVE: Military Systems Group Inc. is a long-term US Government contractor providing mount solutions. They’re well known in this marketplace and at IDEX were showing…

Book Review: V9N5

AK-47 The Grim Reaper (Second Edition), by Frank Iannamico THE GRIM REAPER The Story of the Weapon of Choice for Many of the World’s Armies…

Product Special: Grenade Launchers

LEWIS MACHINE & TOOL L2B LEWIS MACHINE & TOOL L2B LMT’S M203 Rail-Mounted Grenade Launcher gives your team the arsenal power it needs. With versatility…

LAAD Defence & Security 2017

ABOVE: General view of one of the three Riocentro Convention Center halls used for LAAD Defence & Security 2017. The 11th edition of LAAD Defence…

New Products: V9N5

GEMTECH TREK Silencer GEMTECH TREK Silencer The NEW GEMTECH TREK Silencer has been redesigned to make it more user friendly especially on short barreled rifles….

TRIBUTE: James Richard “Jim” Schatz

ABOVE: James Richard “Jim” Schatz. Dan Shea | SADJ 10 December 1959 – 16 March 2017 The small arms community lost its conscience on 16…

Remembering World War I: The War to End All Wars

World War I, known as “The War to End All Wars,” had a very improbable beginning. While visiting Sarajevo, Bosnia, on June 28, 1914, Archduke…

Improvised Grenade Launching Attachment for HMGs in Syria

Photo credit: Syrian social media accounts A video posted to social media on November 25, 2016, shows Shi’a militia fighters making use of what appears…

International Travel: Attending a Foreign Trade Show

There’s nothing quite like visiting a foreign country–experiencing different food, smells and cultures adds to the travel experience. Attending a foreign trade show, where products…

Iranian Hoshdar KP Signal Pistols in Syria

ABOVE: Photo credit: Kurdish social media Between August 16 and 23, 2016, the People’s Protection Unit (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel; YPG) and Syrian government security forces…

IDEAS 2016—Pakistan

ABOVE: China’s Poly-Technologies presented a first viewing of the “Shoulder Launched Rocket–with Low Collateral Damage.” The display and accompanying brochure call this a rocket, but…

What Will Be the G36 Assault Rifle’s Replacement?

ABOVE: The HK433 has fully ambidextrous operation for both right- and left-handed shooters. Its non-reciprocating charging handle can be switched from one side to the…

K2C: South Korea’s Latest Carbine

ABOVE: K2C with BUIS, with stock fully extended. This gun is Cerakoated. As many of our readers know, the K2 rifle and K1A “SMG” are…

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…

M-LOK G3 Handguards from AIM Sports

The venerable HK G3 family is a reliable warhorse that canfeel dated in its ergonomics and accessory interface. With an AIM Sports handguard, however, one…

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…

New Products: V9N4

DRD TACTICAL LLC Aptus is a multi-caliber, quick-change barrel weapon system that allows you to go from PDW to DMR in less than 1 minute….

Industry News: V9N4

ATK Awarded MK44 Bushmaster Chain Guns to Lithuanian Infantry Fighting Vehicles Orbital ATK announced that the company’s MK44 Bushmaster Chain Gun was selected by the…

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…

International Legal Affairs: V9N3

Exporting by Hand–Moving Controlled Items in Person Major imports and exports typically take place via ocean or air cargo. Shipping a container of goods between…

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:…

New Products: V9N3

FN USA INTRODUCES NEW FN M249S™ PARA The FN M249S™ Para, a semi-automatic version of the M249 Para light machine gun, was originally developed by…

Industry News: V9N3

Case of Mistaken Identities? Following Iran’s ballistic missile test, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new sanctions on Iran. The sanctions targets, Abdollah…

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…

International Legal Affairs: V9N2

Arms Exports Under a Trump Presidency During the run up to the 2016 US Presidential election, candidate Trump made frequent comments regarding exports and trade,…

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…

Industry News: V9N2

Iran May Have Violated UN Arms Embargo The United Nations has expressed concern that Iran may have violated an arms embargo by providing weapons to…

New Products: V9N2

ABOVE: NEW FIREFIELD SIEGE MONOCULARS NEW FIREFIELD SIEGE MONOCULARS Whether scanning for game animals during serious hunting, spotting for target shooting or observing wildlife for…

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…

International Legal Affairs: V9N1

Export Regulation Recap: 2016 Changes and Amendments Export Control Reform Avid readers of this column will recall that export control reform has been underway since…

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…

Guns of the Silver Screen: V9N1

THE SNIPER RIFLE OF “THE AMERICAN” Agent 2257 is having her big day off and is sitting in a upper class hotel lobby waiting for…

New Products: V9N1

ABOVE: FIME Group FM-AK-47-11 Rifle FIME Group Introduces the FM-AK-47-11 Rifle FIME Group of Las Vegas, Nevada, introduces the latest member of the Molot family…

Industry News: V9N1

Judge Strikes Sandy Hook Lawsuit Against Remington “A Connecticut Superior Court judge struck decided in favor of Remington Outdoor companies, Camfour Holding, and Riverview Sales,…