Volume 10

Dispatches: V10N4

ABOVE: ARES Director N.R. Jenzen-Jones firing the L129A1 at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham in February 2017. (CHLOE TOUSIGNANT/ARES) British L129A1…

Industry News: V10N4

ABOVE: Aimpoint Micro T-2™ Flat Dark Earth Sight Aimpoint Introduces Limited Run Micro T-2™ Flat Dark Earth Sights Aimpoint has announced the launch of a…

Factory Tour: FAB-Defense Factory

ABOVE: VZ58 polymer handguards to be packaged and shipped. SADJ Tours the Family– Owned FAB-Defense Factory The use of polymer on firearms has taken strides…

AK-12 & AK-15 5th Generation Kalashnikov: Rifles for the 21st Century Russian Military

ABOVE: AK-12 right suppressed. The “Ratnik” Trials The “Ratnik” trials program was organized by the Russian Army as a result of the “Barmitsa” R&D program…

The VIDAR Project: Norway’s New Artillery System from South Korea

ABOVE: K9’s 1,000hp MTU engine with Allison automatic transmission engine delivers high power-to-weight ratio and has equal mobility as modern Main Battle Tanks and tracked…

Surgeon Scalpel 591 Short Action 6.5 Creedmoor: A Constant in the Accuracy Equation

It’s a truism that a rifle does not make the marksman, same as a camera doesn’t make the photographer or skillet the chef. But a…

Show Report: Enforce Tac, Nuremberg

ABOVE: The long-established optical sight manufacturer Schmidt & Bender booth, one of many offering optical and sighting devices for the law enforcement community. A Walk…

The Infantry Soldiers’ Multi-Purpose Shoulder-Launched Munitions

ABOVE: Firing an RPG-7—During a three-day cross training program, designated personnel from the HDF 25th Klapka György Infantry Brigade (Tata) conducted joint weapon familiarization training…

A Matter of Purpose: Striker Fire vs. Hammer Fire

ABOVE: A mix of various caliber centerfire ammunition surrounding .22 rimfire cartridges too small to accommodate a centerfire primer. No matter what operating system a…

New Products: V10N4

ABOVE: MEPROLIGHT Mepro 6X MEPRO 6X is a compact and lightweight (640 gr.) x6 telescopic day sight with enhanced optics. Utilizing a quick-release Picatinny adaptor,…

Industry News: V10N3

Otis Technology Acquires Shooter’s Choice Otis Technology is pleased to announce that it has acquired the popular Shooter’s Choice brand. The deal took effect January…

International Legal Affairs: V10N3

Proposed Restrictions on Technology Transfers The transfer of technology is critical to innovation, development and future commercialization of new technologies. Innovations in computer infrastructure and…

Dispatches: V10N3

ABOVE: Although ghillie suits have been seen in training settings, the majority of ISOF snipers operating in urban battlefields appear to forgo the camouflage outfits…

100 YEARS AGO: The U.S. Marines in The Great War

One of the more famous episodes in the history of the USMC occurred with the various Machine Gun Battalions that were deployed to the Great…

Factory Tour: Meprolight Factory Tour

ABOVE: Complete thermal and night vision product line including monocular, binocular, clip-ons and dedicated magnified optics. Whenever I see recent photos of Israeli soldiers, they…

Advanced, Diverse and Mission-Ready Ammunition from Inceptor®

Newer isn’t always better, but in the case of American-made Inceptor Ammunition, we beg to differ. For a relatively young company, Inceptor is making some…

NDIA Small Arms Group Awards 2018

Colonel George M. Chinn Award Recipient Richard D. Jones Colonel George M. Chinn Award Richard D. Jones The Chinn Award is perhaps the most prominent…

Savage MSR 10 LR 6.5 Creedmoor

New Standard for Long-Range AR Performance What comes to mind when someone mentions that they are looking for a specialized long-range precision rifle? By “long-range,”…

(Very) Light Artillery: The Infantry Soldiers’ Grenade Launchers

MK19 Mod 3 [U.S. ORDNANCE] with IntelliOptix’s MGS+ and a 3x flip over magnifier sight. [Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a series…

Factory Tour: The IWI Factory

ABOVE: The original UZI with wooden furniture. Israel is a small country with an interesting history. Since their declaration of independence in May 1948, the…

Stens of the World, Part 2: U.S. Stens

A Sten MkII “tube gun”—this example was made by Charlie Erb, a Class II manufacturer from Pennsylvania. The original owner paid $150.00 for this Sten….

GRENADES! Artillery by the Fistful

ABOVE: A red hot blizzard of small, uniform-sized steel fragments blasts out from detonation of a single M67 grenade during a training exercise in 2017…

New Products: V10N3

MEPROLIGHT MEPRO RDS PRO/M5 Red Dot Sight The MEPRO RDS PRO is an energy-efficient, compact sight that provides thousands of operating hours while utilizing a…

HESCO GROUP: Innovation-Driven Problem Solving

Sometimes being in the right place at the right time lets us discover/explore something we have never considered before. After volunteering to assist with constructing…

Product Special: V10N3, Suppressors

CZ-USA CZ S2 TI / SS Reflex The new S2 Ti Reflex uses an over-the-barrel design to maximize suppression while minimizing overall assembled length. With…

Dispatches: V10N2

ABOVE: German 4.73x33mm HITP G11 caseless cartridge components (L-R): Plastic cap, projectile, booster cup, propellant body and primer (not visible). The propellant and primer are…

Milestone: The 100,000th Inglis Automatic Pistol

ABOVE: 100,000 bears only this stamp and not the usual stack of serial numbers. A ceremony was scheduled for August 21, 1943, at the John…

The Innovators: A Tour of the Spuhr Factory in Malmo

As a competition shooter, not only do I spend my free time practicing and shooting matches, but I also spend a lot of time reading…

Party like a Patriot: POF Celebrates New Digs

You can file this under “Things Arizona Has That Your State Probably Doesn’t”: a grand opening party at a firearms factory, replete with employees’ and…

Shrivenham 2017 Close Combat Symposium

The Close Combat Symposium (CCS) held over July 25-27, 2017, is a follow-on to the former Small Arms & Cannon Symposium that was held annually…

Stens of the World: Part I

ABOVE: The MkIII Sten was designed to speed production and reduce cost. The integral design proved inferior when tested against an MkII, and production was…

SURE KILL: A Baseline for Sniper Lethality

Increasing lethality within a unit’s sniper section requires leadership to understand the key elements of overmatch. Overmatch is the sniper’s ability to apply their learned…

F90MBR: Thale’s New Generation Assault Rifle

ABOVE: Thale’s F90MBR At DSEI 2017, Thales (Thales, Australia) launched the next generation of the F90 rifle, the F90 MBR (Modular Bullpup Rifle). The F90MBR…

Industry News: V10N2

POF USA Revolution POF’s Revolution Wins ‘Rifle of the Year’ Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF) announced in January 2018 that the American Rifleman magazine has chosen…

The IA2 Rifle Family from IMBEL

ABOVE: This early (circa 2008-2009) 5.56x45mm IA2 prototype was fitted with a longer (480mm) barrel. The gun’s overall length of 990mm was reduced to 753mm…

International Legal Affairs: V10N2

Congressional Notification This column regularly discusses the workings and implications of the International Trade in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. News stories regarding the export of…

Product Special: V10N2

Sniper, CQB, and Handgun optics NIGHTFORCE OPTICS NX8 1-8×24 F1 Designed for short- to medium-range shooting, the compact, first focal plane NX8 1-8×24 F1 riflescope…

Enhancing Lethality: Precision Rifle Technology Developments

ABOVE: The MRAD.338 LapMag from Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. is the new sniper rifle for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The spotter has a 20-60×72 spotting…

New Products: V10N2

KINETIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP Optics Hub The KDG Optics Hub is a lightweight, rugged aluminum housing for your favorite spotting scope. Unlike other products on the…

FMR Unique RS1 7.62 x 51 NATO: The French Civil Precision Rifle

ABOVE: FMR Unique RS1 Commando Introduction We tested a French rifle (match barrel, bolt, action, beam) designed for the civilian market and produced under the…

DSEI Lives Up to Its Billing

ABOVE: “Gladiator” is a modular high-tech harness training system developed for realistic training of special units, combat troops and police. It allows the practice of…

Dispatches: V10N1

Swiss VP9 Integrally Suppressed Pistol Swiss VP9 Integrally Suppressed Pistol Jonathan Ferguson | Photography N.R. Jenzen-Jones/ARES The manually operated, integrally suppressed VP9 pistol by B&T…

Mounting Matters: Modern Weaponry is Expected to Carry a Wide Variety of Peripherals–GPS Units, Grenade Launchers, Pistol Grips, Even Chainsaws

Only in the last 30 years has the weapon accessory mounting solution become standardized. In decades (and century) past, scope mounts and sling attachment points…

International Legal Affairs

Following the tragedy in Las Vegas, there has been an outcry in the firearms industry as to the legality of a “bump stock” and the…

System Sturmgewehr: A New Standard Assault Rifle for The German Forces

[This article is an update to Walter Haland’s previous article titled “What Will Be the G36 Assault Rifle’s Replacement?” in SADJ Vol. 9, No. 4.]…

ADEX 2017

Expo has Plenty to Offer Seoul ADEX (Aerospace and Defense Exhibition) is South Korea’s most prolific defense exposition; originally begun as the Seoul International Air…

Robots Sharpen Snipers Skills: Versatility of Targets Offers More Realistic Engagement

On today’s modern battlefield, sniper teams are required to engage moving combatants at distances that can exceed 300 meters. However, most operational snipers have a…

Cry Havoc: Tactical Quick-Release Barrel Kit for the AR-15 Family of Rifles

“Cry ‘Havoc’, and let slip the dogs of war.” This is a familiar saying to those who had to memorize Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” back in…

Weapons of the JGSDF

ABOVE: Howa produces the Minimi 5.56mm light machine gun under license. This weapon fitted with an older optical sight is being used by a Japanese…

Robotic Tactical Training Targets

In combat, most targets will be moving; the enemy or a bad guy with a gun will not present himself or herself for a deliberate…

New Products: V10N1

GERBER Center-Drive Black w/MOLLE Compatible Sheath Gerber’s new multi-tool offers uncompromising performance through revolutionary design. The innovative center-axis driver opens to align like a real…

The Company French Tool for Long-Range Operations

Introduction The biggest French sniper rifle is intended for specific military purposes. Cut for the work of Hercules at very long distances, it is carefully…

ISDEF 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel

Innovations Draw Thousands to Bi-annual Show “Our goal at ISDEF is to continue to operate at the highest and most professional standards, without compromise, in…

RAZOR VISION: Vortex Razor Uh-1 Holographic Sight

The Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 offers a holographic 65 MOA circle and 1 MOA center dot reticle that is renowned for speed. To address the…

AUSA 2017

The 2017 AUSA EXPO, held Oct. 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., offered a number of attention-grabbing technological improvements to…