Volume 10

The Idea Exchange: About NDIA’s Armaments Division

ABOVE: Mr. Graham Rockwell, Product Manager, explaining the Ruger Product Line to Mr. Howard Kent, CEO of the Armor Development Group, LLC. NDIA’s Armament Systems…

Show Report: Indo Defence Expo 2018

Thousands Descend Upon the Biennial Expo This will be the 8th Biennial Tri-service event in Jakarta, Indonesia; when they say “Tri-service,” it means that they…

TS Systems Interview with Wayne Prender, Vice President of Applied Technology and Advanced Programs

The Latest in Textron Systems’ LSAT Program Small Arms Defense Journal was granted a unique interview with Textron Systems about the company’s most recent developments…

Government Acquisitions: A Detriment to a Sniper’s Mission Success

ABOVE: Snipers employing the M110 SASS from Knight’s Armament Company in its original configuration. We’ve all heard jokes about the government paying $1,000 for a…

Portable Artillery: The Infantry Soldiers’ Multipurpose Unguided and Guided Shoulder-Launched Munitions, Part III

ABOVE: The RGW 90 LRMP (Long Range Multi-Purpose) is a lightweight weapon with a programmable warhead fuze, which is very effective against a variety of…

Paratus Full Auto: DRD Tactical’s Takedown Jackhammer

ABOVE: Right side view of Paratus select-fire DMR, with Trijicon VCOG 1×6 optic, Elite Iron Bravo 1 suppressor and Harris bipod with cant lock. Longtime…

Medium Caliber Machine Guns

ABOVE: The M240B here is equipped with the Trijicon Machine Gun Reflex Sight ballistically calibrated for use on the M240 and .50 Cal. M2. Three…

Presentation, Feed, Consumption: The Auto-loading Cycle

Think of it like dinner at a restaurant. The chef prepares your food and arranges it on the serving plate to be attractive. The server…

Book Review: V10N6

A History of South African Firearms South Africa has a rich history evident in its firearms, but this is a story that is seldom told…

Show Report: Eurosatory 2018

ABOVE: The KMS+Nexter Defense Systems outdoor pavilion. The gate guardian is the European Main Battle Tank (EMBT), a new concept launched at Eurosatory 2018. The…

International Legal Affairs: V10N6

Defense Distributed: The Final Chapter? Frequent readers of this column will note that we’ve been following the Defense Distributed case since inception and originally noted…

Takedown Rifles

ABOVE: Remington’s Concealable Sniper Rifle REMINGTON Concealable Sniper Rifle The Remington® Concealable Sniper Rifle (CSR™) is a compact, highly modular sniper weapon system. The CSR…

New Products: V10N6

ABOVE: Big Horn Armory’s AR500 BIG HORN ARMORY AR500 The AR500 in 500 Auto Max is designed for hunters and law enforcement. Based on a…

Industry News: V10N6

Photonis Announces Partnership with Night Vision Devices Photonis USA Pennsylvania, Inc., has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Night Vision Devices, Inc., as the…

Industry News: V10N5

Chicago PD to Use Sig Sauer P320s On May 31, 2018, SIG SAUER announced that the City of Chicago Police Department added the P320 to…

UAV Killers: 40mm Programmable Grenade System Downs UAVs

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) which includes the UAV, a ground-based controller and…

International Legal Affairs: V10N5

Export Reform, Continued Faithful readers of this column are well aware of the ongoing efforts to modernize and streamline the current procedures for the export…

Book Review: V10N5

THE GRIM REAPER: The Story of the Weapon of Choice for Many of the World’s Armies This is a very large and thorough book on…

RIFLE GRENADES! Immediately Available Artillery

ABOVE: This launching of even a little grenade from the little FAMAS bullpup features a grinning French soldier enjoying the moment and Canadian Sgt Josh…

Flipper Must Die!

Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact as Navies Explore Novel Ways to Defend Against Enemy Divers Between imagination and reality, a shadow flickers in the gloom….

ENHANCING LETHALITY: Night Vision

ABOVE: February 2017, Northern lights, an ice cold night in Finnmark, Northern Norway. Norwegian soldiers from Infantry Battalion 2 are trying to locate the “enemy”…

Turbocharging Your Back-Up Gun: Amping Up the Glock 43

It began as furtive whispers at the SHOT Show and hushed conversations in the back corners of gun shops across our storied land. “I hear…

CMMG MkG 9mm GUARD/Vortex Razor® AMG™ UH-1™ Holographic Sight

The UH-1’s housing “disappears” when focusing on the holographic projected reticle. Innovations in AR Platform and Optics Make a Perfect Team The urge to take…

ENHANCING LETHALITY: Night Combat Capabilities

This article describes one example of a multisensor thermal binocular for sniper team use and some selected top modern night combat vision scopes for rifles….

Show Report: SOFIC 2018

Combined assault from Special Ops divers and troops from eight different countries attack a yacht to rescue the mayor of Tampa in mock exercise. 2018…

ENHANCING LETHALITY: Sights & Ballistics Calculation Applications

As noted before, a scope is integral to a rifle when used by a designated marksman or a sniper. High quality medium-range scopes and long-range…

LEUPOLD: A Leader in Sniper Optics

Leupold Mark 6 Enhanced Combat Optical Sight 3-18x with the Horus Tremor3 reticle. When you picture a sniper, the image that comes to mind is…

OPTOELECTRONICS SPECIAL– Night Vision and Thermal

EXCELITAS QIOPTIQ KITE IN LINE Image-Intensified Weapon Sight EXCELITAS QIOPTIQ KITE IN LINE Image-Intensified Weapon Sight EXCELITAS QIOPTIQ KITE IN LINE Image-Intensified Weapon Sight KITE…

New Products: V10N5

ABOVE: SMITH & WESSON Performance Center® & Thompson/Center® Long Range Rifle (LRR) SMITH & WESSON / PERFORMANCE CENTER® Performance Center® & Thompson/Center® Long Range Rifle…

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…