Dispatches: Iran’s Toophan-3 Anti-Tank Guided Weapon

Dispatches: Iran’s Toophan-3 Anti-Tank Guided Weapon

According to previous video issued by Iran’s state broadcasting company (IRIB), Tehran has a top-attack version of its Toophan (“typhoon”) anti-tank guided missile. The Toophan…

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ORDNANCE ODDITIES—EARLY VIETNAM WAR

ORDNANCE ODDITIES—EARLY VIETNAM WAR

In the course of decades of research in various military and museum archives, Robert Bruce has acquired a treasure trove of photos of what might…

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SHOW REPORT: AUSA 2019

SHOW REPORT: AUSA 2019

LARGEST LANDPOWER EXPO AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM SHOWCASES NEW TECHNOLOGY There is no better place to see today’s defense technology on display than at the…

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REPLACING THE G3

REPLACING THE G3

THE PORTUGUESE ARMY FINDS COMBAT COMFORT IN FN SCAR The Portuguese Army, after decades of struggling to get a new service rifle to replace its…

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SPECIAL FORCES PACKAGE

SPECIAL FORCES PACKAGE

OSHKOSH DEFENSE JOINT LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLE WITH REMOTE WEAPON STATION PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has sold nearly 20,000 M153…

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Why Is My Rifle Not as Accurate as His?

Why Is My Rifle Not as Accurate as His?

Variables, Tolerances and Economics All too often, someone buys a firearm because someone else already has that precise make and model, and it shoots really,…

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LIGHTWEIGHT, BIG VALUE NIKON'S BLACK RANGEX 4K LASER RANGEFINDER

LIGHTWEIGHT, BIG VALUE NIKON’S BLACK RANGEX 4K LASER RANGEFINDER

When laser rangefinders (LRFs) first appeared on the civilian domestic market a decade or so ago, they were large and somewhat expensive. And they were…

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The Bizon Kalashnikov Concern’s Submachine Gun

The Bizon Kalashnikov Concern’s Submachine Gun

The collapse of the Soviet Union plunged the new Russian state into chaos, plagued by organized crime and terrorism. To face these challenges, the Ministry…

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Editorial Special : The Gatling Gun

Editorial Special : The Gatling Gun

State-of-the-Art Weaponary Machine guns today are generally defined as firearms that shoot automatically more than one shot without manual reloading by a single function of…

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Warfighter Brain Health

Warfighter Brain Health

How Cues from Athletic Helmets Can Help Reduce Traumatic Head Injuries For more than 3 decades March has been designated by the Brain Injury Association…

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STEEL OR POLYMER? THE TWO JERICHO 941 OPTIONS

STEEL OR POLYMER? THE TWO JERICHO 941 OPTIONS

IWI makes superb fighting pistols—the Jericho 941 line with steel or polymer frames. Both types of guns are highly evolved developments of the old Czechoslovak…

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A New Handgun for the U.S. Army and the People

A New Handgun for the U.S. Army and the People

The XM17 Modular Handgun System This article begins with a simple fact: SIG SAUER successfully won the military’s coveted XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition….

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Editorial Special: Polymer-Cased Ammunition Ammunition Diet Fad

Editorial Special: Polymer-Cased Ammunition Ammunition Diet Fad

It’s just not right. Someone should do something to stop the bullying. The U.S. government fat-shaming ammunition has got to stop. The messages are loud…

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MILITARY OPTICS SIG SAUER HEADS INTO MILITARY MARKET WITH TANGO6T

MILITARY OPTICS SIG SAUER HEADS INTO MILITARY MARKET WITH TANGO6T

Military optics have matured quite a great deal in the 100 years since the First World War. While military optics had been used for quite…

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Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 9mm Submachine Gun

Grand Power Stribog SP9A1 9mm Submachine Gun

The Stribog SP9A1 9mm submachine gun and its carbine and pistol variants come from the same mind as the advanced Grand Power (GP) rotary breech…

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The ROK Army’s Next Squad Automatic Weapon The K15 LMG

The ROK Army’s Next Squad Automatic Weapon The K15 LMG

Special Thanks to S&T Motiv and Model Major (Reserve) Hyungchul Moon During the last (almost) 30 years, ROK (Republic of Korea) Army’s squad automatic weapon…

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ADEX 2019 NEW DEFENCE DEVELOPMENT AT SEOUL ADEX 2019

ADEX 2019 NEW DEFENCE DEVELOPMENT AT SEOUL ADEX 2019

ADEX 2019 was held at Seoul airport from 15 to 20 October. This airport is in fact a military air base of the ROKAF (Republic…

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Cased Telescoped Ammunition:  The Next Step in Ammo Evolution?

Cased Telescoped Ammunition: The Next Step in Ammo Evolution?

The U.S. Army is on the hunt for a new small arms weapon system to replace its current rifles and light/medium machine guns. Currently they…

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Международный военно-технический форум-2019  INTERNATIONAL MILITARY-TECHNICAL FORUM  ARMY-2019

Международный военно-технический форум-2019 INTERNATIONAL MILITARY-TECHNICAL FORUM ARMY-2019

The fifth International Military-Technical Forum <<ARMY-2019>> (aka Army-Forum) was held at the Patriot Park exposition centre over June 25–30, 2019. The venue is located some…

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Saddam’s Sharpshooter: Al-Kadesiah Sniper Rifle

Saddam’s Sharpshooter: Al-Kadesiah Sniper Rifle

Perhaps one of the more elusive Dragunov clones in recent small arms history, the 7.62x54mmR Al-Kadesiah precision rifle is one of only two precision rifles…

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IWI MASADA Performance Out of the Box … Gun Smith Not Required

IWI MASADA Performance Out of the Box … Gun Smith Not Required

IWI US has an excellent reputation for producing efficient “all business” weapon designs. “Hell and back” reliability is a hallmark IWI trait that it will…

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ORDNANCE ODDITIES 1950s Fantasies

ORDNANCE ODDITIES 1950s Fantasies

In the course of decades of research in various military and museum archives, Robert Bruce has acquired a treasure trove of photos of what might…

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Ethiopian .30-06, 7.62x51mm & 7.92x57mm Cartridges

Ethiopian .30-06, 7.62x51mm & 7.92x57mm Cartridges

INTRODUCTION Although Ethiopia has produced small-caliber ammunition for at least 60 years (and probably 90 or more), little information is publicly available regarding Ethiopian outputs,…

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Swiss P for Precision Shooting

Swiss P for Precision Shooting

June 21, 2019, in the Swiss Alps outside of Montreux: “Smoke on the Water” playing on the radio as we drove around hundreds of mountain…

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ORDNANCE ODDITIES WWII and the Cold War

ORDNANCE ODDITIES WWII and the Cold War

In the course of decades of research in various military and museum archives, Robert Bruce has acquired a treasure trove of photos of what might…

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UTAS Shotguns High-End Performance in Every Model

UTAS Shotguns High-End Performance in Every Model

At the turn of this century, American tactical shotguns were generally tube-fed pumps and semiautos. The few attempts at box or drum-fed scatterguns were squashed…

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The Next Generation IWI’s New Rifle and Meprolight’s New Weapon Sight Make a Great Military Combo

The Next Generation IWI’s New Rifle and Meprolight’s New Weapon Sight Make a Great Military Combo

For a long time, there have been various rumors that IWI (Israeli Weapon Industries) is working on a new 5.56mm rifle. One of the main…

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Keeping Its Place in Russian Battle Space The AS Val 9x39 Special Purpose Assault Rifle

Keeping Its Place in Russian Battle Space The AS Val 9×39 Special Purpose Assault Rifle

In the mid-1980s, the Soviet Union was engaged in a silent battle. Organized crime and terrorist cells had adopted body armor use alongside its growing…

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Clean Up the Build-up The Lyman Borescope Gives Clear Barrel View

Clean Up the Build-up The Lyman Borescope Gives Clear Barrel View

Have you have ever wondered how effective your barrel cleaning routine is? If so, then the Borecam™ Digital Borescope with Monitor from Lyman® can help….

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U.S. Ordnance Gets Massive Order for M2A2N .50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun Norwegian Armed Forces to Benefit from U.S. Ordnance Deal

U.S. Ordnance Gets Massive Order for M2A2N .50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun Norwegian Armed Forces to Benefit from U.S. Ordnance Deal

The 12.7mm (.50 caliber) M2 Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) are important weapons for the Norwegian Armed Forces and have been for a long time. The…

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Meeting Government Orders : Unusually Designed Russian Rifles

Meeting Government Orders : Unusually Designed Russian Rifles

About a year ago, back in 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defense officially announced results of the “Ratnik” trials in regard to new assault rifles….

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The Swiss Army’s First Mass Anti-Tank Rifle The Tankbüchse (Tb) 41 24mm

The Swiss Army’s First Mass Anti-Tank Rifle The Tankbüchse (Tb) 41 24mm

Specifications Military designation 24mm tank gun 41 Manufacturer (Swiss) Waffenfabrik Bern Years in service 1941-1945 Overall length 102in Weight 164lb Caliber 24x138mm Feed 6-round magazine…

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FX1000 Has It All Nikon’s Illuminated Riflescope a Clear Winner for All Needs

FX1000 Has It All Nikon’s Illuminated Riflescope a Clear Winner for All Needs

Nikon Sport Optics has manufactured quality optics for decades. Several years ago, Nikon released the BLACK X1000 series riflescopes. The second focal plane BLACK X1000…

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A Clean Way to Shoot Advances in Federal Ammunition’s Syntech Lineup

A Clean Way to Shoot Advances in Federal Ammunition’s Syntech Lineup

In terms of firearm product development, we live in exciting times. Computers, compact circuitry and manufacturing techniques have opened a Pandora’s box of new items….

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THE LAST WORD IN SOF-PROVEN ASSAULT PACKS The Mystery Ranch 3DAP Could Be the Last Bag Warriors Need

THE LAST WORD IN SOF-PROVEN ASSAULT PACKS The Mystery Ranch 3DAP Could Be the Last Bag Warriors Need

What comes to mind when you see the word MIL-SPEC listed in a product’s specs? It seems semi-slick marketing executives throw the word around as…

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OPERATION LIVE VIEW Drones for Ground Forces

OPERATION LIVE VIEW Drones for Ground Forces

Ground forces have been using drones, also known as small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), for years, both in-theater and out. Used for close-area, low-altitude reconnaissance,…

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Industry News : Christensen Arms® Awarded SC LE Division Contract

Industry News : Christensen Arms® Awarded SC LE Division Contract

Christensen Arms has been awarded contract number 4400021290 by the State of South Carolina to produce a version of the Christensen Arms CA-15 G2 model…

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New Russian Pistols Vie for Military Adoption

New Russian Pistols Vie for Military Adoption

Despite their diminutive size, pistols still are important military firearms, and they are even more important as law enforcement weapons. The venerable 9x18mm Makarov PM…

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S&T Motiv Ready for Global Stage Small Arms Featured at DX Korea

S&T Motiv Ready for Global Stage Small Arms Featured at DX Korea

This article presents some S&T Motiv’s small arms at the trade fair for the Defense Industry, Defense Expo Korea, held September 12-14, 2018. S&T Motiv…

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UAV Tech and Drone Warfare Highlighted at ISDEF 2019

UAV Tech and Drone Warfare Highlighted at ISDEF 2019

Israel Defense and HLS Expo is the country’s largest biennial defense show that is held at the Tel Aviv Expo International Center. The show features…

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Back in the Saddle Again  Subcompact Guns—Protecting Army Senior Leaders

Back in the Saddle Again Subcompact Guns—Protecting Army Senior Leaders

By Major (Ret.) Walter Christian Håland   Since World War II submachine guns or subcompact guns fell out of use in the U.S. Army in…

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Russia’s Threadcutter, the VSS Vintorez A Call to Defeat Body Armor  [OR--Russia’s Threadcutter Answers the Kremlin’s Call to Defeat Body Armor]

Russia’s Threadcutter, the VSS Vintorez A Call to Defeat Body Armor [OR–Russia’s Threadcutter Answers the Kremlin’s Call to Defeat Body Armor]

Modern armed conflicts are of a fundamental different character than cataclysmic wars of the last century. Fortunately, full-scale military operations the size of Verdun or…

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A Journey Through Russian Special Forces’ History and Future Grozny’s Russian University of Spetsnaz

A Journey Through Russian Special Forces’ History and Future Grozny’s Russian University of Spetsnaz

  Tucked away in the opening plains where the Caucasus Mountains finally meet the sprawling, almost infinite, flat landmass of Eurasia, the city of Gudermes…

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NATO Interoperability Trumps Advanced Firearms and Ammunition

NATO Interoperability Trumps Advanced Firearms and Ammunition

The defense and sporting firearms communities are bombarded on a near daily basis with articles and advertisements promoting new “game changing” firearms and ammunition. Firearms…

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.308Win Power in an AR-15 Package : The POF-USA Revolution DI Packs a Punch

.308Win Power in an AR-15 Package : The POF-USA Revolution DI Packs a Punch

It is no secret that Eugene Stoner’s AR platform is the bestselling rifle in the U.S. with numerous manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon in recent…

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Canik TP9 Elite Combat—The Value-Priced Defensive Pistol

Canik TP9 Elite Combat—The Value-Priced Defensive Pistol

Turkey has a longstanding tradition of manufacturing licensed models, then producing evolved domestic variants. The Canik series of handguns started as budget clones of the…

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Why Swiss Gun Laws Matter : The Fight for Second Amendment Rights

Why Swiss Gun Laws Matter : The Fight for Second Amendment Rights

Switzerland, long the neutral party of Europe with a deeply rooted gun culture, was recently confronted with a referendum to align its guns laws with…

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Evolution of U.S. Grenade Launchers

Evolution of U.S. Grenade Launchers

During World War II, the basic weapons of the U.S. infantryman were the rifle, light machine gun and fragmentation grenades. Hand and rifle grenades were…

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SHOW REPORT: ENFORCE TAC 2019  Eighth Year Sees Increase in Visitors

SHOW REPORT: ENFORCE TAC 2019 Eighth Year Sees Increase in Visitors

The 8th edition of Enforce Tac was again billed as the “International Trade Fair for Command, Control and Operational Equipment used by security agencies” was…

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The Warfare Renaissance AI-Based Human–Machine Teaming

The Warfare Renaissance AI-Based Human–Machine Teaming

The 1860s marked a period of Renaissance in firearms development. Muzzle loading rifles and revolvers transitioned to cartridge-firing, breech loading weapons allowing the user to…

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The Royal Tank Museum Amman, Jordan’s Newest, Interactive Tank Exhibition

The Royal Tank Museum Amman, Jordan’s Newest, Interactive Tank Exhibition

Visitors to SOFEX and to the KASOTC Warrior Competition in Jordan now have a new place to visit along with the world famous Wadi Rum,…

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Kalashnikov AK-203: The New Assault Rifle of the Indian Army

Kalashnikov AK-203: The New Assault Rifle of the Indian Army

On March 3, 2019, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected statement while visiting the city of Amethi during his election campaign. According to his…

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A BREAK FROM THE NORM: Trijicon REAP-IR Mini Thermal Riflescope

A BREAK FROM THE NORM: Trijicon REAP-IR Mini Thermal Riflescope

Many have become increasingly interested with the ability to “see” at night albeit via traditional image intensifying night vision or thermal technology for various reasons…

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High Tech on the Horizon New Advances in Sniper Systems and Gear

High Tech on the Horizon New Advances in Sniper Systems and Gear

  In the past decade and a half there has been a huge leap in the advancement of precision long-range shooting gear. The following covers…

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2019 LtCol George M. Chinn Award

2019 LtCol George M. Chinn Award

Thomas B. Nelson The name Thomas B. Nelson is synonymous with the small arms community of the last 60 years. Since Tom’s first book, The…

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James R. Ambrose Award

James R. Ambrose Award

Arrow Tech prodas.com The James Ambrose Award is presented periodically to recognize, in the opinion of the Small Arms Division Executive Board, an Industrial Firm…

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Suppressor History, Testing and Designs Insights from an Advanced Suppressor Seminar

Suppressor History, Testing and Designs Insights from an Advanced Suppressor Seminar

There has been a resounding boom in popularity of suppressors in recent years. They have become less the stuff of secret agents and more the…

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IDEX 2019 “The Most Strategically Important Defence Exhibition in the World”

IDEX 2019 “The Most Strategically Important Defence Exhibition in the World”

  The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) is a biannual tri-service defence exhibition showcasing the latest products and technologies for Army, Navy and Air…

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Unique Technology Offerings in Surveillance and Security

Unique Technology Offerings in Surveillance and Security

As the military and other government agencies look towards unmanned surveillance and gun-toting platforms, Blackwing Holdings, LLC, offers unique state-of-the-art high technology products aimed directly…

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Night Vision Devices Used by Taliban Forces

Night Vision Devices Used by Taliban Forces

This article provides a brief summary of night vision devices (NVDs) known to be in Taliban possession. It draws primarily from open sources and addresses…

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Pakistani AK-Style Bolt-Action Rifle

Pakistani AK-Style Bolt-Action Rifle

A Frankengun in Every Way By Jonathan Ferguson This bizarre craft-produced weapon was acquired by the then-Ministry of Defence Pattern Room in 1996 from another…

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