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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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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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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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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EDITORIAL SPECIAL : POLYMER-CASED AMMUNITION

EDITORIAL SPECIAL : POLYMER-CASED AMMUNITION

[REQUIRED SPECS: Product description for each caliber Caliber: Projectile style: Projectile weight: Velocity FPS: Energy (Ft. Lbs.): Accuracy: How packaged: Cartridge weight: % weight savings:]…

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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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INDUSTRY NEWS: Soldiers to Test Robotic Combat Vehicles

INDUSTRY NEWS: Soldiers to Test Robotic Combat Vehicles

According to its press release, in 2020 the U.S. Army plans to have soldiers fire at targets using remote-controlled robotic vehicles as part of a three-phase effort…

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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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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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The PKP of the Caucasus: Providing Russian Soldiers Increased Sustained Fire

The PKP of the Caucasus: Providing Russian Soldiers Increased Sustained Fire

By Lynndon Schooler For a brief 200-year period, the Pecheneg Khanate sprawled from Southern Trans-Carpathia across the Dnieper to Southern reaches of the Volga, occupying…

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Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch The ASM Materials Education Foundation By Dan Shea I’m writing this in the first person for a reason; I want to speak…

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Zastava Arms

Zastava Arms

For a long time, Serbia was a part of the Ottoman Empire; it became self-governed in 1830 but obtained independence only in 1878. Several wars…

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FIGHTLITE MCR—SYSTEM ACCESSORIES

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FIGHTLITE MCR—SYSTEM ACCESSORIES

By Frank Iannamico   The FightLite/Ares Defense Mission Configurable Rifle (MCR®) is an updated and improved version of the Ares Shrike belt-fed upper receiver assembly…

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Help & Where to Get It  U.S. Import / Export

Help & Where to Get It 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…

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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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The Arms Trade Treaty and American’s Rights - An Insider Look at the Arms Trade Treaty and How it Developed

The Arms Trade Treaty and American’s Rights – An Insider Look at the Arms Trade Treaty and How it Developed

On April 8, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly approved an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) text crafted in two negotiations conferences, four preparatory committees, and two open-ended working groups over a period of more than five years. It will be opened for signature in June of this year and enter into force when 50 countries have signed it. This article will discuss the role of the Defense Small Arms Advisory Council (DSAAC) in that process and offer our perspective on what the ATT may or may not mean….

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Defense Small Arms Advisory Council Mission Continues to Change

Defense Small Arms Advisory Council Mission Continues to Change

The Defense Small Arms Advisory Council (DSAAC) was formed as a non-profit organization in 2004 to represent the interests of the defense-related small arms industry…

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Directed Energy: A Soldier-Carried Weapon

Directed Energy: A Soldier-Carried Weapon

U.S. Navy security forces personnel fire a Dazzler on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) while under way in the…

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Do We Need a New Service Rifle Cartridge?

Do We Need a New Service Rifle Cartridge?

U.S. Marine Cpl. Ian. E. Peterson, with 1st Marine Logistics Group’s personal security detail (PSD), fires his M4 assault rifles to align their advanced combat…

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The Next NATO Rifle and Machine Gun Cartridge?

The Next NATO Rifle and Machine Gun Cartridge?

Peruvian naval infantrymen with F2000 assault rifles conduct a beach assault rehearsal with U.S. Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 24 and 3rd…

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Is There a Problem with the Lethality of the 5.56 NATO Caliber?

Is There a Problem with the Lethality of the 5.56 NATO Caliber?

French soldiers watch U.S. Marines prepare to fire FAMAS F1 rifles at a target during a joint operation exercise with U.S. Sailors and French soldiers…

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Is it Time to Go Metric for Small Arms?

Is it Time to Go Metric for Small Arms?

Harrington & Richardson produced inch-system FN FAL (T48). When I answered the phone, I could sense the frustration in his voice. The caller was a…

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The S.H.O.T. Heard 'Round the World: An Insider's Guide to Sales Agent Selection

The S.H.O.T. Heard ‘Round the World: An Insider’s Guide to Sales Agent Selection

After two and a half years, the U.S. Department of Justice culminated a major bribery investigation by arresting 22 individuals in the small arms industry,…

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Are We Forever Stuck with the Bayonet?

Are We Forever Stuck with the Bayonet?

Ramrod Bayonet shown with conventional models. (U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal Museum) I sat quietly taking notes as the Purchase Description was being reviewed, making sure…

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New .50 Cal Machine Guns, No Tanks

New .50 Cal Machine Guns, No Tanks

Four-gun turret undergoing testing. (Springfield Armory National Historical Site Archives) By the summer of 1918 he was nearing his 65th birthday and might have been…

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Rocket vs. Recoilless

Rocket vs. Recoilless

It is necessary to clearly differentiate between infantry antitank weapon systems that are rockets, and those that are recoilless guns.  Most frequently the majority of…

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Perception Meets Reality: The 2009 Enhanced Carbine Program

Perception Meets Reality: The 2009 Enhanced Carbine Program

AAI 5.6x53mm SPIW with 3-shot sliding breech grenade launcher. (Author’s collection) Last August, the Office of the Secretary of the Army announced a 2009 project…

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Right, Wrong, and What's Still Broken:  Life Goes On in the U.S. Firearms Industry

Right, Wrong, and What’s Still Broken: Life Goes On in the U.S. Firearms Industry

It’s been a wild ride being a part of the U.S. firearms industry over the last forty years. I have worked at more than a few firearms producers, from the largest to the smallest, and from the best to the worst. It has given me a special insight into the business. I’ve seen a lot of great designs evolve and I have been lucky enough to have not only met but spent quality time with all the greats: Chinn, Stoner, Uzi, Knight, Galili, Colby, Marquardt, Kalashnikov, Chiabrandy, Patenaude, Wetzel, Ruger, and Barrett.

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