Could Government Arsenals Build America’s Small Arms?

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…

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Unknown Submachine Gun with Fake Markings Seized in Europe

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…

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Croatian VHS-D1 Rifle in Syria

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…

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SOFEX 2016 & KASOTC 2016

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…

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Russian MRO: A Thermobaric Rocket Launcher is Syria

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…

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Paratus: DRD Tactical & the Covert Arms of the Free World

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,…

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Modern Day Marine 2016 Expo

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…

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Help & Where to Get it: The U.S. Import/Export

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…

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International Legal Affairs: V9N1

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…

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Less Lethal Special

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…

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The Two Most Important Events to Attend for People Serious About Small Arms

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…

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Symposia at Shrivenham 2016

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…

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Land Forces 2016

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…

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Guns of the Silver Screen: V9N1

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…

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New Products: V9N1

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…

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Industry News: V9N1

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,…

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Gladius: The Future Soldier System

Gladius: The Future Soldier System

The Gladius by Rheinmetall Defence is designated as IdZ-ES (“Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System”) by the German defense. “ES” means expanded set of capabilities….

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The Colt CK901: The Mystery Colt of Yemen

The Colt CK901: The Mystery Colt of Yemen

ABOVE: The author firing a full auto burst with the Colt CK901. Notice the four fired cartridge cases ejecting from the rifle and how flat…

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Croatian Arms Factory HS-Produkt

Croatian Arms Factory HS-Produkt

After Yugoslavia disintegrated in the 1990’s, Croatia became an independent country. The result was also an internal conflict against various peoples and regions up until…

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Defense & Security 2015

Defense & Security 2015

to the line-up, a 7.62x51mm “Big brother” to the very reliable Negev 5.56×45 machine gun. The DAN .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifle with Meslas optic…

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SADJ Visits Aimpoint

SADJ Visits Aimpoint

Aimpoint AB President Lennart Ljungfelt met Megan and I at the company conference room in Malmö Sweden, gave a short introduction to the company and…

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Fidae 2016

Fidae 2016

IWI part of the SK Group at FIDAE (I.W.I.). Brazil announced in September 2015 its intent to purchase seven antiaircraft batteries from Russia. The order…

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The Windham Weaponry MCS

The Windham Weaponry MCS

ABOVE: Windham Weaponry MCS The M16/M4 weapon system entered a new era in 2003 and would redefine the term “modular rifle”. In 2003, Lewis Machine…

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Expodefensa 2015

Expodefensa 2015

There are a number of defense expositions in Central and South America. The addition of Expodefensa in Bogota, Colombia has been well received, and it…

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Brazilian Man-Portable-Missile-System

Brazilian Man-Portable-Missile-System

ABOVE: Brazilian Soldiers with Igla 9K38 missiles (Andre Gustavo Stumpf Filho) Brazil announced in September 2015 its intent to purchase seven antiaircraft batteries from Russia….

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Mini Red Dot Sights Supplementing Scopes

Mini Red Dot Sights Supplementing Scopes

Advancing technology shrank red dot sights small enough to be used in conjunction with scopes, providing users with magnification on distant targets as well as…

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Sniper Optics

Sniper Optics

ABOVE: Aimpoint 6XMag-1 Aimpoint These two products, when paired together are perfect for multiple applications. The Micro T-2 (AR Ready version refers to the type…

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C-19: The New Canadian Ranger Rifle

C-19: The New Canadian Ranger Rifle

ABOVE: “Canadian Rangers test-fire the recently-adopted C-19 rifle”. (Image credit: Canadian Armed Forces) The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve,…

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International Legal Affairs: V8N6

International Legal Affairs: V8N6

ITAR Registration, Yet Again On July 22, 2016, the U.S. State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) released new guidance on whether gunsmiths must…

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New Products: V8N6

New Products: V8N6

ABOVE: CAA INTRODUCES NON-NFA RONI PISTOL CARBINE CONVERSION CAA, developers and manufacturers of advanced battle-tested firearms accessories, is proud to announce the RONI® Civilian pistol…

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Industry News: V8N6

Industry News: V8N6

U.S. State Department Announces that “Gunsmithing” Requires ITAR Registration On July 22, 2016, the U.S. Sate Deparmtnet, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls issued new “guidance,”…

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Accuracy International awarded the Danish Army Contract for Long Range Precision Rifles

Accuracy International awarded the Danish Army Contract for Long Range Precision Rifles

Photograph courtesy of Accuracy International Ltd showing the AX50 rifle system for the Danish Contract.  The soldier in the picture is not a Danish soldier…

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Qioptiq Chosen to Supply Australian Land 125 Project

Qioptiq Chosen to Supply Australian Land 125 Project

Qioptiq, an Excelitas technologies company, has secured a multi-million pound (£) contract for the supply of Kite In-Line Weapon Sights and maintenance items to the…

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Phoenix Defence Partners with Truvelo Armoury

Phoenix Defence Partners with Truvelo Armoury

Phoenix Defence announces the availability of 14.5x114mm, 20x82mm and 20x110mm (Hispano) sniper rifle systems to U.S. government agencies. Their new partnership with Truvelo Armoury of…

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QinetiQ North America’s EARS SWATS

QinetiQ North America’s EARS SWATS

QinetiQ North America’s EARS® SWATS® is a compact, shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system that instantly detects and locates the origin of hostile gunfire. This system provides…

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Qioptiq FTS2 Thermal Sight - No Place to Hide

Qioptiq FTS2 Thermal Sight – No Place to Hide

Weapon Sight Technology Enhances Small Arms Effectiveness To detect, recognize, identify, decide, acquire, engage and defeat in any environment. This requirement is incumbent on the…

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QIOPTIQ: “THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE IS IMMENSE”

QIOPTIQ: “THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE IS IMMENSE”

Enhanced Weapon Sights for Dismounted Close Combat Warfighters Intro The roadmap for enhanced Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Engagement is becoming increasingly interesting as many nations…

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The Ditsong Museum of Military History

The Ditsong Museum of Military History

ABOVE: Two 37mm “Pom-Pom” guns- large Maxim water-cooled machine guns with brass jackets, grace the entry to the exhibits. This pair of consecutive serial number…

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SWORD: Soldier Weapon & Observer Recon Devices

SWORD: Soldier Weapon & Observer Recon Devices

There have been a number of attempts in the last decade to integrate all of the possible futuristic ideas for the modern “Battlespace.” Most are…

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BERETTA PM12S: THE EVERGREEN!

BERETTA PM12S: THE EVERGREEN!

INTRODUCTION At the end of the 1950s the Italian economy was booming, thanks to both the creativity of manufacturers and the enormous boost provided by…

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Less Lethal Combined Systems, Inc. Expands Line of Flash Bangs

Less Lethal Combined Systems, Inc. Expands Line of Flash Bangs

ABOVE: CTS 7290M Mini Bang™. For 35 years, Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI) of Jamestown, PA has been a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing…

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‘Mixmaster’: The U.S. Air Force’s GUU-5/P

‘Mixmaster’: The U.S. Air Force’s GUU-5/P

ABOVE: An airman fires a later model GUU-5/P with the M4-type barrel based on an early “slab-side” lower reciever (Air Force) In January 1991, the…

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Better Tools to Work on Your Black Rifle!

Better Tools to Work on Your Black Rifle!

ABOVE: The Smith Enterprises barrel wrench is the finest in the industry. Being able to grab 14 points on the barrel nut is much more…

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Barrett 240 LWS

Barrett 240 LWS

ABOVE: Barrett employee in an assault stance with the LWS, in the way that Barrett envisions the LWS being most useful in. The handguards allow…

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44 Bore: 7.62 x 39 mm AK rifles modified to fire 7.92 x 33 Kurz ammunition

44 Bore: 7.62 x 39 mm AK rifles modified to fire 7.92 x 33 Kurz ammunition

The rifle above is a curious example of weapons coming full-circle and being reinvented. This is the �44 Bore� rifle, a colloquial name given to…

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Skynet is real! An anti-drone round

Skynet is real! An anti-drone round

With the rapid advancement of micro technology, recreational remotely operated aerial vehicles (ROAV) or unmanned aerial systems-UASs, commonly known as “drones”, are hitting the market…

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DM32 Bunkerfaust supplied by Germany to Kurdish Forces

DM32 Bunkerfaust supplied by Germany to Kurdish Forces

ABOVE: Peshmerga fighter with a Panzerfaust 3 recoilless weapon, 2015 (photo credit: original source unknown). Photos of arms now delivered to Kurdish forces being loaded…

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In Defense of BLS

In Defense of BLS

ABOVE: Lcpl. Chandler with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company 1/9 holds security while on a dismounted patrol inserted via helicopter into Now Zad District. Because this…

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NDIA 2016

NDIA 2016

ABOVE: While Jim Schatz and other advocates campaign for immediate fielding of a LICCIW (Lightweight Intermediate Caliber Cartridge Individual Weapon), Big Army marches on. This…

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International Legal Affairs: V8N5

International Legal Affairs: V8N5

US Arms Policy Against Vietnam: History, past, present, and future. On May 23, 2016, President Obama announced lifting a nearly 50-year old arms embargo against…

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New Review: V8N5

New Review: V8N5

ABOVE: B&T UNIVERSAL SERVICE WEAPON NEW WEAPON FROM B&T; THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE WEAPON Recent terror events in the world and especially Europe have changed the…

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Industry News: V8N5

Industry News: V8N5

United States lifts the Arms Embargo against Vietnam On May 23, 2016, President Obama announced lifting the arms embargo against Vietnam. For a full discussion…

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Sniper Rifles of  World War II

Sniper Rifles of World War II

ABOVE: Two combatants sit at rest. The K98k Mauser is above the Springfield M1903A4. Their army’s helmets lie next to them. One definition of a…

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Tavor Turns 10!

Tavor Turns 10!

One of the most prominent and prolific military bullpup-style rifles in history reaches its 10th anniversary in the field in 2016. SADJ wants to acknowledge…

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Truvelo CMS

Truvelo CMS

Truvelo Manufacturing started in the 1960s in South Africa manufacturing various electronic devices. In 1994, the Truvelo Armoury branch was formed and entered into the…

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Preparing for the Olympic Games 2016

Preparing for the Olympic Games 2016

ABOVE: The new Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras (Sisfron), will transforms all aspects of the Brazilian armed forces. Here a trooper demonstrates the new…

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The Caracal CAR816: The New Desert Assault Rifle

The Caracal CAR816: The New Desert Assault Rifle

ABOVE: The Caracal CAR816 in the hands of a UAE soldier. This rifle is the basic assault rifle with a 14.5 inch cold hammer forged…

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Setting Up a Sniper Weapon System

Setting Up a Sniper Weapon System

A sniper weapon system is a precision instrument. The basic components of a sniper weapon system is the rifle and the optic. This article will…

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Nielsen-Kellerman Introduces Kestrel 5 Series Meters

Nielsen-Kellerman Introduces Kestrel 5 Series Meters

Today, Nielsen-Kellerman is releasing its all-new K5 line of Kestrels, which replaces the Kestrel 4000 series. Loaded with features such as Android and iOS connectivity,…

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Accuracy International AX50

Accuracy International AX50

ABOVE: Accuracy International AX50 .50BMG rifle was designed with long range accuracy in mind. Accuracy International (AI) has been a well known entity in the…

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BCN Technical Services, Inc.

BCN Technical Services, Inc.

Many are familiar with industry ammo manufacturers, but who makes and upgrades the machines that produce the ammo? BCN Technical Services, Inc. has been in…

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Sniper Rifle Manufacturer Guide

Sniper Rifle Manufacturer Guide

ABOVE: Accuracy International AXMC338 Accuracy International Accuracy International AX50 Designed to withstand constant military deployment, the AX50 long range anti matériel rifle from Accuracy International…

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Swedish Ordnance Taming the Flash

Swedish Ordnance Taming the Flash

SADJ was recently in Sweden on a tour of defense industry contractors including Saab, Nammo, and Aimpoint, and we had the opportunity to stop in…

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International Legal Affairs: V8N4

International Legal Affairs: V8N4

Europe Discovers the Virtues of Personal Self-Defense While European Politicians Seek to Disarm the Continent. Gun control pundits have long extolled the virtues of an…

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ADEX 2015

ADEX 2015

ABOVE: Korean made K2 tank driving demo. Armed with 120mm smoothbore cannon and up-to-date electronics, this 55t tank is one of the best main battle…

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New Products: V8N4

New Products: V8N4

STI™ INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCES THE NEW GUARDIAN 2011 PISTOL New for 2016, the ever popular STI™ Guardian is now available in a 2011 platform with a…

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Industry News: V8N4

Industry News: V8N4

New Sanctions on North Korea Following the February 7, 2016 missile launch by North Korea, additional sanctions have been imposed by the US Government. The…

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The Beretta M9A3: The Latest Upgrade of the U.S. Service Pistol?

The Beretta M9A3: The Latest Upgrade of the U.S. Service Pistol?

ABOVE: M9A3 pistol equipped with a SilencerCo Octane 9mm sound suppressor. In 1985 a legend was retired. The highly regarded M1911A1 pistol was replaced with…

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US Machine Gun Armory’s SAW

US Machine Gun Armory’s SAW

ABOVE: Compact, lighter than one might think, the MGA SAW in 6.8 SPC brings serious firepower to the engagement. In almost all modern militaries, the…

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Personal Defense Weapons

Personal Defense Weapons

ABOVE: A crude Chinese made copy of the Mauser C96 pistol with detachable buttstock. During World War I, the primary weapon issued was the full-power,…

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Caracal, LLC.: The First Gulf Coast State Small Arms Manufacturer

Caracal, LLC.: The First Gulf Coast State Small Arms Manufacturer

ABOVE: Shown is a UAE sniper using the Caracal bolt action 7.62x51mm CS308 rifle. SADJ first visited the at the time brand new Caracal firearms…

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AAD: Ground Forces Equipment

AAD: Ground Forces Equipment

The 9th edition Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD), the continent’s Premier Exhibition and show of Air, Sea and Land will be taking place from 14-…

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UZI PRO PISTOL: A PDW in Semi-auto as well

UZI PRO PISTOL: A PDW in Semi-auto as well

ABOVE: The new IWI US UZI Pro Pistol offers a civilian legal pistol version of the UZI Pro submachine gun. The UZI 9mm submachine gun…

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The ARX® by PolyCase: A NEW Twist

The ARX® by PolyCase: A NEW Twist

Every so often a product comes along that is completely, unequivocally “new.” Not just a new variation on an old design, or a new design…

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Modern Day Marine 2015: Hard times.  Hard choices.

Modern Day Marine 2015: Hard times. Hard choices.

ABOVE: Cased Telescoped. A useful comparison of the initial 5.56mm CT Squad Auto Weapon and a mockup of the 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun in the…

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IDF recovers various weapons including improvised firearms in Nablus

IDF recovers various weapons including improvised firearms in Nablus

Israel Defence Force (IDF) soldiers from the Yahalom (“Diamond”) special unit, recovered hundreds of weapons as well as quantities of ammunition and explosives during a…

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GLOCK 10MM Auto handguns

GLOCK 10MM Auto handguns

ABOVE: GLOCK offers users a choice in handguns chambered in 10MM Auto in the form of G29, G20, G40 MOS. Full stable of 10MMs with…

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International Legal Affairs: V8N3

International Legal Affairs: V8N3

The ACE Secure Data Portal – Bringing International Transactions into the 21st Century. For many years, the import/export community has relied upon a combination of…

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The 10mm Auto SIG P220

The 10mm Auto SIG P220

ABOVE: The P220 chambered in 10mm was tested with many different types of ammunition including Hornady Critical Duty, Hornady Custom, Buffalo Bore as well as…

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New Products: V8N3

New Products: V8N3

ATN DEBUTS LATEST OTS THERMAL MONOCULAR LINE ATN DEBUTS LATEST OTS THERMAL MONOCULAR LINE ATN, innovators of advanced night vision, thermal imaging and digital Smart…

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2016 Combat Handgun Guide

2016 Combat Handgun Guide

ABOVE: Colt’s O1070CCU – COMBAT UNIT™ RAIL GUN® Colt The COMBAT UNIT™ RAIL GUN is an upgraded Duty Ready pistol based on the Colt Rail…

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Industry News: V8N3

Industry News: V8N3

HIMARS achieves one million operational hours Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) recently achieved a significant milestone with U.S. military forces, reaching one…

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Royal Malaysia Police Museum

Royal Malaysia Police Museum

The Royal Malaysian Police Museum Modern Malaysia is a beautiful country, rich in agriculture and history, with a growing industrial base. It was born from…

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Global Security Asia 2015

Global Security Asia 2015

Global Security Asia has been held in Singapore since 2005, and the show has continued to grow and gain favor with attendees and exhibitors alike….

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AUSA 2015

AUSA 2015

ABOVE: Sig’s MCX mission-adaptable weapon system contains several significant engineering modifications that increase reliability and extend weapon life. The 2015 AUSA Expo premiered a number…

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The LWRCI PSD MKII 6.8x43mm Carbine

The LWRCI PSD MKII 6.8x43mm Carbine

The author firing the M6 PSD MKII chambered in 6.8x43mm SPC caliber. Notice the proprietary Magpul magazine designed for optimal feeding of the 6.8mm SPC…

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Previously Unseen Rifle Presented at Ukrainian Arms Inspection

Previously Unseen Rifle Presented at Ukrainian Arms Inspection

National Guard of Ukraine Amongst arms and equipment inspected by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, one suppressed rifle stands out. The display of military hardware took…

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Machine Gun Armored Patrol Carriers in Central America

Machine Gun Armored Patrol Carriers in Central America

ABOVE: In El Salvador, the AML-90 was relegated to perform security escort to artillery units, with an UR-416 traveling alongside — not with mechanized infantry,…

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3-9x Tactical Scopes: A Perfect Partner to the Modern Accurate Rifle

3-9x Tactical Scopes: A Perfect Partner to the Modern Accurate Rifle

Left to Right: SWFA 3-9x42mm, Leupold VXR Patrol 3-9x40mm, Vortex PST 2.5-10x32mm, Burris XTR II 2-10×42, Leupold MK4 LRT 3.5-10x40mm Front Focal, Nightforce NXS 2.5-10x32mm,…

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IMBEL 5.56 mm rifle developments

IMBEL 5.56 mm rifle developments

This early IA2 prototype is fitted with a longer barrel than the current 330mm (350mm, with flash hider) unit, while its polymer foldable stock, also…

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REC 7 Direct Impingement: Continued evolution of Barrett’s AR platform combined with .300Blackout

REC 7 Direct Impingement: Continued evolution of Barrett’s AR platform combined with .300Blackout

Range vehicles presented realistic ambush scenarios during Barrett REC 7 DI T&E. Barrett has taken its vision of the AR rifle another step forward with…

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NSV & Kord Machine Guns Identification & Differences

NSV & Kord Machine Guns Identification & Differences

Photo credit: Sergei Gritts/AP Untrained observers frequently confuse superficially similar small arms and light weapon (SALW) systems, particularly with the pressure of covering a current…

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Libyan Workshop Refurbishes Small Arms for Ongoing Conflict

Libyan Workshop Refurbishes Small Arms for Ongoing Conflict

Shows AKM type rifle and PKMT undergoing refurbishment. Libyan workshop refurbishes small arms for ongoing conflict. Photo credit: Hassan Morajea (Armament Research Services) In a…

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NDIA's Chinn and Hathcock Awards

NDIA’s Chinn and Hathcock Awards

National Defense Industrial Association’s Small Arms Group: NDIA started out in 1919 as the Army Ordnance Association and through various mergers over the last century,…

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Industry News: V8N2

Industry News: V8N2

Lockheed Martin Receives $528 Million THAAD Missile-Defense Contract The Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) a $528 million contract in December 2015 for production…

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New Products: V8N2

New Products: V8N2

MEOPTA INTRODUCES NEW MEOPRO 6.5-20X50 AND 6.5-20X50 HTR RIFLESCOPES MEOPTA INTRODUCES NEW MEOPRO 6.5-20X50 AND 6.5-20X50 HTR RIFLESCOPES Meopta adds to its popular 1-inch MeoPro®…

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International Legal Affairs: V8N2

International Legal Affairs: V8N2

Defense Distributed – continued. A brief synopsis of the events thus far: January 2013: Defense Distributed, a nonprofit, gun-design digital publisher headquartered in Austin, Texas…

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Optoelectronics Gross Analysis: Optics Creeping Closer to the Chip

Optoelectronics Gross Analysis: Optics Creeping Closer to the Chip

Advancements in optoelectronics is changing the firearms sighting device industry as we know it today and it is likewise changing society’s very perception. It’s no…

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MGA SAW K

MGA SAW K

ABOVE: Firing the MGA SAW K in .300 Blackout from an overlook in the badlands of Utah. “Squad Automatic Weapon”- the “SAW.” The phrase has…

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Arms Diversion: a Caracal Model F Pistol in Libya

Arms Diversion: a Caracal Model F Pistol in Libya

Pictures supplied to ARES show a Caracal F semi-automatic pistol, produced by Caracal, a United Arab Emirates-based firearms manufacturer. This particular Model F is the…

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Kurdish Forces with Chinese QLZ87 Automatic Grenade Launcher & M99 Anti-materiel Rifle

Kurdish Forces with Chinese QLZ87 Automatic Grenade Launcher & M99 Anti-materiel Rifle

The QLZ87 is a direct gas impingement operated, selective fire grenade launcher chambered for the Chinese 35 x 32SR mm cartridge. With an effective range…

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ISAF armament of BLS

ISAF armament of BLS

In a previous article SADJ covered ISAF armament on Camp Leatherneck from the American and British perspective. In this one SADJ will cover small arms…

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TAROS 4X32 CQ OPTIC

TAROS 4X32 CQ OPTIC

From soldiering to civilian life I have had the opportunity to use some of the world’s greatest CQ optics. SADJ was given the chance to…

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Lightweight with Full Power Belt- Feds

Lightweight with Full Power Belt- Feds

ABOVE: MG5 A2 (HK121) is the new MMG for the German defense to replace their aging MG3 machine guns. It is being promoted by H&K…

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Black Rifles: SHOT Show 2016

Black Rifles: SHOT Show 2016

FN 15 Military Collector M4 The FN 15™ Military Collector Series M4 and M16 bring to market military replica rifles made to FN’s exacting specifications….

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United States Mk 14 EBR in Syria

United States Mk 14 EBR in Syria

Images uploaded to Twitter by the Free Syrian Amy’s ‘Division 30’ show combatants with US-made arms. In one image, a Mk 14 EBR (enhanced battle…

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Is there a thing such as an Assault or Battle rifle?

Is there a thing such as an Assault or Battle rifle?

ABOVE: Infantry rifle should perform adequately on any possible terrain, but some current battlefields overstretch the capabilities of weapons that were built for total war…

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Partner 2015

Partner 2015

This was the seventh bi-annual PARTNER Exhibition held in Belgrade, Serbia. This regional show is maturing, and gathering some momentum. There were many delegations from…

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International Legal Affairs: V8N1

International Legal Affairs: V8N1

Dealing with the U.S. Government: U.S. State Department versus the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Dealing with the U.S. Government is not always…

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Patriot Ordnance P308 Full- Auto “For America”

Patriot Ordnance P308 Full- Auto “For America”

ABOVE: POF’s engineers did not just add some extra parts. They perfected this gun. There’s something better about this rifle. Under sustained full auto fire,…

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New Products: V8N1

New Products: V8N1

FOBUS ANNOUNCES NEW HOLSTER FOR SELECT GLOCK MODELS FOBUS ANNOUNCES NEW HOLSTER FOR SELECT GLOCK MODELS First Samco, Inc. (FSI), the exclusive distributor of Fobus…

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Industry News: V8N1

Industry News: V8N1

“Unreasonable” interpretations of the public domain exception The US State Department recently announced proposed regulatory language that would restrict the publication of technical data. Recall…

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DSA 2014

DSA 2014

ABOVE: In a back corner on the lower floor, SADJ found the following gems from TNIITochMash in Russia. We had the opportunity to spend some…

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IDEX 2015

IDEX 2015

ABOVE: In another part of the Trust International Group’s booth, Jerry had placed the OOW HCAR in 30-06 caliber with suppressor. This rifle system, the…

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Assault Rifle Development in the 70 Years Since the Sturmgewehr

Assault Rifle Development in the 70 Years Since the Sturmgewehr

ABOVE: April 23, 2006, Staff Sgt. Brad Smith from 3-320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division with his 14.5inch barrel M4, sitting in the middle of…

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The SS Anti-Tank Rifle M.SS.41

The SS Anti-Tank Rifle M.SS.41

ABOVE: Soldiers of the Waffen-SS equipped with an early PzB 38 during exercises. After the annexation of the Sudetenland and the destruction of Czechoslovakia as…

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A Glimpse of Future Combat Small Arms 2045

A Glimpse of Future Combat Small Arms 2045

Introduction At the time of this writing, computers and related information technologies are a part of almost everything we say and do—a situation arguably both…

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The Evolution of the 9mm AR Carbine

The Evolution of the 9mm AR Carbine

The Evolution of the 9mm AR Carbine Christopher R. Bartocci Features, History, Volume 7, V7N6 ABOVE: The Colt 9mm-pattern carbines never achieved the success they…

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Kuwait Shooting Sport Club

Kuwait Shooting Sport Club

The Kuwait Shooting Sport Federation has its base at an amazing facility on the Sixth Ring Road in Kuwait City, called the Kuwait Shooting Sport…

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Armor-Piercing Shotgun Projectiles Fired During Protests in Ukraine

Armor-Piercing Shotgun Projectiles Fired During Protests in Ukraine

Law enforcement personnel firing armor-piercing shotgun projectiles during protests in Ukraine. Sergei Grits (AP Photo). In January 2014, various journalists, aid workers, and others have…

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Military Museum of Colombia

Military Museum of Colombia

ABOVE: 1939 Lahti 20mm anti-tank cannon, converted to .50 BMG, mounted on FN30 tripod. Note in the inset, how the magazine has been shortened to…

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The US Navy's Electric Weaponry

The US Navy’s Electric Weaponry

ABOVE: Beam weapons in the battlespace. Envisioned in this 2008 illustration promoting the Navy’s Maritime Laser Demonstration feasibility project, a carrier task force fights off…

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International Legal Affairs: V7N6

International Legal Affairs: V7N6

AES – The Automated Export System As computing systems get more advanced, there are increased opportunities to automate previously mundane or tedious tasks. In automating…

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VP9 Suppressed Pistol from B&T: The Silent Helper

VP9 Suppressed Pistol from B&T: The Silent Helper

ABOVE: The VP9 is inspired by the Welrod design but modernized for Veterinary use. The legendary silenced Welrod pistol that was developed during the Second…

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New Products: V7N6

New Products: V7N6

U.S. MACHINE GUN ARMORY ANNOUNCES THE MGA SAW K The U.S. Machine Gun Armory, an international provider of multi-caliber military belt-fed machine guns, often referred…

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Torture Tests: The CZ 807 AI

Torture Tests: The CZ 807 AI

ABOVE: CZ Engineer Martin Sanda puts rounds downrange and brass in the air during the test of the 5.56x45mm CZ 807 AI assault rifle, using…

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Industry News: V7N6

Industry News: V7N6

Two U.S. Senators Fail ITAR Literacy Test Many are understandably upset with the proposed rule from the U.S. State Department to regulate the dissemination of…

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The Evolution of the Piston Operated M16/M4 Rifles

The Evolution of the Piston Operated M16/M4 Rifles

ABOVE: Third generation model Colt LE1020 successfully passing a mud test in 2008. Although never put into production, the final production LE6940P/APC is a direct…

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SAAB Bofors Dynamics Customer Conference

SAAB Bofors Dynamics Customer Conference

Barracuda Signature Management, a SAAB company, held their Customer Conference on 21-22 May 2014 in Sweden. These conferences are held periodically, when management feels they…

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Iranian AM50 & Russian ORSIS T-5000 Rifles in Iraq

Iranian AM50 & Russian ORSIS T-5000 Rifles in Iraq

ABOVE: The Russian ORSIS T-5000. (Yuri Lyamin) Recent photos to emerge from Iraq show government troops with new Iranian AM50 (sometimes written as ‘AM-50′) anti-materiel…

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Unlocking the Mystery of Recoil

Unlocking the Mystery of Recoil

Have you ever thought about all the tests that must be used during the development of a firearm? A recently introduced test device will change…

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U.S. Carbine Caliber .30, M1, M2, and M3

U.S. Carbine Caliber .30, M1, M2, and M3

ABOVE: Circa 1950, an Air Force officer with his modernized version of the M2 carbine featured an in-line stock, raised sights, muzzle brake and bipod….

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Syrian Rebels Produce Home-Made Anti-Materiel Rifles

Syrian Rebels Produce Home-Made Anti-Materiel Rifles

A home-made anti-materiel rifle (AMR) made by Syrian rebels. (YouTube video) The Syrian conflict continues to yield interesting expedient small-arm designs. ARES has received YouTube…

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The Mk12 SPR (Special Purpose Rifle)

The Mk12 SPR (Special Purpose Rifle)

ABOVE: The Mk12 SPR has seen significant amount of action in the Global War on Terrorism being very popular with the Special Operations operators who…

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Trijicon MRO: Another Brilliant Aiming Solution from Trijicon

Trijicon MRO: Another Brilliant Aiming Solution from Trijicon

Once seen as an enhancement to your duty or combat rifle, quality RDS (Red Dot Sights) have become all but mandatory equipment for many working…

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Russian MRO-A Rocket Launchers in the Ukraine

Russian MRO-A Rocket Launchers in the Ukraine

Images emerged from the Ukraine following fighting in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on the 25th of May, 2014 showing alleged pro-Russian Ukrainian separatist fighters in possession of…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N5

Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N5

World War II Japanese home front patriotic fan. Made of bamboo and paper it measures 7-1/2 inches long and opens up to be about 10…

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The World’s Smallest Combat Proven and Advanced “Flying Robotic Binoculars”

The World’s Smallest Combat Proven and Advanced “Flying Robotic Binoculars”

ABOVE: Black Hornet is a “flyable robotic video camera” that bears a resemblance to a helicopter if you can see it – it is small…

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International Legal Affairs: V7N5

International Legal Affairs: V7N5

First Amendment Rights Versus the ITAR On June 3, 2015, the U.S. State Department published a proposed rule on the publication of firearms related information…

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Ukrainian Copies of Swiss Brügger & Thomet APR Rifles Used During Protests in Kiev

Ukrainian Copies of Swiss Brügger & Thomet APR Rifles Used During Protests in Kiev

During the ongoing civil unrest in Kiev, several images have circulated showing Ukrainian security forces equipped with a range of lethal weapons, including sniper rifles….

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Galil ACE Model 21 in South Sudan

Galil ACE Model 21 in South Sudan

Above: The image shows a Galil ACE Model 21 carbine reportedly in the possession of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Air Force. The ACE…

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New Products: V7N5

New Products: V7N5

Kivaari .338 Lapua Rifle Now Shipping Kivaari .338 Lapua Rifle Now Shipping DRD Tactical is happy to announce that they have started shipping their new…

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Industry News: V7N5

Industry News: V7N5

Fine for Improper Wire Transfer The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it had fined the New York branch of the National Bank…

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Police Small Arms Arsenals in the Northern Central American Triangle

Police Small Arms Arsenals in the Northern Central American Triangle

ABOVE: TIGRES operators are trained at Lepaterique, Francisco Morazán, where they attend a 12-week course provided by Colombian police Jungle Commandos, and 7th USSF Group,…

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Affordable Swiss Quality that is not for the Weak of Hand

Affordable Swiss Quality that is not for the Weak of Hand

Sphinx SDP Compact Sphinx Systems Limited is a Swiss-based manufacturer that produces an evolved CZ 75 design, and while their previous offerings have been rather…

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Polish PPZR Grom MANPADS Seized from Pro-Russian Separatists in Ukraine

Polish PPZR Grom MANPADS Seized from Pro-Russian Separatists in Ukraine

ABOVE: Markings on a PPZR Grom E2 missile launch tube. (Ukraine Military TV YouTube channel) An interesting video was released by the Ukraine Military TV…

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New Pistol Designs out of Libya

New Pistol Designs out of Libya

The demand for firearms in Libya has brought to light three handguns so far undocumented, at least in the English-speaking world. At least one of…

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CMMG Mk 4 RCE: Prime example of a Recon I Recce AR

CMMG Mk 4 RCE: Prime example of a Recon I Recce AR

ABOVE: The RCE is CMMG’s version of a “Recce” or Recon AR. The driving force behind the Recon was to give sniper/observer teams a support…

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Nammo Lapua .338 PS

Nammo Lapua .338 PS

Nammo Lapua .338 PS The Nordic Ammunition Company, or Nammo, is a familiar name in the defense industry, and their products are well known to…

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Combat Equipment and Arms for the Russian Infantryman in the XXI Century

Combat Equipment and Arms for the Russian Infantryman in the XXI Century

“Future Soldier Programs” has become a term for many nations, and now Russia has equipped its armed forces personnel with Ratnik (Warrior) Infantry Combat System…

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Small Arms of the Ukraine Army

Small Arms of the Ukraine Army

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has come to our attention that the author of this article submitted photos that misidentified which military the soldiers were from. The…

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Kestrel Drop

Kestrel Drop

If you’ve ever used an anemometer, or a wind meter, chances are it was a Kestrel. The anemometer is invaluable to anyone seeking to achieve…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N4

Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N4

Original silk art painting done immediate post World War I during the occupation of Germany. Entitled, “Neuwied Germany, Co. A, 4th M.G., 2nd Div., With…

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FN MINIMI 5.56x45mm Light Machine Gun

FN MINIMI 5.56x45mm Light Machine Gun

ABOVE: Norwegian infantry MG gunner fires the MINIMI 5.56mm. The MG is equipped with an Aimpoint optical sight. An under-mounted polymer ammunition container helps keep…

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Lighten the Soldier’s Load

Lighten the Soldier’s Load

ABOVE: Explosively bonded aluminum and stainless steel Model 1911 .45ACP by Uselton Arms Manufacturing offers a weight savings of 33% over a conventional steel frame and slide. Militaries of…

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International Legal Affairs: V7N4

International Legal Affairs: V7N4

Recalls and Warrantees Firearms, like most mechanical items, occasionally break. Parts can fail, and barrels become worn. If the firearm was made in the United…

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New Products: V7N4

New Products: V7N4

IWI US, Inc. Introduces Galil Pistol for the U.S. Market IWI US, Inc. Galil Pistol for the U.S. Market IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of…

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Enhanced Bolt Carrier Groups

Enhanced Bolt Carrier Groups

ABOVE: As designed at the request of SOCOM, the Lewis Machine and Tool Enhanced Bolt Carrier Group. Note the addition of an additional gas port….

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SADJ visits Israeli Arms Factories: 2015

SADJ visits Israeli Arms Factories: 2015

ABOVE: IWI eLog SADJ has always traveled the world in search of the innovators in small arms and weapons. Sometimes we’re able to coordinate visits…

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Industry News: V7N4

Industry News: V7N4

FDIC Head Admits “mistake” in ‘Operation Choke Point.’ Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg told members of a U.S. House panel that much of…

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Accuracy International

Accuracy International

ABOVE: Dave Walls posing with the rifles he brought into the precision rifle community. The L96 (top) was Accuracy International’s first major contract and brought…

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Gulf Defense & Aerospace 2013

Gulf Defense & Aerospace 2013

This was the second biannual Gulf Defense & Aerospace show held in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It’s always difficult starting a new show, and the promoter…

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Family of Multi-Purpose Infantry Munition Systems MPIMS

Family of Multi-Purpose Infantry Munition Systems MPIMS

ABOVE: Business side of the Full Scale MPIMS Area denial and protection has been a key factor in most combat missions from the beginning. For…

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Land Forces 2014

Land Forces 2014

Australia, known as the land down under, is hard for Americans not to think of it without the image of Crocodile Dundee appearing in your…

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The Secret Life of the Dror: Part II

The Secret Life of the Dror: Part II

ABOVE: Where the Dror springs were made. ‘Israel,’ the boss, stands in the doorway. (Carl E. Ekdahl) For reasons never made clear, Slavin took his…

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KASOTC 2014: The Warrior Competition, “The King’s Challenge”

KASOTC 2014: The Warrior Competition, “The King’s Challenge”

ABOVE: US team ready to go for Precision Rifle. “We have to understand that it is called “international” terrorism, however, we as Special Forces, special…

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Weapons of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps

Weapons of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps

ABOVE: This Marine corporal from the 1st “Sea Dragon” Marine Division is wearing the old uniform. He is cradling a 5.56mm K1A submachine gun. A…

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SOFEX: 10th Edition 2014

SOFEX: 10th Edition 2014

ABOVE: Beretta’s ARX160 5.56x45mm rifle was on display, and has been purchased for testing by Jordanian Armed Forces. Of course, the ARX160 is available in…

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Vision 2025 Weapons of the Future

Vision 2025 Weapons of the Future

As computing power and speed increases, new weapons and technologies are being developed that employ artificial intelligence (A/I). Within the next ten years, the advance…

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New Products: V7N3

New Products: V7N3

Steiner Introduces “Intelligent” Combat Sight (ICS) Steiner Introduces “Intelligent” Combat Sight (ICS) Steiner’s new “Intelligent” Combat Sight (ICS) integrates a laser rangefinder and a ballistic…

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International Legan Affairs: V7N3

International Legan Affairs: V7N3

M855 – What’s the Big Deal? Pay any attention to American politics, and the reader will know that the ATF recently attempted to reclassify and…

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DPMS GII SASS .308 Win. AR Rifle

DPMS GII SASS .308 Win. AR Rifle

ABOVE: Field expedient firing positions were utilized during GII SASS evaluation at Echo Valley Training Center’s “Jungle Walk” range. DPMS offers one of the broadest…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N3

Machine Gun Memorabilia: V7N3

Australian gold gilt and enameled veteran’s pin for the 2/1 Machine Gun Battalion Association’s 50th anniversary. Enameled grey, black and yellow triangle insignia of the…

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Less-Lethal Launchers During Protest in Turkey

Less-Lethal Launchers During Protest in Turkey

Crowd control actions executed by Turkish police in 2013 have showcased the employment of several less-lethal launchers. Aside from a range of medium-calibre riot guns…

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The FNS 9

The FNS 9

ABOVE: After a thorough evaluation, the FNS 9 stands head and shoulder above many other 9mm handguns. A Superior Polymer Pistol The FNS 9 9mm…

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Industry News: V7N3

Industry News: V7N3

Vietnam Wants Arms Embargo Lifted Vietnam wants the U.S. to lift fully an embargo on arms sales that was eased last year, but Washington is…

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PWS “Modern Musket” Direct Impingement AR

PWS “Modern Musket” Direct Impingement AR

ABOVE: The direct impingement Modern Musket harkens back to our early nation’s history. It is no secret that the Eugene Stoner’s AR platform is the…

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SRM Arms’ MLE Auto-Shotgun

SRM Arms’ MLE Auto-Shotgun

The MLE will exceed every intent and expectation of the combat shotgun. By and large the shotgun has been traditionally regarded as something of a…

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9K310 Igla-1 MANPADS

9K310 Igla-1 MANPADS

Weapons captured from rebel forces in South Sudan. (The East African (forum)) Captured From Rebel Forces in South Sudan Seen in the bottom centre of…

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The Secret Life of the Dror: Part I

The Secret Life of the Dror: Part I

ABOVE: Carl Ekdahl shoulders a Johnson LMG outside the factory. (John Ekdahl) Niagara Falls, N.Y., Monday afternoon, February 24, 1947. Parked by the wintry highway,…

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ISDEF 2015

ISDEF 2015

For seven years now, exhibitors from all over Israel and numerous other countries from around the world have gathered in Tel Aviv to show their…

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Rheinmetall Vario-Ray SWIR

Rheinmetall Vario-Ray SWIR

ABOVE: Rheinmetall Vario-Ray SWIR Rheinmetall adds a new offering to its line of electro-optical equipment: the Vario-Ray (LLM-VR). It’s designed to be used on small…

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GM-94: Grenade Launchers in use with Russian Forces in Crimea

GM-94: Grenade Launchers in use with Russian Forces in Crimea

Armed combatants in the Crimean peninsula. One of the GM-94 grenade launchers pictured is fitted with an EOTech-type holographic weapon sight. (Livejournal, original source unknown)…

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Patriot Ordnance Factory

Patriot Ordnance Factory

ABOVE: The original POF rifle in its Gen 1 configuration. The first rifles were chambered in 5.56mm. The upper receiver is a standard forged upper…

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What’s New at the New FN America?

What’s New at the New FN America?

ABOVE: 14 March 2014, Alaska, USA. Soldiers on the range engage targets with M16A2 rifles during the 59th Signal Battalion Soldier of the Year Competition….

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General Dynamics displays internally funded programs at Modern Day Marine 2014

General Dynamics displays internally funded programs at Modern Day Marine 2014

ABOVE: Weighing 24 lbs., the GD-OTS Light Weight Medium Machine Gun is a full 5.5 lbs. lighter than the M240B, while the .338NM round has…

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AUSA 2014

AUSA 2014

ABOVE: PD-100T Black Hornet PRS (Personal Reconnaissance System) is about the size of a dragonfly. The focus of the annual AUSA (Association of the United…

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Torture Tests: The U.S. Ordnance M60E6

Torture Tests: The U.S. Ordnance M60E6

SADJ has known and covered the products from U.S. Ordnance in Reno, Nevada for many years. Their US MK43 Mod 0 (M60E4) machine gun is…

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MACHINE GUN MEMORABILIA

MACHINE GUN MEMORABILIA

Sterling silver U.S. doughboy dog tag holder and locket. The outside of the holder is engraved “2nd Lieut. H.W. Billman 109 M.G. Bn. 28th Division…

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Expodefensa 2014: Bogota, Colombia

Expodefensa 2014: Bogota, Colombia

Expodefensa in Bogota, Colombia is a bi-annual show that has strong regional attendance. It is heavily attended by the Colombian military groups, and their buyers…

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International Legal Affairs: V7N2

International Legal Affairs: V7N2

Shipping Hazardous Materials Shipping ammunition within the United States? Easy. Slap a UPS Ground shipment label and ORM-D sticker on it and off it goes….

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INDO DEFENCE 2014

INDO DEFENCE 2014

ABOVE: Some of the locally manufactured vehicles on display at Indo Defence 2014. These are all products of PT Pindad, with Anoa 6×6 armored personnel…

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New Products: V7N2

New Products: V7N2

SureFire Releases Its Most Powerful LED Flashlight Ever SureFire Releases Its Most Powerful LED Flashlight Ever SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical…

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Ideas 2014

Ideas 2014

ABOVE: Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) flagship machine gun, the MG3, is considered to be one of the best made versions of the old high-speed design….

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Modern Day Marine 2014

Modern Day Marine 2014

ABOVE: New SWORD Technology Demonstrator. Based on the company‘s patented Network Power Data System, the modular Soldier Weapon & Observation Recon Devices system links the…

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Industry News: V7N2

Industry News: V7N2

Chinese Arms Appear in South Sudan The (new) civil war in South Sudan is a little more than a year old, but it won’t end…

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US Ordnance M2A2 .50 caliber machine gun with the Aimpoint MPS3 Optic

US Ordnance M2A2 .50 caliber machine gun with the Aimpoint MPS3 Optic

Aimpoint has had a lot of success in the individual weapon categories, with their military and civilian programs. After years of being asked to address…

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Radon MSBS-5.56: Poland’s New Battle Rifle

Radon MSBS-5.56: Poland’s New Battle Rifle

ABOVE: Norbert Piechota of FB Radom demonstrates the MSBS-5.56B rifle. Note the steadiness of the weapon in full-auto firing: two cases are already flying, the…

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ORSIS T-5000: New Name in Precision Rifles

ORSIS T-5000: New Name in Precision Rifles

ABOVE: T-5000 with night vision adapter. Until recently, Russian small arms were famous mostly for their ruggedness, durability and reliability, even under the harshest of…

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FAL-Based Submachine Guns from IMBEL’s Fábrica de Itajubá

FAL-Based Submachine Guns from IMBEL’s Fábrica de Itajubá

ABOVE: Author firing an MD1A1 at Fábrica de Itajubá; the weapon offering a moderate cyclic rate of fire in the region of 550 rounds per…

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