Rheinmetall Infantry Symposium 2013

Rheinmetall Infantry Symposium 2013

On April 24-25, 2013 the Fourth Rheinmetall Infantry Symposium was held in Unterlüß, Lower Saxony, Germany. Once again it was organized by Rheinmetall Defence’s division of Rheinmetall Weapons and Ammunition. SADJ was there with about two dozen defense media writers invited from three continents. This year’s Symposium gathered over 200 participants from several countries, mostly European NATO members and neutral countries….

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Eurosatory 2012

Eurosatory 2012

Eurosatory – the largest military and small arms defense show in Europe opened June 11 – 15, 2012 to exhibitors from more than 60 countries. Representing small arms, medium and large caliber gun systems, vehicles, aircraft, and missiles, the exhibition was well attended by visitors from around the world….

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The Army's Individual Carbine Competition: What's Next?

The Army’s Individual Carbine Competition: What’s Next?

The project to replace the current M4 Carbine, the Army’s standard infantry rifle, started in 2011 with a request for proposals from small-arms manufacturers. An analysis of the proposals resulted in a shortlist of six, with designs from Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, Heckler & Koch of Germany, Beretta of Italy and three US companies: Colt, Adcor Defense, and a joint effort by Remington, Magpul and Bushmaster. The competition reached Phase II – testing the shortlisted carbines – with a decision expected by the end of 2013….

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PLA Type 95 Rifle: Breaking with Convention

PLA Type 95 Rifle: Breaking with Convention

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) returned to China’s bosom on 1 July 1997. As troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) rode into the former British colony, it was clear that the sun had finally set on 156 years of British rule. One thing of interest on that day in 1997 was the fact that arriving Chinese troops were wielding a hitherto unseen type of weapon. Known as the QBZ95 (or Type 95) assault rifle, it marked a distinct break with convention for the Chinese military – it was a bullpup design and it introduced a brand new….

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Corner Shot

Corner Shot

In the movies, the scary music always gets louder just before they go around the blind corner.  For operators, worrying about what is waiting around the corner can be the worst.  The Corner Shot CSM is the tool that takes that worry away, and makes the bad guys worry about what’s coming around the corner for them….

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The 300 AAC Blackout

The 300 AAC Blackout

Over the last several years many new calibers have been introduced to the AR-type platform; from the .204 Ruger, 6.8mm Rem SPC, 6.5 Grendel, 7.62x39mm, 5.45x39mm, 5.7mm, .450 Bushmaster, .458 SOCOM, .50 Beauwolf and .499 LWR. These are just for the AR-15 platform; there is a whole other array to the AR-10. Of all those mentioned, the only one who has really done well is the 6.8mm Rem SPC. There are several manufacturers of rifles as well as ammunition. As of this writing this author could not find any ammunition….

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SOST: A Way Forward in Contemporary Understanding of the 1899 Hague Declaration on Expanding Bullets

SOST: A Way Forward in Contemporary Understanding of the 1899 Hague Declaration on Expanding Bullets

In 2006, the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Special Operations & Technology (SOST) office tasked the Crane Division, Surface Warfare Center, to develop a general combat ball round that would exhibit enhanced internal and external ballistics, and improved consistency in its terminal ballistics. It required a capability to defeat intermediate barriers such as auto glass and doors when fired in a carbine-length weapon system. The ammunition would have to maintain full compatibility with all existing weapon platforms….

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Protector: Norwegian Remote-Controlled Weapon Systems

Protector: Norwegian Remote-Controlled Weapon Systems

There are many hundreds of vehicles across the world in international peace making/peace keeping operations that are not equipped with remote controlled weapon protection systems on the vehicle’s roof that can protect the gunner who could sit in the inside of the armoured vehicle. Many vehicles are only equipped with a machine gun that the gunner has to operate unprotected when he/she is staying in the vehicle’s roof opening. In situations like this, the gunner is exposed to a very dangerous unprotected situation being a target for snipers….

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Sturmgewehr: Hitler's Only True Wunderwaffe

Sturmgewehr: Hitler’s Only True Wunderwaffe

Many years before WWII started, small arms designers of the world noted that in the real world the power of the rifle round was seldom used to the full extent. The late 19th Century saw the extraordinary surge in rifle shooting distance capability. The introduction of smokeless cartridges with small caliber jacketed bullets extended the individual effective range of fire far beyond the limitations of the open sights. At 2,000 yards, where these bullets were still lethal, a man-sized target would hide completely behind even the thinnest….

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The SIG 716

The SIG 716

At SHOT Show 2010, SIG showed their new Model 516 and 716 rifles to the industry. The 516, a short stroke tappet version of the M4 was released to compete in the military and law enforcement markets both world wide as well as the U.S. With the direct gas versus piston operated controversy, SIG decided everyone is making a direct gas gun, why not then make a high quality piston operated rifle to satisfy those who have the piston bug. The 5.56mm SIG 516 is an M4 carbine with the only major differences being….

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The K14 Sniper Rifle

The K14 Sniper Rifle

In December of 2012, the Korean company S&T Motive received a contract with South Korean DAPA (Defense Acquisition and Purchase Agency; an agency who performs all government defense purchasing) to supply 3.2 billion won (close to 3 million USD) worth of K14 sniper rifles with all optics and accessories, including training ammunition. These are for the Korean Army for delivery during 2013. This is the first time the ROK (Republic of Korea) Army has purchased a large number of sniper rifles, and the K14….

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Stormy Paraguay

Stormy Paraguay

Early last June 2012, news from Paraguay indicated that 321 police agents had been dispatched to Curuguaty. The police officers, supported by a couple of helicopters, were there to disband several peasants who had occupied a Ranch owned by a local politician. However, the aftermath of the police raid left 11 peasants and 6 police officers dead. Local reports later claimed that the police reinforcements had been ambushed by elements of a local peasant community organization (Liga Nacional de Carperos), and among those killed….

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Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 5, Number 2

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 5, Number 2

LEFT: Japanese interwar or early World War II machine gunner commemorative discharge sake pourer featuring the Army star, Japanese battle flag and a Type 11…

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New Products: Volume 5, Number 2

New Products: Volume 5, Number 2

Negrini srl and International Case Company are introducing the Tactica Concealed Carry line of lightweight travel and security cases dedicated to shooters and collectors of tactical weapons and handguns. Designed specifically for today’s handgun and tactical weapon shooters, Negrini Tactica CC cases hide their intended use with attractive Italian design instead of looking like typical gun cases. The Tactica CC cases also offer….

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 5, Number 2

International Legal Affairs: Volume 5, Number 2

Classification: (noun) A way or condition of being arranged.  The act of putting into classes.  A subdivision of a larger group.   Classification.  What’s the…

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Industry News: Volume 5, Number 2

Industry News: Volume 5, Number 2

Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Tyler Lee reports that on January 4, 2013 at approximately 9:13 p.m., a 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser driven by John Noveske, age 36, from Grants Pass, was westbound on Highway 260 near El Camino Way. As the vehicle negotiated a right curve, it traveled across the oncoming lane onto the dirt highway shoulder until it struck two large boulders. The vehicle rolled and Mr. Noveske was ejected. Noveske, who is the owner of a local rifle manufacturing company, was not using safety restraints and was pronounced….

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 5, Number 3

International Legal Affairs: Volume 5, Number 3

“May you live in interesting times…” supposedly a Chinese curse, the U.S. arms export trade is currently facing unprecedented challenges and difficulties. Faced with threats from the United Nations via the Arms Trade Treaty, threats of new Federal and State legislation limiting the manufacture of firearms and magazines, and the recent unprecedented consumer demand for firearms have created shortages of nearly all firearms and ammunition. Those involved in the export of semiautomatic firearms from the United States know that sourcing firearms has been challenging since the end of 2012….

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Industry News: Volume 5, Number 3

Industry News: Volume 5, Number 3

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. reported that third-quarter sales were up 39 percent compared to the same period last year.  “Performance gains were driven by continued robust consumer demand for firearms as well as increased sales of our M&P polymer pistols and modern sporting rifles.  Based on incremental improvements in expanding our production capacity, which will be further deployed in the fourth quarter, we are increasing our financial guidance for the full fiscal year 2013,” said President and CEO James Debney….

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2013 Chinn & Hatchcock Awards from NDIA

2013 Chinn & Hatchcock Awards from NDIA

The George M. Chinn Award is presented annually to honor a government or industry individual who, in the opinion of the Small Arms Systems Division Executive Board, has made significant contributions to the field of small arms and/or infantry weapons systems. A significant contribution is considered to be a creative invention, new design or innovative concept in small arms weapons, ammunition or ancillary equipment that provides an advancement in the state-of-the-art or capability enhancement that clearly benefits the warfighting….

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New Weapon on the Battlefield: .338 Machine Gun

New Weapon on the Battlefield: .338 Machine Gun

5.56mm is the ammunition of the infantrymen who have used it for the combat at short distance since the war in Vietnam.  Its current range for battlefield use is approximately 440 yards (400 m) and its performance improved with the introduction of the 5.56mm NATO whose SS 109 bullet made it possible to engage up to 650 yards (600 m).  For shooting up to 1,100 yards (1,000 m), sniper rifles and machine-guns in 7.62mm NATO are used….

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The Way of the Gun

The Way of the Gun

In his 1922 book, Story of the North West Frontier Province, author JM Ewart writes: “That gap in the low hills (south of Peshawar city) marks the Kohat Pass, which really has a better claim to being a historic highway of invasion than the Khyber itself. By it, across a neck of Afridi country, runs the Frontier Road to Kohat and Bannu, to Dera Ismail Khan and Razmak. The villages of the pass are famed for a strange industry — the manufacture entirely by hand of rifles and ammunitions, especially rifles, to the eye so like the products of European arsenals…

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Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012

Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012

On October 17-19, 2012, the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference (FSEC) took place at the Letňany exhibition centre in Prague.  It is a specific international event consisting of a military fair, a meeting of the highest level representatives of military and armament staff, and a professional conference on a specific topic – this year it was “Future of Cyber.”

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Velocity Systems: Armor Protection at the Speed of Need

Velocity Systems: Armor Protection at the Speed of Need

The see-saw battle of armor protection versus armament has been going on since the first wooden shield deflected a bone or stone tipped spear. Most people associate the knights of medieval times as the epitome of armor over armament. In Europe, plate armor reached its peak in the 16th century until the evolution of firearms brought an end to plate armor ascendancy. Research & Development (R&D) in armor protection continued behind the scenes without managing to catch up to firearm effectiveness for hundreds of years…..

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MP38(L): The German Experimental Light-Weight Machine Gun

MP38(L): The German Experimental Light-Weight Machine Gun

At the beginning of 1938, the Erfurter Maschinenfabrik (ERMA) received an official order for the development a new submachine gun from the Heereswaffenamt (office for army weapons). Already a few months later, at the beginning of June 1938, ERMA presented the Maschinenpistole MP38. This achievement is impressive; however the time interval seems to be much too short for developing such a new weapon. This fact must arouse suspicions that a (nearly) ready draft must have slumbered in the drawers of ERMA….

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Saab to Supply Carl-Gustaf 84mm Recoilless Rifle System to the U.S. Army

Saab to Supply Carl-Gustaf 84mm Recoilless Rifle System to the U.S. Army

Today’s ground forces are preparing for tomorrow’s demanding missions in which combat strategies and tactics must be seamlessly implemented – from open to urban terrain and through a three-block war scenario. Saab has extensive experience in supporting ground forces with solutions designed to meet the need for enhanced operational capabilities at a higher level of effectiveness. A weapon’s multi-role capacity can mean the difference between combat success and failure. In 1978 during a patrol mission in a valley in Lebanon, Norwegian soldiers….

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Barrett MRAD .338 Lapua

Barrett MRAD .338 Lapua

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was founded in 1982 and was centered on Ronnie Barrett’s idea of a shoulder-fired .50 BMG rifle.  Many…

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MK23 Mod 0: The Crew-Served Pistol

MK23 Mod 0: The Crew-Served Pistol

The Global War on Terrorism has put to the test many new weapon systems adopted in the post Cold War period. Many of those weapons and tactics had never really been tested in a real combat environment. They worked well in the lab and in testing but never really saw combat until the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Small arms were no exception; in fact they would be the first to be put on trial….

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Modern Day Marine 2012

Modern Day Marine 2012

ABOVE: We first spotted this polymer and brass .50 caliber BMG ammo at MARCORSYSCOM’s display at MDM way back in 2009. We’re pleased to report…

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Galil Ace 5.56

Galil Ace 5.56

The Galil, the first IDF assault rifle, has been completely redesigned by IWI engineers developing a version that incorporates a fair number of improvements concerning ergonomics and materials, giving to this military classic a new operative life. When Ysrael Galil and Ya’akov Lior designed the Galil they were solving an emergency. During 1973, Israelis were equipped with the Belgian FAL in two versions: the “Aleph” model as individual weapon and the “Beth” model…

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ISDEF 2011

ISDEF 2011

This was the fifth year in a row that the ISDEF show was put on in Tel Aviv.  It shows strong growth and the show has expanded from last year.  What started out as a show sponsored by large contractor TAR Ideal Concepts, Ltd. to gather their associates and customers together, has turned into a small but increasingly world class event.  We booked SADJ in for 2013’s show, of course.  The promoters have decided to switch to an every two year format, like many other military shows.  This gives the attendees time to work on their contacts and prepare for the next show….

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ST Kinetics: Singapore on the Move

ST Kinetics: Singapore on the Move

During our last visit, we were able to see the newest offerings from the ST Kinetics Small Arms Division.  The CPW, or Compact Personal Weapon, was the first item we looked at.  We were impressed with the ergonomic design, the light weight, and the multiple caliber concept.  On this visit, we got a deeper look at a matured design that is coming to market.  The choice was made to stay with 9x19mm due to the prevalence of the caliber…

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IDEB 2012

IDEB 2012

International Defence Exhibition Bratislava is organized every two years in Bratislava, the capital of Slovak Republic.  Under the auspices of the Slovak President, Prime minister…

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AK-12: An All-New (Yet Old) Kalashnikov Rifle

AK-12: An All-New (Yet Old) Kalashnikov Rifle

The Russians still say that the 65 year old Avtomat Kalashnikova would soldier on for decades, yet they are painfully aware that it’s getting out of touch with modernity – despite numerous modernizations. That’s precisely why they created the AK-12, or 5th Generation Avtomat Kalashnikova, presented in January 2012. The AK-100 series successor wasn’t created overnight – the first models were already evaluated by 2009. The new rifle even got designated then as the AK-200 – but still arguments abounded whether that should be another modified 100-series rifle….

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Functioning of the Soviet PSS Pistol with SP4 Captive Piston Ammunition

Functioning of the Soviet PSS Pistol with SP4 Captive Piston Ammunition

For a compact assassination pistol, the Soviet PSS with its companion SP4 silent ammunition is a hard combination to beat. While the PSS resembles a somewhat large conventional blowback pistol, it is definitely unique. The weapon is 6.7 inches long and weighs 30 ounces. Its size is comparable to a SIG P226 pistol, but the specialized ammunition delivers a close range lethal projectile with almost no sound signature….

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North Korean Small Arms

North Korean Small Arms

Recently there has been an upswing in interest regarding the weapons of North Korea.  This is due not only to the current saber rattling in the region and the changing of the leadership, but to how difficult it is to obtain accurate information as well as the disinformation campaigns that have been successfully waged by the North Korean propaganda bureaus.  Heebum Hong and Dan Shea have studied the small arms of North Korea for decades….

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The Lewis Gun

The Lewis Gun

Col. Lewis was a United States Military Academy (West Point) graduate (1884) and spent twenty-five years in the United States Army assigned primarily to Coastal Artillery units. He was a keen inventor and received a number of patents for artillery rangefinders and other artillery related equipment. He also studied in Europe for several years learning about the armament industry. It was while in Europe that he discovered that America was at least ten years behind in artillery and small arms manufacturing – particularly machine guns….

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Testing & Evaluating the EF88 Assault Rifle

Testing & Evaluating the EF88 Assault Rifle

It was clear that the EF88 is significantly better than its predecessors, and exhibits all of the traits of a competitive modern assault rifle.  Within its niche as an advanced bullpup rifle, it has little competition – perhaps only from the IMI Tavor series – and exceeds the standards provided by Defence under Land 125.  Thales Australia have managed to correct some of the weaknesses of the F88SA2 (poor cheek weld, excessive weight….

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Asia Pacific China Police Expo 2012

Asia Pacific China Police Expo 2012

As a rising superpower, China has entered the arms trade show circuit since 2002.  The sixth Asia Pacific China Police show was held on May 22-25, 2012 in Beijing China.  Situated within the China National Convention Center, the show is located within the Olympic Park Complex.  The National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest) and the National Aquatics Center (also known as the Water Cube) are within the same complex….

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Mexican Drug War Fighters

Mexican Drug War Fighters

One day in November 2010, the battle to get Antonio Ezekiel Cárdenas Guillén, one of the most feared and wanted drug lords in Mexico, had lasted eight-hours.  The Scorpions – the capo’s own army – presented a stiff resistance to hundreds of soldiers and federal policemen while a 660-strong Marine battalion fought its way to his whereabouts in Matamoros.  This is a small city in Tamaulipas, just across the border from Texas.  The government forces…

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Armalite's AR-10A

Armalite’s AR-10A

At the 2012 SHOT Show, ArmaLite introduced their new and long anticipated AR-10A family of rifles. This is an AR-10 that uses the standard magazine rather than the proprietary M14 based magazine that the ArmaLite AR-10B rifles have used since their introduction in 1995. To trace the history a little, the ArmaLite AR-10B series was introduced to the commercial market in 1995, which was one year after the infliction of the 1994 assault weapon ban that prohibited production of magazines that held more than 10 rounds for commercial purposes. Former U.S. Army Ordnance officer and President of ArmaLite Mark Westrom had a dilemma on his hands while….

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Afghan Uniformed Police Weapons & Summary

Afghan Uniformed Police Weapons & Summary

Since 2005, the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) have been providing a paramilitary force capable of stabilizing reconstruction efforts and will continue to provide a long term security force for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This essay takes a look at the small arms, equipment, and organization of a Police unit based out of the Loy Kolay Precinct, Nawa district in Helmand province. During the time frame of this article, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Infantry Regiment (1/9) was supporting the AUP and ANA positions in Nawa Ye-Baraksi district. Since then, 2/6 has taken over. (A note on abbreviations, AUP was formally designated Afghan National Police (ANP)….

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Croatian VHS

Croatian VHS

Choosing the name of the most popular home video cassette system for your nation’s rifle might not have been intentional, but that’s the association that the Višenamjenska Hrvatska Strojnica (multipurpose Croatian automatic weapon) would not be able to shake off easily. Anyone who knows anything about weapons would also recognize the source of the stylistic inspiration – the French FA MAS F1 “Bugle,” an icon of the 1980s on par with the Phillips video cassette recorder system called the Video Home System….

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USMC Precision Weapons Section

USMC Precision Weapons Section

There’s nothing else like it in any of the other branches of America’s Armed Forces.  Its uniquely lethal products, the work of a small and tightly-knit group, must function flawlessly and consistently 24/7 for the Corps’ Scout Snipers and other hard-chargers in some of the world’s most harsh terrain and weather.  Other weapons and custom loaded ammunition created there must also consistently deliver pinpoint accuracy for world class shooters of the USMC’s Competition In Arms Rifle and Pistol Teams….

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The 4th Generation Glock: New Standards for Perfection

The 4th Generation Glock: New Standards for Perfection

Debuting in 1982, Glock has revolutionized the foundation on which military and law enforcement handguns sit.  Glock pistols not only revolutionized the material in which military grade pistols are manufactured but the sheer market share they hold is nothing short of amazing.  Entering the market as a polymer frame firearm with the fewest parts of any firearm of its kind with utter reliability and dependability, Glock….

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FIDAE 2012: Bigger Than Ever

FIDAE 2012: Bigger Than Ever

The International Air and Defense Fair (FIDAE) that takes place in Chile every two years rebounded from the quake that shook the region in 2010 with the exhibition in 2012 proving to be 25% larger than the previous event. Two years ago, FIDAE took place against all odds and only a few days after the country was hit by one of the biggest earthquakes and tsunamis in history. The exhibition took place as a showpiece to demonstrate that Chile had fortitude and organizational skills to allow the show to go on, as relief assistance was taking place in parallel to….

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M27, Part Two: From BAR to IAR - How the Marines Finally Got Their Infantry Automatic Rifle

M27, Part Two: From BAR to IAR – How the Marines Finally Got Their Infantry Automatic Rifle

Friends and foes of the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in the U.S. Marine Corps’ infantry fire teams have been engaged in often fierce verbal firefights dating back years before this innovative light machine gun entered Leatherneck service; soon after the Army adopted FN’s MINIMI in 1984. While the reasons for this are many and varied, astute observers often cite two main points of contention: Advocates of belt fed weapons like the M249 admire their relative portability and high volume of fire…

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A Brief History of Russian Heavy Machine Guns

A Brief History of Russian Heavy Machine Guns

This story begins in 1925.  That year the Red Army requested the development of a large caliber machine gun with the intention of using it as an anti-aircraft and anti-armor weapon.  Initial research suggested a caliber of 12.7mm (0.5 inch, or “five lines” in contemporary Russian measuring system, where “one line” was equivalent of 1/10 of an inch), with the earliest work being based on the British .50 Vickers cartridge.  However, it was soon discovered that the British round was not effective enough, so an indigenous round…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 4, Number 4

International Legal Affairs: Volume 4, Number 4

Policies and regulations regarding exports are constantly changing.  With the high degree of compliance required to lawfully export firearms from the United States, it is…

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Tuff Products Bail Out Bandolier

Tuff Products Bail Out Bandolier

When the sudden emergency arises, you have to be ready to go. The Tuff Products Bail Out Bandolier is there. Configure the B.O.B. as you…

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Viridian CTL Compact Tactical Light

Viridian CTL Compact Tactical Light

Viridian Green Lasers, maker of the world’s most advanced laser sights, is now shipping the highly anticipated CTL Compact Tactical Light: the world’s smallest weapon-mounted…

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Bushnell 2X MP

Bushnell 2X MP

Bushnell Outdoor Products, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for more than 60 years, has introduced a new electronic sight with two power magnification….

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Brite-Strike DLC

Brite-Strike DLC

Brite-Strike Technologies is the established innovator of tactical lighting solutions and tools for police, military and civilian operators. Brite-Strike now offers the DLC (Duty Light…

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American Technologies Network OTS-32 & OTS-64

American Technologies Network OTS-32 & OTS-64

American Technologies Network, makers of military, law enforcement, security and outdoor night vision and thermal applications, introduce the OTS-32 and OTS-64; the digital multi-purpose thermal…

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ARES Defense ARES-16 AMG-2

ARES Defense ARES-16 AMG-2

ARES Defense Systems, Inc., the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms and accessories, has released the groundbreaking ARES-16 Advanced Weapons System for military and…

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Revision Military Batlskin System

Revision Military Batlskin System

Revision Military, a world leader in protective soldier solutions, announces the much anticipated retail debut of its Batlskin Modular Head Protection System. Designed for use…

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Leupold Mark 6

Leupold Mark 6

Leupold Mark 6 1-6x20mm The all-new Mark 6 1-6x20mm scope was engineered based on years of elite riflescope making expertise in order to deliver relevant…

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Crimson Trace 1911 Lightguard

Crimson Trace 1911 Lightguard

Crimson Trace today announced the release of their eagerly-anticipated addition to their Lightguard platform for Kimber and S&W 1911 pattern pistols. The new weapon mounted…

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Spyderco Matriarch2

Spyderco Matriarch2

The Matriarch2 traces its lineage to one of Spyderco’s oldest and most unique designs: the Civilian, which was developed as a purpose-designed defensive tool for…

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Qioptic Saker (Fused Weapon Sight)

Qioptic Saker (Fused Weapon Sight)

Saker is the new Fused Weapon Sight (FWS) from Qioptiq providing the Dismounted Close Combat User with an enhanced Detect, Recognize and Identify capability. Saker…

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Garwood Industries M134G

Garwood Industries M134G

Since 2005, Garwood Industries has dramatically improved the M134 platform and systematically designed unprecedented improvements to the most critical aspects of the weapon while their…

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Industry News: Volume 4, Number 4

Industry News: Volume 4, Number 4

Freedom Group Announces George Kollitides as New CEO Freedom Group, Inc. (FGI) announced George Kollitides as its Chief Executive Officer.  Kollitides, a lifelong hunter, shooter…

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A Fist Full of Firepower: The Rock Island Armory .22TCM

A Fist Full of Firepower: The Rock Island Armory .22TCM

The familiar look, feel and function of the legendary 1911 pistol designed over 100 years ago are alive in this new offering from Rock Island Armory.  For those who are followers or even “fans” of this beloved design, simply holding one brings a smile to their face.  For this latest incarnation, the .22TCM by Armscor, everything remains the same – until it is fired for the first time.  At that single point of contact between firing pin and primer, the interest of all surrounding shooters is evident. This is not so much about a new 1911 family pistol, as it is a new cartridge with a….

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Swedish Medium Machine Guns: Kulspruta M/36 LV DBL

Swedish Medium Machine Guns: Kulspruta M/36 LV DBL

Sweden was not shy in their attempt to modernize their army at the turn of the twentieth century by equipping it with modern machine guns. The m/95 Maxim, the m/99 Nordenfeldt (Konstruction Bergman-Nordenfeldt) and m/00 Hotchkiss all found a home at one time or another in the Swedish army from 1895 to 1914. From 1914 the m/14 Schwarzlose was adopted and widely used. The first 511 Schwarzlose machine guns were imported from Austria but in 1917 Sweden began making them at the Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori (GF) in Eskilstuna….

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The U.S. Marine Corps' New M27 IAR: Part One

The U.S. Marine Corps’ New M27 IAR: Part One

For the past several years SADJ has been following progress of the US Marine Corps’ program to identify and field a suitable alternative to the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.  While the 5.56mm belt fed SAW is touted as a relatively portable weapon that can pump out a high volume of fire, many of the Leatherneck MOS 0311 grunts who have been humping this twenty-plus pound package since 1985 have been asking for something lighter, simpler and more reliable….

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Big Bore, Small Noise: VKS Large Caliber Silenced Sniper Rifle

Big Bore, Small Noise: VKS Large Caliber Silenced Sniper Rifle

Left side of the VKS rifle less scope, with iron sights raised. Over the last several decades, counter-terrorism operations became very important for most ‘civilized…

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FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher

FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher

To appreciate the complexity of situations where police or military forces charged with peacekeeping duties utilize force, one must conceptualize force not as a static concept but rather as a continuum of responses, ranging from verbal commands, as a minor exertion of force, to deadly force, the maximum amount of force possible to apply. A use-of-force continuum relies on the concept of multiple categories of increasing officer perceptions of suspect resistance linked to similar groupings of the officer’s response to those perceptions….

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Dushka: The Soviet Fifty Caliber

Dushka: The Soviet Fifty Caliber

The world’s first real heavy machine gun appeared during World War I, although big-bore machine guns were by no means a novel feature by then – it was rather that the machine gun has retraced its own first uneasy steps. The first ever machine guns, multi-barrel hand-cranked contraptions, were all of at least .45-inch caliber, as high as .58 – because those were the standard infantry rifle calibers of the era. The first automatic machine gun designed by Maxim in 1882, was also chambered in .450. It was only in the 1890s that the first….

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Way Off Target?

Way Off Target?

Indian Army’s snipers desperately lack adequate training, suitable weaponry and specialized supplementary equipment. The Army attaches little importance to snipers who can alter not only the course of battles and politics, but even history, by simply executing the one enemy who matters the most. After the Mumbai terrorist attack the operational usefulness of sniping has gained credence among military, security and law enforcement agencies. There is a new realization that snipers are force multipliers and that their skillful employment can impose caution, cause attrition and demoralize the enemy….

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SHOT Show 2012

SHOT Show 2012

The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) (www.shotshow.org) is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries….

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SIG Sauer 716 Patrol: 7.62x51mm Piston-Driven AR

SIG Sauer 716 Patrol: 7.62x51mm Piston-Driven AR

For a rifle to be considered versatile it must be able to satisfy multiple roles with equal aplomb. A viable rifle candidate for this title is the SIG Sauer 716 Patrol chambered in .308Win/7.62x51mm. The SIG 716 Patrol joins the growing number of AR style platforms chambered in .308Win/7.62x51mm. .308Win/7.62x51mm potency in terms of ballistics and terminal effect makes it a favorite among U.S. troops and law enforcement personnel in more rural environments. A quick look at the resurrection of the M14 and…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 4, Number 3

International Legal Affairs: Volume 4, Number 3

When buying consumer items online, particularly within the United States, the cost of shipping the item is frequently borne by the buying consumer.  Sometimes, the…

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Remington Model 700 SPS Tactical 300 Blackout

Remington Model 700 SPS Tactical 300 Blackout

Remington is proud to announce the Model 700 SPS (Special Purpose Synthetic) Tactical 300 Blackout rifle. Chambered for the incredibly popular 300 AAC Blackout, this…

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LMT's LM8 Platform

LMT’s LM8 Platform

Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT), an Illinois-based company that designs, prototypes and manufactures small arms, accessories and tooling components for the military, government, law…

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Simmons LRF 600 TI Laser Rangefinder

Simmons LRF 600 TI Laser Rangefinder

Simmons, a leader in high-quality, high-value sporting optics for more than 25 years, has introduced a new laser rangefinder featuring the company’s exclusive Tilt Intelligence….

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IWI Uzi Pro

IWI Uzi Pro

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world has just…

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Elbit Systems Long View CR

Elbit Systems Long View CR

Elbit Systems has announced the launch of Elbit Systems Electro-Optics. Their new Long View CR provides an innovative combination of target acquisition and observation capabilities….

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Daniel Defense's MFR 9.0

Daniel Defense’s MFR 9.0

Daniel Defense has announced plans to immediately offer a new variation of the popular MFR 12.0. The new variation of the MFR, Modular Float Rail,…

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ATI Strikeforce Elite Package for AK-47

ATI Strikeforce Elite Package for AK-47

Advanced Technology International (ATI), the leading manufacturer in gun stocks and firearm accessories, announces the AK-47 Strikeforce Elite Package with Scorpion Recoil System. The AK-47…

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Mesa Tactical's KSG Shotshell Carrier System

Mesa Tactical’s KSG Shotshell Carrier System

Mesa Tactical, provider of high quality tactical accessories and gear to law enforcement, the military and civilian shooters, has announced the introduction of a SureShell…

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Industry News: Volume 4, Number 3

Industry News: Volume 4, Number 3

EPA Denies Latest Anti-Hunting Group Petition to Ban Traditional Ammunition The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied yet another frivolous petition by the Center for Biological…

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B&T Advanced Police Carbine

B&T Advanced Police Carbine

The B&T Advanced Police Carbine 9 (APC9) is a rather nice blend of existing, proven design and some truly unique engineering. It is a clever and well thought out balance between time proven features, high tech production materials and manufacturing procedures to keep costs to a minimum. It is a statement to the excellence of Swiss engineering and innovation. The APC, not unlike the Glock pistol, was designed from the very beginning to be produced…

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Open Tip Match: When a "Hollow Point" is Not a Hollow Point

Open Tip Match: When a “Hollow Point” is Not a Hollow Point

Early boxes of Open Tip Match were marked ‘NOT FOR COMBAT USE’ as noted in the original box (top row, both sides) and bottom left….

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Devil Dog Days: Modern Day Marine 2011

Devil Dog Days: Modern Day Marine 2011

“…that’s going to require us to replace an awful lot of gear that’s been used very hard over the last ten years or so. We know what we need and we‘re going to work with you to get it.” – Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Mills, the three-star general who heads the Corps’ concepts and capability command, was offering a glimmer of hope to a large audience of high level defense industry representatives attending the exclusive, invitation-only Report to Industry briefing at the 2011 Modern Day Marine (MDM) Expo….

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MSPO 2011

MSPO 2011

The XIX MSPO (which is the Polish abbreviation for “International Defence Industry Exhibition”) was held in Kielce, September 5-8, 2011.  For the past decade the show has grown bigger with every year, however the recent Euro crisis downgraded the growth this year.  Nevertheless, there were still 400 exhibitors from 20 countries participating in the show, with scores of foreign official visitors (including for the first….

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The Modular LMT MRP: The Rifle for Anything

The Modular LMT MRP: The Rifle for Anything

For the last 15 or so years, the AR-10 has seen a rebirth from the dust on the floor of the former Ordnance Corps. With the lack of vision and judgment which would eventually be their demise and have their doors shut forever by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara “Tomorrows Rifle Today” wound up being “Today’s Rifle Yesterday!” It would be Gene Stoner who would resurrect the AR-10 from the dead with the assistance of C. Reed Knight, Jr. With the introduction of the SR-25 sniper rifle the industry would experience a shift in what a sniper rifle really was….

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Rapid Fire Weapons Before Maxim & Browning

Rapid Fire Weapons Before Maxim & Browning

Machine guns today are generally defined as firearms that shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. This modern definition has come about due to the development of such a weapon as pioneered by Hiram Maxim and John Browning and is subsequently used for all weapons that employ this mechanical means in firearms today…

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Arms & Security 2011

Arms & Security 2011

Arms & Security Kyiv is the Ukraine’s yearly military, police, and hunting show. It is a smaller show than the big internationals, but it is well attended. The first day was a lot of Ukraine military with a smattering of Russian military as well. The next two days were comprised of military and police attendees in civilian clothing, and civilian hunting enthusiasts. There were quite a few knowledgeable people about small arms, with their orientation towards the old Communist Bloc weaponry. However, the Western influence can be seen in many designs, with European weapons…

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The 3rd Generation: From the vz. 61 Skorpion Submachine Gun to the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1

The 3rd Generation: From the vz. 61 Skorpion Submachine Gun to the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1

The Czech arms industry made a great impact in 20th century weaponry history with a large range of remarkable products. Probably the most original of them all was a “special submachine gun” named the Skorpion, a successful effort for covering the gap between service pistols and traditional submachine guns chambered in pistol cartridges. The Skorpion, in its initial, less powerful caliber, i.e. 7.65mm Browning (.32 Auto), has not met modern security unit’s requirements for some years, much less that of the armed forces; nevertheless….

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MARSOC, Part 2: Training SOCOM'S Devil Dogs

MARSOC, Part 2: Training SOCOM’S Devil Dogs

The focus of our visit to MARSOC‘s Schoolhouse was Special Operations Training Branch, currently housed in an orderly formation of a dozen or so modular classrooms while construction is underway nearby on a more traditional campus. There, Lieutenant Colonel Clark Watson, SOTB’s Director, walked us through the high points of the Initial Training Course, a comprehensive SPECOPS basic training program that is the next step following Assessment and Selection for those seeking to become CSOs….

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Brokering: Redux

Brokering: Redux

Frequent readers of this column will note many comments and criticisms of the current U.S. brokering regulations- stating they are flawed; overly broad, difficult to…

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Heizer Defense DoubleTap Pistol

Heizer Defense DoubleTap Pistol

Heizer Defense LLC, a firearms company producing a new paradigm of pistols for the responsible-citizen and law enforcement markets is proud to introduce their first…

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STS M240 Grip Adapter

STS M240 Grip Adapter

The STS grip adapter for the M240 machine gun is a Mil-Std 1913 rail adapter that connects to the receiver’s forward mount lug with a…

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ATN ThOR-320

ATN ThOR-320

American Technologies Network, makers of military, law enforcement, security and outdoor night vision and thermal applications, is introducing the latest product in their ThOR series…

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Trijicon SRS

Trijicon SRS

The profile length of the new Trijicon SRS is short and the advanced list of features is long, as the innovative products continue from Trijicon. …

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Smith & Wesson M&P15 in .300 Whisper

Smith & Wesson M&P15 in .300 Whisper

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that the Company has added a new extension to its Military & Police (M&P) Rifle Series with the introduction of…

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XADO SnipeX

XADO SnipeX

New, easy-to-use SnipeX is a gel-revitalizant for rifled barrels, featuring the patented revitalization technology developed by the XADO Chemical Group.  SnipeX restores/repairs rifled barrels of…

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Hornady Critical Duty Ammunition

Hornady Critical Duty Ammunition

Law enforcement and tactical professionals now have a truly advanced, 21st Century handgun ammunition solution that delivers the most consistent and reliable urban barrier performance…

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Del-Ton TRX (Flat Dark Earth)

Del-Ton TRX (Flat Dark Earth)

Del-Ton Incorporated is now shipping its new DTI TRX AR-15 rifle in flat dark earth as well as matte black.  This “loaded” 16-inch semiautomatic rifle…

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Industry News - Volume 4, Number 2

Industry News – Volume 4, Number 2

ATK Receives $24 Million Contract Modification to XM25, Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System Engineering and Manufacturing Development Contract ATK has received a $24 million contract modification…

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Beretta's ARX160SF: Evolution & Modularity

Beretta’s ARX160SF: Evolution & Modularity

Afghanistan, November 13, 2011: A gang of armed Taliban terrorists hold 18 hostages in the Kabul offices of Esko International, a North American company specializing in food distribution. Task Force 45, the intervention unit of the Italian Armed Forces composed of elements taken from Italian Special Forces units; storm the building in a well coordinated, multidirectional, simultaneous attack. The raid of TF45 ends with the liberation of all the 18 hostages and the total elimination of all the terrorists winning attention and praise from the international Special Forces community for the perfect way they executed their mission….

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NDIA Small Arms & Symposium 2011

NDIA Small Arms & Symposium 2011

The NDIA Small Arms Symposium is an all inclusive show regarding small arms, ammunition, and related subjects for military use. It is in three parts: the primary is the lecture series, then there is the trade show/exhibition, and finally, the live fire demonstrations….

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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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IDEF 2011

IDEF 2011

The 10th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) was sponsored by the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defence on 10-13 May, 2011. The show was held at the Tuyap Fair, Convention and Congress Center in Büyükçekmece-İstanbul, Turkey, and had record turnouts. The majority in attendance was Turkish military and procurement, and the foreigners were typically influential buyers and end users from over 104 countries. There were 633 exhibiting companies from over 45 different countries. This, the 10th IDEF, shows remarkable growth from the already well attended earlier shows….

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Armalite's Super SASS

Armalite’s Super SASS

Early in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq it was clear by the entire sniping community there was a need for a new updated sniper rifle.  Modern semiautomatic rifles show little to no accuracy degradation from the traditional bolt action rifles used throughout the last century.  The use of a semiautomatic sniper system not only would provide the snipers with their existing capabilities but so much more.  Snipers could engage five targets in at least half the time it would take a sniper with a bolt action rifle.  Also, the snipers ability to engage multi-targets is vastly increased….

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Symposia at Shrivenham: the 25th Small Arms & Cannon Symposium

Symposia at Shrivenham: the 25th Small Arms & Cannon Symposium

Noted Ammunition Specialist and author Anthony Williams testing the FN Herstal manufactured F2000 bullpup rifle in 5.56x45mm. Tony is an Editor for Janes as well…

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Partner 2011

Partner 2011

The fifth bi-annual PARTNER Serbia show was held over the course of four sunny days in Belgrade, Serbia in late June 2011.  The show has grown considerably since the first show, as well as from the previous one in 2009 (reported on in SADJ Volume 3, Number 1), having now moved into the largest of the exhibition halls in Belgrade Fair.  Expectations are that the 2013 show will have grown significantly from 2011, both in vendors and attendees.  YugoImport is the co-promoter of the show and the various factories they represent take up a significant portion of the floor space….

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IWI X95: A Bullpup For IDF Special Forces

IWI X95: A Bullpup For IDF Special Forces

A direct derivation from the TAR-21 Tavor bullpup rifle, adopted in 2003 by the Israel Defence Forces, we are going to introduce to SADJ readers the version designed for the Sayeret (Special Forces) units, a shorter and more modular rifle that, in case of need, can be converted into a SMG. The TAR-21 project in Ramat Hasharon was started in 1995 when the Israeli company name was still IMI (Israel Military Industries)….

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The Origin of the Russian "Tractor-Cap" M1910 Maxim

The Origin of the Russian “Tractor-Cap” M1910 Maxim

Collectors and historians are familiar with the Russian “Tractor Cap” or “Snow Cap” Maxim machine gun. It was a modification of the PM1910 (Pulemyot Maxima na stanke Sokolova or “Maxim’s machine gun Model 1910 on Sokolov’s mount”) that did away with the small water filler hole in the water jacket and instead a much larger hole was cut into the top of the water jacket that allowed snow, ice or larger volumes of water to be introduced quickly into the water jacket. The hole was covered by a tractor radiator cap that was hinged on one side and secured by a clasp on the other side…

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MARSOC, Part 1: Devil Dogs of SOCOM

MARSOC, Part 1: Devil Dogs of SOCOM

It defies logic that United States Special Operations Command did not include the Marine Corps until a little over five years ago.  All the more so because the Corps is arguably the most nimble, aggressive and experienced component of the U.S. Armed Forces in the dirty and demanding business of fighting “small wars” in remote corners of the world….

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Barrel Length Studies in 5.56mm NATO Weapons

Barrel Length Studies in 5.56mm NATO Weapons

There has been a cultural shift from the 20-inch barrel length in the AR-15/M16 weapon systems chambered for the 5.56×45 NATO cartridge to progressively shorter barrels for the purpose of producing an increasingly more compact assault/entry weapon without resorting to a bull-pup design. Simple usage of these short-barreled weapons has shown the necessity for both sound and flash suppression, the intensity of which (in exceptionally short barrel lengths) approached the intensity of a flash-bang diversion device….

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Old Name, New Gun: The CZ 805 Bren Modular Rifle

Old Name, New Gun: The CZ 805 Bren Modular Rifle

The end of the first decade of the new millennium saw Czechs and Slovaks as the Last of Mohicans in the Unified Europe: the only country with its own creative rifle possibility to use 7.62mm caliber for the main battle long arm.  The Sa-58 (Samopal vzor 58) rifle, the mainstay of the Czechoslovakian People’s Army (Ceskoslovenska lidova armada, the CSLA) has been in use since the early 1960s, when Czechoslovakia became the only Warsaw Pact country not to introduce a clone of Kalashnikov’s AK/AKM series….

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 4, Number 1

International Legal Affairs: Volume 4, Number 1

With every passing year, technology and innovation make the world smaller, allowing for international business to move ever quicker.  In the arms trade, offsets and…

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FN Herstal's Fire Control System (FCS)

FN Herstal’s Fire Control System (FCS)

We recently tested the new FN Fire Control System (FCS) at the Zuntendaal proving ground in Belgium.  The FCS can be fitted on a Picatinny…

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Lancer Systems Carbon Fiber Handguards

Lancer Systems Carbon Fiber Handguards

Lancer Systems LP, an engineering and manufacturing group specializing in plastic composite and fiber optic technologies, introduces the Lancer Systems Lightweight Carbon-Fiber Handguard (LCH) for…

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Thompson Machine's Poseidon Suppressors

Thompson Machine’s Poseidon Suppressors

Thompson Machine’s Poseidon series of sound suppressors represent something truly new on the sound suppressor market. While most 9mm and .45 ACP pistol suppressors are…

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AdeQ Firearms Company's Vigilum Tactical Pistol

AdeQ Firearms Company’s Vigilum Tactical Pistol

The Vigilum is the first handgun offering of AdeQ Firearms Company. It is a full sized, 1911 style pistol with the following features: rail system,…

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Larson Electronics Explosion-Proof Manhole Light

Larson Electronics Explosion-Proof Manhole Light

Magnalight.com has announced the release of an innovative manhole mounted light fixture to its explosion proof lighting inventory. The Magnalight MMLP-1MLED Temporary Manhole Mount Light…

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Revision's Soldier Systems Helmets

Revision’s Soldier Systems Helmets

Revision has now officially expanded into the Soldier Systems helmet business with a significant 3-year contract to develop the U.S. Army’s next-generation head protection system….

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Primary Arms Compact 3x Scope

Primary Arms Compact 3x Scope

Primary Arms has just introduced a new compact 3x power scope. The new scope features a field of view that measures 35 feet at 100…

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5.11 Tactical Duty Packs/Pouches

5.11 Tactical Duty Packs/Pouches

For a covert officer, being at the top of their game means blending in until it matters most.  5.11 Tactical knows that “under cover” is…

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Industry News: Volume 4, Number 1

Industry News: Volume 4, Number 1

Glock Announces Voluntary Replacement of Recoil Spring Assemblies in Gen4 Pistols Glock announced that it is voluntarily exchanging the recoil spring assembly (RSA) on its…

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ASDA 2011

ASDA 2011

The City of Split, Croatia, was an excellent choice for a show in the region. The April weather is wonderful, the sights are breathtaking, the people are hospitable and the accommodations and expenses are very reasonable. Split is located on the Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea, and the Croatian heritage is influenced heavily by millennia of interaction with Italy, just across the Sea. Split is also centrally located to many of the regional military groups, making it readily accessible and providing a good flow of attendees….

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Chinese CS06 SMG and LS06 Suppressor

Chinese CS06 SMG and LS06 Suppressor

Chinese submachine gun technology has come a long way in the past 50 years. From the days of chop-shop PPSh-41 variants through the copies of Thompson submachine guns and M3 Greaseguns, a very efficient and high-technology infrastructure has evolved. Westerners may not be quick to understand the devotion the Chinese have to developing the manufacturing base in their defense industry….

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Bumar Group: Poland's Defense Industry Champion

Bumar Group: Poland’s Defense Industry Champion

Bumar is now a household name in Poland and one in circulation for over 55 years. But it was only in the last 10 years that it became a high-roller in Poland’s defense industry as a core company around which a concern of Bumar Group was built. It all started in 1953 when Bumar Construction Machinery Industrial Union was organized in Warsaw as a state holding company governing construction machinery, manufacturing and trade. Of course, as was a matter of custom….

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SADJ Identification Series: The RPG ID Guide

SADJ Identification Series: The RPG ID Guide

SADJ has brought a number of articles on the RPG-7 and its technology and history to our readers.  We’ve covered light armorer work, as well as operational idiosyncrasies, and we’ve dispelled myths perpetuated by a generation of writers and Internet gurus who insist on saying “RPG” means “Rocket Propelled Grenade” no matter how many times it’s explained that this is a recoilless launcher system…

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LAAD 2011

LAAD 2011

LAAD Brazil has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade and today it is a formidable contender as a top Latin American military trade show.  We find it second only in size to the FIDAE show in Chile but that’s not a fair comparison, as FIDAE has a massive airshow attached.  Attendees and the 600+ exhibitors alike were pleased with the large turnout (24,000 people and delegations from 53 countries) that….

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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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Quicksand: Gemtech's 7.62 NATO Lightweight Quick-Detach Sound Suppressor

Quicksand: Gemtech’s 7.62 NATO Lightweight Quick-Detach Sound Suppressor

The new Gemtech Quicksand sound suppressor, now available for purchase, is used on 7.62 NATO rifles and utilizes a patented quick mount system.  It can be fastened securely in only two seconds and at only 17.5 ounces in weight it is the lightest quick-detach .308 suppressor available….

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The Japanese Type 92 (M1932) 7.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (Kyuni Shiki Jukikanju)

The Japanese Type 92 (M1932) 7.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (Kyuni Shiki Jukikanju)

The Japanese had a unique system of naming and numbering their weapons using two basic methods.  One method referred to the Type number, which represented the last two digits of the Japanese Jimmu Year.  For the Type 92 machine gun, this represented the year 2592 (or 1932 on the Gregorian calendar).  This is noted in three Japanese kanji characters arranged in a vertical column on top of the gun’s receiver…

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SITDEF 2011

SITDEF 2011

The International Defense Technology Exhibition and Prevention of Natural Disasters, SITDEF PERÚ had its beginnings in 2007. It was conceived as a commercial and cultural gathering promoted and organized by the Ministry of Defense and the Peruvian Armed Forces. The fair takes places every two years, and SADJ had the opportunity to attend the third edition at the General Army Headquarters in Lima. The exhibition gathers national and international companies displaying state-of-the-art technology in the defense area, representing Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Ecuador…

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Future Industry Small Arms

Future Industry Small Arms

Combat experience in Afghanistan has prompted some rapid changes in the small arms carried by ISAF foot soldiers; and most especially by the U.S. Army, USMC and the British Army and Royal Marines.  The purpose of this article is to outline these changes, determine the lessons learned, and look ahead to examine the extent to which the growing variety of rifles including DMRs (Designated Marksman Rifles), carbines, IARs (Infantry Automatic Rifles) and LMGs (light machine guns) might be replaced in the future by a smaller number of weapons without losing any capability.

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The Armalite AR-10T

The Armalite AR-10T

The reintroduction of the AR-10/SR-25 in the early 1990s re-revolutionized the use of semiautomatic rifles as sniper/tactical rifles. The direct gas system combined with the eight-lug rotating bolt and a free floating barrel made this system sub-MOA with little difficulty or maintenance. Although the AR-10 was discarded nearly 50 years ago by a biased and self serving….

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El Salvador: Standing Tall

El Salvador: Standing Tall

The Marine looked sharp.  He was dressed in the new MARPAT green camouflage pattern, cut to the US M1967 jungle style and matched to a cover of the same material; he wore the Special Forces harness and carried the M4A4 Carbine.  The same standard was observed in the hands of elements of the DM4 from Comandos de Morazán and other troops.  This was definitely a leap forward from the rag-tag look observed only a few months before….

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Bunker Busters: Firepower From the Dismounted Soldier

Bunker Busters: Firepower From the Dismounted Soldier

Urban warfare, snipers and insurgents are hiding in buildings and they will try to do devastating attacks on soldiers and the insurgents are protected by the building they are firing from. When the soldiers are approaching the buildings, it is a good chance that some of them will be killed. What they need is a weapon that can level the playing field – the shoulder mounted assault weapon. As western armies are seeking lighter equipment for their dismounted infantry….

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 4

International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 4

Those involved in the international arms trade are (or should be) intimately familiar with the International Trade in Arms Regulations, frequently known by its acronym,…

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Command Arms M4S1 Handguard

Command Arms M4S1 Handguard

Command Arms Accessories/EMA Tactical is proud to announce their M4S1 M16/AR-15 Carbine Handguard System which sets the standard for a stable and rigid design by…

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SIG Sauer P250 Subcompact

SIG Sauer P250 Subcompact

SIG Sauer, Inc., manufacturer of commercial, law enforcement and military firearms, introduces the latest version of the P250 Modular Pistol System, the P250 Subcompact with…

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EHD's EHD-MC1

EHD’s EHD-MC1

EHP (Electronic Hearing Protection) announces the addition of the new EHD- MC1 to their line of sound amplification/hearing protection products.  The EHD- MC1 is the…

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Bushnell's Elite 1600 ARC

Bushnell’s Elite 1600 ARC

The new Bushnell Elite 1600 ARC Laser Rangefinder offers outstanding pinpoint precision, ruggedness and optical quality in a compact, easy-to-use device.  The Elite 1600 ARC…

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LaserMax Gen4 Glock Guide Rod Laser

LaserMax Gen4 Glock Guide Rod Laser

LaserMax has now announced the release of a Guide Rod Laser to fit the Gen4 Glock models 26 and 27 subcompact pistols.  With the addition…

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Cannon Scout Series Safes

Cannon Scout Series Safes

The new Cannon Scout Series is a full-featured safe that offers trademark Cannon quality, security and good looks.  With solid fire protection, rugged construction and…

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ISSC-Austria's Desert Tan MK22

ISSC-Austria’s Desert Tan MK22

ISSC-Austria, exclusive importer and distributor of the M22 range pistol, proudly announces the introduction of the ISSC Modern Sporting Rifle in Desert Tan; the MK22…

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JetBeam Tactical Lights

JetBeam Tactical Lights

JetBeam, a Chinese company, has introduced two new tactical lights: the BC 40 and the BC 20.  Both lights feature Cree LEDs and adjustable front…

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Industry News: Volume 3, Number 4

Industry News: Volume 3, Number 4

Former Bushmaster plant back in production Earlier this year, the Freedom Group, current owner of Bushmaster Firearms, moved operations from Maine to streamline operations.  It…

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ISDEF 2010

ISDEF 2010

(Left) LRB6000CI 7×50 laser range finder by Newcon-Optik will give excellent identification up to 6 km. (Right) The NVS33 clip-on night vision mounts either forward…

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AUSA 2010

AUSA 2010

The Colt CM901 weapon system proved to be a popular destination for many attendees. AUSA 2010 proved to be a great success, with attendance by…

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Uhlan 21: The Polish Future Soldier Project

Uhlan 21: The Polish Future Soldier Project

Designing “Future Soldiers” space-age suits of armor with TV and other creature comforts has been a popular fad since 1950s, but only in the last decade have such projects significantly moved from concept into the mainstream. Latest advances in microelectronics, mechanics and ergonomics, coupled with shifting the emphasize from the tanks and missiles back towards individual soldier as a result of the end of the Cold War and in accordance with the ‘asymmetric warfare’ doctrine, brought about Future Soldier projects popping up everywhere….

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Sharpshooter: The UK's New L129A1 7.62x51mm Rifle

Sharpshooter: The UK’s New L129A1 7.62x51mm Rifle

A soldier from the 1st Battalion the Scots Guards looking through the scope of his Sharpshooter rifle. Members of B Company, the 1st Battalion The…

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SHOT Show 2011

SHOT Show 2011

The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) show was once again held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. …

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Surefire Mini and Micro Muzzle Devices

Surefire Mini and Micro Muzzle Devices

All SureFire suppressors attach over the muzzle of an AR-15/M16 (shown here on an M4) via a muzzle brake/flash hider that replaces the factory bird…

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Colt Automatic Gun Model 1895/1914

Colt Automatic Gun Model 1895/1914

Captain Herbert W. McBride of the 21st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, wrote in his excellent book A Rifleman Went to War the following concerning the use of the Colt Automatic Gun Model 1895. “We Canadians of the Second Division were originally equipped with Colt guns… I imagine I can hear some sniffles and horse-laughs. You think that the Colt is a poor weapon, eh? Well, just let me tell you something for your information and instruction… Never have I seen any machine gun….

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Project Manager Soldier Weapons

Project Manager Soldier Weapons

By the time you read this, the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System with its uncannily accurate airburst ammo will undoubtedly have drawn its first blood in Afghanistan. This sci-fi looking individual armament, initially the “grenade gun” upper half of the ill-fated Objective Individual Combat Weapon, has been in combat operational test mode for several months now with selected elements of US Special Operations Command….

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A Visit to Caracal: SADJ Tours Caracal's UAE Headquarters

A Visit to Caracal: SADJ Tours Caracal’s UAE Headquarters

19 February, 2011. A small group of firearms community writers from the United States had been invited to the Caracal facility in the United Arab Emirates. (David Fortier, Bryce Towsley, Tim Ford, and Mike Seeklander joined this author). We gathered at our hotels in the morning, and were taken to the facility where we were greeted by Saeed Ali Al Shamsi from Caracal and given the grand tour of the manufacturing facility….

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IDEX 2011

IDEX 2011

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) of 2011 is a biannual show that has reached its 10th anniversary with this event. It is a mature show with well developed habits and procedures for the exhibitors and attendees. Having established itself as a benchmark show much like Eurosatory, Milipol, DSA or AUSA, IDEX attracts a rich diversity of attendees from around the world. The show itself is centered in Abu Dhabi, the capitol city of the United Arab Emirates….

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Leupold: Modern Innovations in the Optics Industry

Leupold: Modern Innovations in the Optics Industry

Firing the Remington Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) set up on .338 Lapua, with the Leupold Mark 4, 6.5-20x50mm Extended Range/Tactical (ER/T) optic. Leupold, the oldest…

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Armalite SPR Mod 1 (with High Speed Magpul Enhancements)

Armalite SPR Mod 1 (with High Speed Magpul Enhancements)

The SPR Mod 1 being put through its paces by Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Steve Worden. The ArmaLite rifle is equipped with the Trijicon…

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Peruvian Small Arms: Gunning for the Shining Path

Peruvian Small Arms: Gunning for the Shining Path

About one week prior to our visit to Lima, the die hard guerrillas of Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) had ambushed an Army patrol, killing all 14 soldiers.  The region known as VRAE (for Rivers Apurimac and Ene Valley) has become a hub of military activity with soldiers and police officers chasing the Sendero Luminoso guerrilla group, which has resurrected in a narco-guerrilla form.  The extremist Maoist Shining Path guerrilla group was decimated in the 1980s, but a core of some 300 insurgents escaped to the Vizcatán region….

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 3

International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 3

Recent questions have arisen in the international arms community over retransfer assurances and end use restrictions on U.S. made products.  While some of the U.S….

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ST Kinetics Remote Weapon Station (RWS)

ST Kinetics Remote Weapon Station (RWS)

ST  Kinetics’  Remote  Weapon Station (RWS) is a remotely operated two-axis stabilised  weapon  station.  Equipped with  advanced  sightings and video tracking,  the  versatile  system  provides…

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BLACKHAWK! Dynamic Entry's Mini Deployment Kit

BLACKHAWK! Dynamic Entry’s Mini Deployment Kit

BLACKHAWK! Dynamic Entry now offers the Mini Deployment Kit.  This compact and portable entry kit was created based on the unique demands patrol and tactical…

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Raptor's Safe-T Wipes

Raptor’s Safe-T Wipes

Raptor Safe-T Wipes have been specially formulated to immediately detect explosives and provide a simple colorimetric indicator for the user.  The wipes work on a…

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LaserMax Genesis

LaserMax Genesis

LaserMax has now announced the debut of Genesis, a compact, durable green laser with a rechargeable battery.  The highly visible, pulsating green laser from LaserMax…

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McMillan's M3A Rifle

McMillan’s M3A Rifle

McMillan has now expanded its tactical line with the introduction of the McMillan M3A rifle.  The M1 platform has seen renewed interest as a close-range…

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Battle Arms Development's B.A.D.A.S.S.

Battle Arms Development’s B.A.D.A.S.S.

Battle Arms Development Ambidextrous Safety Selector (B.A.D.A.S.S.) is a new selector for the AR-15/M16 series of rifles.  The new selector is not only ambidextrous but…

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Kel-Tec's KSG

Kel-Tec’s KSG

Kel-Tec has just announced the introduction of its new bullpup-style shotgun called the KSG.  This previously rumored shotgun is now a reality.  The KSG is…

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Barrett M107A1 Rifle

Barrett M107A1 Rifle

Barrett, a company internationally known for providing high-end firearms, optics, and training, introduces to the commercial market the next generation of the U.S. Army’s M107…

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BAE Systems M777

BAE Systems M777

Weighing in at less than 4,200 kg, the revolutionary M777 is the world’s first artillery weapon to make widespread use of titanium and aluminum alloys,…

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Industry News: Volume 3, Number 3

Industry News: Volume 3, Number 3

Bushmaster Manufacturing Moving to New York The Freedom Group announced a manufacturing relocation of the Bushmaster Firearms International manufacturing facility located in Windham, Maine, to…

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IndoDefence 2010

IndoDefence 2010

6 November, 2011 – The Mount Merapi volcano was acting up about 450 kilometers from Jakarta, and many of us were stranded at diverse airports…

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Guns of the Spetsnaz: Specially Designed CQB Rifles

Guns of the Spetsnaz: Specially Designed CQB Rifles

Pair of OMON (SWAT-type unit) operators prepare for entry exercise, armed with suppressed 9-A91 rifles. By the late 1980s, special operations elements of the Soviet…

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Elites of the Exercito Brasiliero

Elites of the Exercito Brasiliero

Brazilian soldier armed with M964 rifles and a Carl Gustav 84mm Recoilless Rifle. (U.S. DoD) The Brazilian government must rely on a number of crack…

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Bushmaster ACR Adaptive Combat Weapon System

Bushmaster ACR Adaptive Combat Weapon System

The sample rifle was extremely accurate with Silver State Armory 69grain OTM ammunition. Groups hovered between 1” to 1.5” @ 100 yards. At the 2007…

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FIAT Revelli Modelo 1914

FIAT Revelli Modelo 1914

Right side view the Italian FIAT Revelli Model 1914 with top ejection port cover open. Italy was the first country in the world to officially…

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UKM-2000: The Polish Successor to the PKM

UKM-2000: The Polish Successor to the PKM

A machinegunner of the Polish 16th Air Assault Battalion preparing to open fire at the Wedrzyn Training Ground pop-up target range. Note the obvious outer…

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FN SCAR 47GL / MK 17

FN SCAR 47GL / MK 17

The 40mm grenade launcher has seemingly become ubiquitous in the catalog of modern rifle manufacturers.  It seems that no catalog is complete without a 40mm…

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SOFEX 2010

SOFEX 2010

The conflicts in the Middle East go on, as they have through the ages.  The shores of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan look out over…

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Infantry Weapons Conference Report

Infantry Weapons Conference Report

A U.S. Marine Corps Marine, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (BLT 1/6), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, International Security Assistance Force, NATO, looks…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 2

International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 2

Recently, there has been a lot of press regarding the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA).  Readers active within the small arms industry will recall…

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MGM Targets Recon

MGM Targets Recon

MGM Targets has announced that they are releasing their new ReCon Target. This is the only pneumatically driven, self contained auto-reset target on the market….

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3D Scanning by Tilling Consulting

3D Scanning by Tilling Consulting

Tilling Corp. is a Tactical Systems and Weapons Design Firm that provides product design and development, 3D scanning and rapid prototyping, for the military, law…

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FN Herstal's deFNder Medium

FN Herstal’s deFNder Medium

The deFNder™ Medium is the latest addition to the FN family of remote weapon stations. It has been designed to fulfill the force protection mission…

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SureFire's 60/100rd Aluminum Magazines

SureFire’s 60/100rd Aluminum Magazines

SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products, is proud to announce the release of its hi-capacity 60- and 100-round (STANAG 4179) aluminum…

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Lucid Variable Magnifier

Lucid Variable Magnifier

Lucid announces the world’s first variable (2x-5x) magnifier for red dot sights. Available soon from Lucid, to shooting enthusiasts, law enforcement personnel and other armed…

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Wilson Combat's Whisper Titanium Suppressor

Wilson Combat’s Whisper Titanium Suppressor

For over a decade, Wilson Combat has been testing dozens of the competitor’s suppressors looking for the best match of noise attenuation, portability and hard-use…

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US POD BOX Armorer's Cart

US POD BOX Armorer’s Cart

US POD BOX, the original U.S. provider of mobile units to transport supplies and capabilities for multiple professional applications, announces more options to the PODBOX…

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ISSC-Austria's MK22

ISSC-Austria’s MK22

ISSC-Austria, exclusive importer and distributor of the M22 range pistol, proudly announces the introduction of the ISSC Modern Sporting Rifle: the MK22 in .22 LR….

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New QD Mounts from Impact Weapons Components

New QD Mounts from Impact Weapons Components

Impact Weapons Components, LLC line of Mount-N Slot brand of direct attach mounts eliminate the need for 1913 Picatinny rail sections. The quick detach Mont-N-Slot…

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Industry News: Volume 3, Number 2

Industry News: Volume 3, Number 2

Smith & Wesson Smith & Wesson announced that Jeffrey D. Buchanan has been named executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.  Buchanan, 55, has…

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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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Daewoo K11 Advanced Combat Rifle: The Future Has Arrived

Daewoo K11 Advanced Combat Rifle: The Future Has Arrived

Daewoo Precision, maker of the USAS12 combat shotgun, K1 and K2 battle rifles, and the K3 LMG, has manufactured well designed and robust weapon systems. …

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Partner 2009

Partner 2009

The fourth bi-annual Partner Serbia show was held over the course of four sunny days in Belgrade, Serbia in June 2009. The show has grown…

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MSPO 2010

MSPO 2010

Newer model of the AR adapter features a beveled mouth for easier loading. The XVIII International Defense Industry Exhibition MSPO 2010, in Kielce, Poland, September…

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U.S. Colt Vickers Model of 1915

U.S. Colt Vickers Model of 1915

Right side of the U.S. Colt Vickers Model of 1915 on the Mark IV tripod shown with the condensing hose and tin lined water box…

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Modern Day Marine 2010

Modern Day Marine 2010

The United States Marine Corps put their best foot forward once again for the 30th annual Modern Day Marine (MDM) show at Quantico, Virginia. This…

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Guns of the Spetsnaz: Specially-Designed Silenced Long Guns

Guns of the Spetsnaz: Specially-Designed Silenced Long Guns

OMON (Russian Police Spetsnaz) operator with OTs-14 rifle in GL configuration. As discussed in previous articles on the subject, Soviet Army Spetsnaz troops and specialized…

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The Caracal Pistol: A New Animal for the Firearms Professional

The Caracal Pistol: A New Animal for the Firearms Professional

When Small Arms Defense Journal was contacted to see if we were interested in testing the initial batch of Caracal pistols imported into the United…

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Glauberyt: The Last of the Polish Submachine Guns

Glauberyt: The Last of the Polish Submachine Guns

Test model of the wz.1973 SMG – the Zielonka Glauberyt. In the early 1970s, most submachine guns still in use with the armies of the…

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Knight's Armament M110: The New Breed of Sniper Rifle

Knight’s Armament M110: The New Breed of Sniper Rifle

Over the last 15 or so years, the sniper rifle in both concept and rifle has changed.  It was not until the Vietnam War where…

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