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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International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 1

International Legal Affairs: Volume 3, Number 1

The arms trade is a multi-billion dollar global international market, with arms being traded by both small and large entities.  Unfortunately, like any trade, the…

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5.11 Tactical's Multicam Clothing

5.11 Tactical’s Multicam Clothing

Multicam, the new standard in real-world concealment, is now available from 5.11 Tactical. The 5.11 Multicam Rapid Assault Shirt and 5.11 Tactical Multicam TDU Pant…

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Revision's Sawfly Eyewear System

Revision’s Sawfly Eyewear System

Revision, leading developer of protective eyewear for military and law enforcement forces worldwide, introduces the completely redesigned Sawfly Military Eyewear System. The new Sawfly Eyewear…

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LaserLyte SML

LaserLyte SML

LaserLyte has just announced the expansion of its Side Mount Laser (SML) line to now offer a unit that fits nearly all Smith & Wesson…

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Sinclair Tactical Bipod

Sinclair Tactical Bipod

Adverse conditions in the field place a premium on equipment capable of performing at a high level while withstanding the hard knocks of prolonged daily…

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Extreme Shock's Trauma Readiness Pack

Extreme Shock’s Trauma Readiness Pack

Extreme Shock Ammunition introduces the new TRP, or Trauma Readiness Pack. The TRP is an emergency care pack that offers far more than the traditional…

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Laser Ammo's SureStrike Laser Training System

Laser Ammo’s SureStrike Laser Training System

Laser Ammo, Ltd., manufacturer of the patent pending SureStrike dry fire system, provides the world’s safest and most cost-effective laser marksmanship tools that improve skill…

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SIG Sauer P290

SIG Sauer P290

SIG Sauer, the leading manufacturer of military, law enforcement, government agency and commercial firearms, introduces the new SIG Sauer P290 sub-compact 9mm pistol. The latest…

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Cyclops Nexus HID

Cyclops Nexus HID

Cyclops, an innovator in personal and field lighting solutions, introduces the Nexus HID (high intensity discharge bulb). The Nexus HID is a rechargeable, eye-blistering 3,200…

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The Armatac Industries SAW-MAG

The Armatac Industries SAW-MAG

The new SAW-MAG from Armatac Industries offers for the first time a reliable and efficient 150-round magazine for the .223/5.56mm rifle. Designed to fit NATO…

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Industry News: Volume 3, Number 1

Industry News: Volume 3, Number 1

U.S. Export Control Reform On December 9, President Obama announced that, as part of the Administration’s effort to reform the export control system, the Departments…

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Is it Time to Go Metric for Small Arms?

Is it Time to Go Metric for Small Arms?

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

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Defense Services Asia 2010

Defense Services Asia 2010

Defense Services Asia is one of the premier Asian trade shows for defense items and services in Asia. Held biennially in even numbered years, the…

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Interview with Buddy Howells (Grandson of Col. George M. Chinn)

Interview with Buddy Howells (Grandson of Col. George M. Chinn)

George Kontis and Buddy Howells visit Cave House in 2010. (George Kontis) On April 11, 2010, I traveled to Harrodsburg, KY where I met with…

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BSDA 2010: Black Sea Defence & Aerospace

BSDA 2010: Black Sea Defence & Aerospace

With the addition of Romania to the European Union in 2007, the EU stretched from the North Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, from the Atlantic…

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IWA 2010

IWA 2010

The 37th annual International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sporting Arms, Outdoor Articles and Accessories, was held in Nürnberg, Germany, from March 12-15, 2010. Formerly…

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Enter the REPR: LWRC Enters the Precision .308 Market

Enter the REPR: LWRC Enters the Precision .308 Market

The industry has seen much change over the last 10 to 15 years in caliber as well as weapon revivals. In the mid 1950s the…

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U.S. Automatic Machine Rifle Model of 1909

U.S. Automatic Machine Rifle Model of 1909

The Automatic Machine Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1909 – also known as the “Benét-Mercié.” Weighing in at about 30 pounds it was considered a…

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SpecOps East Warfighter Expo 2010

SpecOps East Warfighter Expo 2010

Tony Musa of Glock made sure that attendees did not bypass the Gen4 as just another Glock. The system features a dual recoil spring and…

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Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy's Riverine Forces (Part Two)

Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy’s Riverine Forces (Part Two)

10 April 2009, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. A Riverine Patrol Boat executes a low speed turn in preparation for another pass in support of the…

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Dr. Dater's LMO Suppressor Class

Dr. Dater’s LMO Suppressor Class

Each of the students had a chance to test-fire various weapons and suppressors on the range day of the class. Affable, cheerful and humorous, the…

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Eurosatory 2010

Eurosatory 2010

Eurosatory 2010 was held at the Parc du Exposition, located outside of Paris, France on June 14-18, 2010.  As one of the largest tradeshows in…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 4

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 4

Previous articles regarding UN gun control measures have warned of current and pending actions at the United Nations that threaten to limit, or control an…

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Elite Iron Suppressors

Elite Iron Suppressors

Elite Iron introduces the new Bravo SD, Sierra SD and SEAR sound suppressors.  Based on real world input, the Elite Iron Bravo SD sound suppressor…

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The HammerHead Assault Rifle Tool

The HammerHead Assault Rifle Tool

The Hammerhead Rifle Tool Company released its HammerHead Assault Rifle Tool.  The tool is designed for multiple uses on the AR-15/M16 and M4 as well…

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Camelbak's Squadbak

Camelbak’s Squadbak

CamelBak introduces the SquadBak, eliminating the need for awkward and inefficient jerry cans in the field.  Whether hanging in the barracks, an armored vehicle or…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 4

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 4

Maryland Probation Officer Convicted of Export Violations Emenike Charles Nwankwoala, a 49-year-old resident of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty to charges that he exported shotguns, pistols…

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IDEF 2009

IDEF 2009

Agencija Alan presented the latest and reportedly final version of the Type VHS assault rifle. This rifle is 5.56x45mm in a bullpup configuration using gas…

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FIDAE 2010

FIDAE 2010

23mm gun turret on Chinese made ZFB05 APC. The Defence Aviation and Space Fair (FIDAE) is today one of the most important military events in…

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The Swiss MG11 Maxim Machine Gun

The Swiss MG11 Maxim Machine Gun

Overall right-hand view of the MG11. Hiram Maxim was born in the United States in 1840.  His genius lay in his ability to grasp the…

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LMT's Monolithic Rail Platform

LMT’s Monolithic Rail Platform

At SHOT Show 2004, a new black rifle was introduced that was not just a copy of the standard design that most of the industry…

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Brugger & Thomet's MP9 in 6.5x25 CBJ

Brugger & Thomet’s MP9 in 6.5×25 CBJ

The phone call from Carl Bertil Johansson in early summer 2009 came out of the blue.  The founder of the Swedish company CBJ Tech had…

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Ammunition Mecca in Middle America: A Visit to the Lake City Ammunition Plant

Ammunition Mecca in Middle America: A Visit to the Lake City Ammunition Plant

Freshly loaded .50 BMG rounds. Each color used to seal the primers represents a separate loading machine, allowing defective rounds to be tracked back to…

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Serbia's Tactical Training Team

Serbia’s Tactical Training Team

Tactical attendee live firing the M55A3 triple barreled 20mm anti-aircraft machine gun in the ground anti-material roll. This weapon system is highly portable, and provides…

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Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy's Riverine Forces (Part One)

Guns & Gear of the U.S. Navy’s Riverine Forces (Part One)

Note: Part Two of this article is available here. The “Brown Water Navy” is back in force and elements of Captain Kruger’s command have been…

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Expomil 2009

Expomil 2009

The TR-85 M1 tank from Romania has a crew of four. It’s armed with a rifled 100mm cannon that has a maximum rate of fire…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 3

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 3

On Tuesday, January 19, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the arrest of 22 individuals on allegations of violating the…

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The Ohio Ordnance Works M240 Select-Fire Trigger Group

The Ohio Ordnance Works M240 Select-Fire Trigger Group

Ohio Ordnance Works Inc. (OOW) in Chardon, Ohio, USA, has been working on machine guns for over three decades and transitioned into government contracting in…

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The SIG P522

The SIG P522

SIG recently released the SIG P522, a pistol version of the SIG 522 rifle.  Built around the full sized P556 pistol as a guide, the…

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The Nikon M-223 Line of Riflescopes

The Nikon M-223 Line of Riflescopes

Recognizing the popularity of AR rifles, Nikon developed a new line of riflescopes built to deliver extreme speed, accuracy and shooting confidence.  The M-223 line…

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Winchester's lead-free .223 Remington bullet

Winchester’s lead-free .223 Remington bullet

Winchester Ammunition is taking varmint hunting to a new level, using fragmenting copper core technology to incorporate a lead-free .223 Remington bullet in the Ballistic…

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The Gunvault AR MagVault

The Gunvault AR MagVault

GunVault unveiled the AR MagVault, a revolutionary new way to keep an AR rifle secure. The unique design allows the lock to fit within the…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 3

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 3

New Requirements for Commodity Jurisdiction Requests The U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (State/DDTC) has posted a message on its website that…

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

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

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

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AUSA 2009

AUSA 2009

The Association of the United States Army held its annual meeting on October 5-7, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC.  As…

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NDIA 2010: Chinn & Hathcock Award Winners

NDIA 2010: Chinn & Hathcock Award Winners

2010 NDIA Chinn Award: Frank Puzycki Each year at the NDIA Small Arms Annual Meeting, the George M. Chinn Award is presented to honor a…

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DSEi 2009: Reflecting Market Changes

DSEi 2009: Reflecting Market Changes

Last September’s Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) saw more than 25,000 people attend to see 1,280 exhibitors covering all areas of the defence and…

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IDEX 2009

IDEX 2009

The Mini-Beryl was one of several Polish small arms on display. SADJ attended the 9th biannual IDEX show in Abu Dhabi on 22-26 February, 2009,…

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SADJ Visits ST Kinetics

SADJ Visits ST Kinetics

We received an invitation to come to ST Kinetics in Singapore and view their newest small arms offerings.  As quickly as possible, we made the…

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French St. Etienne Model 1907

French St. Etienne Model 1907

Photo postcard showing the rare Puteaux M1905 machine gun. The caption reads “Mailly Camp – Infantry soldiers operating a machine gun in an open field”…

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The Sounds of Silence: Part 4

The Sounds of Silence: Part 4

Pressure testing the entrance chamber of a 1.38 inch diameter 5.56mm suppressor on a 10.4 inch barrel. Pressure measurements of 2,998 psi calculated an acceptable…

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SHOT Show 2010

SHOT Show 2010

The term “SHOT Show” while unbeknownst to some, is to anyone involved in the world of firearms and all things outdoors, the show to attend. …

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Air Gunners Memorial at the Yorkshire Air Museum // York, U.K.

Air Gunners Memorial at the Yorkshire Air Museum // York, U.K.

The jewel of their aircraft collection is this flying Handley Page Halifax II (III) “Friday the 13th” that is operated and maintained at the Yorkshire…

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Defense & Security 2009

Defense & Security 2009

The Tri-Service Asian Defense and Internal Security Event for Land, Sea and Air and Security Exhibition was held at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Bangkok,…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 2

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 2

The sale of defense articles worldwide is typically straight forward – the buyer coordinates with the seller, and each party secures the proper government licenses…

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New Products: Volume 2, Number 2

New Products: Volume 2, Number 2

Energizer Two Energizer flashlights have been selected by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office – Soldier (PEO-Soldier) for inclusion in the Approved Family of Flashlight…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 2

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 2

ATF Manufacturing and Marking Requirements Eased On November 19, 2009, ATF released Ruling 2009-5 that relieves subcontractors from marking receivers and/or other restricted parts manufactured on…

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Blyskawica: Poland's First Successful SMG Design

Blyskawica: Poland’s First Successful SMG Design

The Blyskawica (‘Lightning’, pronounced bwiskavitsa, with ‘wi’ to be read like in ‘wisdom’) was designed and manufactured fully clandestine, for the Home Army (Armia Krajowa,…

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SIG Sauer Raises the Bar with Their New SIG516/517 Rifles

SIG Sauer Raises the Bar with Their New SIG516/517 Rifles

Historically, the annual AUSA Show is not known for debuts of the latest small arms technology.  The big dollar programs like MRAP and Future Combat…

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Ruger's SR-556

Ruger’s SR-556

At the NRA Show in early 2009, Ruger introduced a new member to their semiautomatic rifle line: the SR-556 – Ruger’s Black Rifle.  When they…

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The Fraser-Volpe Mars Weapon Sight: A New Roman God of War

The Fraser-Volpe Mars Weapon Sight: A New Roman God of War

A relatively new product on the U.S. market, the Multi-Purpose Aiming Reflex Sight (MARS) has been on the international market for several years, and is reportedly…

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Museum Satria Mandala // Jakarta, Indonesia

Museum Satria Mandala // Jakarta, Indonesia

Example of the museum’s diorama section: The Battle of Cibadak – 9 December, 1945. “On 9 December 1945, a British military convoy escorted by several…

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History of the Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Launcher

History of the Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Launcher

The HK M320 40mm grenade launcher. Until recently, the field of 40mm grenade launchers was almost exclusively dominated by the M203.  With the recent adoption…

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Are We Forever Stuck with the Bayonet?

Are We Forever Stuck with the Bayonet?

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

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Brugger+Thomet's Police Days

Brugger+Thomet’s Police Days

TASER introduced their TASER X12 dedicated less-lethal shotgun done in cooperation with Mossberg but did not have the actual X12 on display. The X12 is…

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IMDEX 2009

IMDEX 2009

Over 150 exhibitors from 23 countries gathered in the sunny Singapore Spring for IMDEX 2009.  This was the seventh biannual IMDEX, and it was opened…

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ITEC 2009

ITEC 2009

ITEC attracts exhibitors that constantly push the envelope in cutting-edge defense training, education, and simulation.  120+ exhibitors provide hands-on demonstrations of technological applications for military…

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The Soviet Model PB Silenced Pistol

The Soviet Model PB Silenced Pistol

The Makarov PB suppressed pistol with the secondary suppressor removed. This was easily concealed, and the secondary suppressor could be attached literally in seconds. The…

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The Austrian Schwarzlose Model 07/12 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

The Austrian Schwarzlose Model 07/12 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose of Charlottenburg, Germany was a well known and respected inventor and arms designer working out of the gun making center of Suhl,…

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MSPO 2009

MSPO 2009

The 40mm RGP-40 MGL sparked many controversies and we’re certain to hear about it in the future. The exhibited prototype was fitted with a CK-5/Zs-1…

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Russian Underwater Guns

Russian Underwater Guns

Dr. Philip H. Dater takes aim with the SSP-1M 4-barrel underwater pistol. The sound signature was recorded as 160.1 dB average in open air. (Dan…

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Modern Day Marine 2009

Modern Day Marine 2009

8 July 2009, Afghanistan. First Lieutenant George Saenz, along with two members of the Afghan National Police, provides security during operations in Helmand Province. His…

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From the Mean Streets: Maljutka

From the Mean Streets: Maljutka

The strategic placement of elements on the battlefield has been the subject of millions of words, from many sources, both experienced and those who are…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 1

International Legal Affairs: Volume 2, Number 1

Gun control efforts by the United Nations are well known.  The Fredrik Reuterswärd sculpture of a revolver with its barrel tied in a knot is…

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SAAB Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW

SAAB Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW

Three demonstrations of the Saab New Light Anti-tank Weapon, NLAW, including live firing, were conducted during the summer 2009.  At the same time, deliveries were…

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FAL/SA58 Mags (DS Arms)

FAL/SA58 Mags (DS Arms)

DSArms, the  world leader in FAL type rifles and accessories, is pleased to offer new US made FAL high capacity magazines. These new steel magazines…

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RAAM (Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module)

RAAM (Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module)

Vectronix and Wilcox Industries have jointly developed a new weapon sight for stand alone and under-barrel 40mm grenade launchers.  Utilizing a laser range finder, ballistic…

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Industry News: Volume 2, Number 1

Industry News: Volume 2, Number 1

Law Enforcement International The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Law Enforcement International (LEI) for the supply of a new 7.62mm semiautomatic “sharpshooter”…

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LAAD 2009

LAAD 2009

Al Thiago Gomes is quite pleased with the US Ordnance MK43 Mod 0 (M60E4 variant) that DSA brought to LAAD 2009. (www.usordnance.com) Tactical Electronics had…

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Brugger & Thomet's Swiss 40mm Grenade Launcher

Brugger & Thomet’s Swiss 40mm Grenade Launcher

Switzerland is well known for its exquisite time pieces, fine chocolate, and its highly professional banking practices.  The firearms manufactured by the Swiss are of…

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High Standard Guns of WWII

High Standard Guns of WWII

Gus Swebilius at work. On April 19, 1879 Carl Gustave Swebilius was born in Vingaker, Sweden, one of five children of the town watch maker. …

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The Sounds of Silence, Part 3

The Sounds of Silence, Part 3

The “silenced” Walther PPK used by Sean Connery playing the role of James Bond (007) in Dr. No. The photo shows the right side of…

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The 23rd Annual European Small Arms & Cannons Symposium

The 23rd Annual European Small Arms & Cannons Symposium

For those with strong personal interest in small arms or those engaged professionally in “the business” of weapons, ammunition and ancillary devices there are two…

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Doublestar's 1911 Combat Pistol

Doublestar’s 1911 Combat Pistol

There are few people intimately involved with the gun industry who have not had a favorite 1911 or two.  Testing the latest .45 ACP offering…

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The Royal Thai Army Museum in Honor of His Majesty The King

The Royal Thai Army Museum in Honor of His Majesty The King

0.45 inch British Gatling as manufactured by Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company in England. Caliber is .450 Boxer, like the Martini-Henry rifle of the…

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Italy's Next Generation Rifle: The ARX 160

Italy’s Next Generation Rifle: The ARX 160

The authors were invited to attend the presentation ceremony of the new Beretta ARX 160 Assault Rifle from the world’s oldest firearm manufacturer still in…

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The XM110 40x46 Day/Night Training Round

The XM110 40×46 Day/Night Training Round

In 2003 when the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) identified a need for a 40mm day-night/low-velocity training cartridge, they went to the Army’s Program…

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Steyr SSG 08: Successor to the Austrian Success Story

Steyr SSG 08: Successor to the Austrian Success Story

Right side view of the Steyr SSG 08 with Heavy Barrel-type of barrel. The SSG 08 is a new marksman bolt-action rifle intended to replace…

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BRIDEX 2009

BRIDEX 2009

The second biannual BRIDEX (pronounced Brih-dex) exhibition was a marked success for this small Southeast Asian nation on the northern tip of the island of…

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The Colt LMG

The Colt LMG

Canadian made LSW in the hands of Danish soldiers in Iraq. Notice the Elcan scope and Canadian designed and manufactured polymer magazine. The Danish soldier…

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New .50 Cal Machine Guns, No Tanks

New .50 Cal Machine Guns, No Tanks

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

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The French Hotchkiss Model 1914 Heavy Machine Gun

The French Hotchkiss Model 1914 Heavy Machine Gun

Laurence Benét test fires the Hotchkiss Model 1897 mounted on a wheeled carriage. The Hotchkiss Model 1914 was the standard French Army heavy machine gun…

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Identifying & Collecting the 7.62x39 AK-47/AKM Magazine

Identifying & Collecting the 7.62×39 AK-47/AKM Magazine

Russian magazines (from left): Russian Slab-Side, Early Izhmash Spine Stamped, Ishmash Side-Stamped, Aluminum Waffle, Izhmash AG4. Identifying all magazines, for all AK variants, would be…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 4

International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 4

Historically, U.S. export control policy has served to restrict products and technology to potential enemies, to support foreign policy goals, and by limiting exports to…

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Izlid Ultra by B.E. Meyers

Izlid Ultra by B.E. Meyers

The new IZLID® Ultra is the smallest and most rugged 1-Watt IR laser pointer and illuminator. This laser combines the long-range brightness of the IZLID®…

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Tactical Training Courses by Thor Global Defense Group

Tactical Training Courses by Thor Global Defense Group

With interest in the firearms industry growing exponentially, increased demand has become apparent for efficient and practical training for shooters of all walks of life….

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M240-SLR by Ohio Ordnance Works

M240-SLR by Ohio Ordnance Works

It is a rare opportunity to have the ability to own such a close copy of a current General Purpose Machine Gun.  If you are…

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The Neopup 20x42 P.A.W.

The Neopup 20×42 P.A.W.

The primary mission of small arms development is to increase individual hit probability.  New developments in the field of infantry weapons are beginning to focus…

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Industry News: Volume 1, Number 4

Industry News: Volume 1, Number 4

XS Sight Systems XS Sight Systems introduced the Glass Assault Tool (GAT) as a rapid and effortless means of breaching automotive or cosmetic glass while…

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The 2009 NDIA Small Arms Symposium, Exhibition & Firing Demo

The 2009 NDIA Small Arms Symposium, Exhibition & Firing Demo

The Colt Defense IAR peers toward the desert during a pause in the firing. The 2009 NDIA Small Arms Systems Symposium, Exhibition, and Firing Demonstration…

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Mark Westrom: The Interview

Mark Westrom: The Interview

Mark Westrom, owner of ArmaLite, Inc. and President of the DSAAC (Defense Small Arms Advisory Council), sat down with Small Arms Defense Journal to discuss…

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Spirit of the Bayonet: Bayonet Charge in Basra

Spirit of the Bayonet: Bayonet Charge in Basra

While the insignia of US Infantry is crossed rifles, its spirit is the spirit of the bayonet.  Every American infantryman, indeed every American soldier, learns…

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The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders: The Royal Regiment of Scotland

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders: The Royal Regiment of Scotland

FROM LEFT: LEFT TWO: A regiment in their own right, the cap badge and shoulder patch of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders as worn in…

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ATK in Motion: Foreign Weapons Procurement

ATK in Motion: Foreign Weapons Procurement

Karen Davies, VP and General Manager of ATK’s Small Caliber Systems including the U.S. Army’s Lake City Ammunition Plant, happily hammers away with the Garwood…

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In Memoriam: Norman E. Justice

In Memoriam: Norman E. Justice

(Sept. 14, 1932 – March 23, 2009)  Norman E. Justice was born in Woburn, MA on September 14, 1932, the son of George and Ruth…

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The U.S. Ordnance M2HB .50 BMG Machine Gun

The U.S. Ordnance M2HB .50 BMG Machine Gun

U.S. Ordnance M2HB shown with a U.S. Ordnance Mk93 cradle, Vinghøg AS Vingfoot Combi Lightweight Tripod, B.E. Meyers Flash Suppressor, and US Ordnance improved sighting…

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The Elusive Vintorez 9x39 Sniper Rifle

The Elusive Vintorez 9×39 Sniper Rifle

The Soviet Union and its current iteration, Russia, have long been known for innovative weapon development; only some of which has seen the light of…

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Knights at the Museum: The Institute for Military Technology

Knights at the Museum: The Institute for Military Technology

C. Reed Knight, Jr. is no stranger to most of the readers of SADJ.  His Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) is an innovative major supplier to…

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The Museum of the Polish Army // Warsaw, Poland

The Museum of the Polish Army // Warsaw, Poland

Located in the heart of Warsaw, Poland, the Museum of the Polish Army holds some 300,000 historical treasures dating from 966 through World War II. …

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Indo-Defence 2008

Indo-Defence 2008

Indo Defence is the Indonesian military’s third in a series of bi-annual tri-service expositions.  It is a good, solid, Southeast Asian military show with strong…

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The Browning Model 1917 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

The Browning Model 1917 Water-Cooled Machine Gun

On October 29, 1918, just two weeks until the end of the war, and just before the 80th Division was committed to combat, the men…

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Lekhwiya: Qatar's Special Forces Group

Lekhwiya: Qatar’s Special Forces Group

Faisal Essa Al-Kaabi, Qatar Special Forces Group, stands guard at the Lekhwiya Historical and Current use displays. Note M2HB .50 caliber (12.7x99mm) Browning machine gun…

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Milipol 2008

Milipol 2008

Milipol Qatar 2008 was officially opened by H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar.  He was…

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Rocket vs. Recoilless

Rocket vs. Recoilless

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

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RKG-3 Hand-Thrown Grenades

RKG-3 Hand-Thrown Grenades

A lot of readers and deployed troops have asked us about the “Potato Masher” type hand thrown grenade that has been used in Iraq more and…

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The RPG-7 System Primer

The RPG-7 System Primer

The Soviet era design referred to generically now as the RPG-7 was the fruit of decades of design development in many countries: there were forces…

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Poland's Bumar Group

Poland’s Bumar Group

As Poland emerged from the chaotic period after Communism, the country experienced many changes.  Today, we are just a little more than 20 years from…

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The Sounds of Silence: Part 2

The Sounds of Silence: Part 2

Shooting suppressed weapons will protect hearing far better than using hearing protection devices, because the sound is attenuated at the source. Hearing damage by bone…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 3

International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 3

U.S. Navy photo of pirates captured on Feb. 11, 2009 by the USS Vella Gulf, a guided-missile cruiser patrolling the Gulf of Aden to detect…

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Nivisys UTAM-32 Thermal Imager

Nivisys UTAM-32 Thermal Imager

Nivisys Industries has announced their latest development in weapons mountable thermal technology for professional users.  The newly released UTAM-32 incorporates a 320 x 240 U.S….

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40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers: Product Improvements and Training Enhancements

40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers: Product Improvements and Training Enhancements

US MK19 Mod 3 40x53mm Automatic Grenade Launcher mounted on Vinghog’s soft mount, on the Vinghog High-Low light tripod. The world of 40mm Grenade Machine…

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Industry News: Volume 1, Number 3

Industry News: Volume 1, Number 3

DoubleStar 1911 DoubleStar announced the release of their new 1911 pistol.  Although DoubleStar is most widely known as a maker of high-quality gun parts for…

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Modern Day Marine 2009: Innovation & Force Modernization

Modern Day Marine 2009: Innovation & Force Modernization

Marines just returned from front-line combat action in Iraq and Afghanistan provide valuable input to exhibitors who are continually seeking new and better ways to…

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Beyond Quiet: The Russian PSS Captive Piston Pistol

Beyond Quiet: The Russian PSS Captive Piston Pistol

An armorer test fires the PSS silent pistol. (Photo by Dan Shea) Little is known in the Western world of the Soviet silent pistols utilizing…

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NDIA 20th Annual Special Operations Symposium

NDIA 20th Annual Special Operations Symposium

March 2009, Brazil. Soldiers from the elite Ipiranga Special Border Platoon, armed with license-built 7.62mm NATO caliber FAL rifles, march in formation to honor US…

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Beryl Tantalsson: The Saga of the Polish Kalashnikov Continues

Beryl Tantalsson: The Saga of the Polish Kalashnikov Continues

The 5.56mm wz.96 Beryl assault rifle in its original form – still with shrink tubes on the stock tubes, standard bipod, old type muzzle device…

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The LWRC Piston-Operated Carbine

The LWRC Piston-Operated Carbine

Rochester Police Department Emergency Task Force Operator Henry Favor test fires the LWRC M6A1 rifle. The rifle is equipped with the Magpul CTR Stock, MIAD…

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POF-USA's P-308: a Powerhouse in a PDF-size Package

POF-USA’s P-308: a Powerhouse in a PDF-size Package

Chambering the Black Rifle in .308 Win. (7.62x51mm NATO) is anything but a new idea.  From the early ArmaLites to the current selection of workhorse…

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An Insight Into Tactical Flashlights, Laser Sights and Aiming Modules:  The High Speed Products of Insight Tech Gear

An Insight Into Tactical Flashlights, Laser Sights and Aiming Modules: The High Speed Products of Insight Tech Gear

The face view of the M6X Tactical Illuminator. Shown is the illumination light with the laser off to the side. Throughout the years, flashlights were…

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Sloboda: Munitions in the Mountains

Sloboda: Munitions in the Mountains

Sliding a Sloboda manufactured M91 Anti-Personnel barrel launched rifle grenade onto the end of Zastava’s M70 AK Variant. We thought it appropriate to focus and…

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MSPO 2008

MSPO 2008

The US booth with PM Soldier Weapons showcased their new M320 40mm side-opening launcher with FCU and the new underbarrel mounted 12 gauge shotgun that…

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Greek War Museum // Athens, Greece

Greek War Museum // Athens, Greece

Light artillery field pieces from World War I and World War II aligned along the outdoor terrace level. Located in the center of Athens just…

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U.S. Maxim Model 1904

U.S. Maxim Model 1904

Machine Gun Squad, Company B, Second U.S. Infantry. Note the rare leather strap hanging arrangement for the steam condensing hose. Photo circa 1917. History 2004…

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AUSA 2008:  Developments in the Defense Industry

AUSA 2008: Developments in the Defense Industry

The Association of the United States Army held its annual meeting on October 6-8 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC.  As one…

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Defense & Security 2008

Defense & Security 2008

4-foot tall warrior-demon figures from a 16th Century temple off of Bangkok’s main canal. Decorations were made from Chinese dishes that were broken up in…

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 2

International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 2

Exporting defense articles or utilizing defense services from the United States?  Like it or not, the U.S. State Department controls the export of all defense…

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Perception Meets Reality: The 2009 Enhanced Carbine Program

Perception Meets Reality: The 2009 Enhanced Carbine Program

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

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Gemtech's 9mm Tundra Suppressor

Gemtech’s 9mm Tundra Suppressor

Weighing in at only 7.2 ounces including the recoil device and with a diameter of only 1.25 inches, the Gemtech Tundra more resembles a rimfire…

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Industry News: Volume 1, Number 2

Industry News: Volume 1, Number 2

BAE Systems BAE Systems recently announced the Integrated Warfighter System (IWS).  Still in the developmental stages, the IWS is BAE Systems’ first attempt to take…

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The RS8 Sniper Rifle

The RS8 Sniper Rifle

(English translation of C.G. Haenel’s press release) The traditional Suhl company, Haenel, has created a sniper rifle system for police and special forces use.  The…

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New "Slim Rail" Handguards - DoubleStar Corp.

New “Slim Rail” Handguards – DoubleStar Corp.

The DS416 handguards are a 2-piece drop-in design that will replace any standard carbine-length handguard with no tools. They are well marked to easily facilitate…

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2009 NDIA Award Winners

2009 NDIA Award Winners

Each year at the NDIA Small Arms Annual Meeting, 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. Joel M. Goldman has devoted almost forty years in the pursuit of better ways to design, develop, and manufacture small arms weapons, ammunition, propellant and explosives….

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Industry Profile: Dr. Philip H. Dater

Industry Profile: Dr. Philip H. Dater

Dr. Philip H. Dater was born in the latter part of April, 1937 on Manhattan Island in New York City.  He has two brothers, Tom and Sheldon, and a sister Emilie.  Dr. Dater has two daughters from his first marriage, Diana and Valerie, and one daughter Julie with his wife, Jane, to whom he has been happily married for over thirty years.  He is one of the brains behind Gemtech and his private consulting practice with Antares Technologies has done a lot behind the scenes for the modern small arms community….

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40mm Grenade Launchers Fight Back

40mm Grenade Launchers Fight Back

Sectioned IMI 40mm LV HEAB round. Note the secondary HE/fragmentation element in the base, to provide a spherical fragmentation pattern. The US Army’s programmes for…

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Volker Kurtz: NDIA Professional Service Award Winner

Volker Kurtz: NDIA Professional Service Award Winner

At the 22nd annual Small Arms and Cannons Symposium held in August 2008 at the Defense Academy of the United Kingdom, commonly referred to simply as “Shrivenham” for the small town in England where the event is held, Volker Kurtz, formerly with Heckler & Koch GmbH for nearly two decades, received the coveted NDIA Professional Service Award for his dedication to the small arms end user, to advancing the state-of-the-science of small arms systems, and to the industry as a whole….

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Symposia at Shrivenham: the 22nd Small Arms & Cannon Symposium

Symposia at Shrivenham: the 22nd Small Arms & Cannon Symposium

There are two small arms conferences in the West that this author considers to be the most important in the world for the serious small arms community to attend: the NDIA Small Arms Symposium held every May in the United States, and the Small Arms and Cannon Symposium at Shrivenham held every August in the UK. While there are many excellent, larger trade shows that have some educational aspects to them, these two conferences stand out as events that encourage the dialogue between the shakers and movers in small arms design and end use….

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Mr. Metal Storm

Mr. Metal Storm

Going Ballistic, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation television documentary from 2000, has a collection of fascinating interviews with O’Dwyer himself and key persons in his life and work. Through it we learn that the inventor admits to being “not a particularly good student” during his high school years in a small town in Queensland, Australia.  Interested primarily in the odd combination of physics at school and working on cars in his stepfather’s auto repair business, after graduation he chose to enter the workplace rather than continue on to college….

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Metal Storm Update

Metal Storm Update

Metal Storm is a radically different concept for weapons and ammunition, the brainchild of a self-educated Australian inventor with brilliant intuition for practical applications in engineering, physics and electronics. Following its genesis in the early 1990s, this novel electronic ballistics technology has suffered from what might charitably be termed unrealistic expectations. Early claims of a rate of fire capability at 1 million rounds per minute inspired some fanciful applications ranging from covert wrist guns to missile defense….

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Personal Defense Weapons and their Ammunition

Personal Defense Weapons and their Ammunition

There has long been a requirement for a personal defence weapon, or PDW, for soldiers whose primary duty does not involve carrying a rifle. They need something much smaller, lighter and handier which does not burden them or distract them from their main task. Originally, the main priority was for officers, who were almost invariably given revolvers or pistols; but handguns also found a place with cavalry and, later on, with soldiers such as gunners who might come under infantry attack or with tank crews whose space was at a minimum….

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The White Eagle Military Museum // Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland

The White Eagle Military Museum // Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland

Skarżysko-Kamienna is a relatively young city receiving its city charter in 1923, yet a settlement has existed in the Kamienna river valley since prehistoric times due to the ore-rich region in which it is located.  Steel mills prospered in the region and the State Ammunition Factory, as well as many other defense related industries after World War II, are located in the city.  It was here where Polish squads ordered by Józef Piłsudski fought during World War I….

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Life and Times of the M60

Life and Times of the M60

Developed in the aftermath of WWII and fielded in 1957, the light and handy 7.62mm NATO caliber M60 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) has been alternately praised and cursed by GIs who have carried it combat from Vietnam to Iraq and beyond. Inspired by the WWII German MG42, the M60 was intentionally designed for mass production – cheap and fast on a stamped sheet metal receiver that houses a clever gas operated, carrier-cammed bolt mechanism first seen in the Lewis Gun of WWI….

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The U.S. Ordnance MK43 Mod 1 Machine Gun

The U.S. Ordnance MK43 Mod 1 Machine Gun

What’s not to like about a real machine gun that’s significantly lighter than a chunky M240, about the same size as a puny SAW, pumps out powerful 7.62mm rounds with reliability and accuracy, and has long been a force multiplier in elite Navy SEAL Teams? GIs who’ve tried ‘em love ‘em, they’re comparable in price to buy and sustain as the FN guns, they’ve been in the logistics and combat doctrine chains for ever, and they’re 100 percent American designed and built. Slam dunk? Sorry….

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The Masada Adaptive Combat Weapons System

The Masada Adaptive Combat Weapons System

Over the past 10 years the industry has seen several new weapon systems emerge with the older piston technology making a comeback.  Due to the campaign of certain manufacturing firms, the consensus is that the older retro piston operating system is superior to the current direct gas system of the current issue M16 and M4 weapon systems.  While no statistical data has come forth to support the claim, several manufacturers are coming out with piston operated 5.56mm weapon systems including Colt, POF, Heckler & Koch, LWRC and, now, Magpul Military Industries….

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The 26th Annual War & Peace Show

The 26th Annual War & Peace Show

The War & Peace Show, also called “The Beltring Show” by many, is an incredible experience. SADJ decided to bring the readers a short report on this amazing civilian “Militaria” show, since it is coming again this summer and, without question, is the largest militaria show in the world. War & Peace also provides an opportunity for military historians, end users, and people in the industry to see up close the weapons and kit used in conflicts all over the planet. The displays cover the full 450 acres of the Hop Farm recreational facility which is southeast of London in Paddock Wood, Kent. You read that right, 450 acres of display areas….

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Eurosatory 2008

Eurosatory 2008

Eurosatory 2008 was held at the Parc du Exposition, located outside of Paris, France on June 16 – 20, 2008.  As one of the largest tradeshows in the world dedicated to the international arms trade, nearly 1.3 million square feet of exhibition space was filled by 1,180 exhibitors from 51 countries, including 127 exhibitors from the United States.  Approximately 50,000 individuals from over 145 countries attended the show.  Of note were several new product releases and market trends from well known and lesser known manufacturers….

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Honestas Gemini Target System

Honestas Gemini Target System

The sniper and spotter have been lying in their concealed position for hours observing the handful of windows and doors. Luckily they were shaded from the heat by the hide chosen in the rear corner of the room looking thru a hole in the wall caused by earlier combat in the area. Intelligence had indicated that the insurgent commander was in the area and likely using the observed structure as a safe house. The team had inserted by dropping off the back of a patrol sweeping thru the area. Range was not going to be a problem as the spotter and sniper had….

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The Chinese 7.62x39mm Type 68 Rifle

The Chinese 7.62x39mm Type 68 Rifle

During the 1920s China was embroiled in a civil war between the Chinese Communists led by Mao Tse-tung and the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) who were led by Chiang Kai-shek. The fighting briefly subsided after 1937 with the Japanese invasion of China. During World War II, the United States became allied with the Chinese Nationalists and provided massive military and financial aid to help China fight the Japanese. The wartime plan of the U.S. was to assist China in becoming a strong ally and a stabilizing force in Asia after the war….

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SOFEX 2008

SOFEX 2008

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 the salt-mineral flats towards the West Bank, as they have through the ages as well. There is trouble brewing in that West Bank community, claimed to be the oldest continually occupied city on the planet, and to the East is Iraq, then Iran. Looking north is the Syrian border. Not far away, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. This is the cradle of Western Civilization, the wellspring for the three great religions of the West – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam…

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Argentina's Maxim Model 1895

Argentina’s Maxim Model 1895

Argentina was an early user of the Maxim and began by ordering 50 Maxims from the Maxim Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunition Company Limited in England in 1895. These first 50 guns were given Argentine Army serial numbers 1-50 and chambered in the 7.65×53 Belgium Mauser caliber. In 1898, a second order of the Model 1895 was placed with Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM), a licensed Maxim manufacturer in Germany, for another 150 guns still chambered for the Belgium Mauser 7.65×53 caliber. These guns were serially numbered 51-200.

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International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 1

International Legal Affairs: Volume 1, Number 1

The 2005 Lion’s Gate film The Lord of War, starring Nicolas Cage, is well known in the international small arms industry. Allegedly based upon the acts of former KGB major Viktor Bout, the movie makes a political statement against the international arms industry and claims that the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council) are the world’s leading arms suppliers.

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The Sounds of Silence: Part 1

The Sounds of Silence: Part 1

Sound is defined as air in motion, which produces pressure variations that the human ear can detect. It is a form of overpressure, and how it is interpreted depends on a variety of factors, including frequency, duration, intensity (amplitude), and variations in the observer’s hearing acuity. The subject of this column is related to firearm sounds.

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