Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 4, Number 4

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 4, Number 4

British Machine Gun Corps ‘trench art’ lighter. Copper and brass in the shape of a book with the collar insignia of the M.G.C. crossed Vickers…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 4, Number 3

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 4, Number 3

Large Austrian bronze artwork casting of a three man Austrian Army machine gun team firing the Schwartzlose M07/12 water-cooled machine gun in full combat gear….

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Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 4, Number 2

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 4, Number 2

Postcard of an artist’s rendering of an Austrian soldier firing the Schwartzlose M07/12 water-cooled machine gun during a famous battle in Serbia on August 16,…

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Machine Gun Memorabilia - Volume 4, Number 1

Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 4, Number 1

Indian officer’s interwar helmet badge for the machine gun section of the Jodphur Lancers. South African 1st Machine Gun Squadron Transvaal bronze cap and collar…

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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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