David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

Dragon Skin Flexible Scalar Body Armor Defeats Rifle Threats

by David Crane [email protected] May 27, 2004 This article was modified/updated on 12/16/04. Pinnacle Armor Inc., out of Fresno, California, is currently producing some of the most advanced hard and soft ballistic armor solutions in the world. This includes Pinnacle’s flexible hard armor systems, which employ a combination of highly advanced ballistic ceramic composite and titanium composite technology and ballistic …

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Future Force Warrior (FFW) Program Still Intact…for Now.

by Noah Shachtman Ever since they tangled with the Red Coats, American generals have been giving their grunts more and more and more gear to lug — from rations to radios, body armor to batteries. Now, for the first time, the Army has decided to junk the old uniforms and start from scratch. "We’re stripping the soldier down to his …

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Metal Storm Demonstrates Robot-Mounted and Airborne Weapon Systems for U.S. Mil.

by David Crane [email protected] Metal Storm recently conducted a live-fire demo of its robot-mounted electronic ballistics system for the U.S. military. According to the Metal Storm website, "The demonstration included the remotely controlled firing of stacked pyrotechnic and inert 40mm rounds from a four-barrel pod with recoiling system mounted on a ‘Talon’ robot manufactured by Foster-Miller Inc. (Foster-Miller) and supplied …

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P7000 1911-Style Pistol: Meet the 7x23mm Pistol Cartridge.

by David Crane [email protected] DefRev was recently contacted by an Italian company called Q.S. Progetto Meccanica s.a.s., regarding their P7000 pistol, which is chambered for their proprietary 7penna/7x23mm round. The P7000 looks like an open-slide (Beretta style) 1911-style pistol. Like the 1911 pistol, it’s single-action in operation. However, unlike the 1911, the P7000 pistol utilizes a fixed-barrel system and a …

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‘FUTURE’ ARMY WRONG FOR URBAN FIGHTS

by Noah Shactman The U.S. Army is betting $92 billion that the wars of the future should be fought with smaller, lighter, more manueverable vehicles. But some military officials and defense contractor executives are saying that that these technology-laden Future Combat Systems (FCS) are too weak to withstand urban conflicts, like the one currently playing out in Iraq. Like the …

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Mini AJ Utility Hammer Forcible Entry Tool for LE SWAT/SRT Tactical Operations

by David Crane [email protected] The Mini AJ Utility Hammer, by Clemenson Enterprises Inc. (CEI), is a tactical forcible entry tool that’s gotten some very good feedback so far by a number of federal, state, and city LE tactical (SWAT/SRT) and field units. Linda Fox, marketing director/sales executive for Clemenson Enterprises Inc. (CEI), started selling to the law enforcement market about …

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High-End Silenced Sniper/Long-Range-Interdiction Rifles from Patriot Arms Inc.

by David Crane [email protected] There’s a new sniper/long-range-interdiction rifle builder in town, and his name is Jered Joplin. Jered took over Patriot Arms Inc. in 2000, and is, according to gunwriter Al Paulson, currently one of the youngest builders of high-end custom sniper rifles in the United States. He’s particularly unique in that he guarantee’s, in writing, 1/2 MOA five-shot …

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Sully Stock for AR-15/M16 Carbines and Rifles

by Adam Morris [email protected] While attending one of Defensive Edge’s two-day carbine course Sully gave me one of his stocks to test out. The Sully Stock is a conventionally-designed AR-15/M16 fixed stock, but with a shorter length of pull designed for use with body armor, or anyone that prefers a shorter stock. It is approximately 8” long, compared to 10” …

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