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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.

Powertron Less-Lethal Electronic Firearm System by Electronic Defense Technology

This one looks pretty cool. It’s called the Powertron, and its brought to you by the good folks at Electronic Defense Technology, L.L.C. From the looks of it, it’s basically a Taser M26 on steroids. The following quote is some of what Electronic Defense Technology’s literature has to say about the Powertron: "The world’s first known* handgun-shaped, dual firing, 31’ ... Read More »

PVS-7D NOD’s & MICH Helmet: A Review from the Front Lines.

by Charles Gaines This is the second in a series of reviews of US army equipment being used in Afghanistan. The first was on the M-4 carbine and it’s associated accessories, the PAQ-4 infrared laser and M-68 close-combat optic, and shoud still be up on the main page if you’re interested. First, the PVS-7D Night Observation Device, or NOD. This ... Read More »

Addendum: ”World’s First .50 Cal. 1911 Pistol” by Guncrafter Industries, LLC

by David Crane [email protected] DefRev just received a very informative update about the "Model No.1" .50 Cal. (50 GI) 1911 pistol from Alex Zimmermann, owner/CEO of Guncrafter Industries, LLC, via email. You can read it by clicking on "Read More" (hypertext) below… "David, The below listed information has a little more information than the web site. Feel free to extract ... Read More »

”World’s First .50 Cal. 1911 Pistol” by Guncrafter Industries, LLC

by David Crane [email protected] The following story has been modified/edited from its original state based on feedback from DefRev member "dewatters" and further scrutiny of the Guncrafter Industries website: Well, it looks like there’s a new 1911 in town, and it ain’t your daddy’s. It’s called the "Model No.1", and it’s made by Guncrafter Industries, LLC out of Huntsville, Arkansas. ... Read More »

Rabintex Knightex Body Armor/Ballistic Armor: Goodbye Zylon, Hello Knightex?

by David Crane [email protected] Awhile back, DefRev published a story on the Rabintex Attack Helmet, which is currently the lightest IIIa rated combat/tactical helmet in the world. The Attack Helmet is just one example of Israeli technological innovation of late with regard to products with military Spec-Ops and LE SWAT applications. Well, Rabintex is back, this time with a body ... Read More »

DuraCoat Firearms Finish for Tactical Weapons. By Lauer Custom Weaponry.

by David Crane [email protected] Lauer Custom Weaponry has come out with an interesting hard-use black firearms finish for tactical weapons. It’s called DuraCoat. DefRev hasn’t tried this finish out yet. To date, the only high-tech black finish the DefRev team has experience with so far is Birdsong’s Black-T, and we’ve all been very satisfied with it. I’ve had Black-T applied ... Read More »

M4/M4A1 Carbine with M-68 and PAQ-4 in Afghanistan. A Hands-On Report.

by Charles Gaines This is the first time I’ve written anything here. The following is just a collection of my observations on the effectiveness of the M-4 with it’s current standard-issue systems based on my experiences here in Khandahar province. For starters, I’d like to take on the myth of how the M-4 doesn’t have enough range for this country ... Read More »

Tactical Electronics Wireless Camera/Scope Systems: Sneak n’ Peak at the Badguys

by David Crane [email protected] Tactical Electronics was at SWAT Round-Up 2003, and they are one very interesting company. Tactical Electronics only does one thing, and that’s design and manufacture wireless handheld/hand controlled tactical monitoring systems specifically geared for LE SWAT and military Special Operations use (and, most likely, bomb detection as well). And, from all reports, they do it rather ... Read More »