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.

Virtra Systems Use-of-Force Firearms Training Simulator: Immerse Yourself.

by David Crane [email protected] Of all the products displayed at Trexpo East 2004, DefRev enjoyed this one the most. It’s called the IVR-300 HD/IVR-360 HD Use-of-Force Firearms Training Simulator System. Its manufacturer, Virtra Systems, refers to the technology as "immersive virtual reality", and to be honest, I can’t come up with a description that’s more accurate than that. Basically, what …

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Baker Batshield: Advanced Ballistic Shield for LE SWAT Operations.

by David Crane [email protected] Al Baker was at TREXPO West 2004 to display and demonstrate the Baker Batshield, an advanced and novel ballistic shield designed for dynamic LE SWAT operations. More specifically, it’s designed for CQB (Close Quarters Battle). The Baker Batshield, available in both full-size and compact versions, allows an operator to engage hostile subjects with a shoulder weapon …

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Monolithic Rail Platform (MRP) and Quick-Change Barrel for the M4A1 Carbine

by David Crane [email protected] DefRev discovered this item at SWAT Round-Up 2003 back in November at the Lewis Machine & Tool Co. (LMT) booth. It’s called the "MRP", which stands for "Monolithic Rail Platform". While the MRP is interesting, the most interesting aspect of the system is the quick-change barrel feature. MilitaryMorons.com (a very cool and informative site, by the …

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Stavatti SF-1 Gasdynamic Laser Rifle. Individual Combat Weapon of the Future?

The following information was supplied to DefRev by Stavatti Corporation-Armament Systems. A link to the SF-1 Gasdynamic Laser Rifle information sheet/line card is included in the story. It should be noted that DefRev does not yet have verification of any of Stavatti’s claims, including the veracity of the SF-1 weapon-performance claims made below. Back in March 2003, DefRev broke the …

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Liquid Body Armor Continued…

by David Crane [email protected] The previous DefRev story contains a link to an article on advanced liquid body armor (a.k.a. liquid armor) that utilizes colloidal shear thickening fluids (Colloidal STF’s) to achieve greater bullet resistance with a thinner profile and lighter weight. It’s titled "Army Scientists, Engineers develop Liquid Body Armor". DefRev has discovered more information about this new technology, including a …

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NEW! Liquid Body Armor!

by Frank Madison Imagine if a Soldier or Law Enforcement personnel had complete body armor protectection from the neck down to their boots… Also, the armor would be lighter and thinner than all body armor out there and as flexible to wear as regular clothing… Well here is…. an article at military.com. Click here to read more. What I like …

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502 Thunder Sabre Carbine by Cloud Mountain Armory

by David Crane [email protected] DefRev recently came across an excellent article on the 502 Thunder Sabre carbine in the July 2004 issue of "Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement". The article was written by Gary Paul Johnston. The 502 Thunder Sabre carbine, developed and manufactured by Cloud Mountain Armory, is the newest entry into the rather exciting .50 Cal AR-15/M16-based …

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Surefire X200 LED WeaponLight for Tactical Pistols

by David Crane [email protected] DefRev’s been hearing some good things about this item. The Surefire X200 LED WeaponLight is Surefire’s latest handgun-mounted tactical light, and it’s designed to go head-to-head against Insight Technology’s M3 group of tactical weapons lights. These include the M3 Tactical Illuminator, M3-LED Tactical Illuminator, and M3X Tactical Illuminator. DefRev has yet to T&E the Surefire X200 …

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