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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.

20mm Anti-Material(Anti-Materiel) Rifles. Wave of the Future.

by David Crane There is growing interest by the military in the 20mm cannon round for anti-material use, since it’s capability in this area significantly exceeds that of the .50 BMG. Special Operations units are particularly interested in the development of sniper/anti-material rifles chambered for a cannon round, since they offer significantly increased performance to even the Nammo/Raufoss Mk211 Multipurpose ... Read More »

Desert/Urban Camo Paint Job for the M4/M4A1 Carbine.

I just created a thread on the Special Operations Forums. I’ve posted a very interesting picture of a certain U.S. Special Forces unit walking along and carrying some rather interesting ordnance. You can view the picture by clicking on this link. You may have to scroll to the right to view the man carrying the M4A1 I’m talking about, as ... Read More »

Thermobaric Weapons in Development for U.S. Infantry Forces.

by David Crane [email protected] The U.S. Army is developing new thermobaric munitions for their BDM(Bunker Defeat Munition) and M203 grenade launchers, and ultimately for the XM29/OICW(Objective Individual Combat Weapon) as well. This is a long time coming. The Russian army has been using thermobaric light support weapons since its Soviet/Iron Curtain days. The Russian RPO-A Shmel is a perfect example. ... Read More »

Just In: Magpul Industries MSS (Modular Stock System) Review!

You may remember reading about the Magpul Industries MSS (Modular Stock System) in several previous DefRev stories. The MSS was first brought to our attention at SHOT Show 2002 in Las Vegas. Well, Jeff Carpenter, a.k.a. "USMC03", has just written a great review of the Magpul MSS M93, and submitted it to DefRev. Jeff is active LE SWAT. The MSS ... Read More »

Arms Tech Compak-16 Subcarbine Brochure.

by David Crane [email protected] DefRev recently published a story on the Arms Tech Compak-16 subcarbine, which contained a video clip of DefRev editor-in-chief David Crane firing the weapon. The story was titled "Arms Tech Compak-16 Subcarbine at SWAT Round-Up 2002. First Time Video!". DefRev now has pics of the Compak-16 sales brochure. Click here to view the front page of ... Read More »

New CQD Vertical Foregrip by Duane Dieter. We’ve Got Pics!

Duane Dieter is a well known tactical and combat instructor in both military and LE SWAT circles. Apparently, he’s now making parts and accessories for tactical weapons that will hold up to the pounding and stress of CQB (Close Quarters Battle). One of these products is his new CQD Vertical Foregrip designed to slide onto a standard mil-spec 1913 picatinny ... Read More »

Stavatti Tactical Infantry System-1(TIS-1) Gasdynamic Laser Rifle

DefRev has obtained the original "white paper" proposal that was submitted to the U.S. Army for the Stavatti TIS-1 (Tactical Infantry System-1) Gasdynamic Laser Weapon. The TIS-1 is a laser rifle that utilizes a hypersonic jet of gas to create photonic energy in the form a very powerful laser. Thus the term "gasdynamic". The Stavatti TIS-1 was submitted as a ... Read More »

Massive Ordnance Air Burst (MOAB) Weapon.

Move over Daisy Cutter… There is a new bomb in the stockpiles of the U.S. Airforce. This new fuel air bomb is bigger than ever and it is accurate to one meter. The old Daisy Cutter was anywhere up to 2 block radius. Here is a video There is a…. Story for it here Enjoy! Read More »

New XM50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask. Best Military Gas Mask Ever?

Avon Rubber, based in England, has won a contract for the U.S. Army’s next generation chemical/biological protection respirator, i.e. gas mask. The XM50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) incorporates some very advanced technologies including reduced breathing resistance(estimated at 50%), improved vision, and greater comfort. Not only does the XM50 JSGPM incorporate the most advanced filters currently available on any ... Read More »