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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.

MK46 Mod 0 and M249 SPW Developed for U.S. Special Operations by FN Herstal.

The MK46 Mod 0 and M249 SPW(Special Purpose Weapon) LMG’s are basically modified, shortened, and lightened M249 SAW’s(5.56x45mm) that have been developed specifically for use by U.S. Special Operations. On both, the M249’s forearm has been replaced with a rail system, although the SPW’s and MK46’s rails are of different configuration. Also, their buttstocks differ from each other in that ... Read More »

SUPER-SHORTY 12-Gauge Mini-Shotgun by Serbu Firearms, Inc.

This little honey comes straight from the wonderfully demented mind of Mark Serbu, who appears to have been influenced by one Ricardo Tubbs from "Miami Vice". Based on a Mossberg Maverick 12-gauge, the SUPER-SHORTY is one cool little scattergun. I handled one last week at the show(Shot Show), and came away impressed. The SUPER-SHORTY looks good AND feels good in ... Read More »

Surefire Introduces

Surefire has just come out with their first "crew-served flashlight". With a power estimated between 2,000 and 2,500 lumens, The Beast is essentially a High Intensity Discharge(HID) automotive headlight in an aluminum housing, according to Surefire’s own company literature. More specifically, its a Xenon-arc HID lamp. In case any of our readers are wondering just how bright this thing actually ... Read More »

Wilson Combat Introduces CQB w/Tactical Light Rail on Caspian Recon Frame

Alright, first report from the show–we’ll start easy. Caspian has some new components, and Wilson Combat is the beneficiary of one of these items. This, of course, relates to Caspian’s new 1911 single-stack Recon frame with tactical light-mounting rail. So, for Wilson Combat customers that want a 1911 with integral light-mounting rail, things are looking pretty good. Caspian is also ... Read More »

Back from Shot Show 2002!

O.k. folks, we’re back. We’ve got lots of stuff to tell you all about over the next few weeks. We’ll fill you in on all the latest guns and gear, starting this weekend. So, stick around, and get ready for some serious high-speed/low-drag equipment for your combat team, tactical team, or weapons locker. Read More »

Shot Show 2002 in Las Vegas.

Well, guys, I’m off to the show! DefRev will be dormant for a few days while I get into all kinds of trouble in Sin City with my fellow firearms industry brethren. But, don’t worry, when I get back, I’m sure I’ll have lots of cool new cutting-edge stuff to talk about. That’s what makes DefRev a great place to ... Read More »

Accuracy International’s Arctic Warfare Series Rifles

Called the "boring" rifle by gunsmiths, because of its extreme and consistent accuracy and virtually zero maintenance requirements, the AW system is used by elite military and law enforcement tactical teams all over the world, in some of the harshest environments on earth. "AW" stands for "Arctic Warfare". The system was designed to perform in extremely cold environments and remain ... Read More »

Wilson Combat’s Tactical .223’s.

While DefRev does not have any direct experience with Wilson Combat’s 5.56 tactical carbines, we felt they deserve attention. The three models Wilson makes are the UT-15 Urban Tactical, the M-4T Tactical Carbine, and the TL-15 Tactical Lightweight. All three tactical rifles are variations on the same theme, and seem to be very well made. Wilson Combat’s built a reputation ... Read More »