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Update: 6.8x43mm SPC SPECOPS Cartridge in Trouble? 6.5 Grendel on the Rise?

by David Crane [email protected] The 6.8x43mm SPC, according to DefenseReview sources, has been performing extremely well in the field against enemy combatants. Special Operations end users are thus, reportedly, very pleased with it. Unfortunately, it’s also been reported to us that the 6.8x43mm SPC has been running into a considerable amount of resistance from some U.S. Army brass, who are ... Read More »

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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 ... Read More »

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9x23mm/.38 TJ 1911 Pistol Concept: Better Solution than Kimber .45 ACP 1911 Pistol for USMC MARSOC/MCSOCOM Det 1 Unit?

by David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com November 6, 2003 Last updated on 10/11/11. The 1911 pistol that Kimber is currently supplying to U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) MARSOC/Special Operations Command Detachment 1 operators, according to reports, differs from the Kimber Custom TLE/RL II in several key respects (The following information is, as yet, unconfirmed/unverified): 1) It utilizes Kimber's Series ... Read More »

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Le Mas Ltd. Blended Metal Technology Ammo vs. ADS Transparent Armor: AFJI Video!

by David Crane [email protected] For the last couple of years, Le Mas Ltd. has been pitting their "Blended Metal Technology" ammo (made specifically for them by RBCD Performance Plus, Inc.) against American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADS)/A.J. Piscitelli & Associates, Inc.’s "VistaSteel" bullet-resistant glass, which is manufactured for them by Cardinal LG. Both companies have been engaging in this match-up at ... Read More »

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DefRev Announcement: Story Submissions

The story below titled "E-Book on the Colt 1903-08 Hammerless Pistol" was submitted by an anonymous user. DefRev has made an exception in that specific case and approved that post. However, DefRev does not normally accept posts without a provided member name. If you would like to post a story to DefRev, you must first create a username and provide ... Read More »

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Why Isn’t Our Military Going 6mm? by David Crane.

Back in September, I wrote a quick blurb on the Chinese QBZ-95(Type 95) infantry rifle, chambered for the proprietary 5.8x42mm cartridge. Now, while it’s true that I’m not a particularly big fan of the Chinese army, it must be noted that the Chinese are not stupid, and they decided on this caliber after conducting a rather extensive amount of ballistic ... Read More »

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Ballistics: The Ogre Defensive Power Factor

I was talking with one of my brothers about some different calibers and velocities. Something we often talk about. This led to the IPSC’s Power Factor, which is simply Bullet Weight in Grains, Times Velocity, Divided by 1,000. This is an easy formula that one can use when comparing loads… but doesn’t take into effect Caliber. W x V / ... Read More »

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Speer Gold Dot Ammo Recall

This one just came in from Stopdropnroll over at Glocktalk. Apparently, CCI/Speer has just initiated a recall of all Speer Gold Dot ammunition manufactured between 9/25/01 and 3/31/02, due to faulty primers. Click here to go right to the thread for more info. Read More »

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New ExtremeShock Counterterrorism/Defensive Ammunition

Billed by the manufacturer as "the world’s most advanced ammunition", "the world’s premier antiterrorist rounds", and "the world’s premier home defense round", ExtremeShock Ammunition has some pretty big self-espoused hype to live up to. It would be nice, of course, if the company would show some actual proof to back up their rather large performance claims. You see, when you ... Read More »

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