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Grip Pod Vertical Foregrip/Bipod and Weapon Stabilizer: Is it a Viable Option for Your Tactical Carbine/Rifle?

By Chen Lee (a.k.a. “SMGLee”) smglee (at) gmail (dot) com All photos and video contained in this article are courtesy of Chen Lee, writer/photographer. November 2, 2009 For the longest time, I was against the idea of adding a bipod to a tactical carbine or rifle. I thought “why in the world do you need a bipod on a gun ... Read More »

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Colt Defense Wins $126 Million ($126M) Contract to Produce M240B 7.62mm Machine Gun for U.S. Army

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 25, 2009 Updated on 10/26/09 Colt Defense, LLC (West Hartford, CT) recently took a little bite out of FN Herstal’s machine gun business by winning a $126,089,944.00 IDIQ U.S. Army contract for the M240B (a.k.a. M240 “Bravo”) 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO) MMG/GPMG (Medium Machine Gun / General Purpose Machine Gun). The ... Read More »

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SIG SAUER SIG516 Short-Stroke Gas Piston/Op-Rod Tactical AR (AR-15) Weapons Series

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 21, 2009 Updated May 31, 2010 Back in June, DefenseReview published an article on the Ruger SR-556 piston AR. Well, it’s now official: Everyone AND their mother is now making short-stroke gas piston/op-rod AR (AR-15) carbines and SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles). SIG SAUER has just entered the game with their SIG516 ... Read More »

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Ruger SR-556 Gas Piston/Op-Rod AR Carbine User Feedback: Case Extraction Problem and Solution.

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com August 26, 2009 Back on June 7, 2009, DefenseReview published a heads-up piece on the new Ruger SR-556 gas piston/op-rod AR-15 tactical carbine. In that piece I wrote this: “One of the things were going to investigate is whether or not the SR556 is completely debugged, or whether it has the normal/usual ... Read More »

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Colt Defense Rebuts Matt Cox’s Army Times Article “Army Acquires Rights to M4″.

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com July 27, 2009 On July 7, 2009, Army Times published an article by Matt Cox (Matthew Cox) titled Army acquires rights to M4. It’s an interesting piece on the Colt M4 Carbine (Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine).  However, according to one of DefenseReview’s contacts at Colt Defense, Cox’s article is…how can I put this ... Read More »

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Daniel Defense LITE and Omega-X Rail Systems for Tactical AR-15 Carbines/Rifles

By Mike Chung July 14, 2009 As a long time black rifle enthusiast, I’ve bought and tried out many AR-15 related products for my own consumption. With the recently increased interest in the AR-15 rifle/carbine platform, dozens of “accessory” companies have sprouted. Anyone that’s into quality knows that a good chunk of these items on the market are junk, but ... Read More »

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An Operator’s View of M4/M4A1 Carbine (and Tactical AR-15 Carbine) Malfunctions

By Mike Pannone June 15, 2009 In the early months of 2006 while I was helping to write and refine the curriculum of the Asymmetric Warfare Group’s Combat Applications Training Course (CATC) I took it upon myself to research performance enhancements and reliability upgrades as an integral part of educating the soldier on how to maximize his M4/M4A1 carbine. The ... Read More »

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