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AR-15/M4/M4A1 Carbine Reliability Issues: Why They Occur, and Why They’re Our Fault!

Why M4's have reliability issues…and why it's our fault! By Michael Pannone December 24, 2008 I fired 15,000 rounds through a semi-automatic M4/M4A1-type direct-gas-impingement (DGI) carbine in 31 weeks without a single malfunction attributable to anything except bad ammunition or bad magazines, with a grand total of 9 malfunctions. The least number of rounds fired between cleanings was 960 rounds, ... Read More »

TangoDown ARC Polymer 30-round Magazine for Tactical AR-15 Carbines and SBRs

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com December 17, 2008 DefenseReview has been using TangoDown "Rail Grip" polymer rail covers (a.k.a. rail panels), "BattleGrip" vertical foregrips and "Rifle Grip" pistol grips (for rifles) on tactical AR-15 carbines and subcarbine/SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles) for quite awhile, now. These products have always performed well, and we’ve been satisfied with them. TangoDown’s ... Read More »

EOTech HWS Combat Optic Conflict with Polarized Sunglasses?

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com December 15, 2008 One of our readers, Justin Guyett, has brought a potentially important tactical hardware conflict to DefenseReview’s attention after reading our photo analysis of a 5-man U.S. Secret Service PPD CAT team in a "war wagon" SUV while they were protecting President-Elect Barack Obama in downtown Chicago. In that piece, ... Read More »

IDF Sniper Weapon System (SWS) .338 Lapua Magnum Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com December 8, 2008 Back in September, DefenseReview published an article on the Barrett M98B .338 Lapua Magnum bolt-action anti-materiel/sniper rifle. Well, it looks like Barrett may have some competition in the form of the Sniper Weapon System (SWS) .338 Lapua Magnum bolt-action rifle made by H-S Precision, Inc. The SWS became the ... Read More »

Torrey Pines Logic Mirage-1200 and Myth-350 Handheld Sniper Detection Systems

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com December 8, 2008 If executive protection/PSD ops are your game, Torrey Pines Logic, Inc. (TPL) may be the name when it comes to sniper detection systems a.k.a. anti-sniper systems, video surveillance detection, and photographic surveillance detection. First up is the TPL Mirage-1200 handheld electro-optical detector (optic detector), which is designed to detect ... Read More »

UAE Caracal Pistol Series (Caracal F and Caracal C): Where are they?

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com November 28, 2008 DefenseReview has known about the Caracal high-capacity semi-auto multi-caliber pistol for quite some time, even before it was shown at IDEX 2007. Designed and developed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Caracal F and Caracal C lightweight 9mm semi-auto pistols are striker-fired (with a cocking indicator), carry a ... Read More »

DefRev Photo Analysis: U.S. Secret Service PPD CAT Operator Tactical Hardware

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com November 24, 2008 Updated on May 6, 2009 Ever since he won the presidential election, the press has been following President-Elect Barack Obama around Chicago like a bunch of hungry (and annoying) puppies. Whether he’s going to his transition office in the Kluczynski Federal Building in the Loop (dowtown Chicago professional district, ... Read More »

Chinese Armor-Piercing (AP) Sniper Rounds and XSAPI Body Armor

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com November 19, 2008 Human Events is reporting on the use of Chinese armor-piercing a.k.a. armor-penetrating (AP) bullets by enemy snipers in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the article, this new Chinese AP rifle ammo is copycatting U.S.-made AP ammo design, and is "sending alarm bells through the Pentagon as it hurries to ... Read More »

Springfield Armory XD-45ACP Tactical and LE Service Model .45ACP Pistols

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com November 13, 2008 DefenseReview has been publishing information about Springfield Armory XD (eXtreme Duty) series pistols for quite awhile now, since a number of our professional contacts in the tactical community swear by them, particularly the .45 ACP models. To date, the most interesting XD pistol is the Springfield XD(M) a.k.a. Springfield ... Read More »

JARD J50 Semi-Auto .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO) Anti-Materiel/Sniper Rifle

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com November 12, 2008 A company out of Sheldon, Iowa called JARD, Inc. has introducted a new semi-auto .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO) anti-materiel/sniper rifle called the JARD J50. The J50 is a gas-operated direct-gas-impingement (DGI) rifle that utilizes a 9-lug rotating-bolt locking locking mechanism. The combination of the weapon’s DGI operation, 30" free-float ... Read More »