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New Shrike 5.56 belt-fed M16 upper videos and photos

The following comes from SubGunVideos.com: “I’ve had the opportunity to fire over 1000 rounds through a production Shrike 5.56 – Advanced Weapons System™ from Ares Defense of Radford, Virginia. The video and photos are posted here:… www.subgunvideos.com Two of the pics you can see there are below: The part1 video shows some stills of the various parts, and disassembly and ... Read More »

Nikonov AN-94 ‘Abakan’ Assault Rifle: Advanced Russian Small Arms Tech

by David Crane [email protected] DefenseReview has been interested in the Nikonov AN-94 "Abakan" assault rifle for a pretty long time, now. I believe I first read about it in 1994 or 1995. Designed by Russian small arms designer Gennadiy Nikonov, the AN-94 is an interesting rifle, as it enjoys one of the same (major) advantages as the Ultimax 100 Mk3 ... Read More »

FN MK 48 MOD 0 7.62mm Lightweight Machine Gun for U.S. Military SPECOPS/SPECWAR

by David Crane [email protected] United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is in the process of adopting the FN MK 48 MOD 0 7.62mm Lightweight Machine Gun (LWMG) as it's new 7.62x51mm machine gun. Basically, the MK48 MOD 0 is a beefed-up version of the FN MK46 MOD 0 5.56 LMG/SAW (Light Machine Gun/Squad Automatic Weapon), a MK46 MOD 0 on ... Read More »

SHOT Show 2004: Shrike 5.56 Light Machine Gun/Squad Automatic Weapon.

by David Crane [email protected] Some of you may remember the last story we did on the Shrike 5.56 LMG/SAW awhile back, titled "Shrike 5.56 by ARES Defense Systems Finally Makes it to Production.". Well, Full-Auto.com has just published some great pics and info on the Shrike 5.56 LMG/SAW’s appearance at SHOT Show 2004 on their main web page. Geoffrey Herring, ... Read More »

Meet the HK MG43/MG4. Heckler & Koch’s New 5.56x45mm Light Machine Gun.

by David Crane Heckler & Koch (HK) is currently developing a new 5.56x45mm belt-fed LMG(Light Machine Gun)/SAW(Squad Automatic Weapon). It’s called the MG43. The HK MG43 represents HK’s desire to compete against the FN M249 SAW on the world market. The HK MG43 LMG/SAW is, from all reports so far, not select-fire. It only has two settings, "Safe" and "Full-Auto". ... Read More »

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 »

Shrike 5.56 by ARES Defense Systems Finally Makes it to Production.

This just in: The Shrike 5.56 LMG(Light Machine Gun) upper, by ARES Defense Systems, LLC, is in production and currently available for pre-order(both in select-fire and semi-auto-only configurations), and the ARES Defense Systems site is up and running. If you remember, DefRev reported on the Shrike 5.56 and ARES Defense Systems some time ago. If it works as advertised, the ... Read More »

New Heckler & Koch MG 43 Squad Automatic Weapon/ Light Machine Gun

The HK MG 43 LMG/SAW is a 5.56mm LMG designed to go head to head with the FN Minimi/M249, IMI Negev, and Vektor Mini SS LMG’s. Initial word on the MG43 is good. Dan Shea’s written a preliminary piece, along with photos of dissasembled parts of the gun, in the June 2002 issue of SAR(Small Arms Review). HK is currently ... Read More »