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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 »

Adams Arms Retrofit Gas Piston System (RGPS) for Tactical AR-15 Carbines

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com September 19, 2008 Adams Arms, Inc. is offering an "AR15 Fix" a.k.a. "Retrofit Gas Piston System (RGPS)" (Patent Pending) that will all you to easily convert your direct-gas-impingement (DGI) tactical AR carbine (tactical AR-15 carbine) into a short-stroke gas piston/op-rod system in about ten (10) minutes. The RGPS, described by the company ... Read More »

Para Tactical Target Rifle (PTTR): Clean-Running Tactical AR-15 Carbine?

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com September 19, 2008 Para USA (formerly Para Ordnance) is marketing what appears to be an updated (or just rebranded) version of Al Zitta’s Z-M Weapons LR300 AXLT carbine called the Para Tactical Target Rifle (PTTR). The PTTR operates via a modified direct-gas-impingement (DGI) system, which the company calls "Delayed Impinged Gas System ... Read More »

Noveske Rifleworks N4 Light Recce Carbine: John Noveske Interview, Part One

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com The following is Part One of the transcript from a phone interview that David Crane, owner/editor-in-chief of DefenseReview, conducted with John Noveske of Noveske Rifleworks, LLC a number of months ago about his gun builds (tactical AR rifle builds a.k.a. tactical AR-15 rifle builds, specifically). We would have published it sooner, but ... Read More »

AR Five Seven (AR-57): 50-Shot 5.7x28mm AR-15 Carbine

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com August 11, 2008 An outfit called 57 Center is making an interesting patent-pending 5.7x28mm upper receiver for AR-15/M16 lower receivers called the AR Five Seven (AR-57) that utilizes 50-round FN P90/PS90 PDW magazines. The magazines are top-loaded and horizontal-mounted, just like on the P90/PS90. It would appear that that an emptied-out standard ... Read More »

6.8x45mm Kramer Urban Combat Cartridge (UCC) for Urban Warfare Ops

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com DefenseReview has covered the 6.8 SPC (a.k.a. 6.8 Remington SPC a.k.a. 6.8x43mm SPC a.k.a. 6.8mm Remington SPC a.k.a. 6.8mm SPC) round for quite some time now. We’re a proponent of the cartridge, due to its superior efficacy over 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem. within its (6.8 SPC) operational envelope of 400-500 yards, ... Read More »

U.S. Air Force KC-X Aerial Refueling Tanker Program Controversy: DefRev Opinion

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com DefenseReview has been contacted by a number of journalists (reporters and writers) to get our take on the Northrop Grumman/EADS (Airbus) aerial refueling tanker aircraft contract award and subsequent Boeing protest situation. This is a big-deal situation, since our current fleet of KC-135 tanker aircraft are getting quite long in the tooth, ... Read More »