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Sabre Defence Back Up and Running: Company Resumes Operations after ATF (BATFE) Raid

by David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com February 28, 2010 Sabre Defence is apparently back up and running after the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE a.k.a. “ATF”) raided them on February 17, 2010, although we had to find this out on our own through research rather than being alerted to it by the company (Sabre ... Read More »

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BATFE (a.k.a. “ATF”) Raids Military Defense Contractor and Firearms Manufacturer Sabre Defence

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com February 18, 2010 This one falls into the category of “what the hell’s goin’ on around here?” The BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) raided Nashville-based firearms manufacturer and military defense contractor Sabre Defence, yesterday. According to reports, the BATFE has been investigating claims that Sabre Defence employees have been ... Read More »

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Cerberus’ Freedom Group Going for $200M IPO: Gorilla’s Gettin’ Bigger

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 21, 2009 According to a regulatory filing, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is planning to take Freedom Group Inc. public in a $200 million ($200M) initial public offering. Cerberus owns 94.3% of Freedom Group’s shares, according to the filing. In H1 2009, Freedom Group, which owns a number of firearms and related ... Read More »

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Lasing Skulls in the Digital Age: Tactical Laser Weapons Finally Maturing for Future Warfare Applications: Meet the Boeing ATL (Advanced Tactical Laser) Airborne Laser Weapon

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 15, 2009 There's a scene at the beginning of the 1985 film Real Genius showing a fictional "Crossbow Project" demonstration video of some unlucky bastard (perhaps a third-world dictator or politician?) getting instantly vaporized by a space-based laser weapon fired from a satellite. The video is being shown to a bunch ... Read More »

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Rumor Mill: Did Freedom Group/Cerberus just acquire silencer/sound suppressor company Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC) for $40 million?

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Originally published on August 24, 2009 Updated on 8/25/09 Pulled on 8/26/09 Reinstituted and updated on 10/06/09 [BREAKING NEWS! Please read this latest update article published on 10/06/09: Remington Acquires AAC (Advanced Armament Corp.): Freedom Group/Cerberus Goes Silenced/Suppressed] DefenseReview has just received an email communication from a professional contact of ours stating ... 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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Are the FN SCAR Weapons (MK16 and MK17) Necessary? And do we really need to replace the Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine?

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com May 20, 2009 According to Army Times magazine, The 75th Ranger Regiment is scheduled to battle test the Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) very soon. The Rangers will reportedly be taking 600 FN SCAR rifle/carbine/subcarbine/SBR (Short-Barreled Rifle) weapons packages into battle, but DefenseReview doesn’t know how many of these are the ... Read More »

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Airtronic USA China Lake Multi-Shot Pump-Action 40mm Grenade Launcher System for Special Operations

By David Crane defrev at gmail dot com April 18, 2009 Updated on May 6, 2009 Airtronic USA, Inc. has more up their sleeve than just an Americanized RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launcher. They’ve also got a pretty nifty 4-shot (3+1) pump-shotgun-config pump-action 40mm multiple grenade launcher (MGL) (a.k.a. multi-shot grenade launcher) system a.k.a 40mm pump grenade launcher system. The weapon ... Read More »

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