David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

Metal Storm 40mm Weapon System/Talon Robot Live-Fire Demo for U.S. Military

by David Crane [email protected] A 16-round Metal Storm prototype 40mm grenade launcher system attached to/mounted on a Foster-Miller Talon Robot/UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) apparently successfully completed a series of live-fire tests in front of approx. 100 senior scientific and technical personnel from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and selected military defense industry representatives at a U.S. Army’s firing range …

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Next-Gen Modular Wearable Computer Systems Being Developed for US Marine Corps

by David Crane [email protected] Below is a press release that DefenseReview recently received from Symbionics, Inc. and Icuiti Corporation about a U.S. Marine Corps contract they just won to develop modular wearable computer (MOWC) systems for Marine Corps infantry personnel. Symbionics and Icuiti are working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) in this endeavor. These integrated technologies are actually …

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DSA Z4-GTC (Gas Trap Carbine) vs. Arms Tech Compak-16 vs. HK416?

by David Crane [email protected] DefenseReview is eager to see a three-way match-up between a full-auto/select-fire version of the DSA Z4-GTC (Gas Trap Carbine) the Arms Tech Compak-16 subcarbine (and longer-barreled Arms Tech Recon Rifle) and the HK416 carbine/subcarbine (formerly known as "HKM4" or "HK M4" carbine/subcarbine) in an adverse conditions/high-round-count test. To date, of the three, the Compak-16 subcarbine is …

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DSA Z4-GTC (Gas Trap Carbine) at SHOT Show 2005

by David Crane [email protected] Back in January (2005), DefRev published a short article on the recently-introduced DSA Z4-GTC (Gas Trap Carbine). At SHOT Show 2005, we got a chance to view and handle the weapon. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to test fire it. We hope to remedy that soon. The Z4-GTC is a piston-driven semi-auto carbine in an …

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New Magpul Device for Pistol Mags: SHOT Show 2005 Pics

by David Crane [email protected] Magpul Industries Corp. has come out with a new AR-15/M16 floorplate replacement part that aids in pulling magazines quickly from mag pouches. It’s called the Magpul Ranger, and it essentially accomplishes the same thing as the Magpul 5.56 NATO in a lower-profile configuration. Magpul Industries also has a pistol mag version of the Magpul Ranger, which …

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Fulton Armory Offers Sage/Crane NSWC M14/M1A Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) Kit

by David Crane [email protected] It would appear that Fulton Armory is currently offering the Sage International M14/M1A Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) system/kit (7.62x51mm) for sale on their site. Fulton Armory is calling it the Sage M14/M1A Tactical Stock/Accuracy System. We believe the system/kit that Fulton Armory is selling is the same M14/M1A EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) system/kit we… published info …

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More iRobot Packbot Robotic Infantry Soldiers Headed to Afghanistan and Iraq

by David Crane [email protected] On March 17th, 2005, it was announced that iRobot (headquartered in Burlington, MA) has won an $18.4 million Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract to provide 150 of its PackBot EOD Hazardous Duty Mobile Robots to the U.S. Navy by the end of 2005 for the purpose of explosive ordanced disposal operations. These robots, already battle-proven/combat-proven …

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Zensah Tactical Apparel Keeps Tactical Operators Cool, Dry, and Bacteria-Free

by David Crane [email protected]   It would appear that Under Armour just got some serious competition in the realm of advanced moisture-wicking/cooling undergarments for military Special Operations (SPECOPS) and law enforcement (LE) SWAT/SRT operators. An Israeli company called Zensah™ Performance (based in Tel-Aviv, Israel) is making tactical compression shirts that utilize high-tech moisture-wicking, bacteriostatic nylon/polyamide microfibers. Zensah Tactical seamless compression …

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Polyshok Impact Reactive Projectile for Military SPECOPS and LE SWAT

by David Crane [email protected] Any military or law enforcement Spec-Operator tasked with employing a tactical shotgun for a living should take a serious look at the Polyshok I.R.P. 12-gauge shotgun round. "I.R.P" stands for "Impact Reactive Projectile", and this specialized shotgun round is designed specifically to maximize stopping power against enemy combatants or hostile subjects (especially hostage-takers), while minimizing the …

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British Army Equips Troops in Afghanistan with Ballistic EyePro from Revision

by David Crane [email protected] The following is a Revision Military Eyewear press release on their Sawfly and Bullet Ant Ballistic Eyewear (BEW): "British Army Equips Troops in Afghanistan with Protective Eyewear Systems from Revision Wednesday, February 02, 2005 14:07 Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters first UK regiments issued with new military eyewear systems MONTREAL, CANADA, Feb. 2, 2005 – Revision Eyewear …

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