By David Crane ; defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos contained in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com (DR), and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos. The photos were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). October 4, 2011 While DefenseReview (DR) was at the 2011 Special Operations Forces …Read More »
SureFire Suppressors Wins USSOCOM Family of Muzzle Brake Suppressors (FMBS) Contract for Rifle Suppressors (Silencers/Sound Suppressors) and Flash Hider/Adaptors
The following is a SureFire Suppressors Press Release: Fountain Valley, CA — SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products, has been awarded its largest suppressor contract to date. The $23.3 million contract, for an indefinite quantity of sound suppressors, suppressor adapters, blank firing adapters and training adapters, was awarded by officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, …Read More »
Russians Getting a New Rifle: New Russian Military Assault Rifle to Replace Aging Kalashnakov 7.62x39mm AK-47/AKM-type AK74M and 5.45x39mm AK-74-type AK-105 Assault Rifles
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 1, 2011 A recent article in the The Voice of Russia titled "New rifle to replace Kalashnikov" claims that the Russian "Izmash" company "plans to present its new rifle to the Russian army before the end of this year," a rifle that can go head-to-head with the most modern western military …Read More »
Norgon Ambi-Catch Ambidextrous Magazine Release Button/Lever: Ambi-Mag Release/Catch Combat Advantages for Tactical Shooters
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail.com Photo(s) Credit: "esskay" (from Calguns.net) and Norgon, LLC September 29, 2011 In my tactical AR (AR-15 carbine) Frankengun/Frankencarbine article (February, 2010), I mentioned the Norgon Ambi-Catch (NSN 1005-01-537-6498), which is a pretty cool drop-in ambi mag-release/catch button/lever (ambidextrous magazine release button/lever) for tactical ARs (AR15/M16/M4/M4A1-type weapons). Well, as it turns out, DefenseReview (DR) writer/contributor …Read More »
Heat-Seeking Missile Killer: Northrop Grumman Guardian Anti-Missile Laser System/Missile Defense System (MDS)/Counter-MANPADS Aircraft Pod (Military and Commercial Aircraft) vs. Russian KBM Igla-S (SA-24) “9M342” Man-Portable/Packable Fire-and-Forget Surface-to-Air Missile System/MANPADS.
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 29, 2011 And, the hits just keep on comin'. Well, it's not like we couldn't see this one coming. File this one under the law of unintended consequences–unless you're a really cynical person. The U.S. government is currently looking for a significant portion of Moammar Gadhafi's (or "Moammar Khadafy's") rather impressive …Read More »
“Latest and Greatest” Tactical AR (AR-15) Rifle/Carbine/SBR Charging Handles Rundown: Vltor/Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM) BCMGunfighter Charging Handles (Mod 3 & 4), Badger Ordnance Universal Charging Handle Ambidextrous Charging Handle (Ambi Charging Handle) with Dual Tactical Latch (Big Latch), and Precision Reflex (PRI) M84 Gas Buster Charging Handle w/Badger Tactical Latch
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail dot com September 26, 2011 Lately, DefenseReview (DR) has been using a Precision Reflex (PRI) M84 Gas Buster Charging Handle -Military Big Latch with a Badger Ordnance Tactical Latch (big latch) (left side) attached, but there are a couple of charging handles that we're interested in trying out. One is the rumored Vltor/Bravo Company …Read More »
PCP Ammunition Polymer-Cased Rifle/Machine Gun Ammo for Military Combat and Civilian Tactical/Commercial Applications: Has the Era of High-Heat-Resistant “Superplastic”/”Superpolymer” Cartridge Cases Finally Arrived?
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Coyote School Blog September 26, 2011 Last updated on 10/01/11. The Firearm Blog just published a short piece on PCP Ammunition rifle ammunition, which utilizes a polymer (i.e., plastic) cartridge case. DefenseReview (DR) also viewed this ammo at SHOT Show 2011, but based on all previous attempts by other companies/developers …Read More »
Springfield Armory XDm-45ACP and XD(M)-9mm 5.25″-Barreled Competition Series Long-Slide Tactical Pistols: Developed by Rob Leatham for Rob Leatham
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 21, 2011 The Beretta Nano isn't the new tactical-format pistol to come down the pike, lately. Springfield Armory recently announced the release of the long-slide Springfield XD(M) 5.25"-Barrel Competition Series pistols, including the Springfield XD(M)-45ACP and XD(M)-9mm (9mm Parabellum/9x19mm NATO). Designed with a high degree of input from IPSC Grand Master …Read More »
BAE Systems ADAPTIV Hexagonal Pixelated Thermal/IR (Infared)/Multispectral Adaptive Camouflage/Invisibility Cloaking System/Vehicle Armor System for Infantry Ground Vehicles (Armored Vehicles, APCs and Main Battle Tanks), Aircraft (Helicopters and Fixe-Wing), Ships and Structures/Buildings: Active Camouflage for Vehicles Gets Real
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: BAE Systems September 19, 2011 Speaking of BAE Systems, they're currently developing a thermal/IR (infrared) adaptive camouflage/"invisibility cloak" technology/sytem called ADAPTIV. Catchy. Adaptiv is comprised of sheets of hexagonal "pixels"/panels that "can change temperature very rapidly". ADAPTIV (as in "adaptive camouflage") would appear to work in a similar fashion as …Read More »
Vectronix/Optics 1 COTI (Clip On Thermal Imager) Thermal/IR (Infared) Monocular Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)/Weapons Sight for Infantry Warfighters
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 18, 2011 Allison Barrie of Fox News just wrote a piece about the Vectronix/Optics 1 COTI (Clip On Thermal Imager) "clip and go" overlay clip-on thermal/IR (infrared) ("long-wave IR") monocular HMD (Helmet Mounted Device) as if it's a new concept in soldier/warfighter equipment/gear, and labeling it "Predator-style vision". The COTI can …Read More »
Beretta Nano Sub-Compact Pistol: 9mm Parabellum (9x19mm NATO)/.40 S&W Polymer-Framed Sub-Compact Pistol Goes Up Against the Big Boys in the Concealed Carry (CCW) Arena
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 16, 2011 Last updated on 7/02/12. DefenseReview (DR) just watched an in-house-produced demo video (demonstration video) on the new Beretta Nano (BU9) polymer-framed lightweight (17.67 ounces) subcompact 9mm/.40 S&W semi-auto pistol, which was designed first and foremost to handle the .40 S&W cartridge, and will soon be offered in 9mm …Read More »
Revision Military BATLSKIN (“Battle Skin”) Modular Head Protection System (MHPS) Lightweight Ballistic Combat Helmet, Visor and Mandibular Guard/Ballistic Face Shield: Complete Ballistic Maxillofacial Protection (Facial Armor) for the 21st Century Warfighter
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Revision Military September 14, 2010 Last updated on 9/18/11. Revision Military recently released photos and info on the Revision Military BATLSKIN (Pronounced "Battle Skin") Modular Head Protection System (MHPS) (formerly Revision Modular Protective Attachment System, or Revision MPAS) lightweight ballistic combat helmet, visor and (ballistic) mandibular guard/maxillofacial (lower face and …Read More »
Victor Company Introduces ViperSkins AICS Parts Upgrade Kit for Accuracy International (AI) Arctic Warfare (AW) Anti-Materiel/Sniper Rifle Series Aluminum Rifle Stock/Chassis System
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 13, 2011 Back in March, DefenseReview (DR) published a short piece on the Accu-Stack Comb Riser for Accuracy International (AI) Arctic Warfare (AW) series anti-materiel/sniper rifles and the entertaining video featuring "Major Fox", both brought to you by the good folks at Victor Company USA. Well, the company is back with …Read More »
Nemesis Arms Vanquish Mini-Windrunner-Type Lightweight Modular/Multi-Caliber Breakdown Sniper/Anti-materiel Rifle for Military Special Operations Combat and Civilian Tactical Shooting Applications: Nasty Little Piece of Manpackable/Backpackable Ballistic Business!
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos contained in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com (DR), and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos. The photos were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). September 12, 2011 Last updated on 9/14/11. A company called Nemesis Arms has designed …Read More »
ICE-15 (Impingement Carbine-Enhanced) Modified/Optimized Direct-Gas-Impingment (DGI) Tactical AR-15 Carbine/SBR with Forward-Mounted Ambi-Charger (Ambidextrous Charging Handle) and Folding Stock: Best of All AR Worlds?
By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com September 6, 2011 All photos from SHOT Show 2011 in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com (DR), and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos. The photos and video clips were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). The rest of the photos …Read More »