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Talk about lax security.

More than a dozen firearms including pistols, carbines and sniper rifles have been stolen from an armory in Massachusetts, according to news reports.

Ten unspecified type of pistols, six M-4 carbines and “several” long guns, presumably sniper rifles, were snatched from the Lincoln Army Reserve Center, located about 40 miles west of Boston in the city of Worcester, according to articles in The Daily Beast and The Associated Press. [click to continue…]


Surefire’s X300 Ultra-B model weapon light is now more powerful.

“With its new and improved T-slot mounting system, our new X300 Ultra quickly and securely attaches to more rail-equipped handgun makes and models than ever before. And now—its high-performance, recoil-proof LED—generates an extra 100 lumens of output: an incredible 600 lumens without sacrificing runtime,” according to a recent Surefire press release.

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The U.S. Army Project Manager Soldier Weapons has a new leader.

Col. Brian C. Stehle, a career Army aviator, assumed command of PMSW from Col. Scott C. Armstrong, in August, but for some reason, Program Executive Office Soldier announced it in a Nov. 10 PEO Soldier Blog post.

Stehle most recently served as product manager for the AH-64 Apache Block 3/Apache Development and Modernization under the Program Executive Office Aviation at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

He will now oversee Army small arms development including the service’s Modular Handgun System competition.


A novel attachment to the soldier’s assault pack might someday reduce the number of batteries carried to power night-vision devices, radios and other equipment, as well as help make dismounted patrols less fatiguing.

Courtney Webster, a biomedical engineer with the Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, is in the middle of testing with her team the prototype “Energy Harvesting Backpack” at the Soldier Performance and Equipment Advanced Research facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, according to a recent Army press release.

A frame-mounted to the standard-issue assault pack contains a two-spring, rack-and-pinion suspension system that allows it to gently glide up and down as the soldier is walking or running, Webster said. As the assault pack moves, the mechanical energy produced by the motion recharges the soldier’s battery, she said.

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Soldiers are now authorized to wear either black or white socks with their Army physical fitness uniform.

Effective immediately, black socks can be worn with either the gray-black PT uniform or the new gold and black uniform, according to a recent Army Press release.

Like white socks, the black socks must be plain with no logos. The socks can be calf-length or ankle-length, but must at least cover the entire ankle bone, said Sgt. Maj. Eva M. Commons, Army uniform policy sergeant major with G-1.

The new policy comes as a result of soldiers requesting the change over the last several months, Commons said. Senior Army leaders go out to various installations and receive uniform questions from the field, Commons said.

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Beretta Defense Technologies recently announced that the Beretta Model M9A3 9mm pistol is now shipping to law enforcement dealers, law enforcement agencies and is now being offered to military customers worldwide.

Beretta originally submitted the M9A3 to the Army late last year as an alternative to the Modular Handgun System. The improved M9 features new sights, a rail for mounting lights and accessories, better ergonomics and improved reliability, according to Beretta USA officials.

The Army quickly denied Beretta’s M9A3 engineering change proposal and pushed ahead with MHS.

Despite the decision, Beretta continues to market its improved M9.

“The M9A3 represents the next generation handgun utilizing the best attributes of the legacy M9 pistol combined with proven COTS modifications that increase performance and durability” Gabriele de Plano, vice president of Military Marketing and Operations for Beretta Defense Technologies, said in a recent press release.

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