Calibers

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Federal Premium came out with potent buckshot load this year that packs a wallop with tungsten-alloy pellets.

“New Federal Premium Vital-Shok High Density buckshot is already the load of choice for feral hog exterminators who work for various government agencies,” according to a recent Vista Outdoor Inc., press release. “They’ve proven that its nine-pellet 00 buck tungsten-alloy payload and 1,600 fps muzzle velocity give it superior stopping power compared to lead loads.”

The new Federal shot shell line is currently being delivered to distributers for sale to the general public, the release states.

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Heckler & Koch’s new .40-caliber version of its VP striker-fired pistol line is now available.

The VP40 joins the 9 mm VP9 that was introduced to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement markets in June of 2014.

“Just a year after launching the VP series pistol with the 9 mm VP9, we are thrilled to have a .40-caliber model join the line-up,” Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice president for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales, said in a recent HK-USA press release.

“For civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies looking for a little more power to go with the VP’s well-recognized superior quality – this is it.”

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Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, has launched a new website reflective of their new branding efforts under the “Russian Heritage / American Innovation” tag line.

It’s a very nice-looking site, but I was a little disappointed that there are only two rifles and two shotguns listed in the firearms section. I assume there will be more to come based on the extensive display of weapons the Tullytown, Pa.- based company showed off in Vegas in January when it unveiled the new Kalashnikov-USA brand at SHOT Show.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Textron Systems showed off its newest effort to develop an ultra-light 7.62mm machine gun at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

The new MG is being designed to weigh 14.5 pounds – more than eight pounds lighter than the lightest version of the M240.

The effort is part of the Case-Telescoped Weapons and Ammunition program which has produced a matured 5.56mm lightweight machine gun similar to the M249 squad automatic weapon, according to Textron officials.

The newer 7.62mm version is under contract with Joint Service Small Arms Program Office to develop the operating system to handle the larger caliber, according to Ben Cole, mechanical engineer for AAI Corp., owned by Textron. JSSAP is based in the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

Formerly known as the Army’s Lightweight Small Arms Technologies, or LSAT, the program is designed to lower ammunition weight by 40 percent as well as producing significantly lighter infantry weapons.

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Agilite is now offering its new contractor pouch that holds either two or three 5.56mm magazines.

The contractor pouch features mil-spec elastic that tightens the pouch according to the number of mags in it, eliminating rattle, according to a recent Agilite press release.

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Adams Arms recently unveiled the newest model in the Small Frame .308 Lineup: The Patrol Battle Rifle (PBR).

The PBR features a 16-inch Mid VooDoo barrel,  nine-inch Extended Evolution Rail, Enhanced SOPMOD-style stock and VDI .308 Jet Comp, according to a recent press release.

The Small Frame .308 PBR retails for $1,775.

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The Pentagon proved in a winter test that its guided small-caliber bullet could hit a moving target with accuracy.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a video Monday showing the smart bullet changing trajectory mid flight to track and hit a moving target.

Called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, DARPA engineers plan to “revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet.” DARPA officials said they want the 50-caliber round and optical sighting technology to “extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”

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