MG Industries is now offering a 9mm version of its Hydra Modular Weapon System designed to use standard Glock magazines.

MGI’s 9mm Hydra comes standard with a 16-inch interchangeable barrel, MGI’s QCB upper receiver and modular lower receiver. It’s made from 7075 aluminum and is completely interchangeable as part of MGI’s ever growing family of multi-caliber Hydras.

Like most configurations of the Hydra, this weapon ships to you in a standard, hard-sided, lockable pistol case. The 9mm Hydra rifle will retail for about $1,300.



We spent a little time on the range today with the Ohio Ordnance Works Heavy Counter Assault Rifle or HCAR.

It was outstanding. So much fun.

I say that not because this is the greatest firearm ever made. It’s not. It’s just a really cool gun story.

The HCAR is the brainchild of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Robert W. Landes III, whose father owns Ohio Ordnance Works. The company builds reproductions of historic weapons such as the Browning Automatic Rifle.

So Robert set out to bring the classic World War II weapon into the 21st century. The HCAR became available for sale this month, and it was on the floor at Modern Day Marine 2014.

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I couldn’t resist writing about this. Ohio Ordnance Works is going to demonstrate its Heavy Counter Assault Rifle, or HCAR at a live-fire range near Quantico Marine Base on Thursday and KitUP will be there.

The HCAR became available for sale this month, and it was on the floor at Modern Day Marine 2014.

It’s not really practical for U.S. military use since it is chambered for 30-06, but it is such a cool weapon. Unveiled at SHOT Show in January, the HCAR is a modernized, semi-automatic version of the Browning Automatic Rifle.

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U.S. Army weapons engineers are developing a new 40mm grenade that is designed to explode over enemy fighters hiding behind cover.

The Small Arms Grenade Munitions, or SAGM, will be twice as lethal as the current 40mm grenade against targets in defilade, according to Steven Gilbert, project officer with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Gilbert, and a team of about 10 engineers within the Joint Service Small Arms Program, is trying to replace the standard 40mm grenade with an airburst model to be used against enemy in defilade positions.

“Warfighters currently lack the ability to achieve desired accuracy and incapacitating effects against personnel targets in defilade at ranges from 51 to 500 meters,” Gilbert said in a recent Army press release.

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U.S. Army paratroopers recently got some foreign weapons training as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The Polish Land Forces 6th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade trained members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on Polish weapons at Drawsko Pomorskie training area.

The American paratroopers assembled, loaded and fired the Polish RPG-7B, a reusable rocket- propelled grenade launcher. They also got hand-on training with the M1996 Beryl 5.56mm rifle, the UKM-2000 machine gun, and the Polish M-83 9mm pistol.

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Reconnaissance Marines train with close-quarters battle pistol

Because they work in smaller numbers Marine Corps Recon units have always favored .45s as their Close Quarters Battle Pistol over the 9 mils issued to the rest of Marine infantry.  The stopping power advantage of the .45 is well documented, and it makes sense that Recon would want those at the hip.

Until recently Recon’s .45s were made at the Marine Corps’ Precision Weapons Center in Quantico, Virginia.  “They were like a racecar,” said Master Sergeant Cory Paskvan of the Second Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC.  “They were effective, but you’d go out and do a mission and then have to do a lot of maintenance on it.”

The new .45s are made by Colt, the first 1911 models they’ve provided to the U.S. Government since the end of World War II.  Features include a Cerakoted Stainless Steel Receiver and Slide, Novak® 3 Dot Night Sights and Flat, Serrated Mainspring Housing with Lanyard Loop. The pistol also features an Enhanced Hammer, Colt Tactical Ambidextrous Safety Lock, a 5” ‘National Match’ Barrel, and a MIL-STD-1913 Accessory Rail.

In addition to the .45 Recon uses the M4 A1 carbine instead of the standard issue M4 and M16A4.  The M4A1 has a heavier barrel and a full-auto trigger.  Recon tricks the close quarters carbine out further with a suppressor and a holographic red dot site.

“You don’t have to have perfect cheek load,” Paskvan said.  “Wherever the red dot is, that’s where the bullet is going.”


3235Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. just unveiled its new LC9s pistol, a striker-fired version of its compact, LC9 9mm pistol.

Like the LC9, the LC9s is a slim, lightweight, personal protection pistol, but it features a newly designed trigger mechanism with a short, light, crisp trigger pull that improves accuracy and performance, Ruger officials say.

“The Ruger LC9 set a high standard for reliable, lightweight personal protection,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger president and CEO of Ruger. “The LC9s™ follows the success of the LC9, yet provides a new option for shooters who prefer the short, crisp trigger pull of a striker-fired pistol,” he added.

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