Daniel Defense recently unveiled its newest rifle chambered for 7.62 x 51mm NATO – the DD5V1.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way this rifle turned out,” said Daniel Defense president and CEO Marty Daniel, in a recent press release.

“Our engineers utilized existing technology where appropriate and developed entirely new designs when necessary to optimize the performance of this gold-standard rifle. Those who demand … the increased range and terminal ballistics of 7.62mm ammo are going to be very pleased with this rifle.”

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Savage Arms has added a 10-round detachable magazine to its new 10 FCP-SR Law Enforcement Series rifle.

The .308 platform is built around Savage’s “classic, duty-proven 110 action, and uses a floating bolt head, zero-tolerance headspacing and precision button rifling to provide outstanding accuracy and consistency,” according to a recent press release.

“The adjustable AccuTrigger lets the shooter set the trigger to their individual preferences for a light, crisp pull, while the AccuStock bedding system engages the action three-dimensionally along its entire length, further enhancing accuracy.”

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G2 Research recently introduced its new 10mm R.I.P. round, the latest in its line of self-defense, fragmenting pistol ammo line.

Is anyone out there familiar with this stuff? It looks impressive; wonder if its effective? R.I.P. stands for Radically Invasive Projectile that’s offered in a range of calibers, from .380 to .45 ACP.

“The key to the R.I.P. round’s devastating effect is its exclusive bullet construction that causes the round to fragment into several separate controlled copper fragments thus causing more bleeding, trauma and pain all designed to stop an attacker quickly,” G2 Research officials said in a recent press release.

The fragments are called Trocars. The .380 round contains seven Trocars. All other R.I.P. rounds contain nine of these nasty little slivers.

“When the R.I.P. round enters the target, the large hollow point creates a huge temporary wound and the individual Trocars peel from the bullet body and spread in a controlled, multi-inch circular wound pattern while the bullet base continues traditional penetration,” the release states.

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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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