Calibers

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IWI US Inc., recently announced the return of the Jericho brand of pistols to the U.S. market.

The Jericho 941, designed specifically for the U.S. market, will be available in both steel frame and polymer frame models.

“Ever since the Jericho was launched in 1990 by – IMI, it has been a very popular pistol for civilians and law enforcement, worldwide,” Michael Kassnar, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for IWI US, said in recent press release.

“Since it was originally designed based upon the highly regarded CZ-75 model, the Jericho has been imported into the U.S. under several names including Jericho 941 from KBI when first introduced, UZI Eagle from Mossberg and Magnum Research’s Baby Eagle. We are very pleased that the Jericho 941 has come full circle and arrived home here at IWI US.”

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U.S. Army testers are scheduled to evaluate an experimental, air-bursting 40mm grenade next summer.

If successful, the Small Arms Grenade Munitions, or SAGM, will transition to Project Manager-Maneuver Ammunition Systems by the end of fiscal year 2015 to become an official Army program of record.

The 40mm counter-defilade round will be twice as lethal as the current 40mm grenade against targets in defilade, according to Army officials from the service’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Grenadiers are not as effective as they could be at delivering accurate fire against enemy behind cover, Army officials maintain.

But to become an Army program of record, “we must demonstrate a certain level of functional reliability over selected target sets,” SAGM Project Officer Steven Gilbert said in a recent Army press release.

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SilencerCo today unveiled its new line of Harvester Subsonic 300 Blackout high performance ammunition, designed specifically for silencer-equipped firearms.

The ammunition gives shooters exceptional accuracy and enhanced noise reduction without sacrificing the terminal performance hunters and marksmen expect, SilencerCo officials maintain.

Silencer-optimized Harvester Subsonic 300 BLK rounds enable groups in the sub-minute of angle (MOA) range, or less than 1 inch per 100 yards of distance to target. The ammo combines this best-in-class accuracy with the stopping power of a 220 grain projectile, plus unrivaled sound suppression, according to SilencerCo officials.

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mpa-image-e1416860452284MasterPiece Arms recently unveiled its new MPA 30DMG — the first “multi-caliber” pistol from the new Defender, Machined, Grip series — that accepts Glock magazines.

The 30DMG ships as a 9mm, using a Glock-style magazine; however, by changing out the grip housing, bolt and barrel, other calibers can be fired using this modular system. Additional calibers in 5.7x28mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG kits will be available. MPA is working on adding the .45 ACP as a possible caliber and plan to have it developed potentially by SHOT Show 2015, MPA officials maintain.

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U.S. Army weapons officials announced it plans to launch a competition to replace the M9 9mm pistol in January after a recent meeting with interested pistol makers.

Program Executive Office Soldier hosted a third industry day for the Modular Handgun System Oct. 28-29 – an event that drew representatives from 20 companies, according to Debi Dawson, spokeswoman for PEO Soldier.

Attendees discussed the Army’s draft solicitation for the new weapon system, which will replace the current M9 standard Army sidearm, Dawson said in an Oct. 31 Army news release. The Army issued the draft solicitation, which identifies design and performance requirements for the new handgun system, Sept. 29. The draft solicitation calls for a commercially available weapon tailored to the unique needs of the military services.

The solicitation specified no particular caliber, but the Army is seeking a handgun system that outperforms its current sidearm. The Army is also seeking a modular weapon, meaning it allows adjustments to fit all hand sizes.

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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.

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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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