PCP Ammunition is asking its customers for feedback on its new .308 caliber polymer-cased ammunition.
Polymer-cased ammo is an attractive concept because its much lighter than traditiona, brass-cased bullets. But so far, these so-called, space-age polymers have failed to perform as well as brass.
”This is the first time in history that an ammunition manufacturer has offered high performance polymer cased .308 rifle ammunition to the commercial market. We are offering this limited release of production to a select number of consumers. We are limiting the production initially to allow for user feedback that validates our test results. We are extremely interested in the feedback of our first group of civilian consumers.”
PCP Ammunition and certified, third-party testing facilities have performed thousands of tests on this product and we are confident in its safety and performance. Prior to this initial civilian release, PCP Ammunition was recently awarded contracts with the Department of Defense to deliver advanced lightweight polymer sub-sonic ammunition and an improved .50 caliber precision round, PCP officials say.
I have no idea if these are worth a damn, but MasterPiece Arms has a new, 5.56mm pistol that looks like pure fun. The Georgia-based company introduced its MPAR556 Pistol in October and intends to start shipping them this month.
It features a threaded, 11-inch barrel, a short stroke piston design and a lightweight, free-floating, two-piece handguard made of hard anodized aluminum.
The MPAR556 Pistol also contains a locked triangular bolt design, an angled foregrip and a non-reciprocating, side charging handle with forward-assist.
It includes one AR-compatible 30 round magazine. Sights are not included. It retails for $900.
A couple of years ago, KitUp! wrote about Israel Military Industries’ Multi-Purpose Rifle System – a smart optic system that gives M203-style 40mm grenade launchers airbursting capability. Now IMI has upgraded its MPRS so it will work with multi-shot grenade launchers such as the MilKOR USA’s M32 used by the Marine Corps.
In 2011, Marine Corps officials said they wanted to give its grenadiers the ability to launch 40mm rounds programmed to explode overtop of bad guys behind cover. The Army is putting its money on the XM25, the so-called “Punisher” that peppers enemy with air-bursting 25mm projectiles. But Marine weapons officials aren’t convinced that the XM25 has enough punch to be lethal. [click to continue…]
Among the firearms creating the most buzz at this year’s Modern Day Marine show was a version of Barrett’s M107A1, a shoulder-fired rifle designed to shoot drones out of the sky with hulking 25mm rounds.
It’s billed as an “anti-UAV” weapon, referring to the military acronym for unmanned aerial vehicles. The rifle reminded more than a couple of Marines of a scene from the 2012 movie, “The Bourne Legacy,” in which the hero, Aaron Cross (played by the actor Jeremy Renner) shoots down a Predator drone with a sniper rifle. [click to continue…]
QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va. — OK, so we all know the Pentagon has no money. But if it did, General Dymanics’ Lightweight Medium Machine Gun, chambered in .338 Norma Magnum might be worth a look.
GD’s Ordnance and Tactical Systems division was showing off the 23-pound LWMMG at Modern Day Marine 2013, touting it as the needed bridge between the M240 and the M2 .50 caliber machine guns.
“We wanted a round that could provide capabilities to eliminate the gap between 7.62mm and .50 cal,” a GD official said. “We needed a round that could provide accurate, effective fire on target beyond 1,500 meters.” [click to continue…]
Warrior Summit will hold its third annual four day, six-instructor training event in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The summit offers a variety of training topics from a number of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) taught in one-day blocks.
There are a large number of training classes, symposiums and conferences to choose from in the “tactical industry.” Some are hands on, “prac-app” like the training blocks at NTOA (National Tactical Officers Association). Some, like the topic blocks at the Maneuver Conference, are largely classroom/lecture based. Seldom, however, do you see so-called “private” training events (i.e. non-organizational) that offer a variety of topics in its stable of courses. There are obviously many reasons for this, the largest being the constraints of time. [click to continue…]
The Republican senator that pushed the Army to search for a replacement for its M4 carbine is now questioning the service’s recent decision to kill the improved carbine competition.
Sen. Tom Coburn recently sent a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh over the Army’s June 13 decision to halt the competition before holding the final phase of the effort.
“I am most disappointed to hear that the Army has decided to cancel the Improved Carbine Competition without ever having given soldiers the opportunity to field test the weapons to determine if there was a marked improvement to the current M4,” Coburn wrote in a June 17 letter.
“The Army continues to prioritize the modernization of other non-essential equipment over its small arms leading one to question why — if the rifle squad is the foundational element of the Army, and small arms are the rifleman’s primary weapon – would we not takes steps today to ensure that we are equipping our force with the most effective small arms and ammunition available?”
Coburn wants the Army to tell him which programs the Army plans to reprogram the IC money into. He also wants the Army to explain why the service’s near-term small arms strategy doesn’t include an effort to assess a medium-caliber round for increased battlefield capability.
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