FN Herstal recently unveiled its next generation MINIMI Light Machine Guns that feature a new feedtray, cocking handle, buttstock and bipod/handguard assembly.
The U.S. Military adopted the 5.56mm version of the MINIMI in 1982 to become the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.
The new FN MINIMI Mk3 is convertible to either 5.56mm and 7.62mm and ”offers the users improved ergonomics and improved mobility while retaining the same core mechanism as the previous versions, for a limited impact on logistics,” FN officials maintain.
“The modifications introduced on the FN MINIMI Mk3 result from feedback provided by users engaged in current operating theatres. Indeed, the demands of users have evolved over the past 10 to 15 years due to changes in the way the FN MINIMI machine gun is used in combat (increased use of accessories, evolutions in the soldier’s equipment, and changes in tactics such as shooting from all positions).”
The changes include:
– An ergonomic buttstock adjustable in length (5 positions) to allow compensation for body armor and load bearing equipment. The buttstock is adjustable for cheek rest height as well. The user can have his eye correctly aligned with the iron sights, or optical sights, while keeping his cheek properly positioned on the buttstock. It also integrates a folding shoulder rest and a hydraulic buffer that stabilizes the rate of fire and reduces felt recoil.
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A buddy once said that flashlights and knives should only come in one color; blaze orange. We were surprised as he has lots of experience outside the wire. We asked him why.
He said he was tired of losing them. Second, he figured if the enemy was close enough to see the blaze strip sticking out of your pockets then you already have bigger problems.
We empathize with that and have joked over the years that we’re really good at losing three things: expensive pocket knives, Zippos and women. Luckily, all three easily replaced (if not without some tears and regret). Flashlights are another issue — they’re a small EDC item that often goes MIA, whether by a lapse in caution, forgetfulness or thieving bastards. [click to continue…]
A couple of months ago, SureFire doubled the output its Fury line with the new 1,000-lumen P3X. I sat down with SureFire’s Don Alexander at the Association of the United States Army’s 2013 Annual meeting and exposition to get an idea of what this 1,000 lumen light gives you vs. the original Fury P2X that puts out 500 lumens.
The P3X is a nine-volt, three-battery light. Besides 1,000 lumens, it puts out roughly 17,000 candela.
“Lumen is the total light output of the light; that’s the size of the fist that is going to hit you,” said Alexander, director of Military Sales at SureFire. “Candela is the power behind that fist, how far that light can be projected.”
Depending on light conditions, the P3X will project a beam out 200 to 300 yards, Alexander said. “This can throw visible light 200 to 400 yards away,” he said.
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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…]
“The Monkey” has announced his first pack design – the “Adapt Pack.”
Based on the Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack (ROP), MSM (MilSpec Monkey) made a few design changes he thought might improve it for his intended needs. He wanted it to be an ambidextrous, lightweight pack with modularity and the ability to compartmentalize and organize equipment both military and civilian users might carry on a daily basis.
It is a nice size; somewhere between EDC pack and small assault pack, with the added benefit of wearing it like a messenger bag if preferred. [click to continue…]
The Army continues to work to develop an undersuit worn at the ankles, hips, knees and upper body that will protect soldiers from injuries and reduce the physical burden of hauling up to 100 pounds of gear on patrol.
Army officials has partnered with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as the Defense Department seeks to build upon the work of scientists researching the technologies that can augment muscles in the human body. [click to continue…]
Zulu Nylon Gear, an Illinois based custom “tactical nylon” company, has an interesting take on the traditional messenger bag – the Emissary. The Emissary is approximately 12″ x 15″ x 5″. It’s available in brown, black, MultiCam and foliage. It features a wide hook-and-loop panel across the front (slick front available), with multiple zippered pockets both inside and out as well as front and back. There is also a mesh water/Nalgene bottle pouch on one end balanced by MOLLE panels on the other. Internal pockets can be accessed without unbuckling the flap and the main internal compartment is lined with hook tape to allow for modular placement of additional pouches. There are MOLLE Panels on the exterior and a pair of loops underneath for stowage that are secured with shock cord. The interior of the hinged lid — which buckles down to the main body– features a clear plastic cover to protect documents or other sensitive objects.
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