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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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Crye Precision LLC has unveiled a new line of modular pouches that offers a few new twists on the general purpose pouch genre.

The Smart Pouch Suite features six pouches and accessories to offer multiple options for carrying kit to satisfy mission needs, Crye officials maintain.

The SPS consists of a Frag Pouch, 5.56/7.62/MBITR Pouch, 152/Bottle Pouch, GP Pouch 6x6x3, GP Pouch 9x7x3 and GP Pouch 11x6x4.

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IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., today introduced the IWI US Online Web Store (www.iwi.us/Products), for fans of the Tavor SAR.

The new store offers a host of Tavor accessories, including the IWI Vertical Foregrip and Ergonomic Foregrip, the Foregrip Light Holder and Flashlight/Laser Holder, the Tavor SAR Forearm Picatinny Rail and cleaning kits.

“We are thrilled to have launched the IWI US Online Web Store,” Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales and Marketing for IWI US, said in a recent press release. “This has been a long time coming and we’ve worked really hard to create something our fans would appreciate and find simple to navigate.”

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Months back, I finally got my hands on a 4-Banger Bag from 5.11. I had been looking forward to checking the bag out for some time. I gave it a few spins in my hands, along with the normal poking and prodding that comes with new gear, then quickly starting loading it with essentials for a “get home” type situation. The 4-Banger stays in my wife’s van because that’s our primary family vehicle. I want her to have a solid and dependable bag capable of storing what she’d need if my family was to get stranded without me.

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SWeETThe Army is developing more advanced simulations and testing environments to build new weapons and modify existing ones.

Technology for simulating natural environments has advanced rapidly in the field, and Army officials said it’s about time the service take advantage of the benefits. Leaders say more advanced simulations can help the Army develop weapons faster and cheaper.

“People are surprised how realistic our simulated environments look,” said Keith Koehler, a mechanical engineer at the Weapons Technology Branch. “We had a few friends, who were deployed soldiers, walk into the scenarios and you could tell to a degree that they lost themselves in the environment.” [click to continue…]

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Raven Concealment Systems and Ares Gear have fashioned a low-profile system for carrying extra shotgun shells.

The Moduloader five-shell plate is a two-part system, consisting of the Raven Concealment ModuLoader platform — which mounts quickly and securely to your belt — and the Ares Gear tear-away load shot shell panel.

Together they allow the shooter to rapidly replenish five-shot panels on your belt and on the side of your shotgun, using hook and loop fasteners, according to officials from Raven Concealment and Ares Gear.

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Small-arms innovation programs may not be a high priority these days, but the U.S. Army continues to invest in its dream of a family of ultra-light infantry weapons.

The service awarded a $5.7 million contract last month to Textron Systems to develop a 7.62mm version of the Light Weight Small Arms Technology MG as well as a carbine variant.

The Army has had a strong interest in LSAT for the last decade. The system is far lighter than traditional machine guns, mainly because of its use of cased-telescoped ammunition.

LSAT’s cased-telescoped 5.56mm ammunition relies on a plastic case rather than a brass one to hold the propellant and the projectile, like a conventional shotgun shell. It weighs about 37 percent less than standard belted 5.56mm.

The 5.56mm LSAT weapon itself weighs about half as much as the 17-pound M249 squad automatic weapon.

“The LSAT Light Machine Gun recently took part in the Army’s Dismounted Non-Networked Experiment at Fort Benning, Ga., receiving positive user feedback,” according to a press release from Textron Systems.

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