Battle Rifle

Beretta ARX Carbine with T Worx Intelligent RailBeretta USA and T. Worx Ventures brought its integrated ARX carbine/Intelligent Rail to the Army’s AUSA conference this week after unveiling it over the summer at the Eurosatory Defense Expo in Paris.

The rail offers power and data contact points allowing an integrated carbine to power electronic accessories and communication nodes.

Berretta USA and T. Worx have worked together integrating the  T. Worx’s rail to the ARX carbine since 2013 following a multi-year assessment, Beretta officials said. Don McLaughlin, CEO of T. Worx Ventures, said the companies have received quite a bit of attention since unveiling the rail in Paris.

McLaughlin said the new rail “saves weight, provides better power access, increases access efficiency and it provides inter-accessory communications capability.”

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Aimpoint Inc., just unveiled the latest version of its Micro T optic line. The new Micro T-2 sight is a better-performing, more rugged version of the company’s existing Micro T-1.

The new optic will feature a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti-reflective devices. There’s additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.

The most important development in this new sight however, is enhanced optical performance, Aimpoint officials maintain.

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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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I couldn’t resist writing about this. Ohio Ordnance Works is going to demonstrate its Heavy Counter Assault Rifle, or HCAR at a live-fire range near Quantico Marine Base on Thursday and KitUP will be there.

The HCAR became available for sale this month, and it was on the floor at Modern Day Marine 2014.

It’s not really practical for U.S. military use since it is chambered for 30-06, but it is such a cool weapon. Unveiled at SHOT Show in January, the HCAR is a modernized, semi-automatic version of the Browning Automatic Rifle.

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I love Modern Day Marine. It’s a small show, but there’s always cool kit to see. This year, 375 gear companies are expected to show up at Quantico Marine Base, Va., Sept. 23-25.

KitUp! will be there, scouring the floor for latest in weapons accessories, lights, packs, gloves, eye wear, boots, knives and other tactical gear. Let us know if there is anything specific you want us to check out.

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Lee Enfield RifleThe Canadian Department of National Defense announced earlier this month that it issued a contract to Colt Canada to design and produce 6,500 new rifles for the military’s Arctic Rangers.

The unit is armed with the .303 Lee Enfield rifle bought back in 1947. The rifles have gotten so old, the Canadian force can no longer buy parts to fix the rifles that are quickly falling apart.

The Rangers are a unit of about 5,000 Reservists who are spread across the northern most territories in Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently visited a Ranger unit and was photographed firing one of the Lee Enfield rifles.  [click to continue…]

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U.S. Army paratroopers recently got some foreign weapons training as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The Polish Land Forces 6th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade trained members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on Polish weapons at Drawsko Pomorskie training area.

The American paratroopers assembled, loaded and fired the Polish RPG-7B, a reusable rocket- propelled grenade launcher. They also got hand-on training with the M1996 Beryl 5.56mm rifle, the UKM-2000 machine gun, and the Polish M-83 9mm pistol.

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