Battle Rifle

FWS-I and ENVG III prototype

The Army’s latest weapons sight technology could be a significant breakthrough in how soldiers engage the enemy at night.

I filed a story about it today on Military.com.

In three years, the Army hopes to start fielding the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual, a new lightweight thermal weapon sight that is designed to communicate wirelessly with the service’s latest Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG).

Linking these two technologies creates a new capability called Rapid Target Acquisition, according to Lt. Col. Timothy Fuller, product manager for Soldier Maneuver Sensors at Fort Belvoir, Va.

The FWS-I mounts on the M4 carbine or the M249 squad automatic weapon. At the push of a button, a soldier can wirelessly transmit the FWS-I’s sight reticle into the wide display screen of the helmet-mounted ENVG III and quickly fire at the enemy target, Army officials said.

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Magpul’s Zhukov Handguard is designed to offer more options for AK shooters.

“The Zhukov Hand Guard casts aside traditional AK forearm shortcomings and offers an extended option for modern shooting techniques,” according to Magpul officials.

The Zhukov features an aluminum chassis for strength and heat dispersion, a comfortable injection molded exterior for superior ergonomics, and M-LOK slots for attaching accessories.

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Colt Defense LLC., today filed Chapter 11 in federal bankruptcy court to remain open during an accelerated sale of long-time gun maker’s business operations in the US and Canada.

The move is the latest attempt by the struggling company to survive in an extremely competitive small arm industry.

Colt, the original maker of the M4 Carbine, seemed to lose some of its standing when the U.S. Army acquired expanded licensing rights in 2009 that made it possible for the service to invite other gun companies compete for contracts to build the weapon.

Before that happened, Colt had been the sole maker of the M4 for about 15 years.

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Alamo Four Star LLC is out with a new muzzle brake for big guns.

The Lubbock, Texas-based maker of firearm accessories on Wednesday unveiled the so-called Cowl Induction Brake, which it says reduces recoil of large-caliber rifles by more than half. [click to continue…]

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soldier_M4Alright, so this audience probably knows all five of these facts our film team put together for this video on the M4 Carbine, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.

I will say I had to be reminded that Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester used an M4 to clear the building in Iraq in 2005 that earned her a Silver Star for Valor. She was the first female to win the Silver Star for Valor since World War II.

Mobile readers can see the video here. Those on desktop can watch below. Check it out and tell us what you think.

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Agilite is now offering its new contractor pouch that holds either two or three 5.56mm magazines.

The contractor pouch features mil-spec elastic that tightens the pouch according to the number of mags in it, eliminating rattle, according to a recent Agilite press release.

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Adams Arms recently unveiled the newest model in the Small Frame .308 Lineup: The Patrol Battle Rifle (PBR).

The PBR features a 16-inch Mid VooDoo barrel,  nine-inch Extended Evolution Rail, Enhanced SOPMOD-style stock and VDI .308 Jet Comp, according to a recent press release.

The Small Frame .308 PBR retails for $1,775.

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