Battle Rifle


The U.S. Army recently started converting the first of a half million M4 carbines into M4A1s.

Army weapons officials are performing 3,000 M4/M4A1 conversions for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan.

The service decided to replace the M4 with the M4A1 version, wrapping up a five-year effort to search for a better individual weapon for soldiers. Last June, the Army formally concluding its Individual Carbine competition without selecting a winner to replace the M4 Carbine. None of the carbines evaluated during the testing phase of the competition met the minimum scoring requirement needed to continue to the third and final phase of the evaluation, weapons officials said.

The Army never released any of the test data that showed how test guns from Heckler & Koch, FNH-USA, Remington Defense, Adcor Defense Inc. and Colt Defense LLC performed in the competition.

The decision to convert the service’s 500,000 M4s into M4A1s by 2020 will give soldiers features such as a heavier barrel, an ambidextrous selector switch and a full-auto trigger. The Army’s decision to dump the current three-round burst trigger will give shooters a more consistent trigger pull and lead to better accuracy, weapons officials maintain.

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Ash-12A new bullpup rifle called the Ash-12 has been developed by TsKIB SOO, a subsidiary of the Russian weapons’ company KBP Instrument Design Bureau, according to The Firearm Blog.

With a bullpup rifle the gun’s action is behind the trigger, decreasing the firearm’s length and weight while maintaining the same barrel length.

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Survey2014-ControversialTestimonyU.S. combat troops know the importance of quality kit, but don’t take their pay raise away to pay for it. published the results of its pay-and-benefits survey today. It showed that nine out of 10 active-duty service members oppose the Pentagon’s proposals to reduce their pay raises and basic allowances for housing.

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 Daniel Defense today unveiled its new Tornado gray finish intended for select rifle versions.

The Black Creek, Ga.-based gun maker is one of many firearms and tactical gear manufactures offering gray finishes with urban combat in mind. Tornado is the second new color option for its Cerakote finish Daniel Defense launched earlier this year.

 “When you look for a new car, you have substantially more color options than just black,” Jordan Hunter, Daniel Defense Director of Marketing, said in a Jan. 24 press statement. “Customers want choices other than the mil-spec Type III hard coat anodizing, or matte black, and the Daniel Defense Tornado, we believe, will be well received by our customers.”

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U.S. Army leaders told lawmakers today that the service will have to spend less on live-fire maneuver training as a result of the deep cuts to defense spending under sequestration.

Service leaders have been warning Congress for months that these cuts are forcing the Army to cut readiness training. A slightly clearer explanation of what cutting readiness training will mean to combat units emerged during a March 27 hearing before the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee.

“It has come to my attention … that in our budget in the area of marksmanship training for our personnel, both active and Guard, that the funding is being reduced by about 60 percent,” Rep Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, who represents the Ohio Army National Guard’s Camp Perry Joint Training Center, told senior Army officials.

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04American Technologies Network Corp., has a new line of night vision weapon sights.

The ARES series “feature fast, infra-red sensitive optics combined with quality image tubes to produce high resolution, clear images for outstanding target acquisition and aiming capabilities,” ATN officials maintain.

The ATN ARES runs on 1 AA battery and mounts to a standard Weaver rail. The one-knob operation allows for precision windage and elevation adjustments, as well as automatic brightness control, according to an ATN press release.

The optics feature ATN’s Proshield lens coating for protection and clarity, as well as a “red on green” reticle system with a 1/6 MOA adjustment. The waterproof sight also has a low battery indicator and a detachable infrared illuminator.

The ATN ARES night vision weapon series is available in a variety of configurations and different magnifications. They aren’t cheap though. They range from $2,099 for the Gen 2 models to $5,800 for the Gen 4 models.




Patriot Products AZ, LLC makes a multi-function tool for adjusting many popular weapons optics.

The Combat Optic Tool Optimized is “revolutionary in its adaptability with the majority of the magnified optics currently in use by military, law enforcement, and citizen soldiers/civilians, in particular the new SOCOM Enhanced Combat Optical Sight – Optimized,” Patriot Products officials maintain.

It  has a 3/8s inch and a 10mm box wrench that will work with LaRue Tactical and Aimpoint 3X Twist mounts, as well as a ½ inch open face wrench for Leupold, Badger Ordnance, Warne, and similar cross bolt mounts.

 It has the ability to adjust windage and elevation on Aimpoint  CompM, M2, M3, M4 and Micro T-1 sights, EOTech sights, Trijicon ACOG RCO and RMR sights, as well as adjust the factory mounts for ACOGs and EOTechs.

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