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Surefire’s X300 Ultra-B model weapon light is now more powerful.

“With its new and improved T-slot mounting system, our new X300 Ultra quickly and securely attaches to more rail-equipped handgun makes and models than ever before. And now—its high-performance, recoil-proof LED—generates an extra 100 lumens of output: an incredible 600 lumens without sacrificing runtime,” according to a recent Surefire press release.

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Beretta Defense Technologies recently announced that the Beretta Model M9A3 9mm pistol is now shipping to law enforcement dealers, law enforcement agencies and is now being offered to military customers worldwide.

Beretta originally submitted the M9A3 to the Army late last year as an alternative to the Modular Handgun System. The improved M9 features new sights, a rail for mounting lights and accessories, better ergonomics and improved reliability, according to Beretta USA officials.

The Army quickly denied Beretta’s M9A3 engineering change proposal and pushed ahead with MHS.

Despite the decision, Beretta continues to market its improved M9.

“The M9A3 represents the next generation handgun utilizing the best attributes of the legacy M9 pistol combined with proven COTS modifications that increase performance and durability” Gabriele de Plano, vice president of Military Marketing and Operations for Beretta Defense Technologies, said in a recent press release.

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Today I had a chance to ask two U.S. Army officers who recently oversaw Iraqi army training about the weapons and equipment Iraqi squads and platoons are taking into battle against ISIS.

Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne returned home in September from a nine-month, advise-and-assist mission in Iraq. The Panthers trained more than 12,000 new Iraqi soldiers, who are now fighting in the counterattack to reclaim Ramadi.

I wrote a story for today about how Iraqi army units are taking to the training they are receiving from U.S. forces.

Here’s a snapshot of Iraqi firepower.

Iraqi army squads and platoons are “typically armed with a mix of AK-47s. In terms of machine guns, they have PKMs, PKCs, some RPKs,” said Maj. Michael Hamilton, 0perations officer for 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. “The anti-tank weapons systems that they employ are SPG-9s, basically a … shoulder-launch weapon system.”

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Raven Concealment Systems just unveiled its new Vickers Signature Series of holsters and magazine carriers.

These sets are based on the legendary RCS Phantom Modular Holster, but with some significant functional and aesthetic modifications personally selected by Larry Vickers, a well-known tactical firearms instructor and former member of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.

The Vickers Signature Series is only available in one of four “shooter’s pack” configurations.

“These shooter packs are only produced for the pistols which LAV views as his ‘go-to’ handguns: The Glock 17, Glock 19, Heckler and Koch VP9, Beretta M-9, and of course, the M1911 A1 pistols,” according to a recent press release. “Every item is tastefully emblazoned with the Vickers Tactical logo, and is produced to the same exacting standards of fit and finish that customers have come to expect from both RCS and Larry Vickers.”

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The Army has upgraded its 25mm airburst weapon by giving it a more streamlined fire-control optic with greater magnification power.

The improvements to the XM25 Counter-Defilade Target Engagement System are the result of soldier feedback that came from two battlefield assessments in Afghanistan.

“This is not the XM25 that went to Afghanistan a few years ago,” Robert Menti of Orbital ATK Armament Systems, the maker of the futuristic airburst weapon, said at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting.

The most noticeable change is the weapon now features a more streamlined fire-control system designed to calculates the range to target and transfers the data to an electronic fuse built into the 25mm round.

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Magpul’s new polymer pistol magazine designed for the Glock 19 will be available later this month.

The  PMAG 15 GL9 has the same features as the original Magpul polymer pistol for the Glock 17 — an easily-removable floor plate, full-magazine indicator and extremely strong, lightweight polymer construction, Magpul officials said at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting.

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CamelBak showed off its compact, new water purification device at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting.

The Microbiological Advanced Purification System connects to the base of CamelBak Maximum Gear bladders and the drinking tube connects to the top of the device.

The purifier will turn dirty, stagnant water into clean, drinking water, CamelBak officials maintain. Suction from the drinking tube pulls the water through a special membrane that removes debris as well as bacteria and viruses.

“This is designed to purify water out of a mud puddle that looks like chocolate milk,” said Scott Wing of CamelBak.

Once you’ve emptied the bladder, contaminates can be drained from the filter though a special tube by squeezing a simple pump several times.

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