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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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ESS just unveiled its new lightweight ballistic Crowbar interchangeable-lens sunglasses.

The Crowbar has Rapid Lens Exchange which features a frameless bottom lens design and innovative “Lens Gate that makes lens exchanges quicker and field of view greater than ever,” ESS officials said in a recent press release.

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G2 Research recently introduced its new 10mm R.I.P. round, the latest in its line of self-defense, fragmenting pistol ammo line.

Is anyone out there familiar with this stuff? It looks impressive; wonder if its effective? R.I.P. stands for Radically Invasive Projectile that’s offered in a range of calibers, from .380 to .45 ACP.

“The key to the R.I.P. round’s devastating effect is its exclusive bullet construction that causes the round to fragment into several separate controlled copper fragments thus causing more bleeding, trauma and pain all designed to stop an attacker quickly,” G2 Research officials said in a recent press release.

The fragments are called Trocars. The .380 round contains seven Trocars. All other R.I.P. rounds contain nine of these nasty little slivers.

“When the R.I.P. round enters the target, the large hollow point creates a huge temporary wound and the individual Trocars peel from the bullet body and spread in a controlled, multi-inch circular wound pattern while the bullet base continues traditional penetration,” the release states.

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Knifecenter is offering 40-percent price reduction on Cold Steel’s AK47 Field Knife.

Cold Steel came out with this fixed-blade version of its AK47 folding series earlier this year.

“When we decided to explore designs for a new multi-purpose fixed-blade field knife that would be suitable for military use, we kept coming back to the AK47,” Cold Steel officials maintain.

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Tacprogear recently announced that its new GEN 2 designs for the Spec-Ops Assault Pack (SAP) line are now available for purchase.

The redesigned SAP line comes in three sizes – SAP 1 (small), SAP 2 (medium) and SAP 3 (large).

The GEN 2 versions of these packs include several new features such as reinforced handle (SAP 1) or reinforced padded handle (SAP 2 and SAP 3), loop for ID patches and a new foam pad design in the back, according to a recent press release.

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Blue Force Gear has a belt-mounted version of its Ten-Speed magazine/multitool pouches that’s worth checking out.

“Whether worn at home on a duty belt, or under clothing for concealed carry, the Ten-Speed pouch securely holds single pistol magazine while allowing for immediate accessibility,” according to Blue Force Gear officials.

The pouch uses a hook and loop closure system to attach to belts or duty belts up to 2 inches in width.
The Ten-Speed pouch has no sharp edges or hard corners, making for comfortable all-day carry and allowing the pouch to lay flat when the mag is removed.

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Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn recently expressed his desire to lighten the soldier’s load during a visit to Program Executive Office Soldier, according to Army officials.

PEO Soldier officials showed Allyn how they are providing soldiers with more lethal weapons, better protective gear and more capable equipment while also looking for ways to lighten soldier load during his June 23 visit.

Brig. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, commander of PEO Soldier, and his project and product managers briefed new programs and developments taking place, according to a recent Army press release.

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