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Surefire is showing of a more powerful version of its Titan keychain light, which increases the max output from 125 lumens to 300 lumens.

“The refined, ultra-compact Titan Plus builds upon our groundbreaking Titan … by adding several useful ‘pluses,’ including more than twice the maximum output—300 lumens of flawless white light!” according to Surefire officials.

“Its high-performance LED also generates two other useful light levels with a simple twist of the head switch: 75 lumens at its medium setting and 15 lumens on low. No matter which output level you select, our proprietary faceted reflector shapes the LED’s light into wide, smooth MaxVision Beam.”

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Trijicon just launched its new Miniature Rifle Optic or MRO – a red-dot sight that’s designed to significantly reduce the “tunnel vision” effect.

“With its large objective lens and shortened optical length, the MRO virtually eliminates the ‘tunnel vision’ or tube-effect common to so many red dot sights,” according to a August 13 press release. “The 2 MOA dot is bright and crisp, and is perfectly sized for fast target acquisition at CQB distance out to extended ranges.”

The MRO features eight brightness settings, including two that are night vision compatible, plus one extremely bright setting for use with lights or in very bright outdoor conditions. A single 2032 lithium battery will last for 5 years of continuous use, the release states.

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Command Arms Accessories USA is now offering a high-tech shot counter for several Glock pistol models.

The Secubit Gun Shot Counter is the “ultimate upgrade for shooters who want to improve split time (time between shots), increase shooting accuracy, and keep a full record of shot count for maintenance,” according to CAA’s website.

“The GSC is smallest counting and recording device available—small enough to fit into the grip pocket of a Glock … while preserving grip ergonomics and carrying comfort.”

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ReadyOne Industries is now offering moldable camouflage kits that can be customized to mimic virtually any type of rock formation or similar type of terrain.

The company showed off samples the VATEC System dubbed Portable Battlefield Cryptic Signature and Concealment at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference last week.

“VATEC kits and products are unique in that they allow individuals, equipment, and vehicles to become concealed by blending into the environment,” according to ReadyOne factsheet.

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Revision Military’s Kinetic Operations Suit attracted a lot of attention at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla. this past week.

It was the only attraction on the exhibit floor to take a stab at U.S. Special Operations Command’s vision for creating the Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit, or TALOS — a program the command launched in 2013 to create Iron-Man-style suits designed to give operators increased physical strength while providing them with greater ballistic protection and acute situational awareness on the battlefield.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Textron Systems showed off its newest effort to develop an ultra-light 7.62mm machine gun at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

The new MG is being designed to weigh 14.5 pounds – more than eight pounds lighter than the lightest version of the M240.

The effort is part of the Case-Telescoped Weapons and Ammunition program which has produced a matured 5.56mm lightweight machine gun similar to the M249 squad automatic weapon, according to Textron officials.

The newer 7.62mm version is under contract with Joint Service Small Arms Program Office to develop the operating system to handle the larger caliber, according to Ben Cole, mechanical engineer for AAI Corp., owned by Textron. JSSAP is based in the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

Formerly known as the Army’s Lightweight Small Arms Technologies, or LSAT, the program is designed to lower ammunition weight by 40 percent as well as producing significantly lighter infantry weapons.

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The Pentagon proved in a winter test that its guided small-caliber bullet could hit a moving target with accuracy.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a video Monday showing the smart bullet changing trajectory mid flight to track and hit a moving target.

Called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, DARPA engineers plan to “revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet.” DARPA officials said they want the 50-caliber round and optical sighting technology to “extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”

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