PEO Soldier recently purchased six Tracking Point systems, the newest smart rifle technology in the precision-shooting industry.
Military.com Associate Editor Brendan McGarry and I got to check out Tracking Point at SHOT Show 2014 in Vegas. And it was hard not to be impressed.
McGarry wrote a Jan. 15 piece on Tracking Point for DefenseTech, but PEO Soldier just recently got back to us.
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General Dynamics Canada and Colt Canada are working together to plug Colt’s Sniper Weapon & Observer Reconnaissance Devices system into the battlefield network.
Colt showed off the SWORD system earlier this year at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting. The Android-based system joins weapon-mounted surveillance and targeting devices with ruggedized smartphone-like technology, Colt officials maintain.
The SWORD system is designed to bring situational-awareness information directly to the solider via his weapon and it will be offered as an alternative to radio-centric individual soldier systems. Based on commercial components, the SWORD system provides power, data and navigation infrastructure within the weapon, including GPS and inertial navigation for GPS-denied situations, Colt officials maintain.
“SWORD makes sense as an integrated soldier system,” Jeff MacLeod, general manager of Colt Canada, said in a recent press release. “By combining modern smartphone technology with weapon-mounted scopes and laser rangefinders, soldiers have all the information they need, literally at their fingertips. SWORD is not about simply delivering a computer or a display to soldiers; it delivers an entirely new capability centered on the rifle.”
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The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on an expanded gun law that would restrict the 3-D printing of firearms.
The move comes after the House of Representatives on Dec. 3 agreed to extend for another 10 years legislation banning guns that can’t be seen by metal detectors or X-ray machines. [click to continue…]
PCP Ammunition is asking its customers for feedback on its new .308 caliber polymer-cased ammunition.
Polymer-cased ammo is an attractive concept because its much lighter than traditiona, brass-cased bullets. But so far, these so-called, space-age polymers have failed to perform as well as brass.
”This is the first time in history that an ammunition manufacturer has offered high performance polymer cased .308 rifle ammunition to the commercial market. We are offering this limited release of production to a select number of consumers. We are limiting the production initially to allow for user feedback that validates our test results. We are extremely interested in the feedback of our first group of civilian consumers.”
PCP Ammunition and certified, third-party testing facilities have performed thousands of tests on this product and we are confident in its safety and performance. Prior to this initial civilian release, PCP Ammunition was recently awarded contracts with the Department of Defense to deliver advanced lightweight polymer sub-sonic ammunition and an improved .50 caliber precision round, PCP officials say.
The Rapid Equipping Force’s Expeditionary Labs can make some handy little gadgets. Deployed to forward areas in Afghanistan, these Ex Labs, as they’re called, recently ginned up a widget that can connect USB device chargers to a standard X90 military battery.
This is no big challenge state-side, but it’s a bit of a challenge to make a ruggedized charger out in the hinter lands of Afghanistan. Soldiers are carrying more and more smartphones and other commercial gadgets into battle.
So last year, REF lab engineers, working on a request from soldiers, designed and built a plastic charger with an X90 port on one end and two USB ports on the other. They tested it, put a ruggedized shell around it and named it the X90 USB Power Supply device. [click to continue…]
This may not be what the Army would considers “leap ahead,” but it is pretty cool. Last year, we wrote a story about the Rapid Equipping Force deploying its new Expeditionary Lab, or Ex Lab, to forward areas in Afghanistan so scientists could produce quick fixes to real soldier problems.
REF officials – working out of these high-tech, shipping-container encased labs – can take an idea from a soldier and make fixes such as a small aluminum part for the M249 squad automatic weapon’s bipod that lets gunners swivel left and right to shoot targets instead of having to reposition the squad’s most casualty-producing weapon.
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We have talked about Line of Fire gloves (http://www.loftactical.com/) on Kit Up before, but with colder weather fast approaching I thought I would give you another look at them – particularly now that they’re offering “Sensa-Touch” Technology in addition to their standard TEGS (Technology Enhanced Grip System) palm.
I like LoF gloves primarily for this TEGS feature so I’ll review that first. TEGS is a proprietary material that is featured on every glove LoF manufactures. At the risk of sounding facetious, I would best describe TEGS as tactical skateboard deck tape on steroids. It is referred to as Part A and Part B; Part A is the material sewn to the gripping surface of a pair of gloves. Part B refers to the ‘counterpart’ material (available in rolled strips or sheets) you can put around a fighting implement or other tool (such as breaching kit, for instance). Part B is not required for standard use; the gloves I’ve evaluated provide excellent grip surface even when not mated to Part B. [click to continue…]