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…]
W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., is trying to get the U.S. Army to replace the fleece jacket in the Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System with a fire-resistant, Primaloft jacket that looks nice and toasty.
Currently, there is no FR requirement in the ECWCS line, but Army officials are warming up to the idea after dealing with more than a decade of flash-fire producing enemy bombs, said Jon Buchwald, Army branch specialist at Gore’s military fabric division. Plus, fleece doesn’t compare to Primaloft when it comes to compressibility and efficiency.
“We are trying to replace the fleece; wind goes right through it,” Buchwald said recently at the Army’s 2013 Maneuver Warfighter Conference at Fort Benning, Ga. Gore officials have teamed up with Wild Things Tactical for the venture.
Wild Things Tactical’s Low Loft FASTPACK Jacket will feature Gore’s new PYRAD FR-hardened nylon shell, which has undergone Army FR testing at Natick, Buchwald said.
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U.S. Army engineers have shrunk the weight of a Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert plate by ten percent, officials announced Monday.
The Army’s Research Laboratory reduced the weight of a size medium Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert plate from 5.45 pounds to 4.9 pounds as part of the Advanced Body Armor Project. Army officials said the other services as well as Special Forces units would benefit from the research. [click to continue…]