Things That Go Bang!


The Marine Corps is working on an ultra-light, smartphone-based targeting system to help JTACs call in close-air and other fire support faster than ever.

The Target Handoff System, Version 2 relies on an android operating system, radio and GPS to keep the weight just below five pounds. The fielded Version 1 system uses a 13 pound tablet and other accessories that jack the weight up to as much as 20 pounds, according to Marine Capt. Jesse Hume, project officer for Marine Corps Systems Command.

“Currently we are looking at a [slightly] larger tablet for our fire support officer doing multiple coordination and this smaller one for the guy on the ground,” Hume said at Modern Day Marine 2015.

The new system would give Joint Terminal Attack Controllers a digital map with a red crosshairs to identify targets. After that, the JTAC sends a sends a text message to call in fire.

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Federal Premium came out with potent buckshot load this year that packs a wallop with tungsten-alloy pellets.

“New Federal Premium Vital-Shok High Density buckshot is already the load of choice for feral hog exterminators who work for various government agencies,” according to a recent Vista Outdoor Inc., press release. “They’ve proven that its nine-pellet 00 buck tungsten-alloy payload and 1,600 fps muzzle velocity give it superior stopping power compared to lead loads.”

The new Federal shot shell line is currently being delivered to distributers for sale to the general public, the release states.

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SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. - Sgt. Joshua J. Stepp a firing pit noncommissioned officer with 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion coaches a Marine as he fires an FIM-92A Stinger missile at an unmanned aerial target during training at San Clemente Island, July 28. The unmanned aerial targets contained a catalytic converter that provided a heat signature necessary for the missile to lock on to. (Official U.S. Marine Corp photo by Cpl. Christopher O'Quin)(Released)

The U.S. Army has begun a plan to upgrade and extend the service life of its Stinger Block 1 missiles, service officials at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant said recently.

The portable infrared heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles, first produced in the 1980s, will have their expected service life extended by an additional ten years after workers replace aging components, an Army statement said.

The Stinger service life improvement extension program will upgrade 850 Army missiles and 1,155 for the Marine Corps. The $11 million project is being done by Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.

In addition to extending the service life, the Stinger upgrade program will install a warhead section equipped with a proximity fuse, Army officials said in a statement.

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U.S. Army weapons engineers are developing a new 40mm grenade that is designed to explode over enemy fighters hiding behind cover.

The Small Arms Grenade Munitions, or SAGM, will be twice as lethal as the current 40mm grenade against targets in defilade, according to Steven Gilbert, project officer with the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Gilbert, and a team of about 10 engineers within the Joint Service Small Arms Program, is trying to replace the standard 40mm grenade with an airburst model to be used against enemy in defilade positions.

“Warfighters currently lack the ability to achieve desired accuracy and incapacitating effects against personnel targets in defilade at ranges from 51 to 500 meters,” Gilbert said in a recent Army press release.

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U.S. Army paratroopers recently got some foreign weapons training as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The Polish Land Forces 6th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade trained members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade on Polish weapons at Drawsko Pomorskie training area.

The American paratroopers assembled, loaded and fired the Polish RPG-7B, a reusable rocket- propelled grenade launcher. They also got hand-on training with the M1996 Beryl 5.56mm rifle, the UKM-2000 machine gun, and the Polish M-83 9mm pistol.

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I recently purchased a Benelli 12-gauge Supernova Tactical shotgun. I was so excited until I got it home, and it wouldn’t eject shells.

That was frustrating, but the fixable problem was nothing compared to the response I got from the respected, Italian gun maker.
I decided to share my experience to give you all a picture of Benelli’s idea of customer service for the little guy.

About three months ago, I decided to buy a new, pump shotgun. I did exhaustive research. I looked at Remington, Mossberg, Winchester and others. I read reviews until my eyes ached.

They all looked good, but for me, the Benelli Supernova was it. For $500, it seemed packed with impressive features such as a recoil-reducing ComforTech stock, ghost ring sights, 18-inch barrel, polymer-encased steel receiver, and superb ergonomics.

I filled out my paperwork in late April, and I had to wait a day for my background check to clear at Gander Mountain. As I said, as soon as I got it home on April 27, I loaded it up and watched each shell extract and dangle halfway out of the ejection port.

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DSC_0526Most things made by Crye Precision look high-speed and the tactical clothing and gear maker’s new Six12 rotary-fed, semiautomatic breaching shotgun is no different.

Yes, Crye Precision LLC., the creator of the MultiCam camouflage pattern, showed off its new Six12 12 gauge shotgun at this year’s SHOT Show.

The streamlined package is designed to mount under AR-style rifles and carbines in attempt to solve a problem most breachers face, said Eric Burt, senior design engineer at Crye.

“As soon as the door is breached, he has to get out of the way and transition and get to the back of the stack as they enter the room,” Burt said.  “We wanted to have a shotgun that you can breach doors with attached to your primary weapon so that a breacher can breach the door … then go on in.”

Burt has designed weapons in the past for Advanced Armament Corp. and Magpul Industries. Crye officials hired him to design the Six12.

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