Things That Go Bang!

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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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Arms Advocate put this out a couple months ago and I thought it might interest some of you. It’s a fairly simple way to conceal a rifle, though obviously you’d want to think through any potential security or safety issues before using it. Let’s hold to big boy rules here people; I’m sharing one take on hiding a rifle, not debating child access or local jurisdictional limitations on liability or legality.

This picture of the US flag was taken as a high resolution image from a Google search and uploaded to It is 2.5″ deep and there is an AR15 behind it.

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The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., will showcase its latest individual and squad kit later this month during an open house at the McKenna Military Operations in Urban Terrain training area.

The Sept. 24 event will feature the Man Portable Line Charge. The MPLC is a lightweight; portable; rocket launched explosive line mplc charge which can be employed in 30 seconds.

The system is designed to assist small tactical units in conducting clearing operations in urban terrain and complex, mined or trip-wired environments. This technology is very similar to the tracked vehicle or towed trailer version which is used to provide minefield clearing capabilities for larger maneuver forces, according to a Benning press release.

The open house, hosted by the Maneuver Battle Lab, will also feature the following technologies:

– Lightweight Small Arms Technology — Cased Telescoped Lightweight Machine Gun
– Individual Assault Munitions
– Squad Common Optic
– XM210 IR Hand Held Signal Parachute Flare
– XM MK3A3 Concussion Grenade
– Pen Flare
– Small Arms Signature Reduction/Flash Suppressor
– Modular Universal Battery Charger
– M4A1 Carbine


Domari Nolo and the SHM Loudener

Snake Hound Machine is building something called “The Loudener.” It’s a muzzle blast enhancer. Why—and this is not a rhetorical question—would anyone want a muzzle blast enhancer?

The Loudener is a heavy duty muzzle brake that generates a huge muzzle blast which, according to the company, feels like a .50 cal blast. They claim the Loudener has a legitimate combat application; maybe so, but at least at first glance it seems to be just a toy for people who want their weapons to be extra loud and scary. [click to continue…]


The Army just awarded a $31 million contract to the Swedish defense company Saab for more Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon Systems, UPI is reporting.

Also known as the M3 Carl Gustaf, the 84mm recoilless rifle has long been a favorite of Special Operations Forces for its ability to destroy enemy targets out to 1,000 meters.

The Army fielded 58 M3s and 1,500 rounds of ammunition to units in Afghanistan late last year after commanders complained that their disposable AT4s were ineffective at engaging the enemy at long ranges.

 It’s still unclear how many M3s and ammo the $31 million will buy.

“This is another great milestone for Saab and the Carl-Gustaf system,” said Tomas Samuelsson, senior vice president and head of Saab’s Dynamics business area Dynamics business area, according to UPI. “This new order demonstrates the continued belief by the customer in the capabilities and versatility of our product.”

The M3 has enjoyed success with units such as the 25th Infantry, 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne divisions in Afghanistan. The launcher weighs approximately 22 pounds with each round of ammunition weighing just under 10 pounds. There is an effort to lighten the load of the rifle by five to six pounds, Army officials say. By comparison, the AT4 weighs about 15 pounds and the Javelin’s launcher with missile and reusable command launch unit weigh roughly 50 pounds.