Things That Go Bang!

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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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