Jan 15, 2015

"The Gun that Won the West" found after 132 years

A rusted and worn out Winchester Model 1873 rifle made in 1882 was found leaning by an old juniper tree at the Great Basin National Park, Nevada. It is thought that it was left there by someone of that period as it is so worn out, weathered and found in a place where it is hard to spot. Park archaeologists removed it last November and it will be preserved as a piece of history for the park.

Jan 10, 2015

Weapons of France - CHARLIE HEBDO attack in Paris

On January 7th, two gunmen armed with AK-47's attacked the French newspaper CHARLIE HEBDO in Paris, France. They killed 12 and wounded 11 others during the attack, including 2 police officers. The perpetrators escaped and immediately all of France was put into alert and the hunt began.  Police and military units from all over France mobilized and were heavily armed to combat the perpetrators believed to be islamic extremists.  The hunt lasted until January 9th with additional casualties that amounted to 20 killed (including 3 terrorists) and 21 wounded.

Here's is a list of weapons used by France's police and military involved during the crisis:

Dec 18, 2014

The New Beretta M9A3 Proposal for the US Army

After delivering over 600,000 M9 pistols to the DOD and on the heels of being awarded a new contract for up to 100,000 M9s, Beretta USA announced today the presentation of the M9A3 to the US Army. The M9A3 introduces major improvements to the M9 that will increase the operational effectiveness and operational suitability of the weapon. The improvements include design and material enhancements resulting in increased modularity, reliability, durability, and ergonomics.  They are being submitted via an Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) in accordance with the terms of the current M9 contract.

Feb 2, 2013

Obama shooting a Browning Citori Shotgun

President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. 
(Official White House Photo)

President Obama stated last week that he picked up shooting clay pigeons as a new hobby during stays at Camp David.  As a result of his comments, this photo was released by the White House as many in the press remained skeptical after President Obama stated that he did it all the time.

Jan 31, 2013

25,000 GLOCK 17 (Gen4) to be delivered to UK Military

 Model GLOCK 17 Gen 4 replaces previous choice, used for more than 40 years.
Today GLOCK, Inc. announced its contract award by the United Kingdom Armed Forces, to use the GLOCK 17 Gen4 pistol for its personnel. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) chose GLOCK to deliver 25,000 pistols by the end of March 2013. Troops deployed to Afghanistan will be among the first to use the new weapon.

Jan 15, 2013

Magpul MOE-K2 Grip, XTM Hand Stop, and XTM Panels

Magpul Industries display at SHOT Show 2013 features the XTM Enhanced Rail Panels, XTM Hand Stop Kit, and the MOE-K2 grip on a Magpul AR lower receiver.

DANIEL DEFENSE ISR (Integrally Suppressed Rifle) new for 2013

New for 2013 is the new ISR (Integrally Suppressed Rifle).  Chambered in .300 AAC Blackout with a permanently attached sound suppressor at the gas block.  The gas block is of pistol length and is fitted to a 10.3 inch cold hammer forged barrel and a 5.7 inch suppressor.

Jan 13, 2013

Marines train with the new M27 IAR Infantry Automatic Rifle

By LCpl Scott Whiting

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The United States Marine Corps explored many options to replace the currently employed M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and found an upgrade with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. The IAR has been extensively tested by the Marine Corps since 2010. They examined the pros and cons of the rifle, and after confirming the benefits of issuing it, some battalions were recently outfitted with the weapon in Afghanistan.

Jan 10, 2013

HK MR762A1 LRP (Long Rifle Package) New for 2013

Taking an essentially standard MR762A1 (caliber 7.62 x 51 mm NATO) semi-automatic rifle, Heckler & Koch USA turns it into a more effective precision rifle by an astute addition of the right optics and accessories. A Leupold 3-9VX-R Patrol 3-9 x 40 mm scope and mount, HK G28 adjustable cheekpiece buttstock, and LaRue Tactical BRM-S bipod are the primary add-ons that make the MR762A1 Long Rifle Package (LRP) more than a sum of parts.

A semi-automatic rifle originally developed from the fully automatic HK417, the MR762A1 LRP employs the same HK proprietary gas piston operating system found on current HK rifles and carbines, using a "pusher" rod in place of the gas tube normally found in AR15/M16/M4-style firearms.

HK45T (Tactical) New Pistol for 2013 by Heckler & Koch

  Originally developed for the U.S. military's next generation handgun competition, the new HK45 "Tactical" comes standard with a threaded barrel and three-dot tritium night sights. 
With a choice of three frame colors (black, tan, or green), the full-size HK45 Tactical  (HK45T) model uses an ergonomic grip design that includes changeable backstraps together with molded finger grooves for optimum shooting. And like all HK45 pistols (compact, full-size, Tactical models), they're made at HK's American manufacturing facility using American and German components.

Mar 14, 2012

Marines in Afghanistan on patrol with the M27 IAR

Look for the Marine K9 handler @ 02:13, he's issued the H&K M27 IAR during a patrol

3/13/2012 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a dismounted patrol through Sre Kala village. Alpha Co. Marines and Sailors conduct daily patrols to disrupt enemy activity and search for enemy weapons caches, clearing the area as Afghan national security forces prepare to take the lead in counter insurgency operations within Khan-Neshin district.

Feb 24, 2012

Squad Designated Marksmanship Training with the M14 EBR

Pvt. 1st Class Nicholas Howerton with Bravo Company,  2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, takes aim at his target during squad designated marksmanship training at Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 14. The 2/504th PIR, preparing for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, received training from members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship team on the Enhanced Battle Rifle.

By Timothy Hale, FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, based here, gathered on the bleachers and listened intently to the instructor.

“Were you able to see, through the scope mounted on your rifle, why we were telling you what to do?” asked Master Sgt. Norman Anderson, a member of the Army Reserve Marksmanship team.

“Hooah!” came the response from the soldiers.

“When you did the practice yourself, you were able to implement and have success. Yes or no?” he asked.

“Yes!” was the unanimous response from the group.

The question and answer session was a small part of the training for soldiers from the 2nd/504th PIR on the Enhanced Battle Rifle – an individual weapon system that will be used by the unit’s squad designated marksmen during their deployment to Afghanistan.