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Mobile Weapon Turret Delivery

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

We have a unique invention to turn each soldier into an awesome manual or wireless firepower resource. It weighs 7 pounds and sets up in 20 seconds. No longer is the soldier exposed to direct enemy fire. The tables are turned. The soldier is out of harms way targeting and firing at will automatic or semiautomatic weapon. We have a letter of endorsement from Caliber 3 the premier counter terrorist training facility in Israel. The device can also be wireless operated and may alleviate the need for building walls at our domestic boarder as images are relayed to HQ for asset deployment.

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PSIGEAR – Hinge Quick Release Buckle

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Hinge quick release buckle is made of high strength polymer, with anti-corrosion springs, suitable for being used in humid and underwater environments. Lightweight, thin, and small, it can be easily, reliably connected to tactical gear with two pieces of one-inch woven tapes, and can rotate in a small scale after the connection to increase flexibility.

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101st Begins Fielding of XM17 Modular Handgun System

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Late last week, the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, received the first of over 2000 new XM17 Modular Handgun Systems, making them the First Unit Equipped with this capability. Division commander, MG Andrew P. Poppas commented, “this is another 101st, first.” MHS consists of the XM17 and XM18 compact pistols as well as XM1152 Ball and M1153 Jacketed Hollow Point (Special Purpose) ammunition.

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To learn about this initial fielding, which occurred just 10 months after contract award, I was invited to Program Executive Officer Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. On hand was LTC Steven Power, Product Manager Individual Weapons, Project Manager Soldier Weapons, located at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

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Mr Daryl Easlick of the Maneuver Center of Excellence Lethality Branch discussed the history of the MHS requirement which dates back to 2008 as an Air Force requirement for a Non-Developmental Item handgun. The Army adopted responsibility for the M9 handgun replacement because of life cycle concerns. They also wanted improvements in ergonomics, safety, and integration of accessories via a rail along with integrated night sights. All of these improvements would have been extremely difficult to make happen with the M9 platform. The answer was a new pistol which coalesced as the Modular Handgun System requirement.

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Mr Tom Taylor and Steve Rose of M17 manufacturer, SIG SAUER, were also on hand to provide supporting information. The MHS is manufactured in their factories in New Hampshire. They’ve teamed with Winchester is the largest provider of small caliber ammunition to the US Government. Despite the open caliber nature of the MHS solicitation, MHS is a 9mm weapon, which falls in line with FBI studies. Winchester’s Mr Glen Weeks says that the new ammunition is 25% more lethal than previous ammo. The so-called Special Purpose round is a Jacketed Hollow Point, based on already available ammunition and features a 147 grain projectile. The ball ammo offers a 115 grain projectile.

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Above, you see a Safariland holster which is a component of MHS. It offers several mounting options and is commercially available. However, it’s important to note that this is an interim solution which will be fielded with all of the Low Rate Initial Production MHS, which is limited to just 10 percent of the total procurement. According to Ms Sequena Robinson, Product Officer, Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment, at PEO Soldier, they should have fininshed source selection on a new holster system to support MHS by the time it moves to Full Material Release. PM SCIE, has worked closely with PM SW to offer the holster component of the MHS.

LTC Power was reticent to discuss the full fielding schedule. Not because of delays. To the contrary, the Army is looking at ways to speed up the fielding. Not just this program, but across the board. In fact, MHS was sped up by 18 months. In just 10 months, Both Army and SIG got a lot done. SIG had to produce pistols in the exact configuration the Army planned to purchase and two iterations of testing, all before an actual purchase contract was awarded. Then, they required additional testing of production guns which had to be produced in a new secure area in their factory. Winchester had to accomplish the same things for the new ammunition as well.

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SFC Andrew Flynn serves as the 101st Division Master Gunner. He is responsible for the Division’s small arms and in particular the roll out of MHS. His comments on the pistol were that it is an “excellent weapon. Soldiers will be able to transition to it with no trouble.” LTC Power also mentioned that the consistent trigger pull of the MHS aids in familiarity and decreases training time.

With fielding of MHS, Infantry team leaders and above will now wield dual weapon systems; both carbine and pistol. The concept is that, due to increased capability, the pistol is now an offensive weapon, day or night. 1LT Andrew Borer and CPL Jory Herrmann of C Co, 1st Bn, 506th Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were in the range during the initial fielding. Both were confident that MHS makes them more lethal. Interestingly, this significant Basis of Issue change was possible because of cost savings compared to the legacy M9 program.

According to Division Master Gunner SFC Flynn, they have identified a requirement to train its Soldiers who are dual armed, transition techniques. MCOE’s Mr Easlick commented that they are using lessons learned from SOF elements like the 75th Ranger Regt and Special Forces Groups. However, the Army’s intent is not to provide both pistol and carbine for all Soldiers. Mr Easlock mentioned that while every Soldier who closes with the enemy could benefit from a pistol and carbine, balancing training and resource requirements led them to this current course of action. However, the Army continually assesses its basis of issue for all equipment.

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The Soldiers of the 101st like the modularity aspects of the pistol. Particularly, the ability to change the grip. On the range some swapped their grips from the standard Medium version in order to be more comfortable and consequently, more lethal. However, based in glove sizes within the Army, most Soldiers will likely stick with the Medium grip.

LTC Power addressed questions regarding concerns over SIG’s civilian P320 firing when dropped. He said that the XM17 incorprates components which prevent that flaw and that the Army’s test protocols are more stringent than law enforcement testing. In fact, according to LTC Power, who witnessed Army testing, the XM17 did not exhibit this flaw at all.

Integration across program offices to support MHS has been excellent. It is a system and the Army plans to increase its capability. I’ve already mentioned the holster and ammo pouches coming out of PM SCIE. But the Army has an unfulfilled requirement to suppress MHS. Additionally, they are working through the Soldier Enhancement Program to field a Pistol Aiming Laser. Finally, MHS slides are pre-cut and feature mounting plates for red dot optics. This is an upgrade capability that hasn’t even been addressed yet.

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In addition to the 101st, other units on Ft Campbell, such as Criminal Investigation Division, are also fielding MHS. In the case of CID, it is the XM18 which features a smaller frame.

The next fielding of MHS is with 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia. Ultimately, the Army has a requirement to field over 238,000 MHS.

US Army photos by SGT Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

Arms Cove Creates A Marketplace Tailored To Artisan Weapon Crafters And Small Manufacturers

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

November 2017 – Frederick, CO – Arms Cove, LLC, creator of the only weapons friendly marketplace for manufacturers of all sizes as well as home-based artisan weapon crafters, announces it is open for listings.

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Arms Cove was created by people who work in the firearms industry and recognized the need for a marketplace where small company’s and home-based, artisan weapon crafters can list their products. After hearing from multiple companies having their listings removed from the big online marketplaces. Arms Cove was created. “The American dream of owning your own business and making a profit should not be limited by the big online market places” says John Cantrell Owner of Arms Cove.

Arms Cove goes the distance to make sure that the transaction process from the vendor to the consumer is safe and secure. They use only credit card processors that are weapon and firearm friendly and top tier website security so you can rest assured your transactions are safe. There will be a separate section for resellers soon, as well as an auction site for individual items. Arms Cove fully vets each vendor upon setup to make sure they are listing their products in the correct categories and have sufficient information for the consumer in their listings.

The people at Arms Cove are here to help. Depending on your location in the U.S., someone from Arms Cove can travel to your house, garage, shop, or business and list your products for you. These guys know how busy entrepreneurs and business owners are and can help with each step of the vendor setup and product listing process. The company also uses their social media pages to highlight vendors’ products and help drive traffic to the site.

Find out more at ArmsCove.com.

ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Spice up your Christmas tree this year with all your favorite morale patches! The ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers are double-sided loop hangers that allow you to display all your hook-backed morale patches alongside your standard ornaments.
Available in a set of three, the ITS Morale Patch Ornament Hangers feature a 2” round circle, a 3” wide x 2” tall rectangle and a custom 2.5” wide x 3.5” ITS Shield shape. Each set also includes three 8” strips of black polyester ribbon to hang each of them in your tree! (they’ll also accept standard ornament hanger hooks)

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Features:
• Double-Sided Loop Shapes with Embroidered Borders
• Each Set Includes One Each of the Round, Rectangular and ITS Shield Shape
• Three 8” Strips of Black Polyester Ribbon Included for Hanging (or use your own standard hooks)

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Federal Resources Offers More Than an Expo at 5th Annual ExperienceFR Event

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The event will be highlighted by guest speaker, Medal of Honor Recipient and New York Times Best Selling Author, Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer.

Stevensville, MD (November 29, 2017) – Federal Resources is hosting its 5th annual ExperienceFR event on December 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. ExperienceFR is an exhibition of products and solutions for military, first responders, and law enforcement professionals. The event will feature training, demonstrations, book signings, and a prominent guest speaker to offer attendees a truly one-of-a-kind experience in a more intimate environment offered by standard tradeshows.

The event will be highlighted by guest speaker Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, a United States Marine Corps veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor – the military’s highest honor. Meyer is also a New York Times best-selling author of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War. The first living Marine to have received the Medal of Honor since 1973, and one of the youngest, Meyer will speak to his experiences in Afghanistan and how inspiration, motivation, courage, leadership, believing in yourself, and doing what is right has since shaped his life.

Made possible through the sponsorships of RAE Systems by Honeywell and media partner, CBRNe World, ExperienceFR will include displays of products and solutions from more than 50 suppliers. On-site exhibitors include 908 Devices, Airboss Defense, Cobham, First Line Technologies, Germane Systems, Holmatro, Husqvarna, Motorola Solutions, RAE Systems by Honeywell, SKB Cases, Thermo Scientific, and many more.

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has been selected as the event’s charitable partner. Contributions made during the exhibition will be matched by Federal Resources and benefit the hospital’s Cancer Research and Child Life Services.

ExperienceFR
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008?
To register for a complimentary pass to ExperienceFR, please visit www.experiencefr.com.

CORDURA Brand Is Giving Away This One Of A Kind Pack

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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Want to win a one-of-a-kind bag? Only a limited number of these awesome The North Face x 1968 CORDURA bags were handmade right here in the states, with a retail value of $275. Enter their CORDURA50 giveaway for a chance to win one!

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Milipol 17 – From Russia With Love

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

From Russia’s Applied Chemistry R&D Institute come these training grenades which are perfect for military sport games and training exercises.

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