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US Army Announces Industry Days for Next Generation Squad Weapons

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Just two weeks ago the US Army issued a draft Prototype Opportunity Notice for the Next Generation Squad Weapons, their number one Lethality priority which consists of the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R) and the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR). The NGSW-R is the planned replacement for the M4/M4A1 Carbine and the NGSW-AR is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in the Automatic Rifleman Role in Brigade Combat Teams (BCT). Both are planned to be chambered in 6.8mm, firing a completely new cartridge which does not currently exist. This program is more an ammunition program than a weapon program.

In a notice published earlier today on www.fbo.gov, the Army announced that it will hold industry days for the upcoming Next Generation Squad Weapons Prototype Opportunity Notice. They will be Wednesday to Friday, November 14 through 16, 2018. This pace shows how dedicated the Army is to the plan.

The NGSW program overview will be provided on November 14, 2018 beginning at 9:00 am and will be completed by 12:00 pm.

The one-on-one sessions will start November 14, 2018 at 1:00pm and continue through November 16, 2018 as necessary. One-on-one sessions will be limited to 45 minutes with a 15 minute break between sessions. Vendors may have partners join their one-on- one sessions.

Th Industry Days will be open to foreign companies but they must follow particular instructions.

Be sure to visit www.fbo.gov for full details.

AUSA 18 – SIG SAUER Unveils Belt-Fed Machine Gun, Carbine and Hybrid Ammunition – Next Generation Squad Weapon Candidates

Monday, October 8th, 2018

SIG SAUER has unveiled their new Belt-Fed machine gun. Originally developed to fire the 338 Norma Mag cartridge, a 7.62 NATO version was quickly developed and now they are prepared to accommodate the 6.8mm projectile and associated ballistic requirements of the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle Other Transaction Authority (OTA) currently underway.


They also showed their newly developed Hybrid Ammo. It’s a three-piece metallic design which offers 20% reduction in overall cartridge weight as well as increased velocity over conventionally produced ammunition. Even better, it works in existing weapon systems and can still be produced on current ammunition lines in any arsenal.


They have already developed multiple cartridges with this technology.


And if that’s not enough, SIG also revealed their MCX-MR (MR-Medium Range) which was initially developed for the Army’s Compact Semi Auto Sniper System. They’ve shortened it up for the upcoming Next Generation Squad Automatic Weapon Prototype Opportunity. Yes, that’s Keymod on the handguard, but it’s a prototype.



US Army Releases Draft Next Generation Squad Weapons Requirement

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Earlier today, Project Manager Soldier Weapons, issued a DRAFT Prototype Opportunity Notice (PON) for Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) in order to seek Industry questions and comments to assist in shaping the NGSW program strategy to rapidly develop and deliver prototype weapons and ammunition. Their intent is to engage Industry early in order to provide the best materiel solution for the NGSW program. Additionally, the Government intends to hold an Industry Day to provide program overview, clarification, and address questions.

While related to the ongoing Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle Prototype Opportunity, the new NSGW program consists of two weapons, the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Rifle (NGSW-R) and the Next Generation Squad Weapon-Automatic Rifle (NGSW-AR). The NGSW-R is the planned replacement for the M4/M4A1 Carbine and the NGSW-AR is the planned replacement for the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) in the Automatic Rifleman Role in Brigade Combat Teams (BCT).


The current NSGAR PON is funded and includes AAI Textron System, FN America (with two entries), General Dynamics-OTS Inc, PCP Tactical, LLC, and SIG SAUER Inc. I expect it will continue through the end of the contract as the government has learned much from that effort and it shows in this latest notice.

Additionally, offerors must develop two different ammunition cartridges utilizing government specified 6.8mm projectiles.

* General Purpose (GP) per Drawing titled “6.8MM GENERAL PURPOSE (GP)”. The GP cartridge provides all-purpose solutions for combat, limited training, and basic qualification.
* Surrogate per Drawing 13072652. The surrogate cartridge is designed to mimic the behavior of combat projectiles from a weapon design standpoint. Surrogate projectiles may not be completely representative of the final combat ammunition configuration which are expected to vary during development. Surrogates are intended to be a close replacement shape of the final combat rounds.

This is not the 6.8 SPC cartridge evaluated by SOCOM in the mid-00s and available commercially. The only thing this has in common, is caliber. The Army desires increased range and lethality with lighter weight. However, specifics remain classified and only available to companies actually participating in the program.

The Army plans to award three companies OTAs and for each prototype OTA include 50 NGSW-R weapons, 50 NGSW-AR weapons, 850,000 rounds of ammunition, spare parts, test barrels, tools/gauges/accessories, and engineering support as defined in the Statement of Work.

The Army has also issued some basic parameters they are seeking.
The NGSW-R and the NGSW-AR prototypes shall:
a. allow for ambidextrous operation and controls;
b. include a removable flash hider, suppressor, and a tool for removal after firing or for maintenance;
?c. include a tactical carrying sling with quick release attachments;
d. include selection positions for Safe, Semi-Automatic Firing, and Automatic Firing modes;
e. be resistant to corrosion, abrasion, impact and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRNE) contaminants, decontaminants, battlefield-chemicals, electromagnetic pulse and cyber-attacks;
f. reduce visual detection via a neutral non-reflective, non-black color not lighter than Light Coyote 481 and not darker than Coyote 499;
g. function in all environments and weather conditions, including marine, high ?humidity, rain, and desert conditions; ?h. be compatible with combat clothing (including body armor and Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment), CBRNE, wet weather, and cold weather gear;
i. provide interchangeable magazines between both weapons if NGSW-AR utilizes a ?magazine; and
j. include MIL-STD-1913 equivalent rails capable of mounting Rifle Combat Optic, ?Close Combat Optic, Aiming Laser, Family of Weapon Sights–Individual, Squad-Fire Control and other legacy enablers.

Interestingly, unlike the current NSGAR PON, there is no fire control component associated with this latest effort. I feel this is a much better strategy which will allow industry to develop a best of class fire control system once the ammunition and weapon are worked out.

According to the Draft Notice, the period of performance for each prototype Other Transactional Authority is estimated to be up to 27 months, but I expect they will be conducted concurrently. Following successful completion of this OTA, the Government intends to award a follow-on production contract. The follow-on production contract is anticipated to be a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contract without further competition but the Government reserves the right to award a follow-on production OTA without further competition.

Also, there won’t be any vaporware when the Army opens this PON up. Offerors will be required to submit prototypes of both weapons along with their proposal.

I find this overall strategy sound as it allows for the concurrent development of ammunition, carbine and automatic weapon with all three ready at about the same time. The Army hasn’t seen such a potential sweeping change to weapons systems since the fielding of the M1 Abrams Tank and M2/3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle in the 1980s. Then too, the Army simultaneously replaced major weapon system, ammunition and fire control. While there were certainly unforeseen challenges all across DOTMLPF solution space, that sweeping change made the Army both more lethal, and more efficient. Hopefully, the Army’s leadership fully comprehends the changes they are working to unleash.

Data rights are going to be a big deal for this program. The government wants to not only select a weapon but then also have full rights to the Technical Data Package, even owning it outright. Unfortunately, that isn’t how companies make money. It costs a great deal for industry to develop technologies. They make it up by actually manufacturing the technology over time. Hopefully, the government and developer of the best system will be able to work out an agreement favorable for both parties.

The DRAFT NGSW PON is subject to change based on feedback received. The Government requests that all questions and comments are provided to ACC-NJ by December 7, 2018.

For full details, visit www.fbo.gov.

Federal Premium Introduces Unprimed Brass for Handloaders

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

ANOKA, Minnesota – September 12, 2018 – Federal Premium offers a wider variety of unprimed brass for a full range of common rifle and handgun cartridges, including the all-new 224 Valkyrie. This product line includes seventeen various calibers sold in 50- or 100-count packs. Shipments of this product have been delivered to dealers.

Reloaders who insist on the best trust Federal Premium brass cases. The company has been producing the industry’s finest brass since the early 1950s, when the first centerfire rounds rolled off its machines, and the tradition continues today.

Features & Benefits

• Reputation for industry’s best brass

• Precise dimensional tolerances ensure peak accuracy

• Consistent volumes and performance

• Case shoulders and necks are annealed for long life and easier resizing

• 50- and 100-count bags

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to


Kit Badger – 8.6 Creedmoor vs 338 Federal

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Lots of folks are starting to talk 8.6 Creedmoor (although I think it should be called 8.6 Blackout) and that it is really just 338 Federal, renamed. Kit Badger is all over this and has produced this video to discuss the issue.

Read his full article at kitbadger.com/8-6-creedmoor-vs-338-federal.

Consistency, Accuracy and Iron Clad Reliability, The Remington Performance WheelGun Ammunition Line

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Lonoke, AR – Remington adds new loads to Performance WheelGun Ammunition.

Remington Performance WheelGun ammunition features high-quality components and Remington Kleanbore priming that will not rust or corrode barrels. Available in traditional revolver and lever gun bullet styles – the LRN (lead round nose), TMWC (target master wad cutter) and Lead SWC (semi-wad cutter) bullet styles offered are ideal for casual shooting, target practice and training.  For the legendary performance and quality that wheelgun and lever rifle owners demand, Remington Performance WheelGun delivers.

New 2018 additions:


Rio Ammunition announces the launch of new packaging specifically to support the NRA

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Irving, Tx. (August 20, 2018) – Manufactured in Marshall, Texas, the new Rio Patriot Pack features a distinctive outer sleeve design holding one hundred 12-gauge cartridges that are designed for wing and target shooting. The Patriot Packs also feature Rio’s commitment to the NRA’s mission. While the lines are being drawn and many companies in the sporting goods industries are withdrawing their support for the rights guaranteed in our Constitution, Rio is stepping forward to renew its support for the second amendment.

Rio’s proud support for the NRA takes two separate approaches. First is in a direct contribution of one dollar for every Patriot Pack sold through June 15th of 2019. These funds will prove crucial in the NRA’s various educational and legislative initiatives aimed at preserving our firearms rights for future generations. Second, Rio is working with the NRA to offer a membership discount of up to $40 if customers sign up through a special URL found only on the Patriot Packaging.

“By helping to fund vital NRA programs,” says Darrell Morrow, National Sales Director for Rio, “and by compelling our customers to sign up for an NRA membership, Rio is helping to ensure that the qualities of discipline, respect, good sportsmanship and loyalty, all key aspects of the shooting sports, are carried forward to the next generation of collectors, hunters and competitors.”

“We are grateful for RIO’s commitment to the Second Amendment.” says Todd Grable, Executive Director of Membership for the NRA, “It is critical to have partners who stand with all of us in protecting our Second Amendment rights and preserving America’s shooting sports heritage.”

Patriot Packs are produced in Rio Ammunition’s 105,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Marshall, Texas production facility. This facility, one of three operated globally by Rio’s parent company, MAXAM Outdoors, is capable of producing over 300 million shot shells annually at full capacity. This facility not only creates some of the finest cartridges in the world, it also creates solid American jobs in east Texas.

RIO Ammunition – www.rioammo.com

Barnes Expands its Precision Match Line with 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor and 260 Remington

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Mona, UT – Barnes Bullets developed Precision Match ammunition for the elite, technical shooters who demand uncompromising performance. Barnes Precision Match is now available in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor and 260 Remington.

Precision Match Ammunition, engineered for precision at extreme distances, features exceptionally low standard deviations and extreme variations due to Barnes’ exacting manufacturing and quality standards. Precision Match rounds are loaded with a match grade OTM (Open Tip Match) BT projectile featuring a long boat tail and high B.C. As an additional bonus, scan the QR code located on the back of each box to view Doppler radar generated drop tables specific to each load.