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Crane Issues Intent To Extend Sole Source 5 Year Contract For Combat Assault Rifle

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Late last month, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, issued an intent to extend a sole source contract to FN Herstal, to procure the Combat Assault Rifle (CAR), engineering services and PIO Spares and data in accordance with the Performance Specification and the Statement of Work. Once known as the SOF Combat Assault Rifle, this Modular weapon system lost the SOF designator (at least funding-wise) a few years back. The program goes back 15 years, it known in Acquisition circles as CAR and is comprised of the Mk 16, Mk 17 and Mk 20 Sniper Support Rifle.

The contract currently in place runs out this month. An extension will keep the guns running which are already in service and offer the ability to buy more if the need arises. But most interestingly, this contract can be used to modify the Mk 20 SSRs used by Naval Special Warfare from 7.62 NATO to the newly adopted 6.5 Creedmoor round.

USSOCOM plans to convert their fleet of Sniper Support Rifles to 6.5 CM. For NSW, that means the Mk 20. With this contract, the process is pretty straight forward. They are weapons acquired under Major Force Program 11, USSOCOM’s procurement budget. The move to 6.5 CM is also a SOF requirement. However, Army SOF uses the M110, the US Army’s version of the Knights Armament Corp’s SR25 which also currently fires the 7.62 NATO cartridge. As the USASOC M110s are provided by the Army, but the move to 6.5 CM is a SOF unique requirement, there is question as to who will pay for the 6.5 CM conversion and what role the US Army might play in the conversion. It’s an Army rifle, but the caliber is a SOF requirement. A similar situation may face Marine Special Operations Command for their M110s which SOCOM recently modified to the K-1 configuration. Having said that, Knight’s, Geissele Automatics and CGS have all demonstrated complete 6.5 CM upper receiver groups compatible with the M110.

In other 6.5 CM news, word is that we should expect the Advanced Sniper Rifle to undergo an Engineering Change Proposal once a weapon is selected. Current requirements include 7.62 NATO along with 300 Norma Magnum and 338 NM. The 7.62 NATO requirement facilitates shorter training ranges and ensures the weapon is compatible with the Sniper Support Rifle. But with the SSRs converting to 6.5 CM, it doesn’t make any sense to have a 7.62 capability with ASR. Luckily, the conversion to 6.5 CM is simple.

Finally, an as-yet-unnamed federal agency has also committed to 6.5 CM for its rifles. We expect more to follow suit.

NRAAM 18 – PRIME Ammo Pulls Trigger on 6mm CM

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

PRIME is pleased to announce the availability of preorders for our latest offering in 6MM Creedmoor.  We’ll have a 105gr. Berger at 3,050 FPS ready to ship by years end.  Orders of 2 cases or more will have free shipping and we won’t charge your card until the product is ready to ship.

www.primeammo.com

SIG SAUER Introduces New SIG 365 Ammunition

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Optimized for Everyday Carry
Newington, N.H. (May 2, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces new, high-performance SIG 365 Elite Performance Ammunition in 115gr 9mm SIG V-Crown® and SIG FMJ loads.  Designed for optimal performance in short barrel, concealed carry pistols, such as its namesake – the revolutionary P365™ high-capacity, micro compact – SIG 365 ammunition uses low-flash, clean burning powders for maximum performance and shootablity.

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Training the way you carry is paramount, and SIG full metal jacket (FMJ) ammunition is engineered to shoot like SIG V-Crown jacketed hollow point (JHP) personal defense loads – same recoil, velocity and importantly, same point of impact – to ensure a seamless transition from training ammunition to carry ammunition.  Corresponding SIG V-Crown and FMJ rounds are loaded on the same machines, use the same brass and are loaded to the same pressures. They use the same clean-burning powder that is consumed before the projectile leaves the barrel, for the optimal mix of muzzle velocity and muzzle energy, while still making recoil very comfortable and manageable.

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SIG V-Crown stacked hollow point ammunition is especially effective for personal defense.  The proprietary V-Crown bullet delivers exceptional on target energy with maximum weight retention and expansion for ultimate stopping power, and the V-Crown’s coated, nickel-plated cases provide enhanced lubricity, superior corrosion resistance, and reliable feeding and extraction.  SIG FMJ training ammunition features durable, copper jacketed bullets that stay with the lead on impact and offers the perfect combination of affordability and performance.

“SIG 365 Elite Performance Ammunition is designed for exceptional performance in the new SIG P365 and other short barrel pistols,” said Bud Fini, Executive Vice President of the SIG SAUER Ammunition Division and Special Projects.  “We use clean burning powders that are consumed before the projectile leaves the barrel, resulting in optimal muzzle velocity and muzzle energy.  SIG 365 FMJ ammunition is an affordable, high-performance training load, while the award-winning SIG V-Crown stacked hollow point ammunition is exceptionally effective for personal defense, delivering outstanding accuracy, reliable uniform expansion and maximum terminal performance.”

Muzzle velocity for both 9mm SIG 365 115gr V-Crown and FMJ loads is 1,050 fps from the P365 3.1-inch barrel with muzzle energy of 282 ft-lbs.

SIG SAUER V-Crown ammunition meets the FBI protocol test requirements and all Elite Performance Ammunition is manufactured to SAAMI specifications by SIG SAUER at the company’s new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  For more information, visit www.sigsauer.com/ammunition.

 

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FBI Awards Contract for up to $19 Million of Specifically Designed Federal Premium Training Ammunition

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

ANOKA, Minnesota – April 26, 2018 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has awarded Vista Outdoor a contract to supply FBI and other Federal Government Agencies with a high-performance Federal Premium 9mm handgun training round specifically designed to support their mission.

The IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract, which has four option years, is for up to $19 million in 9mm handgun training rounds. This ammunition is built distinctively to FBI’s specifications using Federal Premium’s precision manufacturing and testing methods, innovative technology, and industry-leading components.

“We are extremely proud of this important contract, which continues Federal Premium’s long-running tradition of supplying law enforcement, military personnel and civilians worldwide with the most reliable ammunition possible,” said Federal Premium President Jason Vanderbrink. “This high-value, optimized training round utilizes a new match-grade bullet designed specifically for the FBI to maximize accuracy, along with Federal Premium’s Catalyst lead-free primer formulation to provide reliable, consistent ignition.”

Since 1922, Federal Premium Ammunition has been a staple for shooters wanting high-quality shotshell, centerfire and rimfire ammunition. The company’s relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation has resulted in numerous technological breakthroughs, such as the patented Catalyst primer used in the new FBI training round.

The extremely clean-burning Catalyst primer creates more uniform and complete propellant combustion, yielding minimal velocity variation and consistent bullet launch for improved accuracy. It is also non-hydrophilic, so it does not attract water molecules like DDNP-based mixes found in most lead-free primers, resulting in better reliability. The Federal Premium proprietary Catalyst primer provides the cleanest, most consistent ignition possible.

Civilians and other Law Enforcement agencies looking for similar high-performance primers in their range ammunition can find it in Federal’s full lineup of lead-free American Eagle and Syntech ammunition. The polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents metal-on-metal contact between the bullet and bore, which can shorten barrel life and rob accuracy, while also eliminating copper and lead fouling. Combined with specialized clean-burning powders, your gun will stay cleaner longer, so you can shoot more – and shoot better.

Hornady stands up to State of New York

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Today, the State of New York did one of the most despicable acts ever perpetrated by any state by asking New York banks, financial institutions and insurance companies to stop doing business with the gun and ammo industry.

While it may not make a difference to New York, Hornady will not knowingly allow our ammunition to be sold to the State of NY or any NY agencies. Their actions are a blatant and disgusting abuse of office and we won’t be associated with a government that acts like that. They should be ashamed.

-Steve Hornady, president of Hornady Manufacturing Company

Federal Premium Adds to Lineup of American Eagle Rifle Ammunition

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

ANOKA, Minnesota – April 12, 2018 – Federal Premium is pleased to announce it has added new calibers and grain weights to its full line of American Eagle rifle ammunition. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.

American Eagle rifle ammunition offers consistent, accurate performance at a price that’s perfect for high-volume shooting. The already expansive line has grown for 2018, adding some of the most popular calibers on the market, including the all-new, Federal Premium-designed 224 Valkyrie, as well as 6.5 Creedmoor and 223 Rem. All feature quality bullets, reloadable brass cases and dependable primers.

Features & Benefits

• New 224 Valkyrie load produces extreme long-range accuracy from the MSR 15 platform and short-action bolt rifles

• New 6.5 Creedmoor and 223 Rem. offerings

• Accurate bullets

• Reloadable brass

• Consistent primers

• Reliable feeding and function

• Priced for high-volume shooting

Part No. / Description / MSRP

AE223T75 / 223 Rem. 75-grain FMJ / $12.95

AE224VLK1 / 224 Valkyrie 75-grain FMJ / $13.95

AE65CRD2 / 6.5 Creedmoor 120-grain BTHP / $26.95

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

Federal Premium Ammunition Rejoins National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

ANOKA, Minnesota – April 10, 2018 – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce the company has renewed its membership in the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) and will attend the group’s 2018 Expo and Annual Meeting October 16-19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Our commitment to NASGW supports the association’s mission to unite shooting sports industry members in promoting their common interests and strengthening the supply chain that delivers high-quality ammunition, firearms, optics and accessories to consumers,” said Jim Bruno, Federal Premium’s Senior Vice President of Ammunition Sales.

Incorporated in 1954, NASGW organizes and sponsors the Expo and Annual Meeting which provides educational, marketing and communications opportunities for hunting and shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers and sales professionals. The association also encourages high standards of manufacturing and merchandising, distributes information critical to industry members, and serves as a liaison with other trade, advocacy and firearms rights organizations. For details, visit: www.nasgw.org.

“We look forward to productive meetings with our wholesale customers at the upcoming Expo,” Bruno continued. “The show allows Federal Premium to work with our customers to plan 2019 marketing campaigns, present new products and devise creative selling strategies to reinforce and expand our share of a competitive market. Ultimately, these collaborative efforts provide end users with the best products, services and shooting experiences possible.”

Remington is Now Shipping Golden Saber Black Belt Ammunition Featuring a New Belted Bullet Design

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Madison, NC –  Engineered in conjunction with law enforcement professionals, for law enforcement professionals, the new Golden Saber Black Belt load is now available.  GSBB 9mm and 40 S&W offerings are shipping now.

In tests measuring terminal performance through ordinance gelatin as well as ordinance gelatin with additional barriers such as heavy clothing, steel, wall board, glass and plywood, Remington Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition dominated in head-to-head competition. At the heart of the new line of ammunition is the ground-breaking Black Belt bullet—developed utilizing the stringent FBI Barrier Test Protocol for optimal performance.

Like the venerable Golden Saber, the Black Belt bullet is constructed of a brass jacket and hollow point cavity with spiral nose cuts. Additionally, this new product features the innovative Mechani-Lokt™ belt and hourglass shape that firmly locks the core and jacket together at the mid- and rear sections. A double measure to prevent core and jacket separation for high weight retention and predictable penetration even when encountering the toughest barriers. These key characteristics collectively provide consistent expansion, penetration and weight retention for absolute predictable terminal performance. Finally, the driving band located at the rear of the bullet insures proper alignment in the bore for maximum accuracy.

Additional benefits and features of Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition include:

• Optimized primer for consistent ignition and reduced muzzle flash

• Corrosion resistant nickel-plated cases for reliable feed and function

• Flash suppressed powder for minimal muzzle flash

• Waterproof seal at neck and primer pocket for added reliability

Initial offerings include loads for 9mm Luger (standard and +P), 40 S&W and 45 Auto cartridges.

www.remington.com