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CANSEC 18 – Colt Canada Modular Rail Rifle

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Colt Canada’s new Modular Rail Rifle is the follow on to their Integrated Upper Receiver which relies upon Picatinny Rails at the fore end. Users found the hand guard to be too bulky for a proper grip and Colt Canada wanted to adopt a more attachment standard. They chose M-Lok for the MRR.

Here, you can see the single construction of the upper receiver and hand guard.

It’s available in three calibers, 300 blk, 5.56mm, and 7.62mm. The 7.62mm is based on the Colt 901 lower receiver.

They come standard with an improved chamber over the IUR, continuous integral top Pic rail, and a free floating, chromed hammer forged barrel. Additionally, Colt Canada offers ambidextrous controls for the MRR and various coated it anodized finishes.

After M4 Unintended Discharges, US Army Institutes C-SPORTS, Changes Selector Lever TDP

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

The Malfunction

About a month ago, a Soldier at Fort Knox, Kentucky made a cell phone video showing him attempting to fire his charged Product Improvement Program M4A1 while the selector lever was set halfway between the Semi and Auto detent positions. Naturally, the weapon didn’t fire.

When he rotated the selector lever completely into the detent Auto position, the weapon discharged. The process has been repeated with a weapon from a different manufacturer, but going from Safe to Semi.

As I’m sure you know, it’s not supposed to work that way. Consequently, the Army’s Tank and Automotive Command, responsible for small arms maintenance, issued two separate Safety of Use Messages (18-004 & 18-005), in conjunction with PEO Soldier’s Program Manager for Soldier Weapons to address the issue.

Interestingly, the SOUM directs Soldiers to not attempt to replicate this malfunction during live fire. Of course, they’re going to. It wouldn’t have been discovered if someone hadn’t been messing around in the first place.

Fortunately, no one was injured or killed due to this malfunction. It’s just Joe, doing what Joe does. Except now, Joe videos it.

History

The design for the M16 family of small arms is over 60 years old and the weapon itself has been issued to the US military for well over half-a-century.

In all of that time, we’ve never seen a documented case of this malfunction. Personally, I never considered that a Soldier would fail to rotate the selector lever to a functional, positive detent position. Until someone did it.

The Cause

The malfunction isn’t detected via the standard function check. However, weapons which have the issue will still will work just as they always have, so long as they are used properly. It is also important to note that this issue is not manufacturer specific, having been exhibited in both Colt and FN guns. It may also affect weapons of the other services, so they should heed the SUOMs as well.

When I first heard about it, I immediately suspected out of spec parts. Considering the Army’s efforts to upgrade its M4 and M16 fleets to the M4A1 standard, it’s plausible that they got ahold of some triggers, disconnectors, sears or selector levers that were not manufactured to tolerances called for in the Technical Data Package.

According to Army sources, upon inspection, some of the new ambidextrous selector levers have been manufactured at the edge of the spec. When combined with other parts in the same situation, tolerance stacking has combined to cause the issue. No one specific culprit is to blame.

Apparently, the Army determined that about 10% of the weapons they have inspected possess this defect. I’ve been unable to recreate the phenomenon on any of the weapons (both commercial and govt contract) I’ve had access to over the past few weeks. Still, 10% of issue weapons is an issue which must be dealt with.

TACOM SUOM #18-005 contains a more detailed function check to determine if the weapon will malfunction. Units should perform this check on all M4/16s. It is important to note, even if the issue is present, the weapon is safe to use, so long as it is used properly.

The Fix

The Army is taking additional measures to Using the full range of DOTMLPF analysis the Army considered different ways to mitigate the issue.

C-SPORTS

One, was to change the Army’s long held immediate action drill from the M4/16, called SPORTS.

Civilians have simplified the procedure to Tap-Rack-Bang, for tap the magazine to ensure it is fully seated, rack the slide to extract the round which didn’t fire and load a new round and bang to fire the weapon.

Due to these misfire, the Army has added a C to the beginning for Check as in check to make sure the weapon is on Semi or Auto.

An Updated Selector Lever

Additionally, the Army has initiated a change to the TDP for the selector lever which adds a chamfer to the face which will force the lever to snap into a fixed detent position rather than remain floating between functional detent positions.

This new version of the ambidextrous selector lever will have the same NSN and units will be authorized to swap out current selector levers for the new one, regardless of whether the malfunction is present.

Although some have called for a hands-on inspection of all of the Army’s M4/16 fleet of almost 1,000,000 weapons by a TACOM team, unit level armorers are more than capable of conduction the function checks and installing the new selector levers. There’s no reason to expend valuable resources on a TACOM inspection team.

Grey Ghost Precision Announces MKII Version of Precision Rifles

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Manufacturer Redesigns Most Popular Rifle Models

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Lakewood, WA – Grey Ghost Precision, leading manufacturers of accurate, reliable, and attainable weapon systems, is excited to announce the MKII versions of their most popular rifles, The GGP Heavy (.308 WIN), GGP Light (5.56 NATO) and the GRIM (6.5 Creedmoor).

Grey Ghost spends no time, wasted on production – partnering with only the best in the industry, to ensure that every product that goes out the door is worthy of it’s name, the team at GGP worked tirelessly to revise the previous models, guaranteeing the perfection that we know and expect.

The GGP Heavy (.308 WIN) is an extremely accurate semi-automatic rifle that fits the specific requests from sources operating in Afghanistan. The team at GGP coupled these demands with evaluations from Special Forces marksmanship instructors, competition shooters and avid hunters, and developed one of the most innovative and cutting-edge rifles in the in the DMR space.

Built with the GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver and GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower, the Heavy measures an overall length (with the extended GGP MKII Extended length (15″) M-LOK hand guard) of 38”, and a mere 35” when collapsed; and weighs in at 8.3lbs. It carries a 16″ .308WIN match grade BBL. 1×10 twist, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with a GGP muzzle brake and Black Nitride coating in and out.

The GGP Light (5.56 NATO) is a real-world application rifle, which is as effective in home defense as it is on the battlefield. Designed to achieve a durable, reliable, affordable, accurate and attainable 5.56 rifle—all without compromising quality, the light is intended for hard use and everything that goes with it.

Built with a GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper with M4 feed ramps, and a GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower, the GGP Light measures an overall length of 37” (stock extended), and 34” (collapsed); with an overall weight of 6.6lbs. Donned with a 16″ 5.56 BBL. 1×8 twist, 1/2-28 threaded muzzle with a GGP muzzle brake, and Black Nitride coating in and out.

The GGP MKII Grim (6.5 Creedmoor) came to light, after shooters began experiencing the accuracy potential of the Grey Ghost Precision catalog of rifles in other calibers. Several competitive shooters in the precision rifle circuit desired a gas gun that gave their beloved 6.5 Creedmoor round a platform, that maintained all the advantages of a modern semi-automatic sporting rifle – without compromising accuracy, consistency and performance. GGP worked to produce the GRIM, an exceedingly accurate 6.5 Creedmoor rifle that fit the specific requests of experienced snipers and PRS shooters looking for the ultimate tack driving instrument that would not only compete with other 6.5 Creedmoor rifles, but win.

“We decided that it was time to step away from the proprietary platform of the original GGP rifles, and remove all compromises; making the MKII versions much more user friendly and simplified,” stated Grey Ghost Precision, VP of Firearms, Jason Curns. “With the focus being that of a more simplistic, yet versatile design, the MKII versions are now lighter (almost a full pound less on each platform) and maintain tighter tolerances across the board.”

Curns, formerly at Mega Arms, was the lead designer in the GGP original platforms, is the brains behind the redesign; cutting everything down to its roots and building up again.

SPECS:

MKII Grim
· GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver
· GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
· GGP MKII Extended length (18″) M-LOK hand guard
· True Black Type III Mil Spec hard coat anodize
· 22″ 6.5 Creedmoor Proof Research BBL. 1×8 twist, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle brake, Rifle Length gas +2″
· Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block
· Bolt Carrier Group is Black Nitrided and MP/MPI tested
· H3 Buffer and Rifle Length Buffer Spring
· CMC Trigger 2-stage 2lb set/2lb release
· Radian Weapons Talon safety selector
· Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle
· MAGPUL MOE pistol grip / MAGPUL PRS Gen 3 Stock
· MAGPUL PMAG
· Overall Weight: 10 lbs / Overall Length: 44″

MKII Light
· GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver with M4 feed ramps
· GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
· GGP MKII Extended length (15″) M-LOK hand guard
· True Black Type III Class 2 Mil Spec hard coat anodize
· 16″ 5.56 BBL. 1×8 twist, 1/2-28 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle brake, Black Nitride coating in and out, Mid Length gas.
· Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block
· Bolt Carrier Group is Black Nitrided and MP/MPI tested
· CMC Flat-Faced Single Stage trigger, 3 1/2 pound pull
· Radian Weapons Talon safety selector
· Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle
· MAGPUL MOE pistol grip / MAGPUL SL Stock
· MAGPUL PMAG
· Overall Weight: 6.6 lbs / Overall Length (stock extended): 37″ / Collapsed Length: 34″
· No sights or optics included

MKII Heavy
· GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver
· GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
· GGP MKII Extended length (15″) M-LOK hand guard
· True Black Type III Class 2 Mil Spec hard coat anodize
· 16″ .308WIN match grade BBL. 1×10 twist, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle brake, Black Nitride coating in and out, Mid Length gas.
· Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block
· Bolt Carrier Group is Black Nitrided and MP/MPI tested
· Carbine .308 Buffer and 17-7 Carbine Buffer Spring
· CMC Flat-Faced Single Stage trigger, 3 1/2 pound pull
· Radian Weapons Talon safety selector
· Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle
· MAGPUL MOE pistol grip / MAGPUL SL-S Stock
· MAGPUL PMAG
· Overall Weight: 8.3 lbs / Overall Length (stock extended): 38″ / Collapsed Length: 35″

The Grey Ghost Precision MKII rifles are available now for preorder through the website, www.greyghostprecision.com.

NRAAM 18 – ZEV Technologies CORE Series

Friday, May 4th, 2018

ZEV Technologies has unveiled their new CORE series, a family of AR rifles and pistols which is more price competitive than their other offerings.

The barrel is guaranteed at 1MOA or better and they are equipped with their Wedgelock handguard as well as Magpul pistol grip and stock (Shockwave Brace for Pistol). However, the upper and lower are forged and the trigger is GI and the gas block is fixed.

Coming later this month in .300 and .223. 224 Valkyrie will follow soon.

www.zevtechnologies.com

NRAAM 18 – GGP S-Heavy & Light Mk II

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Grey Ghost Precision has introduced the new Mk II versions of the S-Heavy and S-Light. Aside from bringing the manufacturing in-house, they’ve also introduced a more open architecture, allowing use of commercial parts. The orgiginal version of the rifle used a proprietary upper, lower and rail which only worked with one another. Now the upper and lower are DPMS style for the Heavy and Standard AR for the Light. Additionally, users aren’t stuck with just one rail system now.

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S-Heavy Feature:
GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet upper receiver
GGP MKII 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
GGP MKII Extended length (15″) M-LOK hand guard
True Black Type III Mil Spec hard coat anodize
16″ .308WIN match grade BBL. 1×10 twist, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with GGP muzzle brake, Black Nitride coating in and out, Mid Length gas.
Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block
Bolt Carrier Group is Black Nitrided and MPI tested
Carbine .308 buffer set
CMC Flat-Faced Single Stage trigger, 3 1/2 pound pull
Radian Weapons Talon safety selector
Radian Weapons Raptor charging handle
MAGPUL MOE pistol grip
MAGPUL SL-S Stock
MAGPUL PMAG
No sights or optics included
Offered in .308 and 6.5 CM
Made in the USA

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Upper and lower sets are also available.

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Available for pre-order from www.greyghostprecision.com.

Spike’s Tactical Offers Limited Edition KRUS Line Of Firearms in Kryptek Camouflage

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

During SHOT Show Kryptek previewed their collaboration with Spike’s Tactical.

The project was the brainchild of three Former Longbow Apache Pilots, two from Kryptek and one from Spike’s Tactical. They added optics from Leupold to the mix, creating the KRUS line.

Offered in Rifle, SBR and Pistol configurations, they are each limited to 300 guns.

Look for different Kryptek patterns on the various KRUS models.

www.spikestactical.com

Vigilant Security Services Introduces AR Carbines and Pistols

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

At the request of their customers, VSS has introduced a Carbine and Pistol configuration AR.

VSS-15 Rifle

VSS-15 Rifle

VSS-15 Pistol

VSS-15 Pistol

www.vig-sec.com

Bushmaster XM-15 XD Pistol Equipped with SB Tactical Arm Brace Now Available at Retail

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Huntsville, AL – Bushmaster is proud to announce the introduction of its SD Pistols, so named for the Advanced Armament Corp Square Drop modular free float system.

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The SD pistols are equipped with an SB Tactical arm braces designed by US veterans and proudly made in the USA. The arm brace provides increased stability and improved accuracy.

The SD Pistols features Mil std upper and lower, AAC Square Drop handguard, AAC Blackout flash hider, SB Tactical arm brace, Hogue overmold grip and ALG Defense fire control group.

Equipped with a 7-, 9-, or 10-inch barrel, this compact MSR pistol is perfect for quick handling in tight quarters. For more information on Bushmaster pistols, visit www.bushmaster.com