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The Man Behind the Gun, the Eugene Stoner Stories – Presented by the Institute of Military Technology

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Eugene Stoner’s #1 and prototype firearms like they have never been seen before with depth and clarity made possible by new digital camera technology.

Shared to the public for the first time, Mr. Stoner himself speaks of his personal path and a few of the stories behind some of his historic and groundbreaking designs.

New Savage MSR 15 Long Range Built For Precision at Extreme Distances

Friday, April 19th, 2019

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – April 17, 2019 – At any distance, there’s no match for Savage’s new MSR 15 Long Range. The feature-rich modern sporting rifle is purpose-built to make long shots count with the kind of pinpoint precision other platforms can’t touch. This popular long-range model was introduced to dealers in 2018, additional shipments continue to feed the marketplace.

Savage engineers tuned barrel length specifically for the 224 Valkyrie cartridge to achieve peak accuracy at extreme range. Plus, the MSR 15 Long Range barrel is topped with a two-port muzzle brake mounted with Savage’s proprietary taper-lock interface. The brake allows shooters to adjust recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

The new MSR 15 Long Range also features a custom-length gas system that’s paired with a low-profile adjustable gas block and enclosed by a true free-float handguard. The gas block can be adjusted for optimum cycling of the full range of bullet weights and fine-tuned for use with a suppressor.

Features & Benefits

• 22-inch stainless Savage barrel

Nickel-boron bolt carrier

• Custom-length gas system

• Custom-forged upper and lower receivers

• Low-profile adjustable gas block

• Non-reciprocating side charging handle

• Two-port muzzle brake with taper-lock interface

• Two-stage trigger

• Free-float handguard with M-LOK

• Hogue Pistol Grip

Part No. / Description / MSRP

22947 / MSR 15 Long Range, 224 Valkyrie, 22-inch barrel / $1,849

Learn more about Savage and the extensive features and benefits of its new MSR modern sporting rifles at:

M231 Firing Port Weapon

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

The M231 Firing Port Weapon is a rather obscure footnote in US Small Arms history. Thanks to Marty Bordson, owner of Badger Ordnance, I recently got the chance to fire one.

Designed to be shot from the firing ports of the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (the M2 was the Infantry variant), the M231 was based on the M16A1. As you can see, it featured a short, threaded handguard which was screwed into place in the firing port. Initially, the M231 featured a wire stock, reminiscent of the M3 “Grease Gun” but it was later removed as it was prone to rattle off and become a nuisance in the vehicle. Although, the real reason was probably to dissuade the rifle’s use in place of the standard M16 by dismounted Infantry.

Below, you can see the modified selector lever, peculiar to the M231. It is either SAFE or AUTO and the SOP was to fire Tracer ammo, aimed through a vision block. The M231 was meant to deal with enemy dismounts who might try to engage from the sides and rear of the Bradley.

Marty made a couple of mods to the rifle in order to use it while hunting hogs. He changed out the flash hider so it would accept a Mack Brothers suppressor and fitted a mount and PEQ-15 to the carrying handle. Obviously, that didn’t do me any good during the day. I sighted over the top of the receiver and aimed at the berm.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the M231 is that it fires from the open bolt to help keep it cool. With a cyclic rate of around 1200 rpm, the added suppressor just sped it up, and also exacerbated the gas issues. I also had access to a Magpul D60 PMAG, while those using the M231 in its heyday would have only had USGI 30 rd magazines. My firing hand was covered in carbon when the magazine was finished and I had to stop halfway through, due to the back gas. The video below shows me firing the second half of the magazine. I can only imagine what it was like in the vehicle when there were six firing at once. For a period, there was supposed to be a vent hose for the gas, but the few accounts I’ve heard of these actually being fired from within the vehicle, it didn’t work.

Eventually, the M2 Bradley was upgraded with slab sides designed to accept reactive armor panels which eliminated the side firing ports. However, the M231 is said to soldier on, at least in arms rooms, as the M2 has retained the two firing ports on the rear hatch. As late as the invasion of Iraq, armored troops were spotted using the M231.

Brownells Is So Hot Right Now

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Lola Strange with the Brownells XBRN16E1 from Instagram.

Brownells – AR-15 20 Round Waffle Steel Magazine

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

There are a lot of options if you’re in the market for a retro AR-15 clone, like Brownells’ Retro line, but it’s almost impossible to source the original-style 20 round waffle stamped steel magazines. Brownells wanted to offer the whole experience, so they made their own.

Externally, these look like the original magazines thanks to magazine body & floorplate made exclusively for Brownells by Nodak Spud, but the internals (follower and spring) are from Brownells USGI 20rd aluminum magazines, making them much more reliable.

RSR, Radical Firearms and Maxim Defense Announce Collaboration

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

St Cloud, MN – Radical Firearms and Maxim Defense are announcing their collaboration to deliver exclusive weapon systems in pistol format to RSR.

“This is our first collaboration with Radical and were thrilled to be part of this exclusive build for RSR” said CJ Dugan Director of Military and LE Sales for Maxim Defense. “The Radical team is great, the collaboration and teamwork to get these weapons off and running has been groundbreaking!”

The initial weapons will be offered in the following formats and dealers can place orders directly from RSR today.

• Radical Pistol 308WIN, 12.5” M-Lock and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $1284.95

• Radical Pistol 5.56 NATO, 7.5” M-Lock FCR and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $750.95

• Radical Pistol 5.56 NATO, 7.5” M-Lock MHR and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $792.95

• Radical Pistol 300BLK, 10.5” M-Lock and Maxim Defense CQB Pistol Brace – MSRP $750.95

Pictured – Radical Pistol 308WIN, 12.5”

“We’re excited about the opportunity to offer these exclusive systems for RSR.” Said Stanley Smith General Sales Manager at Radical Firearms. “Being able to couple the unmatched precision and quality of Radical’s firearms with the duty-built Maxim CQB Pistol Brace offers enthusiasts one of a kind builds that won’t disappoint”. Dealers can order directly from RSR and expect products to ship quickly.

SIG SAUER Announces Over 72,400 SIG Rifles to be Deployed with Indian Army

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 20, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Government of India, Ministry of Defense has officially contracted with SIG SAUER to build and deliver 72,400 SIG716 rifles for its frontline infantry soldiers. The Indian Army, the second largest standing army in the world with more than 1.2 million active troops, is currently undergoing a comprehensive firearms procurement process to advance the capabilities of the Indian Army’s infantrymen.

“This is the first large firearms procurement of the Indian Government in decades, and the explicit mission for this tender was to modernize the infantry troopers of the Indian Army with the best rifle available,” began Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “We competed in an open tender with small arms manufacturers from around the world. The SIG716 rifle underwent a comprehensive and exhaustive testing and evaluation process where it outperformed the competition, and was ultimately chosen, and met all the criteria, as the best rifle to modernize the Indian Army.”

The SIG716 is an enhanced AR platform featuring a 16-inch barrel, M-LOK™ handguard, and a 6-position telescoping stock.

“The global importance of this contract for SIG SAUER is far reaching based on the size, location, and economic strength of India in the global market. We are very proud, and honored that the SIG716 was chosen for use by the fighting forces of the Indian Army, and we are looking forward to developing a strong partnership with India’s Ministry of Defense,” added Cohen.

SIG SAUER will build the SIG716 rifles for the Indian Army in New Hampshire.

GAOS 19 – Geissele Automatics Super Duty

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Right before SHOT Show, Bill Geissele hosted a live internet broadcast to unveil his new complete carbines. They had them At SHOT Show but the counter was two deep, waiting to look at them every time I stopped by. Fortunately, they were also displaying the carbines at GAOS.


The line is called Super Duty and currently consists of the Super Duty and Super Duty LE. Barrel lengths for the Super Duty are 10.3″, 14.5″, 16″ and 18″, while the restricted LE model is only available with a 16″ barrel. But get this, the Super Duty LE is only $750 as configured below.

Super Duty LE


Mil-Spec, M4 Feed Ramps. CNC Machined of 7075-T6 Aluminum, Black Type III Hard Coat Anodized

• Mil-Spec A2 Flash Hider


• Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel, 1:7 Twist, 16? Government Profile, Geissele-length Gas System, and HP/MPI Tested

• “Bombproof” Pinned Low Profile Geissele Super Gas Block, Mid-length, Direct Impingement

• ALG Defense LE Blue Line V2 EMR, CNC Machined of 6061-T6 Aluminum, Type III Hard Coat Anodized


• Mil-Spec

• Mil-Spec 158 Carpenter Steel, Shot Peened, HPT, MPI Tested, Full Auto Rated Carrier, upgraded ejector, 5 coil gold ejector spring, insert and high temp highly durable orange o-ring included.


Geissele Flip or Fixed Sights

Mil-Spec with Enhanced Flared Magazine Well CNC Machined of 7075-T6 Aluminum, Type III Hard Coat Anodized


• ALG ACT – Advanced Combat Trigger
5.5 lbs. pull weight, single stage, Nickel Boron / Nickel Teflon Coated, Full Power Hammer Spring

• Mil-Spec A2

• Super 42 H1
Triple Wire Braided, 15% stronger average return force over standard buffer spring, removes spring reverberations (TWANG)

• Geissele Posi-Lock

• Maritime Bolt Catch

• Magpul CTR

• Mil-Spec 6 Position 7075-T6 Aluminum

Super Duty


The Super Duty models are fully customizable from muzzle device to stock and optics to weapon light. Along with all of those choices comes. a price tag. You’ve got to check out the site to see it. They are available in Black, OD Green and Desert Dirt Color.