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Edgar Brothers Awarded Landmark MOD Contract to Provide L144 A1 – Cadet Small Bore Target Rifles

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Edgar Brothers has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide over 8,000 units and spares, of the Savage .22LR bolt-action rifle. The rifle has also been issued with it’s own unique reference ‘L144 A1’. The L144 A1 rifle will be used to teach cadets the fundamentals of weapons handling, safety, and the principles of target shooting.

Edgar Brothers’ Director of Police & Military Division, Mike Newman, commented that this announcement is a landmark achievement for the Macclesfield-based distributor: “The most satisfying element of winning this programme is knowing we are playing our part in the development of the Community Cadet Forces’ target shooting skills,” he said, adding: “Over the last 12 months our team, along with Savage Arms, have worked to develop a system to fit the requirement put to industry, by UK MOD, and we are extremely proud to have been selected as the winning bidder. It is very special to become part of a long dated history of in-service Cadet weapons, and we are extremely proud that the Savage ‘Cadet Small Bore Target Rifle’ now joins this list.”

Terry McCullough, Vice President and General Manager of Savage Arms Canada, added: “We were very confident going into the evaluation that our rifles’ performance would exceed the outlined requirements. The team here at Savage Arms Canada is indeed very proud to have been selected as the winning submission.”

A limited number of the rifles will also be available to the civilian market, making them highly collectable.
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Feel The SURG – USSOCOM Seeks Suppressor Upper Receiver Group for M4A1 Carbines

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

On 12 April, USSOCOM’s Directorate of Procurement released a solicitation for the long anticipated Suppressor Upper Receiver Group.

According to the government, “The SURG weapon upgrade of the M4A1 Lower Receiver Group will allow the Warfighter’s weapon to be optimized for continuous suppressed use.” Interestingly, there’s no requirement that the upper feature an integral suppressor, just that it is suppressed.

Vendors have been working on this project for quite sometime as SOCOM has collected data in order to dial in the requirement. As you can imagine, most of the major players have all teamed up which explains the relatively short lead time until submissions are due.

Potential offerers have until July 13th to answer. Specific information requires an account with Fed Biz Opps.


OSS Congratulates H&K On CSASS Contract Bid

Thursday, April 7th, 2016


Murray Utah – Operators Suppressor Systems (OSS) congratulates Heckler & Koch Defense Inc. on their successful Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) contract bid with the U.S. Department of Defense.

“OSS is honored to participate with and support HK’s Program Team and their winning CSASS submission,” said John Spurrier, OSS Chief Executive Officer.  

“This lightweight variant of the HK G28, integrated with OSS’s over the barrel suppression system, effectively delivers the improved reliability and accuracy, reduced felt recoil and enhanced suppressor performance required by this contract, and critical for its intended broad spectrum of sniper missions,” said Spurrier.  “The OSS design, engineering and product teams have worked closely with our HK partners since 2012, and we look forward to the work ahead.” 

“The CSASS contract, as well as recent U.S. Government agency testing, are important validations for the unmatched performance of OSS’s patented Flow-Through™ technology,” said Chris Estadt, VP of Sales and Marketing.  “Weapon systems with OSS suppression don’t see the adverse effects on the shooter or weapon often found with baffle suppressors like blowback and buildup of particulates, increased backpressure and recoil, or first round flash,” said Estadt.  “And these are especially critical for sniper mission effectiveness.”

Confirmed – H&K Wins CSASS

Friday, April 1st, 2016


In spite of PEO Soldier claiming that an award has not been made, it has. This is the DoD announcement from March 31, 2016. H&K USA Wins the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System program.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command – New Jersey, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ on behalf of the Project Manager Soldier Weapons awarded a single award Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Delivery and Task Orders with two (2) options for a maximum total of 3,643 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) units. The period of performance for the base ordering period will be Twenty-Four (24) months, during which time Production Qualification Testing/Operational Testing(PQT/OT) of 30 CSASS units will be conducted. The minimum ordering obligation for this contract is 30 CSASS units to be used for PQT/OT. Option one (1) will enable additional ordering periods and will include production, spare parts, depot support, First Article testing, and Instructor and Key Personnel Training (I&KPT). Option two (II) is for the purchase of a technical data package and Government Purpose Rights.

Rumor Has It Confirmed – H&K Wins CSASS

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

It’s beyond rumor at this point. According to multiple sources familiar with various aspects of the program, H&K’s entry for the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) program was selected earlier this week for procurement by the United States Army. Other finalists were LMT and FNH USA.

The entry, named the G28E1, was displayed at SHOT Show in H&K’s booth. Interestingly, it incorporates an OSS Suppressor.

The program for this new, compact version of a 7.62 NATO gas gun finds its beginning in 2012 but the actual solicitation wasn’t until late 2014 with the goal being “improved reliability, improved accuracy, and improved ergonomics; reduced weight and length; advanced coatings; improved optics; reduced felt recoil; enhanced suppressor performance; enhanced modular rail capabilities; an improved bipod, trigger, pistol grip, and buttstock.” Since then, the candidates have been through a down select to further trim the field to three and numerous testing regimines.

According to documents obtained by SSD, the Army has been planning events around an ‘M-110E1’, referred to as an improved version of the M-110 which is more compact and lighter weight, leading us to believe that the CSASS will adopt this nomenclature.

PEO Soldier did not respond to our request for information regarding this award. No word yet on how many the Army plans to purchase or the Basis of Issue.

Banshee QD Plate Carrier – Selected by the Long Beach Police Department

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016


Shellback Tactical is proud to announce that through a bid and selection process the Banshee QD (Quick Deployment) plate carrier has been selected by the Long Beach Police Department. The Banshee QD Plate Carrier will be apart of a kit that they are distributing to their patrol division. They will be issuing approx 600 Banshee QD’s and Kits that include a med kit and armor.

Shellback Tactical is proud to have been selected to be apart of this life saving equipment. We applaud the Long Beach Police Department for investing in their personnel.

If your agency is also interested in outfitting your agency with Plate Carriers, Hard Armor, med kits and commonly referred to as active shooter kits. Please contact for info, quotes (RFQS). We would be happy to help.

Shellback Tactical was founded in 2003 by a Police Officer. We have over 18 years of Law Enforcement experience and we have been designing gear and other life saving equipment for over 12 years. Trust in us and our experience to get your agency and officers protected.

Bates Footwear Awarded $30.5 Million United States Marine Corps Contract for Temperate Weather Boots

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

ROCKFORD, MI (March 23, 2016) — Bates® Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, announced today it has been awarded a contract to manufacture Temperate Weather boots for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) under a new five year U.S. Government contract.

“I applaud today’s announcement, which will support jobs in Big Rapids, further diversify Michigan’s manufacturing sector, and help keep U.S. Marines safe with quality, reliable footwear,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). “I also commend Bates Footwear for its unwavering commitment to serving and honoring the brave men and women that make our military strong.”

Although the Temperate Weather boot will be a new production line for Bates Footwear in 2016, the boot itself is not unfamiliar to the USMC as Bates produced a similar Temperate Weather boot from to 2007 to 2014. Each boot is constructed with Vibram® “Sierra” soles to provide superior grip with increased longevity. The boots will be manufactured in Big Rapids, Michigan and will be constructed of 100% American-made materials.

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI) said, “Michigan has a history of providing our servicemen and servicewomen with reliable high quality footwear. I am proud to see the U.S. Marine Corps continue this tradition by choosing to outfit our Marines with boots made in West Michigan. It is vital that the men and women serving in our Armed Forces have access to the best equipment available. In terms of footwear, that means having military boots manufactured by Bates.”

“We are very proud to once again provide the United States Marine Corps with a dependable, enduring Temperate Weather Boot. Bates remains committed to upholding the values of the United States Department of Defense and the Marine Corps,” said Andrew Fowler, Vice President and General Manager, Bates Footwear.

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI) said, “I congratulate all the hardworking men and women at Bates for winning the Marines contract. This is wonderful news for Big Rapids and for manufacturing in Michigan. Marines have been wearing Bates products for decades and this contract means they will be wearing the world’s best boots for another five years.”

USSS Releases Rifle Requirement

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The United States Secret Service has released a requirement for a new rifle.  They plan to hold an industry day April 4th, 2016 to discuss the requirement in depth with rifle manufacturers.  The planned contract life is a minimum of five years and 10,000 rifles with 10 magazines each.

Based on discussions with individuals close to the requirement and documentation obtained by SSD, it seems that they are seeking a 5.56 NATO replacement for the MP-5.

Ultimately, there’s nothing shocking in the requirement. They want a 3MOA carbine with a 10-12″ barrel capable of 20k Rounds. Word is, offerers get bonus points for an adjustable gas block and folding stock.

From the Draft Statement of Work:

Dimensional Requirements:
Height (no taller than, w/o accessories) 8.5 inches

Weight (no heavier than, w/o accessories) 7.5 pounds

O/A Length (no longer than, w/stock fully extended) 34 inches

Barrel length (min – max)
10-12 inches

Rifling (5.56)
1 turn in 7 inch twist RH

The barrel shall have a minimum service life of 20,000 rounds.

Operating System
The weapon shall utilize a direct-impingement gas-operated system or a short-stroke gas piston system.

Mode of Fire.
The weapon shall be selective fire, i.e. semi-automatic and full automatic. A “burst limiter” in the full-automatic mode is not acceptable.

Fire Selector.
The fire control selector shall be ambidextrous in design, and be a single lever paddle mounted on the side of the receiver, adjacent to the rear pistol grip, thereby not requiring the shooter to significantly break their firing grip when actuating.

The fire control selector shall be a rotary type and shall have three positions; safe, semi-automatic and automatic and shall rotate manually without binding from one position to another.

While the rifle must have a Picatinny compatible free float rail, the requirements for the trigger, butt stock, pistol grip and charging handle are all very straight forward. It sounds like Mil-Spec is just fine. Backup Iron Sights must be compatible with the Aimpoint T-2.

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