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Knight’s Armament Company – Light Assault Machine Gun

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Knight’s Armament Company has introduced their Light Assault Machine Gun. Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, it offers a low cyclic rate of 575-625 rounds per minute, and constant-recoil/spring run-out operation, making it more controllable than other similar machine guns, weighing nearly twice as much. The optic mounting rail is integral to the receiver, rather than the feed-tray cover, which signicantly improves consistency in optic mounting. These features, combined with the LAMG’s size and weight help it live up to its name. It’s designed specifically for use in the assault, rather than in a fixed position, sustained fire role. However, it does incorprate common machine gun features such as a quick-change barrel (including integrally suppressed barrel) and compatibility with M27 links.

Over the years, I’ve fired various versions of the Stoner-inspired 5.56mm KAC Light Machine Gun, but during May’s SOF Select event in Tampa, I got to check out a very close variant, on static display, of the Light Assault Machine Gun detailed below.

Designed specifically for use in the assault role, it weighs 3.9 kg / 8.9 lbs.  Here is a run down of the features:

1. 5.56mm 3-Prong Flash Eliminator: This improved design interferes with propellant gas combustion forward of the muzzle to significantly reduce flash signature. The flash hider’s unique 3-prong configuration does not ring when firing or struck. Integral Quick Detach Coupling mounting detents support KAC’s line of QDC sound suppressors for consistent and minimized point-of-impact shift.

2. Improved Handguard: Free-floats the barrel and gas system, ensuring improved accuracy and easy barrel replacement. Integrated MIL-STD-1913 mounting rails on the 12:00 and 6:00 for maximum strength, rigidity, and security for aiming devices or high-force accessories. Side M-Lok slots permit mounting of a wide array of accessories directly into the handguard, while reducing weight and increasing heat dissipation.

3. Barrel Release and Lock-Up Mechanism: Located at 12:00 on the receiver, it is protected from accidental activation. Unique retention design ensures accuracy and repeatability, but without compromising the ability to quickly replace a hot barrel.

4. Improved Receiver: Integral MIL-STD-1913 rail ensures aiming device precision. Made from weapon-grade aluminum, and milled to reduce unneeded material, the receiver is extremely lightweight, but with the strength needed to provide a lifetime of high-density fire.

5. Cocking Handle: Placed at the common position for light machine guns for ease of putting the weapon into the firing condition, or to clear a stoppage. Reversible to either side of the receiver to support either primary shoulder, provide the user with alternate manipulation options, and to reduce snag points based on carry position.

6. Ammunition Box Connection Point: Compatible with standard 5.56mm linked ammunition source connection hardware. Fully supports 200-round drums, 100-round reusable soft packs, and other alternate ammunition feed devices.

7. Trigger Pack: Machine gun-specific trigger components and safety bar. Improved hand position for trigger access without interference by safety button.

8. Modular Stock: The removable receiver end-plate allows the user to easily swap stocks. Any standard M4 stock can be used with the Mil-Std receiver extension. A fully collapsing solid stock allows the user to immediately pull the stock from a collapsed position, just longer than the receiver itself, to an extended position that supports accurate high-density fire. The folding stock option allows full manipulations and firing from a stowed position, and deploys to an adequate length of pull for comfortable traditional use. Below are a few Modular Stock options. As you can see by the stock designs, the LAMG will operate without a stock istalled but only a receiver end plate in place.

This is a close up of the Barrel Release.

The standard barrel is 15″ in length, hammer forged and chrome-lined, with a 1:7 twist. However, they also offer a lightweight, shortened barrel for use in confined spaces as well as a Dedicated Suppressed Barrel which integrates the suppressor to the barrel, allowing optimal operating pressure. This option is also shorter and lighter than adding a suppressor to a standard barrel due to the elimination of the flashhider and mounting components of the suppressor. Even in this configuration, the suppressor can be removed for routine maintenance.

KAC also offers their 5.56mm Machine Gun Suppressor for those who are looking for a modular option. It is a quck detach design with Inconel mount, which was designed specifically to work with the LAMG’s operating system.

Here’s a closer look at the handguard.

The LAMG will accept AR-style pistol grips, offering a certain degree of customization. You can also see the charging handle as well as the feedtray cover and the various techniques used to lighten the weapon such as the cutouts along the receiver and under the 1913 rail section.

Finally, KAC offers a 150-round Medium Capacity Drum. This hard-side drum can be used as support without the need to deploy a bipod. Raised belt feed control lips give greater protection to the belt to reduce snagging and ensure smooth feed of the belt from the drum to the feed-tray.

The KAC LAMG, coming soon, to a war zone near you.

www.knightarmco.com

Beyond SOFIC – Mystery Ranch Introduces New IR Compliant Zippers For SPEAR Packs

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Working with YKK, Mystery Ranch has introduced the first IR-Compliant Urethane Coated Water Resistant Chain. As you can see, they’re also color matched. This is a really big deal for the SPEAR pack program as Mystery Ranch pushes toward full IR-compliance.

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In case you’re wondering about the Black pulls, it’s because they’re cast Zinc with Black Metal Oxide coating, which is much harder then the enamel paint on many color matched sliders. These zipper pulls last about six times longer than enamel coatings.

www.mysteryranch.com

SOF Select – Sneak Peek Of Patagonia’s New Military Active Recce System

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Not only did Patagonia’s MARS* get a whole new name, it got a complete makeover as well. This new version of MARS was developed under their Lost Arrow Project, an initiative to create special-purpose clothing systems for extreme environments by leveraging Patagonia’s deep expertise in materials innovation, technical design and precision manufacturing.

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The developmental team was allowed a clean slate and developed the system from the ground up. Not only did they introduce new materials into this multigarment system, but they also introduced a new way that garments are worn together. For instance, the system is designed so that the user won’t wear anymore than three layers to get the desired effect. However, it’s important to umderstand that this is an active insulation system rather than a passive insulation system. This means that the wearer takes a more active role in pushing moisture out of the clothing.

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In my opinion, it goes much more to heart of the original intent of Protective Combat Uniform than what is currently available. However, it is designed for Recce work, of longer duration and more extreme environments than the DA tasks most units are currently engaged in.

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Here are a few more examples of garments in the line. These are prototypes and although some of you will fixate on their paintjob, they will be available in different solids and patterns. The garments range from FR Wool next-to-skin items, windshirts, insulating vest and jackets to waterproof breathable, fully seam taped overgarments. The designs are quite elegant, engineered really, to maximize mobility for the wearer and manufacturability for the producer.

I have to say, MARS is the most remarkable thing I have seen in military or outdoor clothing in many years. It isn’t just the design; it’s everything that goes into it. Everything you see here is Berry compliant, can be manufactured in short runs with short lead times, and is relatively low cost, especially considering those factors.

Look for additional, in-depth information on the entire MARS line, soon here on SSD.

*Released in the early 00s, MARS originally stood for Military Advanced Regulator System.

SOF Select – Velocity Systems Ultra Low Visibility Plates

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

These are Velocity Systems’ ULW plates. Made from titanium, these stand-alone, multistrike plates will defeat 7.62 x 39. The back plate is to the left and the front to the right. Medium plates are 4.5 lbs at .285″. They have NSNs, available from Velocity Systems.

www.velsyst.com

SOFIC – FN America SCAR Mk 20 in .260 Remington

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

As I walked through the FN America Booth at SOFIC I ran across this gem. That’s right, .260 Remington.

FN America continues to develop new capabilities, just in case a requirement comes up.

fnamerica.com

SOF Select – Scubapro Elastic Mask Strap

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Scubapro showed me this simple, yet cool elastic mask strap. While neoprene straps will break at the worst possible time, the elastic mask strap will just loose elasticity, meaning you have to tighten it up. Beats the heck out of a broken mask strap in the middle of a swim.

www.scubapro.com

Ops-Core Will Be In Tampa This Week

Monday, May 15th, 2017

American Defense Mfg Creates Custom Rifle For SOF Select Fundraiser Benefitting SOC-F

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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11MAY2017 – Wisconsin – American Defense Mfg® will be showing and participating at the inaugural SOF Select Show May 16-18 at the Westin Harbour Island Hotel, in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, on the evening of Tuesday, the 16th, the event will host a social hour and fundraiser for the Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F) which will include a really special rifle for raffle. In Chief Shadle’s memory, American Defense Mfg® built “Shady Actual” based on the “ShadyMag” working in conjunction with Law Tactical, EOTech®, and Blue Force Gear®. Raffle tickets will only be available for this rifle at SOF Select & at the social.

About Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brett D. Shadle:


Chief Shadle was born on March 17, 1982 in Harrisburg, PA. He was a 2000 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School starring on his basketball and soccer teams. Fulfilling a lifelong dream to become a Navy SEAL, he entered the Navy in July 2000. During his military service he completed many deployments around the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Chief Shadle was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards including two Bronze Star Medals with Valor. A superb naval leader, he died in a training accident Thursday, March 28, 2013.

About Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F):
The Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, 100% volunteer, charitable organization that generates funds for the families of wounded or killed Special Operations Forces (SOF).

Our mission is to “fill in the gaps” of the care of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community. We raise money via events and unique engagements; linking donors, industry, and SOF end users together. Funds generated from the events support Brain Injury Treatment not covered by Tri-care or the VA, SOF Gold Star Kids Camps, SOF Marriage counseling, and emergency needs as they arise. Once we have covered out internally funded initiatives, we donate like-run charitable organizations that support the Special Operations Community.

We are average American’s who care deeply about the Special Operations Community, and we created SOC-F to make a difference in the lives of the families of those who have given so much.

About American Defense Mfg®:
American Defense Mfg® was founded with an idea and a lot of hard work. What followed was the QD Auto-lock that has become the standard for QD mounting hardware. All American Defense Mfg® products are 100% designed and built in Wisconsin.

All of our products are designed by shooters with one goal in mind – quality.

Moving forward, we have evolved into a premier manufacturer of AR-15 platform rifle, that we consider “The Gentleman’s Work Gun.” With a high level of attention to detail, an eye for style, but a demand for performance, our UIC line of rifles & pistols are serious tools, for serious people.