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Milipol 17 – H&K 416F

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Earlier this year, the French Army selected the 5.56mm Heckler & Koch 416 to replace the FAMAS, issued since the 1970s.

Offered in Standard (14.5” barrel) and Carbine (11” barrel) models, the HK416 F features the latest ambidextrous controls.

However, there are also a few differences on the French version.  First, the barrel allows the use of rifle grenades.  

Additionally, the French model eliminates the selective gas regulator.  The standard 416 is above and the 416 F below.

The French have also chosen the original collapsible but stock rather than the Slimline model used on newer versions of the HK416.

Finally, you may notice that there is an Aimpont Comp M5 mounted to this rifle.  The French Army is currently in source selection for a rifle optic and this is only one of the options they are considering.

Arisaka Defense – Inline Scout Mount

Sunday, November 19th, 2017


Arisaka Defense’s Inline Scount Mount is an aftermarket replacement mount for SureFire M600 and M300 Scout series lights, the Arisaka 300 and 600 series lights, and Streamlight’s Protac Rail Mount 1 and 2. It replaces the stock Picatinny rail adpater with a low profile mount designed to interface with a model-specific mounting interface; seen in the imagery is the M-LOK model, although mounts for KeyMod and Troy/VTAC Alpha Handguards are also available.

Arisaka 2

This mount excels on handguards with 45 degree mounting flats, allowing the user to position the light closer or farther away from the 12 o’clock rail, providing clearance for a front sight, or other accessories. Additionally, the base of this mount with a SureFire Scout Light sits only .20″ above the mounting surface, making it, according to Arisaka, the thinnest inline style mount on the market.

Krebs Custom PD-18

Saturday, November 18th, 2017


Introducing the PD-18. These will be avaliable on the 22nd on Six are ready to go and another 10 in a week. These will be priced out at $2,150.

Overall Length: 30.75 Inches
Barrel Length: 10.6 Inches
Weight: 7.7lb
Base: Polish AKM
Morrissey and Childers Receiver
WBP Parts
Hammer Forged Barrel
Krebs Custom IMS System
Front Sight Gas Block 4140 steel, 40 Rockwell, Chrome Lined
AR15 Front Sight Post
New Proprietary Handguard Extended ? Inches
Mid Mount Scope Rail 4140 Steel, 40 Rockwell
Rear Sight Housing 7075 Hard Coat
AR15 Rear Dual Peep Sight
Rear Sight Support 4130 Steel, Wedge Lock System
Reinforced Back Plate Top Cover
No Snag Sweep Style Magazine Release
Krebs Custom Enhanced Safety
Reworked ALG Trigger and Tuned with Action
Magpul Grip
Krebs Custom M4 Stock Adapter
Bravo Company Detachable Sling QD Endplate
Fixed Gear Head Works Tube and Tailhook Mod 1

Vickers Guide: WWII Germany (Volume 1) Now Available For Pre-Order

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Vickers Guide has just announced that they’ve opened pre-orders for the upcoming Volume 1 of the WWII Germany series. Previous volumes on the M1911A1 and M16 families of small arms have become indispensable elements of my reference library.


With this volume Larry Vickers has teamed up with a number of subject matter experts, including Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons and Tom Whiteman of Legacy Collectibles, to provide additional insight into the wide variety of firearms being showcased.


First Volume of Vickers Guide: WWII Germany specifically covers the small-arms categories of Machine Pistols, Submachine Guns, Bolt Action Service Rifles, Bolt Action Sniper Rifles, Primary Service Handguns, Foreign Service and Occupation Handguns, and a wide selection of the other pistols used by Germany throughout the war. In all, over 60 firearms are shown in incredible detail to give enthusiasts of all levels a new appreciation for this incredibly dynamic time in firearms development.

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Arnold Defense Introduces Air Platform-mounted Rocket Launchers to the Middle East Defense Market at the Dubai Airshow 2017

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Dubai, November 12, 2017: Arnold Defense, the US St Louis-based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is displaying its new, ultra-light LWL-XII and M260 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon Systems at the Dubai Airshow, United Arab Emirates, November 12-16, 2017.

Apaches heading out on a support mission, equipped with Arnold Defense’s M261 rocket launchers (image courtesy of Arnold Defense)

Arnold Defense is the world’s largest supplier of rocket launchers and the Company has manufactured more than 1.1 million 2.75-inch rocket launchers since 1961 for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and many NATO customers. The Company designs and manufactures rocket launchers that can be customized for any size, weight, capacity or form factor for platforms in the air, on the ground or at sea.

Arnold Defense’s rocket launchers are designed and built with combat-proven technology and they comply with stringent U.S. airworthiness and safety standards. The Company’s products include the new, ultra-light LWL-XII (on display on stand 1584) that weighs just over 60 pounds (27 kg) empty . Other core products include the 7-round M260 (on display on stand 945, C13)and 19-round M261 commonly used by U.S. Army helicopters; the thermal coated 7-round LAU-68 variants and LAU-61 Digital Rocket Launcher used by the U.S. Navy; and the 7-round LAU-131 and SUU-25 flare dispenser used by the U.S. Air Force.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. The Arnold Defense team is currently developing the FLETCHER smart, laser-guided 4 round launcher, which will be available in 2018. A special forces vehicle mounted FLETCHER prototype, unveiled at DSEI and AUSA this year, utilizes the advancement of laser guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of air, land and marine-based, mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “Arnold Defense is exceedingly well established in the air environment with our rocket systems being used on air platforms globally, so we are very excited to have our combat-proven technology on display at the Dubai Airshow”.

“We are inherently committed to manufacturing the world’s most reliable and affordable rocket launchers. Through our innovation, integrity, dedication, technical expertise and customer-first focus, we continue to produce the very best rocket launchers in the world.

“Working together, we protect today’s warfighters, just as we have for the last half-century.”

See Arnold Defense’s rocket launchers on these stands, where Arnold Defense staff will be on hand to explain their systems to visitors and specific briefings/interviews can be facilitated, by appointment:
Arnold Defense M260 LWL is on display on the AAL Group (Airfreight Aviation Limited)/Lima Aviation LLC, stand 945, C13
See the Arnold Defense LWL-XII on the Bin Hilal Enterprises, stand 1584

The Corps’ Secret Agents Get Their Own 007

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps is equipping Marines with a new weapon, providing enhanced concealed carry capabilities at an accelerated rate and lower cost to the Corps.

Individual Weapons project officer Gunnery Sgt. Brian Nelson prepares to draw the M007 concealed carry weapon. The M007 offers enhanced concealed carry capabilities, which includes a smaller frame, ambidextrous slide stop lever and flared magazine well. Marine Corps Systems Command recently fielded the M007 to Marine and civilian CID agents and members of Helicopter Squadron One. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Jennifer Napier)

The Glock 19M–called the M007 by the Corps–replaces the M9 service pistol for personnel requiring a weapon that can be easily concealed.

The Marine Corps requires that all accredited Marine Corps Criminal Investigators, both civilian and military, be armed with a concealable pistol when on duty in civilian attire. This concealed weapon capability ensures those performing official duties–such as law enforcement or security personnel–are not readily identified as being armed.

“The M007 has a smaller frame and is easier to conceal, making it a natural selection to meet the Marine Corps’ conceal carry weapon requirement,” said Gunnery Sgt. Brian Nelson, Individual Weapons project officer at Marine Corps Systems Command.

In coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which adopted the weapon in 2016, the Corps fielded the M007 earlier this year to Marines and civilians in the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division, as well as members of Helicopter Squadron One–also known as Marine One.

Marine Corps Systems Command is equipping Marine and civilian CID agents and members of Helicopter Squadron One with the M007. The M007 offers enhanced concealed carry capabilities, which includes a smaller frame, ambidextrous slide stop lever and flared magazine well. The weapon’s smaller frame makes it easier to conceal, as demonstrated in the photo. (U.S. Marine Corps graphic)

Aside from concealability, the M007 has several physical improvements over its predecessor. The grip lacks finger grooves but has a textured frame, improving the ergonomics of the weapon and providing a consistently comfortable grip with traction for a wider range of users. The ambidextrous slide stop allows for both right- and left-handed use. The magazine release of the M007 can also be changed and the magazine well is flared, making the system easier to reload, said Nelson.

Collaboration between the product team at MCSC and the FBI played a key role in the Corps’ ability to hasten the otherwise lengthy acquisition process.

“The fielding of the M007 is an example of how we can streamline the acquisition process by reviewing another service or agency’s test data to see if it fits the Marine Corps’ need,” said Lt. Col. Paul Gillikin, Infantry Weapons team lead at MCSC. “We received the initial request for a new concealed carry weapon system in April 2016. By collaborating with the FBI, we were able to procure, establish sustainability plans and start fielding the weapon to Marines by May 2017.”

Typically, the acquisition process of a new weapons system–from the time the requirement is received by MCSC to the time the system is fielded to the fleet–takes months, if not years, to complete. By leveraging thorough test data performed by the FBI, MCSC’s team reduced their own testing time. The team also carefully planned to ensure the M007 is fully supported, sustainable, and meets all logistics and safety requirements, enabling MCSC to meet and deliver the concealed carry weapons systems Marines need in a relatively quick turnaround time, said Gillikin.

Program Manager Infantry Weapons, which falls under MCSC’s Ground Combat Element Systems portfolio, manages the concealed carry weapons program for the Marine Corps.

By Ashley Calingo, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication

Colt M203 37mm Grenade Launchers

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017


For the first time ever, Colt is releasing genuine M203 grenade launchers to the civilian market exclusively through, Colt’s largest law enforcement distributor. You can now outfit your M16 or M4 rifle with the same grenade launcher that is carried by US and foreign military forces around the globe; WITHOUT the hassle of NFA paperwork. Everything about the Colt M203’s being offered is correct for the weapon system, they are built on the same line as the military M203s and are marked “LAUNCHER, GRENADE M203 40MM”, the important difference is they have never had 40mm barrels installed and left the Colt factory as Title 1 firearms. Instead of traditional 40mm barrel they come with 37mm barrels installed avoiding the NFA registry all together. As is the case with every firearm that leaves the Colt factory the 37mm M203s are serialized and must transfer through an FFL as a “firearm.” The same way a Mossberg “Shockwave,” for example, is classified.

Only 300 total, 150 of each barrel length are being made available and they will go live on November 15th 2017. This is a one time offering from Arms Unlimited & Colt, once they are sold out they will be gone for good!

9 inch model

12 inch model

Sneak Peek – Vulture Custom Pro Carry 9

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Launching SHOT Show 18, the Vulture Custom Pro Carry 9 is based on a Poly80 18 V2 frame combined with a custom slide. Additionaly, they will be introducing some of their own parts. As it us based on a Poly80 frame, they put a serial number on it for purchase and/or transfer.