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FightLite Reveals Next Generation (Squad Automatic) MCR and Lightweight Polymer Ammo

Friday, July 21st, 2017

FightLite® Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. located in Melbourne, Florida announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed™ Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle).

In a radical departure from the directions of both case telescoped ammunition and conventional polymer ammunition, FightLite® is pursuing an innovative development strategy for a 5th generation hybrid cartridge that is projected to lighten ammunition weight by up to 30% and deliver reduced ammunition cost, while also supporting legacy infantry weapons and machine guns.

There are millions of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO weapons in both the US military and around the globe where users stand to benefit from a significant reduction in ammunition weight without sacrificing performance or reliability. FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense have been very successful with their outside-the-box approach to problem solving in the small arms business during the past 20 years.

The company’s flagship weapon is its 8.5 lb. select-fire Squad Automatic MCR® that shares the excellent ergonomics of the M4A1 and feeds reliably from both M27-linked ammunition belts and standard M16 magazines at operator discretion. Featuring reliable gas-piston operation and a tool-less quick-change barrel system; the patented MCR® is the lightest and most portable belt fed machine gun in the world. Suppressor and grenade launcher capable, its select-fire operation allows soldiers and contractors to quickly and accurately engage both point and area targets. And when coupled with FightLite’s finalized 5th Gen lightweight cartridge, the MCR® and FightLite® ammo combination will represent the lightest 5.56mm automatic rifle with full combat load available anywhere.

The select-fire FightLite® MCR® is derived from the ARES-16 AMG-2™ (Assault Machine Gun) that was selected for testing by the US Army’s Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) and includes product enhancements that were made to the AMG-2™ following experience with M855A1 EPR ammunition and earlier military testing done during the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment at Fort Benning.

Such enhancements include further weapon weight reduction and simplification, a square shaped feed roller housing, a heat treated steel feed plate that reduces feed ramp wear from M855A1 steel tipped projectiles, refinements in the breech bolt lug profile, a reinforced charging handle assembly, the company’s highly effective RipBrake™ muzzle compensator, and a proprietary method of mitigating cookoff risk while maintaining a select-fire, closed bolt system of operation that is more accurate and user-friendly than standard open-bolt light machine guns.

Some additional key elements of the MCR® are that it shares a 52% part commonality with existing NSN components already in the government system and the core technology can retrofit to any MIL-Spec AR15, M16 or M4 type lower receiver; meaning that it is rearward compatible to the very first Colt Mod. 01 (M16) manufactured in 1960. These accomplishments reduce a military’s logistical footprint and costs including spare components and operator and armorer training. Additionally, the dual-feed MCR® permits squad automatic rifle users to operate during the assault with 100 and 200 round magazines of M27-linked ammunition, but also retains the ability to reliably feed from 4179 STANAG (M16/M4) magazines from other squad members should linked ammunition run low during combat.

“The Army and some of our commercial customers have been interested in lightweight ammunition for quite some time, so our R&D team is pretty excited about the progress we’re making to finally solve the elusive lightweight ammunition equation for conventional rifles and machine guns,” says Geoffrey Herring, CEO of ARES Defense Systems®. “We’re aware that various iterations of polymer cased ammunition have been introduced to the commercial market during the past several years, but we also know some of the setbacks they’ve experienced along the way such as ballistic underperformance, case melt, moisture absorption, case separation or deformation, and catastrophic failures when the heat or pressure is up. Most of the polymer ammunition manufacturers are employing first through third generation technology which can be predisposed to fail when subjected to rough handling, temperature extremes, environmental conditions, and the pressures necessary for full ballistic performance of modern rifle ammunition.”

Brass cased ammunition has been relied on for over 150 years and has presented many challenges for the arms industry to find an alternative material that accomplishes everything that a standard brass case does. In addition to providing a convenient capsule to house the bullet and components, keep the powder dry and reliably feed into the chamber, it is also a critical gas container that keeps the shooter safe from the 50,000-70,000 psi chamber pressure when the round is fired. When the malleable brass case expands against the chamber wall during obturation, it performs as a mechanical brake reducing bolt loading and embeds many impurities from the chamber such as grit, carbon or unburned propellant into the case body which is then extracted from the chamber in a semi self-cleaning arrangement. Since brass is an excellent thermal conductor, it also absorbs and removes with each shot a small amount of heat generated by the friction of the projectile traveling down the bore. It can be stored for extended periods of time and can tolerate temperature extremes such as freezing cold, rough handling, hazardous environmental conditions and water submersion. But some of the biggest strikes against it are weight and cost, and depending on the individual manufacturer the 12 to 20 step manufacturing process necessary to fabricate a single cartridge.

FightLite® isn’t sharing any proprietary details at this stage about the (5th Generation) construction methods being privately developed in house with IRAD until its patents for the hybrid technology are solidified. But the FightLite® R&D team is systematically addressing and overcoming the hurdles that have plagued early players in the lightweight ammunition space and is confident in its decision to pursue development of a lightweight cartridge that will also support legacy weapons in the US arsenal and NATO countries, and other users around the world.

“Our company’s approach to product development has always been to invest in inclusive technologies that benefit a greater consumer base as exemplified by our MCR® being rearward compatible from today’s production M4A1 to the very first M16’s that the Army ever purchased. To date, our company has produced and delivered thousands of dual-feed MCR® type upper receiver assemblies and rifles throughout the US and overseas, so we’re very comfortable with our product, its capabilities and the ability to produce it,” says Herring. “The primary objective for developing polymer ammunition is to additionally lighten the soldier’s ammunition load by at least 20% and we think that our hybrid case will be able to achieve that while maintaining safety and ballistic performance and also supporting legacy systems. We’ve already accomplished significant weight savings for the soldier with our squad automatic MCR® which currently weighs 50% less than the current M249 and is 3-times more accurate as verified by US military testers during live fire exercises. In fact, our gun was so effective at improving the squad’s speed and mobility during our participation in the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment that there is soldier support on record for adding two additional weapons to the current 9-man squad for a total of two of our guns per fire team.”

No firm date is being stated at this time for delivery of FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition to market. In the interim, FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense Systems® will continue supplying its customers with its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Squad Automatic MCR® and AMG-2™ weapons which can currently use almost any of the billions of rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition stockpiled throughout the world. Once the R&D cycle on FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition is completed, the company will likely either seek mass production of the ammunition through established high-volume ammunition producers or consider licensing its next generation squad automatic rifle (NGSAR) and ammunition technology to one of the USA’s larger prime defense contractors.

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com. Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

Wooden H&K MP7 Replica

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Jenni Edwards, a UK-based artist, creates highly detailed laser cut and laminated scale models of modern firearms. Her works include 2 models of the SCAR which are currently in the FNH Belgian HQ, as well as MP7 models which were produced for the UK’s Royal Armouries. The latter model is what’s currently available for sale via Edwards’ Etsy shop, ‘Splintersell’. The model is made of maple and birch, and features fully moving parts, including:

  • Removable magazine
  • Retractable buttstock
  • Retractable charging handle
  • Trigger which releases the hammer

    The model also features a functioning green dot sight, a removable suppressor, and weapon accurate markings.

    www.etsy.com/listing/167338406/wooden-heckler-koch-mp7-made-out-of-a

    Thanks to ‘Allen’ for the tip!

  • Gunwerks Release The RevX Ten-Year Anniversary Long-Range Rifle

    Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    Gunwerks is excited to announce its latest rifle, the RevX. The new rifle delivers Gunwerks’ legendary long-range performance at less than half the price of its higher-end siblings. As with all Gunwerks’ products, each RevX is live-fire tested at Gunwerks’ Wyoming facility to test accuracy, cold bore shot behavior, and long range ballistic performance.
    The field-test data that’s collected is included with each rifle as an individual ballistic data package. Also included is a coupon for a custom turret label, made specifically for the individual rifle by customturretsystems.com.

    Every RevX long-range rifle arrives ready to shoot, out of the box. Pre-configured rifles come with the Nightforce SHV scope—zeroed and calibrated. If the customer prefers, they can have their RevX dealer mount the optic of the customer’s choice.

    Learn more at gunwerks.com

    Weaver Introduces Premium MSR Mount

    Saturday, July 15th, 2017

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    OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (July 12, 2017) – Weaver, an industry leader in high-performance optics and mounting systems for more than 80 years, continues its quest to produce the best mounting solutions on the market by introducing the new Premium MSR Mount.

    A specialized modern sporting rifle deserves high-quality accessories. The Weaver Premium Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) Optics Mount is designed specifically for MSR rifles. The Premium MSR Optics Mount lives up to its name, starting with its construction. The anodized Type III hardcoat black matte finish adds further protection and blends in seamlessly with the rifle. The sleek design sets optics at the ideal height, with a forward cantilever for MSR rifles. The edges are slightly radiused to prevent snagging. The Weaver Premium MSR Optics Mount adds an extra layer of durability and performance, but hardly any weight.

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    Available in 1 inch, 30 mm and 34 mm options, the Premium MSR Mount also features double recoil lugs to lock the mount in place and premium 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum construction. Weighing in at just 6 oz., the mount also offers Torx-head screws with three oversized #25 Torx crossbolts with steel-threaded inserts.

    Weaver, a Vista Outdoor brand, has more than 80 years of experience creating the world’s most reliable optics and mounting systems. For more information, visit www.weaveroptics.com.

    ODIN Systems – Forward Patrol CQB Grip for the GPMG

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

    ODIN Ssystems has introduced this grip for the GPMG which they say allows you to engage targets from the patrol position out to 300m.

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    It’s made from a “solid weapon grade alloy”, manufactured in the UK. Patent pending.

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    www.odin-systems.co.uk

    Otis Defense – Big Bore Cleaning Equipment

    Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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    Otis Technology, under its new Otis Defense branding, will be releasing a brand-new product at the upcoming Warrior Expo East 2017 show, Otis Big Bore Cleaning Equipment. This product is designed to service artillery, mobile artillery, and even the main gun of tanks, and utilizes a sock and disk system which expands to fit the bore for more effective cleaning. It will be available in 105mm, 120mm, and 155mm bore sizes. If you happen to make it to this year’s Warrior Expo, you can check out the Big Bore Cleaning Equipment at OTIS Technologies booth 1205.

    www.otistec.com

    SIG SAUER Introduces MCX VIRTUS

    Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

    Advanced Modularity and Design Results in More than 500 Configurations

    Newington, N.H. (July 3 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc., The Complete Systems Provider™, unveils the MCX VIRTUS in 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK, a platform engineered and built to be the most adaptive, accurate and longest-lasting rifle available.

    The original SIG MCX rifle, conceived for the demands of the Special Operations community, quickly became known in the firearms world because of its durable performance and end-user configurability. To enhance the design, SIG received feedback from Special Operations units throughout the world and made the most advanced rifle ever built, even better. The result is the MCX VIRTUS.

    “SIG has supplied firearms to meet the unique demands of specialized units for decades,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Similar to the P320® pistol, the MCX VIRTUS was created to be the ultimate modular platform, a design that will change the demands of the modern rifle for years to come.”

    In ancient Rome, “Virtus” stood for virtue, courage, bravery and excellence. The MCX VIRTUS embodies the spirit of the professional users who have depended on and continue to rely on the MCX in the field. The added features and enhancements of the MCX VIRTUS include increasing accuracy, delivering additional modularity and providing a service life of more than 20,000 rounds, all without a single part replacement. Between barrels, stocks, handguards and colors, the MCX VIRTUS can be configured over 500 different ways for any possible need or mission.

    Available in Patrol, Pistol and SBR variants, in Stealth Gray or FDE color, the MCX VIRTUS utilizes the proven SIG SAUER short-stroke piston system and unique internal recoil system that eliminates the M4-style buffer tube. The result is a compact, light-recoiling platform that can be configured for any task.

    Cold hammer-forged barrels, available in 9”, 11.5” and 16” lengths, feature an advanced interchangeable design and can be exchanged at the operator level. To increase accuracy, the barrels are of a heavier contour profile. Also assisting with accuracy is the new SIG Matchlite Duo trigger, a two-stage unit that provides the shooter with a crisp, clean feel. A new tapered bolt lug design results in smoother cycling and extends the bolt life. Capping off the upgrades are eight (8) new free-floating M-LOK handguards available in standard and suppressor-ready configurations.

    Built by SIG for professionals and shooters of any level, the MCX VIRTUS is ready for any mission.

    For more information about the SIG MCX VIRTUS, please visit sigsauer.com/virtus

    Tyrant Designs CNC – HALO HandStop Launch

    Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

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    Tyrant Designs CNC is at it again, this time coming out with their new HALO Series AR HandStop. Machined from aerospace grade aluminum and finished in hardcoat Black, Red, Grey and Blue these little AR-15 handstops fit directly onto MLOK and KeyMod handguards by utilizing Tyrant Designs’ 2 in 1 technology. They’ve stated that the HALO HandStop works great as a forward stop and a barricade stop as well.

    Their Pre Sale event is going on now, so head to their site if you’re interested in picking a few up at a great price.

    “After the success of our AR-15 vertical grip, we are very excited to release our new HALO Series AR HandStop. We only hope that our customers enjoy it as much as the VFG. We plan on growing out the HALO Series even more with a new AR pistol grip coming soon!”

    SHOP PRE SALE PRICING OF THE HANDSTOP NOW AT WWW.TYRANTCNC.COM.

    Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and are now working on expanding their product line.

    Tyrant Designs CNC, LLC

    www.tyrantcnc.com