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SIG SAUER Releases 716i TREAD

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

The new 716i TREAD is a version of SIG’s 716, an AR-10 pattern, direct impingement, 7.62mm semi-automatic carbine, which is similar to the rifle SIG won the Indian Army tender with. It features an M-LOK handguard, Magpul stock, SIG pistol grip, and ambidextrous controls. Additionally, it is compatible with SR-25 pattern magazines.

I had a chance to fire the Indian Army Rifle variant during a trip last fall to SIG Academy.

It was outfitted with a SIG Optics TANGO6T 1-6x optic as used with the US Army’s M110A1 CSASS.

One curious feature of the Indian Army version you won’t get with the 716i TREAD is this M-LOK compatible bayonet adapter.

Here’s another interesting point to that range day with SIG’s new Defense Product Management Team; the ammunition we used was manufactured by SIG Ammo to the same spec used by the Indian Army. They used it during their developmental cycle in order to eliminate delays in obtaining actual contract ammo. That way, when SIG’s guns showed up at the trial, they knew the rifles would function.

Here is SIG SAUER’s press release on the new 716i TREAD.

SIG SAUER Adds to TREAD Brand with Introduction of Direct Impingement 716i TREAD AR-10 Rifle

NEWINGTON, N.H., (March 24, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the 716i TREAD, a direct impingement, AR-10 platform that provides versatility for long range shooting and hunting while maintaining a lightweight design for easy carry. The 716i TREAD is easily customizable with existing TREAD branded accessories.

“The TREAD brand has gained recognition for offering premium products, at a competitive price point, that are designed, engineered and built with the same quality and innovation consumers expect from any SIG SAUER product,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.  “The 716i TREAD brings the power of the AR-10 platform to the TREAD series and is an exciting expansion to the line.  The rifle is lightweight with premium features right out of the box, and consumers can anticipate an affordable price point below $1,400 in stores. For those consumers that want to customize their rifle, they have the freedom to grow with TREAD branded accessories already available in stores that fit the 716i TREAD.”

The SIG SAUER 716i TREAD is a lightweight, forged aluminum receiver, direct impingement rifle that comes optics ready and features a precision nitride coated, carbon steel barrel, an ambidextrous lower receiver, a free floating M-LOK™ handguard, a 2 stage Matchlite Duo Trigger, a six position adjustable stock, and comes chambered in 308 WIN.

716i TREAD Specs:
Overall Length: 37in.
Overall Height: 8in.
Overall Width: 2.5in.
Barrel Length: 16in.
Barrel Twist: 1:10in.
Weight (incl. magazine): 8.5lbs.

The SIG SAUER 716i TREAD is currently shipping and available for purchase at retailers nationwide.  Complete product specs and information for the 716i TREAD are available at

Ruger – PC Charger

Friday, March 20th, 2020


A couple of years back, Ruger released the PC (Pistol Caliber) Carbine, an evolution of a concept initially realized with the discontinued Ruger Police Carbine. The PC Carbine was designed to allow shooters to utilize a common caliber and magazines between their sidearm and long gun, lowering a shooter’s logistical burden while offering an improvement in controllability, accuracy, and effective range by swapping from their pistol to their carbine as required. Further supporting the PC Carbine’s functionality was the ability to swap the magwell to accept different pistol magazines; the Ruger SR series / Security 9 magazine was the standard, however it could be swapped over to the prolific Glock pattern magazine with a magwell included in the box, and a Ruger American magwell was also made available for purchase separately.


The warm reception and popularity of the PC Carbine led Ruger to expand the product line with various models, including some with a modular, more ‘tactical/modern’ chassis, and others chambered for .40 S&W. Following this trend, Ruger has announced a further expansion of the PC line with the introduction of a Charger model. Like Ruger’s .22 Charger to the 10/22, the PC Charger is a pistol variant of the PC Carbine that utilizes the same receiver, but in a much more compact, even more stowable form.

The PC Charger features a polymer chassis system with the same aluminum receiver as the larger PC Carbine, including an integrated Picatinny 12 O’clock rail for the attachment of irons and/or an optic. Like the larger PC Carbine, the barrel assembly on the Charger can be quickly detached from the receiver for easier stowing of the weapon. The barrel assembly itself consists of a cold hammer forged, chrome-moly steel 6.5″ barrel with a 1/2×28 pitch thread, and an aluminum M-LOK handguard with slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions; a UTG-manufactured handstop comes standard with the Charger, mounted at the 6 o’clock position.


Some unique features of the PC Charger include two rearward QD cups that allow for the attachment of a QD sling, compatibility with AR pistol grips, and the integrated rear Picatinny rail which allows for the mounting of a Picatinny-compatible brace or stock.

With an overall length of only 16.5″, roughly half that of the PC Carbine, and a weight of only 5.2 lbs., you can almost consider the Charger a PDW variant of that same platform. Thrown on a brace and/or a sling, and you have a compact yet controllable firearm that uses some of the most common ammo and magazines available (9x19mm and Glock pattern by swapping the magazine well, respectively).

For more information on the PC Charger, check out

The Desert Tech Next Generation Squad Weapons Prototypes

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The US Army is currently well into an ambitious program to replace the 5.56mm NATO M4 Carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon with new weapons in a 6.8mm cartridge which will offer performance similar to 270 WSM.

Since they weren’t selected for as a finalist for further development, many do not know that Desert Tech participated in the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program. Teamed with PCP Ammunition, Desert Tech provided the weapon capability.

We are fortunate to share some great background from Desert Tech on their participation in this developmental weapon system program.

Nick Young, Desert Tech CEO, seen above with Tony Padgett of PCP Ammo, provides us with this narrative:

In the Spring of 2018 PCP was selected as a NGSAR finalist and approached Desert Tech to develop modifications to their MDR to meet the requirements of Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) program. NGSAR was a development program that called for advancements in ammunition, rifle capability, and technology integration. The program’s goals were to increase soldier engagement capabilities, maximize lethality, and maximize mobility.

Desert Tech’s MDR rifle was an attractive candidate for the program due to its lightweight bullpup design that allowed for significantly more barrel length than a similar length AR style weapon, as well as several features that set the MDR apart from other bullpups.

Desert Tech partnered with PCP for the NGSAR program, and the US Army awarded a development contract to the team to create the DT NGSAR rifle and the 6.8 PCP lightweight ammunition.

The 6.8 PCP cartridge incorporates a 136 Grain projectile which boasts up to 3187 FPS from a 22″ barrel prototype.

The 6.8 PCP cartridge is similar in size and proportion to the .270 WSM, but with more case capacity. The new cartridge utilizes PCP’s proprietary polymer case technology, making the ammunition 28% lighter overall than its brass equivalent, which made the soldiers’ 210 round ammo loadout weight just 9.96 LBS. DT’s NGSAR rifles muzzle easily achieved velocities of 2930 fps and 3187 fps without exceeding standard chamber pressures when firing 136 grain projectiles through the long 20” and 22” barrels respectively.

Although the DT NGSAR rifles’ lower receiver and cheekpiece look similar to the MDR rifle, the NGSAR is an entirely new beast. To accommodate the large 6.8 PCP cartridge, intelligent rail requirements, and fully automatic needs, a new design was needed, including: creating a longer receiver, bolt carrier, barrel, barrel extension, charging handle, forward ejection mechanisms, barrel mounting system, and a proprietary 6.8 20 round magazine. DT’s NGSAR rifle had numerous advanced and standard features including;
-DT’s proprietary forward ejection mechanism
-Multi-caliber capability between 6.8 PCP, 7.62 NATO, and 5.56 NATO
-On-board round-counter and other electronic sensors
-T-Worx Battery Powered integrated data rails at 12, 3, 6, and 9 O’clock positions
-DT custom flow-through technology reflex suppressor
-CNOD day/night optic with LRF fire control
-Magpul 45 deg offset flip up sights
-Magpul Bipod

The base rifle weight with 20” barrel weighs 9.94 lbs with a length of 31.75” (for comparison, the M4 rifle is 33” with stock extended). DT’s titanium reflex silencer suppressed to 148 decibels at the shooters ear. The rifle is definitely state of the art and designed for future combat in mind.

As part of the NGSW program, the team submitted two weapons, a Carbine and Automatic Rifle.

During the development of the NGSAR rifle, PCP and Desert Tech went on to compete together for the NGSW development effort, but unfortunately were not selected due to the proposal timing that did not allow for adequate prototype testing prior submission. Had the original Army schedule been followed which allowed for the completion of NGSAR prior to the NGSW proposal submission, the system would likely have been selected. The revolutionary weapon and ammunition system was a leading performer and provided a glimpse at the future of modern warfare.

DT NGSAR Rifle System Specifications:
Caliber: 6.8 PCP
Action: Short stroke piston
Fire Modes: 0, 1, Full Auto
Rate of Fire: 650 rpm
Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 20”
Muzzle Velocity: 2933 fps
Rifle Length: 31.75”
Rifle Length with silencer: 35.125”
Rifle weight: 9.94 lbs
Suppressed sound: 148 DB
Sight Magnification: 2x, 4x, 6x
Total System Weight: 12.65 lbs
Ammo Loadout Weight (210 rds): 9.96

Here is a demonstration of the DT Next Gen weapon.

This video is a record of the chonograph readings taken of the 6.8 PCP round beibg fired from the DT weapon.

UVision Announces Successful Demo of its New Hero-120 Loitering Munitions System for Strategic NATO Customer

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Loitering time and radius of target hit met the customer’s stringent criteria

February 18, 2020 UVision Air Ltd. – a global leader in Loitering Munitions Systems of all sizes for a variety of missions- announces a successful demo of its Hero-120 system for a strategic NATO customer. All of the strict criteria demanded by the Customer were met, including loitering time, accuracy and radius. This is the first time the new Hero-120 platform has been demonstrated, following its recent public release at the Paris Airshow and AUSA.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Avi Mizrachi, CEO of UVision, commented, “We are very pleased with the results of the recent Demo and the strong and positive reaction from the customer ? for whom the new Hero-120 proved to be an ideal solution for their needs. As pioneers in the field, our globally-recognized loitering system house provides the global defense market with precision, cost-effective Loitering Munitions Systems. Through state-of-the-art development, production and implementation processes, the company quickly responds to evolving needs from the field, and rapidly optimizes its solutions, delivering today’s most advanced capabilities to suit the realities of the complex missions required by modern warfare for a wide range of platforms, applications and scenarios. These systems with their unique characteristics are becoming a core required capability of leading armies worldwide.”

The New Hero-120

This portable, modular, customizable loitering weapon system can be fitted with a range of powerful multi-purpose warheads and variety of payloads. The versatile, precision, multi-operational system with a unique aerodynamic structure can carry out pinpoint lethal strikes against mid-range hard targets ? vehicles, tanks, concrete fortifications and personnel ? in populated urban areas or remote locations with minimal collateral damage. Its high-speed transit flight and low-speed loitering, BLOS capability, and rapid reaction in response to time-sensitive targets deliver a critical advantage in confined and populated battlefields.

The lightweight, compact, highly maneuverable man-pack configuration, with extended endurance of over an hour and a loitering range of40 km and more, can be independently operated by frontline forces, precisely striking time-sensitive targets from a wide variety of angles. Featuring low acoustic and low visual and thermal signatures and fully gimbaled, stabilized day/night tracking, the Hero-120 delivers critical situational awareness with its advanced data link and real-time intelligence. Providing cutting-edge abort and target re-engagement capabilities, it provides a whole new range of operational possibilities. Despite being a highly sophisticated weapon system, the Hero-120 is affordable and cost-effective due to its recoverable option, using a parachute, while securing the warhead.

For more information on UVision, please visit

Nevada Highway Patrol Transitions to SIG SAUER P320

Friday, February 21st, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 21, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the Nevada Highway Patrol has transitioned to the SIG SAUER P320 9mm pistol as their official duty pistol. The Nevada Highway Patrol is a division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety responsible for law enforcement across the entire state of Nevada with over 480 sworn Troopers.

“Our initial transition to the SIG SAUER P320 has been seamless, and our Troopers are impressed with the accuracy and superior performance of the pistol,” said Colonel Daniel Solow, Nevada Highway Patrol. “Our diverse group of Troopers is going to appreciate the custom fit of their P320, and having the ability to choose a grip size based on their personal preference due to the unique modularity that the P320 is known for.”

The P320 pistol is a modular, striker-fired pistol, available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adjustable to multiple calibers, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights, and is also available in XSERIES and RXP models that include upgraded features including an optics-cut slide. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

“SIG SAUER is honored to continue our long-standing relationship with the Troopers of the Nevada Highway Patrol through their selection of the P320 as their official duty pistol,” began Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice president, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “We are proud of the positive feedback we have received during their transition to the P320, and with the inclusion of the optics-cut on their slides they have the ability to easily expand the pistols capabilities in the future with the addition of a red dot optic.”

FN America Awarded US Army Contract for M4A1 Carbines

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

The Department of Defense has announced:

FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, was awarded a $119,216,309 firm-fixed-price contract for M4/M4A1 carbine. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-20-D-0006).

Drake Associates – ATHENA Precision Chassis Rifle

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

On that flew under the radar at SHOT Show is the ATHENA Precision Chassis Rifle by Drake Associates.

Currently offered in a 5.56 platform and coming soon to 7.62, the ATHENA is monolithic design with the lower receiver and handguard machined from a single piece of aluminum, leaving a freefloated, 18″ Satern Button Drake Heavy Profile Contour Barrel (16″ and 20″ also available). However, there is a top section of the handguard incorporating Picatinny rail which can be removed. The 6 O’clock position also features partial Pic rail for a bipod.

This results in average accuracy of .6 – .7 MOA at 100 yds, with the best group at .366 MOA, using 77 gr Federal OTM ammunition. Now get this, it’s at a muzzle velocity of 2,737 fps.

GAOS 20 – FN 509 Compact MRD

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

A great thing about GAOS is that manufacturers display their wares and answer the buying public’s’ questions.

In this case, FN USA is showing off the new FN 509 Compact MRD.

Like it’s full and mid sized counterparts, it’s a 9mm, striker fired pistol with a flat faced trigger. The barrel is 3.7-inch barrel and comes with 12+1 capacity, but will accept other, larger 509 magazines. The pistol includes two different back straps to accommodate different fits.

The big thing going on is that this is an optics ready pistols, incorporating FN’s Low-Profile Optics Mounting System which accepts nearly all commercially available miniature red dot optics and features blackout iron sights that co-witness.

Available in booth Black and FDE.