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Mega Arms Begins Manufacturing 5.56mm Barrels

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Mega Arms has announced they are now manufacturing 5.56mm barrels in both 16 and 18 inches with a 1:8 twist. 16 inch barrel has a mid length gas system and Gov profile. The 18 inch barrel has a rifle length gas system and a true SPR profile. Both barrels are nitrided in and out, have an 11 degree target crown with ½-28 thread. Both have M4 feed ramps and are manufactured from 416 stainless with traditional button rifling.

The best part? $269 MSRP for either the 16 or 18 inch barrel.

The Official SSD Response to the Washington Times’ Latest Article on the US Army’s Halted Individual Carbine Program

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Our official response to the Washington Times article entitled “Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine”?


That is all…

Haley Strategic – What To Bring To Their Classes, A Visual Guide

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

In response to the age old question, “what do we bring to your class?”, Haley Strategic has released a couple of visual guides detailing what they feel is the optimal loadout for both their Disruptive Environments Carbine class and Disruptive Environments Handgun class. Check out both images below and see if you can name everything on display.

Disruptive Environments Carbine

Disruptive Environments Handgun

The ZEV Technologies Experience – Final Assembly

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Over the past several weeks, ZEV Technologies’ pistolsmiths have been taking a stock GLOCK 17 Gen 3 and converting it into a custom Soldier Systems Z17. They sent us this series of photos to illustrate what goes into the final assembly process but have continued to be coy about what the slide actually looks like. So far, we are as in the dark as our readers,

Final assembly begins….

SSD Z17 Final Assembly

1. The pistol is checked out by one of ZEV Technologies gunsmiths for final assembly, He starts by laying out all the parts and making sure he has everything to complete the install.

2. He installs the magwell insert that will accept the ZEV Slim magwell.
- The magwell functions as an attached funnel to aid in competition style speed reloads.

3. The ZEV Slim magwell is installed.
- ZEV All Aluminum Slim Magwell. Legal for IDPA, ESP competition.

4. The Fulcrum trigger is now installed into the Glock™ frame
- The trigger was adjusted for Pre-Travel and Over-Travel.

5. ZEV Extended magazine release is installed.
- The Mag Button is oversized so you can access it without shifting your grip but shaped in such a manner that it does not interfere with your shooting grip.

6. Here you see some of the components that will be installed on the ZEV slide.
-Skeletonized Firing Pin, extractor rod, extractor, Channel liner and RMR.

SSD Z-17 Final Assembly

7. ZEV Skeletonized Firing Pin has its spring and spring cups installed.
-This firing pin has an extended tip for improved strike

8. ZEV co-witness rear sight is pushed onto the frame.
- These ZEV sights allow the shooter to still be able to aim in the unlikely event the RMR battery does not function.

9. Trijicon RMR is installed onto the slide.
- The RMR sight is the most rugged miniature red dot sight available.

10. ZEV uses blue Loctite to install the RMR mounting screws.
- This prevents the RMR screws from backing out.

11. The ZEV slide is lubricated before it is installed onto the frame.
- ZEV recommends you clean and re-lube your slide after 500 rounds.

12. The frame and slide are assembled together and sent off to ZEV’s QC department where they will not only be given a visual inspection but also test fired before being shipped out to the customer.

Next week, we’ll be in Southern California to visit the ZEV headquarters where we’ll get a chance to finally see the complete Z17.

To have your GLOCK tuned up by the pros at ZEV, visit

NRA American Warrior Number 21

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

NRA American Warrior

The latest issue of NRA American Warrior is now available. This issue features a story on our friends at Hodge Defense Systems, along with coverage on guns, gear, and lifestyle.

You can read it here:

Asymmetric Technologies – Advanced Shoulder Pocket (ASP)

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Asymmetric Technologies’ Advanced Shoulder Pocket (ASP) is designed as a fully integrated, lightweight, wearable individual rifleman weapon stabilization system. The ASP system consists of two components: a buttstock pad, and a modular attachment that fits onto the shoulder strap of a chest rig or vest. Rare earth magnets in the dual components allow them to quickly mate up, seating the weapon in the same position every time. This also reportedly reduces the felt weight of the weapon.

Asymmetric Technologies currently has no set date for commercial release, although they do have ASP prototypes available for testing and evaluation.

Enter the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes by Daniel Defense

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


Daniel Defense has chosen SSD to announce the Build Your DDM4 Flyaway Sweepstakes. One lucky SSD reader will receive a Grand Prize consisting of:

• Round trip airfare to/from Savannah, Georgia
• Hotel Accommodations
• Tour of both Daniel Defense facilities: Black Creek, Georgia; Ridgeland, South Carolina
• (1) Custom Built DDM4

The winner will work hand-in-hand with an armorer to assist in the build of the DDM4 rifle which will then be sent to winner’s FFL for transfer. DD pays for you to travel to their factory and build your own rifle!

There is no specific date set for the trip. Daniel Defense will work with the winner to set the date of the prize.

Enter by 31 August, 2014 for your chance to win. To enter visit

Be sure to read all of the contest rules. These are very important. This is a Daniel Defense contest and not being administered by Soldier Systems Daily.

SIG Launches New Micro Site – SIG Evolution

Monday, August 18th, 2014

SIG Evolution is a new Micro Website which focuses on the P320, SIG MPX and SIG556xi.


There’s always a lot going in with new firearms so SIG created this handy guide showing what went into each product, as well as a breakdown of the various options.


SIG knows what trips folks up and they want to dispel any confusion. For example, the difference between a SIG MPX and a SIG MPX-K or how a SIG556xi Russian compares to the SIG556xi Carbon Fiber.

TriStar – Cobra Marine Tactical Pump Shotgun

Sunday, August 17th, 2014


TriStar has just added the Cobra Marine tactical pump shotgun to their product line. The Marine features a brushed nickle finish, with a spring-loaded forearm for fast cycling, which includes a Picatinny rail. The chamber and barrel are both chrome lined, and the Marine comes standard with a 5-round magazine tube. The chamber is 3 inches, which allows for both 2 3/4″ and 3″ 12 gauge shells.

Shockwave Technologies – Blade AR Pistol Stabilizer

Friday, August 15th, 2014


Shockwave Technologies has come up with their own take on the AR-15 pistol stabilizing brace, the Blade AR. The Blade AR incorporates a flexible stabilizing fin, which the user rests against the inside of their forearm when in use. This stabilizes the firearm in the horizontal plane, and the friction created between the forearm and fin stabilizes the firearm in the vertical plane. Color me skeptical. I will be surprised if BATFE approves this.


The user can also wrap a standard sling around the Blade AR to further stabilize the firearm.

Shockwave Technologies plans to release the Blade AR beginning in October of this year.