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AUSA 17 – First Display Of HK 433 In US

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Developed to compete in the German Army’s replacement for the G36, AUSA 2017 was the first time Heckler & Koch has publicly displayed the HK 433 here in the US.


The 5.56mm HK433 shares attributes from both the G36 and HK416 like. In fact, it was designed as a less expansive option after the German government rejected the HK416 as too expensive for adoption as a G36 replacement.


H&K also believes that it’s ergonomics make it an easy transition for current M16 family users to the AR18’s piston design. Lower receivers are available with ambidextrous G36 (paddle mag release) or HK416 controls. Additionally, the safety is a 45 Deg throw. The ergonomic pistol grip has optional back straps and side panels.


The monolithic upper receiver features STANAG 4694 profile at 12 o’clock position as well as Picatinny rail (MIL-STD 1913) on 6 o’clock position. Additionally, there’s a maintenance-free round counter integrated into the receiver which requires no power supply and can be queried via RFID.


One interesting feature is the non-reciprocating charging handle. Not only can it be revered from left to right side by the user, it can also be used as a forward assist.


The slim line foreend features HKeyMod but when queried about standard KeyMod or M-Lok, H&K personnel answered that they would offer whichever system a client specified.

Here you can see the front and rear back up sights.

This is both sides of the 5-position folding stock, as well as it fully extended. The stock also features adjustable comb.

Here, you can see the rear of the receiver with the stock folded. The rifle can be fired in this configuration.


Although they didn’t display an example, the HK433 is also available in Flat Dark Earth and RAL8000.

Barrels can be swapped by the user and are available in 11″, 12.5″, 14.5″, 16.5″, 18.9″ and 20″. Weight and length with a 11″ barrel is 7.6 lbs and 32.2″ extended /22.7″ folded, while it’s 8.5 lbs and 41.7″ extended / 31.1″ folded with a 20″ barrel. Additionally, the gas port can be adjusted without tools for use with suppressors. The muzzle thread is M15x1.

So far, there are no plans to sell the HK433 commercially, while they concentrate on the Bundeswehr’s requirement. However, generally, H&K releases their guns to the commercial market in Germany first, so we’ll keep an eye on what happens at next Spring’s IWA.


AUSA – KAC 7.62 Assault Machine Gun

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017


At AUSA, Knight’s Armament Co displayed an example of their 7.62mm NATO Assault Machine Gun. Basically, it’s a big brother to the 5.56mm variant we recently featured. Since they are finalizing production of the 5.56mm gun, they wanted to start development of the 7.62mm version in order to provide as much part commonality as possible between the weapons.


It weighs in at 12.5 lbs, features a hard Picatinny Rail on the Receiver and can be fired without the removable stock.


AUSA 17 – FN SCAR Modularity

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

FN America breaks down SCAR modularity in this single graphic, which also serves as the backdrop to their AUSA booth.


Notice the caliber options along the bottom: 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 6.5mm CREEDMOOR, and .260 Remington.

AUSA 17 – H&K Exhibits M110A1 CSASS

Monday, October 9th, 2017


Heckler & Koch exhibited a production correct sample, based on the latest configuration of the M110A1, Compact Semi Auto Sniper System. Earlier examples on display used different parts.

Based on the G28 (417) weapon is in Flat Dark Earth color and includes a Geissele slimline M-LOK handguard, Ambi Controls, Geissele two-stage Trigger, Harris Bipod, G28 Stock and Pistol Grip, and a Barrel with 1:8 Twist. Additionally, it is equipped with a 3-20×50 PMII Ultra Short Schmidt & Bender with a modified reticle and an OSS Suppressor.

US Army’s PEO Soldier, BG Cummings, Speaks Out On 7.62mm Rifle Efforts 

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

7D1AC0D0-1C97-4ABD-A261-661A9D063FB5In an October 3rd Army News Service article, BG Brian Cummings, who serves as Program Executive Officer Soldier, discusses the Army’s on-again-off-again efforts to identify and field a 7.62 rifle capability.

Reading the extract below, it seems that wires have been crossed somewhere. BG Cummings makes it sound like the Interim Combat Service Rifle effort is still underway. However, we, and others, reported several weeks ago it had been cancelled. Additionally, Deputy Director of the Lethality Branch at the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence Matt Walker (CSM, Ret), verified just last week, that they have ceased work on what he now describes as an “evaluation” despite it being issued as a solicitation.

As we posted on September 22nd, the M110A1 Compact Semi Auto Sniper System is still underway, although unfunded, and the directed requirement to field a Squad Designated Marksman variant of the H&K G28, also remains underway.

Without the ~50,000 ICSRs which would have been fielded, the Army will have to rely on the limited number of CSASS/SDMR procured in order to deal with the body armor threat Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Mark Milley testified about in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, earlier this year.

Below is the pertinent section of that Army News Service article.


Despite some reports to the contrary, the Army is still looking for a new rifle that uses a 7.62mm cartridge.

“The chief [U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley] wanted an interim combat rifle, or he was only going to fulfill a requirement to have a squad-designated marksman in each squad, called a squad-designated marksman rifle,” Cummings said. “So, there are two efforts going on to get a 7.62 inside the squad.”

What are those two efforts? Cummings said that course of action No. 1 is to have one Soldier in a squad carrying the Squad-Designated Marksman Rifle, or SDMR. Course of action No. 2, he said, is to have multiple Soldiers in a squad with the Interim Combat Service Rifle, or ICSR. Both are 7.62mm weapons.

The SDMR is already a program of record for the Army, Cummings said, and there is a weapon already identified to fill that role: the M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or CSASS. That weapon is undergoing testing now, Cumming said.

But the ICSR and the SDMR do not represent the future for what weapons will be issued to most Soldiers.

“Right now, many are focused on the ICSR or SDMR,” Cummings said. “But that’s not the long-term way ahead. The long-term way ahead is a brand new rifle for all of the Department of Defense called the Next Generation Squad Weapon.”

The Next Generation Squad Weapon, or NGSW, is actually two weapons, he said. It will include one rifle to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and then a carbine that replaces the M4. Both the M249 and the M4 use the 5.56mm cartridge. The NGSW will likely use a different caliber cartridge than 5.56mm.

“For the next-generation, we wanted to make one end-all solution,” Cummings said. “With the M4, when you look at it, it’s got all these things hanging on top of it. We keep evolving by putting on things. The next-generation is going to be kind of like what we did with the pistol, with the modular handgun system. It’ll be one complete system, with weapon, magazine, ammo and fire control on it and we will cut down on the load and integration issues associated with it.”

The general said the U.S. Marine Corps is “on board” with development of the NGSW, and the British are interested as well.

Cummings said the Army can expect to start seeing the Next Generation Squad Weapon by 2022, in about five years. That will include the weapon, magazine and bullet. Later, by 2025, he said, Soldiers can expect to see a fully-developed fire-control system.

Until then, Cummings said, the Army is working on an interim solution to get a larger-caliber rifle into the hands of at least some Soldiers. It’ll either be the SDMR in the hands of one Soldier, or the ICSR in the hands of some Soldiers. But, he said, “the final decision has not been made.”

2nd MarDiv Developing UONS for Glock 19M

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

According the 2nd Marine Division Gunner, CW5 Christian Wade, they are working on an Urgent Operational Needs Statement for Glock 19Ms to outfit Afghanistan-bound members of the unit.

Gunner Wade posted this image to Facebook on Friday night. Please ignore that the image is of a G17M. Gunner Wade is fully aware.

Few other details are available, such as the basis of issue. However, Gunner Wade has stated that he wants them in Marines’ hands quickly, so they can conduct pre-deployment training with them.

While the Glock 19M is a great sidearm, you have to wonder why M9 pistols won’t work. We know from his past comments that he prefers a compact sidearm, but with deployed Marines in uniform and full Deuce gear, the advantage of the smaller frame is negligible.

Perhaps weight is a concern. But as of right now, few Marines outside of MARSOC carry pistols. If weight is the driving factor, adding a pistol to the load is something that needs to be looked at very critically.

Ironically, Marine tables of organization were changed several years ago to eliminate most of the M9 pistols when the M4 Carbine was fielded as a replacement of the M16A4.

Considering all of those factors, the move isn’t without precedent. The Marine Corps has fielded Glocks. Initially, it was MARSOC, which adopted G19s using MFP-11 funds. While technically not a Marine Corps fielding per se, those are Marines using them. Rumors have floated around in the past that the Corps was considering purchasing off of the USSOCOM contract.

Additionally, the Marine Corps very recently purchased a small quantity of Glock 19Ms off of the FBI contract. Those were for use by members of the Marine Corps’ Criminal Investigation Division. CID has a close relationship with the FBI due to the location of several of the federal agency’s elements on Quantico, so adoption of the FBI’s sidearm isn’t that surprising.

It will be interesting to see how the Marine Corps responds to this UONS.

US Army Anticipates Conditional Material Release for M17 Modular Handgun System By November, Fielding to 101st, 3rd ACR and Security Force Assistance Brigade

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

The US Army anticipates that by November, the XM17 Modular Handgun System will reach conditional material release, dropping the “X” for “experimental” prefix and become simply, the M17 or M18 for the compact variant.


Pistols are already undergoing user evaluations with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After the conditional material release the Screaming Eagles will receive about 2,000 MHS.

Next up is the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, as well as the new Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia Which has been fast tracked for many new systems.

Replacing the 9mm M9, the M17 MHS is based on the commercially available P320 and is manufactured by SIG SAUER in Newington, New Hampshire on the old Pease Air Force Base facility .

Crane “Contaminates” SURG Test Samples By Crosspolinating Weapon Components Between Vendor Submissions, Calls On Offerors For New Samples

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane in Indiana is responsible for the testing and procurement of USSOCOM’s weapons. One of the projects they have been working on for SOCOM is the Suppressor Upper Receiver Group, an upgrade of the M4A1 Lower Receiver Group will allow the Warfighter’s weapon to be optimized for continuous suppressed use.

Earlier this year, the program had its second go around after an initial attempt at identifying a system failed last year. Performance parameters were adjusted from the earlier effort to more accurately reflect what was possible, and vendors submitted three sample SURG candidates each.

Unfortunately during recent testing, sample weapons were incorrectly assembled using parts from different vendor submissions, undermining the integrity of the results.

Last week, Crane contacted vendors and informed them that any offeror which had passed Phase I could resubmit three samples by 26 October in order to continue participation in the solicitation.

The government will then reaccomplish Phase I and then move on to Phases I & III with the resubmitted samples.

Additionally, Crane has outlined measures it will take to prevent future crosspollination of parts between vendor submissions.

Unfortunately, this information has not been made public via Fed Biz Opps as was the case with the original solicitation, which catalogued 11 updates.

Interestingly, United States Army Special Operations Command, the largest SOF component, is not one of the stakeholders for this capability. Hopefully, this program will result in a new Suppressed URG for the requesting warfighting community which includes other SOCOM components. As of now, USASOC plans to stick with its current suppressor capability, provided by SureFire.