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Black Aces Tactical Announces the New $449 Pro Series S “Shockwave Semi”

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Eric Lemoine, owner of Black Aces Tactical (BAT), an American manufacturer best known for its patented custom shotguns shotgun accessories, and price point suppressors, is excited to announce the release of the company’s new affordable Pro Series S Shockwave Semi.

Said Lemoine, “Black Aces Tactical has been working for months quietly behind the scenes to develop a No NFA/ No AOW Semiautomatic Shockwave that is capable of running both low and high brass reliably.  Our parameters include first and for most a Non NFA classification.  There is no way around it, our customers demands the Non NFA classification.  Next, the weapon has to be affordable. When customers think “Shockwave”, immediately what comes to mind is an affordable weapon.  A $1000 Non NFA weapon simple will no do.”

Starting at only$449 retail, the shooter now has an opportunity to own what is a coveted item, and to own it for a price that fits almost any budget. Slated to ship mid November, the  Pro Series S features:

• 6061 T6 Aluminum Receiver
• 14″ Barrel
• 26.5″ Overall Length
• Choice of Black Synthetic and optional Walnut Furniture
• 4+1 capacity
• Cycles both light and heavy loads

Said Lemoine, “Our industry has entered into an interesting time.  It seems that within the narrow scope of 12 gauge, there is a full blown arms race quietly being waged and as a consequence the customer is now offered more choices than ever before.  We are honored to be a driving force and influencer in this ever expanding industry.”.

The Pro Series S will be offered in two trim levels initially.  The more cost effective of the pair is priced at $449 and features black synthetic furniture.  As an upgrade, a walnut furniture model is available at $574.  Both models are covered by the Black Aces Tactical lifetime warranty.

For more information about Black Aces Tactical, contact Eric Lemoine at 407-630-9359, email sales@blackacestactical.com, or visit www.blackacestactical.com

Army Chief of Staff Discusses Next Generation Squad Weapon

Monday, October 15th, 2018

WASHINGTON — Several prototypes of a next-generation squad weapon were advanced forward for testing and a request for proposal was sent out, said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley during a news conference at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 8.

A weapons squad of U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve fire two M240B machine guns during a live-fire training exercise near Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 26, 2018. The Army is currently testing a prototype for a new squad weapon. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Leland White)

Test firing of the weapon prototype indicates that it has an accurate range far in excess of any existing military rifle today, he said.

Additionally, it fires at speeds that far exceed the velocity of bullets today and it will penetrate any existing body armor or body armor expected to exist over the next 25 years, he added. This sophisticated weapon also has a sight system that integrates into Soldiers’ gear that incorporates the latest in information technology.

Producing such a highly capable weapon is clearly in the realm of the possible, Milley noted, after speaking with engineers designing the prototypes. Right now, feedback from the prototypes looks like it will fire 6.8mm rounds.

Because the weapon is so capable and so sophisticated, “not surprisingly, we expect it to be expensive,” he said. “So we’re probably not going to field the entire Army with this weapon. We’ll prioritize to those Soldiers in all components who are in close combat quarters-type duties such as Infantry, Armor, Cavalry, Rangers, Special Forces, combat engineers.”

Soldiers with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) hold their position during a live-fire portion of the Saber Junction 18 exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sept. 12, 2018. he Army is currently testing a prototype for a new squad weapon. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Matthew Marcellus )

The Army is looking to buy somewhere in the range of 100,000 of these weapons initially and may expand that later on, he said. The Army hopes to have them out on the range at Fort Benning, Georgia, hopefully by next summer.

“We look forward to it. It’s exciting. But we don’t want to speak too much about its technical capabilities because our adversaries watch these things very closely, so we prefer to keep the technical details out of the news,” he said. “The bottom line is we’re committed to a new rifle and a new squad automatic weapon.”

By Mr. David Vergun (Army News Service)

SSD Editor’s note: I cannot stress enough that the 6.8 round being looked at by the Army for NSGW is NOT the 6.8 SPC investigated by USSOCOM in the early 2000s. It is an entirely new capability.

Tomb of the Unknowns Guards Begin Use of Custom M17 Pistols

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Yesterday, Tomb Guards from the US Army’s 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) were presented with 4 ceremonial M17 pistols at Arlington National Cemetery. These works of art were created by SIG SAUER specifically for use by the Guards.

This ceremony marks the first use of the M17, which will accompany the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers they stand guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The unique distinguishing features for the M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols include:

Pistol Names: each of the four pistols bears the name of Silence, Respect, Dignity, or Perseverance and is featured on the dust cover. Dignity and Perseverance represent “The Sentinel’s Creed,” and Silence and Respect represent the request to the public by Arlington National Cemetery when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown, and during the Changing of the Guard;

Custom Wood Grips: in 1921 the chosen Unknown was transported to the United States of America aboard the USS Olympia. The custom wood grips are made with wood from the USS Olympia and include the crest of the 3rd Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier identification badge inset;

Cocking Serrations: XXI cocking serrations are engraved on the slide to signify the twenty-one steps it takes for the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknowns and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute;

Sight Plate: an engraved impression of the Greek Figures featured on the east panel of the Tomb – Peace, Victory, and Valor – are featured on the sight plate;

Sights: a glass insert made with marble dust from the Tomb of the Unknown fills the sights of the ceremonial pistols;

Engraved Magazines: the 21-round magazines feature an aluminum base plate engraved with the names of the Greek figures featured on the Tomb of the Unknown – Peace, Victory, and Valor – and include a name plate on the bottom of the magazine engraved with the Tomb Sentinel badge number.

Serial Numbers: the pistols are serialized with a unique set of serial numbers that incorporate items of significance to the Old Guard: “LS” represents line six of the Sentinels’ Creed, “My standard will remain perfection; “02JUL37” to signify the first 24-hour guard posted at the Tomb of the Unknown on July 3, 1937; “21” to signify the 21 steps it takes the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknown, and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute. The full series of M17 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Pistols serial numbers are LS02JUL37A21 (Silence), LS02JUL37B21 (Respect), LS02JUL37C21 (Dignity), LS02JUL37D21 (Perseverance).

(U.S. Army photos by SPC Gabriel Silva)

The Bushmaster Unicorn, Also Known as ACR Caliber Conversions

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Do They Really Exist?


Huntsville, AL – The Bushmaster ACR was brought to market in 2010 with the promise of unparalleled adaptability.  The concept was simple; an extremely reliable, versatile, and modular platform, capable of tool-less configuration and caliber changes in minutes by swapping the bolt head, barrel and magazine.  Unfortunately, much like a mythical creature, the caliber conversions have never been seen.  Until now.


Finally, after many years of development, we are excited to announce the first of many new caliber conversions for the ACR. With fully ambidextrous controls, improved ergonomics, an ultra reliable gas piston operating system, and tool-less configuration and caliber adaptability, the ACR is now the most field adaptable Modern Sporting Rifle Platform available.


.450 Bushmaster Conversion

Ultimate stopping power for deer, bear or feral hogs


6.8 Rem SPC II

For increased energy and down-range performance



Sneak Peek – CGS Group – Pyxis

Monday, October 8th, 2018

This is a prototype of the Pyxis, a replacement initiator for the M60 and M81 which are single use initiators and unfortunately all-too-often of questionable reliability.

Pyxis is striker fired and has a striker block safety with a simple weapon use button initiation. That means you’ve got immediate refire with the same device. Additionally, the Pyxis can be used over and over in training and on operations.

Coming soon from www.cgsgroup.com

AUSA 18 – 6.5 CM LAMG by Knight’s Armament Co

Monday, October 8th, 2018


Knight’s Armament Co displayed a 6.5 CM version of their Lightweight Assault Machine Gun. USSOCOM adopted 6.5 CM earlier this year. The weight difference from the 5.56 variant which is about 9 lbs is around 12 lbs for the 6.5 CM. It is capable of delivering 550 RPM.


AUSA 18 – US Army Squad Designated Marksman Rifle by Heckler & Koch

Monday, October 8th, 2018


H&K has begun delivery of the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle to the US Army, so far shipping just over 100 of the more than 6000 expected to be fielded as a Directed Requirement.

The SDMR is based on the same HK produced 7.62mm G28 Rifle selected for the Compact Semi Auto Sniper System M110A1 program. In fact, other than optic, the configuration of both CSASS and SDMR are now the same.


The SDMR relies on the SIG Optics TANGO 6 1-6x, selected in May of this year.

AUSA 18 – SIG SAUER Unveils Belt-Fed Machine Gun, Carbine and Hybrid Ammunition – Next Generation Squad Weapon Candidates

Monday, October 8th, 2018

SIG SAUER has unveiled their new Belt-Fed machine gun. Originally developed to fire the 338 Norma Mag cartridge, a 7.62 NATO version was quickly developed and now they are prepared to accommodate the 6.8mm projectile and associated ballistic requirements of the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle Other Transaction Authority (OTA) currently underway.


They also showed their newly developed Hybrid Ammo. It’s a three-piece metallic design which offers 20% reduction in overall cartridge weight as well as increased velocity over conventionally produced ammunition. Even better, it works in existing weapon systems and can still be produced on current ammunition lines in any arsenal.


They have already developed multiple cartridges with this technology.


And if that’s not enough, SIG also revealed their MCX-MR (MR-Medium Range) which was initially developed for the Army’s Compact Semi Auto Sniper System. They’ve shortened it up for the upcoming Next Generation Squad Automatic Weapon Prototype Opportunity. Yes, that’s Keymod on the handguard, but it’s a prototype.