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FN Joins The #RESPONSIBLERECREATION Movement

June 5th, 2020

(McLean, VA – June 05, 2020) FN America, LLC, the makers of the world’s most battle-proven firearms,® is proud to announce support for the #ResponsibleRecreation campaign established by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and other conservation partners.

The campaign encourages individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors while practicing #ResponsibleRecreation. With the lifting of most state’s “stay at home” orders and the approach of summer, CSF and other partners launched the campaign to encourage Americans to responsibly enjoy outdoor activities while adhering to social distancing and other precautionary measures, as well as natural resource stewardship principles.

“We are proud to support the Responsible Recreation campaign and have pledged our commitment to enjoying the outdoors safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, whether participating in recreational shooting at an outdoor range, hunting, fishing or other outdoor activities,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “We encourage everyone to take this same pledge today and ensure that access to public land and facilities remain open to all who wish to enjoy them.”

#ResponsibleRecreation seeks to engage all outdoor enthusiasts by encouraging safe and responsible recreation. Maintaining opportunities for these activities also supports critical conservation funding during this time of economic uncertainty, while also supporting the businesses that drive the outdoor recreation economy.

To take the #ResponsibleRecreation pledge and learn more about the campaign, please visit www.responsible-recreation.org.

Now Shipping – The Magpul SL Grip Module for your H&K

June 5th, 2020

Featuring Magpul’s TSP texture for better dexterity and an optimized grip angle, the SL Grip Module is now shipping. Designed to HK94/93/91 & Semi Shelf HK Clones, it features the Navy-style pictograph markings for a clear indication of the selector position and incorporates Magpul’s MIAD/MOE Lube Bottle Core with its 1/2 oz. bottle to keep weapons lubricant close at hand.

magpul.com/firearm-accessories/magpulslgripmodule-hk94-93-91-semishelfhkclone

TangoDown Inc ACRO Mount for SIG 320 (DP CUT)

June 5th, 2020

TangoDown® Inc. is excited to announce the latest addition to the lineup – the TangoDown® ACRO® Mount for Sig® 320 (DP CUT) Models (SSM-01). The SSM-01 is easy to install and provides a secure platform for your Aimpoint® ACRO®.  After increased requests for a mount offering compatibility for the Sig® models, we decided offering a rock solid mounting system would be an excellent addition.

The SSM-01 is made from ordnance grade steel with a rust-resistant black oxide finish. Mounting fasteners are supplied and have a Vibra-Tite VC-3 thread locking compound pre-applied.

Fits Sig® 320 DP Cut models only.

MSRP:$60.00

Customer Questions: [email protected]

For more information on the SSM-01, visit: tangodown.com/tangodown-ssm-01-acro-mount-for-sig-320-dp-slide-cut-models

**Please read installation instructions prior to installing.  If you aren’t familiar with modifying your firearms, seek appropriate assistance from a certified Armorer or Gunsmith.

SIG SAUER Closes Operations In Germany; Continues Business As Usual

June 5th, 2020

You may have seen reports that SIG SAUER has closed its German factory, with some even going as far as to say that they are going out of business. While it is indeed true that they are closing their operation in Eckernförde, Germany, SIG continues to do quite well at their international headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire on the old Pease AFB facility.

Although the company is owned by Germans, if you’ve been paying attention, the writing has been on the wall for years. As the German government has made it more difficult to do business, SIG has moved more and more of the company to the US.

The company has also transitioned itself from firearms to an arms manufacturer as they’ve pursued defense contracts in addition to their commercial line and expanded into ammunition and optics.

This seems to be the culmination of years of planning rather than an abrupt decision based on factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

While it’s unfortunate that about 130 jobs will be lost, many of which are skilled craftsmen who have hand built guns for generations, SIG still has over 2,300 employees here in America across multiple facilities in several states.

SIG will realign how they conduct business in Germany but they continue to do business in 88 countries.

SIG SAUER, Inc. issued this statement:

L & O Holding group has announced that it is closing its SIG SAUER, GmbH (Germany) division in Eckernförde, Germany.  L&O Holding owns and operates numerous business units in the defense and hunting market including SIG SAUER, GmbH (Germany), SIG SAUER, Inc. (U.S.A.), and German Sports Group, GmbH (GSG), among others.

SIG SAUER, Inc. operations in the U.S. will continue business as usual.  The U.S. based division, headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, has over 2,300 employees throughout 9 facilities in New Hampshire, Arkansas and Oregon where the company designs and manufactures firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors and air guns.  Further, in New Hampshire, the company operates one of the most advanced training facilities in the world, SIG SAUER Academy.

SIG SAUER, Inc. markets and distributes its U.S. made products in 88 countries.  The SIG SAUER, Inc. International Sales Team, based in Europe, will expand its responsibilities to include the German market. German Sports Group (GSG), the current commercial distributor in Germany for SIG SAUER, Inc. optics, ammunition and air guns will expand its role to include commercial firearm sales in Germany.

 

Barrett Announces Shipment of 6mm ARC Rifles to US DoD

June 5th, 2020

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Hornady Manufacturing to chamber the REC7 rifle series in the new 6mm ARC offering. The first production run of these rifles has already been delivered on time to the United States Department of Defense, fulfilling a contract that was awarded to Barrett late last year.

The combination of the proven REC7 DI gas system and the potent 6mm ARC cartridge creates a product that is consistently accurate and easy to shoot. Carrying 24 rounds in the magazine, the 108 gr. ELD Match bullets leave the 18” Proof Research match grade stainless steel or carbon fiber barrel at over 2630 fps. This easily gives the rifle supersonic capabilities past 1000 yards.

Barrett anticipates these rifles will be available to the US commercial market after all US Military deliveries have been completed.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Scrap FR Shirt

June 5th, 2020

Today we are getting the first look at another all new technical garment from FirstSpear, meet the Scrap FR Shirt. Built from an advanced 3.2 oz aramid blend the scrap is an extremely lightweight shirt designed to offer some FR protection in a very low profile / low bulk solution. Wear it all on its own in extreme hot environments or use it as an outer layer to gain some flash and flame protection. Soft, pliable, and full of options that enhance comfort as well as heat mitigation.

Features a zipper front opening, reinforced with webbing sewn buttons. Protective collar can be fastened up around your FS Kojin Balaclava, FS Neckie or left open. Multi-positional cuff and security strap. To make the most of hot weather versatility the Scrap has breathable mesh in the bottom and back of the front pockets, armpits, and across the entire back yoke. All pockets feature mesh for drainage, standard FS IFF Oval Fields, and basic organization features. Cut for shooting, moving, and duration activities, a slightly longer tail to aid in protective over-lap and concealed carry when required with a slight rise in the front to access your belt line when untucked. Your FS Field Shirt Size should correspond to the Scrap and work together for you when desired. The Scrap is Machine Wash safe with minimal shrinkage. 100% American made with USA materials.

Available now in FS Graphite, FS Sand and FS Commando.

www.first-spear.com/scrap-fr-shirt

US Army Adopts New Path Forward for Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle

June 5th, 2020

OMFV adopts new path forward from lessons learned

FORT MEADE, Md. — The Army’s G-8 discussed a new strategy for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, following lessons learned after its first request for prototypes was canceled earlier this year.

The OMFV, which will replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, remains on track to be fielded to both active and National Guard armored brigade combat teams starting in fiscal year 2028.

About $4.6 billion is currently invested in the program from fiscal 2020-2026, said Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette during a presentation for the Future Ground Combat Vehicles virtual conference Thursday.

“The initial solicitation required a very aggressive set of initial capabilities on an equally aggressive timeline beyond what our partners in both government and industry could provide,” he said. “To be clear, the Army is absolutely committed to the OMFV program.”

Despite the adjustment costing the Army about $23 million in unrecoverable funds, he said it was still important to reset the program’s azimuth in the right direction.

“Rarely than fail late after spending billions of dollars, like we’ve done in the past many times, the Army learned early and inexpensively,” he said.

After pulling the solicitation, the Army garnered feedback from government and industry partners to chart the next move.

Army Futures Command then adjusted the traditional requirements approach by defining a set of nine characteristics to better focus efforts, he said.

The characteristics — survivability, mobility, growth, lethality, weight, logistics, transportability, manning, and training — will further be refined through a cooperative and iterative process with industry, digital design competitions and Soldier touchpoints to produce the final prototypes for testing, AFC officials said in February.

“The Army believes that this adjusted requirement strategy preserves flexibility much longer into the acquisition process before necessitating significant hardware investments,” Pasquarette said.

The general said the new strategy will spark innovation and competition through a collaborative process that offers several opportunities for Soldiers to provide input.

“Throughout this process, Soldiers will assist the Army and industry partners in refining the vehicle’s characteristics in design and forming the most feasible and acceptable set of technical requirements for final production,” he said.

While there will be challenges due to the complexity of such a program, he said he believes some industry partners will thrive in the non-traditional acquisition setting.

“This strategy is an approach the Army must take to harness the power of innovation of worldwide industry partners, drive new ideas through competition and produce a new infantry combat vehicle that Soldiers must have to fight and win against a near-peer threat in the future,” he said.

In the meantime, the Army has also invested $915 million from fiscal 2020-2026 to develop and field the latest A4 versions of Bradley vehicles to armored units starting in the second quarter of the next fiscal year, he said.

The A4 version will have upgrades to the suspension and track, powertrain, electrical system, mission command features, plus other enhancements and accelerated technologies, he added.

“The U.S. Army is committed to providing our Soldiers the best ground combat systems in the world,” he said. “And under Army Futures Command’s direction and oversight, I’m confident that the armored brigade combat team will remain the dominate ground combat formation for decades to come.”

By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

Savage Arms’ Minimalist Rifles Redefine Rimfire

June 4th, 2020

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – June 4, 2020 – From the diminutive power of the Rascals, to the potential offered by the new Precision Series, Savage Arms knows rimfire. Now Savage is redefining rimfire style with Minimalist—a distinctly different stock design for the Mark II, 93 and 93R17 rifles.

is pleased to introduce Minimalist, a distinctly different take on the classic rimfire design. Minimalist combines a laminate stock for lightweight strength with several additional features for excellent usability in the field. With its button rifled barrel and user-adjustable AccuTrigger, the bolt-action Minimalist delivers Savage accuracy. Minimalist rifles are offered in 22 LR, 22 WMR, and 17 HMR.

“Minimalist takes Savage rimfire in a new direction,” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing for Savage. “The laminated stocks are ideal for older youth and adult shooters, yet the rifle weighs only 5.68 pounds. If you’re looking for a new option for plinking or hunting small game, Minimalist delivers.”

Above Minimalist’s carbon steel action, a Weaver-style base is pre-installed. Make the most of cost-effective rimfire rounds by topping these bolt-actions with a scope or red-dot and the rifle will be ready for the range.

Features

• Bolt action rimfire chambered in 22 LR, 22 WMR, and 17 HMR

• 18” carbon steel barreled action

• Matte black sporter contour barrel  

•  1?2-28 threaded barrel with cap

• Green or brown laminate stock

• 2.5-6 lb. user-adjustable AccuTrigger

• 10-Round detachable magazine

• 2-Piece Weaver bases

Part No. / Description / MSRP

26736 / MARK II MINIMALIST (Green) 22 LR 18-inch barrel / $359

26737 / MARK II MINIMALIST (Brown) 22 LR 18-inch barrel / $359

91936 / 93 MINIMALIST (Green) 22 WMR 18-inch barrel / $359

91937 / 93 MINIMALIST (Brown) 22 WMR 18-inch barrel / $359

96636 / 93R17 MINIMALIST (Green) 17 HMR 18-inch barrel / $359

96637 / 93R17 MINIMALIST (Brown) 17 HMR 18-inch barrel / $359

Learn more at www.savagearms.com.