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Considerable Order in the USA: Rheinmetall to Develop 30mm x 173 Airburst Solution for the U.S. Navy

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Rheinmetall to develop a new medium caliber ammunition for the U.S. Navy: The Group’s subsidiary American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc. based in Stafford, VA has been awarded a $14.3 million (€13.5 million) contract under a U.S. Navy other transaction agreement (OTA) to prototype a low-cost engagement capability that increases the effectiveness of existing and future Naval gun weapon systems against air and surface threats.

The resulting prototype system will lead to an Initial Operating Capability for the 30mm x 173 MK 340 MOD 0 Kinetic Energy Electronically Timed (KEET) airburst munition. The MK 340 KEET is derived from the NATO-qualified Rheinmetall 30mm x 173 Kinetic Energy Timed Fuze (KETF) cartridge currently fielded by the Australian, German, and Hungarian militaries. The system will provide significant lethality improvements and a reduction in rounds fired due to the increased first-round hit probability.

“We are excited to deliver our next-generation lethality solutions to the U.S. Navy for the first time. This award further demonstrates American Rheinmetall’s ability to bring innovative technologies into the hands of our U.S. Joint Force,” said American Rheinmetall Munitions CEO John Somich.

The company is presently expanding its role as a major supplier of innovative, next-generation weapons and ammunition in the U.S., drawing on a global portfolio of world-class munitions and armaments offered by Rheinmetall and its affiliates. For example, American Rheinmetall Munitions is currently producing game-changing solutions including 40mm airburst fuzing for the U.S. Army and the PGU-48/B Frangible Armor Piercing cartridge for the U.S. Air Force F35A Joint Strike Fighter. The company has been producing and supplying high-performance practice and direct fire service ammunition for American military and law enforcement customers for several decades.

American Rheinmetall Munitions is part of the American Rheinmetall family of U.S. defense companies which includes American Rheinmetall Systems in Biddeford, ME, American Rheinmetall Vehicles in Sterling Heights, MI, and U.S. corporate parent American Rheinmetall Defense in Reston, VA.

Silencer Central Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Silencer Central, America’s largest suppressor dealer, is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its new facilities on June 28, 2022. Guests were able to tour the new space, and celebrate the growth of Silencer Central and the business it brings to South Dakota and across the nation.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 5:30 p.m., followed by a sold-out concert by Silencer Central ambassador, and country music artist Tyler Farr. Food trucks will be available on site.

“It’s an exciting and humbling time for Silencer Central,” said Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central. “When we first opened our doors in 2005, we always dreamed of expanding and growing our business, and now it has become a reality. We’re honored to serve the hunting community and bring awareness to hunting suppressed, and we’re blessed to be supported by a dedicated community of enthusiastic outdoorsmen and women.” 

Silencer Central delivers suppressors directly to customers in the 42 states where suppressors are legal. The shipping process has revolutionized the way suppressors are sold and allows for customers to streamline their purchasing experience by cutting out unnecessary hurdles to suppressor ownership.

Customers can buy direct from Silencer Central. For more information, call 888-781-8778 or visit


Silencer Central
4901 N 4th Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-0444

Tisas Delivers Magnum Performance with the 1911 D10 Pistol 

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Knoxville based Tisas, a premium supplier of 1911-style pistols, has entered the realm of magnum performance with the launch of their new D10 10mm.

Tisas 10mm pistols incorporate features often seen only on high-end or custom pistols. A forged frame, slide and hammer-forged barrel, combined with the Tisas lifetime service plan makes the D10 one of the best 10mm values on the market.

• Undercut Trigger Guard
• 25 LPI Checkering On The Front Strap And Mainspring Housing
• Front And Rear Cocking Serrations
• LPA® Adjustable Rear Sight
• Serrated Front Sight
• G10® Grips
• Ambidextrous thumb Safety
• 2 x 8 Round Stainless-Steel Magazines
• Locking Hard Case

Now shipping with an MSRP $799.95.

Tisas USA is the exclusive importer for Tisas branded products. For more information on these or any of their other top-quality products, contact your dealer/distributor, or visit

Kit Badger – Modern Minuteman Course

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

My friend Ivan recently attended the Modern Minuteman Course with AMTAC Shooting. He related that it is a pretty cool blending of skills and competition.

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Agilite 4th of July Weekend Sale is Live! WHILE STOCKS LAST

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

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Identifying Close Combat Uniform And Combat Uniform Prototypes

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Since my slightly out-of-control obsession with CCU/CUs began a couple of years ago, I’ve wanted to make a short post outlining the differences and similarities between the experimental Close Combat and Combat Uniforms.

I made a more in-depth post in July of last year (on IG) which goes into much more detail, so definitely check that out if you want to learn a little more about their development and history.

Nevertheless, the first thing that stands out are the shoulder pockets. This is the first thing to look for when identifying a CCU/CU as the pleat on the CCU is quite obvious. This should be enough to identify which pattern you have, but the other smaller changes are interesting to note as they show a clear progression and eventually, evolution into the ACU.

Here is a list of all the design changes that progressed the CCU into the CU:

– Pleats on the shoulder pockets were removed

– Flaps on the front pockets were lengthened

– A vertical line of stitching was added above either chest pocket.

– Pleats removed from the elbow pad pockets

– Velcro patch on the cuff adjustment flap was shortened.

– On some later versions of the CU, the label was moved from under the right breast pocket to under the lower back.

This post only encompasses the coat element of the uniform. A few minor alterations were also made to the trousers, however, they are not particularly noteworthy.

Something that is noteworthy, however, is that both of the coats shown in this post are now available for sale on our website. Check them out at

Army Melds Virtual Technology with Real Weaponry to Optimize Soldier Training

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas – To address the need to simulate the effects of key weapons systems more accurately during live training exercises, the Army recently developed the Synthetic Training Environment Live Training System (STE LTS) program.

The STE LTS program will accelerate the evolution of cutting-edge equipment and software to amplify and expand the realism of the operational training environment.

The program specifically seeks to offer improvements to engagements – known as the 12+5 – involving direct and indirect fire; counter-defilade; dropped, placed and thrown objects; guided and autonomous weapons; directed and radiant energy weapons; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear / plume; and information warfare. It plans to accomplish this task through implementation of enablers in the categories of calculations, network, sensors, terrains and transmitters.

Creation of the STE LTS spans multiple stages from concept development to final product fielding and is thus a collaborative endeavor of Army Futures Command’s Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team (STE CFT), the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), the U.S. Army Operational Test Command and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Project Office Live, among other Army training experts and stakeholders.

The system, which is being built out as part of a five-year, middle-tier acquisition rapid prototype authority managed by the PEO STRI Agile Acquisition Response (STAAR) Team, has been evolving swiftly since its 2021 inception in large part due to the Army’s strategic execution of STE LTS Soldier touchpoints and STAAR Testbed engineering assessments of vendor prototypes.

Soldier touchpoints provide a unique, hands-on venue for Soldiers to test and offer honest feedback on vendor prototypes designed to fulfill STE LTS 12+5 requirements.

Soldier feedback and STAAR assessments often translate into iterative adjustments and upgrades that bring training capabilities closer and closer to meeting Soldiers’ needs.

The opportunity to conduct rigorous testing early in the acquisition life-cycle allows the Army to invest in – or divest from – new technologies more efficiently.

Funneling energy and resources into an improved live training system is important because constraints in training can become constraints on actual battlefields.

“There are two primary objectives for this program. Modernization of existing live training capabilities due to performance constraints and component obsolescence is key, but equally important is the representation of weapons that cannot be trained during force-on-force engagements due to legacy technology limitations,” explained Curtis Leslie, Director of the STAAR Team.

“We’re collaborating with the Army’s science and technology community, traditional and non-traditional industry partners and a bevy of stakeholders to push the limits and provide next-generation technologies that will enable the Army to effectively represent kinetic and non-kinetic battlefield effects, to include near-peer adversary systems for OPFOR units, and ensure the Army maintains overmatch across current and emerging warfighting domains,” Leslie said.

Currently, roughly 60 percent of the Army’s weapons portfolio is being exercised in force-on-force live training environments. The STE LTS program aims to increase the percentage of weapons being used – particularly those that capitalize on breakthrough technologies – to enable a more dynamic training experience for Soldiers.

By combining promising technologies with robust end-user feedback, the Army is improving its ability to develop and implement training that imitates real-life missions.

“We’re making training more realistic,” summarized Lt. Col. T.J. Naylor of the STE CFT.

Naylor, who leads STE LTS capability development, explained that the Army is “looking to improve the amount of weapons the warfighter is able to bring to their training that they could actually use in combat.”

While previous live training mechanisms introduced new-at-the-time simulation enablers, such as lasers, recent advances in terrain imaging and virtual reality ecosystems have opened the door to more precise and interactive technologies.

These next-generation technologies include devices that can be appended to or integrated into existing weapons to enable a digital fire – one that can be traced and evaluated in a manner akin to that of a real fire, but that is visible only to computers and the individuals using those computers.

Such technologies can enhance a Soldier’s ability to operate and maneuver with real weaponry, as well as the Army’s ability to create realistic surrogates when necessary.

The capacity to analyze the digital impact of a weapon’s deployment also means unit commanders can provide more nuanced direction and adjustments during and after live training scenarios.

Equipped with these new resources and a focus on strengthening future readiness, the Army is “at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of technology to improve the capabilities of training, whether that’s through improved laser or non-laser systems, such as geo-pairing or geo-optic training solutions,” Naylor said.

By Maureena Thompson, Army Futures Command

HX to the Rescue! Rheinmetall Donates Two Robust, High-Mobility Trucks to German Federal Agency for Technical Relief THW

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) has donated two high-mobility HX 4×4 vehicles to THW-Bundesvereinigung e.V., Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief. Official handover of the keys took place on 22 June 2022 at the Rheinmetall stand at Interschutz 2022 in Hannover, the world’s leading trade fair for first responder technology.

The two new HX vehicles were meticulously customized in cooperation with MEILLER-Kipper company of Munich and special truck maker Freytag Karosseriebau to meet the needs of the civil protection and disaster relief organization Technisches Hilfswerk (THW). Thanks to their robust design, high mobility and 1.5-metre wading capability, the trucks are tailor-made for tough terrain and flood zones. A round roof hatch gives the crew an excellent 360-degree view as well as providing an additional means of entering and exiting the vehicle. These HX vehicles lend themselves to a wide variety of transport tasks and can also pull trailers of the kind used by THW. One of the two donated vehicles will be deployed at the local THW chapter in Dülmen in North Rhine-Westphalia, the other in Limburg in Hesse.

The disastrous 2021 flood in the Ahr valley prompted Rheinmetall MAN to donate the trucks. The MEILLER Kipper company supported the project by donating the three-side tippers, which were then installed by Freytag Karosseriebau. To get relief supplies into the disaster zone and deliver donations directly to the areas affected, Rheinmetall’s joint venture partner MAN lent the disaster relief workers several all-terrain-capable RMMV trucks.

The Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX family are among the most widely used trucks for armed forces and security services as well as other government agencies. Over 15,000 are now in service worldwide. A family of military off-the-shelf vehicles, HX trucks are systematically designed for maximum robustness, mobility, ergonomics, and modularity – all unique selling points. These vehicles have proved to be highly effective in disaster relief and aid operations, including in the Ahr valley in 2021, during bushfires in Australia, and floods in New Zealand.

Rheinmetall was exhibiting at Interschutz for the first time. Widely considered to be the world’s leading trade fair for firefighters, rescue services, disaster relief, civil defence and security, the event is held every five years. This year it took place in Hannover from 20 to 25 June. Among the systems on show were the SX-GTLF triple combination pumper from the plant fire brigade in Unterlüß, an HX 77 with a CSM Excavator build-on, and an HX60 three-side tipper.