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Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader Now Shipping

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – June 6, 2019 – Butler Creek, maker of smart, field-proven, hunting and shooting accessories, is excited to announce the ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader is now available at retailers online and in stores.

The .223/5.56 ASAP EML is the only product of its kind, and it is made with serious competitors and training facilities in mind. Users simply fill the 60 round hopper with loose .223/5.56 rounds, select the desired round count and press a button. The machine automatically orientates the ammunition and loads the magazine. Loading does not get any easier.

“The Butler Creek ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader is on the cutting edge,” said Will Hemeyer, Butler Creek Senior Product Manager. “The EML represents our commitment to exceeding the expectations of accessory products used for magazine loading. For those looking for a fast and easy way to load rounds, the Butler Creek Electronic Magazine Loader is the perfect choice.”

With an easy-to-set round selection menu from 1 to 40, the ASAP Electronic Magazine Loader is faster, more accurate and easier on the thumbs than hand-loading. It can load 30 rounds in 45 seconds, while users concentrate on other tasks or instruction. It works with most AR15/M16 magazines and offers dual power supply via an AC adapter or lithium-ion batteries. It has a MSRP of $442.95.

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Rampart Range Day 19 – Defense Technology 40mm Direct Impact Adjustable Range Less Than Lethal Munitions by Safariland

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Safariland conducted a live demo of their Defense Technology 40mm Direct Impact Adjustable Range Less Than Lethal Munitions.

The round consists of a plastic body and a crushable foam nose that contains a powder payload. This payload area can hold inert, marking, OC or CS powder. The crushable foam nose dissipates energy upon impact while releasing the powder payload. What makes this round different than others on the market is that it can be used as close as five feet.

Safariland’s full range of products is available in Canada from Rampart International.

SOFIC 19 – DefendTex Drone-40

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The Drone-40 is the most amazing thing I saw at this year’s SOFIC. Made by DefendTex, it is a low-cost, programmable 40 mm munition, providing kinetic or ISR options.

The round is fired from the launcher in order to get it aloft. To attain flight mode, it deploys four helicopter-style rotors to stabilize, move, and provide lift for loiter.

It offers 12 minutes of flight time and/or 20 minutes of loiter time. Cruising speed is 20 m/s and range at optimum speed is in excess of 10km.

Payloads include camera, anti-armor, fuel-air, HE/frag, diversionary, smoke, counter-UAS,

With these mixed of payload types, Drone-40 can be used individually, paired, or as a swarm, to a variety of effcts. For example, a team could launch one or more ISR configured munitions along with a swarm of anti-armor payloads and loiter over an ambush spot, waiting for a vehicle column. With Multi-Round Simultaneous Impact mode, multiple effects can be acheived at once, depending on the types of payloads delivered.

(Army photo by SFC Teddy Wade, Army Materiel Command )

For those of you wondering why you need the M320 grenade launcher, it’s technologies like this. The M203 is simply no longer “good enough” because you can’t load these longer rounds into the launcher.

(USMC photo by LCpl Alexis C. Schneider, 2d MARDIV Combat Camera)

Australian manufacturer DefendTex also offers the technology in 12ga and 81mm form factors. Obviously, these come with larger or smaller payloads as well as different flight and loiter times.

SOFIC 19 – SIG SAUER Exhibits Next Gen Squad Weapons

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

In a surprising move, SIG exhibited their final prototype candidates for the US Army Next Generation Squad Weapon program which seeks to replace the M4 Carbine and M249 Squad Automatics Weapon with a new family of 6.8mm* Weapons which are lighter, yet feature a longer range and more lethal ammunition capable of defeating sophisticated threat body armor.

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There are currently two Army efforts underway simultaneously. Both are leveraging an alternative form of procurement referred to as Other Transactional Authority, where Prototype Opportunity Notices are issued to industry and multiple candidate technologies are quickly developed and assessed. The initial round of the multi-phased, first PON to produce a Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle to replace the SAW comes to a close soon. It includes a requirement for a 20% reduction in weight over legacy brass cased ammunition, but in 6.8mm.

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There are currently five companies, delivering six candidate weapons to the Army:
W15QKN-18-9-1017 – AAI Corporation Textron Systems
W15QKN-18-9-1018 – FN America LLC. (Design 1)
W15QKN-18-9-1019 – FN America LLC. (Design 2)
W15QKN-18-9-1020 – General Dynamics-OTS Inc.
W15QKN-18-9-1021 – PCP Tactical, LLC W15QKN-18-9-1022 – Sig Sauer Inc.

Senior Army leaders are expected to fire the weapons next month at Fort Benning in addition to a formal evaluation to determine which candidates move to the next phase.

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A second, more ambitious PON for Squad Weapons is just beginning with a requirement for both SAW and Carbine replacement as well as ammunition. SIG informed us they plan to submit the same belt-fed Machine Gun along with their new, fully developed Carbine.

It’s important to note that although the program calls for replacement of the current 5.56mm NATO M4 and M249 in the Rifle Squad of Brigade Combat Teams, this is a .30 class weapon. If everything goes as planned, the Soldier will have an improvement over not only their 5.56mm weapons, but the 7.62mm NATO ones as well such as the M240 Machine Gun.

Previously, SIG had shown their 338 Norma Mag SIG Light Machine Gun at both AUSA and SHOT Show as well as a 6.8mm Carbine Concept called MCX Medium Range, during AUSA. Their Next Generation Machine Gun candidate is very much a smaller version of their SL LMG.

These latest revelations show a much more mature design.

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The Machine Gun weighs in at 11.97 lbs, while the Carbine is 8.1 lbs with no Optic or Suppressor.

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One of the concerns of the more to the 6.8mm cartridge is recoil impulse. Like with their 338 NM-class weapon, SIG has incorporated a recoil mitigation technology into the Next Gen belt-fed. This brings the recoil in at 2.8 lbs while an M240 in 7.62mm has a Recoil impulse of 13.1 lbs. Considering they are seeing a muzzle velocity of over 3000 FPS for a 16″ barrel, this is impressive. The Carbine on the other hand is delivering 2850 FPS with a 13″ barrel.

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As you can see, the optic isn’t mounted to the feed tray cover. Additionally, the weapon can be set up for left or right feed and loading is as simple as inserting the belt into the cover.

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The Carbine boasts an interesting feature. It incorporates both a side folding non-reciprocating charging handle and an AR-style charging handle above the boat carrier group.

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This is so the weapon can be charged or immediate action drills implemented without the shooter moving his head from behind the weapon.

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The side charger is also not operational when the collapsible folding stock is in the stowed position. Obviously, the side charging handle is not ambidextrous, but the other controls are.

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As part of the program, SIG has also introduced a new three piece construction hybrid ammunition. It features a Brass case, Steel base and an internal clip to connect the two.

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So far, they have manufactured 40,000 of their 6.8 x 51 cartridge at their plant in Arkansas and are working on an additional 60,000. Due to its construction, the hybrid ammo offers increased velocities over standard ammunition in the same caliber and can be used in all current weapon systems, unlike some next generation ammunition proposals.

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As the final Army requirement begins to coalesce, expect to see a Designated Marksman Rifle variant of the Next Generation Carbine as well. This, combined with the increase of performance of 6.8mm over 7.62mm signals the eventual end of 7.62mm weapons in the close combat formations of the BCT along with 5.56mm.

*Editor’s note: This new cartridge is not the 6.8 SPC looked at by USSOCOM a decade ago, but rather something completely new, with performance close to .270 win short mag.

FN To Unveil Prototype 6.5 Caliber MK48 MOD 2 Machine Gun At 2019 SOFIC

Monday, May 20th, 2019

(McLean, VA – May 20, 2019) FN America, LLC, maker of a majority of small arms for the U.S. military, is excited to announce that the company will unveil the prototype for the newest variant of the MK 48 machine gun chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor at the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). The development of this machine gun, which joins FN’s other 6.5 offerings, was undertaken as part of FN’s response to USSOCOM’s qualification of the caliber last year.

The prototype FN MK 48 Mod 2 6.5CM features the latest upgrades for FN’s series of light and medium machine guns, including an adjustable stock for length of pull and cheek height; improved, locking charging handle; improved, double-notched sear; improved handguard with 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock positions with improved bipod; and, more robust feed tray latch, ensuring the feed tray cover locks into place during reloads. Once development is complete, existing MK 48 Mod 1 models can be configured at the armorer level to the Mod 2 variant or newest caliber with the addition of the upgrade kit and barrel conversion.

The FN MK 48 Mod 0, adopted as a USSOCOM program of record in 2003, was developed from FN Herstal’s 7.62x51mm FN MINIMI® at the request for a compact and easily-maneuverable machine gun in a heavier caliber. The improvements to the MK 48 were also incorporated into the M249 series and is in service with USSOCOM as the MK 46 5.56x45mm machine gun. In addition, FN also holds current USSOCOM contracts for the MK 17 7.62-caliber carbine and MK 20 SSR precision rifle.

To see the newest MK 48 Mod 2 6.5CM and FN’s other legendary military firearms, please visit booth 804 at the 2019 SOFIC Conference in Tampa, Florida, or visit fnamerica.com.

Army Selects Senior Research Scientist for Terminal Ballistics

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The U.S. Army recently announced the selection of a new senior research scientist for terminal ballistics.

Dr. Scott E. Schoenfeld assumed the position March 17. He previously served as the senior scientist for the Lethality and Protection Sciences Campaign, chief of Armor Mechanics and chief of Impact Physics research with the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

Terminal ballistics is a sub-field of ballistics and examines of the behavior and effects of a projectile as it transfers its energy to a target.

Across the Army there are less than 50 senior research scientists, known as STs, who serve as general-officer equivalents, advising leadership on science matters.

Schoenfeld will serve as the “as the Army’s leading expert in the field,” according to the announcement.

Schoenfeld’s experiences include oversight, guidance and execution of “broad theoretical and experimental initiatives to understand the mechanics and physics of weapon-target interactions,” as well as execution and oversight of applied research and development of programs associated with ballistics, terminal effects, mechanics, directed energy and computational science and engineering.

His responsibilities also included leadership of national and international partnerships conducting investigative programs in the areas of mechanics, physics and electro- magnetic response of materials and structures under conditions of blast, impact and penetration and the development of ceramic, energetic, smart, electromagnetic and hybrid protection technologies appropriate for battlefield deployment.

Schoenfeld earned a doctorate in applied mechanics in 1995 from the University of California, San Diego.

“My personal research experiences focus on the mechanics of materials with emphasis on multi-scale theories for single and polycrystalline materials and development of theories into computational algorithms suitable for simulation of impact conditions, penetrator-target interactions, structural failure and high strain-rate deformation of materials,” he said.

Schoenfeld has published several dozen peer-reviewed publications, ARL Technical Reports and Conference proceedings and has been active in American Ceramic Society, The Metals Minerals and Materials Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Materials Research Society, United States Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Hypervelocity Impact Society.

He has received numerous honorary awards including the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award for cumulative contributions to the development of armor technology, a Department of Army Research and Development Award for Leadership Excellence and two Army Greatest invention awards.

“Dr. Schoenfeld’s expertise and leadership will accelerate the availability of superior, light weight, and agile protection for Army soldiers and vehicles. He will create, grow and capitalize on talent and ideas from across the DOD, industry, academia and other government agencies to accelerate availability of disruptive discoveries that will enable the United States and our partners to compete and win in multi-domain operations,” said Dr. Jeff Zabinski, WMRD director. “Internal to ARL, he will focus on our core competencies in Terminal Ballistics and Sciences for Lethality and Protection.”

“Please join me in congratulating Dr. Schoenfeld on this significant professional accomplishment as he becomes a member of the prestigious senior professional community,” wrote CCDC Commanding General Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins in an email to the workforce.

By CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army’s corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command’s core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation’s wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.

Kestrel Ballistics and Hornady Join Forces To Launch New Ballistics Weather Meter With 4DOF Solver

Friday, April 26th, 2019

New advanced handheld meter for long-range hunters and shooters offers next-level accuracy for first- round hits at extended ranges

BOOTHWYN, PA – April 23, 2019 Kestrel Ballistics, the leading brand in rugged American-built weather meters and long-range shooting accessories, has partnered with Hornady, premier manufacturer of bullets, ammunition, reloading tools and more, to launch an all new advanced ballistics weather meter for hunters and shooters. The Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF will debut at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis and be available to pre-order online. Visit the Hornady booth #5251 on Friday, April 25 at 12PM EDT to witness the unveiling of the all-new Kestrel 5700 with 4DOF($499) and learn about how this unit can help shooters achieve first-round hits at nearly any distance.

Combining reliable onsite environmental measurements with precise Hornady 4DOF trajectory solutions – this all-in-one, compact unit is fully functional as a complete, durable tool for long-range precision shooting. The integrated Hornady 4DOF Ballistic engine provides trajectory solutions based on projectile Drag Coefficient along with the exact physical modeling of the projectile and its mass and aerodynamic properties. Coupled with features like zero angle and aerodynamic jump calculation it is ideal for long- range calculations. Leave the phone behind, and forget about apps – now hunters and shooters can focus on the shot, without the distraction of fumbling with a phone in the field. Accounting for all environmental and ballistic variables that affects bullet trajectory over distance, the Kestrel with integrated 4DOF solver quickly and accurately delivers dead-on aiming solutions for any rifle or round.

Key Features

Accurate Environmentals – Measures wind speed and direction, temperature, altitude, and more

G1/G7 Ballistics Solver – Large library of independently tested bullet data

User-Friendly – Easy operation for outdoor use with large buttons for navigating screens and entering information along with bright, clear backlit display readable in direct sunlight or low light situations

Rugged, All-Weather Durability — IP-67 Waterproof, MIL-STD-810 drop-tested, and backed by a 5-Year Warranty

Long-lasting Power – Powered by 1 AA Lithium battery, expect hundreds of hours of use from a reliable tool that won’t quit when you need it most

Load & Go Convenience – Set up a Gun Profile via the free Kestrel LiNK app, then the Kestrel unit is field-ready allowing users to calculate trajectories under any conditions, even in areas without cellular service

To preorder and for additional information on the Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF, please visit HornadyKestrel.com.

KC Eusebio wins again with Atlanta Arms ammo at the 2019 US Steel Nationals

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

[ Covington, Georgia ] Atlanta Arms is proud to announce another prestigious win with our Elite line of ammunition at the 2019 US Steel Nationals held in Covington, Georgia. KC Eusebio took the top place in the Carry Optics division and set a new world record time using Atlanta Arms 100 Grain Steel Challenge Elite, which is purpose built for winning at the highest levels of Steel Challenge competition.

KC Eusebio also set a new national record overall time of 78.27 and first person to break 80 seconds with Atlanta Arms Steel Challenge Elite

“I have been using Atlanta Arms for almost 15 years, and once again, they continue to impress me. I wouldn’t have been able to set a new national record if it wasn’t for the new Steel Challenge load created by Atlanta Arms. This is the softest, flattest, cleanest ammunition I have ever had the pleasure to compete with. I’m proud to be part of the Atlanta Arms Family.” – KC Eusebio

Next Match for KC and Atlanta Arms will be the US World Speed Shooting Championships held at the Talladega Marksmanship Park on May 15, 2019.