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Rheinmetall Sets Three New Distance Records For Indirect Fire In South Africa

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

At a test fire event on 6 November at the Alkantpan Test Range in South Africa, Rheinmetall demonstrated its extensive expertise in the world of indirect fire. In the presence of international partners and customers, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based defence contractor proved how new technologies can be used to boost the performance of systems that are already in extensive use around the world – those which meet the NATO standards set out in the Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU) as well as non-JBMoU systems.  During the event, three new maximum effective range records were set using various guns.  A G6 howitzer with a 52-calibre gun achieved the longest range ever attained with a conventional 155mm artillery round: 76 kilometres, while the 52-calibre gun of PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer lobbed a shell 67 kilometres. Finally, a field howitzer with a 39-calibre gun attained a range of 54 kilometres.

The following table shows the ranges achieved with various projectiles and charges.

Rheinmetall Waffe and Munition, Rheinmetall’s centre of excellence for cannon technology, showcased the self propelled howitzer PzH 2000’s main armament in action. Over the past decade, this 155mm weapons system has proven to be one of the world’s most effective conventional artillery systems, capable of attaining the high rates of fire specified in the JBMoU. Developed and manufactured by Denel Land Systems, the G6 used at the live fire event was a new version designed to attain greater ranges in line with non-JBMoU standards.

Using the celebrated Assegai V-LAP shell is an example, modular upgrades of the artillery ammunition were on show at the event. The delegations could see for themselves the marked improvement in its performance with respect both to propulsion and range when fired from 39- and 52-calibre guns. Coupled with technologies from Rheinmetall Waffe Munition and Nitrochemie, Rheinmetall Denel Munition artillery shells exceed previous maximum effective ranges when fired from any conventional 155mm artillery system currently in use.

The maximum range of over 76 km was achieved with a non-JBMoU-compliant gun. This gun served as evidence of the feasibility of a new howitzer with a range of 83 km. Working in close cooperation with the German procurement authorities, Rheinmetall plans to develop and manufacture a new 155mm gun of this type, which will feature a significantly larger chamber and a longer, 60-calibre barrel. The gun should be able to fire existing JBMoU-compliant rounds as well as new ammunition families. On the one hand, these new ammunition types will be optimized with respect to stresses occurring in the new gun, but will also be able to be fired from legacy JBMoU-compliant guns. Here, 83 kilometres serves as the benchmark, since the course correction fuse necessary for precision at these ranges reduces the attainable range by approximately ten percent. This means that the maximum effective range of 75 kilometres specified by the German procurement authorities is attainable.

Rheinmetall Norway’s 120mm Ragnarok motor system and ammunition from RDM round out the Group’s indirect fire profile. This combination lends itself especially well to multipurpose vehicle applications with a rapid-fire capability. It also enables friendly forces to quickly evade counterbattery fire.

The event’s host, the German-South African joint venture Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM), welcomed participants from several NATO nations to the event in Northern Cape province on 6 November. As RDM managing director Jan-Patrick Helmsen explains, “Our goal is to be a true partner to the military. That’s why transparent cooperation and trust are so important to us. Tube artillery can provide defensive and offensive fire support. It’s cheaper and faster than rockets or air support, can operate around the clock, and engage targets with great precision using indirect fire anywhere within its range. Of course, range has proved to be a limiting factor in recent years, giving rise to the need for increased operational reach.” During the event, Jan-Patrick Helmsen noted that RDM has already been working to extend the range of artillery shells for some time now. “We’re known for the Assegai family and our V-LAP round, the longest-range conventional artillery projectile. The combination of South African technology and German expertise has already resulted in enhanced range, effectiveness and precision. When it comes to artillery, Rheinmetall takes a totally holistic approach”, declares Helmsen.

US Army Selects SIG SAUER for 300 WINMAG Ammo Contract

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The Department of Defense announced:

SIG Sauer Inc., Newington, New Hampshire, was awarded a $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of .300 Winchester Magnum Ammunition.  Bids were solicited via the internet with five received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2024.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-20-D-0003).

SIG SAUER Introduces 6mm Creedmoor Elite Match Ammunition

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (November 7, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. extends its line of Elite Match premium competition ammunition with the addition of 6mm Creedmoor.

Featuring a 107gr Sierra MatchKing® bullet, the new 6mm Creedmoor Elite Match OTM load has a muzzle velocity of 2,950 fps and muzzle energy of 2,068 ft-lbs. 

“6mm Creedmoor is a popular long-range round that performs well in wind thanks to its high ballistic coefficient and flat trajectory,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. “We are pleased to offer this highly accurate round for competition shooters along with 6.5 Creedmoor and numerous other match grade loads.”

SIG Elite Match ammunition is currently available in the following calibers: 223 Rem, 300BLK, 308 Win, 30-06 Springfield, 300 Win Mag, 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor.

SIG SAUER Elite Match ammunition features a temperature-stable propellant that delivers consistent muzzle velocity in all weather conditions.  Premium-quality primers ensure minimum velocity variations, and the shell case metallurgy is optimized in the SIG Elite Match OTM cartridge to yield consistent bullet retention round to round. All SIG SAUER rifle ammunition is precision loaded on state-of-the-art equipment that is 100% electromechanically monitored to ensure geometric conformity and charge weight consistency

The SIG SAUER 6mm Creedmoor Elite Match ammunition is now available for purchase at the www.sigsauer.com/store

All SIG SAUER Elite Ammunition is manufactured by SIG SAUER at its state-of-the-art ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles.  For more information, visit www.sigsauer.com/ammunition

RUAG Ammotec to Debut New Ammunition at 2019 NASGW Expo

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Tampa, USA, October 22, 2019. RUAG Ammotec USA is pleased to announce their participation in the 2019 National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo (NASGW) at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, October 22nd – 25th. RUAG Ammotec USA will bring exciting line extensions and new products to the Expo, and will be in booth #2123.

“NASGW is our first opportunity to showcase our 2020 ammo line,” said Paul Lemke, Vice President and General Manager for RUAG Ammotec USA. “We are revolutionizing ammunition for hunters and marksmen as we also increase our offerings in the tactical and concealed carry segments.”

RUAG Ammotec USA has proven itself in the field and plans to expand on their successes with new calibers and exciting offerings in 2020.

New Additions to the Tactical Line

223 Norma Tactical is a 55-grain full metal jacket loaded to strict Norma standards that launched in 2019. This new round gives shooters excellent reliability and consistency at a reasonable price. Made with reloadable brass and high-quality components, this ammo is great for plinking, training or competition use. Norma will bring new additions to the Tactical line at NASGW.

Norma MHP Additions

Norma’s 9mm MHP is an all-copper bullet engineered for massive expansion and great stopping power. The MHP is designed to reliably feed into all pistol and carbine chambers and is calibrated for consistent, devastating terminal performance, regardless of barrel length. By achieving consistent, massive expansion, the Norma MHP is setting a new standard for personal defense ammunition. What’s next for the best available EDC round? Stop in and see.

Building on the Success of Norma BONDSTRIKE Extreme

Designed for extreme long-range accuracy and excellent performance on game at all distances, the BONDSTRIKE Extreme bullet is bonded for weight retention and penetration. Norma’s engineers developed a unique bonding technology to maximize weight retention and ensure a devastating wound channel through controlled expansion at all velocities. Combined with the inherent accuracy of Norma’s sophisticated boat-tail bullet design, BONDSTRIKE is the ideal cartridge for hunting deer, elk, antelope or any other medium to large-sized game. RUAG Ammotec USA debuted five new loads in 30 caliber in 2019 and is now adding the popular 6.5 Creedmoor to the BONDSTRIKE line.

The annual NASGW Expo offers a unique opportunity for wholesalers and manufacturers to meet and plan for the year to come. The event offers an unparalleled opportunity for professionals in the firearms industry to build cooperative relationships that ensure the viability of firearms and sporting goods retail. Stop by booth #2123 to see what RUAG Ammotec USA has coming.

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AUSA 19 – RE Factor Tactical 40mm Grenade Pouch Update

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Quantico Tactical showed us the updated RE Factor Tactical 40mm Grenade Pouch. After an extensive evaluation by a military unit, they’ve arrived at the final form factor of this polymer pouch. These are 3D printed, but once available, they will be injection molded in Coyote color.

First off, they’ve made the top retaining tab, removable.

They’ve also slightly modified their PALS compatible attachment, which can also be used on belts.

Finally, multiple pouches can be mounted to this panel. Additionally, multiple panels can be connected and mounted in a vehicle.

AUSA 19 – Textron Systems Unveils Latest Next Generation Squad Weapon – Carbine Candidate

Monday, October 14th, 2019

At AUSA, Textron Systems showcased their Next Generation Squad Weapon candidates, along with a historical perspective of weapons developed as part of the Lightweight Small Arms Technology program, which started out life in 5.56mm and then transitioned to 6.5mm. NGSW requires a 6.8mm cartridge which performs similar to 270 WSM. The top left weapon is their belt-fed Automatic Rifle and top right is their Carbine.

Below is the latest version of the Carbine. The carbine in the middle of the photo above has been seen recently. It is a bid sample with a commercial battery pack.

Textron brings almost two decades of Case, Telescoped weapons and ammunition development. This 6.8mm polymer cased ammunition fully encapsulates the projectile into the case. Olin Winchester, who produces over 4 billion wounds of small arms ammunition a year, will manufacture the 6.8mm rounds of the solution is selected by the Army.

LMT developed the suppressor for these weapons which utilized their virtual baffle technology.

Textron reports they will be prepared to deliver test article prototypes this Spring for the Army’s final down select for NGSW.

WNDSN XPD – Grouping-to-MOA Converter

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

From shot groupings to MOA in one piece-of-string operation with the Wndsn Grouping-to-MOA Converter.

A tool for training and practice, the Wndsn Grouping-to-MOA Converter enables the user to take out the guess work of calculating shot grouping MOA, thereby eliminating mental calculation errors. The device is based on the same principle as other Wndsn instruments, a nomogram; a graphical calculator that requires two inputs (here the grouping in cm or inch and the range distance in m or yd) to compute the output, namely the grouping in MOA. It works by entering the shot grouping and the range distance and read the resulting MOA, all by aligning the provided string across the three scales.

The Grouping-to-MOA converter provides different range scales on the front and on the back of the device respectively; the front is suited from 0 to 100 yards and the back set of scales is suited for 100 to 600 yards (or meters, respectively).

The updated, redesigned version of our Grouping-to-MOA Converter model for 2019 features standardized scales, and higher precision in input and output. It comes with a printed manual with instructions in German & English.

Ongoing research and development of scale layouts allowed us to increase the precision by a factor of 10 in some areas of the logarithmic scale. In addition, the new version of the tool is laser-engraved in acrylic, and hence more robust than the former, printed model. Like all other Wndsn instruments, the Grouping-to-MOA converter is Made in Germany.

The Grouping-to-MOA converterl is available at:

store.wndsn.com/collections/navigation-tools/products/wndsn-grouping-to-moa-converter-gmc

Wndsn navigation tools are available at:

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300 BLK Ammo Management Tip

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

John Hollister of SIG offered this tip to keep your 300 BLK ammo straight while at the range.

I get a fair amount of questions about ammunition management with 300 Blackout. One of the beauties of Blackout is the ability to use either Supersonic or Subsonic ammunition interchangeably. But how do you keep them straight?

I use two different looking and feeling magazines. I used to use both Aluminum and Polymer or 30s and 20s to segregate ammo types. Since Surefeed Magazines came out with the dimpled E2 magazines, I have gone to Supers in the E2 magazines and Subs in standard “GI” magazines, in this case a Brownells magazine. Both have Magpul followers and floor plates. You can see and feel the difference day or night. Shown is SIG 120gr SBR Supersonic all Copper and Discreet Ballistics 188gr Subsonic all Copper, both will fully expand in barrels down to a SIG Rattler length, 5.5” 1/5” twist. Another tip on magazines, when you clean you rifle, you should be completely cleaning your magazine.

Happy magazines make happy rifles.