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Army Files Patent on New 40mm Camera Drone

Friday, April 10th, 2020

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Scientists from the Army Research Laboratory have designed a camera drone capable of being fired from a 40 mm grenade launcher, researchers say, on the heels of a patent filed last month.

There are two variants of the Grenade Launched Unmanned Aerial System, or GLUAS, one is a is a small, paragliding system with folding blade propellers and Mylar paragliding wings to help it stay in the air, and the other is a helicopter-style that hovers on a gimbaling set of coaxial rotors, said John Gerdes, a mechanical engineer with ARL.

The GLUAS is a small projectile, 40 millimeters in diameter, can cover a long distance with a gun-launching system. The breakthrough, he said, is with how miniaturized autonomous flight hardware has become.

The drone has a 2-kilometer range with a projected battery life that could top 90 minutes, and is capable of operating up to 2,000 feet in the air, according to researchers.

After launching, the drone spreads its wings and soars at a fixed airspeed controlled by ground troops with a joystick or handheld device. On the drone, a camera is equipped to provide a video feed to a ground station below.

“In battle, there are multiple scenarios of when Soldiers would use this technology,” Gerdes said. “How it’s used depends on which theater they’re operating in.”

For example, on the mountain ranges of Afghanistan, if Soldiers found themselves under sniper fire, they could deploy the drone to check over the area and determine the enemy’s location.

The lightweight GLUAS drone is designed to increase Soldier lethality by giving them a bird’s eye view of the battlefield, he explained, and will easily integrate into most kits carried by Soldiers in the field.

“This device provides an autonomy and intelligence platform to help Soldiers perform useful missions while having a lookout from hundreds of feet in the air,” Gerdes said. “This integrates modern types of intelligence.”

“[GLUAS] is aligned with Army modernization priorities,” said Hao Kang, another mechanical engineer with ARL. “We’re trying to provide capabilities to individual Soldiers. The most exciting part of this is the viability of this platform, coupled with its gun-launched deployment capabilities.”

“Things like GPS receivers and flight controllers are very feasible to install [onto the GLUAS], which makes it easy to maintain a position or follow a ground unit,” Gerdes said. “Basically, if there is something you want to look at, but you have no idea where it is yet, that’s where the drone comes in.”

Although they’re making technological breakthroughs at ARL, the scientists aren’t working on the same timelines as other developers, Kang said.

“We’re here to develop innovative concepts for the warfighter’s needs, which generally means we bring the size and weight down of a device, and push up the range and lethality,” Gerdes said. “At ARL, we’re typically focused on the basic innovation and discovery aspects of research.”

ARL is part of the 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.

By Thomas Brading, Army News Service

SIG SAUER Introduces Subsonic 300BLK Tipped Hunting Ammunition

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (April 8, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to add a 205gr subsonic 300BLK load to its Tipped Hunting line of ammunition.

The new subsonic 300BLK ammunition features a yellow-tipped, 205gr lead-core bullet designed for explosive expansion and exceptional accuracy.  This load uses the same high-quality, single-base extruded powders as SIG Match Grade rounds, ensuring consistent muzzle velocity and insensitivity to temperature change.

Optimized for the AR-15 platform, the new subsonic 300BLK Tipped Hunting ammunition is engineered to allow hunters to load 30 rounds in a 30-round magazine and have the cartridges feed properly.  This was achieved by SIG SAUER engineers after extensive research and development resulting in a stepped-down bullet design with a shouldered ogive that keeps the bullet from hitting the ridges of the magazine which would cause the rounds to shift and eventually fail to feed. 

This load is ideal for use with a suppressor, which greatly reduces sound signature and muzzle flash, making it a favorite among hunters.  Muzzle velocity is 1000 fps and muzzle energy is 455 ft-lbs from a 16-inch barrel.  This round is recommended for use in barrels 9-inches or longer.

“300BLK continues to be a popular caliber and, in addition to several Match Grade rounds, SIG SAUER now offers two hunting loads – the subsonic 205gr Tipped Hunting and 120gr supersonic Elite Copper Hunting ammunition,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. 

The new SIG SAUER 205gr subsonic 300BLK Tipped Hunting load is now available for purchase at the 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 sigsauer.com/ammunition.

 

AmmoSquared Inc Raises over $300K in Seed Round

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

AmmoSquared® utilized Wefunder.com, an equity crowdfunding site, to raise capital from customers and gun rights supporters to scale its unique ammunition subscription model to the mainstream market.

Boise, Idaho (March 2020) AmmoSquared® Inc., the online ammunition subscription site, has completed its equity crowdfunding round on Wefunder.com, raising nearly $313k from pro-gun investors to date.

Investors in AmmoSquared Inc. will receive Series Seed Preferred Stock at a $4.49m valuation. The company will use the funds to improve their current technology, build a more user-friendly platform, provide customers with more specific subscription options (down to the UPC level), and increase the current offering of 88 calibers to over 200, including calibers that are hard to find or are very expensive.

“I am very excited to welcome our new investors to AmmoSquared! It was always a personal goal of mine to open the business opportunity to small investors through an equity crowdfund. Many of our investors are also customers who saw the value of the service before anyone else did and so as new owners in the company, can now take part in our rapid growth.” Dan Morton, CEO of AmmoSquared Inc., commented.

AmmoSquared’s subscription formula allows customers to accumulate ammunition over time through a recurring purchase program. It is then stored securely and delivered on request or automatically via pre-set delivery triggers. During the current ammo shortage crisis, in which retail and online store shelves are out of stock, AmmoSquared customers are confidently able to receive their accumulated ammunition without issue.

New investors in AmmoSquared are betting that the company’s unique approach to selling ammunition, much like a 401K for ammo (minus the tax benefits, of course), will appeal to new and existing gun owners who want to stay stocked up on ammo, regardless of future market and social conditions.

Over the past year, there has been a surge in demand for the company’s ammunition accumulation program, with the current COVID-19 crisis and ammo shortage further highlighting the importance of AmmoSquared’s business model as a game-changer in the ammunition industry. Subscriber growth has increased over 200% from 12 months ago with a 27% increase in just the last three weeks alone.

AmmoSquared is currently accepting additional investments from Accredited Investors for a limited time. For investment information visit: ammosquared.com/invest

Federal Ammunition Expands Its Top Gun Product Line with Two New Higher Velocity Options

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – March 23, 2020 – For decades, Top Gun loads have been pulverizing even the most challenging clay targets. New for 2020, two higher velocity (1,300 feet-per-second) loads have been added to the Top Gun product line. These are 1-ounce, 12-gauge, 2 ¾-inch loads in shot size 7.5 or 8. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.

Now shooters can get that same trusted performance with Top Gun loads specifically designed for great performance in all applications of clay target shooting. They push their payloads fast to shorten leads yet reduce felt recoil to allow for quicker follow-up shots. 

Features & Benefits

• New 1-ounce 12-gauge, 2 ¾-inch offerings

• Loads designed specifically for clays shooters

• High velocities at 1,300 fps, and less felt recoil

• Hard, quality pellets for breaking more clays

• Consistent, reliable Federal primer

• Unique wad column produces consistent patterns

Part No. / Description / MSRP

TGSH12 7.5 / 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch, 1 ounce, 1,300 fps, 7.5, 25-count / $9.99 

TGSH12 8 / 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch 1 ounce, 1,300 fps, 8, 25-count / $9.99

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

Federal Ammunition Introduces Three New Top Gun 100-Packs

Friday, March 20th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – March 18, 2020 – Make clay crushing convenient with Top Gun 100-Packs. Each pack contains four 25-count boxes. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.

The new bulk offerings hold 100 consistent Top Gun target loads, which feature hard lead pellets, reliable Federal primers and specialized wad columns that produce even patterns that break more targets. Two 12-gauge 2 ¾-inch, 1 1/8-ounce, 3-dram equivalent loads, shot size No. 7.5 or 8 are offered is these bulk packs. A 20-gauge, 2 ¾-inch, 7/8-ounce, 2.5-dram equivalent, shot size No. 8 is also available.

Features & Benefits

• Convenient 100-round packs

• Hard pellets

• Consistent, reliable Federal primers

• Unique wad column produces consistent patterns

Part No. / Description / MSRP

TG12100 8 / 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch 1 1/8 ounce 3 dram eq, 8, 100 count / $37.99

TG12100 7.5 / 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch 1 1/8 ounce 3 dram eq, 7.5, 100 count / $37.99

TG20100 8 / 20 gauge 2 3/4 inch 7/8 ounce 2.5 dram eq, 8, 100 count / $37.99

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

Television Icon David Blanton of Realtree featured on Federal Ammunition’s “It’s Federal Season” Podcast

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – March 19, 2020 – For more than three decades, Realtree has been a pioneer in developing and licensing camouflage patterns and creating hunting content.  From its first pattern launch of real life, three dimensional patterns, Realtree took the concealment apparel market to new heights.  In the early stages of the company’s growth, Bill Jordan, Realtree founder, realized he needed to promote the brand himself to be successful.  One of the architects of those successful strategies, David Blanton, is on the “It’s Federal Season” podcast hotseat for this entertaining episode. 

Episode No. 5 – The Influence of Realtree

www.federalpremium.com/podcast

“David Blanton has a great story to tell about the infancy of Realtree and the success that has followed since he and founder Bill Jordan met back in 1991,” says Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal Ammunition.  The iconic television programming and marketing they developed vaulted Realtree’s brand image and camouflage patterns to be a household name today.  “Realtree shaped the way networks presented entertaining and aspirational hunting content on television,” says Jason Nash, Senior Marketing Director at Federal.  “Their videotape and DVD series are still popular, and they continue evolving with media consumption patterns with the launch of its own digital platform, of which Federal is a proud sponsor” says Nash.  Blanton adds some great perspective on what’s new with the brand, hottest patterns, and tells some personal stories that fit right in with “Funniest Home Videos.”  

In the Tech Talk segment, Adam Moser, Sr. Manager of Product Development for shotshell ammunition walks us through the advantages of our Premium turkey loads with seasons opening around the United States.  Before signing off, find out what promotions are available for consumers and where consumers can meet with our ammunition team in the near future to talk all things ammunition.  Look for more information at www.federalpremium.com or where you find your favorite podcasts.     

CCI Announces Clean-22 Steel Challenge, The Official Rimfire Ammunition of the Steel Challenge

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

LEWISTON, Idaho – March 17, 2020 – CCI, announces new Clean-22 Steel Challenge as the official ammunition of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA). Look for the Steel Challenge logo on the box to symbolize CCI’s support of the organization’s mission to promote participation in steel shooting competition. CCI Clean-22 Steel Challenge uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel—without leaving a residue. Shipments of this new product have begun to arrive at dealers.

“We’re proud to be the first major rimfire ammunition manufacturer to become an official sponsor,” said Federal Marketing Director Jason Nash. “Steel Challenge shooters demand the very best from their ammunition. It needs to be accurate, consistent, and ultra-reliable. With our factory-loaded ammunition, shooters can compete at a high level with ammunition that’s easier on and better for their guns.”

“The partnership between USPSA and Federal with Syntech Action Pistol has been very successful. We are equally excited about extending that partnership with CCI and Steel Challenge,” said SCSA Director of Marketing, Media & Events Jake Martens. “Forty-six percent of Steel Challenge competition is done with rimfire ammunition. CCI’s production of a competition-ready Clean-22 is a huge win for competitors.”

The High Velocity load features a 40-grain round nose lead bullet with geometry that’s been optimized for accuracy. With dependable CCI priming and consistent propellant, Clean-22 Steel Challenge provides flawless cycling through all 22 LR firearms. CCI Clean-22 also cuts lead buildup in suppressors up to 60 percent.

Features & Benefits

• Official ammunition of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association

• Polymer bullet coating greatly reduces lead fouling in the barrel without leaving residue

• Cuts lead buildup in suppressors up to 60 percent

• 40-grain red lead round nose bullet

• Optimized bullet geometry for improved accuracy

• Reliable function in semi-automatic firearms

Part No. / Description / MSRP

944CC / High Velocity 22 LR 40-grain red-poly LRN, 1235 fps, 100-count / $10.99

Learn more about the Steel Challenge Shooting Association at www.scsa.org.

For more information on CCI Ammunition, go to www.cci-ammunition.com.

2020 SIG Ammunition Ballistics Chart

Monday, March 16th, 2020

View ballistic coefficients, velocity, energy trajectories and more for all bullet types.

Download your copy at www.sigsauer.com