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Springfield Armory Launches Hi-Power Clone, The SA-35

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Earlier today, Springfield Armory announced their new SA-35, their version of the Browning P-35, popularly known as the Hi-Power.

But it’s not an exact clone. SA has reconfigured the hammer to help mitigate hammer bite, included an extended safety, modernized the sights, beveled the magwell and slipped in a factory tuned trigger.

Here are the stats:

At $699 MSRP, I’ll definitely be on the look for one, for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else. There’s something comforting about a pistol made of steel and wood.

I expect additional models in the future.


FN 306 – A New Less Lethal System

Thursday, October 21st, 2021


FN Herstal, a major international actor in the field of kinetic energy Less Lethal capabilities with almost 25,000 FN 303® systems in service, will present for the first time a completely new concept; the FN Smart ProtectoR™ at the MILIPOL Paris exhibition. Thanks to this totally innovative concept the Belgian manufacturer will be able to propose a credible alternative to systems such as rubber ball launchers and electroshock handguns for short and very short range engagements.


The FN Smart ProtectoR™ is an integrated, wearable and compact solution, which can be used safely in a proportional manner to deal with threats from individuals who are not using a firearm at short and very short ranges.

The FN Smart ProtectoR™ presented at MILIPOL Paris is composed of three complementary elements:

1 the FN 306™ launcher

2 the FN VictoR®-SP image recognition system

3 a red dot sight


Fitted with a 5-tube magazine, the FN 306™ launcher fires 12.55mm FN SP calibre cartridges featuring an elastomer projectile. This elastomer, specially designed for this level of force, has been made to drastically reduce the risk of bodily harm. Both the cartridge and the calibre are specific innovations from FN Herstal.

The incapacitation level of the FN 306™ and its ammunition is equivalent to the effect generally given by a strike from a baton (30 joules) with a clear advantage for law enforcement and security forces: being able to intervene from a distance of up to 10 meters, with extreme accuracy.

Unlike some Less Lethal systems on the market, there is no minimum safe distance for intervention with the FN 306™. Handling of the launcher, which is compact and similar to a pistol, requires drills and procedures already acquired and mastered by police and security personnel.


Combined with the FN 306™, the FN VictoR®-SP is an innovative safety enhancing system that captures and analyses images in real-time to detect the shape of a human body, and categorize specific parts of the body as areas that are authorized or forbidden to engage. If an area that must not be engaged, such as the head, is recognized, the system warns the user or blocks firing.


While working on this project, FN Herstal’s objective is to propose to police and security forces in the coming months an effective and safe solution that will allow them to respect the physical integrity of the individual, or group of individuals, to be engaged.

Patented by FN Herstal, the FN Smart ProtectoR™ concept is based on the FN 306™ at present. FN Herstal has not ruled out integrating it later with current or future Less Lethal systems in the product range.

Come and discover the brand-new FN Smart ProtectoR™ concept on the FN Herstal booth (Belgian pavilion, Hall 5, J042) during the MILIPOL Paris exhibition, to be held from 19 to 22 October 2021.

Additional photos taken at Milipol by TR Equipement

Maxim Defense Releases MD-1505

Friday, October 15th, 2021

Maxim Defense, the premiere manufacturer in PDW technologies and stock/brace design, is proud to announce the availability of the MD-1505 series. It’s a combination of the extraordinarily popular PDX design and a traditional AR-15 package. Though similar to the PDX in size and capability, the MD-1505 has MILSPEC forged receivers and different handguards. Additionally, some options include the SCW stock, SCW brace, or SCW pistol system, providing a platform that’s perfect for virtually any intended use.

The MD-1505 is Maxim Defense PDX ingenuity in a standard AR-15 package. It was engineered to bring our top-tier PDX package to an even more affordable price point.

Starting at the muzzle, each MD-1505 is equipped with the patented Maxim HATEBRAKE muzzle device. The HATEBRAKE reduces recoil, decreases flash signature, pushes gasses and concussion wave downrange away from the operator, and improves overall performance in short barrel pistols and rifles.

For increased comfort and versatility, every MD-1505 features our free-floating Slimline Handguard. These handguards provide a monolithic-like upper receiver platform and M-Slot compatibility on five sides. At the rear, the MD-1505S is equipped with our SCW Stock for the ultimate in compactness, comfort, and versatility.

• CALIBERS 5.56 NATO, .300BLK, 7.62×39
• BARREL LENGTH 5.5” / 139.7mm
• MUZZLE VELOCITY 5.56 NATO, 62gr: 1965 FPS avg. .300 BLK, 115gr: 1850 FPS avg. 7.62×39, 124gr: 1675 FPS avg.
• OVERALL LENGTH 18.75” / 476.25mm

• MOA accurate
• Free-floating Maxim Slimline handguard
• Military-grade materials
• SCW compact stock
• Increased reliability due to included HATEBRAKE
• Optimized for low flash signature
• Ambidextrous magazine release
• Ambidextrous selector


• MD-1505S
• MD-1505SPB
• MD-1505SPS

The quality of the MD-1505 and its predecessors speaks for itself. This is why we say,

“Maxim Defense: Not built for safe queens.”

To learn more, please visit www.maximdefense.com.

IWI Announces the Launch of a New Assault Rifle in the ACE Family – the ACE-N 52 – with an Improved Ergonomic Design, Suitable for Standard NATO Magazines

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Compatible with 7.62X51mm ammunition, the new weapon is designed to meet the challenges of the modern battlefield

Milipol Paris, Parc d’Exposition, 19-22 October, Stand no 5A D067

October 13,  2021, Ramat Hasharon, Israel. IWI – Israel Weapon Industries – a member of the SK Group (founded by Mr. Samy Katsav) a leader in producing combat-proven small arms for military forces, police units, law enforcement agencies and governmental entities around the world – is launching the new ACE-N 52 assault rifle. The latest model in the ACE family, the ACE-N 52 has an improved ergonomic design that is suitable for use with standard NATO (AR-10) magazines, including 7.62X51mm ammunition.

Based on the reliable and proven mechanism of the famous GALIL assault rifle – which was the main assault rifle of the IDF – the ACE-N 52 has been designed specifically to enable forces to meet the challenges of the modern battlefield.

“As a leader in the field of small arms, IWI constantly continues to develop the most advanced products, according to the changing needs of its customers,” says Ronen Hamudot, Executive VP Marketing and Sales at SK Group and IWI. “In this way, the ACE-N 52, with its enhanced ergonomic features, meets the needs of the modern battlefield. An additional configuration of the ACE-N 52 has been adapted to the needs of the civilian market.”

The ACE-N 52 meets the standards of MIL SDT 810, and is able to withstand harsh weather and environmental conditions. With a foldable AR butt and adjustable cheek rest, the new weapon enables flexible operation and enhances mission accuracy. This highly versatile weapon also features a Picatinny rail, to adapt a wide range of equipment.

AUSA 21 – B&T SPC9

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

You might look at the new SPC9 and call it a frankengun from Brügger & Thomet because it combines features from the APC9 and the AR-family at the request of a European customer who wanted an AR-style charging handle and buffer tube to accept a variety of stocks. B&T took their contract-winning APC and went to work. They also added features found on the MP5: a 3-Lug suppressor mounting and an additional, folding, non-reciprocating, cocking handle located above the barrel. This cocking handle is also swappable from left to right.

Feeding is from a proprietary magazine, or it can be modified by the user to accept 9mm Glock double stack or SIG P320 magazines.

One interesting feature is the hydraulic buffer which offers a very low recoil impulse.

B&T delivers their guns ready to go out of the box, fitted with an Aimpoint T1.


AUSA 21 – Ghost Robotics x SWORD Defense Systems

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Ghost Robotics showed off the capabilities of their quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles.

While most of the payloads are ISR related, one really stood out. The Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) is a 6.5 CM rifle package from SWORD Defense Systems designed specifically for use with the Vision-60 quadruped.

Remotely operated, it incorporates a sight and features safe, chamber, clear, and fire capabilities that allows for safe and reliable deployment of the weapon system, the operator can load and safe the weapon at a distance. These features also provide the operator the ability to clear malfunctions, and safely unload the platform prior to recovery.

The suppressor is the CGS Group Hyperion K.

UVision and Rheinmetall Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement for Loitering Munitions – Targeting a Leading Position as a Full Solution Provider in Europe

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

UVision Air Ltd. and Rheinmetall have signed this week a strategic partnering agreement for loitering munitions. The agreement leverages both companies’ capabilities to provide the European market with precise, combat-proven weapon systems. The Hero family of loitering munitions will be available to European customers to satisfy contemporary and emerging operational requirements.  

Through this partnership, UVision and Rheinmetall will offer end-to-end solutions for loitering munitions to the armed forces of Europe. Rheinmetall will take the industrial, technological and commercial lead for enhancing the capabilities of the weapon system; UVision will make available the Hero loitering munitions, based on in-depth technological expertise and operational experience. The parties plan to integrate the combat-proven Hero series into Rheinmetall’s portfolio of manned and unmanned vehicle platforms, launchers, battle management systems and armoured vehicles like the Lynx.  

The Hero family of loitering munitions comprises several models. Designed for different missions,  from short to medium and long ranges and flight  times using various warheads, the Hero series of  high-precision loitering munitions provides  operational forces with combined intelligence,  surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike capabilities, allowing them to independently locate, track and engage time-sensitive, low-signature targets. These advanced munitions can loiter in the air in a clandestine manner for an extended period of time; locate and track the enemy; help to validate targets; and carry out a precise strike. The Hero system can abort an attack in mid-air; re-enter loitering mode; and then resume the attack, or re-assign targets, thus minimizing collateral damage and providing operational forces with unsurpassed tactical flexibility on the modern battlefield.

“Entering the market for loitering munitions is an important strategic step for us”, notes Dr Alexander Sagel, head of Rheinmetall’s Division Weapon and Ammunition. “In doing so, we are systematically pivoting to meet changing customer requirements and growing market demand. We aspire to provide our customers with high-tech solutions. Together with UVision, we will be offering products made in Europe for the European market to address growing European demand. With this partnership we aim to occupy the leading position in Europe. Building on our mutually reinforcing capabilities, we will also establish a strong foundation for developing new products together.”

Major General (ret) Avi Mizrachi, UVision’s CEO, adds: “Teaming up with Rheinmetall is a major step for UVision, which is meant to provide our operational customers with the advanced even greater technological advantages, along with European quick support and training abilities. By adding and integrating our Loitering Munitions to Rheinmetall’s vast portfolio of munitions, warheads, combat platforms and battle-management systems already in use by leading military forces, we can now offer many of European allied forces much broader and more complete solutions to their Defense needs”.




AUSA 21 – Knight’s Armament Co

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Of the many KAC showed, two are of particular interest. It’s the first we’ve seen either one out in the wild.

The first is a K7 version of the M110 in 6.5 CM as used by USASOC.

The second is an M110A2 in 7.62 NATO as configured for the Army.