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GA-ASI Partners with EDGE to Integrate Smart Weapons onto MQ-9B

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

GA-ASI and EDGE Will Integrate Range of Smart Weapons Onto SkyGuardian®

DUBAI AIRSHOW – 13 November 2023 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optics, and related mission systems, and EDGE, a world-leading advanced technology group for defence and beyond, announced an agreement today to integrate EDGE smart weapons onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® RPA.

Under the agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow, the two companies will work together to integrate precision-guided munition (PGM) and guided-glide weapon (GGW) solutions from EDGE onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian.

“We’re excited to work with EDGE on this initiative,” said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. “Integrating home-grown capabilities onto our customer platforms is something we’ve done a lot, but we’ve never before integrated a non-NATO weapon system onto one of our RPA platforms.”

The partnership marks the first time that UAE-made smart weapons will be integrated onto a U.S. unmanned platform, signalling a new chapter in U.S.-UAE defence cooperation, and opening the door to further collaboration.

Hamad Al Marar, President of EDGE Group’s Missiles & Weapons cluster, said, “We are proud to be working with General Atomics Aeronautical. The opportunity to integrate our smart weapons on the MQ-9B SkyGuardian will offer the end user multiple dynamic, highly accurate, and cost-effective ground strike solutions. We look forward to working closely with General Atomics Aeronautical on this programme and to enhancing our collaboration in the future.”

The EDGE smart weapons designated for integration include the DESERT STING family of GGWs and THUNDER family of cost-effective PGMs from HALCON, and the AL TARIQ family of modular, mission-proven, all-weather day/night long-range PGMs.

GA-ASI hopes that its work with EDGE will lead to more partnerships within the UAE defence industry in order to integrate domestically developed sensors and weapons onto the MQ-9B for the UAE and other customers.

The UAE Armed Forces currently operate GA-ASI’s Predator XP and are working with GA-ASI and the U.S. Department of Defense to acquire the MQ-9B.

Attendees of the Dubai Airshow can visit GA-ASI at stand 1380 and EDGE and its portfolio of companies at indoor stand 520 and outdoor stand S49 at Dubai World Central.

CMP Announces Return of Advanced Maintenance Rifle Classes in 2024

Friday, November 10th, 2023

After a long hiatus, the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Advanced Maintenance Clinics will be returning in 2024! The course is for those firearm enthusiasts interested in assembling his or her own vintage rifle with the help of hands-on, knowledgeable instructors. 

The CMP is happy to announce the return of the Advanced Maintenance Class in 2024.

The Advanced Maintenance Class (AMC) is a three-day course in Anniston, Ala. Designed for those who wish to take their passion for the timeless M1 Garand to the next level, the AMC offers students a unique opportunity to receive unparalleled training from our CMP Custom Shop staff. Topics such as head space, barrel installation, component purpose/function, general rifle assembly, rifle/component maintenance and various accuracy techniques will be covered using instructional videos and detailed visual presentations. 

In conjunction with the classroom sessions, students will receive active instruction and individualized assistance from Custom Shop staff. Additionally, students will receive an exclusive visit to the CMP South Store and Talladega Marksmanship Park for a chance to view the grounds and fire their personally crafted rifles from class. 

The AMC is taught by the talented armorers of the CMP’s Custom Shop.

Due to popularity of the classes, registration will be based on a lottery system. Registration for the lottery will be open Nov. 27 to Dec. 22. Along with classes for individuals, the Custom Shop will host four “Buddy Class” dates – reserved for applicants wishing to attend with a designated partner of their choosing.

Those interested in the AMC may register through the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/training-tech/advanced-maintenance-class/. 

The 2024 dates are:

• Class 1: February 27 – 29, 2024

• Class 2: March 1 – 3, 2024 – BUDDY CLASS

• Class 3: June 25 – 27, 2024

• Class 4: June 28 – 30, 2024 – BUDDY CLASS

• Class 5: August 20 – 22, 2024

• Class 6: August 23 – 25, 2024 – BUDDY CLASS

• Class 7: October 22 – 24, 2024

• Class 8: October 25 – 27, 2024 – BUDDY CLASS

During the class, participants use M1 Garand parts to construct their own rifles.

Registration Lottery:

The Lottery will be used to randomly select participants for the classes. Registering for multiple classes is permitted, but no applicant will be selected for more than one slot. Former AMC participants are welcome to sign up for 2024.

Registrants will become part of an electronic lottery used to randomly assign the 20 available seats for each class date. An additional 20 participants will be assigned to a stand-by list for each date. These stand by lists have been established due to a historically high cancellation rate and will be utilized to fill classes as cancellations occur.  

A confirmation email will be sent to each accepted participant, which will include a hidden link to the CMP eStore that will be used to complete the registration process. The class must be purchased on the eStore through the sent link by Feb. 16, 2024. Failure to meet this deadline will result in forfeiture of your slot to the next applicant on a wait list. 

The Fine Print:

Total cost for the 2024 AMC will be $2,350 ($1,200 for tuition + $1,150 for Expert rifle). The $1,200 course tuition fee will be billed immediately after purchasing the course from the eStore (with $150 of your class tuition fee considered as a nonrefundable “registration fee”). Late cancellations, made within 30 days of the class start date, will be subject to forfeiture of an additional $300. Deadline for class payment will be Feb. 16, 2024.

The class features hands-on learning along with a trip to CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park.


For any questions regarding the 2024 AMC or for online registration questions, please contact Hector Lopez-Perez in the Custom Shop at [email protected] or call (256) 835-8455, ext. 513.

More info on the Advanced Maintenance Class page can be found on the CMP website at thecmp.org/training-tech/advanced-maintenance-class

Defense Distributed – Serial Covers

Sunday, November 5th, 2023

Defense Distributed bills their Serial Covers as “The solution to maintaining privacy while still looking cool.”

You get three segments of 3M-backed self-adhesive Cordura material to prevent your serial numbers from being easily visible and traceable, particularly when posting photos online. Offered in multiple colors amd patterns, the shapes were
configured around a Mil-Spec M4 lower receiver.

Available from defensedistributors.com but of course, you could do this yourself. However, if you buy them Defense Distributors you support their development of other products.


SIG SAUER Combines Compact Sizing and Power with the P320-XTEN COMP

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

NEWINGTON, N.H., (November 2, 2023) – The 10mm SIG SAUER P320-XTEN COMP is the first carry-size P320-XTEN from SIG SAUER and delivers significant recoil mitigation without sacrificing the power of 10mm required for the backcountry.

“The P320-XTEN COMP answers the call of enthusiasts for a 10mm carry size handgun fully optimized for hunters, fishermen, and hikers. Beginning with the new carry size 10mm/45 ACP grip module, the P320-XTEN is a smaller package for all-around easier backcountry carry,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “Additionally, through the pairing of the ported slide and Bull Barrel, the P320-XTEN COMP delivers a 20% recoil reduction and brings with it the exceptional accuracy and durability that are the hallmark of the P320 and XSERIES pistols.”

The SIG SAUER P320-XTEN COMP is a striker-fired pistol chambered in 10mm AUTO with a polymer XSERIES carry size 10mm / 45 AUTO grip module, Nitron finished slide with integrated expansion chamber for recoil mitigation featuring front and rear serrations, a PRO Optic-Ready footprint, XRAY3 Day/Night sights, and a flat XSERIES trigger with a 90-degree break. The P320-XTEN COMP ships with (2) 15-round steel magazines and is optimized for use with the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMOE2 and ROMEO-X Pro red dot sights.


Caliber: 10mm

Overall length: 7.6 inches

Overall height: 5.6 inches

Overall width: 1.4 inches

Barrel length: 3.8 inches

Sight Radius: 5.7 inches

Weight (w/magazine): 32.3 oz.

The SIG SAUER P320-XTEN COMP is now shipping and available at retailers. To learn more about the SIG SAUER P320-XTEN COMP or to watch the product video with visit sigsauer.com.

US Customs and Border Protection Selects Accuracy International for Modular Precision Weapon Platform

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

Accuracy International has announced that they were selected to provide the Modular Precision Weapon Platform to US Customs and Border Protection with the award of an IDIQ contract.

The firearm selected is based on their AT-X rifle and is a multi-caliber solution.

Angstadt Arms Introduces The AXL-9

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

The Most Versatile AR9 Lower Receiver. Ever.

Charlotte, NC, (October 24, 2023)

We understand your choice of pistol magazines can be fluid and non-binary. One day you may identify with Sig Sauer®, while the next day you might feel more like a GLOCK® or maybe even a CZ® Scorpion. And sure, you’re shooting 9mm now, but in the future, you may want to go big with 10mm. Whatever your magazine pronouns, the AXL-9™ has you covered.

No longer will you be locked into a single platform. Thanks to interchangeable magazine wells, the AXL-9™ receiver allows you to switch between magazine types and even calibers. And best of all it’s compatible with all mil-spec and AR9 components allowing you to build and rebuild a pistol caliber as unique as yourself.

The AXL-9™ offers endless possibilities with the convenience of a single serialized lower receiver.

Key Design Features:

• 7075-T6 billet aluminum lower receiver with dovetail mating feature

• Interchangeable magazine wells are compatible with a wide range of magazines, including GLOCK®, Sig Sauer®, Smith & Wesson®, Springfield Armory®, Ruger®, CZ®, MP5 and Colt® (with more to come)

• Magazine wells will be available in various calibers including 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP and 10mm

• Supports both straight blowback and roller delayed AR9 systems

• Designed to accommodate all standard mil-spec and AR9 components

The highly anticipated AXL-9™ lower receiver is set to be available in early 2024.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the official MSRP, coming soon.

Learn More: angstadtarms.com/axl9

Daniel Defense Announces Free Vortex SPARC SOLAR Red Dot Sight with Purchase

Friday, October 20th, 2023

BLACK CREEK, Ga. — Daniel Defense has partnered with another world-class manufacturer, Vortex Optics, to bring customers a very special limited-time offer. When customers purchase a new DD4™, DDM4®, or DD5® from DanielDefense.com or any Authorized Dealer from October 20 through November 18, 2023, they’ll receive a compact, lightweight, durable Vortex SPARC® SOLAR red dot sight—a $400 value—for FREE, compliments of Daniel Defense.

To take advantage of this special offer, customers simply:

1. Purchase a new DD4, DDM4, or DD5 rifle from DanielDefense.com or an Authorized Dealer from October 20 – November 18, 2023.

2. Visit danieldefense.4myrebate.com, provide proof of purchase, and fill out the required information on or before December 23, 2023 to redeem the offer.

3. Get a FREE Vortex SPARC Solar red dot sight—a $400 value!

Head on over and start shopping today at DanielDefense.com.

Saab Receives Carl-Gustaf Order from Japan

Friday, October 20th, 2023

Saab has received an order from the Japan Self-Defense Forces, JGSDF, for the supply of the man-portable, multi-role weapon system Carl-Gustaf®. The order includes over 300 systems and deliveries will take place in 2025.

Carl-Gustaf is a man-portable multi-role weapon system that provides high tactical flexibility through its wide range of ammunition types. It is extremely light-weight, and has established itself as the main shoulder launched weapon in many countries. It has been in use with the Japan Self-Defense Forces since 1979.

“This order is further proof that our multi-role weapon system Carl-Gustaf meets the high standards of Japan Self-Defense Forces, and we look forward to continuing to support and strengthen their capabilities,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

Proven to deliver results on the battlefield, Carl-Gustaf provides the effectiveness soldiers need. The wide range of ammunition types for Carl-Gustaf makes it flexible and able to handle any situation, whether it is to defeat an armoured vehicle or structure, or illuminating the battlefield during night operations. 

The Carl-Gustaf system has a long and distinguished history, which stretches back to 1948, and is now supplied to more than 40 countries around the world.