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Canadian Department of National Defence Releases Draft Tender for C22 Modular Pistol

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Canada’s Department of National Defence has released a long overdue Draft Tender for the C22 Modular Pistol which is a 9mm striker fired, semi-automatic, recoil-operated, magazine fed pistol to replace their long serving Browning Hi-Powers.

Here is the tender’s definition of modular:

According to the draft, they are seeking a full sized pistol, with three grip sized housings: small, medium and large. This requirement can be achieved by offering a single frame with small, medium and large backstraps.

They also seek different models of right and left hand Level 2 polymer holsters for the pistol.

Here’s a smattering of requirements:

DND expects a 35,000 service life, with a mean rounds between stoppages rating of 2,000 rounds for Class 1 stoppages, 2,000 rounds for Class 2 stoppages, and 5,000 rounds for Class 3 stoppages.

The C22 FF pistol must be operable and able to fire three full magazines in 60 seconds without cooling the pistol.

The C22 FF pistol must have a separately demandable replacement slide configured to mount commercially available reflex/red dot sight (e.g. Leupold DeltaPoint® Pro, Trijicon RMR® or similar) at the rear of the slide in front of the rear sights.

The pistol must be Flat Dark Earth in color and offer a 17 round magazine.

In addition to offering a threaded barrel, the vendor must also offer a suppressor that can achieve an 18 dB noise reduction.

Yes, DND also has a drop test requirement, which is the same one used by US DoD:

The C22 FF pistol in its operational state (full magazine with a primed cartridge in the chamber) must not discharge when dropped 1.5 m, onto a concrete backed, 5 cm thick plywood surface, IAW TOP 03-2-045A section 4.8.2 1.5 Meter (5 Feet) Drop or AC/225(LG/3-SG/1)D/14 section 2.10.8 Safety Drop Test 1.5 Meter or an alternative test approved by the technical authority using the following drop orientations:

Muzzle Down: Muzzle must be the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Muzzle Up: Muzzle must be the farthest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Slide Up (Horizontal); Top of the slide must be the farthest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Slide Down (Horizontal): Top of the slide must be the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Right Side (Horizontal): Right side of the pistol must be oriented as the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Left Side (Horizontal): Left side of the pistol must be oriented as the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor.

After each drop (3.21.1.1-3.21.1.6) each pistol must fire 15 rounds of ammunition.

Overall, it sounds an awful lot like the US issue Modular Handgun System which is manufactured by SIG SAUER.

Industry insiders expect pushback on the module requirement which can only be fulfilled by a couple of vendors such as SIG and Walther. Particularly after the SIG P320 was recently withdrawn from service by Canadian Special Operations Command (CANSOF). However, this draft tender was released after the CANSOF incident came to light, indicating DND is dedicated to obtaining a modular pistol.

US Army Mortar Systems Keep Pace with Modernization Efforts

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — While much attention has focused on the U.S. Army’s ability to achieve greater distances with artillery and missiles, mortar systems are also keeping pace with technology advances.

When it comes to a relatively close fight with the enemy, mortars have a variety of advantages that over the years have made them a warhorse of warfare, with capabilities that have inspired the name “infantryman’s artillery.”

Typically, mortar systems provide close-range, quick-response, indirect fire in tactical combat. This is achieved by launching high explosive, smoke and illumination mortar shells in high-arcing trajectories.

“Mortars have historically been a cheap and effective form of indirect fire to provide suppression of enemies,” said Matthew Terreault, Chief, Mortar Systems Branch, Mortars Division, located at Picatinny Arsenal. The Division is part of the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Armaments Center, which is under the Army Futures Command.

Mortars are considered an “organic” system because the level of control is assigned to the echelon that uses them. For example, the 60 millimeter mortar is the lightweight company mortar system, responsive to the direction of the company commander. Similarly, the 120mm is a battalion mortar system, so battalion leaders can use it as they see fit.

“When a maneuvering unit calls for fire support from their mortar section, they don’t need approval from any intermediary commands in order to get effective fires. This allows them to be very fast,” Terreault said.

“That’s also assisted by the fact that they’re relatively short range when you compare it to other forms of modern artillery,” he continued. “And because of their shorter range, they tend to be closer to the fight. With artillery projectiles, the time of flight alone in the artillery firing can be upwards of five minutes, where the flight time for a typical mortar mission is around 50 seconds.”

Improvements in technology and manufacturing have played a role in shifting mortars away from their historic role of bulk suppression of troop movements in favor of very precise fires.

Over time, mortar capabilities have been expanding, along with the increasing demand on the field for greater responsiveness. “That’s caused us to take a look at our mortar systems and try and get them to be more accurate to fit that new role of providing precise fires,” Terreault said. “And you’ll see that across the mortar system portfolio as a whole.”

Improving mortars involves several areas: greater responsiveness, survivability, range and accuracy. This is accomplished through increased automation of fires and adding Soldier protection when possible. The use of digital fire-control helps to both reduce human error and increase accuracy.

As part of the Army’s ongoing drive to improve mortar systems, the Armaments Center has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, with Finnish company Patria Land Oy to determine the feasibility of incorporating its new mortar (NEMO) technology into U.S. systems.

The Patria NEMO is a turreted, breech-loaded, 120mm smooth-bore mortar system with both direct and indirect fire capability. In addition to being highly protected, Patria Nemo is light, compact and easily installable on a light, tracked chassis, wheeled armored vehicles or navy vessels.

Under the agreement, the Army will assess the Patria NEMO’s compatibility with U.S. mortar fire control systems, as well as evaluate the use of, and potential range increase, of the current U.S. 120mm mortar ammunition in the longer, breech-loaded NEMO barrel.

The assessment continues the Army’s effort to provide Armored and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams with rapid, precise indirect and direct fire capability, along with protecting the operating crew and greatly reducing its physical burdens.

“The agreement between the U.S. Army and Patria exemplifies the capability leap that modern turreted mortar systems can introduce to armed forces and illustrates Patria’s leading role in this technology area,” said Jussi Järvinen, President of Patria’s Land Business Unit. “It is also logical continuation to the cooperation between Patria and the U.S. government that began with Patria NEMO sales to a third country through a Foreign Military Sales program.”

The agreement with Patria stemmed from an Army initiative to produce a 120mm Mortar Future Indirect Fire Turret by 2021, and a 120mm Extended Range Mortar system by 2026.

That initiative was undertaken by Product Manager Precision Fires and Mortars, which is part of Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems. Those organizations are under the Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition, which is located at Picatinny Arsenal.

The Army’s emerging Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV, program has a turreted mortar variant, which provided part of the impetus to closely examine the current state of turreted mortar technology.

“Given the early age of the AMPV program, we felt like it was an opportune time to pursue and look at opportunities to meet requirements that include the incorporation of a turreted mortar system,” Terreault said. “We don’t look at the NEMO project, or the turreted mortar systems projects, as being specific to the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle because we would like to get a modular solution that would also work on the Stryker platform as well.”

A breech-loaded mortar system has several advantages compared to traditional, muzzle-loaded systems. “There’s a crew safety factor, where by the system being breech-loaded, the crew doesn’t need to be near the muzzle of the weapon, where all the blast-over pressure from the firing event occurs,” Terreault said.

Another safety factor related to breech-loading is that loading the weapon occurs from within the vehicle. In contrast, with muzzle-loading, the muzzle needs to be outside the vehicle or outside of protection. That’s because there can’t be anything between the mortar barrel and the open sky when it fires its ammunition.

Breech-loading also offered more flexibility in firing that is related to how the system is automated, maneuvered and controlled. “Once you’re breech-loaded, you no longer have to shoot directly up into the sky,” Terreault said. “You can shoot at lower angles, because you no longer are relying on the rounds that drop down the barrel in order to have enough kinetic energy to strike a firing pin, initiate the primer, and then come back out the muzzle.”

With a combination of breech-loading and an electronic firing mechanism, the weapon can be positioned in a near-horizontal angle and engage targets directly, similar to a tank cannon. “Now, that’s not an optimal mission role for a mortar system, but it does provide the system a certain level of self-defense that it didn’t have previously, which helps make the platform overall more survivable,” Terreault said.

“If we weren’t able to fire below 45 degrees, we’d be very limited in the amount of firing engagements we could use in order to achieve multi-round, simultaneous impact events,” Terreault added. “And typically, we consider anything above 45 degrees as indirect fire and below 45 degrees as direct fire.”

As the march of technology moves ahead, the “infantryman’s artillery” will be part of the impetus of enhancement and capability.

By Ed Lopez, Picatinny Arsenal Public Affairs

MSR Distribution Exclusive Distributor of CETME L Rifles from MarColMar Firearms

Friday, February 19th, 2021

MSR Distribution is excited and honored to announce that they have been appointed as the exclusive distribution company for MarColMar Firearms and their range of excellent CETME L rifles.

MSR Distribution is a specialist wholesale distributor, based in Las Vegas, that sells hard-to-find and highly sought-after products to licensed retailers and specific qualified entities. Says Ross Botha, Sales Manager at MSR Distribution: “The entire line of CETME  rifles, to include the L, LC, LV, and LV/S has been a staple brand for MSR over the past few months and we are thrilled with the new partnership! MarColMar manufactures a high quality, beautifully finished product that breaks the mold of boring AR clones everyone seems to be doing nowadays, the CETME L is different and offers fantastic value to the consumer.”

MarColMar Firearms is an FFL / SOT / and Class II Manufacturer that specializes in bringing important historical military firearms back to life – for both collectors and shooters. Founded by Dave Bane in Richmond Indiana in 2007, MarColMar has been committed to merging modern manufacturing methods and materials, with surplus military parts, to recreate the most accurate, high quality, and reliable firearms available to the consumer market. Their past projects and collaborations with other fine industry leaders, has resulted in some of the finest semi-auto firearm shooters and collectables, all of which have rapidly increased in demand and value – such as the Semi PKM, the Bulgarian AK-74, their milled Uk vz 59, and the UKM. Their latest project, the CETME L, will now expand their limited production – high quality philosophy – to a broader market, allowing many other enthusiasts to access these products and designs, and enjoy them for generations.

Dave Bane commented: “As of this week all our dealer sales are handled through MSR in Las Vegas.  They are great people and you likely already use them.”

The partnership between MarColMar and MSR Distribution could not come at a better time, MSR Distribution is infinitely geared towards servicing FFL dealers throughout the US and her territories. Please contact MSR and get set up if you are not already part of their network.

www.marcolmarfirearms.com

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Walther PDP

Friday, February 19th, 2021

This week Walther launched their latest pistol, the PDP. It’s a striker fired, 9mm, modular pistol, with two distinctly different frame sizes and three different lengths of slides. Any slide length can fit on any frame, even if it is not a factory offering. You just have to match the barrel and slide length.

The PDP Full Size is available in 4”, 4.5” and 5” variations, while the PDP Compact is available in 4” and 5” barrel options.

Although, the PDP is only offered in Black, it features a Reversible magazine release and Ambidextrous Slide Stop.

The PDP also incorporates a stepped chamber for increased dependability with different ammunition. It also promises up to 50fps higher velocity from any ammunition when compared to other barrels.

Additionally, each frame comes with Small, Medium and Large backstraps for further customization.

The windage and elevation adjustable sights are the same across different configurations and most parts are interchangeable from Compact to Full Size, except backstraps. Additionally, the Compact magazine (15 rd) will not work in the Full Size (18 rd), but the Full Size will work in the Compact variant.

All slides are optics ready and come with one free plate.

Free Plate Options:
• RMR/Holosun C/RITON/others
• Leupold DPP
• DR optic
• Vortex Venom

Walther also offers other options, from C&H Precision for $59.99:
• RMR Defense Division Plate
• AimPoint ACRO
• Holosun 509T
• Holosun 407K/507K
• SHIELD RMSC
• Trijicon RMRcc

Learn more at waltherarms.com/pdp.

IDEX 2021: UVision will unveil a Comprehensive Simulation Solution for HERO Loitering Munition Operators

Monday, February 15th, 2021

UVision Will Present its Range of Combat Proven Loitering Munition Systems for the First Time at IDEX UAE Show

February 15, 2021 UVision Air Ltd. will present for the first time two advanced Simulator Configurations. The newly inducted simulators complement the existing classroom simulator training system by enabling the operator to train during deployments. At the show, UVision will also highlight the high precision, combat-proven Hero Series of Loitering Munitions.

UVision’s Hero Training and Simulation System provide an advanced loitering weapon and payload simulation in a virtual realistic environment. With the two new configurations, UVision presents a comprehensive solution for HERO operators allowing a higher level of training flexibility. The Classroom configuration provides a robust simulation solution with a rich and versatile scenario generator for multiple trainees. The Portable & Embedded field simulator configurations allow Hero operators continuous hands-on training (at various levels) during deployments; hence maintaining the highest level of operational proficiency and readiness – anytime, anywhere.

The HERO series of loitering munitions consists of eight loitering munition systems, designed for different missions at various ranges using various types of payloads. The HERO systems are the fastest sensor-to-shooter loitering munitions, allowing forces in the front-line to independently locate time sensitive targets, and track and attack with pin-point precision. Each munition can handle different missions ranging from lightweight static or moving targets (such as light-duty vehicles and human targets) to larger fortified or heavily armored targets such as MBT (Main Battle Tank), enemy air defenses and other strategic objectives.  The HERO series unique design enables the munitions to carry out pinpoint strikes in urban areas or remote locations, with minimal collateral damage. In cases where an attack is aborted, the systems can be recalled and another target selected. With extremely low noise and thermal signature, these systems integrate highly advanced, stabilized electro-optic day/night cameras, and are ideal for deployment from air, land and naval platforms.

According to Major General (Ret.) Avi Mizrachi, CEO of UVision, “the HERO Simulators increase the effectiveness of our systems while reducing the operating costs. All of the HERO Loitering Munition Systems meet a wide range of air, naval and ground forces requirements, thus ensuring combat superiority as well as survivability for even the most complex missions. Our latest field deployed simulator further enhances the reach-out of our systems and strengthens the proficiency and combat worthiness of the operators.”

At the show, UVision will display the Hero series of Loitering Munition Systems which provide the combat warrior with unique qualities to the modern battlefield by providing the tactical echelons with unprecedented precise lethal capabilities while minimizing sensor-to-shooter cycles and maintaining operational independence. Such advantages are truly “Battlefield Game Changers” which are recognized by major NATO military forces and leading operational customers worldwide, who use the HERO series in field operations.  

 

The Luminae Running Rifle

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

I once worked for a guy at Fort Bragg who wanted everyone in our Det to buy a 4×4 fence post and attach a sling to it for road marches and local training. Although we had perfectly good rifles in the arms room we could check out any time we needed them, he always failed to plan and would pull stuff out of his ass rather than create a training schedule.

Had it been available at the time, the Luminae Running Rifle would have been much preferable to walking around with a big chunk of wood.

These days, it makes even more sense due to the sensitivities over open carry, even on military installations.

The Luminae Running Rifle is a military training aid that simulates carrying a rifle but can be used in public places and does not need signed in and out of an armoury. Perfect for training or keeping fit.

The only drawback for American users is that it’s based on a bullpup, the British issue L85, but it makes sense as Luminae Designs is a British company.

SIG SAUER Statement on CANSOFCOM Incident

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Yesterday, a Canadian news outlet, CBC News, published a story regarding the unintended discharge last year of a SIG P320 by a Canadian Special Operator, resulting in injury and his unit withdrawing the pistol from service. After the accident the unit returned to using the SIG P226 they had planned to replace with the P320.

Unfortunately, the story is not well researched. For example, they edited it after publication, removing an inaccurate description of how the pistol operates. Rather than critique it all here, we leave it up to you to read it.

However, we will point out that the story alleges that the pistols in question do not feature the drop safety upgrades found in the US Military Modular Handgun System M17/18 and current production P320s. Considering they were procured from SIG after the changes were made to the design, this is false and severely undermines the narrative offered up in the article.

While the story was shared in various corners of the web and social media, it didn’t gain near the traction that we had expected. Reactions ranged from confirmation bias from those who don’t like 320s and just read the headline and not the full story; to others who brushed the issue off as a Negligent Discharge; to those who questioned the timing of the story as a hit piece placed by SIG’s competitors.

The last factor is worth examining, considering that the Canadian Department of National Defence is poised to release a tender for a replacement for their long-serving Browning Hi-powers, a firearm which should have been replaced years ago.

In a similar fashion to US “Buy America” directives, the Canadian government requires “Canadian Content.” For small arms, this means Colt Canada, a company which doesn’t manufacture modern, polymer, striker fired pistols.

In 2011, DND tested the waters, surveying industry’s willingness to sell their pistol Technical Data Packages to the Canadian government so that Colt Canada could be involved in the procurement. As you can imagine, the notion fell flat. Almost a decade has gone by and they’ve finally refined their requirement, deciding to open it to international contenders. Word is, they also homed in on a modular design inspired by MHS, with different frame and barrel sizes along with a common trigger mechanism. If true, this gives SIG a serious leg up on the competition.

But back to the firearm. Apparently, the pistol and holster made it to SIG where they attempted to replicate the malfunction. They couldn’t. What they did find odd was that the P320 was paired with a P226 holster which had modified, possibly with a Dremel tool, and heated and reformed. The fit is reportedly, far from optimal.

Naturally, the Canadian government is reticent to address the entire issue, considering the sensitivity of the unit in question. Since it made the papers and a point was made in the story to politicize the weapons purchase (it is categorized under politics for good measure), the Minister of Defence was assuredly briefed.

Absent an official statement from DND, we can only imagine how this affair might affect the upcoming pistol tender. Only time will tell.

However, we do have SIG SAUER’s statement on the matter:

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 5, 2021) – SIG SAUER is working with Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) to resolve an incident involving the unintended discharge of a P320. An inaccurate and incomplete report of this incident was recently published in the Canadian media that called into question the safety of the P320. While this incident occurred months ago, this erroneous media report is driven by multiple sources, including our competitors, and coincides with the imminent release of other Canadian military and law enforcement tenders, indicating the timing of its release is an attempt to improperly influence the procurements.

The firearm involved has been extensively tested by SIG SAUER and it has been determined to be safe. The investigation revealed the use of an incorrect holster not designed for a P320. The use of a modified P226 holster created an unsafe condition by allowing a foreign object to enter the holster, causing the unintended discharge.

The SIG SAUER P320 is among the most rigorously vetted pistols in the market. The P320 meets and exceeds all US safety standards and global military and law enforcement protocols, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and Department of Justice (DOJ). The P320 is one of the most innovative and sought-after pistols in the firearms market, and the pistol of choice for all branches of the United States Military (M17/M18), along with numerous law enforcement agencies and other military units worldwide.

What caused the malfunction? That’s still up in the air, but the actual pistol doesn’t seem to be the culprit. That leaves poor holster choice or operator error. Regardless, the article served its purpose, to disrupt pistol procurements. If not for DND, at least for LE Agencies in Canada.

– Eric Graves
Editor

Arnold Defense Teams with MSI Defense Solutions as an Integration Partner to Deliver FLETCHER

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Arnold Defense, the St. Louis based manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, has teamed with MSI Defense Solutions®, the North Carolina based specialist defense company to deliver integration solutions for Arnold’s unique FLETCHER land based, laser guided rocket launcher system. The FLETCHER precision guided 2.75-inch/70mm weapon system was first unveiled in 2017 at DSEi in London with several recent contracts being announced in October 2020.

Utilizing MSI Defense Solutions Vehicle Integration Kit (VIK) to mount the FLETCHER 2.75” launcher and firing APKWS® laser-guided rockets, the system has demonstrated exceptional performance. The VIK successfully completed its first ground based, APKWS guided rocket launch with impressive results. As an integrator with Arnold Defense’s recently announced FLETCHER launchers and BAE Systems’ APKWS laser-guided rockets, MSI has delivered rapid vehicle mounting options for the FLETCHER, fitting to a host of vehicle types and configurations.

Designed for transportability, efficiency, and ease of use, MSI’s VIK enables customer mission success. Following effective trials, the FLETCHER system has now been delivered, helping achieve defense superiority and safe standoff for armed forces. Leveraging features such as small form factor, vibration isolation, a customizable stowage solution, G-meter (with optional logging capability) aided by MSI’s aggressive delivery, customers now have immediate effectiveness in place. Precision strike capability has been delivered in near-record time to meet constantly emerging threats. 

With the growing need for ground-based weapons system configurations, MSI is developing integration kits for a variety of platforms to meet the needs of its customers, providing rapid-capabilities to perform critical missions with success. Together with Arnold Defense, MSI are working on some interesting new concepts that will see FLETCHER integrated in the marine environment on a RHIB and, in the air.

MSI Defense Solutions President, David Holden, is excited about the VIK success: “we have shown that the flexibility of the VIK enables customers to install on nearly any make and model of turret fitment, providing world-renowned ground-based lethality and standoff capability. We have also shown that we can deliver it in a very compressed timeline. Our fitments are available for remote weapons stations (RWS) like the Terrahawk as well, so we are able to give our customers a unique breadth of choice for guided rocket launching”.

Doug Wallace, President at Arnold Defense said: “Arnold Defense is pleased to have teamed with MSI Defense to integrate our FLETCHER surface-based rocket launcher on a variety of platforms”. He added: “FLETCHER has generated huge interest globally with its unique capability to deliver organic, long-range precision firepower to even the smallest tactical element. Having a capable, flexible and reliable integration partner such as MSI Defense Solutions® allows us to deliver exactly what our customers need onto any platform be that land, sea or air based.”

www.arnolddefense.com