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Kongsberg Awarded Contract to Deliver XM914 Remote Weapon Stations to the US Marine Corps for the Marine Air Defense Integrated System

Monday, September 21st, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, Penn. – Sept. 21, 2020 – Kongsberg Protech Systems USA has been awarded a contract to qualify an XM914 (30mmx113mm) remote weapon station (RWS) in support of the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) Program Manager Ground Based Air Defense Office. The systems will be integrated on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) and will include a number of specialized counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) and air defense capabilities. Kongsberg USA will deliver test articles and assist the USMC in performing Design Verification Testing (DVT) toward future production deliveries.

The Kongsberg XM914 RWS is the first 30mm remote weapon station to be qualified on the JLTV platform. It includes the XM914E1 30mmx113mm DC driven cannon with a co-axial M240 (7.62mm) machine gun, an integration kit for the Stinger Air-To-Air Launcher (ATAL) and provisions for future C-UAS defeat systems. The XM914 RWS leverages a significant number of components, Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), and capabilities from other Kongsberg RWS and Medium Caliber Turrets already delivered to both the USMC and the United States Army to bring logistical support efficiencies and overall commonality.

“Although a new class of weapon and station, it is based on a proven design and previously qualified components to provide the Marine Corps with a low-risk system that reduces the burden of provisioning and training across the service,” said Jeff Wood, general manager, Kongsberg Protech Systems USA. “We are very excited to have been selected once again by the Marine Corps for a challenging RWS program. We look forward to helping them meet an aggressive delivery schedule and provide Marines with a critical lethality capability.”

Kongsberg was recently selected to design and manufacture the remote Medium Caliber Turret (MCT) for the United States Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV)-30 program. Kongsberg also provides all medium weight RWS for the Corps’ ACV and AAV platforms.

Kongsberg is the world’s leading manufacturer of RWS, delivering nearly 20,000 RWS units to more than 20 countries worldwide. All RWS systems – including turrets – bound for U.S. customers are manufactured in Kongsberg’s Johnstown, Penn. facility with significant support from a U.S. supply base.   

German Bundeswehr Selects CG Haenel’s MK556 Carbine to Replace H&K G36

Monday, September 14th, 2020

According to the German language publication Soldat und Technik, the German Army has selected the CG Haenel MK556 carbine to replace the G36. The MK556 is a short-stroke piston design in 5.56mm NATO.

This ends the service’s multi-year search for a G36 replacement. The program to purchase around 120,000 new rifles began in 2017 and suffered a slight set back in 2019 when testing had to be reaccomplished. The G36 entered service in 1997 and underwent two upgrades during its service.

The MK556 beat out the new Heckler & Koch HK433 which was developed specifically for this tender after the German government told H&K that their existing HK416 (adopted by the German Kommando Spezialkräfte or, Special Forces) was too expensive.

Interestingly enough, Haenel part of the Merkel Group, which is under Tawazun Holding (United Arab Emirates) (Caracal). So the Bundeswehr is essentially getting a lower cost HK416.

This Looks Promising

Monday, August 24th, 2020

SilencerCo Announces Production of AR-15 Lower, Shipping This Week

Monday, August 10th, 2020

August 10th, 2020 — West Valley City, UT – SilencerCo, the world’s largest firearm suppressor company, has announced the latest addition to their lineup of parts and accessories–the SilencerCo billet AR-15 lower receiver.

Silencerco is excited to offer consumers a high-quality, fully customizable AR-15 lower.

With a reputation of going above and beyond to design and manufacture the industry’s best products, SilencerCo has put the same amount of care and time to make the industry’s finest, billet lower.

“For years, SilencerCo has aggressively ventured into various segments of the firearms industry with innovations like the Maxim 9, Maxim 50, and Radius. I was confident our engineering team could bring unique features and options to a lower receiver as well. We accomplished our goal by including a unique ambidextrous bolt catch, integrated QD sling cups and integrated trigger guard, all at an affordable price,” said Scott Clinger, SilencerCo’s VP Business Development. “As we continue to expand our line of firearms accessories, it is a natural progression to make a quality AR-15 lower.”

With an MSRP of $249, the SilencerCo lower is available for purchase now exclusively at Brownells, Capitol Armory, and Silencer Shop.

Click here for more information on the lower.

SIG SAUER’s Cross Bolt Action Rifle Now Shipping

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

We keep getting told to social distance and there’s no better way to do that than while hunting and SIG’s new CROSS Rifle has got you covered if you want to hunt this season with a new rifle.

In fact, the CROSS is just part of a whole package including BDX optics which puts the reticle right on target and ammunition, loaded for hunting. They even offer suppressors.

The bolt-action CROSS is available in the ever-popular .308, the up-and-coming 6.5 Creedmoor and soon, chambered for the new 277 SIG FURY, based on the 6.8mm next generation ammunition and weapon work SIG has done for the US Army.

There’s also a special FirstLite edition that I really like which features their camouflage pattern.

– Under 6.5 lbs
– Folding Precision-Style Stock
– 1-Piece receiver for increased accuracy
– Available in .308 / 277 SIG FURY with a 16″ barrel (collapsible to 25″)
– Available in 6.5 Creedmoor with an 18″ barrel (collapsible to 27″)
– Designed and built in the U.S.A

Roll Your Own – SIG SAUER Offering Stand Alone P320 Custom Works Fire Control Unit

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

For decades you’ve been able to assemble your own M1911A1 and over the past few years, DIY gunsmiths have assembled Glock clones. Now, SIG SAUER is entering the fray with stand alone P320 Custom Works Fire Control Unit.

This serialized item contains the trigger assembly and is essentially the firearm, so unlike so-called 80% firearms, you’ll need to transfer the FCU through an FFL, but once you get it, you can build a completely custom version of the P320.

This is going to unleash a flood of aftermarket P320 parts. Already, ZEV has released some items and the B&T Universal Service Weapon for the P320 has been out for awhile.

The natural follow-on to this is customization of DoD’s new arsenal of M17/18 Modular Handgun Systems like this version mocked up by SIG as a concept demonstrator.

Chambers Custom Announces a Limited Edition Project with Knights Armament Company

Friday, July 24th, 2020

July 2020 Crete, NE – Chambers Custom Pistols has been making waves in the custom 1911 and 2019 platform market space since 2010. With a mission to build reliable, accurate, and beautiful 1911 style pistols for discriminating gun owners they have focused their talents on producing perfection within their Collector Grade Limited Edition series and their Custom Carry Packages. Now they have their sights set on new concepts for the Professional Series.

Early this week Chambers inked a deal to work with veteran-owned Knight’s Armament Company, an industry recognized leader in the manufacturing of rifles, suppressors, and weapon accessories, on a series of 10 limited edition series firearms packages.

“I consider it an honor and a privilege to be partnering with Knight’s Armament Company on this special project,” stated Joe Chambers. “I feel that Chambers and Knight’s are both incredibly dynamic companies that know what the discriminating firearms enthusiast is looking for and we will deliver it with this new Professional Series package.”

These 2 industry leaders will be teaming up to assemble one of the most sought after custom packages ever. Chambers Custom will be designing a specialized Commander sized 9mm 2019 handgun, and Knight’s Armament will support with a 16-inch SR-25 in 6.5 Creedmoor. Detailed specifications regarding the builds are still under wraps while additional items are being vetted for inclusion in this exclusive deal.

Launch dates and pricing are not yet available on this exciting new custom package but you can contact [email protected] to start receiving update notifications.

Luxemburg-based Finance Company Compagnie du Développement de l’Eau Acquires Majority Stake in Germany’s Heckler & Koch

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Last week, Heckler & Koch announced that Compagnie du Développement de l’Eau, a finance company based in Luxembourg has acquired a majority stake in H&K.

Here is the announcement machine translated from the German original. Please excuse any syntax issues.

Luxembourg financial holding company CDE takes over a majority stake in the traditional weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch


The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has given the Compagnie de Développement de l’Eau (CDE) approval to acquire a majority stake in H&K AG. New majority shareholder supports economic recovery and thus guarantees long-term stability. CDE stands by locations and the “Green Country Strategy” and wants to expand Heckler & Koch’s technology leadership.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) approved the shareholder Compagnie de Développement de l’Eau (CDE) S.A., Luxembourg, to acquire a majority stake in H&K AG on July 15, 2020. The board of H&K AG was informed today that the CDE owns a majority stake in H&K AG.

The CEO of H&K AG, Dr. Jens Bodo Koch says: “We are very interested in clear and stable ownership. With a financially strong, long-term oriented majority owner like CDE, the economic stability of H&K is now guaranteed sustainably. The consolidation course started in 2018 can now be continued consistently. ”

After years of losses, H&K again achieved a profit of EUR 1.6 million in the past year. With a view to the first half of 2020, the Management Board expects a further increase in sales and an improvement in earnings.

900 future-proof and innovative jobs

H&K expressly welcomes the fact that continuity, stability and expansion of the technology leadership of the Oberndorf company enjoy special priority for CDE and that the new majority shareholder supports investments in production and development capacities in Germany in this context. “With CDE’s commitment, a good 900 future-proof and innovative jobs have been secured in Oberndorf,” says CEO Jens Bodo Koch.

CDE has been a H&K shareholder for five years and expressly supports the company’s “Green Country Strategy”. After that, the company only supplies democratic countries, which belong in particular to NATO and / or the EU, and are treated as equal to NATO. It is one of H&K’s corporate principles that weapons belong in the right hands. For H&K, these are soldiers and police officers in democratic countries, who ensure the security and integrity of citizens. They deserve the best equipment for their indispensable and often challenging hard work.

Continuation of the growth and innovation course

With the new majority owner, H&K can continue the growth and innovation course embarked on by the board. The success of this course is already visible. In 2019, the operating profit before taxes (EBITDA) was 30.3 million euros (12.6% of sales), 63 percent higher than in 2018 (18.6 million euros or 8.4% of sales) ). After a successful first half of the year, H&K expects to see profitable growth in 2020 despite the corona pandemic due to its sustainable business policy.

H&K’s return to the profit zone can be attributed on the one hand to a cost reduction program and a significant increase in production efficiency, and on the other to an agreement with the workforce to contribute to the consolidation of the company through additional work while at the same time reducing wages.

The positive development made it possible for H&K to put together an investment package worth 25 million euros, which has been used to modernize production and improve the infrastructure since July 2019 until next year. The company is now operationally profitable enough to manage investments like this from its own cash flow.

The overall outlook for the next few years is also positive. H&K was able to record record orders for the second year in a row. In the current year, the company has started delivering 2,000 medium-range weapons to the Hessian police to protect citizens in the event of terror and amok cases. Also this year, the Bundeswehr special forces will launch the new G95K (HK 416 A7) assault rifle from H&K. This weapon replaces the G36K, which also comes from Oberndorf. H&K’s latest success is the start of delivery of just over 6,000 M110A1 (Squad Designated Marksman Rifle / Rifle Scope / SDMR) precision rifles to the US Army.

We want people to be able to live safely. Our products are designed to protect people in liberal, democratic countries from threats and violence. Heckler & Koch is the leading manufacturer of handguns for the NATO and EU countries and is proud that its assault rifles are standard equipment for many European armed and security forces.