Archive for the ‘weapons’ Category

Now Online in The Objective Series: SIG-MMG 338 Program (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

In 2017, U.S. SOCOM challenged industry to provide potential solutions that could fill the gap between its man-portable, medium machine gun—the 7.62 NATO M240B/L, and its 84-plus-pound sibling—the 50 BMG M2A, a gap that was made all too apparent in the 2009 battle of COP Keating in Afghanistan.

This is the first post in a two-part series that details the journey of SIG SAUER’s machine gun development effort that began with the SIG MMG 338 for U.S. SOCOM’s LMG-M program, transitioned to the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program, and is now returning to its roots.

Rampart Announces Exclusive Partnership with Milkor USA in Canada

Friday, April 12th, 2024

OTTAWA, ON — Rampart Corp., a leader in providing cutting-edge operational equipment to military and law enforcement agencies across Canada, is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with Milkor USA Inc. (MUSA), a renowned manufacturer in the defense technology sector.

Milkor USA, Inc. is recognized as a pioneering force in the development of launcher technology, dedicated to crafting solutions that address the rigorous demands of military and law enforcement agencies globally. Their unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the safety of their products has firmly established them as a leader in the defense sector, continually responding to the evolving needs of modern armed forces and law enforcement with high-quality, reliable operational equipment.

This partnership offers Canadian agencies unmatched access and support to Milkor’s innovative defense technologies, including the Less-Lethal Tactical Launcher (LTL). The LTL stands out for its superior quality, safety, and performance, setting a new standard in less-lethal solutions for riot and crowd control, as well as breaching operations. Designed exclusively for less-lethal munitions, it offers operational flexibility and rapid response capabilities, emphasizing Rampart’s commitment to equipping law enforcement with the most effective tools.
This strategic alliance aligns with both Rampart’s and Milkor’s mission to equip military and law enforcement with superior, reliable operational equipment. The collaboration promises to enhance the operational effectiveness and safety of Canadian agencies, offering them access to the best in launcher technology in the world.

Savage Arms 320 Tactical Shotgun Now Available in FDE

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – April 11, 2024 – Savage Arms®, an iconic firearm manufacturer, extends its popular 320 Tactical Shotgun line with the release of its 320 Tactical FDE. The smooth, reliable pump action and rugged build of the 320 have made it a top choice for so many and have resulted in multiple line extensions and options over several years.

“The 320 Tactical Shotgun is a mainstay in our lineup and we want to continue to offer new options,” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing at Savage Arms. “The 320 Tactical FDE is a make-sense addition and we’re excited to have it available now.”

This shotgun is available in both 12-gauge and 20-gauge models and weighs only 7 pounds. The 320 Tactical FDE features an 18.5-inch barrel, ghost ring sights and a flat dark earth matte synthetic stock with a pistol grip. Like all 320 shotguns, this 320 Security model has a smooth pump action, proven rotary bolt and dual slide-bars.

The Savage 320 Tactical FDE models feature:

• Pistol grip, Flat Dark Earth synthetic stock

• Ghost ring sights

• Dual slide-bars and rotary bolt

• 18.5-inch security barrel with heat shield

• Bottom-loading tube magazine

• Bottom Picatinny Rail

• 1-Piece Rail

• Five-plus-one capacity

Part No. / Description / MSRP

#19468 / 320 Tactical FDE, 12 GA. 18.5” Barrel / $331

#19469 / 320 Tactical FDE, 20 GA. 18.5” Barrel / $331

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The Objective by SIG SAUER: The Official Go-To Resource on Military Small Arms

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

NEWINGTON, N.H., (April 3, 2024) – SIG SAUER is proud to officially launch The Objective; the go-to industry resource for cutting-edge innovation in the world of military small arms technology.  This official blog from SIG SAUER is purposed to showcase the work of the SIG Defense team and the elite Special Weapons Group within SIG SAUER whose sole mission is to develop, innovate, and deliver groundbreaking SIG products.

The Objective is poised to feature stories on topics that include the development of the MCX-SPEAR and SIG-LMG, which are now fielded as the U.S. Army’s XM7 and XM250 Next Generation Squad Weapons; the M17 and M18 pistols, designed and manufactured by SIG for the Modular Handgun System with over 500,000 fielded and adopted by all branches of the U.S. military; and the ongoing development of the SIG-MMG 338, Medium Machine Gun, for the elite warriors of our nation’s Special Operations Command – and that’s just the start.

Through insightful topics that illuminate the world of weapon development The Objective will deliver unparalleled content about the cutting-edge world of military small arms technology direct from the team that is reshaping the modern battlefield through innovation.

Hitting The Objective the first post in the series is now available at

Kickstarter’s Soviet Weapons of the Afghan War Is In Its Final Week!

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

Written by Vlad Besedovskyy of Safar Publishing, “Soviet Weapons of the Afghan War” chronicles the arsenals that the Soviet Union developed and deployed to Afghanistan.

“Soviet Weapons of the Afghan War” is a meticulously researched and visually captivating book that dives deep into the arsenal that played a pivotal role in the conflict. Unlike other books on firearms, we are not focusing on the characteristic tables and manufacturing details, but instead we write about the practical use of the weapons. A substantial amount of effort was devoted to the examination of memoirs and conducting interviews with veterans in pursuit of the completion of this publication.

Get yours on Kickstarter before they are no longer available.

Next Generation Squad Weapon Tested at Army’s Cold Regions Test Center

Friday, March 29th, 2024

FORT GREELY, Alaska — It is vital that military equipment work wherever in the world American Soldiers need it, and extreme cold is a weather condition troops have had to contend with frequently in American history.

From Korea to Afghanistan, the lives of American Soldiers have frequently depended on properly functioning equipment in inhospitably frigid environments.

This fact led to a multiweek test of the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska early this year.

The XM7 and XM250 are successors to the M4 rifle and M249 light machine gun that American forces have used for decades. The new weapons boast improved accuracy and range, weigh less and fire with less recoil even though their 6.8-millimeter round is larger than the two legacy weapons’ 5.56 mm cartridge.

“The big idea behind this weapon is for close-combat forces,” said Steven Prewitt, test officer. “It’s a capability gap-filler for infantry and special forces, not necessarily an M4 replacement. It gives them a different tool.”

Even when outfitted with a flash suppressor, the XM7 weighs less than 10 pounds. The new weapon has a standard rifle scope with an etched reticle, but also much more.

“It has adjustable modes of operation where it can act like a red dot or close combat optic,” said Prewitt. “It also has a corrected aimpoint: it has a ballistic calculator and range finder built in, so if you range a target it takes into consideration your environmental conditions, the distance to target, and the attitude of the weapon to ensure first shot accuracy.”

Soldiers from the Army’s 11th Airborne stationed at Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson supported the testing.

“We had an organic troop, which was nice,” said Isaac Howell, senior test officer. “We had the entire leadership from the company commander on down.”

The Soldiers and testers utilized the weapons in rigorous scenarios, from static and kinetic ranges at Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright to maneuver live fires and ultimately a 72-hour simulated mission across CRTC’s vast ranges. All the while, a team of 16 data collectors recorded information in the weapons’ battery life, hit-miss data on targets the Soldiers engaged, and a variety of human factors data involving utilizing the weapons in extreme cold.

“We knew it was going to be extremely fast-paced and that usually means there will be changes,” said Monica Gaschler, senior data collector. “We settled on 16 data collectors, which meant one data collector per three Soldiers. 14 went out in the field, and two stayed in house to do quality assurance on the data and write test incident reports.”

Extreme cold was a coveted commodity for this test, and the weather forecast delivered beyond the highest hopes of the testers.

“We were fortunate to have some pretty substantial cold weather for the duration of the test,” said Prewitt. “The last urban rifle marksmanship course we did was -54 degrees Fahrenheit when we started, so it was incredibly cold.”

“The Soldiers really got to experience what a long, cold day was,” added Howell. “Every day they went out one week it didn’t get above minus 20. The next week it was hovering in the minus 30 to minus 40 range all day, every day.”

The majority of data collectors who supported the test traveled from Yuma Test Center in Arizona, which like CRTC is under the command of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground.

“It was an endurance challenge for data collectors from the desert,” said Gaschler. “It’s rare for data collectors to be out in the field in temperatures below minus 50 degrees, but they did it without complaints. They got every bit of data, and I am so proud of every one of them.”

“We’ve got a lot of data that is informing decisions,” added Howell. “It’s very fortunate that we had a good block of cold to test this equipment, especially something as prominent as the NGSW is going to be. It has definitely been a successful test.”

By Mark Schauer

Army Delivers Next Generation Squad Weapon to First Unit

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – A brigade from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell was the first unit equipped with the Army’s new Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) system today.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, accepted Next Generation Rifles and Automatic Rifles in preparation for New Equipment Training (NET) in April. NET is an in-depth, train-the-trainer course that prepares designated non-commissioned officers to facilitate follow-on training across the company.

“The process of developing and fielding new equipment is never without challenges and setbacks and speed bumps, so we’re celebrating the fact that we’re delivering on schedule, as promised,” said Lt. Col. Mark Vidotto, the NGSW lead for the Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team (SL CFT) at Fort Moore, Georgia. “It was a team effort from start to finish.”

The “start” was 2018, and the “team” included the SL CFT and their Program Executive Office Soldier partners, Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition, Sig Sauer, Vortex and a number of other stakeholders who teamed to hasten development and production of the new system after the requirement was identified in a 2017 study that recognized the need for weapons that will perform better at range.

More than 25,000 hours have been invested by Soldiers during the development and testing of the NGSW system, which includes the XM7 Rifle, the XM250 Automatic Rifle, the XM157 Fire Control and the 6.8 mm family of ammunitions.

LTC Mark Vidotto, Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) requirements manager for Army Futures Command, LTC Eric Evans, Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, CSM Ryan Jeffers, senior enlisted leader of the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, and MAJ Eric Forsgren, assistant product manager for the NGSW for PEO Soldier, pose for a group photo at an NGSW first unit equipped and unboxing event at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 28.

“The NGSW fielding is a culmination of a comprehensive and rigorous process of design, testing and feedback, all of which were led by Soldiers,” said Col. Jason Bohannon, project manager, Soldier Lethality, PEO Soldier. “As a result, the Army is delivering on its promise to deliver to Soldiers the highest quality, most capable small-caliber weapons and ammunition.” 

Based on modernization schedules, the Army will field NGSW systems to a National Guard armored brigade in May.

Note from SSD: This came from Army Futures Command. It did not include a photo but few people read articles without photos. I included the image at the top from PEO Soldier’s PM Soldier Lethality. It was not taken during this First Unit Equipped event and only illustrates the XM250 Automatic Rifle. The optic shown is not currently part of the program of record. The previous test event with the 101st was considered first unit issued. Later in the day, PEO Soldier released the two additional images.

Saab Receives Order for Carl-Gustaf from NATO Support and Procurement Agency

Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

Saab has received an order for the man-portable, multi-role weapon system Carl-Gustaf® from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The order value is approximately EUR 60 million (SEK 700 million) and the contract period is 2024-2027.

The order is placed on behalf of four NATO member nations within a framework agreement between Saab and the NSPA regarding Carl-Gustaf, including ammunition and equipment.

“We are honoured that the NSPA once again has chosen our trusted, reliable and effective Carl-Gustaf system,” 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 destroy an armoured vehicle or structure, or illuminating the battlefield during night operations.

The Carl-Gustaf system is supplied to more than 40 countries around the world.
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