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Friday, June 24th, 2022

The B&T BWC9 is a transformer, changing from a mild mannered lunch box into a 9mm firearm.

Well, that’s what it looks like anyway. See for yourself.

Yes, I’ll acknowledge the elephant in the room. It is quite similar in purpose to the upcoming Magpul x ZEV FDP-9 which is still in development.

It uses a SIG320 trigger group and carry slide with a limited run coming later this year from

Charyn Precision and LMS Defense Collaborate for a Limited Series 2011 Pistol

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

Charyn Precision and LMS Defense announce today a collaboration for a Limited Series 2011 Pistol Release. The limited series will consist of five custom 5” 2011 pistols and a special bonus gear package from industry partners, the total valued at over $10k. A follow-on second series of ten Commander 2011 pistols will be released later this year.

This is the first time LMS Defense has collaborated with a pistol maker to release a co-branded pistol. Josh Jackson, CEO of LMS Defense, added:

“We’re very excited to partner with David Charyn and Charyn Precision for our first Pistol collaboration. This was an easy decision for us because the LMS family knows David well, and we are familiar with his exacting standards and humble approach to everything he does. Charyn Precision is the natural result of David’s well known passion for both the industry and also the people behind it all, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Charyn Precision debut.”

ZEV Technologies Announces Their Official Launch Of The Christian Craighead OZ9

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

ZEV Technologies announces their official launch of the Christian Craighead OZ9. The launch is happening on Wednesday (6/15) at 5 pm EDT. ZEV collaborated with the famed SAS veteran to design a signature OZ9 with features consisting of a special coating called “Jackal Brown™”, aggressive slide serrations cut at 22 degrees, and a custom Craighead logo on the port side, and a modified Blackbeard logo on the other side.

“Team ZEV is more than happy to have collaborated on the Craighead OZ9. You’ll find it’s a unique handgun that not only shoots flat but, is also incredibly accurate and just aesthetically checks all the boxes.”

– Dan Groce, Director of Brand Engagement

FN’s Five-Seven Pistol Receives Major Upgrade

Monday, June 13th, 2022

(McLean, VA – June 13, 2022) FN America, LLC is proud to introduce the all-new FN Five-seveN® MRD optics-ready pistol chambered in 5.7x28mm. After decades of trusted service with global militaries, law enforcement and civilian sport shooters, the FN Five-seveN receives a complete design update with a factory-milled slide to accept most micro red dot optics. Coupled with major upgrades to the frame and slide, the new FN Five-seveN MRD sets a new standard for optic-interoperability, control and accuracy.

“The FN Five-seveN pistol has been immensely popular since its introduction. Its original design capturing the performance of the FN-designed 5.7x28mm cartridge made it an instant success, and it’s positioned to do it yet again with the dramatic redesign of the FN Five-seveN MRD,” said Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, LLC. “With the addition of an integral optics mounting system on the slide, an already accurate pistol now redefines what handgun accuracy means. We’re truly excited to bring this new pistol to market with features our customers want in their favorite FN caliber.”

The FN Five-seveN MRD, like its predecessor, is a 5.7x28mm-chambered, delayed blowback-operated pistol. The internal, single-action-only hammer produces a clean and consistent trigger pull that breaks at approximately 6 pounds, with minimal take-up and a short reset. FN’s 4.8-inch cold hammer-forged barrel combined with the inherent benefits of the design and high velocity bottleneck cartridge produces a flat-shooting pistol with extremely low felt-recoil. Users can stay on target with accuracy and precision at extended ranges, unmatched by any other semi-auto handguns.

“When we embarked on this design update for the Five-seveN MRD, we focused on the core benefits our user base wants in a modern pistol,” said John Ryan, Director of Product Management for FN America, LLC. “The Five-seveN pistol was already extremely accurate and reliable, although there was untapped performance in the design and cartridge to bring forward. Milling the slide in the factory allows for immediate mounting of almost any MRD on the market, with improved ergonomics and controls, the Five-seveN MRD delivers more precision and versatility for the modern handgunner.”

Following FN’s optics-ready pistol tradition, the Five-seveN MRD’s optic mount consists of a series of plates that mate the optic to the slide. Just like FN’s 509 optics-ready pistols, users are able to mount a miniature red dot sight within minutes using the corresponding plates and screws provided with the pistol. The system is compatible with most common miniature red dot sights including the Leupold DeltaPoint Pro, Trijicon RMR, Vortex Optics, Burris FastFire series, Docter Optics and more. The three-dot photo luminescent sights glow in low light conditions, are adjustable for elevation and windage and co-witness with certain optics. 

With newly enhanced slide serrations and extended cocking ridges at the rear of the slide, the Five-seveN MRD’s overall operability and user manipulations are vastly improved while the ergonomic changes to the frame’s backstrap allow for a more natural point of aim and better fit. A new stippled texturing on the grip frame along with more extensive front strap serrations improve grip consistency for complete control. The magazine release has also been enlarged and reshaped for intuitive control and rapid reloads. Carrying over from the original design are the 20-round standard magazine, safety selector located directly above the trigger, serrated trigger shoe and trigger guard.

The FN Five-seveN MRD is available in matte black or FN-signature flat dark earth (FDE) and ships in a zippered pistol case with two 20-round magazines and optics-mounting hardware required to mount an optic. To learn more about the FN Five-seveN MRD, please visit

FN America – Mid Range Gas Gun

Friday, June 10th, 2022

During last month’s Modern Day Marine Expo we introduced you to FN America’s Mid Range Gas Gun candidates for USSOCOM’s ongoing program.

While SCAR definitely influenced the development of this rifle, a lot is new. It shares an aluminum extrusion upper receiver, modular butt stock and modular lower with the SCAR, but everything is different.

The team went out to the various SOF components and asked what they’d like if FN were to design a new gun. Mostly they heard the common criticisms of SCAR like the lack of non-reciprocating charging handle, proprietary magazines, and so on. FN set out to rectify those issues and more.

Chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, the MRGG program called for two different weapons: a 14.5″ Assault version and a 20″ Sniper Support variant.

The weapon is modular and you can reconfigure barrel length or even caliber within three minutes by removing three bolts. The barrel and lower handguard come off as a unit. Bolts are now Torx spec rather than Hex to avoid stripping.

Additional modular components include the Forward Assist and Case Deflector along with the Ambidextrous Bolt Release. You can also swap out buttstock and pistol grip.

They re-engineered the lower receiver with a shorter distance between the grip and trigger than found on the SCAR. They also incorporated an AR-style rear charging handle as well as non-reciprocating side charging handles at either side. These can be removed by the shooter if desired.

Additionally, the lower receiver now accepts SR-25 pattern magazines and is made from aluminum. There are discussions of future caliber compatibility by producing a 5.56 lower like is used with the Mk17. All controls are ambidextrous. The gun incorporates a two-stage trigger developed in house.

The guns are both quite accurate. They are seeing 0.65 MOA for the Sniper model and .95 for the Assault. Recoil was extremely light, even for a rifle chambered in 6.5 CM and was very controllable on the full-auto setting of the Assault variant. Additionally, these rifles aren’t destroying optics and other enablers like we have seen with SCAR.

For this program, FN topped off their Cold Hammer Forged barrels with a HUXWRX suppressor.

The guns seen here are earlier prototypes and FN continues to refine the weapon. Hopefully, we’ll see more of this gun as it’s added to the FN lineup. They are also working on a name and hopefully they’ll unveil that soon as well.

CANSEC 22 – CADEX Defence

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

This is something a bit outside the defense realm but it’s doing a lot to inform future long range precision engagement. Meet the Cadex Defence CDX-50 TREMOR single single shot rifle configured for Extreme Long Range competitive shooting. It’s chambered for .416 Barrett although they also offer 50 BMG and 10x 100 BWA.

It features a 40” Barrel and is pretty heavy at around 40 lbs when fully kitted out with weights in order to provide stability during firing for the projectiles three mile journey to its target which takes about 10 seconds. The shooter has already reloaded while the bullet is in flight and takes direction for the next shot from spotters tracking the round.

You’ll also notice the ski-style bipod feet. The bipod itself slides along a track at the bottom of the chassis which integrates several MOA of adjustment in order to keep the shooter stable the further out it moves.

OpEx 22 – H&K

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Here’s the H&K 169, a 40mm grenade launcher you don’t see very often in North America. It incorporates the folding G36 stock.

Rampart Range Day 22 – ARWEN

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

When I saw the sign for ARWEN I was taken aback. I hadn’t seen that company in a long time. If you’re around my age, you may remember ARWEN from its Enfield days, as the 37mm Anti Riot Weapon ENfield gas and nonlethal baton launcher used by British forces during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

Currently offered in two variants, both the single and multi-shot (5 rounds) versions offer a roomy breach which makes it easy to get rounds in.

The ARWEN is currently in use with Canadian LE. Apparently, in 2001, Canadian Police Ordnance Company Inc., acquired rights to the anti-riot device and began production of the third generation gun. This includes foregrip and Picatinny rails. Last Fall, Kwesst bought CPOC and are in the process of updating it further.

Kwesst products can be procured by agencies, departments, and units in Canada from Rampart International.