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US Secret Service Adopts Glock 19 MOS Gen 5 in 9mm

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Earlier today in an internal message to the Secret Service, Director James Murray announced the adoption of the same technology as recently selected by the US Customs and Border Protection, the 9mm Glock 19 MOS Gen 5.

Everyone in Secret Service, including uniformed division members, will be issued the G19 MOS Gen 5 9mm to replace their current SIG 229 pistol in .357.

Additionally, SOD will issue the G47 MOS Gen 5 and G26 Gen 5 in 9mm.

Members will receive new equipment training and be issued the new sidearm along with Pistol light and Holster.

The weapons will be purchased off of the CBP contract and transition will be completed by 2021.

NSWC Crane Hosts First United Kingdom Light Weapon Design Course for Expeditionary Professionals

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) hosted Expeditionary professionals for its first Light Weapon Design Course led by Cranfield University, a postgraduate university based in the United Kingdom that specializes in defense technology.

“This is the first time the Light Weapon Design has been brought to Crane,” says Adam Parsley, a Division Manager at NSWC Crane. “The Small Arms Weapon Systems Division was able to really enhance the learning experience for all the students with the access we have to weapons, ammunition, and the firing range.”

Parsley says the Light Weapon Design Course teaches the fundamentals of weapon operation and design.

“It focuses on the development of light weapons, or small arms, and their design and operation today,” says Parsley. “Through this course, our Expeditionary employees will better understand the reasoning behind design parameters – heat dissipation, durability, signature, recoil – and will have better concepts of how to design and test weapons.”

Chris Shaffer, an engineer at NSWC Crane, took part in Cranfield’s Light Weapon Design Course. Shaffer says these highly specialized courses from Cranfield help with workforce development.

“These courses offer Expeditionary professionals the opportunity to gain unique, hands-on experience,” says Shaffer. “They can take the engineering concepts, ideas, and skills they learned in undergrad and apply them to military devices. For these jobs in Expeditionary Warfare, the workforce needs specialized knowledge.”

Students from other commands traveled to NSWC Crane to participate in the course.

“The Light Weapon Design Course was fantastic,” says Erin Thompson, a Weapons Team Engineer at Marine Corps Systems Command. “I learned so much that will be directly applicable to my job and make me more effective for the Marine Corps. Chris Shaffer and the Crane team were great and the access we were afforded to the weapons was incredibly beneficial.”

“I thought the class was really well done,” says Elizabeth Palm, a Test Officer at US Army Cold Regions Test Center. “Adam and Chris did a great job coordinating with Cranfield to be able to offer so much hands-on time with a variety of weapons, especially the foreign ones. And of course any chance to get out on the range is always a good day!”

Cranfield University is in its second year of offering Masters of Science courses at Crane. The Light Weapon Design Course is the seventh Cranfield course since its inception.

“Cranfield offers courses in weaponry, munitions, sensors, and communications that most colleges and universities just don’t have,” says Parsley. “They also have packaged these courses in this condensed, one-week format that is optimal for the working professional who wants to pursue an advanced degree.”

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s Warfighter.

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications


Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

B&T displayed their 9mm APC9K, recently adopted by the US Army as the new Sub Compact Weapon. So far, 10 weapons have been delivered and an order for the remainder of the initial procurement of 350 APC9Ks should be soon. Ultimately, the Army requires about 1,000 SCWs for the requirement outlined below.

The SCW requirement arose from the Military Police. United States military operations take place worldwide and in all types of terrains as well as under every environmental condition. The Secretary of the Army and/or the Chief of Staff approves senior commanders and key personnel as High Risk Personnel (HRP). HRPs are authorized a Personal Security Detail (PSD), which are assigned to guard against outlined threats. To address this operational need, PSD military personnel require weapons with greater lethality than pistols that are more concealable than rifles. The ultimate objective of this program was to acquire a highly concealable Sub Compact Weapon (SCW) system capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal force while accurately firing at close range with minimal collateral damage.

Although it’s seen here equipped with an Aimpoint ACRO Red Dot Sight, there’s no word on which, if any, optical sight the US Army will use. They do however, come equipped with backup iron sights.

There is a great deal of interest in the SCW by federal law enforcement. Interestingly, B&T can provide lower receivers which accept GLOCK or SIG P320 magazines, rather than the proprietary B&T magazines seen here.

TRIGGRCON 19 – GEN 12 from Genesis Arms – 12 GA Upper Receiver for AR10

Monday, July 29th, 2019

The GEN-12 from Genesis Arms is a 12 ga upper receiver group for use with DPMS 308AR (gen1) lowers.

The short recoil operates as a delayed blowback with the barrel actually moving each time it is fired, like on a GLOCK. You can see the guide for the barrel in the end of the handguard. They are currently developing a standoff system for use as a breaching shotgun.

The reciprocating charging handle is on the right side of the receiver.

In addition to the upper, they provide a reliability package with beefed up springs for the bolt catch and magazine release.

Due to the operating system, the lower can be fitted with a folding stock.


The GEN 12 uses proprietary magazines. Five round versions are currently available, but they are working on a 10 rounder. The biggest issue was working out the curve shape for a smooth feed.

Here, you can see the follower.

TRIGGRCON 19 – Maxim Defense PDX 300BLK

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Maxim Defense is displaying the 300BLK variant of their PDX. Set to ship by October, this example incorporates a pistol brace which is great for those who need the accommodation as well as users who require the compact for factor of a pistol but can’t wait to transfer an SBR such a LEOs who must purchase their own firearms for work. Pictured is also a Maxim Defense suppressor, currently under development. Alternatively, it cases fitted with the Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE Muzzle Booster. But the real magic here is the gas system which handles both super and sub sonic cartridges without any manual adjustments.

Barrel Length: 5.5”
Colors: Black or Arid
Overall Length: 18.75”
Weight (empty): 5 lbs 11 oz
Stock: Maxim Defense SCW™ stock system (SBR and Pistol Brace)
Trigger: ALG Combat Trigger (ACT)

TRIGGRCON 19 – SilencerCo MAXIM Non-NFA Pistol Update

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Now that the cat’s out of the bag on the Non-NFA version of SilencerCo’s delayed blowback MAXIM Pistol, they’re publicly showing it. This 9mm pistol is specifically designed to operate with a detachable suppressor of your choice.

As you can see, the fixed barrel is threaded for supressor attachment. This design allows the Red Dot to be mounted in front of the ejection port so it won’t slam back and forth as the pistol fires, allowing you to stay on target and less wear and tear on the optic.

In this configuration, the pistol’s lines give me a Walther vibe.

No date yet on when it will be released.

Milwaukee Police Department Transitions to SIG SAUER P320 as Official Duty Pistol

Friday, July 19th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (July 18, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the City of Milwaukee Police Department is transitioning to the SIG SAUER P320, 9mm pistol as their official duty firearm. The Milwaukee Police Department is a municipal police force comprised of seven districts with approximately 1,800 sworn officers.

“We chose the SIG SAUER P320 as the official duty firearm for the men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department based on the pistol’s superior performance, accuracy, and dependability throughout our rigorous testing process,” began Chief Alfonso Morales, Milwaukee Police Department.  “During this transition we are finding that our officers appreciate the ability to choose their grip size based on the modularity of the P320, and we are seeing the positive effects of this comfort in higher qualifying scores overall.  Our transition to the SIG SAUER P320 has been seamless, and we couldn’t be more pleased with our decision to make it the official duty pistol of the Milwaukee Police Department.” 

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing.  The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

“SIG SAUER is honored to earn the trust of the men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department through their selection of the SIG SAUER P320 Pistol as their official duty pistol,” added Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER Inc.  “The unprecedented modularity of the P320 will serve this large department, with a diverse group of officers, well into the future, and we look forward to developing a long partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department.”

The SIG SAUER P320 pistols for the Milwaukee Police Department are being distributed through Streicher’s, Milwaukee, WI. 

Sneak Peek – Developmental Maxim 9 Non-NFA from SilencerCo

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

This is a developmental pistol from SilencerCo, with an action based on the Maxim 9. Its fixed barrel and proprietary delay system, push the gas forward, so it is created specifically to run with a detachable suppressor.

For those of you slow on the uptake, this pistol is not integrally suppressed. In this case, it features an attached Omega 9K.

Nonreciprocating front sight. Booster not required. Picatinny rail.

Here’s a comparison shot with the NFA Maxim9.

Coming “soon” from SilencerCo.