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Spectre Operations Tabletop Gaming

September 27th, 2023

Spectre Operations is a tabletop wargame set in the ‘Ultra Modern’ era – kind of like Warhammer or Dungeons and Dragons.

We are about to release our 3rd Edition of the rules, now with even more depth and detail than ever before!

Spectre Operations provides the comprehensive rules for wargames set in the modern era on the tabletop. These rules will allow you to play a myriad of the situations that define Modern Warfare. Lead an Operation consisting of Combined forces against a Near Peer Opponent, Conduct a Special Operations mission to Eliminate a High Value Target, or Covertly Infiltrate and conduct an Intelligence gathering mission against a sensitive target – Spectre Operations allows you to play all aspects of these missions, and more.

We are aware that a big gateway interest in firearms at the moment comes from playing video games, and we really want to give another pathway for people that is a little more hands on and creative. Spectre Miniatures sell a comprehensive range of miniatures to support the rules, which require assembly and painting. We’ve found this is a great way for people of all ages to have some time to focus on a task and have a creative outlet. Following on from this, we have also had a lot of success with supporting Veterans groups, including the use of creative therapy.

Head on over to www.spectreminiatures.com to get your pre-order in today. Pre-Order includes a bunch of freebies and ships worldwide.

NDIA Future Forces Conference 23 Poster #3 – The Top-III DeJammer

September 27th, 2023

This is the third day we are sharing some of the posters presented during this week’s NDIA Future Force Capabilities Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. I’ll let them speak for themselves.

As always, contact info is on the poster.

The XM919 Individual Assault Munition

September 27th, 2023

During yesterday’s briefing by Joint Program Executive Office Ammunition at the Future Forces Capabilities conference in Huntsville, Alabama, they mentioned the XM919 Individual Assault Munition, a new close combat lethality capability which seems to have flown under the radar.

Turns out, Picatinny issued a request for proposal (RFP) in August for the production of the XM919 Individual Assault Munition (IAM), utilizing Full and Open Competition (F&OC) procedures.

Intended to replace the M72 LAW, M136 and M136A1 AT-4 anti-tank weapons, and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition, the XM919 IAM tactical munition is a disposable, lightweight, single shot, multi-target, and Fire from Enclosure (FFE) capable Shoulder Launched Munition (SLM).

The XM919 IAM is for combat units at the squad level, employed by an individual Soldier. This will reduce the Soldier’s need to carry multiple systems, as they will no longer have to choose between an anti-armor or an anti-structure capability.

According the the Army the full XM919 IAM system consists of the XM919 IAM tactical munition and training devices to include the XM922 Sub-Caliber Trainer, associated Sub-Caliber Tracer Cartridge, Field Handling Trainer (FHT), and spare parts.

Due to the Full and Open competition aspect of the Army’s effort, they are relying on industry to deliver the desired effect. Market surveys in previous years have led the Army to believe that industry is more than capable of making this happen.

For example, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems division released this video of their Individual Assault Munition during last year’s AUSA.

We will keep you up to date as the Army continues to pursue this new capability which is expected to begin fielding in FY26.

Team Barrett Shines as Justin Wolf Takes 2nd at the 2023 King of 2 Miles with New Barrett Rifle

September 27th, 2023

MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE — Barrett Firearms announces Justin Wolf and spotter James Archer’s 2nd place finish at the global 2023 King of 2 Miles competition, held at the NRA Whittington Center on September 22-24, 2023. What makes this result even more impressive is that Wolf was 1 of only 3 competitors who successfully engaged all 7 targets, the furthest being 3526 yards in the finals with a new Barrett rifle chambered in .416 Barrett using 500 grain Cutting Edge Lazer Bullets.

Justin Wolf and spotter James Archer’s with a resounding 2nd Place finish at the global 2023 King of 2 Miles competition.

The three-day event attracts the world’s best marksmen and is regarded as the ultimate proving ground for long-range shooting, pushing the boundaries of precision and equipment performance. Of 69 competitors, Barrett represented 11% of rifles competing in the extreme long range event yet reflected 21% of the global Top 14 finalists. Barrett’s competing rifle system was the only factory configured product represented in this year’s competition that typically showcases custom-built rifles.

Wolf said the results were a testament to the new Barrett rifle’s exceptional precision and the promise it holds for the future of long-range shooting. “It’s always amazing to shoot big ELR events like this. The feeling of accomplishment of making the finals and having this success with the new Barrett equipment is second to none.”

Bryan James, President of Barrett Firearms, said: “Justin’s performance with our rifle at the King of 2 Miles competition is a source of immense pride for Barrett. It is a testament to our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in long-range shooting. We look forward to officially unveiling this innovation to the world at the 2024 SHOT Show and bringing the same capability to the hands of marksmen who demand nothing but the best.”

Barrett Firearms invites media, industry professionals, and shooting enthusiasts to visit their booth #10344 or Industry Day at the Range during the 2024 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 23–26, 2024, where they can experience the new product firsthand and learn more about this revolutionary rifle’s specifications and capabilities.

For more information on Barrett Firearms please visit www.barrett.net.

Welcome to the Jungle: MARSOC Diversifies Training Environment

September 27th, 2023

HAWAII – A team of Marine Raiders recently completed a jungle tracking and mobility course as part of their pre-deployment training program.

The course, administered by instructors from the Tactical Tracking Operations School, teaches mobility in a jungle environment, rope and rappel work, jungle tracking, and anti-tracking techniques.

For roughly two weeks, the team worked on enhancing these skills to be able to effectively operate in a jungle environment while deployed.

“Looking at the Pacific and deployments in that region, learning these skills is essential,” said a critical skills operator. “For so long we trained for desert environments and now we have to look at where we could be needed next, and the jungle is top of that list.”

Since 2015, TTOS has been offering some manner of jungle training for U.S. Special Operations Command units, and in 2021, upon the arrival of their current vice president, Cody Carroll, the program began to evolve into what it is today.

“My last deployment as a reconnaissance officer was to the Pacific region,” said Carroll. “Through my own research and training, I realized most units didn’t have the hard skills or training to succeed in this environment.”

The creation of the current course was not about creating a new, innovative program, but more about getting back to how historical forces would have trained.

“These same problems that we have now: low visibility, difficulty for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, broken communications, and logistical issues, they all existed for troops during WWII and Vietnam,” Carroll said. “We didn’t need to reinvent the wheel, just build the skills that we stopped training because we spent 20 years in the desert.”

Throughout the two weeks, the team trained in every aspect of jungle mobility. They had to navigate thick brush, scale and rappel cliff faces, and traverse rivers and other water features. All while either tracking an adversary or preventing an adversary from being able to track them.

They also spent time learning jungle specific counter improvised explosive device techniques, reaction to contact in dense vegetation, and setting and countering ambushes.

“You see guys that are newer to the team start out very hesitant in these different drills and in tracking,” said a CSO. “By the end of it, the confidence is through the roof, you’ll see those same guys find a track and maneuver the jungle like they’ve been doing it their whole lives.”

The course culminates with an exercise designed to last up to 72 hours where the students are ambushed by an adversary and must regroup and utilize their command and control to organize tracking teams to capture the adversary using all of the tracking and mobility techniques learned over the two weeks.

The team all responded positively to the training, praising its effectiveness and the foundation it provides for SOF units to build upon as they deploy to regions where this sort of mobility is needed.

“I’ve been through this training with two teams now and both experiences were beneficial to everyone on the team,” a CSO said. “I really think every company that can deploy to a jungle environment should come do this training. It’s invaluable.”

Story by Cpl Henry Rodriguez II,

Marine Forces, Special Operations Command

New Firearms Guide 14th Edition with 24,200 Printable Gun Manuals, Schematics, Blueprints, and Old Catalogs Is Published

September 26th, 2023

Impressum Media Inc., Los Angeles, CA – September 25.2023 – Impressum Media Inc. proudly announces the imminent release of the 14th Edition of the Firearms Guide by Chris Mijic. This new edition contains significantly updated values and information reflecting new changes in the gun industry. For the year 2023/2024, it introduces an impressive array of new firearm makes and models, alongside the inclusion of 3,000 newly added gun schematics, blueprints, manuals, and old guns & ammo catalogs. Notably, this edition features a treasure trove of original printable catalogs and brochures from esteemed manufacturers such as Colt, Smith & Wesson, Savage Arms, Browning, Beretta, Winchester, Charles Daly, Sig Sauer, CZ, FN, and more.

Impressum Media Inc. is currently offering a special promotion during its first launch week. You can enjoy a 25% discount on our products by using the promo code: 14PROMO. Please note that this fantastic deal will expire on October 02, 2023. Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer!   (this special promotion is ONLY advertised in this press release)

Published since 2009 at www.firearmsguide.com for both gun enthusiasts and shooting industry professionals worldwide, Firearms Guide is the world’s largest:

1. A Gunsmithing Library with 24,200 zoomable and printable hi-res gun schematics, blueprints, gun manuals, and old guns & ammo catalogs – for all types of antique and modern guns (3,000 newly added just in this Edition)

• This huge Gunsmithing Library provides gunsmiths with 24/7 access to printable high-resolution gun schematics (exploded views, drawings, or diagrams) with gun parts lists with original parts numbers, blueprints with dimensions for complete guns or gun parts, cross-sectional views, printable complete original gun manuals for antique and modern guns, old guns and ammo catalogs from 1800s to today, and Ammunition Dimensions (Case & Bullet) Guide.

• When they sell antique guns, the Gun Shop owners can print out that gun’s original manual for their customers

2. A Reference Guide that presents over 80,000 antique and modern firearms, air guns, and ammunition with Tech Specs, Hi-Res Color Pictures, Features, Ballistics, and Prices from 1,743 manufacturers from 62 countries.

• With its 14 search criteria like Year, Price, Action, Caliber, Country, Stock Type, etc., Firearms Guide enables fast, complex searches of 80,000 antique and modern guns and side-by-side comparisons of search results – more precise search results than Google.

• Guns are cross-referenced with the searchable Ammo Database with over 7,000 different rounds with ballistics and ammo pictures.

• Over 58,000 high-resolution color pictures of guns in resolutions up to 4000 x 1492.

3. A Gun Value Guide that presents antique and modern guns with gun values online based on 100% – 30% condition ratings

4. Gun Make Codes, Marks, Crests, Stamps, Proofs, and Trademarks Graphic Guide for easier antique and modern firearms identification

• Check visually over 880 Gun Make Codes, Marks, Crests, Stamps, Proofs, and Trademarks to find the same as on your gun and to identify the manufacturer

The New Firearms Guide Flash Drive 14th Edition is published as:

1. A cloud-based, searchable Online Edition

2. A Flash Drive Edition for Windows User

The Flash Drive Edition ensures privacy and discretion, allowing users to conduct research on any Windows computer and print gun blueprints without leaving any online browsing traces. The Online Edition offers free updates and guarantees anonymous activation and use, eliminating any tracking or data collection, unlike conventional internet search engines.

The publisher made this new 14th Edition of the Firearms Guide available for gun shops’ retail distribution on 6-month Activation Cards.

“When purchased in the gun shop, these new Firearms Guide Activation Cards enable a buyer to anonymously activate and use the newest Firearms Guide Online Edition for 6 months,” says Chris Mijic, publisher of Firearms Guide. “Firearms Guide Online Edition Activation Cards represent a modern approach to gun publication sales in gun shops. They empower gun shop owners to provide cutting-edge products to their customers, boosting shop revenue through repeat sales.”

Firearms Guide14th Edition is available at www.firearmsguide.com

Noble Biomaterials Launches CIRCUITEX SIGMA at AUSA Tradeshow

September 26th, 2023

Berry-compliant signature management program defines a new era for military technology. Electronic and thermal shielding solution protects against energy sensors that detect equipment and soldiers.

SCRANTON, PA. [September 26, 2023] Noble Biomaterials, a global leader in antimicrobial and conductivity solutions for soft surface applications, announces the launch of CIRCUITEX® SIGMA, (Signature Management) with Select Fabricators at the AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C, October 9-11, 2023.

Select Fabricators, a leading U.S. Manufacturer of RF/EMI shielding enclosures, will showcase its new line of products with CIRCUITEX® SIGMA technology at AUSA. Select’s portfolio of products includes RF/EMI shielding tents, boxes, and large-scale modular enclosures. The company supplies product to the U.S. Government for several applications from SCIFS, vehicles, digital forensics, to small electronic device shielding and RFIS isolation.

“We are seeing demand increase for advanced signature management technology,” says Andrew Pluta, President of Select Fabricators. “Our customers require energy management solutions that control data and shield from advanced electromagnetic sensors. Capabilities that mitigate detection are a vital part of our business. Our partnership with Noble allows us to have an advantage in the signature management space for both thermal and electrical protection.”

CIRCUITEX® SIGMA uses a proprietary silver-based technology that shields emissive thermal signatures such as body heat, engine heat, and active firearms — anything that produces a thermal signature. In addition to emissive shielding benefits, CIRCUITEX® SIGMA can reflect electrical registrations as well. The combination delivers advanced protection allowing military units to stay virtually undetected by advanced sensors. 

“Developing products for combat has changed dramatically,” says Joel Furey, Noble Biomaterials Co-founder, and Chief Commercial Officer. “Our domestically manufactured silver technology delivers mission critical solutions that protect lives and valuable equipment. We have refined our product portfolio to meet and exceed expectations while maintaining our Berry-complaint status. The team in Scranton is very proud of the impact our products have on the market, and how they are being delivered.”

Select Fabricators will display its full range of products at the AUSA Annual Meeting, October 9-11 inclusive of Berry-compliant Circuitex Sigma. For interest and inquiries visit booth #544 or call +1 888.599.6113. For more information on CIRCUITEX®, visit noblebiomaterials.com/circuitex

Noble has a history of groundbreaking innovation, from the first EPA-approved silver antimicrobial to the first silver technology in an FDA-approved medical device to the first antimicrobial on the International Space Station. The company is committed to pushing the barriers of material science with its proprietary silver-coating technology, which has been a cornerstone for building its technology portfolio. 

Noble Biomaterials is a registered FDA medical device facility, an essential sole-source technology supplier to the US military, and a US EPA–registered antimicrobial manufacturer. Noble products are EPA, FIFRA, BPR, and CE conforming.

For more information on Noble Biomaterials and to view their full range of fabric applications, please visit www.noblebiomaterials.com

Select Fabricators will display at AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington D.C, October 9-11, 2023 at BOOTH #544. Contact directly 1 (888) 599 6113 and visit their full product assortment at www.select-fabricaotrs.com  


SOFWERX – Air-Launched Loiter Munition Collaboration Event

September 26th, 2023

SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM Program Executive Office – Fixed Wing (PEO-FW), Stand-Off Precision Guided Munitions (SOPGM) Program, will host a Collaboration Event (CE) on 2 November 2023 to demonstrate and integrate Air-launched Loiter Munition (ALM) capabilities.

The SOPGM Program Office currently supports Special Operations Forces (SOF) aircrews with short range munitions that are employed directly to known targets, visually identified by the shooter aircraft before launch, and utilize Global Positioning System (GPS) or Semi-Active Laser (SAL) for terminal guidance. The dependencies for this employment method will place SOF Operators at an unacceptable risk during engagements in highly contested areas. New solutions are required to provide identification, tracking, and engagement of moving or mobile targets in a time compressed environment. SOF aircraft must be prepared to efficiently engage moving targets on the time scale it would face during any potential conflict with a well-resourced peer or near-peer adversary attempting an act of aggression. Traditional airborne moving target intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors currently employed by SOF will be inadequate for such a scenario due to deficiencies in survivability, speed, range, or sensor performance. Considering these capability gaps, USSOCOM is looking for ALMs to decrease the engagement time from minutes to seconds, improve targeting solutions, and increase the survivability of SOF.

Event Objectives
1) Explore potential ALM solutions with Industry, Academia, and Labs based upon an understanding of current SOCOM use cases and operational landscapes for future conflicts. Recent conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere have demonstrated mature ground-launched loiter munition capabilities. This, combined with the emergence of Air Launched Effects (ALE), should provide a shorter path to viable and mature ALMs.

2) Investigate the trade-space, to include:

a) Endurance, Range, Cruise and Max Airspeeds
b) Payload Capacity
c) Sensors/Seekers, Semi-Active Laser (SAL), Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR), Radio Frequency (RF), Automatic Target Recognition (ATR), Automatic Target Detection (ATD)
d) Command and Control (C2) Data-Link, Telemetry, Transponder, Flight Termination System
e) Counter Detection
f) Warhead and Fusing
g) Employment from various SOCOM aircraft (ex: AC-130J, MQ-9, MQ-1, MH-60, and others)
h) Aircraft Integration standards such as MIL-STD-1760/1553, Universal Armament Interface (UAI), Battle Management System (BMS), Common Launch Tube (CLT), and 14-inch lug racks.

3) Future proof the system for technology upgrades, with considerations for Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), Weapons Open Systems Architecture (WOSA), and Weapons Government Reference Architecture (GRA), as well as producibility concerns.

4) Identify Risks, Issues, and Opportunities.

Request to Attend NLT 12 October 2023 11:59 PM ET.