TYR Tactical

MDM 22 – FN America MRGG

May 10th, 2022

FN America has unveiled their new Mid Range Gas Gun. While it definitely shares DNA with the SCAR, it’s enough of a new gun to warrant a new name.

Offered in two variants MRGG-A for Assault and MRGG-S for Sniper Support. The most glaring differences between the two variants are a 14.5″ barrel for MRGG-A and 20″ MRGG-S as well as different pistol grips and buttstock for the two versions. However, the side-folding adapter fits with an M4 standard buttstock so the shooter can configure the stock as he sees fit.

Controls are ambidextrous. Additionally, only MRGG-A offers full-auto fire. Otherwise, it’s semi and safe selectors for both, but it is more ergonomic than on the SCAR. There’s also a two-stage trigger which was designed in house.

A very interesting feature is that there are non-reciprocating side charging at both left and right as well as a rear AR-style charging handle. These are all user configurable.

They have also introduced a combination forward assist and brass deflector as well as ejection port cover.

The two rifles are offered with swappable cold hammer forged barrels in 6.5 Creedmoor and 7.62 NATO. MRGG accepts SR25 pattern magazines.

The optic package on this MRGG-A is a Gen 3 Vortex Razor 1-10×24 in a Badger C1 mount and Leupold Delta Point Pro back up sight.

The optic on this MRGG-S is a Gen 2 Vortex Razor 4-27×50 in a Spuhr 4002 mount with FN ELITY.

To mount enablers, there’s a a full length Mil Std 1913 rail along the top to a point where the handguard steps down to offer an MLOK compatible perch for a laser pointer below the line of sight of the optic. There are MLOK slots at 3-6-9 O’clock as well as at lower 45 degrees.

There is an adjustable gas block with suppressed and unsuppressed settings while the Gas Regulator is now buried in the receiver assembly and redesigned to reduce flash while shooting under NODS.

Finally, both MRGG models are fitted with HUXWRX Safety Co suppressors.

Look for more information during next week’s SOFIC as well as a follow-on range report.

MDM 22 – Gentex USMC Integrated Helmet System Candidate

May 10th, 2022

Gentex is displaying their candidate for the Marine Corps’ Integrated Helmet System program.

A true system, they offer a scalable approach with a high cut ECH level protection helmet but at 12% lighter than the current helmet. To this bolt-less shell is added ARC rails and modular bungee shroud. It will also accommodate AMP headset with rail arms.

This baseline configuration can be further upgraded to the RAILINK, a powered system we’ll discuss in-depth during next week’s SOFIC.

Currently under evaluation by the USMC.

2022 Modern Day Marine

May 10th, 2022

Getting ready to kick off the first Modern Day Marine Expo held at the Washington DC Convention Center.

The Marine Corps’ goal is to make sure they don’t get into any fair fights and defeat the enemy before he knows what’s going on. I can’t wait to see what industry is offering to help with that goal.

SSD Exclusive! 5 Questions on Next Generation Squad Weapons with SIG CEO Ron Cohen

May 10th, 2022

During last weekend’s SIG Freedom Fest in Phoenix I had the opportunity to ask SIG SAUER CEO Ron Cohen five questions about the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons Program.

The Army recently awarded SIG a 10-year IDIQ contract worth up to $4.5 billion for 6.8mm Common Cartridge Architecture Ammunition and two weapons, the XM4 Rifle and XM250 Automatic Rifle to replace the 5.56 NATO M4 Carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapons in its close combat formations consisting of infantry, armor and engineers.

SSD: The biggest question on everyone’s lips is performance. The Army hasn’t released any specifics on what the XM5 and XM250 are capable of and SIG has remained silent as well.

RC: This is Day 16 of this program award for us. As far as velocity, range and energy delivered on target, that’s the Army’s story to tell when they are ready. SIG built a system based on what the Army wanted. It works.

SSD: Can I follow up on that a bit? There is a lot of rumor out there that your 6.8×51 high pressure hybrid round is eating barrels. What kind of barrel life are you getting out of the weapons?

RC: Barrel life has been a major challenge since day one. We fought with barrel and component life three years ago. Now, I’m not nervous about barrel life. The M4’s barrel life is set at 6,000 rounds. We started at meeting the Army threshold for NGSW of 5,000 rounds and now we’re getting in excess of 10,000 rounds thanks to metallurgy and proprietary coatings.

A lot of people are fixated on barrels, but it’s not just barrels that are stressed with these high pressure rounds. What about the bolt? The carrier? The extractor?

Over the past two-and-a-half years we’ve used analysis of our guns and ammunition and integrated new materials and coatings to exceed what the Army spec’d in NGSW.

SSD:Why do you think the Army selected SIG?

RC: Our biggest strength is that both the ammo and guns are made by the same company.

None of this would have been possible without winning Modular Handgun System and the Mk 248 Mod 1 sniper ammunition contract. We learned a lot and were able to make infrastructure and personnel investments.

I believe the Army also sees our team and knows that we will listen to what they want and give it to them. We don’t overprice and we don’t pull any “gotcha’s”.

SSD: Now that you’ve won, do you feel that SIG has everything it needs to fulfill the contract?

RC: My job everyday is to ask, “what do you need?” It’s also my job to give it to them when they ask.

We are a defense company. Back in 2014 I decided we needed to become a company that combined weapons and suppressors with ammunition and optics. We’ve since created a holistic system under one brand.

We won’t have any problem scaling along with the pace of the program. We’ve already done it once with MHS.

SSD:What was the biggest challenge during development?

RC: It wasn’t just a single challenge, there were multiple hurdles to overcome. When I first looked at what the Army was asking for, I thought they weren’t serious. It was science fiction. They wanted to decrease weight yet increase range and energy. I thought there was no way, but we took a look at it.

We had an MCX variant we had created for the Army’s Compact Semi Automatic Sniper System program. That was a starting point.

We picked up the phone to our ammunition team and Jason Imhoff had been working on a high pressure round for long range shooting which became our hybrid case technology. If we hadn’t had both weapons and ammunition in the same company this never would have happened. When the gun guys heard the hybrid case produced upwards of 80,000 psi, they said “no way!” We needed extreme cooperation. The weapons side of things and the ammunition developers had to work collaboratively and trust one another.

The brass case in common use today dates from 1840. It’s cheap, plentiful, ductile and deals well with both cold and heat. But you pay for that in strength. There are limits to what it can do. Our hybrid case is stronger and lighter.

I had already set the defense team to work on a belt-fed machine gun so we brought that into the project. I was in the Israeli Defense Force and carried a MAG58. My father had carried a MAG58 in the IDF and my son does so as well. I made a vow that my grandchildren wouldn’t have to carry that same gun. I knew that designing a machine gun was going to take awhile but that it was worth the investment in the company’s future. Initially we worked on .338 Norma Mag, but the pace quickened due to this opportunity.

On top of all that I have a great bunch of former NonCommissioned Officers on the Defense team. Many of them come from the tip of the spear. They not only bring decades of experience but they want to give the end-user what they want and need. They listen and they also translate the Army’s needs into something our engineers understand. They don’t mind jumping and pitching a hand. We’ll have Vice Presidents loading magazines for a demonstration. They are our secret sauce.

Have I told you about our engineers? SIG has has made a massive investment in engineering and has more engineers than any other firearms manufacturer. SIG has over 2800 employees and about one in nine is an engineer, spread across dedicated engineering and product development as well as the manufacturing floor. This has allowed us to solidify our process.

We’ve also increased our investment in robotics, even while growing our number of employees. That’s because we use robotics to ensure consistency and quality rather than a replacement for human labor. That has been crucial to us during the MHS contract.

So we’ve got all these people and we empower them to do what we pay them to do and we’ve achieved a great result from it.

SSD:What does winning NGSW mean for the future of SIG?

RC: Opportunity. We are just starting out on seeing where our hybrid case will take us and what we can do with our weapons.

Just like MHS we expect the Army to accelerate production and fielding and we’ll scale with it.

I believe that within the next five years the Army will rethink weapon length and go even shorter. It’s been the trend for the past few decades and we can still give them increased range and penetration in even shorter packages than now.

At it’s heart NGSW is an ammunition program. I keep coming back to it, but the Army wants increased range and penetration. We’re giving them that and can do even more. It comes down to our case technology. We can take any caliber and make it “super” with any barrel length adding up to 350 fps in velocity. We’re just starting the conversation on what this means.

I’d also like to mention that this is the first time in history that an Army has wanted to suppress 100% of its guns. They are not just concerned about flash and sound, but also particulate contamination of the shooter. We’ve spent three years optimizing our suppressors to decrease the amount of particulate at the shooter yet still provide sound and visual suppression.

A challenge is that USSOCOM and the Army measure toxic particulates differently. For example, SOCOM’s primary measurement is Carbon Monoxide while the Army is looking at HCN and other toxic fumes. However, I can tell you that an M4 unsuppressed is 100 parts per million at the shooter and a Mk18 produces 395 ppm. Our Suppressed Upper Receiver Group final configuration which we are currently delivering to SOCOM measures 70 ppm.

For NGSW, the Army’s threshold requirement is 20 ppm and we are measuring 6.1 ppm for the XM5 and 13.1 ppm for the XM250.

We continue to work on it. Suppressor customers will benefit from this work as well. Safety of the shooter from toxic particulates is currently our primary concern in suppressor development.

SSD: Thanks for your time and allowing me to sneak an extra question in there.

RC: My pleasure. I love talking about SIG.

Stryker Brigade Combat Team Equips Modernized Missile System

May 10th, 2022

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Leaders of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division gathered at the installation’s ranges on April 28 to witness the culmination and validation of the brigade’s year-long journey to become the U.S. Army’s most modern and lethal ground fighting force with the addition of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station-Javelin, or CROWS-J.

The CROWS-J allows Soldiers to fire the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile from within the vehicle, allowing for on-the-move target acquisition and engagement.

“[The Javelins] are a very capable missile,” said Capt. Jacob Poag, operations officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We are taking the opportunity to fire 12 Javelins today, which will get six crews across the brigade to fire.”

Firing the FGM-148 using the CROWS-J had not been done previously by any Brigade Combat Team in the U.S. Army, outside of testing. The occasion provided Soldiers an opportunity to do so outside of simulated, virtual training.

“There are portions of training you can’t get in a simulation that you can only get by firing a live missile,” Poag said. “It’s incredibly important for the brigade to make us a lot more lethal by firing today.”

Before installing the CROWS-J onto Strykers, the FGM-148 Javelin was designed to be shoulder-fired by a dismounted Soldier.

“We have the ability to fire about 100 dismounted Javelins during any kind of training mission or [if we are] to be deployed,” Poag said. “The addition of the CROWS-J gives us double that, making us very lethal in the anti-tank realm.”

“We are now the most lethal force there is,” said Spc. Jerett Vermeis with 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We are ready for whatever the nation needs us for.”

By SGT Gabrielle Pena

Some photos by MAJ Jason Elmore

Special Projects Division Audax OTF

May 9th, 2022

Precision Made, DA OTF for Military and Law Enforcement Users

New for Spring 2022, Prometheus Design Werx introduces their Audax OTF under their Special Projects Division label. This modern, precision made, double-action, “out the front” type knife features a clip point blade made with Böhler M390 steel, fully machined-contoured, T6061 handles with a type III hard anodized finish, and a titanium sliding actuator with a dive-watch grade, luminous glow dot inlay. Many fine details are machined throughout this purpose driven OTF including a blade fuller, jimping for saber and reverse grips, signature handle fullers, an internal lanyard pin, and titanium billet pocket clip. The SPD Audax OTF is designed and made for their military and law enforcement users in mind and is available with black or olive drab green handles and a fine matte finish blade with satin flats.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“We created with Audax OTF as a refined, reliable and purpose driven edged tool for our Military and Law Enforcement customers. Unique to our OTF design is the fully milled contoured handle, and along with the five fuller pattern, offers solid positive grip with or without gloves. Our signature luminous dive-watch grade glow dot inlay on the sliding actuator and internal lanyard pin rounds out the small details which makes our design stand apart. Our Audax OTF holds fast to our form follow function design ethos in this fast-deploying duty knife. ‘Audax’ is Latin for bold, courageous and daring; and a well suited product name for the knife’s intended users.”

The Audax OTF will be available for purchase for $289.00 on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 at 12:00pm Pacific via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.

 

The New ExtraCarry Universal Concealed Carry Magazine Pouch for All 9mm Magazines

May 9th, 2022

Battle Ground, WA – The newly released, patented, ExtraCarryTM 2.0 Universal Mag Pouch is now available for most 9mm single or double stack magazines.

This new universal design is fully adjustable. The mag pouch moves in and out to fit single or double stack magazines. The vertical adjuster moves up and down to allow you to set how deep you want your magazine to reside in your pocket.

The ExtraCarryTM 2.0 Universal Mag Pouch is the newest and best way to carry spare ammo concealed in your pocket. It is made with carbon fiber reinforced nylon, has built in retention and is lightweight and ambidextrous.

Just slide it into any pocket and it looks unassuming just like any pocketknife with a pants clip. The Universal ExtraCarryTM Mag Pouch securely locks into your pocket with its patented integrated clip. Your spare magazine is well hidden and rapidly available when you need it.

The Universal ExtraCarryTM Mag Pouch provides a deep mag pouch covering the magazine’s first exposed round along with protecting the notch in the magazine which holds it in place in a pistol. No worries about foreign objects, like coins, dirt, debris, getting stuck between the magazine pouch and the magazine or dislodging a round that could easily cause a jam.

Made in the USA with a retail prices of $55.

www.extracarry.com

Universal Mag Pouch Product Videos: vimeo.com/421674460

Universal Mag Pouch Assembly Videos: vimeo.com/429467116

SMART SHOOTER to Present its SMASH Fire Control Systems at the Modern-Day Marine Exhibition

May 9th, 2022

Selected and purchased by the US Marine Corps, the SMASH technology increases the accuracy, lethality, and situational awareness of small arms

Modern Day Marine 2022, Washington, DC, Booth 1368

[May 2022]: SMART SHOOTER, a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control optic systems that significantly increase the accuracy, lethality, and situational awareness of small arms, will display its SMASH Fire Control Systems at the Modern-Day Marine (MDM) Exhibition in Washington, DC – booth 1368.

Both the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Rapid Capabilities Office and the Fixed Site Ground Based Air Defense have selected the SMASH 2000 Fire Control System for dismounted counter UAS purposes. The SMASH 2000 can adapt to any rifle and be adjusted to accommodate a standard back-up iron sight if desired or needed by the end-user.

Deployed and combat-proven by different ground forces worldwide, SMASH is a Fire Control System (FCS) for small firearms equipped with an onboard computer to perform complex targeting solutions. Once the user identifies the target (independently or using the detection system guidance) and locks on it, SMASH tracks its movements and synchronizes the shot release to assure a fast and precise hit on the target. SMASH can be operated as a stand-alone solution as well as combined with other systems to provide an effective multi-layer defense solution.

Smart Shooter will present its SMASH Family of fire control systems at the MDM exhibition booth 1368, including handheld operated, robotic mounted, and drone-mounted platforms.

Scott Thompson, SMART SHOOTER Inc. GM: “We are honored to be chosen by the US Marine Corps as a C-UAS solution and see this as a sign of proof for the SMASH technology and the added value it provides. Handheld operated, remotely controlled or robotic mounted, the SMASH technology allows tactical forces to be smart, precise and connected.”

www.SMART-SHOOTER.com