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  1. In today’s day and age, it’s critical that a LEO is equipped with a camera to record use-of-force incidents. Most departments provide their officers with Axon body cameras. Officers with the Moody Police Department in Alabama, however, will be hitting the streets with Viridian FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Cameras. RELATED STORY 10 Body Camera Facts Every Law Enforcement Agency Should Consider As the name implies, these cameras are securely attached directly to the end of an officer’s duty gun. Here’s a quick blurb from Viridian’s presser which outlines exactly what these cameras can do: Viridian FACT Duty WMC This unique Weapon-Mounted Camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras. The highly advanced WMC employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera with a microphone and 500 lumen tactical light. Viridian’s proprietary Instant-On technology automatically activates the camera and microphone whenever the officer draws the firearm from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the camera during a critical event, but it also keeps the officer from fumbling with cumbersome equipment. Viridian claims that the FACT camera fits on most standard-issue firearms and fits in multiple duty holster platforms. The camera has a battery life of over three hours. They also incorporate secured data access and can easily be recharged, the company says. Game Changer? Like we said up top, Axon currently dominates this space, but it’ll be interesting to see if the Viridian FACT Duty WMC will be able to gain some momentum. The Moody Police Department is one of the first departments to adopt the camera. It’s also being tested in almost 200 other departments around the country. “The Moody Police Department’s implementation of our WMC is an extremely important milestone,” Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen said. “This is a tremendous leap forward for policing. Current events point to the fact that body and dash cameras alone are inadequate, and because of this, nearly 200 police departments across the country are now in the process of testing and implementing FACT Duty WMCs in their departments. These WMCs provide an unfettered perspective for officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force incidents, and our products help show what really happened.” Check out the videos above and below for more on the Viridian FACT Duty WMC system. For more on Viridian, go to viridianweapontech.com. The post Alabama PD Adopts Viridian FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  2. Last week we told you the U.S. Army had issued a notice announcing a firm fixed price sole source contract for 10 different manufacturers as part of its search for a new Sub Compact Weapon. Now we’re learning that, last Friday, the service amended that original notice by awarding three additional companies contracts for commercially available off-the-shelf SCWs. These are the 3 companies that were added to the notice, along with the model and dollar amount: New Sub Compact Weapon Contracts Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0048 Awardee: Heckler and Koch Defense Inc for HK UMP9 Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $10,850.00 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0049 Awardee: Angstadt Arms Corporation for Angstadt UDP-9 Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $15,950.00 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0050 Awardee: Noveske Corporation for Noveske Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $17,200.00 In the Sub Compact Weapon, the Army is looking for a “highly concealable” system that can engage threats with lethal and accurate close range fire and “minimal collateral damage,” the notice states. The weapon is to be select-fire, chambered in 9x19mm, and equipped with a MIL-STD-1913 rail. The notice lays out the reasons for the service’s SCW search: The acquisition of the SCW is essential in meeting the agency’s requirement to support Product Manager, Individual Weapons mission to assess commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) SCWs in order to fill a capability gap in lethality and concealability. The SCW are being procured for further evaluation and testing. This evaluation will help to inform current capabilities for the Capability Production Document for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. Currently, Personal Security Detail (PSD) military personnel utilize pistols and rifles, however, there is an operational need for additional concealability and lethality. Failure to provide the selected SCW for assessment and evaluation will leave PSD military personnel with a capability gap which can result in increased war fighter casualties and jeopardize the success of the U.S. mission. Original Sub Compact Weapon Contracts In addition to the three companies mentioned up top, the following 10 companies are in the running for the Army’s new Sub Compact Weapon: Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0034 Awardee: Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC for CM9MM-9H-M5A, Colt Modular 9mm Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $22,000 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0037 Awardee: Beretta USA Corporation for Beretta PMX Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $16,000 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0038 Awardee: CMMG, Inc. for CMMG Ultra PDW Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $8,500 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0039 Awardee: CZ-USA for CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Submachinegun Amount: $14,490 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0040 Awardee: Lewis Machine & Tool Company for MARS-L9 Compact Suppressed Weapon Amount: $21,900 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0041 Awardee: PTR Industries, Inc. for PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $12,060 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0042 Awardee: Quarter Circle 10 LLC 5.5 CLT and 5.5 QV5 Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $24,070 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0043 Awardee: SIG SAUER, Inc. for SIG SAUER MPX Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $20,160 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0044 Awardee: Trident Rifles, LLC for B&T MP9 Machine Guns Amount: $36,000 Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0045 Awardee: Zenith Firearms for Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons Amount: $39,060 The post US Army Awards 3 More Companies Sub Compact Weapon Contracts appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  3. Hunter “Nubs” Cayll always seems to be in a hurry. Born 2.5 months early, the 22-year-old professional 3-Gun shooter came into the world with no hands. But watching him work, it’s hardly a disability, and Cayll’s “hands off” approach to the world is amazing. Cayll is employed by Strategic Armory Corps (SAC), which owns several companies in the gun industry, including McMillan Firearms. And when it came time to review McMillan’s new ALIAS CS5-T, a short-barreled rifle (SBR) that’s considered an NFA Class III weapon, I crossed paths with Cayll. He brought a company sample to my farm for a day of shooting. RELATED STORY 12 Next-Gen Precision Rifles For Long-Range Shooting The Shooter Cayll has a lot in common with my own 20-year-old son, Luke. They’re both avid “Call of Duty” players, but Cayll, by contrast, took his passion to the professional level. My son should go pro given the amount of time he spends with a video game controller in his hands. I suspect that Cayll’s transition from electronic shooting to 3-Gun competition was influenced by the former, and I’m certain that “shoot ’em up” games sparked my son’s interest in everything weapons. Cayll’s transition from big-money professional gaming to competitive shooting came three years ago. Sitting in my kitchen after a long day of shooting, my wife and Cayll talked about several different things. And his response to one of her questions spoke volumes about the young man. It was during the height of the NCAA college basketball tournament, and she asked him which team was his favorite to eventually make it to the Final Four. “I don’t really have one,” Cayll said. “I don’t watch sports on TV. I’m not much of a watcher. If I can’t do it, it won’t hold my interest.” It’s hard to imagine, but Cayll has also squeezed mixed martial arts fighting into his busy schedule. “I did surprisingly well in MMA,” he said. “When I get these nubs locked around somebody, it’s just about impossible to pry them apart.” Growing up and living in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, a part of the Volunteer State that’s equine country, it made sense for the energetic youth to train and competitively show Tennessee walking horses. “Pretty much, if somebody told me I couldn’t do something, I went out and did it,” he said. The Rifle McMillan designed the bolt-action ALIAS CS5-T for stealth law enforcement countersniping in urban settings. Designed as a compact and concealable precision rifle, it’s sold in a suppressed configuration for military and law enforcement applications but can be purchased by civilians in accordance with NFA rules. The “T” in CS5-T stands for the tubular handguard. The CS5-Q comes with a vented quad-rail handguard. Rock McMillan developed the ALIAS action after receiving input from world-class competitive shooters. From an engineer’s perspective, the ALIAS design solves several weak points found in conventional bolt-action rifles, taking the platform to new heights. Without a stock or chassis, you don’t have to bed the action. This translates to less vibration or flex, which means you have more accuracy on tap. And weather won’t really affect the gun’s capabilities. The receiver is machined from 17-4 stainless steel. The design also incorporates a solid top with a small loading/ejection port for greater strength. The loading port itself is angled to make it easier to load single rounds. A Closer Look One of the goals in designing the ALIAS bolt action was slick operation. To that end, the action uses a pair of cams that reduce the amount of force required to lift the bolt handle. The handle—shaped like a fat-brimmed top hat—has a 75-degree throw for even more speed, and the handle will clear large-belled 35mm tactical riflescopes with ease. In the field, I found it easy to run the bolt with just one finger. The bolt itself is machined from 9310 carbon steel that has been hardened to specific parameters. The bolt face is also cone shaped in comparison to most bolts, which have flat faces. This aids in reliable feeding, particularly when using cartridges with sharp shoulders. On the backstroke, the bolt slides back into the buttstock’s receiver extension, which also has a small cheekpiece. Compared to a traditional bolt action, the barrel and bolt are much lower, creating an in-line recoil path. This means a shooter can stay locked in position while firing and running the bolt. Even under recoil, it’s easier to stay in the scope and watch the bullet trace. The match-grade stainless steel barrel on the CS5-T is 12.5 inches long. It has a fast 1-in-8-inch twist rate to help stabilize long subsonic bullets. The muzzle is also threaded and comes fitted with a muzzle brake/adapter for sound suppressors. McMillan normally ships the rifle with an AWC PSR suppressor, but our test sample used a model from EliteIron. Without a suppressor mounted, the gun weighs 10.6 pounds unloaded. Fully Adjustable The highly adjustable buttstock will fit any operator, regardless of build, gear or shooting position. First, the length of pull can be adjusted by 4 inches. Shooters can also adjust the buttstock for cast or offset by loosening four screws, and the buttplate can be rotated 360 degrees. It’s also adjustable for height by 1.5 inches. The cheekpiece can be lifted vertically by about an inch. With the buttstock and suppressor detached, the CS5-T is less than 24 inches long, making it easy to hide in a backpack or other inconspicuous carriers. The stock release can be found just above the pistol grip at the rear of the receiver. Slide the latch down toward the grip and pull the buttstock assembly rearward to remove it. The safety indicator is on the left side of the receiver at the junction of the bolt tube and what would be the lower receiver on an AR. Coincidentally, an AR-style pistol grip is used on the CS5-T, and our test sample came with a Magpul MIAD grip installed. Magazines & Trigger The rifle is designed to use Armalite AR-10-style magazines for convenience, and the magazine release is just above and forward of the triggerguard. It’s easy to manipulate with the right trigger finger. The safety is on the left side of the receiver, and it snaps into its “safe” and “fire” positions so shooters can sense what condition the weapon is in. It’s also worth noting that the rifle can be disassembled with the safety on or off. Finally, we come to the CS5-T’s match-grade Anschutz trigger, a highly adjustable two-stage affair. The trigger on our test rifle was set for a 1-pound first stage and a 0.75-pound second stage to break the shot. Even the position of the trigger can be tailored to fit your hands better—or lack of hands in Cayll’s case. Rounds Downrange According to McMillan, the ALIAS CS5-T will deliver 0.5-MOA accuracy or better with match-grade sub- or supersonic .308 Winchester ammunition. To prove its capabilities, Cayll and I were able to test it with five supersonic loads and one subsonic load. We used an Oehler Model 35P chronograph set 15 feet from the muzzle to gather velocity figures with each load. To measure the rifle’s accuracy initially, we mounted a 4.5-27x56mm Vortex Razor HD Gen II scope on the CS5-T and fired it from a concrete-reinforced bench with a target set out at 100 yards. Cayll and I alternated, taking turns on the gun during all of the tests. RELATED STORY 12 Lightweight Bolt-Action & AR-Platform .308 Rifles Nexus Ammo, another SWC company, provided two loads for testing. The first was a 175-grain Match BTHP load that had an average velocity of 2,404 fps and a standard deviation of 19. The smallest group with this load measured 0.69 inches. Nexus also provide a 175-grain subsonic load that had an average velocity of 1,040 fps and created a 100-yard group measuring 1.22 inches. Next up was Black Hills’ 168-grain Match ammo, which created a best group measuring 1.04 inches wide. Here the average velocity was 2,319 fps with a standard deviation of 15. Federal’s 168-grain Gold Medal Match load averaged 2,338 fps with a standard deviation of 13, and it created a 0.55-inch group, the smallest of the day. Remington’s 168-grain Premier Match ammo averaged 2,237 fps, with a standard deviation of 24. Its smallest group was 1.31 inches wide. The last load was Hornady’s 155-grain Match A-MAX, which averaged 2,497 fps. This load produced a standard deviation of 13, and its smallest group was 1.05 inches wide. Further Testing Switching to my 1,000-yard range proved challenging that day. Winds were a stout 16 mph, with gusts to 25. The winds were also variable in direction between the firing line and the 1,000-yard target. Hits on steel that day were a piece of cake out to 400 yards, but it got tricky from there. At 500 yards, hits were harder to achieve, and hits beyond 700 yards were all but impossible because of my range’s configuration. You have to shoot through a narrow corridor of tall trees. At that range, the bullet was about 35 feet above the line of sight, and the wind carried the bullet into the tops of the trees, deflecting them. Ready To Strike McMillan’s ALIAS rifles are designed for the ultimate in customization, and the ultra-compact suppressed CS5-T gets the nod for discreet carry and concealment. It’s a small package that will put rounds on target consistently and with authority. McMillan Alias CS5-T Specs Caliber: .308 Winchester Barrel: 12.5 inches OA Length: 23.5-38 inches Weight: 12.25 pounds (empty) Stock:Adjustable, skeletonized Sights: None Action: Bolt Finish: Matte black Capacity: 10+1 MSRP: N/A McMillan Alias CS5-T Performance Load Velocity Accuracy Black Hills 168 Match 2,319 1.04 Federal 168 Gold Medal Match 2,899 0.55 Hornady 155 Match A-MAX 2,502 1.05 Nexus 175 Match BTHP 2,404 0.69 Nexus 175 Subsonic BTHP 1,040 1.22 Remington 168 Premier Match 2,237 1.31 *Bullet weight measured in grains, velocity in fps by chronograph and accuracy in inches for best five-shot groups at 100 yards. For more information, visit mcmillanfirearms.com. This article is from the May/June 2018 issue of “Tactical Life” magazine. To order a copy and subscribe, visit outdoorgroupstore.com. The post Review: No-Handed Hunter ‘Nubs’ Cayll Tests McMillan’s Alias CS5-T appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  4. Despite the ubiquity of patrol rifles, shotguns still have an important role to play in law enforcement. The Virginia State Police evidently agrees; the agency just announced it has picked the Benelli SuperNova as its new, standard-issue patrol shotgun. RELATED STORY 8 Reliable Pump-Action Shotguns for Law Enforcement & Security Virginia State Police’s New Scattergun A press release says that Virginia State Police troopers have been training with the Benelli SuperNova platform since the start of the year. The scatterguns are being phased into department starting in the fall of 2019. Up until now, VSP troopers were equipped with the Remington Model 870 Police Magnum shotgun. It was decided, however, that the SuperNova better suited the agency’s needs. “The SuperNova offers configurations that meet the needs of departments plus a proven track record of reliability making it a popular choice with departments of all sizes nationwide,” Benelli USA Law Enforcement Sales Manager Jeff Sterner said in a statement. “To be deployed throughout the entire department of this size speaks volumes about the shotgun and we are proud to help play a role in the future success of the Virginia State Police.” Benelli SuperNova The Benelli SuperNova is 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun available in a standard and tactical setup. The standard version is chambered for 2-3/4-inch, 3-inch and 3-1/2-inch shells. The barrel length ranges from 24 inches to 28 inches. The OAL goes from 45.5 inches to 49.5 inches. In addition, the weight starts at 7.8 pounds and tops out at eight pounds. Most models in the standard lineup feature a ComforTech stock which reduces recoil for the shooter. One model sports a SteadyGrip stock. There’s also a model with a rifled slug barrel. All the guns have a forend shell-stop button; enlarged trigger guard; and steel skeletal framework overmolded with polymer. MSRP starts at $559 and goes up to $839. The tactical version of the Benelli SuperNova, meanwhile, includes four models. Two of those models come with a pistol grip, while two sport the ComforTech stock. All four models feature an 18-inch barrel and are chambered for 2-3/4-inch, 3-inch and 3-1/2-inch shells. In addition, each tactical gun has an OAL of 40 inches and weighs in at 7.6 pounds. These guns can be had with ghost-ring or open-rifle sights. The forend shell-stop button; enlarged trigger guard; and steel skeletal framework overmolded with polymer are included on this lineup as well. The MSRP on two models is $499, while the other two go for $559 and $549. The post Virginia State Police Select Benelli SuperNova as New Patrol Shotgun appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  5. The U.S. Army is expanding its non-lethal efforts by awarding PepperBall a contract for its Variable Kinetic System (VKS) launcher. RELATED STORY Less Lethal 870: Wilson Combat’s 12-Gauge Launcher In press release trumpeting the deal, PepperBall says the the launcher give Soldiers a new non-lethal force protection measure. Specifically, the non-lethal launcher is in support of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) Joint Force Protection Directorate. The Army contract is worth $650,000. The PepperBall VKS mimics the look, feel and fire control system as an AR-15/M4 carbine, so Soldiers should feel right at home using it out in the field. “We are truly honored the U.S. Army has selected PepperBall’s VKS to use as it’s non-lethal protection in its mission to defending the United States,” Ron Johnson, CEO of PepperBall parent United Tactical Systems, said in a statement. “Our VKS platform was the only non-lethal source that was capable of complying to the U.S. Army’s standards.” PepperBall’s VKS comes with a dual feed system, meaning the end user can easily switch between “hopper mode” and “magazine mode” during operation. A hopper holds up to 180 rounds. The magazine can be loaded with either 10 or 15 rounds. In addition, the VKS is compatible with PepperBall’s VXR projectiles used for crowd control operations. These projectiles are effective out to 150 feet, or 50 yards, which is the equivalent of half a football field. PepperBall projectiles are filled with an irritant the bursts upon impact, creating a kinetic impact and leaving a cloud that affects the eyes, nose and respiratory system. See a rundown of features for the PepperBall VKS below, along with a video. For more, go to PepperBall.com. PepperBall VKS Features Kinetic impact is adjustable to between 10-28 Joules With VXR projectiles, has effective accurate distance of 120 – 150 feet Same look, feel and fire control system as an AR-15/M-4 carbine Feeds 20+ PPS (Projectiles Per Second) Hopper capacity of 180 rounds Magazine capacity of either 10 or 15 rounds Dual air source. HPA butt-stock 13ci tank or remote airline to tank of your choice Available with/without hopper in black, yellow or orange The post Army Inks Contract For PepperBall VKS Non-Lethal Launcher appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  6. Aimpoint has launched a new line of red-dot sights dubbed the ACRO (Advanced Compact Reflex Optic) series. RELATED STORY These 22 Backup Iron Sights Will Never Let You Down This series was developed after customers started requesting a small enclosed red dot system for handguns, Aimpoint says. The first entry in the ACRO series, the Acro P-1, meets that need. Touted as the smallest and most durable enclosed system currently on the market, the Acro P-1 is a 1X (non-magnifying) parallax-free optic that features a 3.5 MOA red dot for rapid target acquisition. It’s fully submersible up to 25 meters and can run continuously for over one year on a single CR1225 battery. The dot intensity is adjustable with side push buttons. The Acro P-1 is the only sight in its size category fully tested for shock, vibration, temperature span and other environmental stress, according to the press release. In addition, the optic has been tested with a minimum of 20,000 rounds on a .40 caliber pistol slide, proving it has what it takes to get the job done. Another bonus is that it adds negligible size and weight; it measures 1.9 inches in height and 1.2 inches in width and height, and it tips the scales at 2.1 ounces with the battery included. Designed for direct integration onto pistol slides, the Aimpoint Acro P-1 can also function as a backup for magnifying scopes, personal defense weapons, and “on any system where a small red dot is applicable,” Aimpoint claims. “The development of the Acro P-1 sight sets a new standard for compact pistol mounted reflex optics,” said Aimpoint AB President Lennart Ljungfelt. “The commitment we make to our customers is to develop the highest performing red-dot sights available. The Acro P-1 optic fulfills that commitment by providing the lightest and most rugged enclosed red-dot sight in its size category on the market.” The press release doesn’t list the MSRP. See below for a rundown of features. For more on Aimpoint, visit Aimpoint.com. Aimpoint Acro P-1 Aiming dot size: 3.5 MOA Battery type: 3V lithium battery, type CR1225 Battery life – Daytime use: More than 1 year of continuous useat pos. 6 Optimized for pistol and applications which require a lowprofile red dot system The only fully enclosed system in its size on the market Designed for direct integration onto pistol slides Over 1-year battery operation on position 6 of 10 Battery installation while optic is still mounted on weapon NVD compatible Submersible to a depth of 25 m (82 ft) The post NEW: The Aimpoint ACRO Red-Dot Series for Handguns appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  7. Cold War Communists, despite their misguided ideology, were dedicated and enthusiastic. The devastating legacy of World War II was burned into their collective psyche in a way that Americans could never imagine. As a result, Communist countries built weapons and armies as though their lives and families depended on them. Although not quite as technologically elegant as their Western counterparts, the Communist products were robustly executed and exquisitely well engineered. In few ways is this concept better exemplified than in Communist Bloc squad automatic weapons, or SAWs. RELATED STORY 15 Russian Submachine Guns Used From the Soviet Union to Today In 1943, work began on the Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova (RPD) light machine gun, a belt-fed 7.62x39mm adaptation of the basic action used in the pan-fed DP machine gun of WWII. The RPD was a magnificent weapon for its time. It’s fed from a pair of non-disintegrating 50-round belts that link together to provide 100 rounds of onboard firepower carried in a round sheet-steel drum. Especially when compared to the Browning Automatic Rifle, the M14A1 and the M60, the RPD is lightweight and deadly. The design has been criticized for not incorporating a quick-change barrel, but many commentators might be blurring the lines between an SAW and a general-purpose machine gun. Remember, the RPD was intended to provide a mobile base of fire during an assault, not necessarily to hose down the countryside from a fixed position for long periods. The RPD’s replacement was the Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova (RPK). Adopted in the early 1960s, the RPK is basically an AKM on steroids. Weighing a little over 10 pounds unloaded, the RPK uses the same bolt and bolt carrier as the AKM but incorporates a more robust receiver, a longer, heavier barrel, and a clubfoot buttstock and bipod that allow for a more stable firing platform than that of the standard AKM. The RPK can be fed from standard 30-round AK magazines, extended 40-round magazines or 75-round drums. The RPK also lacks a quick-change barrel. Esoterically at least, the RPK has always seemed like a step backward to me. Being magazine fed, it lacks the theoretically limitless ammunition supply of its belt-fed predecessor, and its lighter weight—although a boon to the unfortunate soldier who has to hump the thing long distances—inevitably contributes to burst dispersion. As such, when I found myself with both weapons, I resolved to ruck up and spend a couple of days rolling in the dirt with them just to see if I could follow the thought processes of the long-dead Communist engineers who designed the guns. The RPD The RPD’s action is elegant, resulting in a compact, streamlined weapon. The bolt locks in place via a pair of steel flaps that are cammed outward to engage recesses milled into the inside of the receiver. The gas system incorporates three positions for differing ammunition types and degrees of fouling, but adjustment requires a special tool and is a bit tedious. Additionally, the top cover release is a smooth steel sleeve at the back of the top cover assembly that is difficult to manipulate with bare hands and impossible with gloves. So long as the gun is operating smoothly, this is not a problem. Every other belt incorporates a starter tab so the gun can be loaded without lifting the feed-tray cover. To load the gun, you retract the bolt back to its stop and feed the starter tab through from left to right until the first round locks in place. As the gun fires from the open bolt, pressure on the trigger releases the bolt assembly and the gun runs. However, clearing stoppages on a dirty gun while in a hurry can be frustrating. RPD Details Changing drums involves throwing a latch at the back of the drum, sliding the empty off its dovetail to the rear, attaching a fresh drum in the same manner and then securing the latch. You then open a spring-loaded door in the top of the drum, secure the belt via the starter tab, and feed the ammunition into the action as described. After the first 50 rounds, the spent belt falls free and the next belt feeds automatically. The RPD’s safety is a large, positive lever just ahead of the trigger that pivots through 180 degrees. The weapon fires in full-auto only. The front sight is adjustable for windage and elevation in the manner of the AKM, and the rear sight, affixed to the top cover, is adjustable out to 1,000 meters. The RPK By contrast, the RPK enjoys a manual of arms that’s essentially the same as that of any of the 100 million or so Kalashnikov rifles in service worldwide. The weapon uses the same clunky ranch-gate safety selector as the AK, and magazines must be pivoted forward and then rocked back to seat in the magazine well. As with any mil-spec AK, the safety’s top position is “safe,” the middle position is full-auto and the bottom position is semi-auto. The sights function identically to those of the AK and are optimistically adjustable out to 1,000 meters. The RPK also incorporates a micrometer feature in the rear sight assembly, allowing for precise adjustments of windage. The bipod legs are typically adjustable for command height. Aside from the buttstock and bipod, on the user level, the RPK is just a big Kalashnikov. Even a child could use it. How They Stack Up In the field, the differences between the weapons become more apparent. Humping the RPD long distances is more arduous than doing so with the RPK based upon its greater weight, but it’s still a marked improvement over an M60, M240 or PKM. The RPD and RPK project a similar profile when fired from prone so long as the RPD’s drum is attached. With both guns, it can be difficult to engage targets on an upward slope because of the bulky ammunition-feed devices projecting beneath the guns. In their assault configurations, maneuvering from the prone position is about the same. Both guns get hot quickly. The RPD enjoys a modest advantage because of its open-bolt system of operation, but you must use care with both systems when firing bursts for prolonged periods. For either weapon, running even one drum is sufficient to make the handguard uncomfortably warm and the barrels downright scorching. RELATED STORY Soviet Pistols: 5 Combat Handguns Used by the Red Army Although the 100-round capacity of the RPD is a benefit, this is more than offset by belt or drum changes. When I’m moving with purpose, reloading the RPD takes me roughly three times as long as the RPK. Take into account rain, mud or snow and the RPK really starts to pull ahead. More Considerations It’s a more natural exercise to fire protracted bursts from the RPD than from the RPK, as the added mechanical bulk stabilizes the RPD. However, because its mission is to provide squad-level fire support during maneuvers, the RPK is more agile and portable. The RPK reloads significantly more quickly on the move, fires more naturally from the shoulder and is easier to maneuver indoors. Additionally, the RPK can be fed directly from the ammunition magazines used by individual squad members, which is a big plus. The RPD’s rate of fire is noticeably faster than that of the RPK, which is sedate and more than adequate to allow singles and doubles from an experienced trigger finger. By contrast, the RPD produces bursts comparable to those of Germany’s WWII-era MG 34. It’s not a challenge to burn through a 100-round drum in a hurry. Given the weight of the .30-caliber ammunition they fire, both guns would be tough to keep fed during a protracted mobile engagement. Final Thoughts The U.S. Marines have made a great deal of the fact that the M249 SAW fires from an open bolt, which might make it insufficiently reliable for initiating assaults in close-quarters battle (CQB) environments. That was one of the driving forces behind the Marines’ new M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR) project. Apparently, 1960s-era Communists came to a similar conclusion. In the final analysis, after humping both guns through the woods, maneuvering them indoors and burning through a zillion or so rounds in the dirt, I appreciate their wisdom. The RPK is indeed the better SAW. RPD vs. RPK RPD RPK Caliber 7.62x39mm 7.62x39mm Barrel 20.5 inches 23.2 inches OA Length 40.8 inches 40.9 inches Weight 16.31 pounds (empty) 10.6 pounds (empty) Stock Wood Wood Sights Adjustable Adjustable Action Open bolt Closed bolt Feeding Belt Drum or magazine Rate of Fire 650-750 rpm 600 rpm This article was originally published in the 2018 issue of “AK-47 & Soviet Weapons.” To order a copy, visit outdoorgroupstore.com. The post Full-Auto Shootout: Comparing the RPD & RPK Light Machine Guns appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  8. The U.S. Army isn’t generally in the habit of doing things small, so when we saw that the service planned on buying 61 Black Hornet III small unmanned aerial systems, or SUASs, from FLIR, we took notice. RELATED STORY Drones in the Sky: 3 UAVs For Law Enforcement To Consider Black Hornet III Features An Army news release says that the Black Hornet III weighs less than two ounces. Since Soldiers already carry a ton of gear, reducing their load is a top priority. As far as other features are concerned, the Black Hornet III is capable of flying a distance of up to two kilometers. It can remain in the air for 25 minutes. The system can take color photographs and videos simultaneously. It’s also equipped with thermal imaging, meaning it’s night vision-capable. Additionally, the Black Hornet III comes with a docking station to charge its batteries. When the Black Hornet III is in the air, another battery can be charged for when it returns. The system also comes with a monitor which is the size of a tablet computer. When you combine the weight of the SUAS, docking station and monitor, you’re still looking at less than three pounds overall. All the commands and data sent between the Soldier and Black Hornet III are encrypted in order to ward off possible hackers. The Black Hornet III is also quiet. So quiet, in fact, that Capt. WaiWah Ellison, the assistant program manager for Soldier Borne Sensors at PEO Soldier, said one Soldier didn’t even notice that the SUAS was flying just a few feet behind him during recent testing at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. In addition, its grey paint also gives it the ability to blend into the forest or jungles. Even if it’s seen, it could be mistaken for a small bird or large insect, the Army news release says. Uses and Delivery In terms of possible uses, the Black Hornet III is designed to give Soldiers a quick look at what’s immediately ahead of them. So if they want to see what’s just over a hill or on the other side of a building or wall, they’d use the Black Hornet III. It’s not meant for long-term surveillance operations. Ellison said 57 of the 61 Black Hornet III SUASs will be fielded to an unidentified infantry brigade combat team by the third quarter of next year. Testing Ellison added that the Black Hornet III underwent lab testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and Natick in Massachusetts earlier this year. In late January, Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division put it through its paces at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. The feedback was largely positive, with Soldiers praising its reliability, technical efficiency and ease of use. It takes around 16 hours to train a Soldier how to pilot the Black Hornet III, Ellison said. To fly it, you hold it in your hand and rotate it 90 degrees one way, then 90 degrees the other way. This activates the system and gets the rotor spinning. You then turn on the monitor and acquire a GPS signal. The whole operation, from turning it on to flight, takes just over a minute. More Black Hornet III testing will take place in October at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, by Soldiers from 7th Infantry Division based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Ellison said the Army is also looking at other SUAS systems, including models from AeroVironment and InstantEye Robotics. The post US Army’s New Black Hornet III UAS Weighs Just 2 Ounces appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  9. A Las Vegas police officer shot an armed robber attempting to flee the scene last weekend. The incident is still under investigation, but newly released body camera and aerial footage shows the officer was justified in pulling the trigger. Watch the video above to see what we mean. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Las Vegas Police Officer Shoots Man Holding Wife at Gunpoint Las Vegas Police Officer-Involved Shooting A LVMPD press release says that on June 9 at around 10:48 p.m., officers were surveilling 38-year-old Shan Kittredge, a man believed to be responsible for eight armed robberies over the previous two weeks. When Kittredge stopped at a gas station, officers stormed in and tried to take him into custody. The officers moved their vehicles in front of and behind Kittredge’s car to block his escape. They then told him to get down on the ground. Kittredge initially complied, but then—as the body camera footage shows—he jumped back up and got into his vehicle. He then put the car in reverse, hitting a patrol vehicle and nearly hitting a K9 officer. That’s when Sgt. Joseph Emery allegedly saw Kittredge raise a gun and aim it at officers. In response, Emery discharged his duty gun, striking Kittredge five times. Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman said Kittredge was hit twice in the arm, once in the upper shoulder, and “he may have taken a wound to the side of the head, but not fatal, and I think he had one in the neck.” Medical personnel arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. Kittredge was transported to an area hospital, where he is currently in stable condition. Police found a 9mm Taurus pistol inside his car. In addition, a female passenger in the front seat of Kittredge’s vehicle was also arrested. The Suspect & The Officer Zimmerman said Kittredge has a rap sheet that includes charges of battery, possession of a credit card without the owner’s sent; possession of a controlled substance; possession of a dangerous weapon; and trafficking a controlled substance. When police arrested him, Kittredge also had active warrants for robbery and battery out on him. Emery is a 28-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Furthermore, he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the shooting. “The scene was very dynamic, this was a very violent individual,” Zimmerman said. “With the gun pointed at another detective, [Emery] felt he had to take action at that time. It was a split-second decision.” “It raises the hairs on the back of your neck; it’s such a dangerous situation,” Zimmerman added with regard to the body cam footage. “But they have a job to do and they go in and they do it heroically, just like these guys did.” The post WATCH: Las Vegas Police Shoot Armed Robber After He Tries to Flee appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  10. The “We Like Shooting” podcast returns for another week. The cast for episode No. 250 includes Shawn Herrin, Aaron Krieger, Savage1r, Jeremy Pozderac and Nick Lynch. Episode 250: California Gun Registration Arrest This episode’s guest is Dan, AKA The FireArm Guy on YouTube. The FireArm Guy’s channel focuses on current events and range reviews. When asked which he prefers, Dan responded as such: “I like the range reviews the best because you let the gun do the talking.” For some reason, that quote just resonated with us as brilliant. Well said, Dan. We prefer range time, too. Like every episode, Savage1r also touched on recent news, including a California farmer who was arrested for attempting to register his “illegal assault weapon.” According to Personal Defense World: In 2016, California passed a bill banning the sale or possession of rifles with so-called “bullet buttons,” which critics charged circumvented the state’s ban on “assault weapons.” Golden State gun owners already in possession of one of those rifles can keep them, but they have until June 30 to register them with the DOJ’s Bureau of Firearms. Authorities charged a California farmer with a dozen felonies after he attempted to register his weapon prior to the deadline. Listen to the full story in the full episode above. For more from We Like Shooting and the Firearms Radio Network, please visit FirearmsRadio.tv. The post We Like Shooting, Episode 250: Strange California Gun Registration Arrest appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  11. The dancing FBI agent who shot a man after doing a backflip at a Denver bar is now facing charges. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Dancing FBI Agent Drops Gun During Backflip, Shoots Man in Leg Dancing FBI Agent Charged A statement from the Denver District Attorney’s Office says the agent, 29-year-old Chase Bishop, turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday. He has been charged with second-degree assault, a class 4 felony which is punishable by two to six years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000. Bishop could face additional charges if his blood alcohol content analysis shows that he was under the influence of alcohol on the night in question. The test hasn’t come back yet. “We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the BAC report is received, which we understand could take another week, because sufficient evidence has been presented to file it,” Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said. “If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.” The Shooting & The Aftermath On Saturday, June 2 at around 1 a.m., Bishop was dancing at Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar in Denver when he decided to do a backflip. Bishop’s gun went flying out of his holster while he executed the move. When he went to pick up the gun, it discharged, shooting a patron in the leg. The incident was caught on camera by multiple smart phones. The man who was shot has been identified as 24-year-old Tom Reddington. “We sat down at one of those picnic tables — I heard a loud bang and I thought some idiot set off a firecracker,” Reddington later told Good Morning America. “Then I looked down at my leg and see some brown residue … I’m still thinking it’s a firework … all of a sudden from the knee down my leg became completely red. And that’s when it clicked in my head, ‘Oh, I’ve been shot.'” “I like stand up and like start walking in a little circle saying, ‘Hey, I think I’ve been shot. Can someone call 911?'” Reddington said, adding that he blacked out and either fell to the ground or was placed on the ground. He also stated that a good samaritan used a belt as a tourniquet on his leg. FBI Comments Bishop was off-duty and on vacation when the shooting occurred. He is based out of the bureau’s Washington field office. Special Agent Amy Sanders, the spokesperson for the Denver FBI field office, wouldn’t comment on the incident. “In order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment regarding this matter,” Sanders said in statement. “The FBI will continue to fully cooperate with the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney’s Office as this matter proceeds through the judicial process.” The post Dancing FBI Agent Charged With Second-Degree Assault appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  12. A Florida man arrested for driving a stolen car into a ditch was found with a pet monkey in his possession. Body camera footage shows the animal desperately clinging to its owner as police place him in handcuffs. Check out the amusing video above. RELATED STORY VIDEO: Naked Man Killed After Charging at Richmond Police Officer A Florida Man And His Pet Monkey The Tampa Bay Times reports that the suspect—23-year-old Cody Blake Hession—stole a car from a driveway in St. Petersburg at around 4:24 a.m. after finding the car keys on the floorboard of the unlocked car. Hession drove the car about 30 miles north when Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies say he drove it into a ditch off U.S. 19. He then got out of the car and tried to flee the scene. The Miami Herald says he was arrested at around 6:43 a.m. in the 2700 block of U.S. 19 in the suburb of Holiday. When deputies found Hession, they also discovered with him a capuchin pet monkey named Monk. Monk wore a diaper and a leash while clinging to Hession, who told deputies he had gotten the animal from a breeder in South Carolina three years before. He also said he had applied for an exotic pet license in order to legally have the pet in Florida. Deputies let Hession say goodbye to Monk before separating the two. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took the money into their custody. He was then transported to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. Hession has been charged with car theft. He was also charged with personal possession of wildlife without a permit, and violating an FWC rule or order regarding captive wildlife. He is currently being held at the Pasco County Jail with a bail set at $5,300. The post WATCH: Florida Man’s Pet Monkey Clings to Him as He Is Arrested appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  13. Turkey recently hosted EFES 2018, a series of live fire military drills held in Western Anatolia, the Central Aegean region, the Gulf of Izmir and the Doğanbey Live Fire Drill Zone. During the event, Turkey demonstrated the capabilities of its T129 ATAK helicopters. Watch the footage above to get an idea of what these choppers can do. RELATED STORY A Black Hawk Helicopter Dropped an Ammo Box Through a School Roof The T129 ATAK is a tandem seat, twin-engine, helicopter capable of operating in all weather conditions. It was designed for attack, armed reconnaissance, precision strike and deep strike missions. Developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in partnership with AgustaWestland, the helicopter is based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta. Here’s what it’s capable of in terms of weapons, via the TAI website: The T129 ATAK incorporates asymmetric weapon loading capability and enables the use of all weapons effectively according to mission requirements. For close combat support missions, a 20mm turreted gun with a capacity of 500 rounds and 70mm Classic Rockets with a capacity of 76 rockets have been integrated; whereas for multipurpose missions, 16 x CIRIT 70mm Laser Guided Air-to-Ground Missiles, 8 x UMTAS Long Range Anti-Tank Missiles and 8 x STINGER Air-to-Air Missiles are integrated, as well as the state of the art EW systems and EO systems. Below, see the specs for the T129 ATAK. T129 ATAK Technical Data Length: 14.54 m 47.70 ft Height: 3.40 m 11.20 ft Main Rotor Diameter: 11.90 m 39.00 ft Width: 3.49 m 11.45 ft MTOW: 5065 kg 11166 lbs Fuel Tank*: 749 kg 936 lt Crew: 2 Tandem 2 Tandem T129 ATAK Performance Max Cruise Speed: 281 km/h 152 kts HIGE (TOP): 4572 m 15000 ft HOGE (TOP): 4221 m 13850 ft Rate of Climb: 13.26 m/sec 2610 ft/min Vertical Rate of Climb: 7.3 m/sec 1430 ft/min Service Ceiling: 4572 m 15000 ft Range (Std. Tank): 537 km 290 nm Endurance: 3 hr 3 hr The post WATCH: Turkish T129 ATAK Choppers Fire Off Tracer Rounds appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  14. Nosler has unveiled its M48 NCH, a precision bolt-action handgun for hunting. RELATED STORY Hunting & Long-Range Shooting at an FTW Ranch SAAM Course The Nosler M48 NCH Designed from the ground up by Nosler engineers with input from some of the world’s most successful handgun hunters, the M48 NCH (Nosler Custom Handgun) is available in .22 Nosler, .24 Nosler, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5mm Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Remington and .308 Winchester. It boasts a fully free-floated Shilen, 416R stainless steel heavy contour barrel. The barrel is threaded at the muzzle and comes with a thread protector. It can also be fluted at an additional charge. A Harrell’s Precision Tactical 4-Port brake is available as an add-on. The standard barrel length is 15 inches, with lengths between 12 and 18 inches available upon request. Meanwhile, the M48 NCH features a stock precision CNC machined from a billet of 6061-T6 aluminum. In addition, the gun is designed to accept standard AR-15 grips. Each model ships with a black Hogue OverMolded rubber grip with finger grooves. The overall length of the gun is 21 inches with a 15-inch fluted barrel. In that configuration, it weighs in at 5.4 pounds without a scope or mounts. Longer barrels, no fluting and muzzle brakes add or subtract to and from those numbers. The M48 NCH, which is a single-shot and fed from a solid-bottom receiver, is available in 10 Cerakote colors: Graphite Black, Armor Black, Satin Mag, Blue Titanium, Hunter Orange, Desert Tan, Burnt Bronze, Sniper Grey, OD Green and StormTrooper White. Other colors can be requested upon ordering. The base price for the M48 NCH is $2,495. For more information, go to nosler.com. The post Nosler’s M48 NCH Takes Handgun Hunting to the Next Level appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
  15. A new U.S. Army press release reveals the service’s plans for the new Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR), as well as the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) and 7.62 ammo program. RELATED STORY US Army Picks Sig TANGO6 1-6×24 Riflescope for the SDMR SDMR The Army will field its new SDMR at the brigade level beginning in September. An offshoot of the Heckler and Koch G28E-110 CSASS, the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle gives infantry, scout and engineer squads the ability to lay down accurate fire at longer ranges, thereby boosting lethality. The rifle, along with 50 other new technologies for infantry squads, was recently on display in the Pentagon courtyard. “The Army’s current rifle technology is most effective below the 300-meter range; however, Soldiers are fully capable of fighting beyond that threshold,” said Capt. Weston Goodrich, assistant program manager for Soldier Weapons, PEO Soldier. “The new rifle addresses the 300 to 600 meters range gap outlined in the 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Capabilities-Based Assessment.” Goodrich added that the Army will equip each squad with a “predetermined” number of SDMR rifles. The rifles fire either M80A1 EPA rounds or XM1158 ADVAP (Advanced Armor Piercing) rounds. Furthermore, the rifle sports a different buttstock and barrel twist than the CSASS version. Its base weight is around 9.9 pounds. As previously reported, it’ll also be equipped with Sig’s TANGO6 1-6×24 riflescope. CSASS In addition to the SDMR news, PEO Soldier also provided an update on the CSASS: it’s slated to undergo production qualification testing and will be approved for limited testing starting in early 2019. “The CSASS is smaller, lighter, and more ergonomic, as the majority of the changes were requested by the Soldiers themselves,” said Victor Yarosh, who works on the program at Soldier Weapons. “The rifle is easier to shoot and has less recoil, all while shooting the same round as the M110. [Additionally,] the CSASS has increased accuracy, which equates to higher hit percentages at longer ranges.” The new CSASS will replace the M110 SASS made by Knight’s Armament. PEO Soldier describes the M110 SASS as a “longer, heavier, less ergonomic” sniper rifle. This new CSASS will support snipers on a variety of missions. “An Army sniper is a kind of force enhancer because they execute a number of missions,” Yarosh said. “They provide a surveillance mission where they use their high-powered scope to observe activity downrange. A sniper can pin down an enemy force through sniper concealment and engagement to provide the right shots at the right time. They can also prevent an enemy force from moving out of cover, which allows our maneuver forces to exploit the enemy by moving into a better position and engage.” The CSASS sports a new suppressor and muzzle brake. It also has higher power daytime optics which boost a sniper’s surveillance and hostile identification capabilities. 7.62 Lightweight Small Caliber Ammo Program The last bit of news is that the Army wants a replacement for conventional brass ammo casings. Ideally, this’ll reduce the weight load on personnel and weapons, thereby boosting Soldiers’ mobility. “We’re currently working on drop-in replacement ammunition for the existing 7.62 family of weapons optimizing for the M240 family of machine guns,” said Todd Townsend with PEO Ammunition. “Ounces are pounds. So if we can take a pound out of a Soldier’s weight load, a Soldier could be more effective by carrying other important things.” Right now the service is looking at three casing concepts and comparing them to the weight of brass ammo. The first is a stainless steel metal injection molded case. The second is brass case with a polymer body. Last is a stainless steel case with a polymer body. PEO Ammunition will start testing in “the coming months,” according to the press release. Consequently, “portions” of test data from the rounds will be sent back to developers for improvements. “We’re looking at doing a full-up qualification by fiscal year 2021. We are aiming for a fielding by FY22,” Townsend said. In addition, program managers handling the new 7.62 ammo efforts have partnered with other services, including USSOCOM and forces in the U.K. “We’re looking at other calibers as well. One of them is 50-caliber round,” Townsend said. “We will continue to coordinate within all test areas to make sure that we don’t do redundant or unnecessary testing. “The Joint Light Weight Integrated Product Team ensures that all the services are all working toward one common goal of lightening a load.” The post The US Army Reveals It Will Field the SDMR in September appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews. View the full article
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