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Thumb Actuated Tube Selector for Kel-Tec KSG Bullpup Shotgun

In what many a fan of the platform will exclaim “Finally!”, the aftermarket has stepped up with firing-hand compatible tube selector for the Kel-Tec KSG bullpup shotgun. The product of a Plymoth, Massachusetts company called “Solutions De Innovation LLC” the “Feed Tube Selector Switch” (FTSS) was designed to solve a weapons manipulation problem that has beset the KSG since its introduction.

The problem is the dual tube architecture of the KSG do not automatically switch over to the other tube upon expenditure of its ammunition. Touted as a “feature” allowing the shooter to switch between two types of ammunition, practically it is pain in the arse. Few users would load different tubes with different ammunition, especially with the loads being so different (say non-lethal and buck-shot or slugs and bird-shot). As such, KSG users had to train themselves to count rounds or swap tubes upon an empty chamber.

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The FTSS replaces the standard tube selector by extending below the ejection port and through an elbow, putting a lever near the firing hand. The knob at the end is shooting-hand accessible, so one can “seamlessly” swap to the second tube.

Retail for the piece is set at $96.50. It is steel constructed, with a final blued finish. It has a lifetime warranty, including shipping and handling reimbursement. Those interested can pick one up at the ShotgunSwitch.com store. 

The FTSS is patent pending.

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15 Weapons That Are Banned in Warfare

There are two basic ways to look at banning weapons in war. The first, humanitarian view is that that war should be as “humane” as possible, limiting death only to intended targets, and delivered as quickly and painlessly as possible. With, of course, the possibility of rescue or recovery. Weapons banned in war inflict undue destruction on civilians.

1. Mustard Gas

1. Mustard Gas

The terror of the trenches in World War I, mustard gas gets its name from its yellow-brown color and its odor, which is apparently similar to horseradish. Because it’s heavier than air, mustard gas proved particularly effective in clearing trenches, and was almost single-handedly responsible for the 1928 Geneva Conventions. When inhaled, the gas causes the lungs to fill with fluid, essentially drowning the victim in their own fluids. If they were hit with a bomb filled with mustard gas or dosed from the air soldiers were told to pee into their handkerchiefs and breath through those until they could escape or the gas dissipated.

2. Nerve Gas

2. Nerve Gas

Nerve gases of all kinds have been systematically outlawed by both the Hague and Geneva from 1899 all the way up to 1993. All nerve agents (like Sarin, VX, Tabun, and Soman) work in the same basic way: By blocking blocking the enzyme that normally destroys a very important neurotransmitter. Basically, nerve agents cause your entire nervous system to malfunction, like an electrical system full of short circuits. Death generally comes as a result of a shutdown of the respiratory system, but not before painful blisters, boils, and internal hemmorrhaging occur.

3. Phosgene Gas

3. Phosgene Gas

While mustard gas might have gotten all the press, phosgene was actually responsible for about 85% of all chemical weapons deaths in World War I. Simple and cheap to produce in large quantities, phosgene damages the proteins in the lungs, causing them to break down, meaning the lungs stop exchanging oxygen. It’s a particularly insidious gas, since it’s colorless, almost odorless, and symptoms can take a long time to show up. Japan continued to use phosgene well into WWII on at least 375 separate occasions, generally against the Chinese.

4. Tear Gas

4. Tear Gas

Believe it or not, the tear gas that police routinely shoot into crowds in America is technically outlawed for use in war by the Hague Convention. Even though it’s generally non-lethal, tear gas is still an inhalant chemical weapon that obstructs breathing, that puts it in the same legal class as mustard gas. For more info on the lethality you should check into some of the Russian Special Ops tactics when dealing with terrorists… So: legal to shoot at protesters in Missouri, but not legal to drop on a machine gun nest in Afghanistan. Go figure.

5. Pepper Spray

5. Pepper Spray

Same story as tear gas. Technically, pepper spray is an aerosol chemical weapon that disrupts breathing, which is outlawed by the Hague Convention.

6. Plastic Landmines

6. Plastic Landmines

According to Protocol I of the 1979 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, weapons that use non-metallic fragments not detectable by X-Ray are prohibited in war. The rationale is pretty obvious, since field surgeons can’t remove fragments they can’t locate within an injured body. This doesn’t prohibit the use of plastic and undetectable materials in weapon design, it just means that weapons can’t be designed to use undetectable fragments as a primary damage device.

7. Spike Pits

7. Spike Pits

These old fashioned death traps are technically prohibited or regulated by Protocol II of the 1979 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. Pits with sharpened bamboo spikes maimed thousands of soldiers in Vietnam and in the Pacific during WWII. Adding insult to injury, the Vietcong and Japanese would routinely roll those spikes in human or animal feces first, causing secondary infections after even the smallest scratch. That, in itself, is a direct violation of the 1907 Hague convention on biological weapons and might even violate the 1675 Strasbourg Agreement. Suffice it to say it violates a lot of conventions, agreements and accords. Still fun to upercut your opponent into in Mortal Kombat though…

8. Flamethrowers

9. Flamethrowers

According to Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, flamethrowers aren’t explicitly forbidden on the battlefield, provided the battlefield is nowhere near civilians. Mostly, this protocol refers to incendiary devices in and around civilian areas. It doesn’t necessarily prohibit the use of flamethrowers in, say, an open tank battle or clearing caves in Afghanistan. But most guerrilla fighters hide behind or within civilian areas. If they’re using human shields or might have captives flamethrowers are a no-go. They are also incredibly easy to improvise. Basically any controlled release of accelerant + fire is a flamethrower by definition.

19. Napalm

10. Napalm

You might love the smell of napalm in the morning, but the same Protocol III (passed after Vietnam) that restricts the use of flamethrowers also limits the use of napalm. It can’t be used anywhere near civilian targets, nor can it be used to burn down forests unless the trees are being used to conceal military combatants or vehicles. So, napalm isn’t banned, exactly, but more often than not, it can’t be used on today’s battlefields.

10. Poisoned Bullets

15. Poisoned Bullets

The world’s oldest known arms agreement, the Strasbourg Agreement of 1675, explicitly outlawed the use of poisoned bullets. The first guns used in warfare weren’t terribly accurate, so soldiers would often supplement the lack of accuracy by soaking their bullets in some kind of poisonous or infectious substance. It was not unheard of for legions of soldiers to stow their bullet caches inside rotting corpses, though the bottom of a latrine pit worked just as well. When France and the Holy Roman Empire went to war, they initially experienced a massive wave of casualties not from gunshot wounds, but from subsequent infection. More than 250 years would pass before Geneva once again addressed chemical and biological weapons.

11. Balloon Bombs

17. Balloon Bombs

Yes, you’re reading that correctly – according to the 1898 Hague Convention, it is against international law to drop bombs from balloons. Originally proposed in 1898, the prohibition against the “the discharge of any kind of projectile or explosive from balloons or by similar means” went into effect at the 1907 Peace Conference as a probationary measure to be resolved during the third conference. However, the third Hague peace conference never met, because of a slight case of world war. Japan famously sent scores of balloon bombs to the American Pacific Coast during WWII, with the purpose of causing forest fires. While most landed harmlessly, one did cause casualties – a balloon that landed in a forest near Bly, Oregon, that exploded and killed a Sunday school teacher and five children. The practice of shooting a rifle or dropping a bomb from a balloon is still technically forbidden to this day.

12. Locusts, Fleas and Rats

20. Locusts, Fleas and Rats

Don’t laugh too hard – it’s been done, and to sometimes devastating effect. The Black Plague is theorized by some to be the result of a lingering bio-terror attack from Asia. Today, using hordes or plagues of animals carrying disease in war would be completely illegal.

13. Bat Bombs

21. Bat Bombs

In the second world war, Americans experimented with a secret weapon designed to decimate Japanese cities. At the time, most of Japan’s cities were made of wood and paper. The idea was to release a bomb filled with sleeping bats (captured from caves in New Mexico), wearing collars containing a napalm-like incendiary. Upon release at dawn, the bats would disperse and roost under the eaves of Japanese homes up to 40 miles away. The project, code-named “X-Ray,” was tested in 1944, but the war effectively ended with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It might sound funny today, but testing showed these unusual weapons to be tremendously effective…some say even more so than the A-Bomb. Today, bat bombs would certainly be prohibited under Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

14. Smallpox Blankets

23. Smallpox Blankets

While America in general has avoided the use of biological and chemical weapons, many historians agree that we did make at least one attempt at genocide through bio-weaponry. America’s “manifest destiny” meant getting rid of the original inhabitants of the continent. Many were killed by bullets and blades, but far more were wiped out as a result of diseases introduced by Europeans. Coming from a center of worldwide trade, Europeans developed at least partial immunity to many diseases, while themselves remaining carriers. Where Europeans went, plague almost always followed, helping to exterminate native populations and assisting in conquest. While such bio-terrorism was often unintentional, history has recorded a few instances where it was deliberately used as a weapon of war. Especially after we started to understand the nature of germs and disease. This quote from Commander Jeffrey Amherst (1717 to 1797) pretty much sums it up: “You will do well to try to inoculate the Indians, by means of blankets, as well as to try every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race.”

15. Salted Bombs

19. Salted Bombs

Salted bombs are very similar in concept to dirty bombs, but are true nuclear weapons created specifically for the purpose of shorter-term area denial. A “salted” nuke contains an isotope of another substance like cobalt, gold, zinc, or sodium. During a nuclear blast, these elements become a huge cloud of fallout. These types of weapons are the same type used in the Soviet “Doomsday Device” from Dr. Strangelove. Small, one kiloton salted nukes could be used tactically and made so that the radioactive fallout decayed in a year or two, thus denying large swaths of land to enemy forces for a time. But radiation is invisible, and these weapons are generally prohibited because of their potential lethality to civilians.

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New Russian Saiga MK-107 Recoil-less Rifle

Every competitive shooter wants a recoil-less rifle. With the Saiga MK-107, or “recoil-less AK” we’re getting closer to that dream.  Translated from Russian: “The new Russian Saiga MK-107 is a semi-automatic gas operated rifle with recoil-mitigating balanced action. This means that rifle features two gas pistons, entering a single gas block above the barrel from opposite directions.”

It is said to be released by the end of 2016, but that has been said for the last 2-3 years now.

I’m told that the caliber is .223 Remington, with a 5,45×39 mm to follow.
For competitive dynamic rifle shooting .223 Remington is the most used caliber by far.

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As you can see for the left vs right picture, the muzzle brake (recoil compensator) is canted, a common modification to further reduce the recoil and keep the rifle in the “A” zone.

The Saiga MK-107 shot by Russian IPSC shooter Oleg Rybalki.

It looks extremely stable I have to say. It looks like the exact same rifle, looking at themuzzle brake.

 

Russia will hold the first World Shoot for IPSC Rifle in June 2017. Hopefully the best competitors from all over the World will be there. I will bet my money some one from Finland will win the match, but we’ll see.

The RWC (Rifle World Shoot 2017) will be held at “Patriot Range”, which has 31 stages up to 300 meters and 1 stage up to 800 meters long. There are also a multi-story indoor shooting range which looks very promising.

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Above: The official logo of the First Rifle World Championship 2017

 

Here are a few other Russian AK-rifles from one of their 3 Gun competitions. I’m not sure enough to identify these versions, but the first one has a Swarovski Z6i on top. I would surely prefer a much lower mount.

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The shooter is Alёna Karelinalёna, part of the Lady Kalashnikov team and two times champion of Russia. and World champion 2015 in IPSC Shotgun. A real Nikita!

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Another Russian shooter with the same AK.

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3 Gun Russian style.

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Yet another AK with modifications.

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I’m sure we will see the AK-107 in the hands of the top Russian competitive shooters very soon.

Pretty cool gif I found. Hope it helps.

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8 CATASTROPHIC GUN FAILURES THAT ARE HARD TO LOOK AT

For any number of reasons, a seemingly perfect gun can go boom and come apart. Want to know the lesson you should learn with each of these photos? Know your weapon, and treat every gun like a powerful tool of destruction. Let’s look at some pictures of catastrophic gun failures.

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From what appears to be a faulty German military surplus cartridge, this rifle disintegrated!

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This Colt Anaconda in .44 Magnum may have been done in by a bad hand reloaded cartridge. Double powder charge?

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A Glock Model 21 .45 acp. pistol appears to have been destroyed using faulty hand loaded ammunition.

If you handload your own, watch your overall length and powder charge weights. Never shoot someone else’s handloads. Their mistake is your bodily injury or at least a broken gun.

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This Weatherby died from a double charged cartridge.

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This accident was due to a shooter trying a so called “hot load.”

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This Ruger LCR pistol failed during a firearms training class with factory ammunition this time.

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This twisted mass of steel was once a modern shotgun barrel that most likely burst upon firing either a double powder charge or a barrel obstruction.

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Court: Man wrongfully terminated for having gun in vehicle at work

A unanimous three-judge panel found on Monday that a Mississippi man could sue his former employer after being fired for keeping a gun in a locked vehicle on the job site. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Robert Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation found that state the Magnolia State’s 2006 law against the prohibition of the storage of legal firearms on employers’ property overrules Mississippi’s 150-year at-will employment statutes.

Swindol worked for Aurora in their Columbus plant but, when company officials found out he had an otherwise legal gun inside his vehicle in a company parking lot, fired him the same day for violating company firearm policies. Aurora then convened a plant-wide meeting during which the site human resources manager told employees Swindol was a security risk over the incident and advised them to call 911 if they saw him near the property.

This led the former employee to file suit in U.S. District Court for wrongful discharge and defamation, which was rejected.

On appeal to the Fifth Circuit, the federal court tapped in the Mississippi Supreme Court, asking if the newer firearm protection trumps the state’s labor laws, to which the state courtreplied in March that, “While Mississippi is an at-will employment state, that doctrine is not absolute,” and that the gun law came out on top. As such, holding that Aurora’s firing Swindol over the gun was “legally impermissible.”

Fortified with that and an amicus brief from the National Rifle Association in Swindol’s favor, the Fifth Circuit panel found in their August 8 ruling that the district court’s dismissal of his wrongful discharge was wrong.

“Swindol alleges he was terminated when Aurora enforced a legally impermissible firearms policy against him, and he seeks damages,” wrote Judge Leslie H. Southwick, a 2007 appointment by President George W. Bush, for the panel. “Based on the Mississippi court’s response, we conclude that Swindol has stated a claim for wrongful discharge under Mississippi law.”

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Every Army Infantry Platoon Will Now Be Equipped With The 84mm Recoilless Rifle (VIDEO)

The 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle, a devastating anti-armor system, will soon become a permanent fixture of Army infantry platoons.

U.S. Army infantry platoons will soon have the 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle, a devastating anti-armor system, as a permanently assigned weapon.

Service officials completed a so-called conditional materiel release authorization late last year, making the M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System an organic weapon system within each infantry platoon, IHS Jane’s 360 recently reported.

The service is also working on an effort to achieve Full Material Release of the M3 later this year.

Army light infantry units began using the M3 in Afghanistan in 2011, but only when commanders submitted operational needs statements for the weapon.

The breech-loading M3, made by Saab North America, can reach out and hit enemy targets up to 1,000 meters away. The M3 offers the units various types of ammunition, ranging from armor penetration and anti-personnel, to ammunition for built-up areas, as well as special features like smoke and illumination.

Special operations forces, such as the 75th Ranger Regiment, have been using the 84mm weapon system since the early 1990s. The M3 became an official, program of record in the conventional Army in 2014.

The M3 has enjoyed success with units such as the 25th Infantry, 10th Mountain, and 82nd Airborne divisions in Afghanistan.

The launcher weighs approximately 22 pounds, with each round of ammunition weighing just under 10 pounds. By comparison, the AT4 weighs about 15 pounds and the Javelin‘s launcher with missile and reusable command launch unit weigh roughly 50 pounds.

The CMR allowed the system to be quickly fielded to operational units before the more exhaustive full materiel release process is completed, Jack Seymour, marketing director for Saab North America, told IHS Jane’s.

The current plan is to equip all brigade combat teams with one M3 launcher per platoon.

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Libertarian VP pick slams guns: Handguns “even worse than” AR-15s

The 2016 election is proving to be one of the oddest in recent memory — the Democratic nominee isn’t a progressive, the Republican isn’t a conservative, and the Libertarian isn’t well… libertarian.
Gary Johnson’s vice presidential nominee Bill Weld proved it in a recent interview with Revolt TV, when he slammed certain types of firearms.

While discussing his position on gun rights, Weld said that rifles can be turned into weapons of mass destruction, and that handguns are “worse than” semi-automatics.

“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”

Weld also said he believed no one on a terrorist watch list should be allowed to purchase guns, even though, as the Huffington Post pointed out, it isn’t too hard for an innocent person to end up on the list.

Not exactly a very pro-freedom position from the Libertarian Party.

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Unleash the SAW! – Civilian M249 Now Available – Full Review

The new 5.56 M249S from FN delivers a semi-auto version of the battle-proven M249 SAW light machine gun. For more information: FN M249S
While at Shot Show, I had the opportunity to both shoot and handle the new FN Military Collector Series of guns from FN. With FN providing true military grade firearms like the M16, M4 Carbine and M249 SAW directly to the U.S. military, it is clear this is a company that knows how to produce true mil-spec hardware. The FN Military Collector Series provides civilian shooters with semi-automatic variants of these battle-proven firearms.

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U.S. Army soldier fires a full-auto variant of the M249 squad automatic weapon (SAW). (U.S. Army Photo by Gertrud Zach/released)

To purchase on GunsAmerica.com, click this link: https://www.gunsamerica.com/Search.aspx?T=M249S

I quickly asked when I would be able to get demo guns and was promised a shot as soon as they were available. I received the M16 first, followed by the M4 Carbine. I continued to press for the M249S, a semi-automatic version of the M249 SAW, so hard that I knew I would eventually get one, or a restraining order. The day has finally arrived, and let me tell you upfront, this gun is amazing.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

I am going to go ahead and get a few things out of the way so you can enjoy reading the rest of the article. I will answer a few questions and save you from having to post them in the comments section.

  • “Who would want a gun that costs $8,000 or more? Would you have to have more money than sense to buy one of these things? You could buy like 15 ½ Glocks with that money.” I guess you should ask the people on the waiting list who would want one of these. I am just like you; I’m making payments to the orthodontist, but I have made some frugal life choices. I don’t own a motorcycle or a boat, and I don’t live in a palatial neighborhood. Comparing prices in this situation is sort of irrelevant—who needs 15 Glocks? Unless you can come up with a Glock 18 for me, I don’t need 15 more of the same.

UN-BOXING

Usually, the box a gun ships in is fairly unremarkable. It is just a plain brown rectangular chunk of cardboard with some packing material in it. I was actually a little surprised when I picked this gun up from my FFL. The box is shorter than I had expected and it was definitely thicker and wider than any other gun I had received before. As I began the un-boxing process, there was an unmistakably utilitarian, industrial/military feel to everything. The components were all in giant sealed bags. The instructions were all laminated to stand up to soldiers who might not be the most delicate flowers.

The M249S can feed from a disintegrating belt system that hold the 5.56 NATO rounds.

The M249S can feed from a disintegrating belt system that holds the 5.56 NATO rounds.

The belt of ammunition is held inside a plastic box that is located under the gun.

The belt of ammunition is held inside a plastic box that is located under the gun.

The disintegrating links hold the 5.56 NATO rounds for feeding, but fall away as the rifle fires.

The receiver was in one giant bag and the barrel was inside a box within another bag. The ammunition box with 200 links was in its own nifty little compartment, along with the instructions and one 30-round metal FN magazine. I have never seen an M249 SAW shipped to a government depot, but I can imagine this is probably close to how she would look.

There were at least three warnings stating clearly that this does not operate like your daddy’s shotgun. As a matter of fact, the good folks at FN reached out to me via email and provided me with a link to instructional videosthat forwent all of the nasty requirements of reading the instruction book. I wonder if they reached out to my wife—it was like they knew I wasn’t going to read that instruction manual. All jokes aside, I did watch all the videos in the series and found them to be very easy to follow. I even referred back to them as I assembled the gun, got my manual of arms together, and finally linked 200 rounds of .223.

The internal parts have been redesigned to comply with the ATF ruling on semi-auto versions of machine guns, changing it from an open-bolt design to a closed-bolt design. On the M249S, there have been some blocks put in place to make sure the full-auto parts will not “drop in.” In the new design, the firing pin is now a moving part versus the fixed one in the full-auto version. The trigger pack has been changed to use a hammer instead of the usual bolt release found on the end of the trigger assembly. This simply means this gun fires semi-auto only from a closed bolt.

The M249S has a top cover that can be opened to set up the feeding of the 5.56 NATO rounds into the rifle.

Once the rifle is set up for firing, the top cover (shown in the open position) can be closed down.

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In addition to feeding from a belt, the M249S can also feed from AR-15/M16 magazines. It is shown equipped with a 30-round Magpul unit.

In simple terms, the full-auto version of the M249 fires from the action being locked open. A pull of the trigger releases the action to feed a round and fire it with a fixed firing pin, over and over until the trigger is released. When the trigger is released, the action locks open again awaiting the next trigger pull. In the closed-bolt system, a round is first chambered and when the trigger is pulled a hammer is released to strike a moving firing pin. The case is ejected and new round is fed into the chamber, awaiting the trigger to be pulled for a follow-up shot.

A significant feature of the M249S (like its military sibling) is that the cold hammer forged barrel assembly (with the carry handle and heat shield) is removable by pressing down on the wire lever at the front top of the receiver. Then the barrel slides forward. The primary purpose is to install a fresh cold barrel after sustained fire. I found the primary benefit to be allowing the gun to fit into a much more compact footprint for both storage and transport.

SPECS

  • Chambering: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel: 20.5 inch (removable)
  • OA Length: 40.5 inches
  • Weight: 17 pounds (empty)
  • Stock: Fixed
  • Sights: Ghost ring rear, post front
  • Action: Closed-bolt, semi-auto
  • Finish: Parkerized
  • Capacity: Belt- or magazine-fed
  • MSRP: $7,999

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The best way I can describe this is that moment in the movie “Christmas Story” where the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun makes its appearance. I immediately snapped a picture with the tagline “Anyone want to guess what I’m doing today” and posted it to Facebook.

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The M249S can be easily and quickly broken down into its primary components.

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It comes equipped with a rugged steel folding bipod assembly.

This gun is serious business. From what I can tell this gun is built every bit as solidly, part-for-part, as the military machine gun. The only difference I can find is the engineering that went into making it civilian legal. They use the same hammer-forged barrel. All of the external parts, bipod, sights and feeding mechanisms are identical. This gun is not some bantamweight—this is in the heavyweight category. These descriptions make me feel like I’m describing some piece of farm equipment from Belarus; to the contrary, there is a certain elegance to the finish, fit and engineering that go into this rifle. As I was taking pictures, I was struck by how aesthetically pleasing this gun is. There are plenty of great guns out there that are ugly as hell—this is one that can be appreciated at face value.

When I went through all of the components that came with the gun, the only add-on that I could conceivably come up with was some type of optic. The military typically uses either an Elcan or a Trijicon on this platform.

PREPPING A BELT-FED GUN

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The linked ammunition feeds from the box to the rifle, but must be inserted correctly for proper functioning.

Remember those handy videos I mentioned earlier? Well I think I watched the one about linking the ammunition, getting it in the box and chambering the first round about 15 times. I’ve actually owned belt fed guns before, but my Browning 1919 featured a cloth belt. I knew in principle how the disintegrating belts worked and how the gun fed the ammunition. But as always, success is in the details.

Task A is developing a system for linking the ammunition. This involves un-boxing 200 rounds of 223 ammunition. Next is finding a nice, flat, clean work surface to begin the linking process. Once you figure out which side of the link is up and which side is down, you can begin laying them out and simply inserting the rounds. Once I figured out my system, it took about the same amount of time as I would normally have spent loading magazines.

The next couple of steps in this operation are a lot like giving an angry cat a bath in the bathroom sink: You know what’s supposed to happen, but the cat is not going to comply. Now that you have 200 rounds of ammunition linked, count out 15 and then fold over, then repeat. It’s like folding layers of dough over. Now, making sure that the end of the belt is in the proper position, pick up these rounds and begin feeding them into the ammunition box. Imagine being halfway through a game of Jenga on your kitchen table and deciding to pick it up and move it to a waterbed- it can be done, but probably not on the first try. Finally, once you have the rounds correctly inserted into the box and the end of the belt protruding correctly from the box, you get to tackle the task of snapping on the lid. The best way I can describe this challenge is putting a twin size fitted sheet on a queen-size bed. It’s not going to be a gentle process.

Okay, so I may have gone a little heavy on the exaggerated similes; the point is, there is a learning curve at play here. If you can work past the learning curve, you will reap big rewards at the shooting range.

ON THE RANGE

The first thing I wanted to try out at the range was the 30 round magazine. I had heard stories about these guns being finicky when running from a magazine and then going to a belt. There were also tales of the magazines being eaten in the process of emptying them. One thing I would point out: all magazine guns should have a magazine cover door like this one that, in the default position, is self-closing (this is the equivalent of a toilet seat that will put itself down). Simply push the magazine through the closed door, snap it in place and you’re good to go. I flipped the bipod to the down position and settled in behind the gun. I wanted to run the 249 with the traditional covered notch at the front and ghost ring in the rear, as they were easy to acquire and afforded a good cheek weld.

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The M249S magazine port features a self-closing dustcover/door that closes when a magazine is not inserted.

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The magazine port is located just below the port for the belt feed of ammunition.

The first thing that you notice when firing this gun is that the trigger is fantastic. The only machine gun trigger that I have ever operated that was better than this one was the electric switch on a GE. The trigger of the FN249S is about 4½ pounds, with a reasonable amount of take-up and a pull as smooth as silk. The engineers at FN have done an incredible job of making this user-friendly.

With the bipod providing stability in the front, the well-engineered buttstock in the rear, and the pistol grip in hand, it is 100% controllable no matter how fast you fire. Firing faster gave me just a slight push to the rear without any shaking or fidgeting.

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The rear sight of the M249S is a rock-solid and sturdy winged assembly with an adjustable peep unit.

Most semi-automatic .223 rifles eject brass like a push mower without the safety guard in place. The FN 249S just neatly deposited the rounds out of the downward-facing ejection chute to the right of the gun. Ejecting the spent magazine is simple; just push in the lever on the magazine well cover and it pops right out. After running several full magazines through the gun, I inspected the feed lips. There was some paint scratching, but no signs of damage or what I would interpret as abuse.

The moment of truth had arrived, and it was time to put the box on and let this thing eat. The box has a male clip that slides into the female portion mounted to the gun. There is no way to put a magazine and a box of belted ammunition on at the same time. The belt feeding mechanism is exposed by pinching the two clips behind the top cover. Half of this mechanism is in the top cover, and the other half is on the receiver. Once the belt is lain in, you lock it in by pinching those same pins together again. Then you pull the charging handle to the rear and let it fly home. Laying the belt correctly is the most difficult part of this. As my first attempt demonstrated, you must lay the first loaded round in the center of the belt feed mechanism. Otherwise you get a click instead of a bang.

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The rifle features a self-regulating gas system unit.

Once I had corrected my error, the gun came to life. At first I was cautious and observed the gun showering from the bottom of the gun a chorus of belt links and brass that I had so diligently put together the night before. This lasted for about 10 rounds, and then it was time to open her up. As I began to work the trigger faster and faster, I was rewarded with both center mass hits on the target and piles of brass and links at my feet. I then made a quick adjustment on the sights and moved the target out to the available hundred yards. My shot timer told me that I was delivering about 200+ rounds per minute of dead-on fire at 100 yards. I’m not aware of any other semi-automatic .223 rifle that can deliver 200 rounds on target in a minute. I even went so far as to put a second target up and work transitions, being careful not to sling rounds between targets. This only slightly diminished the rate of fire.

This gun ran perfect. The only issue that I encountered was the smoke coming off of the barrel. I don’t believe that I could damage this barrel short of buying several thousand links and running them all together. This gun is purpose-built for this kind of action, and performs as such.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This gun is everything I hoped it would be and frankly, for the price, it should be. The FN 249S put a smile on my face every time I shot it. I took it out to a different range later and fired off of a tower with multiple targets, and everyone at the range was eager to join in. I encourage you to take a turn on this gun if you’re given the opportunity; you will not be disappointed. You may knock this gun on practicality, but you will not knock it on function, reliability or authenticity.

I try to put my biases aside when I review a gun, but I’ll admit that I’m a fan boy of this platform. And there are a few things you need to be aware of; it’s not all fun and games. This gun is heavy and has its own manual of arms that you must respect. This is not a gun that you’re going to pick up and immediately take to the range to shoot. You will have to invest some effort into the aforementioned learning curve to be successful. But, trust me, it is well worth the effort!

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A simple yet effective cross bolt safety is located in the lower trigger housing assembly, just above the pistol grip.

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The buttstock sports a fold-up support that helps keep the M249S from sliding down off your shoulder under recoil.

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In addition to the standard M249S, FN has also released a limited edition of the rifle for an MSRP of $9,499. It comes with serialized ID tags, certificate of authenticity, spare barrel assembly and numerous accessories, all packed in a hard case.Image courtesy of FN.

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GM6 LYNX SEMI-AUTO .50 BMG BULLPUP

Meet the GM6 Lynx Semi-Auto .50 BMG Bullpup. This insane .50 BMG Bullpup is built in Canada, costs damn near $15,000 and there is about a two month wait time to get one when you order it. If I was rich, I’d buy it. The GM6 ‘Lynx’ is a semi-automatic anti-material rifle. The rifle was designed to be compact, lightweight, accurate, portable and easily deployable for immediate use. Most rifles chambered in .50 BMG are heavy, long, bulky, and are of a slowly operated bolt action. Many not even magazine fed.

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Due to the bullpup configuration, most of the weight is re-distributed to the rear of the rifle allowing for the possibility of off hand firing. This is near impossible with most other .50 BMG rifles. Thanks to the unique barrel recoil technology, the rifle’s recoil is less than the other rifles in the same category. This design also allows the rifle to be transported at a length of only 915 mm. It operates with standard .50 BMG rounds. Assembled with match grade Lothar Walther barrels, capable of sub-MOA accuracy with match ammunition.

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The GM6M version features additional and significant recoil reduction through modifications to the internal mechanism (the external appearance remains unchanged). This model is usually 1000 Euros more expensive, but is temporarily being offered to us at the same price of the regular GM6.

Comes with spare magazine, pair of 34mm 50 BMG scope rings, spare barrel spring, bi-pod, cleaning kit, Pelican style hard case and manual.

*Special Order Item*Rifles are made to order. 2 month delivery on average. 35% deposit required.
Unfortunately due to the value of this item, payment has to be made through means other than credit card. Credit card orders will be reversed.

Payment/layaway plan available.

Options:
-735mm or 910mm barrel length
-Custom/alternate finish ~ $500
-Spare Magazine ~$375
-Spare/Replacement Barrel ~$1650

Features:•Durable mil-spec design and construction
•Unique barrel recoil technology dissipates most recoil energy
•Semi automatic design
•Magazine fed for ease of reloading
•Bullpup design for compact size and optimum weight distribution
•Sub-MOA with match grade ammunition

Specifications:Caliber: .50 BMG
Effective Range: 1500m
Magazine Capacity: 5
Method of Operation: Long Recoil Action
Operating Length: 1126mm
Transportation Length: 928mm
Barrel Length: 730mm/910mm
Weight, Empty: 11500g

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Firearms are the ‘peacemakers’: Ron Owen

RE LETTER to Editor, E. Rowe, July 30: One would hope that people who write to the newspapers would know something of the subject, or would naturally research the subject before taking an opinion. Readers should be able to conclude that the writer has really thought about what he has written, before it is sent to the Letters to the Editor, and the article should not be an emotional repetition of baseless, feel-good propaganda such as the comments by E. Rowe.

For example he must have a personal relationship with Martin Bryant, claiming that he was “Aggrieved”… “seeking attention, power and significance”. When in fact Bryant did not give evidence, as he pleaded guilty and there was no trial.

Maybe E. Rowe visits him in prison, but doubtful as E. Rowe states, “Pity he didn’t die”. These statements seem to indicate irrational, emotional rhetoric.

Then E. Rowe launches into a classic anti-gun harangue wrongly identifying the American Constitution instead of the American Bill of Rights as the home of the Second Amendment.

Not mentioning that the same right is included in our Bill of Rights of 1689 – “may have arms suitable for their defence”.

Most people can understand that the reason for the inclusion of those rights is so that individuals can defend themselves against attack, and in that way defend their whole community.

E. Rowe then presents an incoherent philosophy of ‘hoplophobia'(fear of firearms or the fear of armed citizens) suggesting guns have law making powers and decision making functions, with comments about the “law of the gun” and that “guns are not people friendly”.

Ancient religions empowered inanimate objects such as “tin gods” with supernatural decision making, but most people now have the power of reason and know that a firearm is like a surgeon’s knife, or a box of matches, like fire and water, it can save life and take life, it is but a tool of human invention.

E. Rowe must not be totally anti-gun, as he advocates the disarming of private individuals and advocates the arming of state employees, knowing that firearms are needed to disarm people.

So E. Rowe is very pro-gun, believing that only the government (which is, of course, so reliable, honest, moral and virtuous) should be allowed to have guns.

Proposing a society where only centralising gun ownership is in the hands of a small, political elite and their minions, or as history has taught us, in the hands of those who ignore all law.

Both sides hunting the disarmed, the helpless meat in the sandwich.

Imagine for one minute, if E. Rowe is in one of those gun free zones, where private ownerships of hand guns is banned, like Paris, and he is lying, maybe wounded, waiting 20 minutes for the police to come, or more likely to be finished off by a terrorist AK 47 before help is available.

Would he wish, for an armed citizen to appear, would he wish for a revolver on his hip, so he could at least fight back and maybe save the lives of others?

Would he be thinking that he would rather live in Chicago, New York, Manchester, Detroit or London where firearms are banned and have no chance of being saved by an armed citizen, or would he wish he was in Texas, Kansas, or Vermont where you can carry a firearm.

Most people in that position would hope that the person next to them was like the citizen in the Westgate shopping centre Nairobi (September, 2013) who had his licenced carry gun at the hip and saved 100 people when it was attacked by terrorists.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430201/British-hero-mall-massacre-Ex-Royal-Marine-handgun-saved-100-lives-terrorists-ran-amok.html

E. Rowe should consider that the only chance that the weak have to defend themselves against the strong is with firearms; they are the equaliser, the inanimate peace makers.

Ron Owen,

McMahon Rd,

Gympie.

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