The United States of America is no stranger to weapons. It in fact is the number one worldwide dealer of weapons and ammunitions, and therefore it is always inventing something new or modifying weapons, making it hard for the terrorists to fight back.The problem why we tend to see outdated ammunitions is, it’s mass production. Some weapons are not possible to produce on a bigger level and therefore, the same old weapons are used.
Recently the U.S military introduce the GAU Gatling Gun. And while It is very expensive, and not quite affordable for just not every and every one, it does wonders. It is known as the terrorist destroyer. Now you can have an idea what this weapon here is all about. The gatling gun is from the family of new generation weapons and it has features like no other. This beauty can fire up to 1,300 shots under a minute! It has a .50 caliber GAU-19/b which is beneficial, providing firepower in a considerably lightweight system.
The total system weight of this three barrel GAU-19/B is the same as that of a single barrel machine gun. This is quite a beauty and definitely something terrorist should be afraid of.
The OSS suppressor system is an amazing step forward in a piece of weapon’s technology that’s basically remained the same for a century. This baffle-free design is truly unbelievebale. Hearing safe with no over-pressure in an enclosed environment while providing phenomenal recoil reduction, this system does everything.
With the growing technology emerging in the weaponry field, this one weapon is absolutely stunning. It’s almost unbelievable that they could make something like this. This OSS Suppressor system was created by a Veteran who served in the SOF community to invent new and improved suppression systems that are waaay different and revolutionary from the traditional suppressors. This piece of weapon is badass!
In this video, the founder Russ Oliver demonstrates for us this new baffle free suppressor system that does wonders, and since seeing is believing, you can see it for yourself in the video. Suppressor systems have pretty much remained the same for over a century now so this revolutionary weapon counts as a huge leap into the weaponry field. It has a 30 psi blowback rather than an ordinary 300! That’s the first coolest thing about it. Not only this, but Oliver tests the weapon out for us and it shows there is no over pressure when you fire so this makes it absolutely hearing safe in closed environment, it has a very reliable full automatic fire and a very remarkable recoil reduction. This baffle free design is an ideal for many out there!
Ruger has staked their reputation on building tough, reliable firearms at a reasonable price for years now. Common descriptors of their guns are “working-class”, “practical”, and perhaps most commonly, “overbuilt”. While I’m not sure the first two fit the bill of the Super Blackhawk, the last one certainly does, and I love it—this .44 Magnum big-bore revolver is so tough handloading manuals include information for use in them exclusively. You can’t get a much better endorsement on durability than yet, perhaps surprisingly, the Super Blackhawk (SBH) isn’t just tough, it can also be super fun to shoot! (Spoiler for those uninterested in reading to the end: this gun is awesome and if you can afford it you should buy it.)
The SBH is one of Ruger’s oldest designs. It’s a single-action revolver with some modernizations based off the Colt guns of yore and a variety of SBH models have been available over the years. The most common SBH I see is the .44 Magnum, and that’s what I’m reviewing here. The example I’m reviewing is a big ol’ wheelgun, tipping the scales at a hefty 2.7 pounds and measuring up at 10.5” overall, with the downright stubby 4.6” barrel. The gun comes out of a moulded plastic case with an oversized padlock and instruction manual. It’s listed to sell at $829 MSRP, but I purchased mine for $740. It’s available in stainless and blued (and sometimes more limited production runs with case hardening or other variations), and with fluted or unfluted cylinders.
For the money, you are getting quite a hunk of gun. The SBH’s heft is immediately noticeable though please don’t take my meaning as in an awkward way. Yes, it’s a huge gun, most noticeably the giant cylinder and barrel assembly, but it does not feel silly or overwhelming to me, partly because of the balance and partly because of the traditional cowboy grips that fit nicely in most hands. It balances freakishly well in a single-handed grip.
Construction is, in a word, solid. The loading gate on the right side of the gun opens and closes with a good authoritarian “click” and is still comfortably snug on my example after thousands of operations. The ejector rod runs the length of the barrel with a plastic button at the head. This admittedly feels somewhat out of place on such a metal-heavy firearm, but it’s adequately sturdy.
My SBH has a utilitarian blued finish. It’s not a spectacular mirror sheen, but it looks good enough for the price, and I think the contrast with the very nice wood grips it came with makes for a handsome (but still intimidating) revolver. The unfluted cylinder isn’t for everyone, but you can get a more traditional fluted look if you’d like with most models. I think it looks unique. The trigger and hammer are both finished shiny silver, adding nice touches of contrast to the blue and wood.
From an aesthetic standpoint, I think this is one of the coolest-looking guns I’ve ever owned. It looks even more impressive next to other guns to provide a sense of scale. I personally like the look of the short barrel with a full-length ejector rod housing as well. My gun shipped with no obvious rough areas of machining and a very consistent finish. I was impressed. Even internally, the gun is smooth all-around.
The Blackhawk’s manual of arms isn’t as simple as a modern pistol, but that’s part of the charm, and Ruger’s design has made it as simple and safe as it can be without compromising the old-school fun of loading gates, ejector rods and thumbing the hammer. Unlike Colt’s Single Action Army design, the Blackhawk’s guts are modern. Purists may scoff, but the added transfer bar safety that allows for loading to a full six rounds makes this gun great for those more concerned with shooting than historical recreations.
Here’s my only true complaint about shooting this model of SBH: the relatively short length of the barrel does limit the ejector rod as well. Sometimes, the ejector rod can’t completely clear a case from the cylinder, necessitating a manual extraction. A minor inconvenience at worst—and this is the worst thing about the gun I can come up with. The Blackhawk shoots wonderfully. Cocking the hammer requires an light amount of force, after which a very light, crisp trigger with no creep or take-up to speak of takes only about six pounds of pressure to set off your favourite .44 magnum load. From the factory, the trigger is very good. I don’t doubt a talented gunsmith could make it otherworldly, but for my use, this is more than adequate.
It’s also something of a cliché, but it’s true that the plowhandle grip shape helps the gun roll in your hand with recoil. Combined with the weight of the SBH, it’s comfortable to shoot loads that would feel rather punishing in most double-action revolvers. My wife detests even light Magnum handgun loads, but even she likes a medium-power .44 Magnum cylinder occasionally from the SBH.
The Blackhawk’s sights are another departure from the common gutter-and-halfmoon fixed sights. Here, you get a modern set of sights adjustable for windage and elevation with a small flathead screwdriver and a tall front post. They allow for quick and accurate shooting. When adjusting, it provides positive clicks and can cover a broad range of elevation, allowing for the full range of .44 Magnum handloads. I have yet to load something up I can’t make shoot to point of aim at 25 yards with these sights.
Speaking of handloads, I’d also like to mention two things to potential Blackhawk owners: one is that this is truly a cartridge chemist’s ideal platform, able to eat up just about anything you want to throw at it. I’ll load mouse-fart .44 Specials and then, using a pre-recorded adjustment to the sights, switch up to blasting fireball-belching magnums in the same range session. This revolver rewards your consistent handloading with repeatable performance.
The second is that when loading for the SBH, you have to be diligent about seating primers deep enough. The gap from the backplate to the cylinder is very tight, and a poorly-seated or raised primer will cause the gun to lock up.
When you’re done blasting, tearing down the SBH for clearing is a snap. My revolver’s topstrap and cylinder gap are getting pretty murky from a consistent diet of lead bullets, but the performance is unaffected, and the parts that need cleaning most are easy to take care of.
In thousands of rounds ranging from super-light target loads to heavy lead slugs that punished steel plates with authority, I can’t think of my Blackhawk ever failing to perform—and it’s consistently one of the most fun guns to shoot I own.
Normally, I categorize firearms by function, and recommend them to a specific audience. No gun is really great for everything or everyone. But, assuming you have a pulse and the money, I recommend the Super Blackhawk to anybody even a little interested in single-action revolvers. It’s just such a well-built gun I cannot imagine any owner lacking pure joy over this purchase. I sometimes get lost in either the utility or competitive aspects of shooting, but the SBH always takes me back to why I love shooting in the first place—it’s good, clean fun!
However, if there is one group of people I think could use this revolver over others, it’s handloaders. This weapon is a handloader’s dream. The .357 Magnum is my favorite cartridge, but the .44 Magnum will provide a great platform to learn on as well, and also accommodates a huge range of recipes to make the type of round you like best. It also provides a huge financial incentive to start handloading—factory .44 isn’t cheap!
Others could certainly use this gun for handgun hunting or wilderness protection, but to be honest, those are secondary in my book as there are better options in my opinion. My feelings aside, the SBH would work fine if pressed into those roles.
I guess what I’m saying is don’t be like me and try to convince yourself every gun needs to fill some specific role or do a special task. Some guns can just be for fun, and this one is about as fun as it gets.
I think my enthusiasm for this revolver should be obvious. If it’s not, I’ll quickly recap everything here with a list of pros and cons.
- Superb construction
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Mechanically sound
- Great accuracy
- Handloading delight
- Fun for the whole family
- Sometimes the ejector rod comes up slightly short, and you have to manually pull a spent case out of the chamber part of the way
In conclusion, you be the judge.
ZØRE X’s revolutionary electro mechanical dial is designed to allow quick unlocking under any circumstances, even in the dark. To unlock, just turn the dial a few notches back and forth according to your PIN code, regardless of the dial starting point and the initial dialing direction. You won’t realize how fast it is until you try it yourself.
ZØRE products ship with an optional smartphone app that allows you to be always connected to your guns. The ZØRE APP lets you define different notification profiles in accordance with various situations. For example, while your gun is stored at home, you can receive gun-movement notifications, as well as notifications for dial movement.
You can even unlock your gun directly from the app, although locking the gun is only possible through the mechanical lock button.
Simply owning a gun isn’t useful if you don’t know how to operate it, or even worse – if you can’t unlock it. To make sure you never have any trouble unlocking your gun, we created the ZØRE Trainer. According to your training settings, the trainer will surprise you and measure how long it takes you to reach your gun and unlock it. Nothing beats practice.
ZØRE X’s uses a standard CR2 battery that is designed to last for over a year under normal operation.
But batteries run out, so we have built in 5 precautions so you’ll know when to replace it. Watch the following video to learn more.
At this year’s CES trade show in Las Vegas, you’d have been hard-pressed to find one newfangled piece of consumer technology. Among the 3,631 exhibitors hawking smart cars and drones, not to mention alarm clocks that emit smells, this month’s gadget extravaganza included just one presenter showing off smart-gun technology, according to the show’s organizers. And the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, hasn’t discussed encouraging more smart guns at future shows. At the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, which starts Tuesday in Vegas, it’s a similar story. Smart-gun tech will almost entirely be absent from the list of the 1,600 exhibitors at the self-billed “largest and most comprehensive” annual gun show.
“There might be some people talking about it, but nothing that comes to my attention indicates there will be any such authorized-user technology demonstrations,” said Mike Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which runs the SHOT Show.
That’s how far smart guns — which use radio signals or fingerprint scanners to ensure a weapon can be fired only by its owner — are from the mainstream. They’re a no-show at both these major conferences, and they’re apparently not much of a topic of conversation among those who might be most interested.
It’s not as though the broader public hasn’t had guns on the mind. The past year brought a number of high-profile mass shootings, in San Bernardino, California; Charleston, South Carolina; and Roseburg, Oregon, which prompted stirring calls for some sort of response, be it political or technological. President Barack Obama has called for more research into smart-gun technology, helping highlight the handful of small players developing these products.
Proponents say such weapons could cut down on stolen guns, gun accidents and school shootings. But many gun enthusiasts are steadfast against the technology.
“It’s not just a question of lack of demand,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor who focuses on the Second Amendment and gun control. “There’s very strong opposition to smart-gun tech in the gun world.”
That’s because a vocal contingent of gun owners see smart guns as a potential form of gun control. They’ve raised concerns, Winkler said, that if such guns gain a foothold, the technologies behind them could become a requirement for all guns, resulting in a ban on sales of traditional guns. Those fighting against smart guns need only point to a New Jersey law passed in 2002 called the Childproof Handgun Act. It mandates that three years after smart guns become available for sale anywhere in the country, Jersey gun dealers sell only smart guns.
Such concerns led to customer boycotts of gun manufacturers, including Colt and Smith & Wesson, when they pursued smart-gun technology. Gun dealers who have considered selling such firearms have been boycotted too. One Maryland dealer even faced death threats when he attempted to offer smart guns. Currently, there are no US gun dealers who stock smart guns.
Critics of smart guns also point to their potentially unreliable electronic parts, as well as their higher cost when compared with traditional guns.
Despite the blowback, there’s evidence the general public is interested in smart guns. In a survey of US consumers last year by researcher Penn Schoen Berland, two-thirds of respondents said they believed dealers should be allowed to sell smart guns, and 40 percent of those who identified themselves as gun owners said they’d consider swapping their firearms for smart guns. Respondents were evenly split on whether all firearms sold should require smart-gun technology.
Though the NSSF, the gun industry’s main trade group, and the National Rifle Association say they aren’t against smart-gun technology, they’ve been seen as working to suppress smart guns and fighting against any law that mandates their use, Winkler said. Because of that situation, he added, it would seem a maker of smart-guns would be a rather unwelcome sight at the SHOT Show.
“There’s no such technology that is ready for a store,” he said. “Distributors and retailers come to the show to see products that they can order and put in their inventory for sale.”
With a crowd of tech enthusiasts, CES might seem to be a more promising place for smart-gun makers to show their products. The show, however, would have to change its regulations to allow firearms. At the 2016 show, no “weapons of any kind” were permitted on the premises, and demonstrations involving guns were banned. The Las Vegas Convention Center, long the marquee venue for CES, requires several special approvals to allow the display of guns there.
Getting those approvals doesn’t appear to be high on the Consumer Technology Association’s list of priorities.
“We don’t have an official stance on growing smart guns’ presence on the CES 2017 show floor,” a CTA spokeswoman said, “but we are always keeping an eye out for tech that solves real-world problems.”
That situation proved frustrating for Omer Kiyani, founder of Detroit-based Sentinl, the sole smart-gun presenter at CES this year. Kiyani wanted to show his first gun-safety product, a $300 biometric gun lock called the Identilock. In 2014, he received a $100,000 grant from a foundation backed by investor Ron Conway that offers prizes to groups designing safer guns.
Because of CES’ restrictions, Kiyani was prevented from bringing a fake gun onto the show floor to demonstrate his gun lock. Instead, he had to show a video of the product on his laptop.
Likely mindful that smart-gun tech would draw disapproval among at least some SHOT Show attendees, Kiyani will be presenting there under a different category name. The NSSF has his company’s product listed as a firearm lock.
Perhaps the most iconic handgun of all time is the Colt M1911A—semi-automatic .45ACP sidearm that served with distinction in the U.S Armed Forces from World War II until the mid-1980s. Today however it has been largely replaced in both militaries and on the civilian market by updated 1911s featuring extended grips, thumb safeties, skeleton hammers, raised sights, and front tactical serrations (often bearing more of a resemblance to the original M1911 produced before the M1911A1). On the surface, this may suggest that the original M1911A is a relic of the past, though this is not strictly true.
There are a few clones of the original M1911A1 produced today with an arched mainspring housing, short trigger, small sights, G.I style hammer, and a standard grip and thumb safety. None of them, in my opinion, come close in quality or attention to detail as the Colt Mark IV Series 70 reproduction pistol. In fact, other than a precious few deviations, the M1911A1 and the Series 70 are practically the same firearm.
The story goes that many decades ago Colt sold the M1911A1 to civilians as the “Colt Government Model,” a name that still exists today on many Colt 1911s. After a few years of that run, Colt redesigned the barrel bushing in an attempt to improve accuracy. The resulting Colt Government Model was officially termed the “Colt Mark IV Series 70.”
Then next major design came in 1983 with the Colt Mark IV Series 80. On this model, Colt added a safety feature in the form of a firing pin block system that made it impossible for the weapon to discharge if dropped or thrown on a hard surface. The new Colt Series 80 also incorporated the new barrel bushing of the Series 70, while being more reminiscent of the original M1911 by having a long trigger and flat mainspring housing.
The Series 80 was a monstrous success on both the commercial and military/law enforcement markets and promptly replaced the Series 70. The design spread to virtually every other manufacturer of 1911 as well, until almost all of the 1911s being sold on the market, regardless of manufacturer, could trace themselves to a Series 80 design. Even today whilst the Series 70 has been making a comeback, the overwhelming majority of 1911s sold are a Series 80 variant. I guess people are just drawn to the idea of having a 1911 that can simply not fire unless the trigger is depressed.
Nonetheless, the Series 80 is by no means a flawless design. As a result of more components in the gun, the trigger is undeniably harder to pull. Granted, that’s not to say it’s a bad pull (since any single action 1911 trigger pull is desirable) but it is slightly rougher than the Series 70. Many also feel that those same components simply means more moving parts and an increased potential to fail.
The Series 80 may have been here to stay, but that didn’t mean that the Series 70 was out. Listening to the demands of customers, Colt revived the Series 70 as the “Colt’s Mark IV Series 70 Reproduction, the exact same gun you see pictured here. In 1988, Colt got rid of the change to the barrel bushing, so the result is that this Colt Series 70 is essentially a modern reproduction of the first Colt Government Model—in military terms, the M1911A1.
At first glance, the Series 70 and M1911A1 are seemingly identical aside from the finishes. The original M1911A1 utilized a dull grey parkerized finish while the Series 70 reproductions are offered in blue or stainless steel. While the blued finish on any Colt 1911 is nothing short of beautiful, functionality wise I definitely prefer the stainless on this model because I find it’s far more resistant to rust and corrosion and therefore more suitable for duty or outdoor use.
Plus, the stainless steel finish on this Series 70 is not just functional, it’s stunning. When nicely polished on the sides, it shines under the light. Pair that with some gorgeous rosewood grips and the Series 70 is a pretty much a universally appealing handgun.
One strange choice, to me at least, is that the finish on the top of the slide and bottom part of the frame on the gun are a matte stainless rather than a polished stainless. It’s not a huge deal, but I would prefer that the entire gun to be polished like it is on the sides; not only does it look better, I’ve noticed that the matte is more susceptible to scratches.
I’ve carried and used my Series 70 countless times in a leather holster while hunting and hiking, sometimes on very rainy days. Other than a few minor scratches—the kind you would expect from real world use—I can report that there is no significant surface damage or rust present anywhere whatsoever on this gun. Plain and simple, the finishing job on the Series 70 is of the utmost quality both in terms of looks and functionality.
As with any 1911, the Series 70 is balanced perfectly and feels solid in the hand; indeed, one of the most appealing aspects of any 1911 is how natural the gun points. The Series 70 is no exception. It’s a fun gun to hold and aim with just as much as it is to shoot.
Operation is incredibly smooth across the board: no roughness whatsoever when racking the slide, cocking the hammer, flicking off the thumb safety, or when pulling the trigger. This is a very desirable gun to operate, and that’s more important than the looks of the gun.
Additional differences between the Series 70 and the M1911A1 are slight. The M1911A1 had a lanyard loop on the bottom grip of the gun while that’s missing on the Series 70. The thumb safety on the M1911A1 is also slightly shorter than on the Series 70 and the markings between the two guns are obviously different other than the Colt name.
I have found reliability on the Series 70 to be excellent. While it is widely held that 1911s require a break-in period, my Series 70 functioned flawlessly right out of the box during a session of over two hundred rounds of brass and steel cased .45 ACP 230 grain ammo. This, combined with the stellar fit and finishing job on the gun, has me convinced it could be run as a duty gun if needed.
The Series 70’s biggest flaw—though in keeping in with the traditional M1911A1 pistol—is the sights. They are the only part of the gun that is blued and they are also quite small with no white dots or any sort of indicator to make them pop. It’s nothing that can’t be replaced or even remedied at home, but if you plan on using your Series 70 for serious work I would also plan on swapping out the sights.
In this owner’s estimate, Colt has scored a winner with the Mark IV Series 70 reproduction. It successfully duplicates the original Government model while maintaining the smooth fit and finish, natural balance, and out of the box reliability and accuracy that you would expect from a duty pistol. It’s definitely not a cheap gun, selling in the neighborhood of $900 or up, but it’s worth every penny. If you’re a fan of the original classic M1911A1, the Colt Mark IV Series 70 is your by far your truest option out of the clones being produced today.That being said, despite the under average sights, out of the box accuracy from the Series 70 was right on target. I was putting rounds on paper every time with the Series 70 and very close to if not on the bulls eye with many of them.
The sniper has been a common component to the battlefield since the rifle made its first appearance. The designs and capabilities of these weapon systems are similar and their abilities are further enhanced by the addition of specialized scopes, buttstock and bipod arrangements. However, the amount of training and experience separates the average sniper from the true marksman. The sniper rifle has been a mainstay of the army for over a hundred years now. The sniper itself has become the ultimate assassin capable of avoiding detection, making his way to within a few hundred yards of his target, dispatching said target and returning to his extraction point – all the while going days without contact, communications or a healthy dose of sleep and eats. Ultimately, it is the designated sniper’s responsibility to remove a targeted threat in the form of a high ranking official, military officer or rogue enemy element from being an effective part of the modern battlefield. Today we have rounded up Top 5 Sniper Rifles.
5. MCMILLAN TAC 50
The Mcmillan TAC 50, also known as “Big Mac”, is a 50 caliber sniper rifle. It currently holds the record for the world’s longest “confirmed kill” shot at 2,657 yards (over 1.5 miles). The TAC 50 is precision engineered to sling the incredibly large 50 BMG cartridge, the largest bullet used for military sniper rifles. Shooting this large round at effective ranges up to 1,800 meters, the TAC 50 is often used to take out engine blocks as well as personnel.
4. BARRETT .416 MODEL 99
Introduced in 1999, the Barrett Model 99 shoots a .416 (10.6×83mm) centerfire rifle cartridge. Being smaller than the .50 BMG, this bullet flies at a higher velocity because of its aerodynamics. While a 50 BMG carries more weight, this specially designed cartridge cuts through the air at faster speeds which reduces the sniper’s obsticles (wind speed, moisture and temperature). Its effective range is 2,600 meters (approximately 1.6 miles).
AWSM (Arctic Warfare Super Magnum) is a light-weight sniper rifle built to withstand extreme weather conditions. It is a bolt action sniper rifle that fires the .338 Lapua cartridge, which is the first round designed specifically for sniper rifles. The primary feature of the AWSM has de-icing features via the fluted bolt design. It fires in all weather conditions, every time with extreme accuracy. The effective range using its .338 round is just over 1,200 yards.
2. BARRETT M107A1
The Barrett M107 is a tried-and-true sniper rifle. However, its large length and overall weight made it quite the task for moving in and out of locations. With those issues in mind, Barrett redesigned the beloved .50 caliber with weight in mind, hence the M107A1. This is the latest version that dropped 5lbs in weight while still maintaining its deadly accuracy. In addition to the reduced weight, the M107A1 was designed to be used with a suppressor. Like other .50 Cal sniper rifles, this weapon can be used to take out engine blocks in vehicles as well as personnel up to 2,000 meters away.
1. CHEYTAC M200 INTERVENTION
Without a doubt, the world’s deadliest sniper rifle is the CheyTac M200. The flawless design pushes its .408 round down range well over 3,000 feet per second. The cartridge was designed for accuracy by balancing the linear and rotational drag, helping the bullet to fly flatter and farther. The CheyTac Intervention currently holds the world’s record for best group at a distance of 2,321 yards (3 bullets were fired within 16 & 5/8 inches). In addition to this record, the M200 was featured on the TV show “Future Weapons” where a former U.S. Navy SEAL hit a human-sized target at 2,530 yards, 3 out of 6 shots. Its effective range is roughly 1.4 miles.
The SCAR™ family was originally designed and developed by FN Herstal following a solicitation by USSOCOM for a family of assault rifles, designed around two different calibers but featuring high commonality of parts and identical ergonomics. FN Herstal took part in the full and open competition and the FN SCAR™ was chosen among nine
proposals. The SCAR™ family consists of two highly adaptable modular rifles, the SCAR™-L chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO caliber and the SCAR™-H chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO caliber, and the FN40GL™ 40mm low velocity grenade launcher. Both SCAR™ rifles are available with two different barrel lengths: a short barrel for close quarter combat and a standard barrel for longer distances.
he FN40GL™ grenade launcher quickly mounts onto the lower rail of either SCAR™ rifle and can be easily configured for use as a stand-alone weapon as well. All visitors coming to visit our stand at Eurosatory will get their own SCAR™ package including Dick Kramer poster (subject to availability).
FN Herstal’s stand will be located in Hall 6, Belgian Pavilion, stand no. F100k. FN Herstal designs, develops and manufactures a full range of light and portable weapons, integrated weapon systems and ammunition for Military and Law Enforcement Agencies worldwide.
The AF2011 double barrel pistol is the very first industrial double barrel semiautomatic pistol of all time. Arsenal Firearms wanted to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the legendary Colt 1911 by making a true industrial market-ready double barrel semi-automatic .45 caliber pistol. Arsenal Firearms achieved success in the brief span of six months after intense around-the-clock 3D designing, stereo lithographic modeling, and parts machining. The result is an amazing gun that can be handled by any shooter able to shoot a standard 1911.
The AF2011 has amazing target performance for the shooter. It will group all eight double .45 caliber rounds (16 bullets) held in the dual column magazine, in a target the size of an orange at 15 yards. The stopping power of the AF2011 is tremendous. Two bullets weighing a total of 460 grains impacting at 1 to 2 inches apart (depending on the distance of the target) will knock down a bull, while the full total of 16+2 bullets, (payload exceeding 4000 grains) can be delivered to the target in less than three seconds.
The most interesting feature of Arsenal Firearms new pistol, which they strived to keep during the development of the project, is the interchangeability of the majority of internal parts. Most come as standard 1911 replacement parts. These include firing pins, firing pins plates, sear groups, triple springs, inner parts of the mainspring housing, recoil springs, recoil rods, magazine bodies and inner parts, adjustable sights, grips, grips screws, and bushings.
The M249 light machine gun (LMG), formerly designated the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and formally written as Light Machine Gun, 5.56 mm, M249, is the American adaptation of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal (FN). The M249 became more or less a direct adaptation of the Belgian design with a few Army-requested changes to suit mission needs and American production methodology. The weapon was selected in 1982, introduced with the US Army in 1984 (the US Marines accepted the weapon in 1985) and, after an extensive period of testing common to most US military firearms, the M249 was finally delivered to frontline US Army forces in 1992. By and large, the M249 remains faithful to the overall form and function of the FN Minimi with the most notable change being the addition of a perforated heat shield at the barrel and a new butt. The heat shield protects the operator from accidental burns and also serves to minimize the effects of heat distorting the action as seen through the sights.
Like other modern infantry forces, the US military survives through various levels of specialists that benefit the whole. Base infantryman armed with their standard service rifles head the assault and these forces are supported by specialist troops armed with larger, heavier automatic weapons for suppression fire and direct contact of enemy forces. The M249 fulfills this role as a portable, voluminous fire design intended to support infantry actions at the squad level.
The US move to a more compact machine gun was born from a 1960s initiative which saw American ground forces tied to the cumbersome, rifle-caliber-chambered M60 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) of the Vietnam War era and the Browning M2HB heavy machine gun system. As such, there proved a “bridge requirement” to bring about a more portable system chambered for the smaller 5.56mm NATO round via belt. The weapon would be crewed by a single operator for efficient management in the field and provide the needed sustained fire through a high-volume automatic action. While various experiments were conducted in the Vietnam War to find such a weapon, the solution would not come until well after the war in the 1980s with the settlement of the Belgian FN Minimi. The Minimi was successfully evaluated (as the XM249) beginning in 1974 against the Colt M16 HBAR and the Heckler & Koch HK23A1. Testing continued into 1981.
The M249 retains the general appearance and layout of the FN Minimi before it. The receiver is a large, rectangular block housing the required internal components. The stock is a webbed, twin strutted assembly affixed to the rear of the receiver in the usual way. The trigger group and pistol grip are underslung beneath the receiver. Ahead of the receiver is the forend/handguard shrouding a portion of the barrel and gas cylinder. A folding bipod assembly is fitted at the gas cylinder and collapses rearwards against it when not used. The barrel protrudes a short distance ahead of the forend and is capped by a conical slotted flash hider. Iron sights are provided over the receiver and midway along the barrel. A carrying handle is offset to the right side to facilitate transport and barrel changing. Ammunition is fed through a port along the left side (box or belt) and exits from the right. Sling loops allow use of a shoulder strap. The M249 can also be supported via the M192 LGM tripod assembly.
Production of American M249s is handled by FN Manufacturing Company of Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The initial batch of 1,100 M249s were built and delivered directly from Belgian factories and were marked as such. Since entering service as the “M249 SAW”, the system has been redesignated in 1994 to “M249 Light Machine Gun (LMG)”
The M249 has been manufactured or modified into several notable forms beyond the first generation base M249. The M249 PIP was an early Product Improvement Program form with a plastic stock replacing the original metal one. New sights were also added as was a new pistol grip, bipod and flash suppressor. Picatinny rail sections were eventually installed. The M249 PARA is a more compact version with sliding butt. The M249 Special Purpose Weapon is a compact SOCOM series version with weight reduction taken to the extreme – lacking the carrying handle, magazine well and vehicle mounting hardware. Another SOCOM type is the Mk 46 Mod 0 with Picatinny rail support and varying barrel options. The Mk 48 is yet another SOCOM breed following the Mk 46 Mod 0 though chambered for the larger rifle-caliber 7.62x51mm NATO standard cartridge.