Posts by Nathaniel F

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

Robinson Armament Updates .308 XCR-M Rifle | SHOT 17

The redheaded stepchild of the SCAR contract was Robinson Arms’ XCR, an interesting design from a small company in Salt Lake City, UT. A rifle that is part AR-15, part FNC, and part noodle, the XCR represents an attractive looking and interesting might-have been, [Read More…]

Kalashnikov USA Update: What Went Wrong, What’s Going Right | SHOT 17

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. -Murphy’s Law, wording attributed to Major John Paul Stapp Yesterday at TFB, we published an article that I wrote about some of the displays at the Kalashnikov USA booth, specifically criticizing the worryingly poor [Read More…]

Kalashnikov USA Shows Off AK-Alfa, US-Made PP-19-01 Vityaz | SHOT 17

Kalashnikov USA had two potentially very exciting rifles at SHOT 2017. Unfortunately, the guns that I got to handle were not so great. After this article was published, I met with Kalashnikov USA’s CEO to discuss the issues with these rifles. Please see the update [Read More…]

HK Shows Off the US Army’s M110A1 CSASS Compact Sniper Rifle | SHOT 17

At the 2017 SHOT Show, Heckler & Koch was proudly displaying their victorious CSASS entrant, now designated the M110A1 by the US Army. The Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System competition was created to find a lighter weight, more compact sniper weapon system to [Read More…]

Faxon Introduces Carbon Fiber Handguard, Low Profile Brakes and Flash Hiders | SHOT 17

Barrel and rifle manufacturer Faxon Firearms shared a partition with magazine manufacturer Lancer Systems, with whom they are partnered. One of their first shared projects was on display: An M-LOK compatible carbon fiber handguard for AR-15 rifles, which are [Read More…]

Q Suppressors Brings Modular Erector and Durable El Camino Silencers to the Range | SHOT 17

Brand new and enigmatically named suppressor company “Q” had a booth at the SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range, where they showed off their first two suppressor offerings. The first – announced earlier this year – is the El Camino, a [Read More…]

IWI Now Shipping 5.56mm Galil ACE Rifles | SHOT 17

During SHOT Show 2017 Industry Day at the Range, I dropped by the IWI USA booth to see what they had for attendees to shoot. Besides their highly competitive Galil ACE 308, they had also brought the 5.56mm variant of the ACE, which is just now making it into the [Read More…]