[SHOT Show 2023] A Sci-Fi Bullpup Battle Rifle from Black Rain Ordnance?

Black Rain Ordnance is typically known for their custom ARs and eye-catching Cerakote jobs, but they also had one of the most innovative new products of SHOT Show this year. The Commando rifle is a new bullpup battle rifle chambered in full power battle rifle cartridges like .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor. Attention was paid to ergonomics and controls, and keeping the overall system weight down. It’s still early in production, but this is definitely one to watch.

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FN Celebrates FAL with New Campaign and Giveaway

Over the past seven decades, the FAL has stood as a battle rifle icon. Designed for Fabrique Nationale Herstal by Belgian small arms engineer Dieudonné Joseph Saive, the Fusil Automatique Léger (“Light Automatic Rifle”) is a short-stroke gas piston firearm chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. It entered production in 1953, and variants continue to be manufactured today, although FN’s own in-house production ceased in 1988. In excess of seven million have been made so far, and this gun has seen service in the hands of both military and non-state forces across the globe through dozens of conflicts. Now, to honor its legendary design as the FAL prepares to mark 70 years of production, FN has begun two contests that will allow a select few enthusiasts to get their hands on a piece of firearms history.

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21st Century Battle Rifle: The Springfield Saint Victor .308

In this episode of TFBTV, Hop tries to get a read on the Springfield Armory Saint Victor in .308 Winchester. Springfield’s big bore AR is one of the lightest factory AR-10/LR-308 pattern rifles on the market, but some sacrifices had to be made to get it below 8 lbs. A strange combination of features makes it hard to tell what the Saint Victor .308 is best suited for. Hunting rifle? DMR? Or is it a throwback to the battle rifles of the Cold War period?

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[NRAAM 2022] AM10 Gen2 from Anderson Manufacturing

Anderson Manufacturing unveiled their new AM10 Gen2 at this year’s NRAAM.  Three different variants of this new DPMS-pattern design were on display with various barrel lengths.  I sat down with representatives from Anderson to go over these three new models at NRAAM 2022.

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New BW20 Roller-Delayed Battle Rifle from Pakistan Ordnance Factories

If we take an honest look at firearms these days, it is easy to see that now, in 21 century, there is significantly less diversity in weapon design compared to 50s or 60s. Everything we see now are gas-operated rifles based on AR-15, AR-18 and AK. But another major action type, roller-delayed blowback, used in G3, MP5 and other H&K rifles, seems to have faded into obscurity. Until now. Meet BW20, the new battle rifle designed by Pakistan Ordnance Factories.

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Springfield Armory Releases Their M1A 'Tanker' Rifle

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Breaking news: Kalashnikov presents new assault rifle prototype - AK-308

Today, Kalashnikov Group (Russia) presented new assault rifle prototype called AK-308 at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2018”

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Larry Vickers & Forgotten Weapons take a look at a Rhodesian FAL

For many of us, the first things that spring to mind about the Rhodesian Bush War are bush shorts and FN FALs. Thankfully, only the latter is covered in two videos recently posted by the Vickers Tactical channel and Forgotten Weapons.

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Eugene Stoner and His Wondrous AR-10 – RESTORED 1958 Armalite Promotional Video

The Armalite AR-10 is the original lightweight 7.62mm combat rifle – a space-age amalgam of aluminum, steel, and advanced plastics capable of a rate of fire of 800 rounds per minute and weighing just a hair over 7 pounds, unloaded. Its younger, 5.56mm caliber brother, the AR-15, is today perhaps the dominant rifle design in the West, but the .30 caliber AR-10 is the one the started it all, the progeny of Eugene Stoner’s brilliant design and Fairchild’s advanced manufacturing.

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NATO's Forgotten First AK: The Madsen LAR

The Cold War is famous as the squaring off of two superpowers: The United States, and the Soviet Union, and their duel-by-proxy in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. The standard rifles of each side, as well, became proxies: On the Soviet side, the famous AK-47 (more properly AK and AKM), and on the US side the M14, FAL, and later the M16. As early as the late 1950s, however, the AK’s success led to it being copied by NATO member nations, and perhaps the very first of these was the Madsen LAR.

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MKEK Ready to Export the MPT-76

Turkey’s state-run Makina Ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu/Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) have announced that non-commercial military exports of their new MPT-76 rifle have begun. Turkish news site Hurriyet report that MKEK have already secured a number of foreign contracts for the new 7.62x51mm, select-fire rifle.

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7.62 TAVOR 7 from IWI USA on Display at [AUSA 2017]

The 2017 Association of the US Army annual meeting was the public debut of Israel’s new full caliber bullpup rifle, the Tavor 7.  Announced in late June via IWI’s Facebook page, the Tavor 7 is a 7.62mm / .308 Winchester caliber semiautomatic bullpup rifle patterned after the Tavor family of 5.56mm (etc.) caliber bullpups.

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Are Long Range Infantry Calibers Just Marketing Smoke and Mirrors?

With the recent push for small arms ammunition with increased range, power and capability, are military customers in danger of being taken for a ride by industry marketeers working to sell rifles in new calibers? Is the primary driving force behind new infantry calibers not in fact a need to be addressed, but a desire to sell weapons in a stagnant small arms market?

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Too Dangerous to Live? ICSR, Cancellation, and Vulture Marketeering

We have just seen the cancellation of the Interim Combat Service Rifle, which gives me a good springboard to talk about marketing. Specifically, we will be discussing a kind of undercover word-of-mouth marketing that I’ve encountered a number of times over the years.

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BREAKING: Army 7.62mm Rifle Program CANCELLED – ICSR is No More

The US Army’s program to field a new standard-issue 7.62mm caliber rifle is dead in the water, it seems. Multiple anonymous sources have informed TFB that the Interim Combat Service Rifle program has been cancelled as part of a massive review of US Army small arms programs. The program was officially announced on August 4th, and lasted just over a month before its cancellation.

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