POTD: FN EVOLYS Ultralight Machine Gun

Photo Of The Day and the star for today is FN Herstal’s new ultralight machine gun called EVOLYS. This sample is chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, with a weight of around 6 kilograms. Compared to the FN Minimi and similar competitors, it is up to 30% lighter. In terms of design, it looks like a beefed-up version of the FN SCAR, don’t you think? Regardless, it will be interesting to see which Army or force picks it up first. Countries like Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the United States Army all have it for evaluation purposes already.

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POTD: Suppressed M240 With 1.5-6x Elcan SpecterDR

You’re watching and reading TFB’s Photo Of The Day, and yet another of Ohio Ordnance Works‘ creations appears. The M240 is presently the US military’s general-purpose machine gun and features a belt-fed mechanism. It is air-cooled, just like old Porsche 911s.

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[SHOT 2024] Elcan SpecterDR Series Updated To Meet Changing Demands Of Warfare

Elcan has updated its popular SpecterDR series of riflescopes to better meet the evolving demands of modern warfare. The company, known for its pragmatic innovation and ability to adapt to shifting needs, have made significant enhancements to their existing 1x/4x and 1.5x/4x variants.

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The Unstoppable SCAR 17 Meets Immoveable VCOG

The United States Marine Corps made the decision back in early 2020 to equip its infantrymen with a universal weapon optic by adopting the Trijicon VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) 1-8×28 riflescope as the Squad Common Optic (SCO). After an extensive evaluation process, Trijicon emerged as the chosen manufacturer for the SCO along with their 1-8x28mm VCOG optic. The contract would secure about $64,000,000 for the 19,000 units the USMC ended up ordering and delivery began in February of 2021 with the final units being delivered sometime this year (2023). The optic was meant to be primarily fielded on the M4 carbine and the M27 IAR (Infantry Automatic Rifle). However, as stated by the Marine Corps themselves, the optic is intended to be as ammunition and weapon system agnostic as possible which should mean it can easily be adapted to be effectively used on virtually any platform. Today we’re going to put that theory to the test by putting the legendary durability of the Trijicon VCOG up against the unstoppable force that is the FN SACR 17 – a rifle that is infamous for destroying nearly every optic put on it.

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Friday Night Lights: PAS-28 MRTB Elcan Raytheon PhantomIR

Welcome back FNL enthusiasts. Did you enjoy last week’s article on the Oasys UTB? Well, today we take a look at another thermal bi-ocular, the PAS-28 MRTB aka PhantomIR by Elcan Raytheon.

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POTD: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Photo Of The Day – Today we look at the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland, in Bemowo Piskie, Poland.

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POTD: Concamo – Heckler & Koch HK416A7 and HK433 (Version 5) with ELCAN and EOTech

As usual with images from Concamo you have to count more than once to find all the people in the picture, and even then you can’t be sure. These Photos Of The Day are no exception, but I think most of our readers will be busy looking at the firearms from Heckler & Koch and not the Concamoed uniforms from UF Pro.

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POTD: Danish Soldier in Operation Task Force Dragon – Iraq 2020

The camera loves the light, and in Iraq there’s plenty of sunshine. Today we look at a Danish soldier, scanning his sector of fire during a base defense exercise supporting Operation Task Force Dragon at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

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Raytheon Unviels New ELCAN Specter Reflex Sight

Raytheon has announced their newest reflex sight, a new addition to the ELCAN Specter family of optics. The new Specter 1XL is designed for CQB and features a larger viewfinder and an enhanced LED reticle. It joins the ECLAN Enhanced Combat Optical Sight – Heavy (ECOS-H), the SpecterHR, a reflex sight for crew-served weapons, the ELCAN – Specter MRDS (Mini Red Dot Sight) and the variable power ELCAN – Specter DR 1-4X Dual Role Eaton Sight and Specter OZ 5-20X Continuous Optical Zoom System.

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SOCOM Solicits $33 MILLION Contract for Variable-Power Squad Optics

The United States Special Operations Command (US SOCOM) is looking for a new variable-power rifle optic to allow users to engage targets out to 600 meters, while still preserving close-in capability. The solicitation, released last week on Fed Biz Opps, announces a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) supply contract for up to $33.2 million dollars worth of the new optics. The draft requires offerors to provide 12 sample optics before December 8th of this year. The solicitation follows a pre-solicitation notice issued in July.

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IV8888 Takes A Look At The Lithgow F90 Atrax Bullpup

While Nathaniel F. was at NRA 2016, he posted about Lithgow Arms bringing the F90 Atrax bullpup to the US market. Youtuber IV8888 gets a chance to run a select fire Atrax through the paces on their range, lucky.

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POTD: Tricked out ARES SCR Rifle

For those not familiar with the ARES SCR, it is a lower receiver that has a buffer system similar to a semi auto shotgun. Check out James Reeve’s review. The reasoning for this is help those in restrictive states have an option that is not a Nike Swoosh stock or manually operated system.

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Shot Show Optics: ELCAN Holographic Combat Optic

Elite Defense, a distributor of tactical accessories, displayed a prototype holographic weapon sight that’s made by ELCAN. The sight is named the Specter HCO (Holographic Combat Optic) by ELCAN. According to Elite Defense, the reticle in the HCO uses laser holographic projection that’s somewhat similar to the EOTech sights.

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Be Our Guest Rifle Parody Video

Phuc Long of Firepower United made a parody of Disney’s Be Our Guest, the famous song from Beauty and the Beast. He re-wrote the lyrics to reflect options to accessorize your rifles. You can hear his accent fade as he forces a faux French accent. I think Phuc Long is the Asian equivalent of FPS Russia. They are simply characters that these guys personify for flair, their accents are over the top and unrealistic for those who are familiar with people who do have legitimate accents. Regardless of the faux accents, the content is funny and entertaining.

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Optic Review: WOLF Optics PSU 1x/4x Variable Zoom Optical Gunsight

Last year, I previewed the prototype of the WOLF Optics (WPA) PSU 1x/4x variable zoom optical gunsight for TFB. That write-up is available here. WOLF Optics sent me the final production model of this optic after the Spring 2015 Big 3 East Event.

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