SILENCER SATURDAY #308: Barrel Lengths and the SureFire SOCOM556 RC3

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last weekend we started off with an introduction to the latest SureFire rifle suppressor, Today we compare the SureFire SOCOM556 RC3 to the venerable SureFire SOCOM556 RC2 on different barrel lengths of gas operated carbines. Is SureFire’s next generation suppressor quieter than the RC2? Does barrel length matter? I think we all know the answer to that… but let’s dig in anyway.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #307: The SureFire SOCOM RC3 Suppressor

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last week we got a look at the Knight’s Armament QDC/MCQ-PRT 5.56mm rifle suppressor, This week we get a look at one of the most anticipated AR-15 suppressors in many years – the SureFire SOCOM RC3. Can the RC3 live up to the standards of its RC2 predecessor? We’ll find out in this multi-part series dedicated to the latest SureFire release.

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SILENCER SATURDAY #296: The B&T MK23 Suppressor

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to TFB’s Silencer Saturday brought to you by Yankee Hill Machine, manufacturers of the new YHM R45 Multi-Host Suppressor. Last week we compared the YHM Turbo lineup with the YHM Fat Cat on 5.56 semiautomatic hosts. This week’s host is TFB senior staff writer Austin R. who has a very application-specific suppressor – the B&T MK23 suppressor. Let’s take a look.

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US SOCOM Selects Geissele Automatics for MRGG-S

During a video introducing some new products published on 31 August, Bill Geissele announced that Geissele’s submission to US SOCOM’s MRGG-S (Mid-Range Gas Gun) program had been selected. The new rifle appears to have beaten out rival designs from other down-selected companies, including FN and LMT.

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[NRAAM 2023] The Turkish SOCOM Pistol: SAR9 Gen 3

SAR makes handguns for the Turkish military and special forces, and they also make concealed carry guns for the US market. Hop stopped by the SAR USA booth at NRA Annual Meeting 2023 to check out the new Gen 2 and Gen 3 SAR optics ready carry guns, and the SAR9 SOCOM pistol designed for Turkish SF.

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RARE: A Look at the Colt OHWS (SOCOM) Prototype Pistol

For those who do not know Alex Young, he is an avid aficionado and collector of Colt products and rare AR-15s. I wrote an article on his collection of original Colt roll dies for the AR-15 and M16. Well, Alex has managed to acquire a Colt OHWS. Here are some photos he shared of his Colt OHWS.

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US Department of Defense Orders AT4s and Carl Gustaf Ammunition

The US Department of Defense has ordered over $80 million worth of Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle ammunition and shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (confined space and reduced sensitivity) anti-armour weapon systems. The order was made within a 2019 Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract. The AT4CS RS variant was first procured back in 2015. The ammunition and weapons will be used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and U.S. Marine Corps.

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SIG Sauer Rattler Wins US SOCOM Personal Defense Weapon Contract

SIG Sauer is set to be awarded a contract to fulfil US Special Operations Command’s requirement for a commercial, off-the-shelf, personal defense weapon (CPDW). A notice of intent from SOCOM to award a five-year Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract was shared on 19 May. Following on from their recent success with the NGSW program, SIG Sauer’s  MCX Rattler has been selected and will be procured in 5.56x45mm and .300 BLK. The contract also includes SIG’s SL suppressors.

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TFB Review: Horus HoVR 5-20×50 Scope with TREMOR 3 Reticle

Many shooters know of Horus from their family of reticles which are licensed out to various scope manufacturers, including big names like Leupold, Nightforce, and Vortex. Recently, Horus entered the scope market with their HoVR 5-20×50 riflescope. Horus graciously sent out a loaner scope for my test and review.

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USSOCOM Select Nightforce for Ranging – Variable Power Scope

Nightforce have announced that their Nightforce MIL SPEC ATACR 4-20 has been selected by the US Special Operations Command as part of SOCOM’s Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic (MAS-D) Program. The Ranging – Variable Power Scope or R-VPS will be mounted on current semi-automatic combat and sniper support weapons including the MK17, MK20, M110A1 and the yet-to-be-selected MRGG (Mid-Range Gas Gun). The contract award had previously been planned for the 4th Quarter of FY2020.

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SOCOM Announce Virtual Industry Day For Lightweight Machine Gun – Medium Acquisition

SOFWERX, in concert with USSOCOM PEO-SOF Warrior (PEO-SW) has announced they will be hosting a Lightweight Machine Gun – Medium (LMG-M) Virtual Industry Day to foster the development of the new machine gun sought by US Special Operations Command.

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SOCOM & the Next Generation Squad Weapon

The US Army is forging ahead with the evaluation of the prototype Next Generation Squad Weapon rifles and automatic rifles and it has been confirmed that U.S. Special Operations Command is both involved in the program and watching its developments closely.

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POTD: SOCOM Sniper Stretches M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle

Today’s Photo of the Day features a beautifully composed photograph of a U.S. Army Special Operation Soldier with 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) firing an M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle during Integrated Training Exercise 3-19 at the US Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, California. The photo was taken last May by USMC photographer Lance Cpl. William Chockey. With the caption explaining that “the Green Berets utilized the training areas at MCAGCC while supporting ITX as a special operations unit for force on force training.

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Berger Ammunition to Load US SOCOM Advanced Sniper Rifle Ammunition

Back in March 2019, US SOCOM selected the Barrett MRAD to fulfill their requirement for an Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR). At the end of last year, Nighforce’s MIL-SPEC ATACR 5-25×56 Dayscope and their MIL-SPEC ATACR 7-35×56 Long Range Dayscope l were selected as the go-to optics for the new SOCOM ASR. Now Berger have announced that they have been sub-contracted to produce .300 Norma Magnum and .338 Norma Magnum for SOCOM’s ASRs.

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BREAKING: SOCOM Testing SIG Beltfed – MG 338

SIG Sauer have announced that their light weight medium machine gun, the MG 338, has been purchased by US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM). The guns weigh under 20lbs and are chambered in .338 Norma Magnum giving the gun an effective range out to 2000 metres. The gun uses a short-stroke gas piston system and SIG Sauer’s proprietary recoil mitigation system, it can also be re-chambered to 7.62x51mm.

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