Griffin Armament Announces KAC M110-compatible MGL Silencers

In an exciting turn of events for clone rifle fans, Griffin Armament has a range of KAC-compatible silencers coming soon. The new Military GATE-LOK (MGL) suppressors come in three sizes for compatibility with various rifle configurations. Let’s look at the available models.

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POTD: M110 SASS at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center

Developed from the Knight’s Armament Company SR-25 and manufactured by Knight’s Armament Company, today’s main topic is the M110 Semi Automatic Sniper System (M110 SASS). It was adopted by the U.S. Army in 2005 but is now about to be replaced by the M110A1 CSASS, which is made by Heckler & Koch.

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[SHOT 2018] Cobalt Kinetics Custom .308 ARs & More

At the 2018 Industry Day at the Range, innovative premium AR manufacturer Cobalt Kinetics brought out several new rifles which they will be selling for the new year. Chief among these was their new .308 pattern AR, which can be produced in calibers like .308 Winchester and 6.5mm Creedmoor. Called the BAMF-XL, the new weapon is, like its smaller brother, a billet aluminum machined receiver set that uses SR-25 magazines. Like all Cobalt Kinetics weapons, the receivers sports attractive, stylized lines that give the BAMF-XL a unique look while still being identifiably “AR”. In addition to the BAMF-XL, Cobalt Kinetics brought along their new RECON PDW, an ultra-compact AR-15 using an MVB ARC PDW stock, 13.5″ barrel, and a pinned and welded Cobalt Kinetics Pro Muzzle Brake. Thanks to its compact stock and pinned and welded configuration, the RECON PDW is just 29 inches in overall length.

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US Army's XM1158 ADVAP Round REVEALED: Tungsten-Cored EPR-Based Design Is Cheaper, Quicker to Produce

Until now, the US Army’s 7.62mm XM1158 Advanced Armor Piercing (ADVAP) round has been a mystery. The round, which was rumored to be the basis for the now-cancelled Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) program, is supposed to allow existing weapons in the 7.62x51mm caliber to defeat advanced body armor out to combat ranges. Speculations about its configuration ranged from an improved traditional tungsten cored round to a discarding sabot design firing uranium flechettes, but the answer to this mystery was recently revealed in an issue of the Picatinny Voice. The ADVAP, it seems, is built on the technology of the 7.62mm M80A1 EPR, but using a tungsten core. From the Picatinny Voice article by Audra Calloway:

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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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BREAKING: 7.62mm Rifle to REPLACE M4 Carbine – Interim Combat Service Rifle Solicitation Released by US Army

The US Army has released a solicitation for a new 7.62mm infantry rifle to replace the M4. The Interim Combat Service Rifle program, known to be in the works since April of this year, would replace M4 Carbines in use with combat units with a new weapon in the 7.62x51mm caliber. The new solicitation requires companies to submit 7 weapons plus ancillaries for testing, and includes the promise of up to 8 Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs, non-contract transactions), leading to the eventual selection of 1 weapon for a contract of 50,000 units.

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BREAKING: US Army Considering Going Back to 1954 with Interim 7.62mm Infantry Rifle

According to a recent article on Soldier Systems, the US Army is considering an “interim” switch back to the 7.62mm caliber in standard infantry rifles. Eric Graves of the site lays out a reasonable overview of the situation on the ground, and what sort of weapons might be considered as the 7.62mm “interim” weapon. Follow the link to read his article over at soldiersystems.net.

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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 replace the Knight’s Armament M110 SASS. The H&K rifle that reportedly won the contract was slightly different than the rifle on display at the show, the latter sporting the new Geissele M-LOK handguard which replaced HK’s proprietary “backwards Keymod” negative attachment handguard.

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What Would a Long Range Sharpshooter Infantry Paradigm Look Like? Part 2: Accounting and Training

Recent experience in Afghanistan, coupled with concerns about the effectiveness of the M4 Carbine – and perhaps also just a general long-term swing of the pendulum – has spurred many to advocate for a new configuration of infantry weapon centered around long range fire enabled by compact, efficient ammunition firing low-drag projectiles. I am not one of these advocates, and indeed it’s no secret that I find serious flaws with this approach to infantry small arms weapons systems. Still, this idea of having a long-range sharpshooter-centric force does seem to be gaining ground, and therefore I think it would be worthwhile to take some time to go down that rabbit hole and see where it leads. Our eventual goal in this endeavor is to paint a picture of a future infantry force that lives and works with these weapons, and what compromises they have to make to reap the benefits of such powerful long-range weapons.

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Rifles & Optics of the European Best Sniper Squad Competition 2016

TFB’s Pete recently wrote about the European Sniper Competition, hosted by the U.S. Army in Germany.

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New Open .308 Receiver Set from F-1 Firearms

F-1 Firearms is living up to their name releasing their latest go-fast parts, this time for the .308 platform. The new BDR-10-3G billet receiver set is designed for the shooter were speed and looks trump practicality (or where speed and looks are their own kind of practicality).

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[SHOT 2016] Knight's Armament SR-25 E2 ACC M-Lok

I had to visit the KAC booth while I was at shot to see if I saw anything cool enough to share with you guys. Turns out they are now supporting M-Lok on the SR-25, thankfully they let us take some photos. The Knight’s SR-25 E2 ACC M-Lok features high end components like a hammer forged barrel with 5r cut chrome lined rifling and their own proprietary no bend gas tube that is not roll pinned into place. Knight’s uses a flared end similar to a brake line on a car to prevent gas leakage and ensure a connection that will not weaken over time. The MSRP is a bit steep at $4861 but for that price you get the same quality rifle that is issued to the military. Same build quality, same testing, same craftsmen, same everything.

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