Thanks to my friend and the Royal Malaysian Navy for letting me use these photos. My friend was invited onto the Malaysian Navy base and got a chance to not only photograph this rare gun but also shoot it. The gun is the elusive XM8 Compact. It is based on the XM8 which [Read More…]
Last time The Firearm Blog wrote about Heckler & Koch’s Gray Room we stated we cannot get enough. I for sure can’t either, yet I’ve never been there and probably never will see it, just like most mortals. I own a Heckler & Koch rifle (MR223), [Read More…]
It is with a heavy heart that we at TFB bring news of the death of a true industry great: Jim Schatz has died. Jim’s career in the industry spanned four decades, and he served as a paratrooper (11B) with the 82nd Airborne, a shooter and instructor with the Army [Read More…]
In May of this year, I got the rare opportunity to travel to Heckler & Koch’s headquarters in Ashburn, VA, to take a look at some of the experimental and prototype firearms they have located there in their famous “Grey Room”. It wouldn’t be worth as much for [Read More…]
BREAKING: Inspector General Report DAMNS XM25 “Punisher” CDTE Program – Is the Army’s New Airburst Weapon on the Chopping Block?
The US Army’s “Punisher” XM25 Counter-Defilade Target Engagement (CTDE) weapon program is in danger, says a report released earlier this week by the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office. The program has been riddled with delays and [Read More…]
Your eyes do not deceive you. That is indeed an “XM8” rifle in the wild… But, its not a “real” XM8, of which few could have potentially made it into the civilian market. The “XM8” shown is a custom build from Tommy-Built [Read More…]
TommyBuilt Tactical is an 07/SOT FFL who specialize in customizing H&K rifles. They are busy working on a conversion kit to turn a H&K SLR rifle, the sporting version of the H&K G36, into a H&K XM8 look-alike. The ill-fated XM8 was designed in that [Read More…]