A Closer Look at Accuracy with the UIC ADM4 Mod2

I expected the results to improve with match ammunition and a magnified optic. This was stated in the original article. I did not expect the results to show sub MOA performance at 100 yards!

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Laugo Arms Releases New Footage on the ALIEN

A few days ago Laugo Arms Czechoslovakia released a couple of new videos on its YouTube channel. For those who are not yet familiar with this name, the company is promoting the upcoming release of its first pistol, named ALIEN, which is going to offer the lowest bore axis of any semi-auto on the market.

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FN Demonstrating HAMR-16 for PEO Soldier's Next Gen Squad Weapon

Program Executive Officer (PEO) Soldier out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia recently tweeted an image depicting U.S. Army Brigadier General Anthony Potts (currently commanding PEO Soldier) on the test range firing a test rifle apart of “emerging technologies for Next Generation Squad Weapon” as spelled out in the tweet.

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Air Force Testing MHS Handgun… In Ejection Seats?

Air Force testing crews from Eglin AFB in Florida were recently in the news as testing the Army’s newly adopted Sig Sauer 9x19mm MHS handgun for pilots being ejected out of their aircraft. Actual testing was conducted at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio at the vertical deceleration tower as a part of the 711th Human Performance Wing. Two MHS’s were attached to both sides of a dummy pilots survival vest to test for both right-handed and left-handed carry. One MHS had an extended 21 round magazine while the other had a flush fit 17 round version. It would appear that the more compact M18 would be a better fit for the Air Force, but at this point, it is hard to tell if the version in the testing is an M17 or M18.

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Opinion: The Sig P320 Drop Test Controversy & "Failures" is NOT a Big Deal

OMG! SIG P320 HANDGUNS CAN FIRE WHEN DROPPED IN EXTREMELY UNLIKELY AND NEAR IMPOSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES! THIS MEANS THE GUN SUCKS AND THE ARMY WAS WRONG!

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Why You Should Care About Ammo Testing

I know, “yawn,” right? Hey, I could have written the title like “16 Secrets About Ammo Testing the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know!!!11!!!” In all seriousness, there are a lot of folks out there who think that ammunition is mostly the same and completely disregard testing. It isn’t my place to tell you what to do and you can’t help it if it bores you, but here are a few reasons that you might want to pay a little more attention to ammo testing, even if you’re not a bullet nerd like me.

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ARMY Says MHS Is OVER, Glock Exploring Other Options

According to a recent article at Military.com, US Army spokespersons said in emails with the magazine that the Army would not be re-trying the Modular Handgun System competition between finalists SIG Sauer and Glock. This statement comes on the heels of Glock Vice President Josh Dorsey’s complaint that the MHS program had been left unfinished, saying that the endurance testing went “uncompleted”. However, a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) contradicts this assessment, and notes that the Army never promised in the Request for Proposal (RFP) to award more than one contract prior to Product Validation Testing (PVT).

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New Industry Standard for Measuring Suppressor Blowback to Be Introduced By ARDEC [NDIA 2017]

At the 2017 National Defense Industry Association’s annual Armament Systems Forum in April, representatives of the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) presented a new method for measuring and quantifying gas blowback with suppressed firearms. The testing was conducted in the service of creating a new standard test procedure for gas blowback, for the Army, NATO, and the industry. Importantly, the test procedure involved mounting air inlets in locations corresponding to the shooter’s face when firing the rifle, which gives accurate measurements for what quantity of toxic gases reach the shooter’s face during operation.

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Does Pointing Your Gun Up Affect Accuracy? ARDEC Study Reveals the Effect of Weapon Orientation on Ammunition Velocity and Consistency [NDIA 2017]

Does pointing your gun up or down affect its accuracy? The answer is “maybe” according to a recent US Army Armament Development, Research and Engineering Center (ARDEC) presentation released at the 2017 National Defense Industry Association small arms conference. The presentation covers a study conducted by ARDEC which examined the effect of ullage (free space in a loaded round) and orientation on the consistency and velocity of small arms ammunition.

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The Box O' Truth Hurts – All Weapons Have Limits Inside the Home

Previously, I have penned numerous articles focusing on testing various firearms in use throughout a home. Most testing has been completed using drywall, but that is about as realistic as using ballistics gelatin – that testing simply fails to capture the complexity of most structures including pipes, wires, studs, furniture, etc. Other testing has been a bit more valid – but proves a later point here in a moment.

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The CZ-P07 Goes Through the "Gauntlet" – The Inverted Rail Succeeds

Normally, one should look at the various torture “tests” as largely entertaining affairs. Conducted by various content creators, the “tests” rarely have real-world validity due to the often incredible conditions that leave one incredulous. Noted examples have pressed debris into the action and then left it through through various subsequent outlandish procedures.

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Ballistics Testing Through An Actual House with Valor Ridge

Reid Henrichs, formerly of Tactical Response and known for his down-to-earth style has posted a video doing the testing that we all wish we could do through our own home. Using common calibers and ammunition, Reid and his training cohort from Valor Ridge put rounds through an actual house. Color me absolutely and insanely jealous.

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Rifle Shooter Looks at the 6mm Creedmoor Inch by Barrel Inch

While 6.5 Creedmoor is all the rage in the OEM world, quite a few in the reloading world have been looking at .260 Remington and its slightly hotter, smaller cousin, the 6mm Creedmoor for their precision long-range builds. Like the 6.5, the 6mm Creedmoor eeks out just a hair more case capacity (though some would argue this depending on the brass manufacturer).

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SVD Rifle Factory Torture Testing

The reliability requirements for military firearms are perhaps the highest. Ideally, they must be able to perform flawlessly in any climatic condition found on the planet. And that’s why military  torture tests are conducted – to ensure particular weapon system’s capabilities and find out the weaknesses. The SVD rifle is one of those military weapons with legendary reliability. Here is how it passes torture testing in Russian company TsNII Toch Mash.

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D-60 vs. Non-Head Shielded Handguards – FIGHT!

There is always plenty of items in our lives where we just “know” what the results of a given action and reaction might be without having to have seen the formal experiment. For example, I know that if one drops an AR on its buttstock from high up, the buffer tube will snap. But, I don’t know exactly what that height is, so it leaves the door wide open for an enterprising YouTuber to test the theory to my entertainment.

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