Steyr SSG 08 now in .338 Lapua Magnum

Steyr SSG 08 .338 LapuaThe Steyr SSG 08 have been making a name for itself with long range shooters because of their out of the box features and sub MOA accuracy, and now the Steyr SSG  08 is going to be available in the extremely popular .338 Lapua Magnum.  Steyr’s are in Europe what the Remington 700s are in America (this is partly due to the famous Austrian special police unit, COBRA, having the SSG specifically designed to their specs).  The .338 is rapidly growing to be THE tactical long range round, and combine that with the awesomeness of the Steyr SSG, and you have a combo made for sniper heaven.

A prototype of the .338 Steyr SSG 08 was unvieled at the 2010 NRA Annual Meeting.  Steyr put it through a 10,000 round endurance and reliability test to ensure the .338 SSG was ready to display to the world–and at around 5-6 dollar retail per .338, that was one helluva expensive test!

The .338 Steyr SSG 08 will share the some of the same characteristics of its soon to be inferior chambered brethren SSG 08s to include a fully adjustable skeletonized stock, a built in bi-pod adapter, a 20 moa base for mounting your optics, and Steyr’s Safe Bolt System action.  The difference would be in the cold hammer-forged barrel which will be 27.17 inches and have a 1:9 twist rate which should be able to stabilize a 300 gr .338 Lapua.  The .338 Steyr SSG 08 will also include a newly designed, buffed up bipod.  Click “Read More” for stats.

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TNVC’s New TM14PVS-14 Aimpoint with Mount Adaptor

TM14 PVS-14 AIMPOINT TWIST MOUNT ADAPTER

Trying to acquire a good sight picture while wearing night vision can be quite cumbersome.  Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) has produced a product that might help with that situation, they have introduced the TM14PVS-14 night vision monocular mount.  It’s designed to work with Aimpoint’s twist mount adapter which is usually seen with Aimpoint’s magnifiers.

It attaches to a standard mil-spec issued AN/PVS-14 night vision monocular which is normally attached to a helmet.  The TM14PVS-14 allows for a quick mounting solution to transition from a helmet mounted night vision  to a rifle mounted night vision monocular; situated  behind an Aimpoint red dot; this will allow an solider to take more precise shots in complete darkness rather than using an IR laser sight (which is pretty much worthless past 100 yards) or trying to get the monocular that’s attached to their  helmet behind the Aimpoint to get a sight picture.

The TM14 is lightweight, low profile and does not interfere with any operations of the AN/PVS-14 night vision monocular.  All controls can be accessed easily from the gain knob to the IR illuminator.  By the looks of it the TM14 seems like an ideal accessory add-on for anyone using an aimpoint and a night vision monocular.

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The Pentagon’s Portable “Thermal Laser” Steps Forward

THE Pentagon’s efforts to develop a beam weapon that can deter an adversary by causing a burning sensation on their skin has taken a step forward with the development of a small, potentially hand-held, version. The weapon, which is claimed to cause no permanent harm, could also end up being used by police to control civilians.

The idea of the weapon is to “create a heating sensation that repels individual adversaries”, according to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) in Quantico, Virginia, which develops less-lethal weapons for the US military and coastguard.

Tests with a rifle-mounted infrared laser, carried out at a US air force lab near Dayton, Ohio, have determined a combination of laser pulse power and wavelength that causes an alarming, hot sensation on the skin, but which stops short of causing a burn, says JNLWD project engineer Wesley Burgei.

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