The FN SCAR Reaches FINAL Milestone from SOCOM

FN SCAR H Review

FN Herstal, S.A. (FN) received notification from the USSOCOM Program Executive Office—SOF Warrior (PEO—SW) that the SCAR Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) was approved and signed on April 14, 2010, moving this FN program into the Milestone C phase.

This decision authorizes the production and deployment of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) MK 16 and MK 17, as well as the Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (EGLM) MK 13.

Following a worldwide solicitation to the military firearms industry, nine vendors submitted a dozen different designs for a new modular, multi-caliber weapons system. The FN SCAR submission was the only weapons system to pass all of the Go/No-Go criteria and was unanimously chosen in November 2004 by the selection board composed of senior operators from every SOF component.

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Sig Sauer GADSDEN “Dont Tread On Me” P226

The new P226 Gadsden (E26R-9-GADSDEN) will be available toward the end of May. There will be a total of 1776 of these produced.

Inspired by the Tea Party movement, adorned with beautiful nickel accents, and inscribed with the insignia that proudly flew on the flag that took us to battle throughout the Revolutionary War, this limited edition P226 is a must have for Sig Sauer shooters and will be available by the end of May.

You’ll see in the photo below that there is a coiled snake and the phrase, “Don’t Tread on Me” inscribed on both the top of the slide as well as the grips. On the side you’ll also find the same phrase.

The P226 Gadsden will be a great piece for any Sig enthusiast, conservative, and especially members of the Tea Party.

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Springfield XDM 45 ACP Information Release!

SpringField XD-M .45 ACP Reviews
Last week we posted a teaser pic of the soon to be released Springfield Armory XD-M .45 ACP Pistol. This week Springfield Armory released the beans with all specifications and details on what makes this release so speical.

It’s been two years since the release of the XD-M in .40CAL and 9mm and since then the market has been asking for the line up’s missing link the .45 ACP.  At first glance all XD-M pistols look pretty much the same.  Springfield went to great lengths to make this the smallest frame polymer 45ACP pistol on the market. It’s even smaller than it’s XD 45ACP counterpart.

The new XDM-45ACP comes with two 13+1 stainless steel magazines a 4.5″ steel melonite barrel, dovetail front and rear 3 dot sights and a trigger pull of 5.5 – 7.7 lbs.  It’s frame is produced with black polymer while the slide is Forged Steel.  The overall length comes in at 7.7″ long and an empty mag weight of 31oz.Springfield Armory XD-M 45ACPSome of the new features added to the design include a model contour frame which provides the ideal grip angle, Grasp slide serrations allowing a better grip of the slide and the mega lock texture on the grip providing  the shooter to put maximum hold on the gun.  These features are have been updated from previous XDM models.
New technology has been incorporated into the new XDm – 45ACP like it’s match grade barrel, minimal reset trigger that has shorter travel than any available polymer pistol along with a shorter reset which keeps you on target, and a melonite finish which offers a thick corrosion resistant hard surface.

We will have an in hand review coming soon after the new XDm-45ACP is released.  Follow the Jump and Click Read More to view high resolution images of the new Springfield XDM-45ACP Pistol…

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Pimp My Gun App

For many of us when we buy a new gun, its only the first step down a long (almost endless) line of customization.  This can get extremely expensive.  Its hard to really know what you want when there are so many options out there–and buying a new expensive accessory for that tack driver, only to notice you don’t really like the way it looks after, can be frustrating.

Well the guys at Pimp My Gun want to help you out.  They’ve created a great way to see what that accessory is going to look like on your new setup.  Just visit their site, here, and you can customize a variety of guns with a wide range of accessories. It’s pretty much the best window shopping gun app out there since I’ve already created quite a few dream guns, and I’m sure one would be able to conjure up a variety of different uber gun configs. You can even save your gun as a .jpg to share with friends or on message boards. I made the ACR below in about 5 mins.

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1.54 mile sniper kill record with an Accuracy International L115A3

A British sniper, Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison, has obtained the record for longest sniper kill while engaging two Taliban machine gunners.  The weapon used?  An Accuracy International L115A3 chambered in .338 Lapua (or 8.59 as they say in Britain).  His two shots were ranged by a GPS to be 2,706 yards beating the record previously held by Canadian sniper Corporal Rob Furlong who used a .50 cal McMillan TAC-50 and recorded a kill at 2,657 yards.

I would believe that this solidifies a lot of testimonies in the industry that the .338 Lapua is  the antipersonnel round of choice.  The .338 Lapua has been exponentially growing in popularity with long range shooters, and I have no reason to doubt that after this record setting event, that the trend will continue.  The two kills were about 1,000 yards more than the believed effective range of the .338–it was previously believed that anything more than 1,800 yards for the .338 Lapua would just be a nuisance; well, I believe they were correct considering I would find being dead to be quite inconvenient.

Its arguable that the .50 is a more versatile round–being that it can also be used as an anti-material or anti-asset round, something that the .338 would have trouble with; however, for reaching out to those far away soft targets, I believe it has been completely validated to be highly effective.

After only 2 years in deployment with the British Army, it seems that the L115A3 has proved itself in battle with the highest available esteem.  Its easily conceivable that Accuracy International will use this for bragging rights regarding their line of rifles, as it deservingly should.  Accuracy International has already seen a good increase of sales with their top of the line rifles in the past few years, and after this story, there’s even more reason to believe they’re going to be selling quite a few more.

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