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  • BBC, Thailand: Brown Receiver; Composite or Trick of Light on M-16?

    05/28/2015 9:39:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    My nephew, Nick, had a BBC newscast on about human smugglers in Thailand.  It appears that the BBC is a bit less shy about showing weapons than many U.S. outlets, but that could simply be perception on this one show.  I watch very little TV.    From BBC.com: Manit told us his district had long been used by human traffickers to transfer migrants from boats to trucks. He wanted to stamp it out. But he was getting little help from the central government, or from local law enforcement.  The BBC correspondent was allowed to join a patrol off the coast. ...
  • BBC Image: Thai Muzzle Brake on Upside Down?

    05/26/2015 5:21:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I watch very little TV.  I do not like to corrupt the data flow.  But I happened to be in Las Vegas when my nephew was watching a BBC program on human smugglers in Thailand.  From BBC.com: Manit told us his district had long been used by human traffickers to transfer migrants from boats to trucks. He wanted to stamp it out. But he was getting little help from the central government, or from local law enforcement. The BBC correspondent was allowed to join a patrol off the coast.  In the video, the BBC is not shy about showing...
  • Army and Marine Corps Still Disagree over M16/M4 Bullet

    03/24/2015 6:35:31 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 33 replies
    Military.com News ^ | March 20, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    U.S. lawmakers recently questioned Army and Marine Corps leaders on small-arms and why the two services buy completely different bullets for the M16A4 rifles and M4 carbines. "You guys are using two different rounds, and you have procured several million rounds to date and you have used them in combat," Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., said at a March 19 House Armed Services Committee hearing. Sanchez, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, wanted to know why the Marine Corps uses the M855 5.56mm round and the Army uses the M855A1.
  • Army Wants Upgrades to Improve M4A1 Carbine's Performance, Accuracy

    03/24/2015 6:35:39 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 59 replies
    Military.com new ^ | 03-18-2015 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army is considering several upgrades to the M4A1 Carbine that could improve its accuracy and performance and change the weapon's appearance. Army weapons and contracting officials recently launched a market survey to see what the small-arms industry has to offer as far as better rails, triggers, charging handles and sights for the M4A1. "The government is seeking to procure M4A1-Plus (abbreviated as M4A1+) components as non-development items ... for improvements to the M4A1 Carbine," according to the March 13 document posted on FedBizOpps.gov. "It is anticipated that the M4A1+ components will be evaluated as a system. The system...
  • 'MURICA! Cooking bacon with a full auto M16!

    03/14/2015 7:54:27 AM PDT · by CtBigPat · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dustin Ellermann
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7UW5AkWqOY
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Fairy of Eagle Nebula

    09/29/2013 8:43:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | September 29, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Fairy of Eagle Nebula

    08/21/2011 3:49:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | August 21, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open...
  • Breathtaking Hubble pic: Eagle Nebula (slip the surly bonds of earth & touch the face of God)

    04/26/2005 10:52:37 AM PDT · by Wolfstar · 175 replies · 7,378+ views
    A new view of the Eagle Nebula, one of the two largest and sharpest images Hubble Space Telescope has ever taken, is released by NASA for Hubble's 15th anniversary April 25, 2005. The new Eagle Nebula image reveals a tall, dense tower of gas being sculpted by ultraviolet light from a group of massive, hot stars. During the 15 years Hubble has orbited the Earth, it has taken more than 700,000 photos of the cosmos.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Hubble 25th Anniversary: Pillars of Creation

    01/07/2015 8:50:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | January 07, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: To celebrate 25 years (1990-2015) of exploring the Universe from low Earth orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope's cameras were used to revisit its most iconic image. The result is this sharper, wider view of the region dubbed the Pillars of Creation, first imaged by Hubble in 1995. Stars are forming deep inside the towering structures. The light-years long columns of cold gas and dust are some 6,500 light-years distant in M16, the Eagle Nebula, toward the constellation Serpens. Sculpted and eroded by the energetic ultraviolet light and powerful winds from M16's cluster of young, massive stars, the cosmic pillars...
  • Hubble Makes ‘Pillars Of Creation’ Look Better Than Ever

    01/06/2015 8:13:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Howell
    Embedded in these Eagle Nebula towers, which are sometimes called elephant trunks, are stars under creation. And in a short span of 20 years, you can see how the stars are slowly blowing the pillars apart. This is leading some press officials to call the structures “pillars of destruction.” And astronomers can chart how everything is changing over time. “I’m impressed by how transitory these structures are. They are actively being ablated away before our very eyes,” stated Paul Scowen of Arizona State University in Tempe, one of the astronomers who led the 1995 observations.
  • The Mind-Boggling Story of the Galactic Wonder That Didn't Exist When We Saw It

    09/30/2013 4:18:41 AM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 11, 2012 | Jesus Diaz
    In 1995, the world was astonished by the image of a group of 4-light-year-tall columns located in the Eagle Nebula, 7,000 light years from here. So unimaginable it was that someone called them the Pillars of Creation. The only problem is that the pillars didn't really exist. Something had destroyed them more than a thousand years ago. It's a natural thought. Limited by our understanding of time, we look at objects in space as if they were mountains or the ocean. We genuinely perceive these stellar landscapes as something that is up there fixed, secure, rooted in our reality, the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Eagle Nebula from Kitt Peak

    04/15/2012 9:12:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    NASA ^ | April 16, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the bright region is actually a window into the center of a larger dark shell of dust. Through this window, a brightly-lit workshop appears where a whole open cluster of stars is being formed. In this cavity tall pillars and round globules of dark dust and cold molecular gas remain where stars are still forming. Already visible are several young bright blue stars whose light and winds are burning away and pushing back the remaining filaments and walls of gas and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Inside the Eagle Nebula

    02/04/2012 5:56:20 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | February 03, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In 1995, a now famous picture from the Hubble Space Telescope featured Pillars of Creation, star forming columns of cold gas and dust light-years long inside M16, the Eagle Nebula. This remarkable false-color composite image revisits the nearby stellar nursery with image data from the orbiting Herschel Space Observatory and XMM-Newton telescopes. Herschel's far infrared detectors record the emission from the region's cold dust directly, including the famous pillars and other structures near the center of the scene. Toward the other extreme of the electromagnetic spectrum, XMM-Newton's X-ray vision reveals the massive, hot stars of the nebula's embedded star...
  • 'Pillars of Creation' Destroyed by Supernova

    01/11/2007 12:01:11 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 18 replies · 1,060+ views
    The famous "pillars of creation" – clouds of dust and gas imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, are no more – a supernova blast wave has blown them apart. But their ghostly image will linger for another thousand years because of the time it takes for light to travel from them to Earth. The pillars have been astronomical icons since Hubble imaged them in 1995 (scroll down for Hubble image). They are part of a larger star-forming region called the Eagle Nebula, which lies 7000 light years away. That means we are seeing the pillars as they were 7000 years...
  • Pillars of Creation Toppled By Stellar Blast

    01/09/2007 11:08:53 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 53 replies · 1,592+ views
    Space.com ^ | 1/9/2007 | Ker Than
    SEATTLE – They helped open the public's eyes to the wonders of space when they were first photographed in 1995, but a new study suggests the famous Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula might have already been toppled long ago, and that what the Hubble Space Telescope actually captured was their ghost image. A new picture of the Eagle Nebula shot by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the intact pillars next to a giant cloud of glowing dust scorched by the heat of a massive stellar explosion known as a supernova [image]. Astronomers think the supernova's shock wave knocked...
  • Astronomy Picture for Today

    01/23/2006 11:54:57 AM PST · by HOTTIEBOY · 18 replies · 372+ views
    nasa ^ | 01/23/2006 | DG
    The Fairy of Eagle NebulaCredit: The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESA, NASA Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is...
  • Gun Trouble (M-4, M-16)

    12/30/2014 5:44:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 28, 2014 | Robert H. Scales
    The rifle that today's infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed. Military lives depend on these cheap composites of metal and plastic. So why can't the richest country in the world give its soldiers better ones? One afternoon just a month and a half after the Battle of Gettysburg, Christopher Spencer, the creator of a seven-shot repeating rifle, walked Abraham Lincoln out to a grassy field near where the Washington Monument now stands in order to demonstrate the amazing potential of his new gun. Lincoln had heard about the mystical powers of repeating rifles at...
  • The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle (M-14)

    11/14/2014 6:18:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II. The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic. It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle...
  • 20,000 U.S. M-16s stolen from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait

    09/04/2014 3:01:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | unattributed
    “There were no guards during the break-in,” the ministry said on April 7. The ministry said the target was a warehouse of the Interior Ministry in Subiya, Middle East Newsline reported. The statement said thieves broke three doors and removed the entire contents of the warehouse.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M16 and the Eagle Nebula

    07/10/2014 8:26:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | June 07, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A star cluster around 2 million years young, M16 is surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas also known as The Eagle Nebula. This beautifully detailed image of the region includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described as elephant trunks or Pillars of Creation, dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the left edge of the frame is another...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M16 and the Eagle Nebula

    06/07/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | June 07, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A star cluster around 2 million years young, M16 is surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas also known as The Eagle Nebula. This beautifully detailed image of the region includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described as elephant trunks or Pillars of Creation, dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the left edge of the frame is another...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Inside the Eagle Nebula

    02/16/2014 7:25:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | February 16, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the bright region is actually a window into the center of a larger dark shell of dust. Through this window, a brightly-lit workshop appears where a whole open cluster of stars is being formed. In this cavity tall pillars and round globules of dark dust and cold molecular gas remain where stars are still forming. Already visible are several young bright blue stars whose light and winds are burning away and pushing back the remaining filaments and walls of gas and...
  • M16 Full Auto Suppressed [video only]

    08/30/2013 6:01:03 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-30-2013 | hickok45
    Shooting and discussing the iconic M16 / AR15 / M4 platform. The upper on this select fire lower is actually my 6920 Colt, which performs flawlessly. Thanks again to Silencerco for bringing by a nice bag of "toys."
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Pillars of Eagle Castle

    07/13/2013 10:04:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | July 14, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What lights up this castle of star formation? The familiar Eagle Nebula glows bright in many colors at once. The above image is a composite of three of these glowing gas colors. Pillars of dark dust nicely outline some of the denser towers of star formation. Energetic light from young massive stars causes the gas to glow and effectively boils away part of the dust and gas from its birth pillar. Many of these stars will explode after several million years, returning most of their elements back to the nebula which formed them. This process is forming an open...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Messier's Eleven

    07/12/2013 3:59:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | July 12, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This fifteen degree wide field of view stretches across the crowded starfields of Sagittarius toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the center of the galaxy lies near the right edge of the rich starscape and eleven bright star clusters and nebulae fall near the center of the frame. All eleven are numbered entries in the catalog compiled by 18th century cosmic tourist Charles Messier. Gaining celebrity status with skygazers, M8 (Lagoon), M16 (Eagle), M17 (Omega), and M20 (Trifid) show off the telltale reddish hues of emission nebulae associated with star forming regions. But also eye-catching...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Eagle and The Swan

    05/31/2013 3:24:17 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | May 31, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The Eagle Nebula and the Swan Nebula span this broad starscape, a telescopic view of the Sagittarius spiral arm toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The Eagle, also known as M16, is left, above center, and the Swan, or M17 at the lower right. The deep, wide-field image shows the cosmic clouds as brighter regions of active star-formation. They lie along the spiral arm suffused with reddish emission charactistic of atomic hydrogen gas, and dusty dark nebulae. In fact, the center of both nebulae are locations of well-known close-up images of star formation from the Hubble Space...
  • 20,000 U.S. M-16s stolen from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait

    04/20/2013 11:32:44 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 55 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | 04/09/13 | World Tribune
    Kuwait has reported the theft of a massive amount of U.S. weapons. The Interior Ministry said thieves broke into a warehouse and stole a huge amount of firearms and ammunition. The ministry said 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles and 15,000 rounds for 9mm pistols were stolen. “There were no guards during the break-in,” the ministry said on April
  • Did the White House order a cover-up over the murder of Libya's US Ambassador?

    10/02/2012 11:52:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 2, 2012 | Con Coughlin
    Immediately after the murder of Chris Stevens, America's Ambassador to Libya,I suggested that the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11 could have profound consequences for President Barack Obama,particulary if he failed to take appropriate action against the murderers–the most likely candidates being members of al-Qaeda's new terror franchise in Mali. But with the US presidential contest entering its critical final phase, the Obama administration deftly avoided getting into any controversy over the murder of Mr Stevens and three other members of the consulate staff by leading everyone to believe the murders were not part of an...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M16: Pillars of Creation

    07/22/2012 7:18:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | July 22, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It was one of the most famous images of the 1990s. This image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, shows evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) emerging from pillars of molecular hydrogen gas and dust. The giant pillars are light years in length and are so dense that interior gas contracts gravitationally to form stars. At each pillars' end, the intense radiation of bright young stars causes low density material to boil away, leaving stellar nurseries of dense EGGs exposed. The Eagle Nebula, associated with the open star cluster M16, lies about 7000 light years away. The pillars of...
  • Bikini-clad, gun-toting Israeli woman becomes an Internet sensation (Beach blanket BANG!)

    07/13/2012 9:26:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    NYDN ^ | Friday the 13th, July 2012 | Victoria Cavaliere
    Bikini-clad, gun-toting Israeli woman becomes an Internet sensation A photo of a gun-wielding, bikini-clad woman standing on a crowded Tel Aviv beach has become an Internet sensation, with thousands of viewers curious about whether the brunette beauty is part of Israel's military and why she wasn't in uniform with her weapon in tow. The newspaper Haaretz notes that 'To an Israeli, the photo makes perfectly practical sense. When soldiers take their weapon off military premises, they must guard it closely and keep it on their person, at all times. Having one's weapon stolen is harshly punished with time in military...
  • M16A1 RIFLE COMIC, 1968

    07/10/2012 6:08:51 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 64 replies
    retronaut ^ | 7 10 12
    “US Army Preventive Maintenance Manual for the M16A1 Rifle, published by PS Magazine in a comic book form. The idea was that young, uneducated soldiers were more likely to read comics than boring military manuals. This one was illustrated by the prominent comic artist Will Eisner.”
  • Hornady TAP ammo warning

    11/24/2010 11:26:33 AM PST · by archy · 30 replies
    NLETS ^ | 23 NOV 2010 | Hornady
    [IMG]http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c202/weaponspc/Documents/hornadyTAPammowarning.jpg[/IMG]
  • Communists Lured To Their Deaths By MI6 With Promise Of Sex

    09/17/2010 9:04:21 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 15 replies
    TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | 7:10PM BST 17 Sep 2010 | Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
    Sidney Reilly, nicknamed the 'Ace of Spies,' planned to kill the whole of the Soviet leadership during a meeting at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1918 An MI6 agent became a serial killer as he used pretty young women to lure Russians to their deaths with the promise of sex, new documents reveal. A Cossack colonel called Mohammed Bek Hadji Lashet, and his gang used the women to attract communists to a lakeside villa where they were tortured and then killed, according to a new history of the intelligence service. The book, Six, by former military intelligence officer Michael Smith, reveals...
  • Detectives believe dead M16spy may have zipped himself in bag in bizarre sex game that went wrong

    09/11/2010 6:15:04 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 53 replies · 1+ views
    dailymail.co. ^ | September 12, 2010 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen
    Snips from excerpt only website: His body was found in an extra-large North Face bag, a type which is favoured by explorers because of its 140 litres of storage capacity, durable material, double stitching, twin haul handles and locking zips.  Erotic asphyxiation is defined as the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. There were also rumours that Mr Williams was the victim of a professional ‘hit’. Other theories included the suggestion that he had been murdered by Russian agents.  Tests on his body were ordered to establish whether he was poisoned, as happened when Polonium 210...
  • Iraqis prefer AK-47 over M-16 for performance in desert heat

    07/11/2010 1:30:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 7/9/2010 | World Tribune
    The U.S. military has supplied about 10,000 M-16s to the Iraq Army. But officials acknowledged that the Iraqis have decided to maintain the AK-47 as the lead assault rifle.The Iraq Army has determined that the M-16 was more accurate than the Kalashnikov. But officials said the Army concluded that the AK-47 was more reliable in the searing Iraqi summers. U.S. Army advisers have completed a course on the M-16 assault rifle for Iraqi soldiers at Camp Taji. The two-week course, which took place in mid-June, was meant to help the Iraq Army introduce the M-16 and, in some units, replace...
  • Iraqi Troops Train on M-16 Rifle, Continue Transition from AK-47

    06/22/2010 11:31:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/23/2010 | Army News/Defense Talk
    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M-16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the U.S. to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle. The swap between the two weapons has gun-enthusiasts across the military and social-media sites up-in-arms, as fans of both weapons debate the practicality of the initiative. The AK-47, which has become symbolic of Middle Eastern militaries, has been used by the Iraqi Army since the 1960s. The weapon is less accurate than the western M-16...
  • Dueling Rifle Rounds: It’s All About the Wound Channel

    05/26/2010 11:41:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 46 replies · 1,780+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 5/26/2010 | Greg Grant
    The Times (the British one) has a story about the continuing debate over the 7.62mm round versus the 5.56mm as employed in the long range firefights in Afghanistan. The story asserts that the 5.56mm round used in the M4 rifle “lacks sufficient velocity and killing power in long-range firefights.” As Defense Tech readers know, we’ve covered this issue before. As for the stopping power of the 5.56mm round, that very topic came up at a roundtable discussion I attended with the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier last month at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. It led to an interesting discussion about...
  • DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9M Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers

    05/26/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 657+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 5/26/2010 | Lockheed Martin
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.93 million contract to develop a rifle-scope attachment to enhance soldiers’ marksmanship capabilities. The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers’ ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters. DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder, digitally zooms in on it and accounts for environmental conditions such as wind using sensors built into the...
  • Army issues instructions for painting M16s, M4s

    05/23/2010 9:47:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 1,278+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 5/25/2010 | Defense Talk
    Soldiers already have uniforms that blend them into their surroundings. Now there's instructions on how to have a weapon that blends in too. In April, the Army released instructions on how Soldiers can apply spray paint to their M4 or M16 rifle, without decreasing the effectiveness of either the weapon or the installed optics. "The Army has always had techniques to camouflage the Soldier ... we have techniques for the Soldier and the equipment," said Col. Douglas A. Tamilio, project manager for Soldier Weapons, Program Executive Office Soldier. "We found in Iraq and Afghanistan that Soldiers were starting to paint...
  • US rifles not suited to warfare in Afghan hills

    05/22/2010 11:58:33 AM PDT · by too_cool_for_skool · 95 replies · 2,223+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military's workhorse rifle — used in battle for the last 40 years — is proving less effective in Afghanistan against the Taliban's more primitive but longer range weapons. As a result, the U.S. is reevaluating the performance of its standard M-4 rifle and considering a switch to weapons that fire a larger round largely discarded in the 1960s. The M-4 is an updated version of the M-16, which was designed for close quarters combat in Vietnam. It worked well in Iraq, where much of the fighting was in cities such as Baghdad, Ramadi and Fallujah.
  • An M-16 In Your Pocket

    04/19/2010 6:44:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 68 replies · 2,346+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 419/2010 | Strategy Page
    One area of weapons development that has seen a lot of new, but generally unnoticed, developments in the past decade is the PDW (Personal Defense Weapon, or pistol replacement). One recent example is the Rock River Arms PPS (Performance Piston System) Pistol. This is a 5.56mm weapon that uses a new internal design. It has a short gas piston, with the recoil spring and guide rod over the 21cm (8 inch) barrel. The entire weapon (which does not have a stock) is 44.5cm (17.5 inches) long and weighs 2.2 kg (5 pounds). There are single shot and full automatic versions,...
  • M16 now seen as 'the weapon of choice' for Iraq's army

    01/14/2010 11:27:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 1,049+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 1/14/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    The Iraq Army has expanded its use of a U.S.-origin assault rifle. Officials said the Iraq Army has absorbed more than 5,000 M-16 assault rifles from the United States. They said the delivery of additional rifles as well as training would be intensified by the U.S. Army in 2010. "The M16 is now the weapon of choice for the Iraqi army," an Iraqi Army officer identified only as Capt. Anwar, said. Over the last year, the Iraq army has been training its soldiers on the M-16A4 rifle. The seven-day training course has taken place at the Shaiba training center and...
  • Improved magazine increases weapons reliability

    12/20/2009 5:53:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,831+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/17/2009 | Army News
    The Army has begun fielding a new 5.56mm 30-round "improved magazine" that delivers a significant increase in reliability for M-16 and M-4 weapons. Bolstering the already high reliability ratings of the M-16 and M-4, the improved magazine reduces the risk of magazine-related stoppages by more than 50 percent compared to the older magazine variants, according to officials at Program Executive Office Soldier. Identified by a tan-colored follower, more than 500,000 of the improved magazines have been fielded to units in Iraq, Afghanistan and the United States. "With the improved magazines, we're taking weapons reliability up another notch," said Lt. Col....
  • U.S. Army Agrees That The M-4 Sucks

    11/28/2009 2:11:52 AM PST · by myknowledge · 45 replies · 7,633+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | November 25, 2009
    The U.S. Army has finally addressed years of complaints about the M-4 and M-16 assault rifles. The M-4 is a short barrel M-16, and has become very popular with the troops. The army has asked the Department of Defense for permission to spend a few hundred million dollars on upgrades for its 400,000 M-4 assault rifles. The big change is replacing the main portion of the rifle with a new component that contains a short stroke piston gas system (to reduce buildup of carbon inside the rifle) and a heavier (by five ounces) barrel (which reduces barrel failure from too...
  • How Reliable Is the M-16 Rifle? Part I

    11/03/2009 4:58:22 AM PST · by Saije · 96 replies · 2,671+ views
    Ny Times ^ | 11/2/2009 | C.J. Chivers
    Few issues are more personal to soldiers than the question of whether they can trust their rifles. And few rifles in history have generated more controversy over their reliability than the American M-16 assault rifle and its carbine version, the M-4. In recent weeks, a fresh round of complaints about weapon malfunctions in Afghanistan, mentioned in an Army historian’s report that documented small-arms jamming during the fierce battle in Wanat last year, has rekindled the discussion. Are the M-16 and M-4 the best rifles available for American troops? Or are they fussy and punchless and less than ideal for war?...
  • SCAR Goes To War

    05/13/2009 7:19:28 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 68 replies · 3,800+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 5/13/2009 | Strategy Page
    Two years after completing field testing, the new American assault rifle, SCAR, has been issued to a battalion of U.S. Army Rangers, who are headed for Afghanistan. SCAR (Special operations forces Combat Assault Rifle) was a SOCOM (Special Operations Command) effort to develop a new assault rifle that had some of the characteristics of the (now abandoned) U.S. Army XM-8 rifle. SOCOM had the money, and authority to develop their own weapons. And SCAR is mainly for use by SOCOM troops. . SOCOM wanted a weapon that did everything the XM-8 did, and a little more. Back in 2003, SOCOM...
  • Brownells AR-15 Builder

    01/18/2009 2:35:36 PM PST · by wastedyears · 48 replies · 2,531+ views
    Brownells ^ | Brownells
    Came across this while Stumbling on Firefox. Looks pretty neat
  • Army Taps Industry for M4 Replacement

    09/17/2008 9:00:29 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 78 replies · 616+ views
    Military.com ^ | 17 Sept 08 | Christian Lowe
    In a move that could reverse years of Army small arms policy, the service is asking industry to send in ideas for a new combat rifle that could replace the M4 carbine. In late August, the Army issued a solicitation to the arms industry asking companies to submit proposals that would demonstrate "improvements in individual weapon performance in the areas of accuracy and dispersion ... reliability and durability in all environments, modularity and terminal performance." And in a dramatic gesture that could throw the door wide open to a totally new carbine, the service did not constrain ideas to the...
  • Hill Aides to Test M4 Alternatives

    07/11/2008 5:24:57 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 75 replies · 158+ views
    Military.com ^ | July 11, 2008 | Christian Lowe
    In a move that could ruffle the feathers of an Army command that views the Colt Defense-built M4 as the best carbine in the world, a select group of top senate staffers is gathering today to look at what could be the future of the military's standard assault rifle. About 30 legislative aides have signed up to attend a July 11 demonstration at Marine Corps Base Quantico, just outside Washington, D.C., that will feature weapons from various manufacturers vying to end the reign of the M16 and M4 as the U.S. military's most fielded personal weapon. The range day is...
  • Colt M4 Carbine's Future Uncertain: Dark Clouds Forming

    06/26/2008 6:52:28 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 99 replies · 2,077+ views
    Defense Review ^ | 24 June 08 | David Crane
    Perhaps the single most exciting thing that happened at NDIA International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium 2008--away from the firing range, of course--was a confrontation between Jim Battaglini (Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James R. Battaglini) of Colt Defense and U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Mattes, the director of the Comparative Test Office for the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts, while Col. Mattes was giving a speech and promoting the idea of an open competition to determine the best infantry/assault carbine that can be supplied to U.S. military infantry warfighters. Specifically, the purpose...