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  • Darpa's Self-Aiming "One Shot" Sniper Rifle Scheduled for Next Year

    10/10/2010 9:34:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 10/01/2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    A sniper crouches near an open window and zooms in on his target, who sits a half-mile away. He peers through a scope and holds his breath, preparing to squeeze the trigger. But it’s windy outside, and he can't afford a miss. What to do? A new DARPA-funded electro-optical system will calculate the ballistics for him, telling him where to aim and ensuring a perfect shot, no matter the weather conditions. Lockheed Martin won a $6.9 million contract this week for the second phase of DARPA’s One-Shot system, which will provide direct observations of a target, measure every variable that...
  • U.S. Army Upgrades To .300 Winchester Magnum

    10/08/2010 10:07:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 50 replies · 2+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/7/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army has ordered 3,600 upgrade kits for its M24 bolt-action sniper rifles, which will convert them to the M24E1. This will turn the existing 7.62mm M24 rifles into ones capable of firing the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67) round. This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The conversion will take five years and will cost about $7,800 per rifle. Last year, the army ordered 38.4 million rounds of .300 Winchester...
  • The American Rifleman in the Revolutionary War

    09/04/2010 5:07:20 PM PDT · by Palter · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The New American ^ | 03 Sep 2010 | Roger D. McGrath
    “When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.” — George Mason of Virginia, 1788 Our Founding Fathers were absolutely adamant about the right of the people to keep and bear arms. They were students of history and understood that from classical antiquity forward, an armed citizenry was essential to the preservation...
  • Appleseed Project will be on Fox and Friends this Monday

    08/27/2010 10:44:07 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    Appleseed Project ^ | 8/27/10 | Appleseed
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION TO DISCUSS PROJECT APPLESEED ON FOX & FRIENDS Ramseur, NC - 27 August 2010 – Tune in to Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel this August 30th, 2010 during the 8:00 a.m. ET hour to hear an engaging success story about how the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA) is teaching early American history and rifle marksmanship through a nationwide, all-volunteer program called Project Appleseed. Times may vary. Please check your local listings. Since its inception in 2006, the RWVA has doubled the number of Appleseed clinics and attendees served each year....
  • Edgefield teenager stares down burglar using rifle (SC)

    08/07/2010 4:59:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    wrdw.com ^ | 5 August, 2010 | Melissa Tune
    A burglar targeted a home in Edgefield County. He got in, but he didn't stay long, thanks to a quick-thinking 13-year-old boy determined to protect himself and his brother.
  • 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...
  • Corps Set to Field SAW Replacement

    07/01/2010 10:04:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies
    Military.com ^ | 7/01/2010 | Matthew Cox
    The Marine Corps will field its new, lightweight auto rifle this fall to five combat battalions preparing for war-zone deployments. Commandant Gen. James T. Conway gave Corps officials the green light in April to issue approximately 450 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles, enough to replace every M249 squad automatic weapon in four infantry battalions and one light armored reconnaissance battalion. The limited fielding is a final test to find out if the Heckler & Koch-made weapon performs as well in an operational environment as it has in testing, said Charles Clark III, who oversees infantry weapons requirements at the Corps' Combat...
  • Spec Ops Command Cancels New Rifle

    06/25/2010 4:39:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 86 replies
    Military.com ^ | 6/25/2010 | Christian Lowe
    In a surprising reversal that follows years of effort to design a one-of-a-kind commando rifle, the U.S. military's Special Operations Command has abruptly decided to abandon the new SOCOM Combat Assault rifle – the "SCAR," as the rifle is commonly known – in favor of previously-fielded carbines. Details provided exclusively to Military.com reveal that SOCOM, the Tampa-based command that oversees the training and equipping of SEALs, Green Berets, Air Force Special Tactics Teams and Marine SOC groups, will stop purchasing the 5.56 mm Mk-16 Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle and might require all units who now have them to...
  • 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...
  • USA Fielding M110 7.62mm Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle

    06/09/2010 9:10:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 99 replies · 491+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 6/9/2010 | Defense Industry Daily
    In this war, snipers matter in close-quarters urban fights. So does penetrating power. Accurate ranged lethality is equally important for squads in open areas, where engagement distances can easily make 5.56mm rounds ineffective. Bolt-action sniper rifles solve these problems, but can get your best people killed in close-up automatic firefights. Semi-automatic weapons have traditionally been less reliable and accurate, but offer the only reasonable approach that covers both extremes. The result has been the emergence of a hybrid approach, on both a people level and a technical level. On the human end, militaries like the Americans and British are adopting...
  • California Assembly approves bill to expand rifle record-keeping

    06/04/2010 5:19:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies · 608+ views
    fresnobee.com ^ | 4 June, 2010 | Jim Sanders
    California would keep a permanent record of anyone buying a shotgun or rifle under legislation passed Thursday by the Assembly. The measure would expand state law by adding long-gun buyers to a state Justice Department database that currently can identify only handgun purchasers. Opponents contend the bill is the latest in a long line of bureaucratic hurdles designed to discourage gun ownership. "It's none of government's flippin' business what guns I own, or why I own them," said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. But supporters of Assembly Bill 1810 claim it will help police officers track...
  • Tourist nets 300-year-old rifle while on lobster hunt

    06/01/2010 12:35:35 PM PDT · by Palter · 27 replies · 1,646+ views
    This is Staffordshire ^ | 01 June 2010 | This is Staffordshire
    Holidaymaker John Anderson has uncovered what is believed to be a 300-year-old rifle – while hunting for lobsters. The 55-year-old, below, was snorkelling off the south coast of St Lucia in the Caribbean when he spotted a large rock with a hole beneath it at a depth of about two metres. Thinking it looked like the ideal hiding place for some juicy lobsters, John dived down and grabbed on to what looked like "a piece of rock" on the seabed to hold him underwater. But to his astonishment, the object began to move and John, who has an interest in...
  • A Video Gun Sight That Keeps Soldiers Out of Danger

    05/27/2010 10:09:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 682+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 5/24/2010 | Nicole Dyer
    The Rolling Green hills of Sonora, California, no longer lure prospectors with the promise of gold, but for Matthew Hagerty the draw is just as powerful: They’re a secluded hideaway ideal for perfecting his military invention, called SmartSight. Ten years in the making, SmartSight is a gun-cam system that allows a soldier to see around corners and shoot targets without putting himself in the line of fire. It consists of a wireless video camera mounted to the rail of an M4 or .308 SOCOM carbine, a small computer worn on a military vest, and a thumbnail-size color head-up display affixed...
  • 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...
  • Smaller Bullet Gets The Longer Shot

    05/23/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,847+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/17/2010 | James Dinnigan
    It was recently revealed that, last November, a British sniper (corporal Craig Harrison) set a new distance record when he killed two Taliban in Afghanistan, at a range of 2,620 meters (8,596 feet). He did this with a L115A3 rifle firing the 8.6mm Lapua Magnum round. The previous record was held by a Canadian soldier, corporal Rob Furlong, who dropped an al Qaeda gunman at 2,573 meters (7,972 feet) in 2002, also in Afghanistan. Furlong, however, was using a 12.7mm (.50 caliber) rifle. These weapons are good at 2,000 meters or more, but weigh twice as much as the 6.8...
  • Top 10 Snipers in History

    05/18/2010 9:41:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,383+ views
    joetravolta ^ | 11/13/2009 | joetravolta
    It was night and low visibility, but I saw a guy with an AK-47 lit up by the porch light in a doorway about 400 meters away. I watched him through the sights. He looked like just another Iraqi. I hit him low in the stomach and dropped him.’ – Specialist James Wilks, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas. Concealment is key to becoming a great sniper. Highly trained marksmen who can shoot accurately from incredible distances with specialized training in high-precision rifles. In addition, they are trained in camouflage, field craft, infiltration, reconnaissance and observation, making them perhaps the most...
  • The U.S. Sniper's More Accurate, Quieter Rifle

    05/02/2010 2:03:44 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 4,499+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 4/30/2010 | By Roxana Tiron
    Recognizing the differences between conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is now selecting a contractor to upgrade the 22-year-old Remington bolt-action rifle to become a more effective killing machine. The Army will pour about $5.6 million into upgrades to the M24, with the new gear expected to be delivered to troops by this fall. The M24's barrel is being modified to shoot heavier .300 Winchester Magnum rounds, instead of the 7.62mm NATO ammunition, which should extend the rifle's maximum effective range by hundreds of yards to a maximum of about 1400 yards. The suppressor will reduce the noise and...
  • Hayward men get six months for BB gun hate-crime shooting (Muslims go on Rampage with BB gun)

    04/26/2010 12:51:35 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 53 replies · 1,595+ views
    http://www.insidebayarea.com ^ | 04/22/2010 | By Eric Kurhi
    SAN FRANCISCO — Three Hayward cousins have pleaded guilty to shooting a man in the face with a BB gun because they thought he was gay, and were sentenced to six months in jail. Mohammad Habibzada, 24, Shafiq Hashemi, 21, and Sayed Bassam, 21, also will be on probation for three years and must complete as much as 400 hours of community service, including 40 hours of hate-crime sensitivity training, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Police said the men went to San Francisco on Feb. 26 armed with an air rifle and video camera, targeting people who...