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[*] posted on 30-3-2018 at 10:31 PM


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Yup!


Apparently the only thing SiG needs to do, is sign a local assembly / support contract with Lithgow small arms.

Won’t even have to compete then...




In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 23-4-2018 at 04:01 PM


Danish Armed Forces Selects SIG P320 X-Carry

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Danish Armed Forces adopt Sig P320 X-Carry

As reported last year by our own Matthew Moss, the Danish Army began trials in 2017 to replace the Sig P210 which had been in use for over 70 years. Four handguns were being tested: the Canik’s TP9 and TP9SF, Glock’s 17 and 19, SIG Sauer’s P320 full size and compact (which have been adopted by the US Army as the M17 and M18) and Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 2.0 and 2.0 Compact.

Recently, the Danish Armed Forces announced that the Sig P320 X-Carry had been selected to replace the aging P210. The guns were tested by experts from Direct Shooting Weapons (DSV) at HKIC. via drop test, penetration test and precision test.

Additional tests consisted of malfunction tests, precision tests, shooting in the dark and field trajectory.

While the Canik TP9SF ran a close second, the ultimate choice was Sig Sauer’s P320 X-Carry

Sig Sauer P320 X-Carry Configuration

According to the Danish Armed Forces’ website:

The P320 will be supplied in two versions, a standard and a concealed carry version. These will replace all pistols in the Armed Forces, such as the M / 49 which would only carry 8 rounds compated to the 21 rounds of the P320.

Fielding has begun and the new pistol is expected to be full fielded to all units by the end of 2019 with new equipment training to be completed by the Commonwealth Defense Command (VFK).

This video from the Danish Defense’s YouTube Channel depicts the testing.

Prior to implementation, there will be training of both selected weapons mechanics and of shooting instructors. The plan for disbursement of the new gun will be prepared by Joint Defense Command (KSC). Detailed plans for which units will be first to receive the new gun will be compiled at a later date.

The Sig Sauer P320 is expected to be delivered to all units at the end of 2019.
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[*] posted on 23-4-2018 at 07:27 PM


Hmm, Glock lost again



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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 01:23 PM


US Navy & Air Force Order the XM18 Compact MHS

Posted 1 min ago in Daily News, Defense, Pistols by Matthew Moss



The US Navy and Air Force have confirmed their adoption of the compact variant of the US Army’s new pistol, the Modular Handgun System.

Last month the US Navy confirmed the procurement of 60,000 XM18 MHS pistols, the compact variant of the SIG pistol. The Navy will replace its Beretta M9s and SIG Sauer M11 pistols with the new sidearm. Navy spokesman Ben Anderson confirmed to Military.com that the “money has been allocated for contracting this year, with delivery to the Navy to commence in FY19.”

At the same time the US Air Force has also confirmed that it will adopt the XM17 / XM18 Modular Handgun System to replace its existing inventory of ageing Beretta M9 pistols. An Air Force spokesperson, Laura McAndrews explained that the Air Force has “started the procurement process and plan to buy approximately 130,000 weapons.”


SIG Sauer Compact M18 (SIG Sauer)

Both the Navy and the Air Force were joint partners in the Army’s Modular Handgun System Program and had input into the evaluations. McAndrews explained that “as a joint partner in this endeavor, we determined the [X]M18 MHS, the compact version, will best meet the Air Force mission needs, and selected it as the standard handgun for all Air Force users.”

This means that both services will be procuring the M18 compact variant of the Modular Handgun System rather than the Army’s full size M17. The M18 has a shorter slide and a 3.9” or 9.9 cm long barrel and, like the M17 can feed from 17-round standard magazines or 21-round extended magazines.

The last service to confirm its adoption of the Modular Handgun System was the USMC who recent confirmed that they have budgeted over $6 million for 35,000 Modular Handgun System pistols. The Marine Corps, however, have not yet confirmed if they, like the Navy and Air Force will prefer the smaller, more compact M18.
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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 01:26 PM


USMC Explains Modular Handgun Choice

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The new XM17 (MHS) in action at Range 29 Ft. Bragg (U.S. Army/Lewis Perkins)

The commander of the Marine Corps Systems Command has explained why the Corps is going to adopt the Army’s M17/M18 Modular Handgun System.

Speaking at the recent Sea-Air-Space exposition, held at National Harbor, Maryland, Brigadier General Joseph Shrader, the commander of Marine Corps Systems Command, told Military.com why the Corps would adopt the Modular Handgun System already adopted by the Army:

Frankly we have been asked by Congress to do that — if the Army is going to go one way with something, the Marine Corps should have a good reason not to go the same way.

Back in March it emerged that the Marine Corps would be adopting the pistol selected by the Army to replace the M9.

According to their 2019 Fiscal Year Budget Estimates Justification Book the USMC has budgeted over $6 million for 35,000 Modular Handgun System pistols.

The Corps’ 2019 Budget Estimates justified the adoption of the new pistol, stating:

The Modular Handgun System will be purchased to replace the legacy M9, M9A1, M45A1, and M007 pistols with a more affordable and efficient pistol for maintenance. The MHS also provides modularity and greater shooter ergonomics over the current models which will allow for more accurate fire for military personnel of different sizes.

The Corps’ position essentially boils down to money, Shrader continued:

In a lot of our decisions, one of the things that really factors into the calculus very strongly is, what’s the Army doing, and does it make sense for the Marine Corps to go that way with them. Or are there enough compelling reasons — operational, business, all those things we look at — that we stay our own path.

The next major question for the Corps is whether to adopt the full sized M17 or the compact M18, Shrader explained: “I know that we are looking at the compact version, I just don’t know whether they have made that decision.”

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‘Marine Leaders Explain Corps’ Decision to Buy Army’s New Pistol’, Military.com, retrieved 24/04/18, from source
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[*] posted on 5-5-2018 at 07:27 PM


Gun-maker Beretta says it’s found the ‘key to penetrating markets’

By: Tom Kington   14 hours ago


A 9mm case is ejected from the chamber of a Beretta M9 during a qualifying exercise for the U.S. Army's 139th Military Police Company on Sept. 29, 2015, in Fort Stewart, Ga. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

ROME ― Italian gun-maker Beretta is eyeing a new technology transfer deal with Argentina after concluding a similar deal with Qatar, claiming handing over technology to allow international customers to build their own guns is the future.

The firm is looking at transferring technology to Argentinian state manufacturer Fabricaciones Militares for the production of handguns and assault rifles, said Carlo Ferlito, vice president of Beretta Defense Technologies.

“This will happen increasingly — it is key to penetrating markets,” he said. “All customers want control of supply.”
Beretta is now looking at future deals to transfer technology to international clients in Africa and Asia, he said.

In March, Beretta signed with Qatar to create a joint venture based there with the country’s Ministry of Defence to produce its ARX160 and ARX200 assault rifles, as well as its 92A1 pistol for Qatar government use.

Under the deal, Beretta will hold a minority stake in the joint venture, which will receive technology transfer from Beretta Holding Group and will build a manufacturing facility in Doha.

Ferlito did not reveal the order that was involved in the deal.

“The first transfer of technology is complete, and Qatar will have total independence in six years,” he said.

The firm has previously struck a deal for partial technology transfer with Egypt for the local production of its Px4 pistol.
Turning to the U.S. market, Ferlito said the firm was viewing pending competitions.

“Everyone talks about the next-generation squad assault weapon, and we are looking into the program,” he said. “We have ideas about what we would offer. It will be challenging in terms of lethality, recoil reduction and weight.”

Ferlito praised Beretta’s M9 pistol, which was in service with the U.S. Army for three decades before being replaced last year by the Sig Sauer XM17 Modular Handgun System.

“There has been a lot of confusion about the M9,” he said. “It was criticized for its ammunition, not the gun itself. We proved that to the customer, and we are still delivering to the U.S. Army on the previous contracts, and we are passing tests showing it is incredibly reliable.”

Ferlito said the M9 era was not over. “It has [a] lot to say, and the latest modifications make it very interesting for a lot of armies around the world. Having said that, this is the year of polymer, and the customer wants polymer,” he said.

“The U.S. chose the cheapest option, not the best performing option, because they chose to stop the tests before their completion because of the offer they received,” he said.

Turning back to the next-generation squad assault weapon, he added: “I hope they will stick to requirement and not turn to the cheapest offer as they did with the Modular Handgun System.”
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[*] posted on 27-7-2018 at 10:02 AM


CMMG Unveils Ultra-Compact AR Pistols in FN 5.7mm


CMMG’s new Mk57 Banshee AR pistol chambered for FN 5.7x28mm. (Photo: CMMG)

Military.com 26 Jul 2018 By Matthew Cox

CMMG recently unveiled a new line of super-compact AR15 style pistols and short-barreled rifles chambered in FN 5.7x28mm.

The 5.7x28mm round was designed by FN Herstal with the intention of replacing the 9mm for military and law enforcement usage. While the caliber has been adopted by several agencies throughout the world, its real success came with its entry into the civilian market in the early 2000's, according to CMMG. The 5.7 is used in FN's Five-seven and FN PS90 carbine.

"The 5.7 is an intriguing round that is perhaps best known for its relatively lightweight bullet design and impressive velocities, Chris Reinkemeyer, CEO of CMMG, said in a recent press release announcing the company's new Mk57 5-inched Banshee models and eight-inch barreled PSB.

"From an engineering perspective, we were excited to pair the 5.7 with our Radial Delayed Blowback system. I think it's safe to say that this combination makes the Mk57 one of the lightest recoiling pistol caliber carbines on the market."

CMMG's Radial Delayed Blowback operating system is designed to minimize felt recoil, the release states. It features rotating bolt that requires the recoil impulse of a round being fired in order to unlock.

As each round is fired, a portion of the rearward force is exhausted in unlocking the bolt prior to driving the carrier rearward and cycling the action. With less rearward force to compensate for, CMMG is able to use a lighter carrier and buffer than a standard blowback design would allow, thus reducing the overall reciprocating mass, the release states.

The Mk57 Banshee 5.7x28mm has a five-inch barrel and comes as either an SBR or an AR pistol. The SBR version is sold with Magpul Moe vertical foregrip and features CMMG's new RipStock, the release states. The Ripstock allows users to quickly deploy the stock to an extended position without having to actuate a release lever. It also has five set-screw positions that allow users to customize the length of extension to the best fit.

The AR pistol versions come with a Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod2 brace that allows users to easily extend/collapse the brace with the press of a button.

The Mk57 PSB pistol features an eight-inch barrel and a KAK Shockwave Brace. It also sports a CMMG RML7 M-LOK hand guard and CMMG A2 Compensator.

Each model in the new Mk57 line is fed from FN 5.7 pistol magazines. They retail from $1,350 to $1,550.

Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.
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[*] posted on 27-7-2018 at 10:33 AM


I’ve got a mate with exceedingly deep pockets who is trying to get a precedent set within Qld Weapons Licencing (or ordered to by Qld Civil and Administrative Review Tribunal) to allow those style of AR ‘pistols’ under existing Category H so long as they are fitted with compliant 10 round mags and no buttstock...

We’ll see...




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[*] posted on 27-7-2018 at 10:08 PM


Good luck with that.......:no:
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[*] posted on 10-8-2018 at 04:00 PM


Army Taps ADS to Deliver Holster for New Service Pistol


The U.S. Army has selected Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., to supply the base-model holsters, made by Safariland Group, for the service’s new Modular Handgun System. (Matthew Cox/Military.com)

Military.com 6 Aug 2018 By Matthew Cox

The U.S. Army has awarded a $49 million contract to Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. to supply the base-model holsters for the service's new Modular Handgun System (MHS).

ADS, a large military equipment supplier in Virginia Beach, beat out five other bids to supply the Modular Handgun Holster (MHH) for the M17 and M18 versions of MHS, according to a July 30 contract award announcement posted on Defense.gov.

The competing firms were not named in the award notice.

The Army confirmed that ADS will supply the same Safariland Group holster that Program Executive Office Soldier unveiled last December, according to Debra Dawson, spokeswoman for PEO Soldier.

The tan-colored holster features a dual locking system that can be released with the shooter's firing hand thumb.

The Army also plans to field a light-compatible holster in the future that will allow soldiers in infantry and other direct-action units to carry the MHS with a weapon light mounted on the pistol's accessory rail.

"In its initial configuration, the MHH design holster will hold an M17/M18 handgun only. When the Army selects a light, the vendor producing the MHH will be responsible to also produce a holster that accommodates an M17 (and M18) with a light attached to the handgun," Dawson said in a statement.

So far, the Army has identified pistol lights equipped with infrared aiming lasers made by LaserMax Defense and Streamlight that meet its requirements.

The service intends to have soldiers from operational units evaluate both light models. If all goes well, it would then assign each light model with a national stock number so unit commanders could purchase them with unit funds, Army officials said.

ADS is expected to complete delivery of the base model Modular Handgun Holster by July 29, 2023, the award notice states. The Army intends to field about 238,000 MHS pistols.

The Army awarded Sig Sauer the MHS contract, worth up to $580 million, in January 2017 after the firm beat out Glock Inc., FN America and Beretta USA, maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol, to find a replacement for the Cold War-era M9.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.
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[*] posted on 21-8-2018 at 01:54 PM


Aquaterro and Sig Sauer sign small arms agreement

21 August 2018



Sig Sauer and Melbourne-based Aquaterro have announced an agreement to manufacture, assemble, upgrade, and support small arms platforms and capability systems for the duration of the capability life cycle.

The agreement means that the ADF will be able to access modular, integrated firearms solutions with the aim of delivering small arms overmatch to soldiers.

Aquaterro is a current contract holder and provider to Land 125 and Land 53, and is the sole provider of systems and lifecycle support for Sig Sauer small arms integrated weapons to all Australian agencies.

The company aims to expand its strategic partnership with Sig Sauer through a purpose-built facility due to open next year, which will accomodate an expanded workforce in southeast Melbourne. In a statement, Aquaterro said the expansion will allow the company to offer turn-key, vertically integrated capability solutions for the capabilities sought by Land 159, Land 4108, and Land 1508.

A number of Sig Sauer small arms are in use around the world.

In 2017, the US Army’s Modular Handgun System chose the Sig Sauer P320-based M17. In 2018 the P320 X-Carry was selected by the Danish Ministry of Defence as their standard service pistol covering the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command.

Sig Sauer is currently competing for the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle program that is intended to replace the M249 Minimi.

Keep an eye out for the September edition of ADM for further updates on small arms programs.

Read more at http://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/aquaterro-and-sig-s...
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[*] posted on 21-8-2018 at 11:25 PM


So they are positioning for the ADF pistol project I assume with SiG’s - MHS?

Excellent...




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[*] posted on 21-8-2018 at 11:27 PM


I reckon................they are achieving a near 90 to 95% success rate in the USA between military, Army and USMC, and various Police and Federal law enforcement departments...............
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More on this.............

SIG SAUER and Aquaterro Announce Landmark Small Arms Agreement for Australia

August 21st, 2018



SIG SAUER, Inc. of Newington, NH, USA, and Aquaterro of Melbourne, VIC, Australia; have announced an agreement to manufacture, assemble, upgrade, and support of small arms platforms and capability systems for the duration of the Capability Life Cycle. This landmark agreement is a demonstration of commitment by both SIG SAUER and Aquaterro to the Australian Defence Force. For the first time, the Australian Defence Force will be able to access the best, modular, integrated firearms solutions quickly, delivering small arms overmatch to Australia’s future soldiers, sailors, and airmen.

SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, and law enforcement.

In 2017 SIG SAUER was chosen for the highly coveted U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System with the P320-based M17.

This contract, worth $580 million U.S. Dollars (AUD $800m) was awarded to the P320-M17 for its unrivaled modularity, unmatched capability, and indisputable quality, and cemented the P320-M17 into the historical record of the world’s most innovative firearms. In 2018 the P320 X-Carry was selected by the Danish Ministry of Defence as their standard service pistol covering the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command as it outperformed the competition throughout their rigorous and stringent testing process.

The SIG MCX and MPX rifle platforms are the most sought after, modular, close quarters/PDW and urban tactical rifles in the world today. In July 2018 the SIG MCX Virtus Rifle System was awarded the Suppressed Upper Receiver Group (SURG) award by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for the existing M4A1 Carbine. The MCX SURG System will upgrade, and optimize military weapons for continuous, suppressed use on the battlefield. SIG SAUER is currently competing for the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle program that is intended to replace the M249 Minimi.

Aquaterro is the leading provider of operational, tactical, and safety equipment to government, military, and commercial end users in Australia and the Australasian Region. Aquaterro is a current contract holder and provider to Land 125 and Land 53 and the exclusive provider of systems and lifecycle support for SIG SAUER small arms integrated weapons to all Australian agencies.

The strategic partnership between SIG SAUER and Aquaterro will be further enhanced by Aquaterro’s new purpose-built facility (due to open in Q1 2019), and expanded highly-skilled workforce in South Eastern Melbourne. This expansion enables Aquaterro to offer turn-key, vertically integrated capability solutions for the Capability Streams sought by Land 159, Land 4108, and Land 1508, ensuring a qualitative edge to Australia’s warfighters.
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[*] posted on 22-8-2018 at 11:08 AM


NIOA Trading’s bottom lip will be quivering a bit...



In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 11-12-2018 at 10:24 PM


Polish Army Adopts RA-15 Pistol

Posted 1 min ago in Daily News, MIL/LE, Pistols by Matthew Moss with 21 Comments


PR-15 RAGUN - now the Vz.100 (FB Radom)

The Polish Army has announced that it will adopt Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” Radom’s pistol, the RA-15, as its new semi-automatic service pistol. The contract for 20,000 pistols was signed on 4th December ordering the new pistols for the Polish Army, Navy, Air Force and Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej (Territorial Forces).

Way back in November 2017, FB Radom announced that development on the RA-15 (Ragun) had ceased and the product was ready for mass production. Testing and evaluation with the Polish Army began in April with an initial order for 6,500 pistols – most of which went to the Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej.


FB Radom’s Vz.100 (FB Radom)

The RA-15 has been in development since 2009 and is a refinement of the FB MAG-98. It feeds from a 15 round magazine and FB Radom list the aluminium alloy-framed pistol as weighing 695g (1.5lb) unloaded – significantly lighter than the MAG-98, with a 4.3-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.7 inches The MAG-98 was not adopted by the Polish Army, who instead chose the Prexer WIST-94. The new pistol will replace the WIST-94 in service.

2018 is the anniversary of the regaining of Polish Independence in 1918, as such the new pistol has been designated the Vis 100 – a nod back to the famous Radom wz.35 Vis pistol. Last month FB Radom announced the limited run of a special edition wz.35 Vis pistols to commemorate the centennial of independence. First delivery of the new Vis 100 pistols is due in the second half of 2019.
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