Posts Tagged m4

The History of the M16

From Tactical Life:

Eugene Stoner was, by all objective, accounts a visionary. As a speculative venture while working for the Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Corporation in California in the mid-1950s, he designed the earliest iteration of what would eventually become the M16.

Applying aluminum casting technology and advanced polymer science perfected for the aircraft industry in World War II, Stoner designed an elegant, lightweight rifle that rethought what it meant to be a military weapon. Where everybody else in the world used Parkerized steel and walnut, Stoner used aluminum and plastic.

 

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Army Seeking New M4

From Military.com:

“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 must then install on/interface with stock M4A1 Carbines.”

 

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Aimpoint Carbine Optic

Aimpoint has launched a new cheaper option for he AR15/M4 family.

Press Release:

Chantilly, VA, October 20, 2014 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader
in electronic red dot sighting technology, has announced the introduction of a new
sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15. This new
product, known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), expands upon the company’s
already proven designs and focuses these features into a high quality, entry priced
optic.
This new sight was developed with the modern sporting rifle owner in mind, and
the ACO is ready to mount and shoot directly out of the box. A full suite of branded
accessories, such as front and rear flip covers, an anti-reflection filter, and spare
battery holders are available from dealers, and allow users to customize the sight to
fit their specific requirements. The ACO pairs a 30mm aluminum alloy sight tube with
an extremely rugged fixed height mount designed to provide absolute co-witness
with AR-15 backup iron sights. A two minute of angle (2 MOA) red dot is utilized to
allow maximum target acquisition speed and accuracy at all distances. The ACO is
completely waterproof, and offers one year of constant-on use from a single 1/3N
battery.
“The Aimpoint Carbine Optic is the smart choice for today’s modern sporting rifle
owner,” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “By choosing this optic,
shooters get a premium Aimpoint sight at an extremely friendly price point. If you
own an AR-15 rifle, the ACO is exactly what you need to complete the package.”
The Aimpoint Carbine Optic has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $393,
and will be available from Aimpoint dealers in mid-to late October. For more
information on Aimpoint and the new ACO, visit the company’s website at:
www.aimpoint.com or contact:

Kristi Drawe
Aimpoint, Inc.
Phone: (703) 263-9795 ext 226
Kristi.Drawe@aimpoint.com

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SWAT May 2014

Articles:

Sphinx Arms SDP Compact

Ten Survival Preps Under $20

Barrett Optical Ranging Scope

AR500 Body Armor

M4 or MP5?

sway_may14

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Travis Haley Talks 300 Blackout

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Paul Howe – Shooting Steel, follow through and cover.

Tips from MSG Paul Howe USA (Ret)

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Paul Howe – Rifle Loading Procedures

Tips from MSG Paul Howe USA (Ret)

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Paul Howe – Over Aggressive Magwell Hold

Tips from MSG Paul Howe USA (Ret) – CSAT

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Daniel Defense 300BLK M4

Daniel Defense has announced that they will be producing an M4 in 300BLK this year.

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Military Bureaucracy Killed the XM8

This is a special report from Military Times:

Fielding new boots and long underwear was one thing. replacing the 40-year-old M16 family would prove to be a far tougher fight.

DoD and Army documents obtained by Army Times reveal that conflicts among the Army commands that must sign off on weapons development doomed the XM8 to fail before testers fired a round from the first prototype.

Individuals with intimate knowledge of the failed effort paint a picture of an ambitious crusade against an unbending requirements-and-acquisition system — a behemoth many blame for an atmosphere that places a low priority on what has always been the soldier’s most valued possession — the rifle.

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Convertible Tactical Sling by Tactical Link

http://www.TacticalLink.com – We design and manufacturer top quality weapon accessories for the AR 15 / M4 rifles such as tactical slings, sling mounts, Battery Assist Lever, and other AR 15 accessories.

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Do U.S. armed forces have the best guns money can buy?

“The platoon-sized unit of U.S. soldiers and about two dozen Afghan troops was shooting back with such intensity the barrels on their weapons turned white hot. The high rate of fire appears to have put a number of weapons out of commission, even though the guns are tested and built to operate in extreme conditions.”

“In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips’ M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base. The machine gun he grabbed after tossing the rifle aside didn’t work either…

Just what did happen in Wanat, the firefight in Afghanistan in the summer of 2008 that left nine American soldiers dead?

…”My weapon was overheating,” McKaig said, according to Cubbison’s report. “I had shot about 12 magazines by this point already and it had only been about a half hour or so into the fight. I couldn’t charge my weapon and put another round in because it was too hot, so I got mad and threw my weapon down.”

When the battle in the small village of Wanat ended, nine U.S. soldiers lay dead and 27 more were wounded. A detailed study of the attack by a military historian found that weapons failed repeatedly at a “critical moment” during the firefight on July 13, 2008, putting the outnumbered American troops at risk of being overrun by nearly 200 insurgents…”

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ANA Special Forces

Afghanistan National Army Special Forces soldier looks down his sights to fire his M-4 Carbine rifle accurately at his target at Forward Operating Base Price, Afghanistan, Oct. 7. Weapon training is one of the many training elements the ANASF uses to keep skills sharp. The ANASF practiced tactical movements and firing with accuracy during their weapons training. Photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas

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Patrol near Checkpoint North in Helmand province

Lance Cpl. Dustin Thompson, a radio operator with Firepower Control Team Alpha, 1st Brigade Platoon, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, sits in an irrigation canal with Cpl. Tim Barney, a forward observer with FCT-A, during a patrol, Sept. 23, near Checkpoint North in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The patrol took the soldiers and Marines through fields of crops and through waist-high irrigation canals from the checkpoint down to another U.K. post known as Tapa Parang and back up to the checkpoint. Photo by Cpl. Aaron Rooks

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5th SBCT Troops Patrol Afghan West of FOB Ramrod Afghanistan

Spc. Lucas Yonkman of Alpha Troop, 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team inspects a digging device next to a large hole along with an Afghan national army service member. Photo by Sgt. Chris Florence

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