Wednesday, December 23, 2009
SPECIFICATIONS for 20-mm version :
Cartridge : 20x83.5 mm MG151.
Operation : manual bolt action.
Feed : 3-round box-type, detachable magazine.
Weight, empty : 26 , kg
Overall length :1,795 mm
Rifling : 1 full turn in 560 mm.
Length of barrel, mm:1,000
Muzzle velocity : 720 m/sec
Muzzle energy, : 28,500 Joule
Effective range : > 1,500 m
M4, FN Scar, HK416 & XM8
There are far more expensive weapons in the Pentagon's budget that carbine rifles, but none more important to tens of thousands of troops doing the fighting in Iraq and Afganistan.
For well over a decade, the military has relied on one company, Colt Defense of Hartford, Conn., to make M4 carbines that soldiers trust with their lives in combat. Now as Congress considers spending millions of more dollars on the guns, this exclusive arrangement is being sharply criticized as a bad deal for American forces and U.S. taxpayers.
Chek this link and explore the competing weapons and how they compare to the military's M4.
Monday, November 30, 2009
The sniper has been a common component to the battlefield since the rifle made its first appearance. The designs and capabilities of these weapon systems are similar and their abilities are further enhanced by the addition of specialized scopes, buttstock and bipod arrangements. However, the amount of training and experience separates the average sniper from the true marksman. This appendix describes the characteristics and capabilities of prevalent sniper weapon systems from around the world from the perspective of the US military. The sniper rifle has been a mainstay of the army for over a hundred years now. The sniper itself has become the ultimate assassin - a sort of modern-day "ninja' - capable of avoiding detection, making his way to within a few hundred yards of his target, dispatching said target and returning to his extraction point - all the while going days without contact, communications or a healthy dose of sleep and eats. Ultimately, it is the designated sniper's responsibility to remove a targeted threat in the form of a high ranking official, military officer or rogue enemy element from being an effective part of the modern battlefield. It gives precedence to the old adage of removing the head of the snake to cut off support to the rest of the enemy army.
Sniper rifles come in a powerful array of automatic and bolt-action styles and makes. Most are often modified with specialized telescopic sights and bipod systems, offering the very best in accuracy-inducing ergonomics. Sniper rifles have more recently been fielded in the highly-lethal .50 caliber round capable of penetrating engine blocks let alone human bodies covered in body armor. In addition to advanced in recoil, specialized ammunition and highly technical sights have also made their way into the hands of this very unique soldier. Though most usually have this image of a sniper working alone behind enemy lines, a sniper is only made better by the use of a spotter, following the target through his own scope and calling out adjustments in trajectory and windage as needed. This working in unison provides a most powerful - and lethally hidden - element to any war planner's playbook. Consequently, it does not take too much experience to be trained in being a sniper-type element on the opposite side. It then becomes a case of the hunter becoming the hunted.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
When we were kids we all wanted the guns we saw in the movies; now you can own them - safely.
Owning an airsoft rifle is the dream of every kid who just never really grew up. When we were kids we wanted the ultimate toy - a pellet gun that looked like what we saw in the movies. Airsoft rifles can fulfil that need - there's just something about them that turns grown men into kids all over again. Hundreds of thousands of airsoft owners all over the world can testify to this.
Airsoft rifles may look like toys to some people but when you pick one up you suddenly realize that they're anything but toys. They mimic the real thing so closely that most airsoft guns are now manufactured with an orange flash at the end of the gun barrel. Why? So that both police and army personnel can tell the difference between a real gun and an airsoft model! Although airsoft rifles may look and feel somewhat like the real thing that's where the similarity ends. Airsoft guns are non-lethal because they only fire a 6mm plastic pellet. These are available in variety of weights as well as in glow-in-the-dark and paintball variants and are ideal for tin can or home target shooting.
The neat thing about airsoft rifles are that you can own just about any rifle or assault rifle you can imagine - from the old Thomson submachinegun to the far more modern H&K G36 special ops assault weapon. You can buy a standard sighted rifle, sniper rifle, shotgun, sawn off shotgun, assault pistol and also standard carbines. Heck you can even own the Marine M-41A assault rifle from the Alien (TM) movies - it's a modifier kit for an M4 airsoft rifle but having this option is still incredible and a real bonus for the airsoft fans who also love sci-fi. Once you've picked the model you want you then need to choose what type of firing system the gun will have. Airsoft guns can be purchased in spring, gas and AEG (airsoft electric gun) variants with AEGs offering the highest firing rates and usually the highest pellet velocities. Certain spring powered airsoft rifles can outperform electric airsofts in single shot power however - so bear this in mind when you're buying your new gun. Spring powered are the cheapest, gas powered are next up from there and finally AEGs top the table in terms of cost (but also in terms of features and fun). Words can't really express the feeling of excitement you feel when you get your first airsoft gun. There's hours of fun target and tin can shooting ahead of you. Have fun with your gun and stay safe!
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Friday, November 6, 2009
SME Ordnance Sdn Bhd (SMEO) being the pioneer company of the defence in Malaysia is a subsidiary company of National Aerospace & Defence Industries Berhad (NADI) and was incorporated in Malaysia as a private limited company on 12 November 1969 under the name of Sharikat Malaysia Explosive (Sdn) Berhad and on 5 March 1993, SMEO assumed its present name. Principally, SMEO is involved in the manufacturer and supply of small, medium and large calibre ammunition and bombs, wood based products and engineering, plastic products and metal boxes. The products produced by SME Ordnance are in compliance to Military Standard which is accepted worldwide.
We pride ourselves with our achievement to obtain a license from Colt Defence LLC of United States to manufacture M4 Carbine Weapon in supporting the Malaysian Government decision to change the individual weapons currently used by the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF). It is expected that these weapons will not only used by MAF but also will attract other users such as Police, Coast Guard and other enforcement agencies.
With more than 30 years of experience in defence industry with specialized team of home grown experts, SMEO is pursuing its endeavor to broaden its product range to penetrate and to provide better support to the nation and international requirements.
As testament to its reputation as a reliable and quality driven defence manufacturer, SMEO was awarded with several internationally recognized accolades including 'the preferred supplier' of the guns and ammunition business of Royal Ordnance by British Aerospace (United Kingdom). SMEO has also been awarded with the MS ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems - Requirements by the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM).
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: The story below from Defensenews is self explanatory. I would like to say I told you so but I do not feel I had won anything. Malaysian Defence and its readers had since 2006 questioned the decision to adopt the M4/M16A4 as the standard Malaysian Army assault rifle and the story from DefenseNews vindicated our concerns. The US Army is to ditch the M4 soon and perhaps within two years, they will be equipped with new carbines and even rifles. It is most likely the rest of the US forces, Marines and others will follow the Big Green transition to the new weapon and ditch the Black Rifle. The Malaysian Army in the meantime, will be using the M4 and M16A4 for at least another 20 years or so. We already accepted some 14,000 rifles and if not for the economic downturn, we could have ordered another 30,000 or more of the Black Rifles.
By next year, the US will field its last batch of M4s and M16A4s , so we will have the dubious honour of fielding new Black Rifles in the foreseeable future. Of course, thousands of M4s will be available within the next two decades, but it will be funny isnt it if we were to start looking for a new rifle to replace the Black Rifle within the next few years so. At the same time, it will also be funny for the Malaysian Army to continue purchasing new M4s and M16A4s as the primary user had declared it redundant.
Also from the story below, it appears that SMEO had paid Colt LLC for nothing by acquiring the exclusive manufacturing rights in the country as the design rights of the M4 had been taken over by the US Army. Does this mean that SMEO now has to sign a new contract with the US Army and perhaps has to fork out extra payment to manufacture the M4 in-country now? I am not sure about that but when I found out I will report it here.
US Army Will Open Competition for Carbine - As Soon As Congress Passes Budget
Soldiers could have a new carbine by 2012, unless a Congressional budget impasse slows it down. The Army requested $9.9 million for fiscal 2010, money needed to start the solicitation process for a competition that stands to draw dozens of small arms companies waiting for the chance to unseat the M4 as the Army’s primary soldier weapon.
In July, the service took control of the design rights to the M4 carbine from its sole maker, Colt Defense LLC. The transition of ownership of the M4 technical data package marked the end of an era and Colt’s exclusive status as the only manufacturer of the M4 for the U.S. military for the past 15 years. The transfer of the licensing agreement also frees up the Army to give other companies a crack at a carbine contract. Last November, Army senior leadership announced the service’s intent to open a competition for a new carbine this fall. Then Army Secretary Pete Geren directed the Army’s Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Ga., to update the carbine requirement in preparation for a search for a replacement for the M4. At the same time, the Army is slated to finish fielding the last of its 473,000 M4 requirement some time next year.
Small-arms companies waiting for the chance to compete for the Army’s next carbine view Colt’s loss of the M4 TDP as a new beginning for the industry and for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.