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Videos and Photos of Army Special Ops, Navy SEALs, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard in Action – Shock and Awe – Military.com

Posted by Gunner on May 12, 2008

Now this is an interesting new submachine gun from MagPul!The Magpul® Folding Machine Gun (FMG9™) is a rapidly-deployable, ultra-concealable personal defense
weapon currently in development for military, law-enforcement and private security operators. It is
designed to offer maximum firepower and control in a compact and discreet package.

The non-firing prototype was unveiled during the 2008 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV and features a
streamlined polymer casing, ready-to-fire push-button deployment, Glock® 17 slide assembly, capability
to accept up to 31-round Glock® 18 magazines (in the folded position), top Picatinny (MIL-STD-1913A)
rail and a detachable carrying handle with light shield. An Insight Technologies tactical light was
mounted on the prototype. Additional space allows for an auto-sear to be installed for qualified users.

The FMG9™ is currently a conceptual prototype. No determination of production of the system has
been finalized. If the weapon were to be produced it would be regulated by the National Firearms Act
of 1934. The semi-automatic version would most likely be classified as a Short-Barreled Rifle (SBR) or
Any-Other Weapon (AOW) depending on an evaluation from the ATF Firearms Technology Branch. This
would require a registered transfer only to qualified individuals. Fully-automatic versions would be
classified as a post ’86 Machine-Gun (MG) and would not be available to individuals other than Class 3
dealers, military and law enforcement personnel.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from shock.military.com posted with vodpod

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The Masada To Replace The M4?

Posted by Gunner on April 21, 2008

New Combat Rifle Enters the Fray

There’s been a lot of debate recently about the whole issue of small arms, particularly with the effectiveness of the Colt M4 carbine. The Army’s reliability study demonstrated that if well lubed, the M4 performs largely without fight-ending stoppage. But there’s continued argument over the knock-down power of the 5.56mm round, the reliability of the M4 if constant care isn’t possible and on the whole issue of whether or not there’s a better operating system out there.

The debate is just reaching a critical point, with the Army recently caving to pressure from Capitol Hill and agreeing to hold a “sandstorm test” between its M4 and a couple other carbines that fire on a different operating system many say is more reliable. With the end-strength increase in the Army and Marine Corps and the overall focus of budget attention on land forces, momentum may be building to issue a new infantry rifle as the Army and Marine Corps build new brigade combat teams and infantry battalions.

There’s no one in the DoD officially saying this yet, but a lot more people in high places are asking previously taboo questions on whether it’s time to throw the stoner design to the side.

We’ve already taken a look at three of the most popular competitors to the M4: the XM8, the H&K 416 and the FN SCAR – or Mk-17 and Mk-16. Well, a buddy passed along another interesting entrant into the “new carbine” world (that’s not to say there aren’t others out there, but this one’s the new kid on the block) which seems to meld all the best aspects of the previous three rifles into one.

Made by Longmont, Colorado-based Magpul Industries Corp., the Masada does have that “first person shooter” gamer nerd look to it. But look at the specs and it seems the Masada has some interesting aspects that would make operators give it a second look. One thing I noticed was the two interchangeable lowers – one for 5.56mm, the other for AK-47 7.62×39 ammo. So for shooters “going native” in the AO, this could be the ticket – of course, as long as you have a compatible barrel.

The rest of the specs look pretty standard, but it’d be interesting to get feedback from DT readers on some of the more deeply technical stuff. Take a look at the brochure and see what you think.

There are also a couple of cool videos of the weapon being test fired.

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