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CMMG Revolution and M300 Rifles

CMMG announced several new products at the 2012 SHOT Show.  Aaron caught up with them and took a look at the new CMMG Revolution and CMMG M300 rifles.

Being from Missouri I had to stop by and check out the latest from CMMG.  At the CMMG booth, I talked with Larry Wayland who sells their rifles through his retail store, and works closely with the CMMG staff.

The explosion of the .300 Blackout cartridge focused my attention to the CMMG M300, but while there Larry also showed me a very interesting new development that CMMG has been playing with. It’s called the Revolution model upper receiver and hand guard. This is an innovative AR-platform concept and CMMG has the patents. In addition to the .300 Blackout rifles coming out, the Revolution system is offered on their standard 5.56mm rifles as well.

CMMG Revolution

REVOLUTION UPPERS

This new creation from CMMG allows for an ambidextrous upper receiver. Not in the traditional sense, but instead the receiver is milled to allow the same receiver to service a right-handed or a left-handed shooter. This innovation cuts an ejection port on both sides of the receiver. So the selected shooting configuration (right/left handed) has a bolt-on plate containing the ejection port and forward assist knob. The other side of the receiver has a bolted on plate covering that ejection port.

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Daniel Defense .300 BLK

Daniel Defense announced on their blog that they will bring an AR-platform carbine chambered for the .300 BLK to the market in 2012.  The new caliber will be found in the company’s M4 V5 carbine.

The .300 BLK, or .300 BLACKOUT, has gotten a lot of traction during the past year.  I’ve previously said that I expect we will see a lot of guns and ammunition at the 2012 SHOT Show introduced for this cartridge.

Daniel Defense M4 V5

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CMMG .300 BLK Rifles

CMMG AR15 300BLKI may be the last person to have heard, but CMMG is making AR-style rifles chambered for the .300 BLK cartridge.  (As it turns out, I was not.  I got an e-mail from a guy who had been stranded in the arctic for the past six months who had not heard about these rifles either.)

Essentially, there are four variants of the M300 Blackout rifle.  All four of the carbines have 16″ barrels with 1:8 twist and a six position M-4 style buttstock.  Two of the models have a flat top receiver, no sights and a mid-length quad-rail.

The other two CMMG M300 versions have the flat top receiver, A2 front sight, Magpul rear BUIS and the standard carbine length handguard (no rails).

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300 BLK Ammo from PNW Arms

300 BLK AmmoIt seems that more and more people are making ammunition, guns and uppers for the 300 BLK (aka 300 BLACKOUT) cartridge.  The latest that I have found (via the AAC Blog) are the loads from PNW Arms.

PNW Arms manufactures high quality ammunition for handguns, subguns and rifles.  They are currently offering three loadings in 300 BLK:  a hunting load, a match cartridge and a subsonic round.

The hunting load uses a Nosler 125 grain ballistic tip bullet with a muzzle velocity of 2200 fps.  That works out to be about 1343 ft-lbs of energy.  Pricing on this 300 BLK load is $22.99 for a box/20.

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Smith & Wesson M&P15 in 300 Whisper, 300 BLACKOUT

Smith & Wesson M&P15 300 Whisper
The new S&W M&P15 rifle comes chambered in 300 Whisper and will also chamber 300 BLACKOUT cartridge.

Smith & Wesson announced a new M&P15 rifle chambered in 300 Whisper.  The S&W rifle will also chamber the popular new 300 BLACKOUT cartridge.

Two versions of the new M&P rifle will be available: one with a Realtree APG finish (shown here) and one with a black finish.  The Realtree version of the M&P15 will feature a 5/8-24 threaded barrel along with an A2-style flash hider, while the black version of the rifle will use a Yankee Hill flash hider.  Both rifles will have a 16″ barrel.

The black version of the 300 Whisper rifle will have a free floating, 10″ quad rail for accessory attachments.  Both rifles are “optic ready” with a Picatinny rail for the addition of traditional or electronic sights.