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Thursday’s Gun News

Desert Tech MDR-C

The new Micro Dynamic Rifle (MDR) from Desert Tech remains on track for delivery in 2015.  The company showed the multi-caliber, ambidextrous rifle at the 2014 SHOT Show, and has continued to develop the rifle.

Right now, it looks like there will be two versions: the standard MDR and a compact version (MDR-C).  The MDR-C will be 20″ overall with a 10.5″ barrel.  The standard MDR adds 6″ to both measurements.  The rifle can be quickly converted from .223 Rem to .308 Win, 300 BLK, 6.8 SPC and 7.62×39 for an incredible amount of caliber flexibility.

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A Big Year for SIG: Modular Rifles, Pistols and More

The new year is starting to sound like it will be a really big one for SIG Sauer.  While few official announcements have been made by the company, reliable information tells us the company is introducing both a new modular rifle platform and a modular pistol platform in 2014.  Of course, this does not include other upgrades and options being added to existing lines of products.

Let’s take a look at some of the guns we are expecting to see at the SHOT Show in January.

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Handguns

SIG Sells the M11 Pistol

SIG M11-A1

I suppose everyone knows the US military’s standard sidearm is the M9, which is also the Beretta 92FS pistol.  A lot of people know the US Navy SEALs issue the Mk25 pistol, also known as the SIG SAUER P226.  Fewer people are familiar with the M11 pistol, or that civilians can purchase an exact duplicate of the M11-A1.

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FN SmartCore

The FN SmartCore was rolled out at the EUROSATORY 2012 last week.  Formerly known as the FN Black Box, the SmartCore is very similar to the recording devices found in airplanes that the project was originally named after.

FN SmartCore
The FN SmartCore is essentially a “black box” that records data on military rifles and transmits the data, in real-time, to battlefield commanders.

The SmartCore is an electronic system that records and examines the firearm’s use for a variety of purposes.  It does several rather mundane things like help armorers keep track of which weapons are in need of service.

One of the more interesting aspects of the recorder is its ability to transmit use information to military commanders.  This allows the chain of command to know specifically which units are engaging the enemy, and at what location, without the need for radio communications.

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Military

Marines: Hey Lets Train with Our Actual Weapons!

Marines Firearms TrainingThe US Marine Corps has decided to train as it fights.  At weapon qualifications, Marines will be allowed to use the weapons and approved optics they carry into battle.

“The intent is to ensure Marines train with the weapon system with which they will fight, ” wrote Lt. Gen. Richard Mills in an administrative message.

Not being a Marine, I didn’t realize this, but it seems that firearms qualification scores are part of how promotions are calculated.  Therefore, in an effort to ensure “fairness” in the promotional process, it appears the Marines have not allowed their personnel to qualify with what they carry.

For example, the free-floated barrel on the Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR) could provide an accuracy advantage to the shooter as compared to a Marine shooting a standard M16 or M4, and therefore could have been removed from qualifications to promote the concept of fairness.