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Springfield's Hellcat magazine options, which are the subject of SIG's patent lawsuit.

Springfield’s Hellcat magazine options, which are the subject of SIG’s patent lawsuit.
Springfield Armory® Responds to Competitor’s Claims
May 12, 2021

GENESEO, ILL. (5/12/21) – Springfield Armory’s highly successful and awarded micro-compact handgun, the Hellcat®, has attracted legal claims from a competitor.

Sig Sauer, Inc. has alleged in a federal court complaint that Springfield Armory’s Hellcat® magazines infringe two patents Sig owns. However, Springfield Armory is steadfast in its conviction that those claims are without merit. The innovative design of the Hellcat® magazine is our own and works only with the Hellcat®. The superior design of the Hellcat® magazine is able to hold more rounds in an overall smaller magazine. Springfield Armory’s Hellcat® magazine was independently awarded several patents of its own and has received numerous industry recognitions.

“We feel that these claims are frivolously litigious in nature and designed to thin out the competition in an increasingly crowded firearms market,” explains Springfield Armory President Steve McKelvain. “Springfield Armory will vigorously defend its right to produce the class-leading patented Hellcat® handgun and magazines for our loyal customers––past, present and future.”

Springfield Armory is proud of its 46-year long commitment to innovative engineering, craftsmanship, and design. The work completed on behalf of our customers and the public is a privilege that we honor with originality and the release of groundbreaking products including the Hellcat®.

Some of SIG's P365 series magazines, shown from left to right: 12 rounds, 10 rounds with the pinky extension, and 10 rounds flush-fit.

Some of SIG’s P365 series magazines, shown from left to right: 12 rounds, 10 rounds with the pinky extension, and 10 rounds flush-fit.
 

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TROY Industries to Pack up and Move Operations to Tennessee

TROY Industries to Pack up and Move Operations to Tennessee

TROY Industries has just announced that they will be moving both their headquarters and manufacturing plant to Clarksville, Tennessee. You may be familiar with TROY Industries from their popular line of sporting rifles including the unique TROY Pump Action Rifle (PAR). The move, which is taking place to “ensure the success of the company” citing the “changing climate for firearms manufacturers” as the impetus for the relocation. The 5-year plan will begin in June costing $7.2 million and creating 75 new jobs.
TROY Industries to Pack up and Move Operations to Tennessee

TROY Industries to Pack up and Move Operations to Tennessee
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – May 13, 2021 – TROY Industries announced it will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing plant from West Springfield, Massachusetts, to Clarksville, Tennessee. The five-year, $7.2 million investment will begin this June.
TROY is known worldwide as the foremost specialist in reliable, innovative, top-quality small arms components, accessories and complete weapon upgrades. The company, built by Steve Troy, Jr., is one of America’s largest suppliers of OEM small arms accessories, with a wide ranging and highly satisfied customer base of military and law enforcement personnel.
TROY projects it will offer 75 new jobs in the Montgomery County area.“I appreciate TROY for choosing to relocate to Tennessee and am proud to partner with this world-renowned firearms manufacturer. When companies pick Tennessee to locate or expand their operations, it is a vote of confidence to our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce. I thank TROY for this investment and the creation of new jobs for Tennesseans,” said Gov. Bill Lee.
U.S. Rep. Mark Green added, “I’m pleased to welcome TROY Industries to Tennessee’s 7th District. For 17 years, TROY has been a leader in the firearm accessory industry. Our welcoming business climate provides the perfect place for businesses to flourish without fear of crushing over-regulation and high taxes. I’m glad to have helped recruit TROY to bring their operations and company headquarters to Clarksville, and I look forward to watching the company’s impact creating jobs and growth in our community in the months and years ahead.”
Regarding the transition from Massachusetts to Tennessee, Steve Troy said, “While TROY has enjoyed a very successful period of growth in Massachusetts, the changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state determined the need for our relocation to Tennessee to ensure the continued success of the company. We are excited to begin this new venture and appreciate all the support we have already received from Rep. Mark Green, Gov. Bill Lee and the state of Tennessee in making this relocation possible.
TROY Industries to Pack up and Move Operations to Tennessee

TROY Industries has been a sold if not slightly obscure firearms manufacturer for years and they have always had great customer service and top-quality manufacturing practices from what I’ve seen and heard from friends and contacts in the firearms industry. Hopefully, this relocation will mean more stable ground for Steve Troy and his entire team to grow the company further.
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Now if we can get S&W to get rid of the Hillary Hole?
 

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USSOCOM Small Arms Update

During this week’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference hosted by NDIA, LTC John M. (Tosh) Lancaster, USA, serves as Program Manager SOF Lethality, but the update on SOF small arms and ammunition programs was provided by his boss, PEO – SOF Warrior, COL Joel Babbitt, USA, as part of the entire portfolio.

Weapons

While there are multiple efforts underway to enhance the lethality of SOF, two primary capabilities were briefed which offer overmatch to our forces who have faced enemy small arms with longer ranges, by increasing their operational envelope.
The first is the Mid-Range Gas Gun (MRGG and pronounced like “Margie”). Chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, this gas operated rifle will be offered in two variants: Assault and Sniper Support. Consequently, you will see the variants referred to as MRGG-A and MRGG-S respectively. USSOCOM adopted 6.5 CM in 2018 which replaces 7.62mm NATO for Sniper Support Weapons.
The second effort is the Lightweight Machine Gun – Medium (LMG-M) in 338 Norma Mag, a true game changer which offers accurate fire at ranges approaching that of an M2 .50 HMG, but at a dry weapon weight below the M240.

Weapons Timeline


USSOCOM plans to procure both of these weapons using Middle Tier Acquisition.

Mid-Range Gas Gun


A Military User Assessment was conducted in 2019 for MRGG to inform this requirement with COL Babbitt mentioning that SOCOM has, “conquered the intellectual high ground,” on how to best use 6.5 CM. According to industry sources, while numerous companies participated in that event at Camp Atterbury, only Larue and LMT were down selected for further evaluation. Finally, it’s important to note that this requirement is limited to Naval Special Warfare.

Lightweight Machine Gun – Medium


LMG-M promises engagement of both point and area targets out to 2500 meters. MARSOC has already conducted a Combat Evaluation of SIG SAUER’s Light Machine Gun to inform this requirement. According to PEO SOF Warrior, one point of feedback was that Operators were impressed that they were hitting the target with the first round. A fire control system will also be procured via its own program.

Ammunition

Since both of these weapons fire SOF unique calibers (based on use within DoD), SOCOM also has to develop and procure the ammunition. This requires developing cartridges and soliciting industry for their manufacture, just like any other commodity.

Ammo Timeline


While limited amounts of both 6.5 CM and 338 NM ammunition has been procured via OTA, full production will be accomplished via a full and open competitive contract opportunity.
Since it’s in the slide, we’ll also mention that the Lightweight Cased Ammunition program has had some great success with .50 but there are still issues being worked through on the 7.62mm NATO rounds. COL Babbitt related that, “the smaller the caliber, the more difficult to achieve lighter weight.” This is because the case isn’t as large and that’s where the weight reduction is being realized, by transitioning from brass to polymer.

6.5 Creedmoor


COTS ammunition was utilized for the 2018 effort to decide between 260 Remington and 6.5 CM as an intermediary caliber for SOF. Now, a government specified projectile and load have been developed and are being procured.

338 Norma Mag


The 338 NM caliber is also part of the new Mk22 Advanced Sniper Rifle which has been adopted by all the Army and Marine Corps as well as USSOCOM. However, cartridges for use by Machine Guns will be different than those used by snipers. Additionally, MG ammunition requires a link which is a government controlled design. While the sniper round will become service common, the MG round will remain SOF peculiar, at least until the services adopt a 338 NM MG.
 

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Shield Arms Drops the New Gen 2 S15 Ambidextrous Magazine

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So what exactly has changed from the Gen 1 magazines and more importantly, are you going to have to change all of your gear up to make use of these new mags? The short answer is no. The Gen 2 S15 magazines have basically the same design, footprint, and function as the Gen 1 models. So if you bought +5 mag extensions for your S15 magazines, you can keep and use them with the Gen 2 mags. The steel magazine catch, Neomag clips, magazine carriers, magwells, base plates, and floor plates will all still be cross-compatible between both models. The only piece that doesn’t cross over is the magazine followers (orange for Gen 1 and grey for Gen 2).

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Remington Ammunition Sponsors Ted Nugent’s Spirit of the Wild


Remington Ammunition Sponsors Ted Nugent’s Spirit of the Wild
Lonoke, Arkansas – May 27, 2021 – Ted Nugent’s Spirit of the Wild program is one of the most popular hunting shows on the Outdoor Channel. This top-rated show has been a mainstay of hunters and shooters for twenty years. Now, Remington Ammunition will be the exclusive ammo loaded into Nugent’s firearms when hunting everything from whitetails to bear, boar, bulls, turkeys and doves.
“Uncle Ted’s show is as fun and entertaining as it gets,” said Remington Ammunition’s Director of Marketing Joel Hodgdon. “His passion for hunting, conservation and the second amendment are unquestionable and it’s why Big Green partnered with Ted.” Expect to see Nugent integrate Remington Ammunition’s complete line up of trusted ammunition in the series on air now.
“I’m excited to shoot Big Green and their comprehensive and trusted line of ammunition,” said rock and roll icon Ted Nugent. “Plenty of Core-Lokt, AccuTip, and HyperSonic Steel have been in my guns over the years, and I’ve always gotten the performance I’ve needed every time I pull the trigger.”
Spirit of the Wild viewers know the authenticity of that statement. Over the years, Ted Nugent’s show has won multiple awards for Fan Favorite Best Overall Series on Outdoor Channel while also voted Fan Favorite Best Host due to Nugent’s real descriptions of intense hunts and big personality.
Ted Nugent’s Spirit of the Wild, now sponsored by Remington, can be seen on Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. EST on Outdoor Channel. Check local listings for more information on additional airings or go to www.tednugent.com/media/spirit-of-the-wild-tv.
Find legendary Remington ammunition at dealers nationwide and online. For more information on Remington ammunition and accessories, visitwww.remington.com.
 

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Gould Brothers Break World Record
May 30th, 2021
ANOKA, Minnesota – May 27, 2021 – There is a new distance record for breaking a clay target with a shotgun load following an epic day at a rural Minnesota farm. Federal Ammunition sponsored shooters Steve and Aaron Gould, who make up the popular Gould Brothers exhibition team, broke their own record not once but twice outside Osakis, Minnesota on a cold and windy day this spring.

“We are always trying to push the limits of what is possible, and we knew that Federal’s TSS would be the round to make it possible to break a clay pigeon at further distances than we had in the past,” exclaimed Steve Gould.
The previous record was 160 yards set several years back by the duo of brothers. Now with Federal, and having the world’s leading shotshell manufacturer backing them, a new record was ready to be set. The Gould Brothers teamed up with Federal’s Adam Moser, lead shotshell engineer, to better understand the capabilities of Heavyweight TSS in both 7 and 9 shot sizes at extreme ranges.
“The #7 TSS has a significant advantage at 170 yards over the #5 lead at 160 yards. Three times the pellet energy and 100+ more pellets in the payload,” stated Moser, when explaining the differences between Heavyweight TSS and the previously lead load used to set the record.
Having that knowledge, Steve and Aaron Gould attempted the 170-yard shot and Aaron was able to break the record only to be bested minutes later by brother Steve who successfully broke a clay target with Heavyweight TSS #7 at 180 yards!
“We knew we could break the record; we just didn’t know by how much. To pull the trigger of a shotgun and see a clay break at 180 yards, that is pretty cool,” stated Aaron Gould.
“Pulling off incredible shots requires the best performing ammunition and what an exciting accomplishment to witness with one of our category leading products,” stated Jason Nash, Federal’s Vice President of Marketing. “What is even more amazing, is the technology they used to capture the historic event, so fans of the Gould Brothers, Federal, and shooting in general can watch history play out.”
Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.
 

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SB Tactical Introduces SB22 Chassis System for Ruger 22 Charger and 10/22 Platforms
June 3rd, 2021
Bradenton, Fla. (June 2, 2021) – Long known for its innovative Pistol Stabilizing Braces, SB Tactical® is bringing that same quality of build and practicality to its new SB22™ – a lightweight, modular chassis for the Ruger® 22 Charger™ and Ruger 10/22® family of firearms.

Designed in partnership with Unity Tactical®, the SB22 is a 17-ounce polymer chassis with an aluminum insert, adding utility and functionality to the 22 Charger and 10/22 platforms.
“The SB22 is the first product in what will be a long line of new non-brace products from us,” said Jeff Creamer, president and CEO. “While we have no intention of moving away from our core, we want to expand our portfolio and offer a wider range of products with the same design excellence, quality and customer service that people have come to expect from SB Tactical.”

Available for both fixed or takedown models, the SB22 features a Picatinny (M1913) rail on the rear and integral, ambidextrous QD sling sockets. Also included are a M1913 Bridge Mount and Flat Top Cover.
The Takedown Kit features all the above as well as an M-Lok™ compatible handguard for the attachment of lights, lasers, and other accessories.

Proudly made in the United States, the SB22 accepts all standard AR15 pistol grips, and comes with the Reptilia® CQG™ Grip.
At 15″ long, 1.5″ wide, and an MSRP of $124.99, the SB22 chassis turns any Ruger 22 Charger or 10/22 into the ultimate pack gun. Lightweight, durable construction, and the ability to take M1913-compatible Pistol Stabilizing Braces or rifle stocks, the SB22 is built to deliver all the performance you demand.
For more information on the SB22 and all the American-made products from SB Tactical, please visit us at www.sb-tactical.com.
 

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SB Tactical Introduces SB22 Chassis System for Ruger 22 Charger and 10/22 Platforms
June 3rd, 2021
Bradenton, Fla. (June 2, 2021) – Long known for its innovative Pistol Stabilizing Braces, SB Tactical is bringing that same quality of build and practicality to its new SB22 – a lightweight, modular chassis for the Ruger 22 Charger and Ruger 10/22 family of firearms.

Designed in partnership with Unity Tactical, the SB22 is a 17-ounce polymer chassis with an aluminum insert, adding utility and functionality to the 22 Charger and 10/22 platforms.
“The SB22 is the first product in what will be a long line of new non-brace products from us,” said Jeff Creamer, president and CEO. “While we have no intention of moving away from our core, we want to expand our portfolio and offer a wider range of products with the same design excellence, quality and customer service that people have come to expect from SB Tactical.”

Available for both fixed or takedown models, the SB22 features a Picatinny (M1913) rail on the rear and integral, ambidextrous QD sling sockets. Also included are a M1913 Bridge Mount and Flat Top Cover.
The Takedown Kit features all the above as well as an M-Lok compatible handguard for the attachment of lights, lasers, and other accessories.

Proudly made in the United States, the SB22 accepts all standard AR15 pistol grips, and comes with the Reptilia CQG Grip.
At 15″ long, 1.5″ wide, and an MSRP of $124.99, the SB22 chassis turns any Ruger 22 Charger or 10/22 into the ultimate pack gun. Lightweight, durable construction, and the ability to take M1913-compatible Pistol Stabilizing Braces or rifle stocks, the SB22 is built to deliver all the performance you demand.
For more information on the SB22 and all the American-made products from SB Tactical, please visit us at www.sb-tactical.com.
Good for SB Tactical. This is a new line that could help them survive if there is a ban on braces.
 

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I've done that for years only with button head nitrided Allen screws, tapped threads where the roll pin was supposed to be used, Magpul finally got around to discovering the same method.
 

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Kimber Mourns the Loss of Firearms Industry Leader Chip McCormick
June 10th, 2021

TROY, AL, June 8, 2021 — Kimber Mfg. has learned of the passing of Chip McCormick, the man renowned for creating industry-leading 1911 magazines and triggers through his company, Chip McCormick Custom. Mr. McCormick, in partnership with Kimber Mfg. owner and CEO Leslie Edelman, also contributed greatly to Kimber’s success in the 1911 market.
Mr. McCormick provided instrumental consulting to Mr. Edelman in creating the firearm industry’s first mass-produced, high-quality 1911 pistols that included custom features. Mr. McCormick’s contributions included a beavertail grip safety, an extended slide stop, and an ambidextrous manual safety. These efforts not only changed the handgun market by adding upgraded features to commercialized top-notch 1911s, but simultaneously revolutionized how firearm-manufacturing companies crafted and assembled the legendary 1911 platform.
“The Kimber family is deeply saddened by the loss of Chip McCormick. He was a great friend and a great business collaborator,” said Kimber owner and CEO, Leslie Edelman. “His impact on this company, as well as the entire firearms industry, is immeasurable. Our condolences go out to Chip’s family and friends. He will be missed greatly.”
 

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SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Introduces FOXTROT1X Rail Mounted Light
June 8th, 2021
NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 3, 2021) – SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is pleased to introduce the FOXTROT1X Rail Mounted Light, designed to deliver bright, maximum performance on a wide variety of pistol platforms.
”The FOXTROT1X brings a massive 450 lumens to your pistol,” said Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “The design, function and ease of use makes the FOXTROT1X ideal for everyday carry and law enforcement and will fit a variety of holsters designed for handgun lights.” ”

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics FOXTROX1X Rail Mounted light mounts to any Picatinny 1913 rail with a sliding rail interface adapter allowing for maximum location adjustment and flexibility to deliver 450 lumens of bright performance. Designed for ambidextrous use with finger actuated push-button side switches for operation in either momentary or latching mode function, the FOXTROT1X operates using a single CR123 battery, with 1.5 ours of runtime and has an IPX-7 waterproof rating.
FOXTROT1X Rail Mounted Light:
LED Output: 450 Lumens
Runtime: 1.5 hours
Waterproof: IPX-7
Overall Length: 2.4 inches
Overall Height:1.3 inches
Overall Width: 1.2 inches
Battery: CR123
Weight (w/magazine): 1.9 oz.
MSRP: $ 129.99
The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics FOXTROT1X Rail Mounted Light is now shipping and available at retailers. To learn more about the FOXTROT1X Rail Mounted Light visit sigsauer.com.
 

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Sneak Peek – Covert Asymmetric Basepad from HRF Concepts

HRF Concept’s upcoming CAB (Covert Asymmetric Basepad) provides end users with the lowest vertical profile coupled magazine system on the market.

By extending the secondary magazine capacity 5 rounds the CAB allows for unhindered movement of the dust cover and use of all control surfaces. Intended for use with 20 round M3 Pmags the CAB is ideal for situations in which maximizing the on platform round count is essential while still maintaining a low profile. The CAB features a standard floorplate lock for the primary magazine and a friction locking system for the secondary magazine.

Coming soon in Black and FDE.
*Only compatible with 10, 20, 30, 40 and 300BLK model M3 generation Pmags.
 
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