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The Army’s proposed next generation of sniper camouflage began its first round of testing in Florida last month.
Termed the Improved Ghillie System, or IGS, contenders for the new lightweight system designed to break up the outline of a sniper’s figure while in a shooting position or stalk was put through several days of visual tests at Eglin Air Force Base in Western Florida by snipers drawn from across the Army. The system is intended to be the service’s first new ghillie suit in a decade, replacing the legacy Flame Resistant Ghillie System first fielded in 2008.
“The current kit is thick and heavy and comes with a lot of pieces that aren’t used,” said Maj. WaiWah Ellison, with the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier, tasked with the update. “Soldiers are creating ghillie suits with their own materials to match their personal preference. We want to make the IGS simpler and modular so the snipers will use what is issued to them instead of relying on outside resources.”
The requirements for the IGS, announced earlier this year in a request for information to prospective contractors, detailed that the suit must not weigh more than 5 pounds, be capable of stowing in the top flap of a MOLLE pack, and able to be donned and doffed in less than 2 minutes. The suit must also be quiet while the wearer is moving, a benchmark determined by creating “no audible signature” at greater than 50 meters.
While the IGS doesn’t address flammability in its title, its material should have a slower burn rate than burlap and self-extinguish when an ignition source is removed.
The Florida tests last month saw snipers from Special Forces, Ranger regiments and other units wearing the proposed IGS models while concealing themselves in Eglin’s mixed woodland and scrub environments while other snipers tried to locate them at distances ranging from 10 to 200 meters.
The Army intends to field 3,500 of the new suits, which will be enough to equip snipers across active, guard and reserve units as well as those in the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Further trials include planned acoustic testing by the Army Research Laboratory to find out how much noise the IGS proposals create under field conditions followed by limited user evaluations slated for early 2019 that will see the suit fielded in small numbers.
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So, the takeaway from all of this number-crunching and obsession with Black Friday 2018 sales is that while NICS checks were down overall from 2017, it’s not enough to focus on that one specific day.
DoubleStar extends its upper receiver choices, adding .22 Nosler and .224 Valkyrie to its lineup of receivers.
The .22 Nosler variant comes in a 1-in-8-inch twist and the .224 Valkyrie ships with a 1-in-7-inch twist. The uppers are offered in either an 18-inch heavy barrel or bull barrel configuration or 24-inch bull barrel configuration.
The 18-inch barreled uppers feature a mid-length gas system with low profile steel gas block. The barrel is made from 4140 Chrome Moly and topped with an A2 flash hider. The standard Milspec flattop upper comes with a DoubleStar 15.5-inch Cloak Handguard. The 24-inch models offer a rifle length gas system with Picatinny rail aluminum gas block. The barrel, made out of 416 stainless steel, does not feature a muzzle device. The flattop upper provides a DoubleStar Diamond Patterned National Match Free Float Handguard.
The .22 Nosler and .224 Valkyrie offerings are available from DoubleStar with MSRPs as follows:
- 18-inch .22 Nosler, Heavy Barrel Flattop Barreled Upper — $599
- 18-inch .22 Nosler, Heavy Barrel Flattop Complete Upper — $759
- 24-inch .22 Nosler, Bull Barrel Flattop Barreled Upper —$539
- 24-inch .22 Nosler, Bull Barrel Flattop Complete Upper —$689
- 24-inch .224 Valkyrie Bull Barrel Flattop Barreled Upper —$569
- 24-inch .224 Valkyrie, Bull Barrel Flattop Complete Upper— $739
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Billed as a last-ditch defense option rather than a range plinker, the Pill Box is a throwback of sorts, but an interesting one.
Announced Monday, the tiny Pill Box uses a special wipe which GSL Technology says “should last at least 50 rounds minimum before needing replacement,” providing a sound reduction of some 24 dB. The wipe, a standard of suppressors dating back to WWII, has largely been phased out in recent years in favor of larger but more durable internal baffle systems.
At a length of 1.44-inches and a diameter of under an inch, Pill Box weighs in at less than an ounce. The company says that it is the smallest can available on the market at the moment. As such, it stands to take the place of the old Gemtech Pill Bottle and gives newer cans such as the Armtac Covert some serious competition in size.
To replace the wipe once it is worn out, GSL says a Type 7 FFL can do the work or they can replace it for $25 in-house. Sorry guys, they can’t ship spare wipes as they are considered to be regulated “suppressor parts” by the ATF.
MSRP is $285.
Check it out in action, below.
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As this year draws to a close, lawmakers in states all over the country are already working on crafting new pieces of legislation for 2019. And of course, many of the new pieces of legislation being considered by lawmakers in different state are related to restricting gun laws. Specifically, there are new gun control laws […]
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