Mar 30, 2012

Madbull Airsoft New: Gemtech 7" Handguard

Madbull Talon Rail System licensed by GEMTECH. The Gemtech Talon Rail allows you to mount it on any receiver and allows you to precisely adjust the rail so you can have an uninterrupted upper rail platform. Developed by Gemtech to allow a suppressor to slip partially under the rail for a protected suppressor/barrel interface and shorter profile.

- Golf ball patterns which match to new Gemtech HALO Airsoft dummy suppressors.
- Big inner diameter which allow you to install most of Gemtech dummy suppressors into the rail.

Package includes:
- Gemtech 7” Talon Rail with mounting hardware
- Barrel Nut

Brand Compatibility (Optional)

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Mar 29, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

CAA 30round Mag17 for 5.56 X 45mm

Magazine loader for .223 cal/5.56mm ammunition.
Designed to easily load single magazines with speed & efficiency.
  • Bright & clear white polymer indicator.
  • In the base, a thumb-touch pop-up pin, so you can always know if the mag’ is fully loaded.
  • 30 rounds 5.56X45 (.223) magazine.
  • To reduce the spring’s pressure, for your own choose, you can convert the magazine to fit 29 rounds.
  • High impact polymer.
  • Lightweight & rustproof.

Mar 17, 2012

From Madbull: PRI GIII Delta 7"/9"/12.5” Rail Color:BK/OD/FDE

If you are into small arms history, you must have heard of SPR (Special Purpose Rifle.)
The SPR, used by Special Operations Forces of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, is a heavily modified light sniper/designated marksman variation of the AR-15/M16 line of infantry weapons, and is chambered for NATO standard 5.56x45mm ammunition.
The first SPR adopted famous PRI Gen I and Gen II carbon-fiber free-float handguard.
One very important feature of PRI handguard is its carbon fiber main body. The carbon fiber can stop heat transfer from barrel to the handguard.

Now, MadBull is proudly introducing fully licensed PRI handguard rails to Airsoft industries.

The models we provide for Airsoft are new generation of PRI rails:
1. Gen III Round Free Float Rail in different lengths with side rail panels.
2. Gen III Delta Free Float Rail in different lengths with side rail panels.

Both models have 2 materials as option:
1. Polymer: Budget for Airsoft budget players
2. Carbon Fiber: Same material as real steel which provide authentic looking and collectable value for hardcore Airsoft players

There are more optional accessories for PRI Gen III rails:
1. SPR PEQ Top Rail for different length of handguard: The main purpose of PEQ top tail is to install PEQ box on the one-piece top rail.
2. Front sight and rear sight: You have to buy these sights from ASG who has ARMS' license and produce sights for SPR top rail.

Note: Airsoft version internal dimension is different from real steel.

-Detail copy of world famous PRI GEN III handguard rail
-Polymer / Carbon version are available

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Mar 8, 2012

Israel’s Negev NG7 Light Machine Gun Debuts

Israel Weapon Industries is set to soon unveil the very latest variant of its Negev Light Machine Gun.
The highly-advanced and upgraded Negev NG7 will make its international debut at the upcoming FIDAE International Air & Space Fair 2012 which opens in Santiago, Chile, on 27 March. It'll then go on to be showcased at the DefExpo India 2012 event, which begins in New Delhi on 29 March.
According to a statement made by Uri Amit - the Chief Executive Officer of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), the Negev NG7 offers several advantages over its predecessors. It's described as being more ergonomic and more reliable, offering lightweight and effective performance to battlefield-deployed troops.

Negev NG7 LMG
The design's roots lie in the Negev 5.56mm calibre Light Machine Gun, with close to 80 per cent parts commonality. However, the Negev NG7 LMG is a 7.62mm calibre gun and features both a semi-automatic firing mode and a fully-automatic mode, for precision attacks and all-out firepower bursts, respectively.
Initial development work on the original IWI Negev Light Machine Gun began in the mid-1980s, with the first examples passing into the hands of Israeli military personnel in 1997. Besides to Israel, the design's also been sold to six other nations including Georgia and Thailand, which has acquired 1,500 examples to date.

NG7 Light Machine Gun
The Negev NG7 Light Machine Gun's weight is under eight kilograms and it can be mounted to a variety of platforms, both land-based and on naval craft. There's also a series of safety elements that mitigate the uncontrolled fire risk, Picatinny rails allowing optical sights to be affixed and a gas regulator, which boosts the gun's efficiency in harsh operational environments.
"These advances, together with its unique characteristics, make it the most effective lightweight 7.62 available for infantries", Amit added. "As with all other weapons built by IWI, it was developed together with the Israel Defense Forces.
"The close cooperation between IWI and the Israeli army in the development of new weapons - and the testing of these weapons on the battlefield by the IDF - is one of the most important factors contributing to the success of our weapons among armies around the world."
Negev LMG image copyright Israeli Defense Forces

Mar 2, 2012

Bringing immediate protection to Soldiers

NATICK, Mass. (Feb. 17, 2012) -- Your unit deployed so rapidly to the remote location that there was no time to set up sandbags and concrete barriers to protect the base camp.
Those systems are heavy and time-consuming to erect. And by the time you establish them, today's fluid battlefield might have you up and moving again.

So how do you protect Soldiers in these temporary camps? The Modular Ballistic Protection System, known as MBPS, under development at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, with help from the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, was designed to fill that crucial gap.
"When you set up your tent, it's sometimes weeks or months before you get any kind of sandbag protection or concrete protection," said Karen Horak, senior mechanical engineer, Collective Protection Systems Team, Shelter Technology, Engineering & Fabrication Directorate at NSRDEC. "We had to give (Soldiers) an initial protection level."
MBPS, in development since 2005, offers a lightweight, portable, rapidly deployable solution to the problem of unprotected shelters at expeditionary base camps. Designed to fill the requirement of a ballistic add-on kit for the Force Provider expeditionary base camp system, MBPS has versions that can protect tents, field kitchens and rigid-wall containers or be used in the standard stand-alone configurations.
"You can put it around a GP (general purpose) tent," Horak said. "You can put it around a mortar pit. You can put it around anything you want."

MBPS can be installed around a shelter in less than an hour by four Soldiers working without special tools. The system doesn't adversely affect shelters or missions. The 7-by-4-foot composite ballistic panels, which weigh roughly 117 pounds each, cost less than $20 per square foot.
"You can get some protection right away, and it's very simple," Horak said. "There's like four parts to the whole system. Anything you want to protect, you can protect, and you could protect it really quickly."
The system developers sought to protect against fragmentation and blast waves where Soldiers work, sleep and eat. NSRDEC modeling efforts predict significantly lower numbers of casualties where MBPS is deployed.
"I think that can truly enhance the mission because the Soldiers have a home that's protected, right away," Horak said. "You can sleep at night, you know?"
Already, tests have been conducted on ballistic protection, blast overpressure resilience, environmental threats, transportation challenges, and safety/human factors, and have included Soldier and in-theater evaluations.

"We've tested all the systems to withstand overpressure," said Nick Tino, a mechanical engineer on the Special Projects Team. "We're careful not to say it's blast proof or blast resistant. It's really blast survivable. It's designed to stay in place to do its main task of providing ballistic protection."
Future initiatives include an anchorless system that can be used in any terrain, increased ballistic protection, earthen fill options for more permanent bases, overhead threat protection, flexible ballistic panels, and high-performance panels.
"It's such a unique use and system type that there are always new pieces and new stuff that we're trying to put together and integrate in," Tino said. "It's always evolving."
MBPS could be fielded as early as fiscal year 2014, which would give the Collective Protection Systems Team members a great sense of accomplishment.
"For us, it's really been about the Soldier," said team member Claudia Quigley. "We have a lot of requests from the field, from the Soldier, and that we're actually able to deliver a capability to the Soldier -- that really makes our day. That's why we're here."

Mar 1, 2012

Kevlar underpants protect pelvic region

WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2012) -- For dismounted Soldiers patrolling Afghanistan roads, improvised explosive devices can be even more devastating than for those in armored vehicles, but a new line of protection may help.

"A few years ago, in certain areas of Afghanistan, we started to notice the dismounted improvised explosive device (known as IED) threat becoming more prevalent," said Lt. Col. Frank J. Lozano, PEO Soldier protective equipment. "There were a lot of significant injuries, and very traumatic injuries occurring to Soldiers in the lower extremity area. A lot of Soldiers losing their lower leg below the knee. A lot of above-the-knee amputations, and a lot of high hip amputations."

Soldiers who stepped on an IED might suffer injuries that required amputations which didn't leave enough of a limb for a prosthetic leg, for instance. But those Soldiers were also suffering extensive damage to the perineum region, the part of the body that includes the anus and reproductive organs.

"It's very traumatic, very heartbreaking, when Soldiers go through those types of events, and they are very young, and then they come home and they are not able to have children," said Lozano. "It's one of the harsh realities of this type of warfare when you have dismounted IEDs."
The Army wanted to do something to offer protection to Soldiers. Taking a cue from British forces that had already found a material solution to the problem, the Army developed the Pelvic Protection System. The system includes two layers of protection for Soldiers, including the Tier I protective under-garment, called the "PUG," and the Tier II protective outer-garment, called the "POG."
"We wanted first to be able to protect the genital region so that Soldiers going through those traumatic events would still be able to do things like have a family when they get home," Lozano said.
Both components of the system are worn like shorts. The PUG is worn under a Soldier's ACU pants. It can be worn in place of underwear, or over the top of a Soldier's underwear. Some Soldiers have called them "Kevlar boxers" or "combat underpants" and it's not far from the truth.

"It's kind of like a bicycle shorts garment," Lozano said. "It's designed to be worn under the pants, close to the skin. You can wear it like you'd wear a normal piece of underwear."
The PUG has a breathable, moisture-wicking material on the outer thighs. Along the inner thighs is knitted Kevlar to protect the fleshy inner parts of the thighs and the femoral artery. Over the groin, more knitted or woven Kevlar. "It's not really very complicated," Lozano said.
The colonel said that as a result of an IED blast, sand, dirt, and "manure that's been in the ground for decades" is pulverized and can wind up embedded in a Soldier's flesh.
"It can take 20 or 25 surgeries to go through and pick all that out," he said. "If you don't get it all, then that causes infections and it can lead to further amputations," Lozano said.
The PUG is part of a system to prevent that from happening in the first place. The fabric used in the garment has also been tested to ensure that it won't melt or drip when exposed to high heat.
"Since it's so close to the skin, we don't want to exacerbate any type of heat damage a Soldier might get in an IED blast," Lozano explained.

The outer garment, the POG, provides even more protection for Soldiers, and performs similar to the soft portions of the improved outer tactical vest. It "protects along a greater range of fragments," Lozano said.
While Soldiers can wear the undergarment on its own, Lozano said if Soldiers are going to wear the outer garment they should wear it in conjunction with the undergarment.
"Because the Tier II has more ballistic protection, it is a little more rigid," he said. "If you wear the Tier I under the Tier II, it prevents chafing. It also provides the maximum amount of coverage together with the maximum amount of protection, without restricting your movement."
Wear test and user evaluations have ensured that the tiered pelvic protection system is comfortable for Soldiers to wear," said Lozano said. "You might go through testing and think you've got a great design, but then you put it on a Soldier and tell him to road march for 20 miles and shoot and go through an obstacle course and find out, it's a terrible design."

He said that even if the protection is great, if it's not comfortable, Soldiers might not want to wear it.
Soldiers in theater who have worn the gear have reported back on their experience and have helped inform changes to the pelvic protection system, Lozano said. Early on, he said, there were reports of chafing and "poor thermal management," for instance.
"We've worked with the Soldiers in theater to redesign the system; we've gone through a couple of design iterations," Lozano said. "It's taken a good six to nine months. We're getting now to an optimized system where Soldiers are seeing their feedback codified in a material solution and it's more comfortable and breathable and Soldiers are more willing and apt to wear it."
The Army first put the pelvic protection system into theater in June 2011. Now, the system has been fielded to some 15,000 Soldiers. The typical issue includes three PUGs and one POG. Fielding is happening now for Soldiers in theater and for Soldiers stateside.

Industry ready now for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 28, 2012) -- Industry bidders will respond March 13 to the most recent government request for solutions to modernize the light tactical vehicle fleet -- and they don't need any more time than that to do so, because they are prepared now.

"Industry, they don't need another two years to design this vehicle," said Col. Dave Bassett, the project manager for Army tactical vehicles. "They are ready now to respond with mature designs to our solicitation."
Bassett, along with Kevin M. Fahey, the Army's program executive officer for combat support and combat service support, spoke Feb. 23 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during a media opportunity at the Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare's Winter Symposium and Exposition Feb. 23.
"I have not seen substantial pressure to slow this program down," Bassett said. "The feedback we have got from industry confirmed we have folks prepared to bid mature designs now."
Fahey agreed. He said that industry is ready to present their options for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, and that the Army and Marine Corps program is structured as-is with current budget considerations in mind.
"One of the number one things is keep it focused, and from an Army and Marine Corps perspective, the program now as structured and the schedule we [are] on is also consistent with our fiscal constraints on how we are going to fund the capability we need over time."

The Army released the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle engineering and manufacturing development phase request for proposal, known as an RFP, Jan. 26. Industry has until March 13 to respond.
Bassett said in the JLTV technology development phase, the program received criticism because it was changing requirements and the schedule was slipping, but he said the TD phase "did exactly what it was intended to do, which is it gave us an opportunity to learn about our requirements, and learn the relationships between those requirements and costs."
It also allowed the Army to focus on the capability gaps that had to be satisfied by the JLTV -- protected mobility and restoring capability that was lost by having added armor to the Humvee.
"We came out of that with an industrial base that had learned a lot and had benefited from a round of competitive prototyping," he said. Having built prototypes, he said, industry learned key capabilities of the vehicle and also learned of the challenges of developing the JLTV. "They came out a whole lot better prepared to make the adjustments and requirements necessary to end up with the program that we have an RFP out on the street for today."


The latest budget proposal has not provided funding for the "Modernized Expanded Capability Vehicle" program, or MECV program. The MECV program was to modernize the Humvee.
Fahey said, however, that the Humvee is still suitable to do its mission -- many of those missions inside the United States. There will be a "sustainment program for the HUMVEE fleet for the foreseeable future," he said, that includes less a of a focus on survivability of the Humvee fleet, and more on cost effectiveness and fuel efficiency. "We're going to be sustaining that fleet for quite a while, there will be times in its life it has to go back to the depots for some kind of reset."
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