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K&M Arms M17S Bullpup Rifle

The M17S is a rifle that first caught my eye several years ago when it was being manufactured and sold by Bushmaster.  With its ultra-sleek, futuristic (even sci-fi) looks, the M17S certainly looked like no other rifle on the market at the time – a factor which might have actually contributed to its demise within the Bushmaster house, especially once the ACR came along.


But two things came to my attention today, firstly that the M17S has a history that stretches back before its time at Bushmaster, and secondly that K&M Arms is now manufacturing an improved and updated version – and with the recent upsurge of interest in Bullpup rifles in the US market, maybe this version will at last enjoy the success its been seeking…

Bushmaster M17S


The design of the M17S dates back to 1986 when the Australian company Armtech Ltd. developed the prototype as a prospective military rifle for the Australian Army.  Two prototypes were developed, the C60R which used the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge, and the more revolutionary C30R that used caseless ammunition.  The C30R was developed hastily and an out-of-battery ignition resulted in a prototype exploding during a high-profile demonstration.

The Australian Army adopted a licence-built version of the Steyr AUG, leading to the sale of the Armtech design to another Australian company, Edenpine PTY Ltd.   Edenpine, with Charles St. George, improved the design resulting in the ART-30 and SAK-30.  The salient features of the M17S were in place but some Finnish Valmet parts were used instead of AR-15 parts to save money.  Edenpine expressed interest in selling the design on the United States market and subsequently licensed the design to Bushmaster for local manufacture thus avoiding import restrictions.  This rifle was sold from October 1992 to 1994 as the “Edenpine M17S Bull-Pup rifle”.  The distributor was Edenpine (USA) Inc., the American branch of Edenpine of Australia, headquartered in San Jose, California.


When Edenpine folded in 1994, the totality of the rights passed to Bushmaster, who manufactured it as the “Bushmaster M17S”.  The Bushmaster M17S  hit the market just a few months before the approval of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.  At the time, the M17S was the only American-made bullpup rifle to be offered commercially, and the only one not banned by name.  The BATF approved a version with a longer barrel sleeve which covered more of the muzzle thread – making it impossible to attach a flash hider, and thus meet one of the key cosmetic requirements for a rifle to not be considered an “assault weapon”.

After just over a decade of lackluster sales, Bushmaster discontinued production of the M17S in 2005.

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Crye Precision “Compact Assault Ghillie Suit”

Our friends at Airsoft & Military News and Firebase-Alpha have teamed up for an up-close-and-personal look at the “Compact Assault Ghillie Suit” from Cry Precision.


Check out the full review here.

Friday Foto


Operation REASSURANCESoldiers from the 16th Battalion of the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade and “Mike” Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment conduct a tactical river crossing as part of a joint exercise during Operation REASSURANCE on July 30, 2014.

Photo: Cpl Mark Schombs, 4 CDSG Garrison Petawawa Imaging

Too Cool for School – 30% off at Grey Ghost Gear

GreyGhostGear_header2013There are 3 words to evoke dread in most children and young adults - back to school.  There is little you can do to mitigate this feeling of doom – promise the young ones a good recess; promise the older ones a wet t-shirt contest on the beach during Spring Break, perhaps guarantee them a job other than fast food service upon graduation…

But you can get them a good pack to carry their books though.  A bag that says, “I am higher on the food chain than the dorks you stuff into lockers, no need to steal my lunch money. I’m neither hipster nor hippie.  I know good gear when I see it and I deploy to the school yard with the same level of gear that my daddy (or mommy) deployed to Dirkka-Dirkkastan with.”


In other words, cheer up the dejected and miserable students in your life with a Grey Ghost Gear Lightweight Assault Pack in ATACS FG, PenCott-BadLands or GreenZone; a Stealth Operator Pack in grey, grey diamond or ATACS FG. A Legacy Pack in Coyote Brown, MultiCam or one of 3 Kryptek patterns – Highlander, Mandrake or Typhon.  

Once all those packs, patterns and colors are gone they’re gone!  Miss your chance now and you’ll be mourning the missed opportunity for generations to come.

Buy one, buy three.  But buy now, before it’s too late!


thanks to Airsoft & Military News for the header image

UF PRO : Introducing RAL 7013 – the original all-terrain color

In use for more than a century, the RAL 7013 Brown-Grey colour has proven to be one of the most versatile colors for a wide range of operational end-uses.  Whether being used for military, police or civilian end-use, the Brown-Grey colour blends into a broad specter of surroundings and compliments a wide range of other plain colours and camouflage patterns.


Under the traditional “RAL 7013″ color code, Brown-Grey gear is becoming more and more popular within Special Forces, because of its efficiency in arid, urban and woodland environments.  It provides a very subtle appearance and allows the operator to nicely blend in, at day and at night.



Check out all the UF PRO® gear in RAL 7013 here.

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