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Vickers Tactical: SIG AMT .308 Modern Sporting Rifle

Larry Vickers shows off a ‘unicorn rifle’ – a semi-auto 7.62x51mm NATO SIG AMT.  If I recall correctly, this was the very first ‘modern sporting rifle’ I ever saw – it was in a copy of the 1972 edition of “Gun Digest” that I found in the library at Salmon Arm West Elementary School in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada.


HEXMAG Introduces New Magazines for AR Platform

The most instantly recognizable feature of Hexmag’s magazines is their unique exterior features which provide exceptional grip in any conditions or environment, with or without gloves.  Internally, they come with the firm seating, dual-leg, tilt-proof, multi-color coded HexID magazine followers and latch plate/identifiers.  Wrapping it all together is Hexmag’s exclusive PolyHex2   Advanced Composite construction. Hexmag magazines and accessories are also made in the USA and come with a Lifetime Warranty.  The company has now introduced two new magazine types for both .223 and .308 calibre AR-style rifles.


Unfortunately some folks live in areas where the magazine capacity of semi-auto sporter rifles is restricted.  While other companies have produced magazines sized specifically to these limited capacities, Hexmag took a different approach.  Their magazines limit the number of rounds for reduced capacity state laws to 10- and 15-rounds. However, they come in a FULL SIZE configuration so the user can practice as if it were a 30-round magazine.

Not only can an AR owner in a reduced capacity state or area legally train and practice with a full-sized magazine, keeping the full-sized form factor also means that there’s no need to try and find special-sized or custom-made magazine pouches or rigs.  You could say these are like the light beer of AR mags – tastes great, less filling!


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A new ‘wildcat’ cartridge for the US Military?

“The United States military has a long history of adopting so-called wildcat calibers from the civilian world. Hell, the 5.56mm round that fills every M249 belt and M16 magazine has its origins as an experimental varmint round for civilian hunters — the .222 Remington Magnum.”


The rounds pictured above may soon be finding their way into the USSOCOM arsenal – read more about here:

Airsoft Gas-Blow-Back G43 Replica Coming From Shoei Japan!

Chances are, you’ll never find (or be able to afford) a genuine real-steel Gewehr Model 1943 (G43) – sometimes known as ‘the German Garand’ – but unless you have a fat stack in your wallet or a high credit limit, you might struggle to afford to buy one of these too!

Shoei Seiakusho Inc. of Japan, renowned for their extremely faithful, museum quality non-firing replicas of firearms, has announced that they will be manufacturing a GBB airsoft replica of the famous WWII German G43 semi-auto rifle.  Shoei is taking pre-orders now, with the product release scheduled for the Spring of 2017.


According to information shared with Airsoft & Military News; “first production of the new G43 will be of (or around) 200 pieces.  After that, any continuation of thereafter will be based on market’s demand. As you already know, our products have always been of high quality in both metal and wood, realistic in both function and appearance, and most importantly very limited production. Therefore this new G43 will be just as good or may be even better than the rest of our past products thanks to the latest manufacturing process.  For instance, our wood stock will be made of laminated wood just like the original WW2 G43, and all metal components will be intricately reproduced and manufactured via molding process.”

If you’ve ever owned or seen a Shoei product up-close, you know that their quality is absolutely stunning – in many cases, their replicas are probably finished to a much higher standard than the original firearms were.  Of course all this limited production, high-quality workmanship comes with a rather hefty price tag;  Shoei anticipate that the selling price of their G43 replica will be around 210,000 Yen or 1,800 Euros.  This also equates to about 1,890 USD at current exchange rates.


So, if you’re willing to pay almost $2,000 for a gas-powered airsoft rifle, you can go ahead and pre-order one of these beauties now (with a 50% deposit) by contacting Tomio at Shoei:

E-mail: [email protected]

The next rifle for the French military will be German?

Yup, it does indeed look as though the French Army will be adopting a new rifle that speaks German – albeit with a decidely American accent…

FAMAS - LAVThe famous FAMAS – standard rifle of the French Armed Forces since the ’70’s.  Photo copyright:  Larry Vickers

According to a story that broke on The Firearm Blog yesterday, it looks as though the French military will be swapping out their famous ‘bugle’ bullpup FAMAS for the HK 416 – which has already been seeing service with French special forces units.


The HK 416 is of course based on the AR15 / M16 platform, but with a number of modern improvements and upgrades – not the least being the replacement of the direct gas impingement system with a short stroke gas piston design.  The HK 416 is also famous for having been originally developed at the request of the US Army’s elite Delta Force, and for the fact that Larry Vickers was involved in its development.

Read the full story on The Firearm Blog

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