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SilencerCo – shorter, lighter “K” version 5.56mm suppressors

SilencerCo released two shorter, lighter versions of the Saker and Specwar product lines today – the Saker K 556 and Specwar K 556.

These suppressors were designed to meet a military requirement that emphasized shortest overall length more than sound reduction – SilencerCo tested the K versions on 11 inch, 14.5 inch and 16 inch 5.56mm barrels with 62 grain M855 ball ammunition with a range of results from 137 to 140 dB.

“Our goal with the K versions of the Saker and Specwar was to create the shortest and lightest hearing-safe 5.56mm silencers available,” noted Josh Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo. “These K versions of the Saker and Specwar still carry our lifetime warranty and can be used for full auto fire on barrel lengths down to 7 inches.”

SilencerCo is now opening these models up for commercial sale.


Founded in West Valley, Utah in 2008, SilencerCo began with a belief in the fundamental premise that firearms don’t have to be loud and has now become the market leader in sound suppressors, muzzle devices, and related products. By investing in innovation, customer service, organic manufacturing, advocacy, education, and talent, SilencerCo is now focused on making firearms hearing safe for all hunting and shooting applications, introducing products that have never been made before, and improving the buying experience.

IWI 40 mm Grenade Launcher

The IWI 40 mm Grenade Launcher is compatible with all types of assault rifles, is made of lightweight materials, is easy to assemble and operate, and offers a stand-alone option that enables firing separately from the weapon.

Developed in cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the IWI GL 40 Grenade Launcher – which weighs only 1.400 kg – is a single-shot 40x46mm launcher, ergonomically designed, and versatile.  Available in two barrel lengths – for 400m and 300m range – the GL 40 is designed for low and medium velocity (longer than usual range) rounds.  Unlimited feed for most 40mm rounds enables operation in any situation or combat conditions.  The stand-alone option enables firing separately from the launcher when it is dismantled from the weapon.

IWI 40mm launcher

Attaching to the lower rail of the weapon and locking rapidly with the lever, the GL40 can be quickly assembled and disassembled by a single soldier without any additional tools.  Due to its side-opening barrel, which allows a simple injection and extraction of the grenade, it can use various lengths of ammunition including long grenades.  Picatinny rails on the bottom and sides enable the incorporation of various devices and accessories.

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HK416A5 type-classified as G38

The Firearm Blog has reported that the HK416A5 has now been officially type-classified as the G38.


Full story here.

FRAG OUT! rock out with an MSBS and Surefire 60-round mag

The guys at FRAG OUT! magazine recently got their hands on a full Surefire 60-rounder, and an MSBS rifle with full auto capability.  The result was pretty impressive!

Frag Out - MSBS 60 rounds full auto

click on the image above to jump to the video – and turn up the volume!

FRAG OUT! magazine issue 1 also had a full in-depth look at the innovative MSBS modular small arms system from FB Radom – click on the image below to jump to the magazine online.

FB Radom MSBS 556


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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