FightLite​ ®​ Reveals Next Generation (Squad Automatic) MCR​ ®​ and Lightweight Polymer Ammo

FightLite​ ®​ Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ Inc. located in Melbourne, Florida announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed​ TM​ Squad Automatic MCR​ ®​ (Mission Configurable Rifle).

In a radical departure from the directions of both case telescoped ammunition and conventional polymer ammunition, FightLite​ ®​ is pursuing an innovative development strategy for a 5​th generation hybrid cartridge that is projected to lighten ammunition weight by up to 30% and deliver reduced ammunition cost, while also supporting legacy infantry weapons and machine guns.

There are millions of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO weapons in both the US military and around the globe where users stand to benefit from a significant reduction in ammunition weight without sacrificing performance or reliability. FightLite​ ®​ Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense have been very successful with their outside-the-box approach to problem solving in the small arms business during the past 20 years.

The company’s flagship weapon is its 8.5 lb. select-fire Squad Automatic MCR​ ®​ that shares the excellent ergonomics of the M4A1 and feeds reliably from both M27-linked ammunition belts and standard M16 magazines at operator discretion. Featuring reliable gas-piston operation and a tool-less quick-change barrel system; the patented MCR​ ®​ is the lightest and most portable belt fed machine gun in the world. Suppressor and grenade launcher capable, its select-fire operation allows soldiers and contractors to quickly and accurately engage both point and area targets. And when coupled with FightLite’s finalized 5​ th​ Gen lightweight cartridge, the MCR​ ®​ and FightLite​ ®​ ammo combination will represent the lightest 5.56mm automatic rifle with full combat load available anywhere.

The select-fire FightLite​ ®​ MCR​ ®​ is derived from the ARES-16 AMG-2​ TM​ (Assault Machine Gun) that was selected for testing by the US Army’s Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) and includes product enhancements that were made to the AMG-2​ TM​ following experience with M855A1 EPR ammunition and earlier military testing done during the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment at Fort Benning.

Such enhancements include further weapon weight reduction and simplification, a square shaped feed roller housing, a heat treated steel feed plate that reduces feed ramp wear from M855A1 steel tipped projectiles, refinements in the breech bolt lug profile, a reinforced charging handle assembly, the company’s highly effective RipBrake​ TM​ muzzle compensator, and a proprietary method of mitigating cookoff risk while maintaining a select-fire, closed bolt system of operation that is more accurate and user-friendly than standard open-bolt light machine guns. Some additional key elements of the MCR​ ®​ are that it shares a 52% part commonality with existing NSN components already in the government system and the core technology can retrofit to any MIL-Spec AR15, M16 or M4 type lower receiver; meaning that it is rearward compatible to the very first Colt Mod. 01 (M16) manufactured in 1960. These accomplishments reduce a military’s logistical footprint and costs including spare components and operator and armorer training. Additionally, the dual-feed MCR​ ®​ permits squad automatic rifle users to operate during the assault with 100 and 200 round magazines of M27-linked ammunition, but also retains the ability to reliably feed from 4179 STANAG (M16/M4) magazines from other squad members should linked ammunition run low during combat.

“The Army and some of our commercial customers have been interested in lightweight ammunition for quite some time, so our R&D team is pretty excited about the progress we’re making to finally solve the elusive lightweight ammunition equation for conventional rifles and machine guns,” says Geoffrey Herring, CEO of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ . “We’re aware that various iterations of polymer cased ammunition have been introduced to the commercial market during the past several years, but we also know some of the setbacks they’ve experienced along the way such as ballistic underperformance, case melt, moisture absorption, case separation or deformation, and catastrophic failures when the heat or pressure is up. Most of the polymer ammunition manufacturers are employing first through third generation technology which can be predisposed to fail when subjected to rough handling, temperature extremes, environmental conditions, and the pressures necessary for full ballistic performance of modern rifle ammunition.”

Brass cased ammunition has been relied on for over 150 years and has presented many challenges for the arms industry to find an alternative material that accomplishes everything that a standard brass case does. In addition to providing a convenient capsule to house the bullet and components, keep the powder dry and reliably feed into the chamber, it is also a critical gas container that keeps the shooter safe from the 50,000-70,000 psi chamber pressure when the round is fired. When the malleable brass case expands against the chamber wall during obturation, it performs as a mechanical brake reducing bolt loading and embeds many impurities from the chamber such as grit, carbon or unburned propellant into the case body which is then extracted from the chamber in a semi self-cleaning arrangement. Since brass is an excellent thermal conductor, it also absorbs and removes with each shot a small amount of heat generated by the friction of the projectile traveling down the bore. It can be stored for extended periods of time and can tolerate temperature extremes such as freezing cold, rough handling, hazardous environmental conditions and water submersion. But some of the biggest strikes against it are weight and cost, and depending on the individual manufacturer the 12 to 20 step manufacturing process necessary to fabricate a single cartridge.

FightLite​ ®​ isn’t sharing any proprietary details at this stage about the (5​ th​ Generation) construction methods being privately developed in house with IRAD until its patents for the hybrid technology are solidified. But the FightLite​ ®​ R&D team is systematically addressing and overcoming the hurdles that have plagued early players in the lightweight ammunition space and is confident in its decision to pursue development of a lightweight cartridge that will also support legacy weapons in the US arsenal and NATO countries, and other users around the world.

“Our company’s approach to product development has always been to invest in inclusive technologies that benefit a greater consumer base as exemplified by our MCR​ ®​ being rearward compatible from today’s production M4A1 to the very first M16’s that the Army ever purchased. To date, our company has produced and delivered thousands of dual-feed MCR​ ®​ type upper receiver assemblies and rifles throughout the US and overseas, so we’re very comfortable with our product, its capabilities and the ability to produce it,” says Herring. “The primary objective for developing polymer ammunition is to additionally lighten the soldier’s ammunition load by at least 20% and we think that our hybrid case will be able to achieve that while maintaining safety and ballistic performance and also supporting legacy systems. We’ve already accomplished significant weight savings for the soldier with our squad automatic MCR​ ®​ which currently weighs 50% less than the current M249 and is 3-times more accurate as verified by US military testers during live fire exercises. In fact, our gun was so effective at improving the squad’s speed and mobility during our participation in the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment that there is soldier support on record for adding two additional weapons to the current 9-man squad for a total of two of our guns per fire team.”

No firm date is being stated at this time for delivery of FightLite​ ®​ 5.56mm hybrid ammunition to market. In the interim, FightLite​ ®​ Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense Systems​ ® will continue supplying its customers with its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Squad Automatic MCR​ ®​ and AMG-2​ TM​ weapons which can currently use almost any of the billions of rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition stockpiled throughout the world. Once the R&D cycle on FightLite​ ® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition is completed, the company will likely either seek mass production of the ammunition through established high-volume ammunition producers or consider licensing its next generation squad automatic rifle (NGSAR) and ammunition technology to one of the USA’s larger prime defense contractors.

About FightLite​ ®​ Industries
FightLite​ ®​ Industries is a division of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ Inc., a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite​ ®​ Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing and design team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers. Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite​ ®​ products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra-modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To learn more about FightLite​ ®​ Industries visit ​ http://www.FightLite.com​ . ​ Follow ​ FightLite​ ®​ Industrieson Facebook at ​ facebook.com/FightLite​ ​ , on Twitter ​ @FightLite​ and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries​ .

Notice:​ ​ FightLite​ ®​ , ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ and MCR​ ®​ are registered trademarks of ARES Defense Systems​ ®​ Inc.

Gunwerks Release The RevX Ten-Year Anniversary Long-Range Rifle

Gunwerks is excited to announce its latest rifle, the RevX. The new rifle delivers Gunwerks’ legendary long-range performance at less than half the price of its higher-end siblings. As with all Gunwerks’ products, each RevX is live-fire tested at Gunwerks’ Wyoming facility to test accuracy, cold bore shot behavior, and long range ballistic performance.

The field-test data that’s collected is included with each rifle as an individual ballistic data package. Also included is a coupon for a custom turret label, made specifically for the individual rifle by customturretsystems.com.

Every RevX long-range rifle arrives ready to shoot, out of the box. Pre-configured rifles come with the Nightforce SHV scope—zeroed and calibrated. If the customer prefers, they can have their RevX dealer mount the optic of the customer’s choice.

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Nikon Adds Illuminated MOA Reticle Option to BLACK X1000 6-24×50

Nikon introduces another member to the recently introduced BLACK riflescope series­–a new category of dedicated optics with models engineered for both precision long-range rifle and action-shooting AR enthusiasts.

For the precision rifle shooter, Nikon’s BLACK X1000 is now offered in a 6-24x50SF Matte Illuminated X-MOA tactical-style reticle synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets. Accurate and repeatable, the adjustments enable precise dialing of elevation come ups and wind compensation, while the new reticle design presents the shooter with a visually clean, yet highly functional and advanced tool for estimating range or maintaining holdovers.

The Black X1000 features a Side Focus Parallax Adjustment, which allows adjustment without changing shooting position and Illuminated control with 10 intensity levels with incremental “OFF” between settings, allowing you to be at your favorite illumination setting with “OFF” rotating in either direction.

BLACK series riflescopes all feature a 30mm main body tube built with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and Type 3 hard anodizing, providing exceptional ruggedness and optimum strength-to-weight ratios. Each riflescope has an optical system built from Nikon’s lead- and arsenic-free glass, which is optimized with the company’s full multilayer coating on all air-to-glass lens surfaces. Spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets provide precise, repeatable corrections. Like all Nikon riflescopes, the new BLACK series is backed by the company’s No Fault policy for repair or replacement.

Nikon’s new BLACK X1000 6-24x50SF IL X-MOA will be available Summer 2017.

Description

MSRP

BLACK X1000 6-24x50SF Matte IL X-MOA

$649.95

Nikon Inc. is the U.S. distributor of Nikon sports and recreational optics, world-renowned Nikon 35mm cameras, digital cameras, speedlights and accessories, Nikkor lenses and electronic imaging products.

For more information on Nikon’s full line of Riflescopes, Binoculars, Rangefinder Binocular, Fieldscopes, and Laser Rangefinders, please contact: Nikon Sport Optics, 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3064, or call 1-800-645-6687. http://www.NikonSportOptics.com

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Swab-its®: New 3 in 1 Bore-Sticks™ Cleaning Tool Changes How People Clean Their Guns

The new 3 in 1 Swab-its Bore-Sticks™ are caliber-specific and also come with their own handle, eliminating the need for a cleaning rod or jag. As with the other Swab-its foam swabs, the Bore-sticks compress as they enter the barrel. Then, as they travel through the barrel, they expand into the rifling with a 360 degree tight bore fit for precision cleaning and lubricating.

Bore-sticks handles are made of robust and flexible polypropylene. The swabs are lint-free and washable, making the Bore-Sticks an innovative all-in-one lightweight, economical and portable replacement for the rod, jag and patch.

Swab-its Bore-Sticks are available online from http://www.swab-its.com in 9mm in a package of 4. The 9mm Bore-Sticks will also clean .357, .38 and .380 bores. They are also available at MidwayUSA.com and will be available very soon at your favorite dealers. Plans for other calibers are in product development.

Swab-its line of firearm products are designed and made in the USA to take the pain out of gun cleaning. Swab-its foam swabs are a US patented replacement to the patch, mop, and snake. All Swab-its foam swabs can be cleaned with soap and water or mineral spirits and used over and over The Bore-Tips® come in major calibers, threaded to the standard cleaning rod, while Bore-Whips come in .177 and .22/5.56. Swab-its Gun-tips® are foam swabs made of the same material as the Bore-tips and Bore-whips. They come in assorted lengths, head sizes, and thickness with their own handle. The new Swab-its® Star Chamber Cleaning Foam Swabs™ for AR-15/M4 and similar Modern Sporting Rifles feature wings that easily penetrate locking lugs to quickly clean the internal diameter of the barrel extension.

Swab-its continues to develop products that change the way people clean their guns!

LANTAC RAVEN™ LA-N15™ Receiver Sets Available

The ultimate combination.
Featuring our UAR™ (Upper Advanced receiver) & LA-N15 Lower.
The patent pending SMOOTHCAM™ system features a domed head, low friction cam pin and special upper receiver cuts that offer ultra smooth operation.
With its blended cam recess the UAR™ upper is machined from Billet 7075-T6 certified aluminum and milspec, Type3, Class2, Deep Black, Hardcoat Anodized.
The UAR™ is a precision machined upper with a special proprietary bore that is ultra smooth with a roughness average in micro inches of 16, as opposed to standard bored or milled uppers that are 32-63, or higher.
This reduces bolt carrier friction and creates a much smoother operation.
Barrel nut threads, bore and barrel extension surfaces are all machined in one operation so that they are
perfectly concentric and perpendicular to the barrel and fixing assembly.
The cam pin recess has been carefully designed with a smooth surface that flows into the main reciprocation channel.
This allows our specially designed radial, domed head cam pin to move with the minimum of wear against these internal surfaces.

The CP-R360™ Cam Pin has no moving parts to break or lock up.
Machined from 17-4 PH Stainless Steel and hardened to H900 (45RC Approx) its head is polished for a super smooth finish. The cam pins circular head has a single flat face machined into it at the front so that it can be inserted into any bolt carrier without having to remove the gas key.
Two further flats are machined at 90 degrees to the front face that assist in reducing internal wear to the cam channel.
The unique domed head allows the cam pin to operate in a completely different position to a traditional pin, with the radius of the head curving away from the receivers internal surface, rather than forming a hard or sharp edge on its upper corner that causes wear.
Finished in its natural hardened state, copper/brass color.

Used in conjunction with our UAR™ upper and you have a complete, ultra smooth, low friction, minimum wear system.
M4 Feed ramps and front lug raised pad for exceptional receiver mating.

Package Includes CP-R360™ Domed head ultra smooth Cam Pin.

Our LA-N15™ Billet lower is precision machined from the same certifed Aerospace Grade 7075-T6 Alloy and features an internally flared magwell allowing for faster and more accurate seating of the magazine during high stress reloads.
Upper and Lower are a match fit with deep machine egraving and Multi Caliber marking for versatility.
Contemporary styling with intergrated ‘Winter’ style trigger guard and .156″ trigger and hammer pin holes.
Spotface cut to the takedown area allowing easier removal of the rear pin.
Setscrew upper receiver rear lug tension adjustment for ultimate fit and seating.

Specification:

Material: Certified Aerospace Billet 7075-T6 Aluminum
Finish: Milspec MIL-A-8625F Type3, Class2 Deep Black Hardcoat Anodize.
Upper:
Super smooth burnished Bore.
M4 Feedramps as standard.
Blended Smoothcam system.
Includes CP-R360 Domed Head Cam Pin.
Lower:
Internally flared magwell
Tapped rear detent hole.
Spotface takedown pin area