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    ZEV Technologies 6.5 Creedmoor Small Frame

    Remember ZEV Technologies in airsoft? For those who have been in airsoft for some time now, they can recall that ZEV Technologies is about the SOCOM Gear ZEV Tech Trilobite Cut Slide for Gas Blowback Pistols. In particular, this was installed on the Echo1 US Airsoft ZEV Custom Timberwolf GBB Pistol.

    ZEV Technologies merged with Mega Arms in early 2017 and by the late September 2017, PTS Syndicate announce that they have bagged the license to produce ZEV Tech products for the airsoft market. PTS Syndicate also has a licensing agreement for the Mega Arms, releasing the MKM and MML Maten Gas Blowback Rifles. But so far, there is no product released by PTS Syndicate under the ZEV  Tech brand.

    If ever PTS Syndicate would want to produce another GBB rifle, then our suggestion is the ZEV Technologies Small Frame that uses the 6.5 Creedmor that was just recently announced.

    With .308-style airsoft rifles being released by competitors, PTS Syndicate might just want to have a 6.5 Creedmor-style rifles produced, given that the 6.5 has advantages over the .308 for distance shooting. The ZEV Tech 6.5 Creedmor Small Frame has a long range capability and firepower like a large frame caliber at a smaller size. This makes it ideal for hunting and precision shooting rifle shooters.

    Here are the technical specifications of the rifle:

    • ZEV Billet Upper and Lower receivers are machined from 7075-T651 aluminum and finished in type III class 2 hard coat anodize
    • ZEV extended length M-LOK free floating hand guard installs directly to the integrated rail base on the upper receiver which enhances rigidity while giving the rifle a unique and streamlined profile
    • ZEV Slide Lock charging handle permits ambidextrous manipulation with an extended and textured latch for superior grip and ergonomics
    • ZEV exclusive sniper gray flat face AR Gold trigger from ATC features a 2.5lb pull with a short reset and clean break
    • Custom 20" 6.5 Creedmoor fluted 416R stainless steel sub-MOA match grade heavy barrel manufactured for ZEV by Noveske Rifleworks
    • Custom tuned gas and buffer system for smooth cycling, consistent ejection, and low recoil
    • Muzzle break from SureFire for additional recoil reduction to keep the rifle on target through recoil and aid in making follow up shots
    • Ambidextrous operating controls and Magpul furniture further enhance the user experience. Includes one 20 round PMAG
    • Overall length of 38.75" with stock collapsed
    • Unloaded weight of 8.7 lbs

    This is now available at authorized retailers. As for the airsoft version, hope that PTS Syndicate might just produce one if they are reading this.


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    FDM L5 Caseless Rifle

    Perhaps the next generation rifle for the U.S. Army may just trace its origins to a garage located in Colorado Springs. According to media reports, the U.S. Army has ordered a prototype version of the FDM L5 Caseless Rifle.

    The garage-based company, Forward Defense Munitions (FDM) is owned by Martin Grier and he may just be in the cusp of producing the future rifle for the U.S. Army. The FDM L5 Caseless Rifle allows the soldier to five rounds at once using an electric actuator firing system. The five vertically stacked bores are encased in a single block of steel to keep them together.

    It is even lighter than the M4 rifle, as it weighs 6.5lbs, compared to the M4 which weighs 7lbs.  Since it does not use a traditional system of using heavy bolt carrier group to cycle and instead uses an electronic firing system, it is lighter than the M4. According to Popular Mechanics, the FDM L5 fires 6mm rounds which is the round that the U.S. Army is looking into to have a better penetration power as compared to the 5.56mm.

    Theoretically, the FDM L5 can shoot 250 rounds per second, which means a lot of firepower that whoever is at the receiving end may just wish he/she is somewhere else.

    Here is how the company describes their new firearm technology:

    The L5 is the world's first functional 5-bore, single barrel rifle.

    The L5's Electromagnetic / Transverse Camshaft action is efficient, safe, and reliable. The battery-powered action can fire upwards of 15,000 shots per battery charge.

    Complete with picatinny rails, the L5 can be easily accessorized with standard, commercially-available gear.

    FDM's charge block ammo comes pre-loaded straight from the factory, which obviates the need to load individual rounds, saving vast amounts of time by passing that duty on to the manufacturer. This profoundly increases the effective sustained rate of fire for forces wielding the L5.

    To prevent overheating, each block is ejected after use, along with any heat that would otherwise be held in a chamber. The blocks are precisely guided into position, moving only 1/2-inch, minimizing the probability of jamming. 

    The L5 Rifle, coupled with charge block ammunition, represents an entirely new firearm class and addresses the prevalent and dangerous problems of reloading, overheating and jamming, which are inherent to the design of currently deployed firearms.

    If the FDM L5 gets the nod for more testing, the U.S. Army soldiers might bring some serious power in a serious package. Just imagine a squad having the firepower of a platoon. It can be a game change in the battlefield.


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    Lapinn Poliisi In Lappi 118 Exercise (Lapinn Poliisi Instagram)

    The reliable but rather old Heckler & Koch MP5 Submachine Gun, beloved by counter-terrorist units and police officers around the world will soon be replaced in Finland. According to news sources, the Poliisi or the Police of Finland, the MP5 will be replaced with an SMG that many airsoft players are familiar with nowadays, the CZ Scorpion EVO which is made in the Czech Republic/Czechia.

    Finnish news agency STT announced that around police officers around the country will soon be receiving a new SMG with terrorism being a primary reason why the need to upgrade their weapons. In August 2018, the police arrested a man of Moroccan descent who is suspected of murder and attempted murder with terrorist intent. The attack left two people dead and eight injured. Suspect is said to have his application for asylum denied by Finnish authorities.

    The new SMG will be introduced as soon as the supply contracts expire. According to Yle, the Scorpion Evo is easier to use for sustained firing.
    Police Inspector Ari Alanen, a member of the National Police Board said, "The technical features are a bit different, so setting up for automatic fire is a little easier."

    More firepower is needed by the police to counter growing terrorist threat and that with the new SMG, they can use more precision as it is shouldered weapon as compared to using a pistol according to Timo Lappalainen, a firearms expert in the same Yle report.

    New weapons platforms can be easily configured to meet mission requirements as compared to the older weapons such as the MP5. That can done with the Scorpion Evo with its use of rail systems and police can easily familiarize themselves with it as the operations is just a bit different from the MP5 and both use the same 9mm round.

    In airsoft, the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 is licensed to the Action Sport Games (ASG) of Denmark.  It is first released in AEG form, it is a much well-received airsoft gun and a custom HPA-powered version developed in cooperation with Wolverine Airsoft also available.

     

    Top photo: Lapland Police in LAPPI 118 local defence exercise (Source: Lapin Poliisi Instagram)


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    Springfield XD(M) 10mm Pistol

    Last week, Springfield Armory unveiled the XD(M) 4.5” Match OSP Pistol that comes with standard and threaded barrels.  This week, they add another member to the XD(M) , a more powerful XD(M)-10, a new pistol that uses the 10mm round.

    While the 10mm sounds like a very young round, in a way, it is as it was designed and produced since 1983 when it was initially made for the Bren Ten, a precursor to the CZ 75 pistol.The Bren Ten was made popular by the Miami Vice TV series in the 1980s in which it was a signature weapon of Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) during the first season of the series.

    With the XD(M) 10mm, Springfield Armory brings a powerful and accurate pistol that the company claims to be even more durable. In a firing test that with each round fired documented on video, it fired 10,000 rounds of Federal Premium Hydra-Shok 10mm ammunition without any failures.

    “Our customers have been very vocal about their excitement at the prospect of an XD(M) chambered in 10mm,” said Springfield Armory President Steve McKelvain in a press release.  “We are thrilled to now offer them exactly what many of them have been asking for: the power and velocity of the 10mm round delivered in the reliability of the XD(M) platform, proven through a 10,000 round torture test documented on video.”

    Just like the rest of the XD(M) models, the 10mm also features a polymer frame, three interchangeable backstraps, accessory rail, and an ergonomic grip. Two versions are available:  a 4.5" or 5.25" barrel, which are well-balanced when combined with the full-size grip frame for maximum controllability and comfort while shooting.

    According to the company, the 4.5" model has a low-profile combat rear sight that is paired with a fiber optic front sight; and the 5.25" version features a fully adjustable target rear sight with a fiber optic front. As for the magazine, it holds 15 rounds giving the shooter a total of 15+1 rounds ready to be fired.

    The slide is finished in Melonite just like the barrel, which is hammer-forged. It has forward and rear cocking serrations, with the magazine release being ambidextrous. As for the safety features, it has a loaded chamber indicator, grip safety, and a strike status indicator.

    Both models are now available for purchase. Customers in the U.S. who purchase any XD model from the Springfield Armory lineup qualify to receive three additional magazines and a Springfield Armory range bag. They will also also have an exclusive offer to upgrade their Gear Up package to include a Surefire 6PX Flashlight, Kershaw Knife and Carabiner for only US$99. This offer is good up to December 21, 2018.


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    Netflix Medal of Honor Trailer

    If you want watch and listen to stories of men who belong to a group admired for extraordinary feats of courage, then better subscribe to Netflix if you do not have an account yet. On November 9, 2018 the first episode of season 1 of “Medal of Honor” documentary series will be streamed online to whatever device that you use to watch Netflix.

    The docuseries is the result of collaboration between Robert Zemeckis known for directing “Forrest Gump” and James Moll, the award-winning documentarian between the “Last Days”. “Medal of Honor” features 8 men who received the highest and most prestigious military honor of the USA in a 8-episode season.

    The Medal of Honor award was created by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and was first awarded in 1863.  Since then around 3,500 men and women from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard have received this honor. It is also known as the Congressional Medal of Honor as its in presented in the name of the U.S. Congress.

    In each episode, the brothers-in-arms and family of the MOH recipients talk about the bravery and extraordinary odds they faced. Archival footage and reenactment of the action that are combined to give fully impart the story of the men whose stories should be told on for generations.

    Here is the list of the Medal of Honor recipients whose stories will be told on the first season:

    • Sylvester Antolak (World War II)
    • Vito Bertoldo (World War II)
    • Edward Carter (World War II)
    • Ty M. Carter (Afghanistan)
    • Richard L. Etchberger (Vietnam)
    • Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura (The Korean War)
    • Clint Romesha (Afghanistan)
    • Joseph Vittori (The Korean War)

    Surely, these stories are some of those that will make you proud of the servicemen and women who make sacrifice for the freedom you enjoy.


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    Discovery Channel “Master Of Arms”

    It will be Weapons 101 galore on Fridays 10pm, starting November 2, 2018 as Discovery Channel’s “Master of Arms” weapons making competition will finally air. Ordered last April and produced by Matador Content, the show will give us a look on how weapons makers do their craft.

    Each episode in this show will have three builders compete with each other in historical challenges in which they will have to create era-specific weapons. This will range from Viking swords to firearms.

    They will have to recreate the weapons in a specified time frame and these are not just weapons that are made to how the weapons master envisions it to be. These weapons should be well researched and made as works of art.

    The weapons which can either be ballstic, bow or blade weapons will be tested rigorously and will be judged according to design, historical accuracy, and abilities.  One weapons smith will be eliminated after each challenge and the last remaining weapons smith will be awarded US$10,000 and the title of “Master of Arms” for that episode.

    In a press release, Discovery reveals that the weapons will be tested by a U.S. Army veteran and will be judged by a panel of judges:

    Ashley Hlebinsky, one of the leading firearms historians in the country. Ashley has dedicated her life and career to the study of weaponry. She is currently the Chief Curator of one of the largest firearms collections in the country, the Cody Firearms Museum, in Wyoming.    

    Nicholas Irving, a former Sergeant within the Special Operations unit, 75th Ranger Regiment 3rd Ranger battalion, served as an assaulter, machine gunner, designated marksman and sniper. He is also The New York Times bestselling author of The Reaper, Way of the Reaper and Reaper: Ghost Target.

    Zeke Stout, a certified firearms specialist. He has served as an executive at one of the largest firearms, technology, and gunsmithing schools in the country. In that role, he was certified as a higher education professional in leadership, an Armorer in several platforms, including the 1911 and Penn arms grenade launcher. 

    Trenton Tye, a professional blacksmith with over 20 years’ experience. His specialties include casting, gunsmithing, knife making, and ancient arms and armor.

    The competition should be educational as well as it also gives us an insight on how weapons were made as based on the techniques that were used in those periods. While many of us in the airsoft community are more particularly concerned about firearms, especially contemporary ones, it is also a good thing to have an understanding of blade and bow weapons which are still very much valid weapons to use firearms are made useless due to mechanical failure or running out of bullets.


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    U.S. Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) (BUD/S) Trainees

    There’s one man who tried shooting at the Navy SEALs singlehandedly and who is going to live to tell the tale --- in jail. Last week, a California man pleaded guilty to shooting at trainee Navy SEALs and instrsuctors with a pellet gun, a day before his trial to start.

    The suspect, 48 year old Scott Weaver of San Diego, California, confronted with a pellet gun the Navy SEAL instructors and trainees who were conducting a night time qualification dive near the Road bridge at Liberty Station last 23 July 2018. He then started shooting at the trainees who were diving leading to the group to call the San Diego Police.

    Weaver was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a replica firearm, threats, and obstruction. The assault with a deadly weapon was dismissed at a previous hearing but still, Weaver faces a year in jail when he will be sentenced on the 1st of November according to Fox News.

    No one in the training group was injured.

    Photo:U.S. Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) (BUD/S) trainees linking arms  (Photo by: JOCS Lee Coleman)

    A Navy spokesperson confirmed that the unit were doing training San Diego Bay. The United States Naval Special Warfare Command (NWSC) was established in 1987 at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego, California. The SEAL training school, the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) is also there and this where future SEALs train in the Silver Strand surf and other areas in San Diego.

    As to what threats that Weaver said to the group, it was not revealed, the Police do not know if the suspect had a motive for shooting at the Navy SEALs or if he knows who he was shooting at . The replica firearm, whilst it is a pellet gun was clarified if it is a BB pellet gun or a plastic BB airsoft gun. Nevertheless, using a replica firearm to threaten people, will always carry a punishment.

    Thanks to Airsoft Fury for this story.

     

    Top Photo:U.S. Navy Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) (BUD/S) Trainees (Photo by: JOCS Lee Coleman)


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    German Soldiers in Kosovo 2016 (U.S. Army Photo)

    The ongoing program to replace the G36 rifle of the Bundeswehr (German Military) has suffered a setback.  In a report in Die Welt, that none of the proposed replacements have met fulfilled the “individual mandatory requirements” after seven months of comparative tests. This was revealed in a confidential letter from the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Federal Armed Forces (BAAINBw) to the Ministry of Defense.

    It was announced by the German Ministry of Defence in 2015 that the G36, made by Heckler & Koch, would be phased out. The decision was made when the G36 was found to be overheating that resulted to reduced accuracy after prolonged use in hot weather.

    Whilst there was no mention of the guns involved in the testing, as the Defence Ministry keeps the names of the companies involved in the bidding, earlier reports indicate that there are two remaining contenders as the G36 replacement: the Heckler & Koch HK433 and the Haenel MK556. Other contenders that were pulled out earlier were the FNH SCAR-L, SIG Sauer MCX, and the Rheinmetall - Steyr Mannlicher RS556.

    The companies have been given a deadline of 15 February 2019 to remedy the deficiencies and they will be checked again, leading to further delays.

    Auditors also indicate that the weapons manufacturers were proposing 5.56mm rifles when there are other units in the Bundeswehr that are requesting for a 7.62mm weapon.

    Photo:German soldiers in OMLT exercise in Hohenfels, Germany, May 2012 (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Ian Schell)

    The auditors have been told by the Procurement Office that they will write to the Ministry “to conduct separate investigations to verify penetration performance” to rectify the issues. From there the results will be evaluated by the Bundeswehr’s planning office. If the evaluation comes out negative, then the award procedure would be cancelled which then would result into the Bundeswehr waiting for years for a new service rifle.

    It is seen that for the new service rifle, the tender will be for 120,000 units for the price of 250 million euros which could increase to 400 million euros if the required accessories is included as well. The final price will be negotiated only after a decision to award has been made.

    For now, whilst there is no replacement in sight and until there is a new service rifle, the operational capability of the G36 was fully guaranteed according to the Defence ministry.

     

    Top photo: German soldier in Operation Sharp Griffin, May 2016 in Kosovo (U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval, Multinational Battle Group-East Public Affairs)


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    U.S. Army TRADOC Deadlift Exhibition (US Air Force Photo)

    Don’t look at us. We are pretty sure here at Popular Airsoft that we can carry beer bottles than carrying weights, so we are not in the best position to answer this question. But if you have been looking for a fitness regimen that you think is appropriate for meeting the challenges of Milsim, then you might want to keep a copy of the U.S. Army’s new fitness test so you can try it out and find out if you are as fit as the Army soldiers.

    Approved earlier this year, the new Fitness Test and all soldiers, regardless of gender and age will need to take the test by October 2020. This test will which 6 events are as follows:

    Strength deadlift: With a proposed weight range of 120 to 420 pounds, the deadlift event is similar to the one found in the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, which is given to new recruits to assess lower-body strength before they are placed into a best-fit career field. The ACFT will require Soldiers to perform a three-repetition maximum deadlift (only one in OPAT) and the weights will be increased. The event replicates picking up ammunition boxes, a wounded battle buddy, supplies or other heavy equipment.

     Standing power throw: Soldiers toss a 10-pound ball backward as far as possible to test muscular explosive power that may be needed to lift themselves or a fellow Soldier up over an obstacle or to move rapidly across uneven terrain. 

    Hand-release pushups: In this event, Soldiers start in the prone position and do a traditional pushup, but when at the down position they release their hands and arms from contact with the ground and then reset to do another pushup. This allows for additional upper body muscles to be exercised. 

    Sprint/drag/carry: As they dash 25 meters five times up and down a lane, Soldiers will perform sprints, drag a sled weighing 90 pounds, and then hand-carry two 40-pound kettlebell weights. This can simulate pulling a battle buddy out of harm's way, moving quickly to take cover, or carrying ammunition to a fighting position or vehicle. 

    Leg tuck: Similar to a pullup, Soldiers lift their legs up and down to touch their knees/thighs to their elbows as many times as they can. This exercise strengthens the core muscles since it doubles the amount of force required compared to a traditional situp. 

    2-mile run: Same event as on the current test. In the ACFT, run scores are expected to be a bit slower due to all of the other strenuous activity.

    The U.S. United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) finally released the Fitness Training Guide to help the soldiers prepare in passing the Fitness Test. This guide states that these specific exercises will help develop strength, endurance, and mobility using common strength training methods and Army doctrine.

    You can download the PDF file below for you to follow as it has been released for civilian reading too. You and airsoft team mates can go over the requirements in order for you to be able to conduct the exercises properly. Good luck in passing the test!

    Top photo:A U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command senior leader participates in the strength deadlift at an exhibition of the new Army Combat Fitness Test at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Aug. 1, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristan Biese)


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    Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout

    It looks like another hit for Activision and Treyarch as the latest Call of Duty title, Black Ops 4, hit the half a billion dollar mark on its opening weekend. According to is press release, the  combined number of Black Ops 4 players across its three modes of play during the opening weekend beats last year’s Call of Duty: WWII, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the same period of time. This covers the single player, multiplayer and zombies. But of course, there is the Black Out Battle Royale Mode that is introduced for the first time in a Call of Duty game.

    In the press release, Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty, said, “Black Ops 4 is off to a blockbuster start. Our player counts and hours played are up year over year, our viewership on Twitch has set new standards and is showing just how fun Blackout is to play and to watch, and the weekend results yet again put Call of Duty at that highest tier of entertainment.”

    He further added that “Our digital sales results have been record-breaking across all platforms, and the overall performance strong. We’re really excited about Black Ops 4’s momentum. There’s much more to come, we’re just getting started.”

    Also, the press release revealed that Black Ops 4 is the most watched Call of Duty game in franchise history. The viewership numbers were crunched based on stats from the Twitch streaming network using the launch weekend as the timeline.

    The numbers do look impressive, but will Black Ops 4 stem the tide of decreasing sales for one the biggest video game franchise? If you compare it to Call of Duty previous releases, the opening weekend sales figures of Black Ops 4 pales in comparison to Black Ops 2 in 2012 hit the same mark in 24 hours and the 1 billion mark in 15 days. Modern Warfare 3 released in 2011 is the highest grossing title in the series, grabbing a total of US$1.23 billion in sales.

    You can check here to see the sales statistics of each Call of Duty title before Black Ops 4. You will notice the Modern Warfare 3 is the peak and sales has been declining since then. When compared to movie blockbusters, the Call of Duty franchise is still a superior money machine.