David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

5.11 Challenge Winners Donate $175,000 to LE Depts Hit by Hurricane

The following is a 5.11 Challenge press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bill Berry, (916) 717-3742 [email protected] 5.11 CHALLENGE WINNERS DONATE $175,000 IN PRIZES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENTS HIT HARD BY HURRICANES Sponsors follow up with additional donations totaling over $500,000 MIAMI, FLORIDA (September 25, 2005) – The 5.11 Challenge sponsored a breakfast at this years IACP 5K race to announce …

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KAC Wins U.S. Army XM110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) Contract

by David Crane [email protected] DefenseReview readers may remember that we published the Presolicitation Notice for the 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester) XM110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS), back in November (2004). Specifically, it was Solicitation #: W15QKN-05-R-0433. The 7.62mm XM110 SASS is supposed to replace the U.S. Army’s old M24 Sniper Weapon System (SWS). Well, DefenseReview was told early yesterday evening (Monday) that …

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Ultra-Armored Patrol Vehicle for 21st Century Urban Warfare and CI Ops

by David Crane [email protected] When I look at the Ultra Armored Patrol Vehicle (a.k.a. Ultra AP concept vehicle), I just can’t help thinking about the "Tumbler" Batmobile from the latest Batman movie, Batman Begins. And, ya’ know, that’s probably not a bad thing. In the film, the "Tumbler" was one badass vehicle–and cool. So, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) …

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Springfield Armory XD Pistols: Serious Defensive Plastic for Serious Use

by David Crane [email protected] Springfield Armory XD pistols receiving some pretty high praise by professionals in the tactical and competitive shooting arenas, lately. Rob Leatham, world-class competitive shooter and Springfield Armory spokesman, is a obviously a big proponent of them, of course. He’s also an ideal demonstrator for the XD pistols’ performance capabilities, sincel he’s an IPSC Grandmaster shooter and …

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Burning Bullets: Bunker-Busting Shells to Wreak Havoc on the Enemy

The following comes from NewScientist.com: 15:41 06 September 2005 NewScientist.com news service Barry Fox Burning bullets A bunker-busting shell that gets so hot on impact that it burns its way through concrete and steel is being developed by the US Navy’s Warfare Center in Virginia. The shell contains a mixture of aluminium polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and perchlorate oxydiser, moulded together into …

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KRISS of Death: Unconventional and Deadly .45 ACP Subgun Makes It’s Debut

by David Crane [email protected] September 06, 2005 What do you get when you cross a gas pump nozzle with a Thompson submachine gun? No, it’s not a joke. It’s a new and rather unconventional .45-caliber (.45 ACP) subgun that attenuates/mitigates felt recoil and muzzle rise/climb–thus increasing controllability–on full-auto by putting the bore axis at or slightly below the centerline of …

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Milkor MGL-140 Six-Shot Multiple Grenade Launcher Demo at Blackwater

by David Crane [email protected] Armed Forces Journal has a video clip of the Milkor USA, Inc. MGL-140 6-shot 40mm low-velocity (a.k.a. low-impulse) multiple grenade launcher being demo’d at the annual Armed Forces Journal (AFJ) Shoot-out at Blackwater 2005. In the video, you can see Richard Solberg, Jr., President/CEO of Milkor USA, explaining the weapon’s attributes and features, as well as …

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Internal View of Metal Storm AICW (Advanced Individual Combat Weapon)

by David Crane [email protected] DefenseReview just received a virtual drawing of the Metal Storm Advanced Individual Combat Weapon’s (AICW) internals.  We received this internal view drawing was sent to us by one of our military defense industry contacts OCONUS (outside the continental United States).  We’re providing this to our readers as a follow-up to the Metal Storm press release we just …

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Metal Storm Demos Advanced Individual Combat Weapon (AICW) Prototype (Photo)

The following is a press release from Metal Storm Limited on the developmental Metal Storm Advanced Individual Combat Weapon (AICW) prototype (Photo shown below.). BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – 31 August 2005 Metal Storm Limited (ASX trading code: MST and NASDAQ Small Cap ticker symbol MTSX) today announced the successful test firing of the Advanced Individual Combat Weapon (AICW) Capability Technology Demonstrator …

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