This Week’s PIX!! Sunday April 13th - Saturday April 19th 2014 - Page 2
A member of the National Borders Service (SENAFRONT), guards cocaine packages during a press conference in Panama City, capital of Panama, on April 14, 2014. SENAFRONT seized 300 cocaine packages during an operation in the Meteti sector, in Darien Province, 210 kilometers east of Panama City. (Xinhua/Mauricio Valenzuela) This Week’s PIX!! Sunday April 13th - Saturday April 19th 2014 - Page 2
A member of the National Borders Service (SENAFRONT), guards cocaine packages during a press conference in Panama City, capital of Panama, on April 14, 2014. SENAFRONT seized 300 cocaine packages during an operation in the Meteti sector, in Darien Province, 210 kilometers east of Panama City. (Xinhua/Mauricio Valenzuela)

This Week’s PIX!! Sunday April 13th - Saturday April 19th 2014 - Page 2

A member of the National Borders Service (SENAFRONT), guards cocaine packages during a press conference in Panama City, capital of Panama, on April 14, 2014. SENAFRONT seized 300 cocaine packages during an operation in the Meteti sector, in Darien Province, 210 kilometers east of Panama City. (Xinhua/Mauricio Valenzuela)

PK Machine Gun Predator Ammo Backpack - The Firearm Blog
A Russian gun enthusiast has developed a Predator-style ammunition feeder backpack that holds 7.62x54mmR cartridges for the PK Machine gun. If my understanding of the Google-translation of the Russia text is correct, the backpack, feeding mechanism, ammo box and 450 rounds of 7.62x54mm weigh a total of 33.2 lbs (15.1 kg). The backpack has been designed to give the operator maximum mobility. The gun can be fired offhand or prone and the feeding mechanism reaches far enough for the machine gun’s flash hider to rest on the ground.
 - See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/15/pk-machine-gun-predator-ammo-backpack/#sthash.SeFiKTeG.dpuf PK Machine Gun Predator Ammo Backpack - The Firearm Blog
A Russian gun enthusiast has developed a Predator-style ammunition feeder backpack that holds 7.62x54mmR cartridges for the PK Machine gun. If my understanding of the Google-translation of the Russia text is correct, the backpack, feeding mechanism, ammo box and 450 rounds of 7.62x54mm weigh a total of 33.2 lbs (15.1 kg). The backpack has been designed to give the operator maximum mobility. The gun can be fired offhand or prone and the feeding mechanism reaches far enough for the machine gun’s flash hider to rest on the ground.
 - See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/15/pk-machine-gun-predator-ammo-backpack/#sthash.SeFiKTeG.dpuf PK Machine Gun Predator Ammo Backpack - The Firearm Blog
A Russian gun enthusiast has developed a Predator-style ammunition feeder backpack that holds 7.62x54mmR cartridges for the PK Machine gun. If my understanding of the Google-translation of the Russia text is correct, the backpack, feeding mechanism, ammo box and 450 rounds of 7.62x54mm weigh a total of 33.2 lbs (15.1 kg). The backpack has been designed to give the operator maximum mobility. The gun can be fired offhand or prone and the feeding mechanism reaches far enough for the machine gun’s flash hider to rest on the ground.
 - See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/04/15/pk-machine-gun-predator-ammo-backpack/#sthash.SeFiKTeG.dpuf

PK Machine Gun Predator Ammo Backpack - The Firearm Blog

A Russian gun enthusiast has developed a Predator-style ammunition feeder backpack that holds 7.62x54mmR cartridges for the PK Machine gun. If my understanding of the Google-translation of the Russia text is correct, the backpack, feeding mechanism, ammo box and 450 rounds of 7.62x54mm weigh a total of 33.2 lbs (15.1 kg). The backpack has been designed to give the operator maximum mobility. The gun can be fired offhand or prone and the feeding mechanism reaches far enough for the machine gun’s flash hider to rest on the ground.


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Rostec :: News :: Kalashnikov to protect the rifle image from copying

The Kalashnikov Group has lodged an application for the registration of the three-dimensional images of the AK and the AKM rifle family as trademarks. If the application is approved, the toy manufacturers that copy the famous weapons will have to obtain a license for the importation of these products in Russia.

The documents for the registration were submitted for 21 types of goods (total number of the types in the international classification of goods and services is 45). The company’s representatives emphasize that the registration of a three-dimensional image is the principal question because the “flat” image patent can be сheated by changing its angle.

According to Izvestia, it is clarified in the application that a three-dimensional rifle’s image “has distinctive ability because of his wide fame”, and “it is associated with the applicant historically, since the production of Kalashnikov assault rifles from the beginning and to this day is localized in the city of Izhevsk in the enterprises, on the basis of which the Kalashnikov Group was founded”.

The Group’s representative said, “The Kalashnikov Group has a task to promote the brand, including the assault rifle. We protect our products”.

In case if the application is approved, the Kalashnikov rifle images cannot be used in the manufacture of various goods without communicating it to Kalashnikov. The ban will include, for example, deodorants, fuel, knives, razors, computer software, ammunition, firearms, jewelry, leather goods, furniture, bed covers, fasteners, toys, sports equipment, smoking accessories and others.

The experts believe that the main goal of the application is to prevent the inconsistent use of a recognizable brand, and not to prevent the production of other products under this brand. The majority of children’s toys in the form of a Kalashnikov are produced abroad, so the Russian ban does not affect the release of such products. However, after the trademark is patented, such toys will not pass our customs. The manufacturer will be required to obtain a license from the copyright holder to import goods to Russia.

The review of the application will take between 14 to 16 months, and before that time it is possible to use the image of the Kalashnikov rifle in Russia without the consent of the company. The possibility of registration of the trademark abroad is not excluded, but the concrete plans have not been revealed.

The Kalashnikov Group is the largest Russian developer and manufacturer of automatic and sniper weapons, guided artillery shells, as well as a wide range of civil products. It is a member of the State Corporation Rostec.

Soldier Firing GPMG
A soldier of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancasters Regiment (1LANCS) is pictured firing a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during Exercise Border Storm at the Otterburn Training Ranges in Northumberland. The Regiment was training with soldiers of the 2nd Regiment of the French Foreign Legion for the very first time. Soldier Firing GPMG
A soldier of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancasters Regiment (1LANCS) is pictured firing a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during Exercise Border Storm at the Otterburn Training Ranges in Northumberland. The Regiment was training with soldiers of the 2nd Regiment of the French Foreign Legion for the very first time. Soldier Firing GPMG
A soldier of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancasters Regiment (1LANCS) is pictured firing a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during Exercise Border Storm at the Otterburn Training Ranges in Northumberland. The Regiment was training with soldiers of the 2nd Regiment of the French Foreign Legion for the very first time.

Soldier Firing GPMG

A soldier of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancasters Regiment (1LANCS) is pictured firing a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) during Exercise Border Storm at the Otterburn Training Ranges in Northumberland.

The Regiment was training with soldiers of the 2nd Regiment of the French Foreign Legion for the very first time.

Midwest CBRPS Testing (by Bernie Rolfe)

This is the Midwest Division testing several CBRPS systems, some of them new. The SKSAR, the AKX2S with forward assist/charging handle, the Cossack ES with the Gen II Muzzle Brake and the Saiga V1. Thrown in for fun is the Draco (Pancho) pistol.

2014-3-21 Stoner 63A Carbine (by Sean Cody)

Last Ditch Innovation: The Development of the Gerat 06 and Gerat 06H Rifles (by Forgotten Weapons)

MKE Turkish arms manufacturer introduces T-50 assault rifle and sniper rifle Bora-12 at DSA 2014 140 - Army Recognition

The Automatic Rifle, MKE T-50, cal. 5,56mm x 45 (NATO) is a modern combat rifle, produced in accordance with the most advance manufacturing methods. From closed bolt position this weapon permits the firing of single shots and fires from all shooting positions. The rifle T-50 is a recoil-operated weapon with stationary barrel, incorporating a roller locked system and is fed from a 30 round magazine.

The MKE T-50 is an upgrade of the HK33 assault rifle with a look very similar to HK416. 

JNG-90 also called Bora-12 is a bolt action sniper rifle that fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round used by the Turkish military. Development of the weapon first started back in 2004 to 2008. Its nickname is Bora-12 and it is currently being offered for export. 

MKE claims that the Bora-12 outperforms most Western rivals in terms of accuracy, shooting 0.3 MOA groups at 100 meters range.

Bora-12 sniper rifle is a manually operated weapon with rotary bolt action and detachable box magazine. It is mounted onto aluminum chassis, with polymer pistol grip and fully adjustable butt. Barrel is free-floated and equipped with massive muzzle brake. 

Top of receiver is provided with integral Picatinny rail for quick installation and replacement of various telescope sights and night vision equipment. Additional accessory rails are provided on the forend.  MKE Turkish arms manufacturer introduces T-50 assault rifle and sniper rifle Bora-12 at DSA 2014 140 - Army Recognition

The Automatic Rifle, MKE T-50, cal. 5,56mm x 45 (NATO) is a modern combat rifle, produced in accordance with the most advance manufacturing methods. From closed bolt position this weapon permits the firing of single shots and fires from all shooting positions. The rifle T-50 is a recoil-operated weapon with stationary barrel, incorporating a roller locked system and is fed from a 30 round magazine.

The MKE T-50 is an upgrade of the HK33 assault rifle with a look very similar to HK416. 

JNG-90 also called Bora-12 is a bolt action sniper rifle that fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round used by the Turkish military. Development of the weapon first started back in 2004 to 2008. Its nickname is Bora-12 and it is currently being offered for export. 

MKE claims that the Bora-12 outperforms most Western rivals in terms of accuracy, shooting 0.3 MOA groups at 100 meters range.

Bora-12 sniper rifle is a manually operated weapon with rotary bolt action and detachable box magazine. It is mounted onto aluminum chassis, with polymer pistol grip and fully adjustable butt. Barrel is free-floated and equipped with massive muzzle brake. 

Top of receiver is provided with integral Picatinny rail for quick installation and replacement of various telescope sights and night vision equipment. Additional accessory rails are provided on the forend. 

MKE Turkish arms manufacturer introduces T-50 assault rifle and sniper rifle Bora-12 at DSA 2014 140 - Army Recognition

The Automatic Rifle, MKE T-50, cal. 5,56mm x 45 (NATO) is a modern combat rifle, produced in accordance with the most advance manufacturing methods. From closed bolt position this weapon permits the firing of single shots and fires from all shooting positions. The rifle T-50 is a recoil-operated weapon with stationary barrel, incorporating a roller locked system and is fed from a 30 round magazine.

The MKE T-50 is an upgrade of the HK33 assault rifle with a look very similar to HK416. 

JNG-90 also called Bora-12 is a bolt action sniper rifle that fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round used by the Turkish military. Development of the weapon first started back in 2004 to 2008. Its nickname is Bora-12 and it is currently being offered for export. 

MKE claims that the Bora-12 outperforms most Western rivals in terms of accuracy, shooting 0.3 MOA groups at 100 meters range.

Bora-12 sniper rifle is a manually operated weapon with rotary bolt action and detachable box magazine. It is mounted onto aluminum chassis, with polymer pistol grip and fully adjustable butt. Barrel is free-floated and equipped with massive muzzle brake. 

Top of receiver is provided with integral Picatinny rail for quick installation and replacement of various telescope sights and night vision equipment. Additional accessory rails are provided on the forend. 

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Kälteerprobung Boxer - Impressionen (by Bundeswehr)

The AA12 Shotgun

ABOVE: The author firing the AA12 in the desert outside of Las Vegas. Recoil was surprisingly light and this had a lot to do with weight and the low 300 rounds per minute cyclic rate.

One does not often think of shotguns as viable combat weapons and in the law enforcement arena, shotguns have lost traction in favor of the patrol carbine.  The destructive power of the 12 gauge shotgun is not disputed; the real issues with the changeover had more to do with the patrol carbine being more versatile with its ability to penetrate body armor and reduce collateral damage from stray pellets.  In the military arena, the shotgun still has its place but it’s rather limited.  The standard issue shotguns, the Mossberg M590A1 and the M1014 (Benelli M4 semi-auto) see service in all branches.  Back in 2004, the Marines were testing another shotgun, one that is completely different from the rest, a true machine gun, the AA12 aka the Atchisson Assault 12 gauge shotgun.

In 1972, Maxwell Atchisson developed a shotgun unlike any other.  This is a fully automatic, blowback operated shotgun that fired from an open bolt position.  It fired from either an 8-round box magazine, or a 20- or 32-round drum magazine.  The cyclic rate of fire was around 300 rounds per minute.  The trigger finger of the shooter is the selector lever.  By one quick pull and release of the trigger, a single shot is easily achievable and by holding the trigger down full automatic fire is achieved.  Atchisson patented his design, which was intended for military and police use, though he was never able to sell the shotgun to any agency.

Shown are the fully loaded 8-round stick magazine and the 20-round rotary drum. Both Remington buckshot and Winchester bird shot were used to test fire the AA12. The Winchester was notably a lighter load as evidenced by a slower cyclic rate, erratic ejection pattern, and lighter report and recoil. The heavy 2 3/4 inch Remington high brass buckshot was the strongest load. The shells ejected several feet and the rate of fire sounded very consistent.

In 1987, Atchisson encountered some financial difficulties and needed fast money.  Jerry Baber met Max Atchisson in Johnson City, TN to purchase the rights to the weapon.  The drawings that were provided as part of the agreement were not accurate and it took Jerry several years before he could produce a weapon for R&D.  The AA12 was now to be known as the Auto Assault-12 instead of Atchisson Assault-12.

Jerry Baber is one of the foremost experts in high-precision cast steel parts.  Along with his partner Boje Corneal, they began production on a small batch of pre-production models off of the original Atchisson prints for testing.  During this time period, Baber and Corneal were manufacturing components for 39 gun companies at the B&H Precision foundry.  Baber spent the next 18 years refining the shotgun with a documented 188 changes to improve the shotgun and make it ready to serve.  Baber invested over one million dollars of his own money into the development of the AA12 and purchased a high speed video camera and a snail trap.  According to Baber, this was the catalyst in finding the final bugs in the system and getting it ready to sell in 2004.  The most significant change was the change from blowback operation to gas operated long stroke piston operation.

Due to the inconsistency of commercial ammunition, proprietary shotgun ammunition was designed and produced. Notice they are all high brass. The III marked shell contains 30x Steel BB, the IV contains 14x.22 caliber steel/tungsten and 3x.32 caliber tungsten /frangible. The V is loaded with 6x Number 1 Buck Steel and 3x00 Buck steel frangible. This ammunition is specifically designed for the AA12 and sold only to AA12 purchasers.

The AA12 has an overall length of 33.25 inches with the 13.37 inch long barrel and fired from the open bolt.  The barrel with the breaching devise attached is 16.12 inches in length.  The shotgun weighs 10 pounds, which is lighter than some of the decked out M4 carbines in use today.  The rate of fire is about 300 rounds per minute depending upon the type of ammunition being used.  Development of this weapon system has proven how little consistency and quality control is put into factory loaded shotgun ammunition.  Depending on the ammunition being used, the effective range of the shotgun is between 100 to 150 yards.  The finish is normally black but can be had in various camouflage patterns as well.  The AA12 has a manual safety but is fully automatic only.

The method of operation is called Constant Recoil.  According to Jerry Baber, “When the bolt flies back after firing to cycle another round, around 80% of what would normally be felt as recoil is absorbed by a proprietary gas system.  A recoil spring grabs another 10% of the normal recoil for a 12-gauge round – so you can point the AA12 at a target and unload a full magazine without significant loss of accuracy.”  This shotgun is extremely pleasant and controllable to fire.  The 300 round cyclic rate plus the unique operating system make it very easy to control and be accurate with it.

The barrel removed from the receiver and the bolt and operating rod in place. This is a massive chunk of metal reciprocating in the receiver and aids in the combat reliability of this shotgun.

The cycle of operations is as follows:  The bolt carrier is pulled to the rear (ready) position and a box or drum magazine is slid into place.  When ready to fire, the operator simply flips the safety selector from “Safe” to “Fire” and pulls the trigger.  Moving forward, the bolt/bolt carrier strips a shell off of the magazine and it rides up the bolt face into position.  Continuing its forward movement, the bolt/bolt carrier centers the shell into the chamber.  At this time, an internal cam begins to move the bolt locking pin upward (until now in its captured position).  When the bolt is fully in battery, this locking pin slips into a notch at the top of the barrel extension locking the bolt into the firing position.  This action also permits the firing pin to move forward and strike the primer on the shotgun shell.  When the round is fired the bolt/bolt carrier starts moving back 0.00025 seconds later at a rate of 250 inches per second.  The bolt/bolt carrier unlocks from the barrel extension at 0.0012 seconds but is delayed until 0.002 seconds before it starts to move again (the bolt locking pin once again in its captured position).  The bolt continues to move to the rear and comes to a dead stop 0.0091 seconds after firing.  If the trigger is still pulled, the sear releases the bolt/bolt carrier and it starts moving forward gaining speed until it is moving at about 160 inches a second, strips another round from the magazine and chambers it.  The bolt/bolt carrier achieves lock up in 0.11 seconds.  Speed at lock up is about 130 inches a second.  Total “cycle time” (from firing to firing) is about 0.2 seconds (a rate of 5 rounds per second/300 rounds per minute)

One important point to remember is that the AA12 fires from the open bolt position.  If the bolt is locked to the rear, and the magazine is inserted, the weapon is READY TO FIRE.  The ultimate “safe” condition of the AA12 is no magazine inserted, bolt forward and safety/selector in “SAFE.”

The muzzle device is a combination flash suppressor and breeching mechanism.

The shotgun is manufactured from seven different types of aircraft-grade stainless steel using the lost wax process.  One of the final processes is “unobtanium,” a process Baber will not divulge.  According to Military Police Systems (MPS), the manufacturer of the AA12, is that the AA12 is the only weapon system in the world that is virtually maintenance free.  Over 22,000 shells were fired through a test gun with no sign of wear on any of the parts, and requires absolutely no lubricant.  Military Police Systems claims the cleaning kit for the AA12 contains dish soap, Scotch Brite pad and an all purpose brush.  The maintenance tools consist of a flat blade screw driver and a pocket knife.  There are no special tools required to field strip the shotgun.  According to Military Police Systems, the shotgun should be cleaned every 10,000 rounds.  The synthetic outer shell is manufactured from high strength polymer/zytel.

Military Police Systems has teamed up with Action Manufacturing Company specifically to design High Explosive ammunition to turn the AA12 into a multifunctional weapon system.  The explosive round has a maximum affective range of 200 yards.

During testing, as well as in normal use, it was clear that the same care and precision used in quality control of rifle and pistol ammunition is not carried over to shotgun ammunition.  Firing a shotgun like the AA12 permits you to see and feel the differences in powder charge from round to round as well as manufacturer to manufacturer.  You hear the difference in terms of rate of fire, feel the difference in recoil and see the difference in the ejection pattern of the spent shotshell.  With lighter loads, the shell will just drop out of the shotgun rather than a full power one throwing it several feet.  Although the shotgun will fire with most all 2 3/4 inch shells, the more reliable ammunition will be the full power buck shot loads or slugs.  The AA12 will fire most commercial 2 3/4 loads but it is recommended to use high quality high-brass shotgun ammunition loaded to a 3 dram equivalent.  Due to the unrepeatability in shot shell performance, Military Police Systems decided to go into production of proprietary ammunition that is manufactured per specifications defined by Military Police Systems exclusively for the AA12.  The shotgun shells were designed for Military Police Systems in conjunction with an engineer whose background includes working at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and DuPont.  This ammunition is manufactured in Iowa exclusively for, and on equipment owned by, Military Police Systems.  This ammunition is only available to specifically identified end-users of the AA12 without exception.  This ammunition is optimized for performance as well as durability and reliability of the AA12 shotgun system.  Combat loads offered are as follows:

The AA12 is uniquely qualified to perform the duties of urban combat, counter-terrorist/counter-narcotics operations, anti-piracy, VIP protection and facility security.  The first foreign sale was in 2010.  It has been purchased in small numbers by the Saudi Royal Guard and an undisclosed user in southwest Asia.  To date around 70 of the shotguns have been sold.  They are handmade, not mass produced guns.

Of course something as magnificent as this will find its way into Hollywood.  It first appeared in Predator 1 andPredator 2.  Its latest appearance was in Expendables 2 where it got some real recognition by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  There are many scenes showing the destructiveness of this unique shotgun.

The AA12 fully disassembled. The pieces are very simple and very big. Note that by the removal of a pin the barrel can be removed. According to the manufacturer, the shotgun requires little to no maintenance and it will function without parts breakage indefinitely. Around 70 of these shotguns have been built and sold and is continuously being improved.

For test and evaluation, Steve Herberth of Military Police Systems flew down to Long Mountain Outfitters in Henderson, Nevada with his AA12.  We proceeded to Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada where Steve gave this author a quick instruction on the shotgun features and its operation and how to load and unload.  Out with us was Kattie McGrew, Chipotle Publications Editorial Coordinator who could not be more than 90 pounds soaking wet.  Steve loaded up two drums and two stick magazines with Winchester and Remington shotgun shells.  The shotgun did not move when firing a full 20-round drum magazine.  When Kattie shot the shotgun, it looked as big as she was.  She pulled that trigger and the shotgun just sat in place as she dumped the magazine.  She fired several magazines and made no indication of excessive recoil.  It was noticed that the Winchester ammunition was significantly a lower power load than the Remington.  The Remington you could hear and feel the difference with higher recoil and cyclic rate of fire.  The only malfunctions encountered were not due to the AA12 but the Winchester ammunition.  These were low brass shot shells and probably 3 hulls separated from the base and got stuck in the chamber.  Of more than 300 rounds fired on that dusty desert day in Nevada, those were the only 3 malfunctions.  The shotgun was bone dry and the sand and dust did not bother it.

The shotgun clearly has potential in many areas of the defense and law enforcement market & is only available to military & law enforcement customers.  The cost is one of its most serious reasons for not seeing more action throughout the industry.  Perhaps in time the cost will come down & make it more affordable for military and LE agencies.  This is without a doubt one of the most unique firearms this author has had the pleasure to evaluate.