Beretta has submitted a revision of the Army’s Standard issue M9 hand guns in hopes of being awarded the next contract with the US Army as they select a new sidearm to outfit a new generation of soldiers. The Army however had recently declined the proposed pistol and will not be evaluating it for future uses. However here are some details to the changes made to in creating the newly configured M9A3.
A: Threaded Barrel
B: Polymer recoil guide rod
C: Removable front dovetail sight
D: 3 slot MIL-STD-1913 rail
E: Cerakote earth tone finish
F: Anodized earth tone finish
G: Universal slide design-interchangeable ‘F’ and ‘G’ style levers
H: Tritium night sights (front and rear)
I: Over-center safety levers
J: Oversized magazine button
K: Wrap-around backstrap grip unit (*1)
L: Vertec thin style straight grip
M: Beveled magazine well (*2)
Dozens of changes have been made internally and structurally to improve its reliability, but some of the largest and overt changes are the inclusion of tritium sights, an accessory rail, an oversize and reversible magazine release for left or right handed users, a over the center safety lever and decocker, as well as a optional wrap around grip to accommodate different hand sizes. Which addresses some of the design changes the Army are looking for in a new pistol. However unlike their decision for the rifle selection which was scrapped to use a different configuration of the tried and true M4A1, the Army is continuing in the direction of choosing a different path for their new sidearm of choice.
That latest progress in the development of a “smart gun” that can detect and assist with attacking targets as a multi-role platform is being helmed by a division of arms maker Colt and the Defense Research and Development – Canada. This new weapon platform known as the ” Soldier Integrated Precision Effects Systems (SIPES) project” is being engineered and built from the ground up. Scientists on this project are looking at advanced material technologies to replace metal used in heavier components. Understanding how soldiers utilize weapons in terms of ergonomics and handling are being looked at. Even the type of ammunition used is being rethought to improve its accuracy extensively testing lightweight case telescoped ammunition. All of the data from these areas will soon feed into the “smart” technology that in the future soon would allow a solder’s weapon to generate or receive data from command and then automate target detection and even assist in target engagement.
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Assembled as a special scope and bipod package the Snow Wolf SW24 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle comes complete with a 4-16×50 Dual Illuminated Rifle Scope, 1/2″ scope rings, and Harris Style Bipod. The scope is milled from one solid piece of aircraft grade aluminum with a fog proof and shock-resistant housing. The reticule can be illuminated in red or green with adjustable brightness settings to adapt to your environment. Flip up lens covers protect the scope from dust and scratches while the 4x to 16x magnification will give you an excellent view of your target.
The rifle itself has been widely adopted by American Sniper forces, as well as other branches of the military. It features an one-piece aluminum bolt and barrel assembly while the body and stock is a thickened fiberglass stock that features an adjustable rubber butt-pad to improve shouldering the rifle for different users. The barrel assembly features a metal top Rail Interface System (RIS) to attach scopes, and other accessories. Sling mounts can be found in the front and rear of the body while an additional front sling swivel for stud nut type bipods. Based off the APS2 trigger system, it is a smooth bolt action spring powered airsoft rifle firing shots from 450 to 480 FPS.
The stabilizing metal bipod included can be deployed or retracted by swiveling the legs up or down. Extendable slotted legs allow you to adjust the height in 5 settings from 9″ to 12.” Unlike most modern bi-pods available today, this bi-pod mounts to swivel studs that has served rifle shooters for centuries for all their stabilizing needs.