Home defense and close quarters capable … two concerns on the minds of many Americans in light of recent events.
SHOT Show featured a range of new options for consumers looking for an answer – and one that meets rigorous law enforcement and military standards.
Designs based on those popular with law enforcement and military professionals are featuring heavily this year.
Developed by Daniel Defense, Springfield Armory and FNH, here are three new guns becoming available for consumers for the first time: a short barreled rifle, tactical rifle and light machine gun.
Daniel Defense DDM4 V4S
Daniel Defense’s newest SBR, the DDM4 V4S, was designed to meet law enforcement requirements – and makes the innovations available to civilians. This short-barreled rifle is one of four new rifles introduced by the company for 2016.
Lightweight, this robust SBR is built around a free-floating, cold-hammer-forged 11.5-inch barrel with a standard Daniel Defense buttstock and secure pistol grip.
This rifle makes customizing easy. There’s a lightweight, user-friendly rail system with lots of space to add accessories. For rapid switch outs, there are quick disconnect attachment points incorporated into the rail’s front and back.
The support hand is protected from heat by three removable high heat-resistant Daniel Defense rail panels.
This rifle is specifically designed to give the user as long as possible sight radius with iron sights.
The DDM4 Rail 10.0 is compatible with a wide range of sound suppressors and muzzle devices. And in keeping with its flexibility, the DDM4 V4S takes a range of ammo.
Springfield SOCOM 16 CQB
Springfield Armory revealed the SOCOM 16 CQB at SHOT Show. A tactical rifle, this gun has been honed for close-quarters defense and is ready to go straight out of the box.
Weighing only 9.3 pounds and more compact at nearly 10 inches shorter than the M1A standard model - this CQB is highly maneuverable and would provide rapid and easy handling when you need to defend yourself at home.
The barrel is 16.25 inches long and the AK-rifle compatible grip is enhanced to ensure firing hand control over the rifle.
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Providing lots of flexibility, the grip and control components are highly interoperable with a number of aftermarket options.
Allowing further individual tailoring to suit specific needs, the new adjustable buttstock is mounted on a standard AR-type receiver extension tube allowing for a wide range of options to swap in.
What about accessories? The M-Lok compatible system allows for a lot of easy customization of optics, lasers, lights and more.
Need a scout optic? There’s a medium eye relief seven-slot rail well mounted on the barrel, on top and forward of the receiver. For bipods, there’s a longer seven-slot rail and there are two three-slot rail segments that can be mounted as well.
The rear sight is an enlarged military Ghost Ring aperture with 135 inch MOA adjustment for both windage and elevation.
Chambered in 7.62 NATO or .308 Winchester, the Springfield SOCOM 16 CQB takes all M1A magazines whether five, 10 or 20-round The rifle comes with a 10-round magazine and a new custom ballistic nylon Springfield Armory “Tactical Gear” soft case.
FNH USA Military Collector Series- FN M249S
FNH USA launched the FN Military Collector Series at SHOT Show this week – a line that makes popular military designs available in commercial versions for the first time this year.
The first three variants to roll out will be: the FNH USA FN Military Collector Series, The FN 15 Military Collector M4 and M16 as well as the semi-automatic FN M249S. More models will become available down the road.
A fully automatic light machine gun, the M249 SAW (A.K.A Squad Automatic Weapon) has been in service with the U.S. military for nearly three decades. The semi-automatic FN M249S is a replica of this well-known weapon.
Chambered in 5.56 NATO, it does differ from the fully automatic currently in military service that has an open-bolt configuration. The M249S only operates from a closed-bolt position in semi-auto.
FNH USA’s M249S is 40.75 inches long with a 20.5-inch barrel. The barrel is cold-hammer-forged, chrome-lined alloy-steel with a twist rate of 1:7.
The receiver is a formed steel frame with claw extractor design. The cases eject to the side with a fixed, pivoting ejector. To customize, there’s a top cover integrated MIL -STD 1913 mounting rail.
The trigger pull is adjustable from 4 to 6.5 pounds. When the gun is empty, it weighs 17 pounds. It takes a linked ammo belt as well as magazines.
It is expected to retail for about $7,999.
Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @Allison_Barrie.