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Army bullets. Dutch .300 Blackout carbines. Canadian Colt/Stoeger/Sako/Tikka military rifles. Taurus reorganization. Job opening (comic).

Army bullets

We have a report that the US military is switching from FMJ “ball” to JHP ammunition for its next generation modular handgun (if there is such a thing). FMJ ammo will still be used for training.

The Army said it will rely on FBI data to evaluate bids for the new ammunition and that the adopted cartridge must perform 10% better than currently issued M882 (9mm NATO, 124-grain FMJ) with both the FMJ training ammunition and the JHP ammunition issued for deployment. It also said that it knows it will get heat for the move, but claimed the administration supported the change at the highest levels at the DoD.

My understanding is that contrary to popular belief, the US is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions which outlawed the military use of “dum-dum” and expanding bullets more than a century ago. The Army also says that it is prepared to defend its choice by using the argument that countries that will denounce the use of hollow points use the hollow points themselves for their police forces and that JHP ammunition, which works better and presents much less of a risk of over-penetration, is more humane and less of a risk to innocent civilians downrange in modern combat where there are often no clear front lines.

No word on better rifle bullets.

Dutch .300 Blackout carbines reports that the Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force (NL-MARSOF) are planning to purchase a new carbine chambered in the non-NATO standard 7.62×35 mm (300 Blackout). In total, the Dutchmen want to buy 195 select-fire carbines and 1.82 million cartridges (1,345,000 ball, 244,000 subsonic, and 231,000 lead free frangible).

The current standard rifle for the NL-MARSOF commandos is the short-barreled H&K HK416 carbine chambered for the NATO-standard 5.56×45 mm round. It is possible to convert the HK416 or other AR-15 based rifles to fire 7.62×35 mm ammunition by fitting a new upper receiver, barrel, and bolt.

The US military has reportedly been using a few 300 BLK firearms for a few years now, and they have been successfully used in combat.

Or, just use a 7.62×39, which has essentially the same characteristics, isn’t an oddball, and for which you can find ammo literally pretty much anywhere.

Canadian Colt/Stoeger/Sako/Tikka military rifles

See details here.

Taurus reorganization

Due to “significant gyrations” in stock prices in recent months, Forjas Taurus SA, the Brazilian conglomerate that owns Taurus Holdings, the Miami, Florida based gun company has fired all of its senior managers at the company HQ and been placed under command of CBC ammunition executives. CBC Brazil owns 52% of Forjas Taurus, and also makes a wide variety of other products from motorcycle parts and industrial machinery to plastic garbage cans.

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2 thoughts on “Army bullets. Dutch .300 Blackout carbines. Canadian Colt/Stoeger/Sako/Tikka military rifles. Taurus reorganization. Job opening (comic).”

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    I have been wondering if the rumors are true that Delta/CAG/ACE/etc (whatever the new cover they have on the DoD rosters nowadays lol) is actually fielding several .300 Blk-chambered variants (if not even full carbines) right alongside their brothers’ HK416/417s in real combat situations currently in places like Mosul, Kirkuk, and a blend of other AOs in Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan.
    Is there anything other than rumor to back this up? If so, if someone at this site could shoot me even just a one-sentence answer to back it up, I would be in your debt My email will be listed below. Please do not email me through our company and/or the subsidiary priv sec firm working w/TITAN due to our NDAs please…Thanks. And also—> THANKS for your time…I know you must be busy. Take care of yourselves.
    Best wishes to your friends and family..

    -Dennis Rhode
    Rapid Asymmetric Warfare Training and Tactics-Lead Response Unit

  2. Jeff Pittman

    Hi Dennis and thanks for reading. I have no connection with the military and therefore no idea what it is actually doing – I just report what I read. I suspect the best/only way to know is ask someone who’s been there. I’ll try to do that, but I’m past the age of having compadres in the sandbox.

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