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SOCOM Sets Its Sights On A 6.5 mm Round For New Sniper Rifle
For shooters, building an effective rifle begins with the bullet. That’s why Special Operations Command is calling for a new caliber for its semi-automatic sniper rifles.
Still in the preliminary stages, SOCOM is considering a sniper rifle chambered in 6.5 mm and is testing two commercial rounds: the .260 Remington and the 6.5 mm Creedmoor, according to Military Times.
The 6.5 mm rounds will stay supersonic for longer, have less wind drift, and greater impact than 7.62 mm ammunition, SOCOM officials told Military Times. Additionally, SOCOM is looking into creating polymer ammo in 6.5mm in order to reduce the load. Doing so would shave off one-third of the weight, bringing a 6.5 mm complement close to the weight range of 5.56 mm ammo.
The organization is deliberately focusing on readily available and popular ammunition, looking into the drawbacks and benefits of each, Maj. Aron Hauquitz told Military Times.
"We're purely in the exploratory phase," Hauquitz said. "We're trying to see if we can take a weapon that is 7.62 and give it greater range, accuracy and lethality."
The decision to look into 6.55 ammunition came out of preliminary results from the Small Arms Ammunition Configuration study, which looks at commercially available ammo, as well as new technology.
While the ammo and rifle are being developed alongside each other, the project is still in its research phase, with no clear date on when a new rifle will be in operator’s hands, but they’ll have a better idea of caliber size later this year, according to Military Times.
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We salute the foul-mouthed Navy vet remembered as 'the most inappropriate guy with the biggest heart'
Per his final demands, Joe Heller was laid in his casket Thursday in a T-shirt featuring the Disney dwarf Grumpy and the middle finger of his right hand extended. He also told his daughters to make sure and place a remote control fart machine in the coffin with him.
"My father always wanted the last laugh," daughter Monique Heller said.
The Essex volunteer firefighter and self-described local "dawg kecher" died on Sept. 8 at age 82, and the off-color obituary written by his youngest daughter has become a nationwide sensation — a lead item on cable news sites, a top story on The Courant's website and a post shared far and wide on social media.
Laced with bawdy humor, the irreverent but loving obit captured Heller's highly inappropriate nature and his golden heart, friends who filled the fire station for a celebration of his life on Thursday evening said.
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He is charged with a federal felony count of making a false material statement during the purchase of a firearm on July 11, a day before he planned to lure people out of a hotel and shoot them. The charge carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.
Reuters) - Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation, the White House said on Saturday.