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Meet One Of The Contenders To Replace SOCOM's M240 Machine Gun
Sig Sauer is hoping to snag the Defense Department's contract for a new machine gun with the SLMG, the Sig Sauer Lightweight Machine Gun, which was unveiled this week at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, the Army Times reports.
U.S. Special Operations Command has been on the hunt for a new lightweight machine gun since May 2017, when the command posted a sources sought notice for 5,000 belt-fed machine guns that, chambered in .338 Norma Magnum, weighed under 24 pounds.
Weighing in at 20 pounds and rocking a foldable stock, the SLMG appears to fit those requirements. A former member of Army's 3rd Special Forces Group and current Sig Sauer Academy instructor, Colin Murphy, claimed that the SLMG is "the lightest, most powerful [man-portable] machine gun on the face of the earth," according to Military.com.
The SLMG fires 600 rounds a minute, Military.com reports, meeting SOCOM's requested rate of fire. It also fulfills SOCOM's requirement of having an effective range of 2,000 meters. Even better, Army Times reports that engineers at Sig Sauer are working on designing a "drum type" magazine that could be used as an alternative to belt-fed ammunition.
SOCOM also asked that the gun be able to use both suppressed and unsuppressed barrels. According to Sig Sauer, the SLMG isn't just suppressor ready, but tests haven't revealed any change in the weapon's rate of fire while using a suppressor, per Army Times
Indeed, the SLMG could "not only replace the M240 in most tactical scenarios but also provide enough reach and firepower in vehicle, boat and aircraft mounted .50-caliber machine gun configurations," as Army Times reports.
It is worth noting, however, that this is Sig Sauer's first stab at a medium machine gun. When the contract was first announced in 2017 it seemed likely that SOCOM would end up with General Dynamics' 24-pound medium machine gun given that, at the time, was the only platform in production that can chamber the .338 Norma Magnum round.
Sig Sauer did not immediately respond to request for comment from Task & Purpose.
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What it was like to liberate the Nazi death camp of Dachau, according to an Army veteran who was there
At age 23 in the spring of 1945, Guy Prestia was in the Army fighting his way across southern Germany when his unit walked into hell on earth — the Nazi death camp at Dachau.
"It was terrible. I never saw anything like those camps," said Prestia, 97, who still lives in his hometown of Ellwood City.
Against a blistering 56 mph wind, an F/A-18F Super Hornet laden with fuel roared off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and into the brilliant January sky.
Chalk up another step forward for America's newest and most expensive warship.
The Ford has been at sea since Jan. 16, accompanied by Navy test pilots flying a variety of aircraft. They're taking off and landing on the ship's 5 acre flight deck, taking notes and gathering data that will prove valuable for generations of pilots to come.
The Navy calls it aircraft compatibility testing, and the process marks an important new chapter for a first-in-class ship that has seen its share of challenges.
"We're establishing the launch and recovery capabilities for the history of this class, which is pretty amazing," said Capt. J.J. "Yank" Cummings, the Ford's commanding officer. "The crew is extremely proud, and they recognize the historic context of this."
Once again, the United States and the Taliban are apparently close to striking a peace deal. Such a peace agreement has been rumored to be in the works longer than the latest "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" sequel. (The difference is Keanu Reeves has fewer f**ks to give than U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.)
Both sides appeared to be close to reaching an agreement in September until the Taliban took credit for an attack that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. That prompted President Donald Trump to angrily cancel a planned summit with the Taliban that had been scheduled to take place at Camp David, Maryland, on Sept. 8.
Now Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has told a Pakistani newspaper that he is "optimistic" that the Taliban could reach an agreement with U.S. negotiators by the end of January.