FN USA of Columbia, South Carolina has won the new US Army Rifle contract according to the Army’s Contracting Command. The new contract is worth $119 million over a five year period. Which rifle will FN be building for the Army and in what caliber? 

Are you still on the fence about the RCP (Rifle-Caliber Pistol)? During our Brownell’s Bullet Points segment, Professor Paul considers the value of the RCP and addresses two critical components for using the short gun.

How important is it to be dangerous on demand? We answer that question in this week’s SOTG Homeroom from Crossbreed Holsters. Yet again, a child was attacked by a wild animal. Are you prepared to be dangerous on demand, all the time, everywhere you go? 

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From www.wvlt.tv:

A 6-year-old girl is recovering from puncture wounds to her leg after she was attacked by a mountain lion while walking in a California park.

The victim was walking on a trail with her parents, three other children and some adults Sunday morning in the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve when a suspected mountain lion leapt at the 6-year-old.

One of the adults punched the mountain lion, believed to be about 160 pounds, in the ribs. The group made loud noises and scared it away.

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From nationalinterest.org:

“The system will adjust and potentially only fire when the muzzle will line up with its target. It will take into account atmospheric conditions, even automatically center the weapon using an internal system. We’re looking to get these capabilities ready as soon as possible.”

The Army claims its new assault rifle will unleash a hailstorm of specially-designed shells with as much chamber pressure as a battle tank to tear through even the most advanced body armor — and if all goes according to plan, the soldiers will get them to play with sooner than they thought.

(This first appeared several months ago.)

The service plans on fielding a Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) — the first version in the Army’s Next-Generation Weapons System that chambers a round between 6.5mm and 6.8mm — as a potential replacement for its 80,000 M249 SAWs starting in fiscal 2022 rather than the original target date of fiscal 2025, Col. Geoffrey A. Norman, force development division chief at Army HQ, told Task & Purpose, with two per nine-man infantry squad.

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From www.thetruthaboutguns.com:

The military may be interested in other calibers, but the US Army has just awarded FN America a big contract to crank out thousands of M4’s chambered in good ol’ 5.56 over the next five years.

As the Defense Department has announced:
FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina, was awarded a $119,216,309 firm-fixed-price contract for M4/M4A1 carbine. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-20-D-0006).

All those rifles will be produced in FN’s South Carolina manufacturing facility which should be humming for the foreseeable future.

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