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FightLite® Industries, a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. located in Melbourne, Florida announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle).

In a radical departure from the directions of both case telescoped ammunition and conventional polymer ammunition, FightLite® is pursuing an innovative development strategy for a 5th generation hybrid cartridge that is projected to lighten ammunition weight by up to 30% and deliver reduced ammunition cost, while also supporting legacy infantry weapons and machine guns.

FightLite Hybrid Polymer Ammo

FightLite NextGen MCR Rifle

There are millions of 5.56mm and 7.62mm NATO weapons in both the US military and around the globe where users stand to benefit from a significant reduction in ammunition weight without sacrificing performance or reliability. FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense have been very successful with their outside-the-box approach to problem solving in the small arms business during the past 20 years.

The company’s flagship weapon is its 8.5 lb. select-fire Squad Automatic MCR® that shares the excellent ergonomics of the M4A1 and feeds reliably from both M27-linked ammunition belts and standard M16 magazines at operator discretion. Featuring reliable gas-piston operation and a tool-less quick-change barrel system; the patented MCR® is the lightest and most portable belt fed machine gun in the world. Suppressor and grenade launcher capable, its select-fire operation allows soldiers and contractors to quickly and accurately engage both point and area targets. And when coupled with FightLite’s finalized 5th Gen lightweight cartridge, the MCR® and FightLite® ammo combination will represent the lightest 5.56mm automatic rifle with full combat load available anywhere.

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The select-fire FightLite® MCR® is derived from the ARES-16 AMG-2 (Assault Machine Gun) that was selected for testing by the US Army’s Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) and includes product enhancements that were made to the AMG-2 following experience with M855A1 EPR ammunition and earlier military testing done during the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment at Fort Benning.

Such enhancements include further weapon weight reduction and simplification, a square shaped feed roller housing, a heat treated steel feed plate that reduces feed ramp wear from M855A1 steel tipped projectiles, refinements in the breech bolt lug profile, a reinforced charging handle assembly, the company’s highly effective RipBrake muzzle compensator, and a proprietary method of mitigating cookoff risk while maintaining a select-fire, closed bolt system of operation that is more accurate and user-friendly than standard open-bolt light machine guns.

Some additional key elements of the MCR® are that it shares a 52% part commonality with existing NSN components already in the government system and the core technology can retrofit to any MIL-Spec AR15, M16 or M4 type lower receiver; meaning that it is rearward compatible to the very first Colt Mod. 01 (M16) manufactured in 1960. These accomplishments reduce a military’s logistical footprint and costs including spare components and operator and armorer training. Additionally, the dual-feed MCR® permits squad automatic rifle users to operate during the assault with 100 and 200 round magazines of M27-linked ammunition, but also retains the ability to reliably feed from 4179 STANAG (M16/M4) magazines from other squad members should linked ammunition run low during combat.

“The Army and some of our commercial customers have been interested in lightweight ammunition for quite some time, so our R&D team is pretty excited about the progress we’re making to finally solve the elusive lightweight ammunition equation for conventional rifles and machine guns,” says Geoffrey Herring, CEO of ARES Defense Systems®. “We’re aware that various iterations of polymer cased ammunition have been introduced to the commercial market during the past several years, but we also know some of the setbacks they’ve experienced along the way such as ballistic underperformance, case melt, moisture absorption, case separation or deformation, and catastrophic failures when the heat or pressure is up. Most of the polymer ammunition manufacturers are employing first through third generation technology which can be predisposed to fail when subjected to rough handling, temperature extremes, environmental conditions, and the pressures necessary for full ballistic performance of modern rifle ammunition.”

Brass cased ammunition has been relied on for over 150 years and has presented many challenges for the arms industry to find an alternative material that accomplishes everything that a standard brass case does. In addition to providing a convenient capsule to house the bullet and components, keep the powder dry and reliably feed into the chamber, it is also a critical gas container that keeps the shooter safe from the 50,000-70,000 psi chamber pressure when the round is fired. When the malleable brass case expands against the chamber wall during obturation, it performs as a mechanical brake reducing bolt loading and embeds many impurities from the chamber such as grit, carbon or unburned propellant into the case body which is then extracted from the chamber in a semi self-cleaning arrangement. Since brass is an excellent thermal conductor, it also absorbs and removes with each shot a small amount of heat generated by the friction of the projectile traveling down the bore. It can be stored for extended periods of time and can tolerate temperature extremes such as freezing cold, rough handling, hazardous environmental conditions and water submersion. But some of the biggest strikes against it are weight and cost, and depending on the individual manufacturer the 12 to 20 step manufacturing process necessary to fabricate a single cartridge.

FightLite® isn’t sharing any proprietary details at this stage about the (5th Generation) construction methods being privately developed in house with IRAD until its patents for the hybrid technology are solidified. But the FightLite® R&D team is systematically addressing and overcoming the hurdles that have plagued early players in the lightweight ammunition space and is confident in its decision to pursue development of a lightweight cartridge that will also support legacy weapons in the US arsenal and NATO countries, and other users around the world.

“Our company’s approach to product development has always been to invest in inclusive technologies that benefit a greater consumer base as exemplified by our MCR® being rearward compatible from today’s production M4A1 to the very first M16’s that the Army ever purchased. To date, our company has produced and delivered thousands of dual-feed MCR® type upper receiver assemblies and rifles throughout the US and overseas, so we’re very comfortable with our product, its capabilities and the ability to produce it,” says Herring. “The primary objective for developing polymer ammunition is to additionally lighten the soldier’s ammunition load by at least 20% and we think that our hybrid case will be able to achieve that while maintaining safety and ballistic performance and also supporting legacy systems. We’ve already accomplished significant weight savings for the soldier with our squad automatic MCR® which currently weighs 50% less than the current M249 and is 3-times more accurate as verified by US military testers during live fire exercises. In fact, our gun was so effective at improving the squad’s speed and mobility during our participation in the Army’s AEWE Spiral H experiment that there is soldier support on record for adding two additional weapons to the current 9-man squad for a total of two of our guns per fire team.”

No firm date is being stated at this time for delivery of FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition to market. In the interim, FightLite® Industries and its parent organization ARES Defense Systems® will continue supplying its customers with its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Squad Automatic MCR® and AMG-2 weapons which can currently use almost any of the billions of rounds of 5.56 NATO ammunition stockpiled throughout the world. Once the R&D cycle on FightLite® 5.56mm hybrid ammunition is completed, the company will likely either seek mass production of the ammunition through established high-volume ammunition producers or consider licensing its next generation squad automatic rifle (NGSAR) and ammunition technology to one of the USA’s larger prime defense contractors.

About FightLite® Industries

FightLite® Industries is a division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc., a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing and design team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers. Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra-modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To make inquiries regarding potential business collaboration, product development or product licensing opportunities with FightLite® Industries, please email sales@FightLite.com

To inquire about employment opportunities with FightLite® Industries, please send your request and resume to: careers@FightLite.com   

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

Notice: FightLite®, ARES Defense Systems® and MCR® are registered trademarks of ARES Defense Systems® Inc.

The GEMTECH Silencer AR-15 Father’s Day Sale starts now! Get 25% OFF .22LR Subsonic Ammo & 20% OFF Men’s apparel. I know I personally love the GEMTECH .22LR Subsonic Ammo so if anyone wants to buy some for me I won’t complain. 😉 Head on over to www.GEMTECH.com to get in on these deals.

GEMTECH Silencer Fathers Day Sale

Saw this sale on Instagram this morning and thought it would be great to share with you guys. One of my favorite things to stock up on is 22lr ammo because I have a few 22lr rifles and handguns that I use to shoot and hunt with the kids. I bought a few thousand rounds of GEMTECH .22lr Subsonic Ammo with the assumption that it would only work with my suppressor but to my surprise their subsonic ammo runs flawlessly suppressed and UNSUPPRESSED in all of my semi auto rifles and handguns. Can’t guarantee it will in yours but I love this stuff. All GEMTECH .22lr ammo is on sale for 22% off and they’ve also reduced the price of the GEMTECH Blast Jacket down to $149.99. Better hurry though because they go back to normal pricing at 9am MST tomorrow (3/31/17). 

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GEMTECH Flash Sale

*24 HOUR FLASH SALE*

This is the first time we have ever discounted .22 lr ammo and we’re doing it at 22% off for 24 hours only! We’ve temporarily reduced the price of our Blast Jacket from $195 to $149.99 for 24 hours only!

The .22 ammo is optimized for suppressor usage. We put together a heavier bullet, a cleaner powder, a premium lube on the lead round nose projectile gave us consistent velocities and harder hitting performance at subsonic, suppressor-friendly speed.

The GEMTECH Blast Jacket is one of our best-selling accessories that mounts on ALL existing GEMTECH Quickmounts. The Blast Jacket throws the muzzle blast forward away from other shooters on the line and prevents the huge dust cloud we all experience when shooting in the prone. We made this out of pure titanium so it only weighs 3.5oz. and the stainless spring is capable of a million compressions, built to last. It keeps short guns short at 2.55″ overall and is a great addition to anyone’s load out.

If you want to stock up on some very high quality ammo, here’s your chance. Gorilla Ammo is offering a “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” sale. Buy three boxes of ammo and get one box for free. There is a limit of up to 10 free boxes per person so you can get up to 800 rounds for the price of 600. See details below.

Gorilla Ammo Memorial Day Sale

Everyone at Gorilla Ammunition hopes you all have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. Take some time out to reflect and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nation!

Gorilla Ammunition Sale this weekend. All ammunition BUY 3 BOXES GET 1 FREE. LIMIT 10 FREE BOXES. SO BUY 30 BOXES GET 10 FREE.

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I recently purchased a bunch of ammo from Nevada Ammuntion. Specifically I bought their .223 Remington and 9mm remanufactured ammo. So far I have been extremely happy with my purchase. I’ve shot quite a bit of both the .223 and 9mm and will continue to do so but I’ve not shot enough to constitute a review. The .223 I’ve been shooting obviously in my ARs and the 9mm has been run in my Glocks as well as my AR9. Being that I paid for the ammo myself I really don’t want to go burn it all up for a review just yet so I figured in the mean time I would share a review my buddy Aaron over at Sage Dynamics did on the Nevada Ammunition 9mm reman that I have. Aaron is a straight shooter. The product being reviewed is either good or bad and he will tell it like it is.

Very happy to see Aaron has had as good of an experience with the Nevada Ammunition ammo as I have. Everybody wants good quality range/training ammo at an affordable price and Nevada Ammunition is definitely just that. One thing that I thought was worth mentioning is that you don’t have to buy in 1000 round cases to get the best price with these guys. Whether you buy 250 rounds, 500 rounds or 1,000 rounds its all the same price per round. If you’re looking for some quality, affordable ammunition so you can Train Reliably, hit up Nevada Ammunition at www. AmmoNV.com.

Be sure to follow Sage Dynamics at the following links to get lots of great training and review videos every week.

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I’ve had the pleasure of shooting some 300BLK ammunition from Gorilla Ammo in the past and it is some of the best performing ammo I’ve found. They are a “no corners cut” ammo manufacturer and with that comes an expected higher price tag. Nothing wrong with that as it pretty  much expected with 300BLK and you get what you pay for. However, they have listened to their customers requests and added the new “Troop Ammunition” line aimed at offering the same “no corners cut” mentality to remanufactured ammo. The Troop Ammunition line should be a great way to cut some cost off that ammo budget while still training, hunting or plinking with the same quality ammo you expect from Gorilla Ammo. Head on over to www.GorillaAmmo.com for more information.

Gorilla Ammo Troop Ammunition Line

The Gorilla Ammunition Troop line of products utilize a once fired, converted Lake City Military brass case that has undergone our proprietary cleaning and resizing process.  The product holds the same high quality for accuracy and reliability you have come to expect from Gorilla Ammunition and with the use of the once fired case provides and excellent value.

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Nevada Ammunition has been running a killer deal this month on their .223 reman ammunition and have just restocked in time for Black Friday. Right now you can get 1,000 rounds of 55gr .223 brass cased ammo for just $274.99 and a flat $24.99 Shipping anywhere in the lower 48 states. That’s $299.98 (under 30 cents per round) shipped to your door! If you’re looking for smaller amounts of ammo, they have 250 and 500 round packs available as well at the same price per round and a little bit cheaper shipping. Grab some ammo at www.AmmoNV.com.

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Black Gun AR-15 Black Friday Sales

The Gorilla Ammunition 2015 Spring 1,000 Round Giveaway registration period is ending soon but you still have a chance to get entered for a chance to win 1,000 rounds of their extremely high quality ammunition. If you’re an AR owner you owe it to yourself to head on over to www.GorillaAmmo.com and enter yourself in the contest. Winners will be annouced on 5/15/15 via FaceBook and email. I’m hoping to see one of you AR15NEWS Readers win this…..so you can share some with me. 🙂

Gorilla Ammo Spring 1000 round giveaway

**Press Release**

Gorilla Ammunition with Quail Valley River Club hosted a dinner and auction to raise money for the National Navy SEAL Museum

Vero Beach, FL, – April 22, 2015 – Gorilla Ammunition, a manufacturer of high quality modern sporting rifle ammunition, partnered with Quail Valley River Club to conducted a fundraising event for the National Navy SEAL Museum resulting in a donation of $25,000 to the museum.

“We are very lucky to have the Navy SEAL Museum and Memorial in our backyard here in Vero Beach, FL. When I found out that our National Navy SEAL Museum and SEAL Memorial receive absolutely zero funding from the U.S. Government, I thought to myself we have to help these guys.  We just thought our company should try and give back a little to help remind everyone of those who risk their lives to defend our freedom. Thanks to the support of Quail Valley River Club, our friends in the firearms industry, and very generous attendees, we feel like we had a successful first annual event.”  said Gorilla Ammunition’s CEO Lanse Padgett.

The ground upon which the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum rests in Fort Pierce, Florida is recognized as the birthplace of the U. S. Navy Frogmen. From 1943 to 1946, thousands of brave volunteers were trained as members of Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams. The World War II Frogmen have evolved into the most elite fighting force in the world, the U. S. Navy SEALs. The Mission of the Museum is to preserve the legacy and history of these “Teams”.

Navy SEAL Museum

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum was formally dedicated in November of 1985. Since that time a continuous stream of history and artifacts has returned home to Ft. Pierce. The exterior exhibits include Apollo training crafts, a Vietnam-era ”Huey” helicopter, and unique water craft and support boats. Some of the last remaining beach obstacles used for training during World War II have been recovered from the ocean depths and now rest on the museum grounds.

“We appreciate Lanse, Gorilla Ammunition, and Quail Valley Charities for hosting this great event.  We are so pleased with the turn out and results of the event and cannot wait to put the funds to use in improving our facilities and continue to pay tribute to our nation’s most elite warfighters”  said Rick Kaiser, Executive Director of the National Navy SEAL Museum.

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Gorilla Ammunition is a manufacturer of high quality modern sporting rifle ammunition and dominates the 300 Blackout ammunition category.  All of Gorilla Ammunition modern sporting rifle ammunition offerings are capable of Sub-MOA accuracy and have standard deviations in muzzle velocity of less that 15 feet per second.  Gorilla Ammunition’s industry leading performance and quality control has helped them grow rapidly in a very competitive market.

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It really was only a matter of time before Magpul decided to venture into the drum mag business. We know they have the expertise to make a high quality affordable magazine and have recently added 40 rounds PMAGs to their lineup. Today they introduced the new PMAG D60 which is a lightweight, compact polymer 60 r0und drum mag. It features a special loading lever to make loading easier, a clear “full magazine indication window” on the back, can be inserted on a closed bolt and holds the bolt open after the last round. It also can be easily disassembled for cleaning. Magpul says it will begin shipping Spring/Summer 2015 with an MSRP of $129.95 but they will not be making “cut-away” or “transparent” models. www.Magpul.com

The PMAG D-60. Sixty rounds. Reliable, durable, lightweight, shorter than a 30 rd mag, and full of features that make it extremely easy to use. MSRP $129.95. Please not that transparent back and cut-away versions were for testing purposes only, and the solid drum with round indicator window is the variant that will be offered for sale. Shipping Spring/Summer 2015, but you can get a sneak peak of the drum in action at ATAC range day before SHOT show.

Now through Veteran’s Day Nov 11, 2014 Gorilla Ammo will donate 5% of all product sales at www.gorillaammo.com to the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. 

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The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is just down the road from us in Ft.Pierce, FL. The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the Navy SEALs and their predecessors, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the birthplace of the Navy Frogman, the Museum promotes public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs while honoring our fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors families through the Trident House.

***You can also save 20% at checkout when you use the promo code “seals“. 

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Detroit Bullet Works Ammo Clubs 620

For Immediate Release Oct 28th 2014

Wixom Mi – Michigan based Detroit Bullet Works, the first to launch a monthly subscription based ammunition club is expanding. With the addition of subsonic 223 and 9mm ammunition DBW’s new AmmoClubs.com website has 6 ammunition packages with either monthly or quarterly delivery options.

AmmoClubs.com subscription model, locks in pricing and availability for a 1 year contract. Ensuring your ammo is delivered on time and on budget regardless of political changes or ammunition shortages that affect off the shelf retailers.

DBW is the manufacturer so once your order is purchased for the year your allotment is secured and stored for your specific subscription plan ensure the ammo you need is available and affordable.

This plan was designed with avid shooters, first responders, competition shooters and those who participate in high volume training courses in mind.

Contact

For more on the available packages please go to http://ammoclubs.com and for more on Detroit Bullet Works visit http://detroitbulletworks.com

Charles Anderson, Media Relations
28317 Beck Road
Wixom MI 48393
(248) 320-3849
sales@gatmarketing.com

Looking for a deal on some super high quality ammo? Gorilla Ammunition is holding a 25% off sale on all factory new ammunition. Includes .223, 300BLK and .308 ammo. This sales is good through Sunday 10/26/14. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this sale.

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In celebration of Labor Day, Gorilla Ammunition will be offering 10% Off all Ammo on their website when you use the code “AMERICA” at checkout. This is some really nice ammo so any savings is a good reason to stock up.

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They also wanted to announce their line of 300 BLK ammunition that uses remanufactured brass cases.  The ammunition still undergoes their stringent quality assurance process and is loaded to the same specification as their factory new ammunition but the reduced cost of the once fired case allowing them to pass along a significant savings to the consumer.

300 BLK Remanufactured Ammo

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