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The 9x19mm NATO (Luger, or parabellum) cartridge continues to hold high ground in the defensive pistol community, in spite of the trend toward larger, heavier bullets, namely the .40 S&W and timeless .45 ACP rounds. The reason for this popularity is due to several factors: more than a century of tradition of the 9x19mm cartridge, its relatively high magazine capacity, its low recoil impulse and the great increase in projectile performance during the last 25 years.

Mine rollers save lives

"These are designed to blow up," said Albert Bacon a field service representative for R4PM IED Defeat. "They really work."

Bacon helps coalition forces in Afghanistan install mine rollers on the front of tactical vehicles. He has traveled across the country providing support to Soldiers and assisting with the installations of the mine rollers.

It's a good piece of equipment," said Spc. John Rollins, from Trent, Mo., of the 548th Transportation Company. "It does its job."

Mission command platform enables freedom of maneuver on battlefield

To increase the accuracy and speed of decisions made on the most critical points of the battlefield, the Army is providing Soldiers with the same mission command capabilities in a mobile platform that they have at their home base.

New optic enhances heavy machine guns

Marines from various units within III Marine Expeditionary Force trained with the first optics system specifically designed for the Mk-19 and M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun at Range Two on Camp Hansen Sept. 14.

Army preparing to produce JLTVs, recapped Humvees

After refining requirements during a two-year technology development phase for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, Army developers are poised to conduct full and open competitions geared towards recapping Humvees and producing JLTVs, as part of a synergized Light Tactical Vehicles strategy.

The Army-led program is planning to accelerate the developmental timeline of the next phase of the JLTV program, said Col. David Bassett, project manager, tactical vehicles.

Army announces greatest inventions

Army officials announced the winners of its greatest inventions competition Aug. 23. Earlier this summer a panel of combat veteran Soldiers reviewed and voted for the most innovative advances in Army technology.

LaRue Tactical 7.62 OBR

Video by LaRue Tactical

Afghan troops train with RPGs

Video by Regional Command Southwest

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