Martinsburg, WV based Navy Arms (@navyarmsfirearms), a replica manufacturer and importer of historical firearms, has announced the availability of FRF2 sniper rifle replicas in limited numbers.
The FR F2 sniper rifle, or Fusil à Répétition modèle F2, is 7.62 x 51mm NATO precision weapon. It is commonly used by the French military as well as the security forces of other countries, including those of Lithuania and Estonia.
According to the release, each FRF2 rifle that Navy Arms has for sale has been individually inspected for functionality.
They go on to say,
Once again, Navy Arms has succeeded in bringing military collectors a heretofore unseen model — the French FRF2 sniper rifle. We are proud to offer these unique pieces of firearms history to military collectors and target shooters.
Used in dozens of countries by the French military and police, the FRF2 was a redesigned, upgraded version of the French MAS 36 rifle, chambered in 7.62×51 (.308 Winchester).
Each FRF2 rifle that Navy Arms has for sale has been hand-inspected to ensure there are no defects and that each gun is complete and operational.
FRF2 Sniper Rifle Replica
Cal: 7.62×51 NATO (.308 Winchester) BBL: 24″ Magazine Capacity: 10 rds LOP: 13.5″ OAL: 44.5″ Condition: V.G. Stock: Wood Stock Finish: Oil Accessory Pack: Includes bi-pod, scope mount with pic rail, sling, two (2) magazines, 2-pocket mag pouch, two (2) stock spacers, two (2) cheek piece risers, take-down tool, barrel pull-thru with brass lead, take-down tool/pull-thru carry pouch, oil bottle, field bag and field manual. MSRP: $8,995.00
More at NavyArms.com.
More about the FNF2 Rifle
Navy Arms was founded in the 1950s by the legendary Val Forgett, Jr.. Since that time it has imported a wide variety of precision firearms, including such models as the Belgian FN49, Russian PU Mosin and Dragunovs, even British L42 Enfield sniper rifles. For nearly seven decades they have provided their customers with quality products that retain both monetary and historic value.
Body Armor used to be cumbersome and expensive, good thing it ain’t 2005 anymore. Happily, West Coast Armor has stepped up to the plate (no pun intended) with its Pure Dyneema and Pure Spectra plates.
In fact, the team at West Coast Armor spent five years on R&D before releasing their first product. They’re not messing around when it comes to the preservation of life.
Who Is West Coast Armor?
The diverse team at West Coast Armor has deep roots in the world of executive protection, military, law enforcement, and the private sector. In addition, the team at West Coast Armor has used and created body armor throughout their individual careers. They know firsthand the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of body armor.
With this knowledge and real-world experience, they achieved what they set out to do. West Coast Armor put five years of research and development, so they could create their industry-leading body armor. They were rewarded with Armor that is lighter, stronger, and more affordable than any others on the market.
What Sets Apart West Coast Armor?
West Coast Armor uses Pure Dyneema or Pure next-gen Spectra in the construction of its body armor plates.
Hard armor made with pure Dyneema and next-gen Spectra is up to 75% lighter than steel or other traditional armor materials. This is without compromising the level of protection traditional materials provide.
For military, law enforcement, and others working in high-risk environments, hard armor made from Dyneema provides not only maximum protection but also enhances the comfort, maneuverability, and efficiency of the person wearing it.
5 Benefits of Using Dyneema in Body Armor Plates
Constructed from ceramics, compressed laminate sheets, metallic plates, or composites
Designed to deform and capture the bullet upon impact
Absorbs and distributes the kinetic energy of the impact
Protects against NIJ Level III, III+ and works as an excellent backing for ceramics in III++ or IV rifle threats
75% lighter than steel and 25% lighter than Aramid
Where are West Coast Armor Plates Made?
All raw materials are 100% domestically sourced and made in the USA.
Is West Coast Armor NIJ Certified?
Yes. West Coast Armor is NIJ certified, and all their body armor plates meet or exceed NIJ criteria.
The NIJ conducts independent research on the Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor with the help of the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES). The most important attribute of the NIJ is its ability to remain objective to the industry and only adopt criteria based on scientific research and testing.
This research and testing are designed to save lives and improve the level of justice our law enforcement agencies can provide. This is why every company that wishes to sell body armor in the United States must meet the requirements set forth by the NIJ.
If you’re looking for a company that is selling armor, ensure they can provide an NIJ letter of compliance by doing a simple check on DOJ’s website to see if the company is certified.
West Coast Armor Hard Armor Levels
Patriot Armor IIIa Plate
The Patriot Armor level 3a body armor Plate is so unbelievably light and thin that you will forget you’re wearing it. At 0.82 pounds per square foot, these lightweights perform like heavyweights.
Forged from a proprietary manufacturing process, the IIIA Plate is constructed with some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available.
West Coast Armor’s UHMWPE fibers are stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight.
Features and Specs
Designed for use as a standalone plate
Standalone NIJ threat level of IIIA
True multi-shot plate
Weatherproofing: spray-lined synthetic coating
0.82 pounds per square foot
Available in black polyurea spray lining
Size: 10″ x 12″
Patriot Armor IIIP Plate
The performance of our Patriot Armor IIIP Plates is second to none. At an incredible 3.3 pounds per square foot, they are clearly some of the strongest level 3 body armor plates available today.
Forged from a proprietary manufacturing process, the IIIP Plate is constructed with some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available.
West Coast Armor’s UHMWPE fibers are stronger than steel at a fraction of the weight.
Features and Specs
Standalone NIJ threat level of III
True multi-shot plate
3.3 pounds per square foot
Sizes 10×12″, 11×14″
Level IV AP Plate
West Coast Armor’s IV AP Plate is just like its little brother, the IIIP Plate, in that it is unbelievably strong and light. Weighing 5.5 pounds per square foot, it takes the performance of your tactical armor to a higher level.
Their proprietary manufacturing process utilizes some of the strongest and lightest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers available, allowing West Coast Armor to forge the strongest lightweight body armor on the market today.
Features and Specs
Ceramic strike face and UHMWPE backing
Finished with a spray-lined, weatherproof synthetic coating
5.5 pounds per square foot
Available in black
West Coast Armor Testimonies
“As a former Police Chief, I believe that one of the most important responsibilities we have is to give the men and women that serve our profession the best equipment to do their job and keep them safe. I’ve seen firsthand the superior quality of the West Coast Armor Body armor in action. I’ve been blessed to witness agencies across the country test West Coast Armor vests and plates, and the outcomes were superior. I recommend to all my colleagues that they reach out to West Coast Armor.” – Donald (Chief of Police Ret.)
“The West Coast Armor level 4 plates are the most well-balanced and comfortable plates I’ve used. After seven combat deployments between Special Operations and Contract work, I can only wish I’d had these issued to me. I have full trust and confidence in their ballistic properties as I’ve seen their performance through more rigorous testing than NIJ requires. These plates have my full endorsement.” – Kyle C.
“As a retired police officer of 23 years working long shifts and jobs from the jail to vice then on to detective. I was always issued uncomfortable, heavy stiff armor. After wearing all types of armor throughout my military and law enforcement carrier, I can say I’ve never seen anything like it. Without question, West Coast Armor makes me want to wear armor again; it’s the lightest, thinnest and strongest armor I’ve ever seen.”– Bob V. Esponisa
An area of increasing concern for all of us is the occupied home invasion, which can be defined as an incident where the family occupies the house, and they are confronted with an imminent lethal threat by one or more intruders.
Recently, the number of reported violent encounters inside the home has increased. These violent encounters aren’t even limited to your home anymore. You could be thrust into a violent encounter when shopping at a mall or even walking to your car afterward.
This growing concern has prompted a surge of new gun owners who intend to keep that newly purchased firearm for the primary purpose of home defense. Additionally, many states have adopted constitutional carry where gun owners now don’t need to attend any training to carry concealed.
There is a void in the training industry regarding preparing for violent encounters, at least in the context of home defense. Core Vision Training has stepped into that void in a big way.
Why Spend The Money and Time on Training
Self-defense, home defense, and other preparedness training are necessary to effectively defend yourself, your family, and your home when targeted by crime or violence. There will always be criminals who want to take what isn’t theirs and predators who want to hurt the innocent. When you train to become more proficient in these skills, you gain the tools to stand your ground and live to see another day.
As with any training courses you attend, you want to ensure it fits your context of use and goals. However, many “tactical” training courses claim to train students in the art of fighting with a pistol and rifle, room clearing within your home, and a host of other “tacticool” courses.
Many courses people attend for the experience rather than for learning life-saving skills. Nevertheless, teaching these concepts takes days to execute correctly with the proper instructor cadre.
Core Vision Training employs instructors with proven operational experience, some of which are still operational, which gives you the most up-to-date relevant training available.
Why Choose Core Vision Training
Core Vision Training is the top self-defense training company and facility in the Pacific Northwest. Their instructors bring decades of relevant operational experience to provide their clients with the highest quality training possible.
In addition to their premier courses, they also offer a monthly membership program. By signing up for the recurring monthly membership, individuals who have taken any form of our Structure Assessment courses now have the opportunity for additional reps and recurring training to maintain and master the skills they acquired in our classes.
Recurring training covers medical, structure assessment, teamwork, land navigation, live fire, vehicle work, and several more.
Let’s take a quick look at a few of their premier courses.
Structure Assessment Active Defense Course
If you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a fight with an armed assailant, learning to load and clear a malfunction is far easier if you are familiar with that weapon or type of weapon ahead of time. This is something you won’t want to figure out on the fly.
Imagine fighting your attacker in a dark parking lot or inside your home, and gaining control of his loaded weapon, only to die because you didn’t know how to operate the safety.
When you become skilled with your primary defensive tool, learn to use other weapons. Clint Smith said it best “There’s nothing that says you are going to fight with just your gun.”
The Core Vision Training Structure Assessment courses prepare you for just that. The Active Defense course, which is a combination of the home defense course and trauma training, is tailored to the everyday citizen looking to sharpen their skills and better protect their family.
1 & 2 person structure assessment
CCW Pistol mechanics & manipulations
Link up procedures
Casualty assessment and treatment
Call up procedures for 911
Center fed, corner fed rooms & hallways
Positive Threat Identification
Core Vision: Vehicle Escape Concepts
Let’s look at a different type of EDC; your Every Day Car. This is your daily driver, whether a Honda Civic or a Rolls Royce.
When you leave the safety of your home and get into your vehicle to take kids to school, pick up passengers, or go to the store, it becomes your mobile command center.
When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, think of yourself as the Transporter. It’s not only an excellent movie but highlights some key points. Such as how he maintains driving the car and moves within and around the confines of his vehicle. Everything is done professionally and with a purpose.
The Core Vision Training Vehicle Escape Concepts course teaches you to be ready for a fight in and around your vehicle. Everything they teach you is done professionally and with a practical purpose.
Movement within and out of a vehicle
What is and is not cover on a vehicle
Gear & Equipment Preparation
Core Vision: Land Navigation
When many of us first enlisted, there was no handheld GPS to tell us where we were and how to reach our destination. Instead, we had to learn how to use a compass and protractor with our maps. Land Navigation courses were taught with the old school military issue Lensatic compasses and a map whether it was daytime or night-time.
The use of a compass is a perishable skill, much like shooting. It requires practice. Nowadays, we have wrist-mounted GPS units, handheld units, and smartphones that provide us with navigational aids. But what if the batteries run out or your GPS gets submerged and shorts out? Now what? How do you get back home? Do you have a backup method of navigation?
The Core Vision Training land navigation course teaches you how to read and orient a map and navigate using a compass so that you make it back home safely. The two available courses are Intro To Land Navigation and Basic Map Reading.
How to read and orient a map
How to familiarize yourself with a map using a compass
Individual Pace Count
Dead Reckoning & Terrain Association
How to identify significant terrain features
How to identify minor terrain features
How to read contour lines
How to plot locations on a map
In the end, the time you invest in training for an event that may never occur is your responsibility. The flip side of that is if that event ever does happen, do you want to be the one who lets your spouse and children down?
We encourage you to reflect on the cost of your personal decisions and how you choose to spend your time and money. Remember, when seconds count, law enforcement is minutes away, and a lot can happen in that time. You can lose your whole world in those few minutes.
If you are ready to accept that risk, that’s on you. But, if you believe your life and the lives of your loved ones are worth every ounce of your effort, train like it. Train like they matter. Train with Core Vision Training.
As many of you have already heard (and more are about to), SIG Sauer has released another hybrid compact pistol in the SIG P365 line — like its predecessors, the “SIG P365 X-Macro” has just a 1″ profile. But this one has a 17 round capacity P365X magazine.
This might not be as big a surprise as the original P365s were for their capacity, but that’s likely because we’ve at least partially become inured to rapid advances in small frame pistol design. That doesn’t make it any less a desirable evolution in the P365, though, particularly when you consider that same mag will fit in the P365 model you already own.
X-Macro: the latest in the P365X series.
P365 XMacro Specs
The P365-XMacro is a polymer frame, striker-fired pistol that features a new grip module, the “Macro-Compact-Grip Module”. The Macro-Compact Grip Module features a standard 1913 accessory rail, an integrally compensated optics-ready slide with their XRAY3 day/night sights, and a flat trigger. The weapon ships with interchangeable small, medium, and large backstraps, and two 17 round P365 XMacro magazines. As one would expect, the pistol is optimized for use with SIG electro-optic red dot sights and weapon lights.
Tom Taylor, SIG’s Chief Marketing Officer, had this to say about the new pistol:
“When the P365 was introduced, it reimagined the possibilities of everyday carry, and the P365-XMACRO continues this tradition delivering more on everything that made the P365 the number one selling, and most award-winning gun in America.
“The innovative magazine design of the P365-XMACRO delivers on capacity while maintaining the slim design, making it more comfortable and more concealable than any other 17+1-round pistol on the market. The integrated compensator of the P365-XMACRO reduces muzzle flip making follow-up shots faster and easier to stay on target shot after shot for even more accuracy. It is very simple, like the name suggests, with the P365-XMACRO you get more of everything you want in an everyday carry pistol, and you no longer need to compromise your capacity for concealability or shootability.”
Learn more at: www.sigsauer.com/p365-xmacro.html
P365 XMacro First Looks
Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics recently posted these images to social media with the comment, “The 365 line has been growing on me, and now I have [one that is] 17-round capacity, optic-ready, with adjustable back straps and a more robust accessory rail.”
He also notes that this gun does a good job of bridging the gap between “full size guns” and the micro compacts with high magazine capacity.
P365 XMacro Magazines
As noted, the P365 XMacro has a 17+1 round magazine potential before mag extensions. As John Hollister of Sig Sauer Academy said, “XMacro vs XL: same slide and thinness. You just get more. Twelve vs. seventeen.
Happily, that 17-round magazine can be used in any P365 pistol (assuming you already have one).
It’s all in the name…Sentinel. A Sentinel is a guard whose job it is to stand and keep watch. The Faxon Firearms Sentinel chambered in 8.6 Blackout will do just that…keep watch…overwatch that is.
The AR-15, no doubt, is America’s favorite rifle. But even America’s rifle has its limitations. The primary limitation is that it cannot handle long-action cartridges such as the 8.6 BLK.
The standard 5.56 NATO cartridge loses a lot of velocity and power at distance. To get over that hurdle, but still have the same feel of an AR-15, you’re looking at an AR10.
The AR10 has the same look and feel as the AR-15. But you can now shoot longer action cartridges such as the 8.6 BLK, 308 WIN, and 6.5 Creedmoor.
The Sentinel 8.6 BLK, part of Faxon’s Summit Line of firearms, boasts a billet aluminum receiver set, G3 Aluminum Streamline M-LOK Handguard, new 8.6 BLK MuzzLok Muzzle Device, and the impressive 1:3 twist Big Gunner Profile Barrel. The Faxon Sentinel is also backed by Faxon’s Lifetime Guarantee.
The Faxon Sentinel AR10 rifle and AR10 pistol configurations are the best of the best in their particular niches and are perfect if you find yourself needing to hit something further out with some devastating kinetic energy.