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Army Looking at “Hot Rails” for Personal Weapons

Army Looking at “Hot Rails” for Personal Weapons

Source: Associated Press

Christian Lowe | KitUp.Miliary.com

October 20, 2010

One of the major issues modern forces face in the field — aside from weight — is how to maintain proper levels of electricity to power their various electronic gadgets and doo dads.

U.S. weapons are increasingly incorporating new sights, pointers and beams to their weapons and those things suck power with a vengeance. How much would it blow if you’re a sniper and Ole Osama passes through your crosshairs one night and all the sudden…goes your night illumination scope.

There goes your $25 million reward…

But the head of Army weapons programs hinted yesterday that his office at Picatinny is working on a project to incorporate a “hot rail” system onto its rifles. PEO Soldier Weapons Col. Doug Tamilio told us:

“It hooks into the 1913 rail system. And what that allows you to do is put a system on [the weapon] and do away with the battery pack. And what you can do is on the buttstock of the weapon or the hand grip you can put batteries in there. So everything you put on this system is already hot wired and can run off that. And you get a lot more battery life out of that too.”

Another plus is that the weapon’s weight and center of gravity shifts to a more shooter-friendly spot: in the grip and stock, instead of along the rail or forward. This could translate into increased accuracy and less fatigue.

Tamilio said that Congress injected some funds to look into this last FY and he’s got some money to continue it in this FY. His office has a prototype ready for testing and if all goes well, this “hot rail” system could be added to the Improved Carbine requirement as it evolves.

Read more: http://kitup.military.com/2010/10/army-looking-at-hot-rails-for-personal-weapons.html


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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    PSD: he could be a TACP or JTAC by the looks of him.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    that would rock if they can make it work!

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    Sheriff_1

    over 3 years ago

    8026 Comments

    Make it happen!!!!

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4318 Comments

    Great idea if it works

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    OUTSTANDING IDEA

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    by the way, that trooper is either a Ranger, SF, or SEAL....definately SOF by the uniform and kevlar

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 3 years ago

    8966 Comments

    Ge , my M-14 was not battery operated and only good for 750 meters with an open sight , how did we ever survive in those ancient times? Nice white Name tags on one side and Gold Lettering U.S.ARMY on the other. I was caught in the change over from old to new uniforms and weaponry in 1966 . Most would grab up an old M-1 Carbine rather then change over to the Mattel Toy as it was introduced with all kinds of jamming problems because of bad powder loads that contaminated the weapon. Now it's a world class improvement with time and refinements.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Both times I deployed I could accessorize my weapon but to a degree....really there is no need, the Army really does provide everything for your weapon you need, and good thing too as the accessories I had on my M4 the 2nd deployment probably cost a good 4K, more than the weapon itself. And while we are on that topic...police officers...take some of that garbage off your AR15s...Lord Almighty, some of you look like you are living out your SEAL/DELTA fantasies...

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    Cib11b

    over 3 years ago

    36 Comments

    That owuld of been nice, I had to change all my batts almost daily!! Not to mention the tac light is one type of batterie, Halo is another, and the Pac 2 is another!! Three different types of batts for everyday equipment. I hope they do create something..

    Only downfall I see is adding more weight which will ofcourse slow you down. Also how would you hook up nods? a big ol wire coming from your weapon to your mitch? I suppose you would need seperate batts for the nods.

    @lajustice Most units (if not all) do not allow you to use your own equipment.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10938 Comments

    Can't wait to see if this works out, but remember the basic weapons skills taught in Basic and beyond. Electronics are an aid, not an end-all solution.

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    mmcintyre

    over 3 years ago

    124 Comments

    Cant waut to see it in action. Hope it all works out. Sounds really cool.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Keep your pack charged, but remember how to do it the old fashion way.

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    lajustice

    over 3 years ago

    1178 Comments

    only bad thing i can see is then it will only be certain equipment the soldiers and marines could buy. We all like to accesorize our weapons with items we've used in past and i'm sure they do too.

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    ImpdsAngel

    over 3 years ago

    3140 Comments

    pray it works. god bless them

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    SkoolCop

    over 3 years ago

    4542 Comments

    Poorly written article. Just how big (or small) is this battery pack really going to be and still provide enough power for all of the functions of the "system?"

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