Gear: .45-calibersemi automatic carbine


.45-calibersemi automatic carbine

TDI manufacturing
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Shotguns
Price: 1,200 to 1,300
Average Rating:
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If you're military or law enforcement and haven't heard of it, chances are you soon will. Maffin is senior gunsmith for Transformational Defense Industries Inc., a weapons technology firm that conducts its research and development from a Virginia Beach office park near Lynnhaven Mall. By early next year, the Washington-based TDI plans to open a production facility in Virginia Beach to begin manufacturing the submachine gun for police and military use and a .45-caliber semi automatic carbine for the commercial shooting market. Industry experts say the weapons are unlike any other now on the market and could shake up the firearms world. What makes the weapons special, company and industry officials say, is a new patented operating system that substantially reduces recoil and muzzle climb when fired. The recoil, or kick, of a conventional weapon is directed backward into a shooter's shoulder, caus-ing the gun to rise off target. TDI's "Super V" bolt-and-slide mechanism directs the energy downward in front of the trigger. Company tests indicate the mechanism reduces recoil by 40 to 60 percent and muzzle rise by about 95 percent over conventional gun operating systems. At a Thursday demonstration for media at a Blackwater USA firing range in Moyock, officials said their system improves accuracy and reduces user fatigue. The submachine gun can be fired with one hand and remain on target. TDI has worked with the Army and special operations forces to develop the technology. It uses Blackwater's facilities to field test the weapons. Officials set up the disabled vehicle scenario to demonstrate the maneuverability and firepower of the .45-caliber submachine gun, which TDI says is ideal for close-quarter situations the police and military encounter in urban settings. "Seeing this product for the first time in my interview, I was sold," Maffin said. "It's got the knock-down power a lot of guys want." Members of the media at the Thursday event, heavy in such trade publications as Guns & Ammo and Small Arms Review magazines, were allowed to shoot the submachine gun and the carbine. "The reduction in recoil is absolutely amazing," said Wendy Henry, who works in Pennsylvania for Women In Scope, a TV series that promotes women's awareness of firearms. "It's very easy to maintain your control over it." Frank Borelli, a law enforcement and military consultant in Maryland, said the weapon is "going to rock the firearms industry." He has fired the TDI submachine gun but did not attend the event. "What they're doing is very different," Borelli said. Some industry experts question whether the company will make significant inroads with military and police, which have moved away from submachine guns - in part because their pistol-caliber rounds can't pierce body armor. The gun's price tag - now ex-pected to retail in the $1,200-to-$1, 300 range - also could chill sales. Company officials said interest is high, noting that they worked with the Army's Picatinny armament research and development arsenal in New Jersey to develop the technology. These guns are the first product that

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    ochavez, Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:43:27 UTC.
    1st review

    This is the future of weapons right here. This submachine gun can be fired with one hand.The gun weighs about 5 pounds unloaded and collapses to a lenght of 16 inches, can be easily carried in helicopters,humvees and other vehicles. Awesome knock down power and low recoil.

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    DGM, Sat, 16 Feb 2008 03:58:05 UTC.

    Why is this experimental SMG in the shotgun section?

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