I previously posted on the SIG_Sauer P320, the handgun platform that the new M17 Modular Handgun System is based on, but with the official acceptance of the M17 by all of the US services as the replacement to the M9, I figured I’d give it another showing…

The new M17 MHS is based on the P320 family of handgun and features interchangeable grip modules and panels, has suppressor support with a threaded barrel, interchangeable slide lengths, and an integral optics mounting plate and a rail system. Instead of the double/single action hammer-fired mechanism of the M9 pistol, the M17 uses a much simpler striker-fired design pioneered by the Glock.

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M17 Modular Handgun System 9mm — PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 17   DC: F   CLOS: 0-6   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 98+   DRAW: 0   RL: 1   COST: $700

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Here’s a little something from the way-back machine for those of you who set your campaign in the classic era of the early Cold War. The Maserati A6 was a fantastic example of Italian grand touring cars from the 1950s, and was a popular platform for taking a car and having custom coachwork made for it. The most popular variant for this was the A6G two-seater coupe, which had bodies from Zagato, Pininfarina, Pietro Frua, and Ghia, to name a few.

Made from 1949 to 1956, it featured a 1.5 liter, and later a 2 liter inline-six cylinder motor that turned out between 80 and 100hp, depending on the model year. The 2L version was used in the A6GCS and produced 170hp that, through a 4-speed manual transmission, had a top speed of about 130mph.1024px-Maserati_A6G_2000_Zagato_white_vl_TCE.jpg1953 Maserati A6GCS

The car above is a prime example of a Zagato-bodied A6GCS with the larger motor.

PM: +1   RED: 5   CRUS: 60   MAX: 130   RNG: 200   FCE: 2   STR: 5   COST: (new) $2,050; (in 2017) ~$2.3 million

 

Wilson Combat has long been associated with producing high-quality combat and competition 1911-style pistols. The new XDC X9 was specifically created for concealed carry, and is an excellent choice for law enforcement and other agencies requiring concealability, the accuracy of the 1911 platform, and the high capacity of modern firearms.

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The XDC is essentially a double stack 9mm 1911 using a widened aluminum frame. The pistol has a 4″ cone barrel with fluting in the ejection port area and a 4″ long extractor to ensure function. Loaded with 15 rounds of 9mm, it comes in at just over two pounds, a full pound lighter than it’s closest rival, the Rock Island and Para-Ordinance 2011A1 style handgun (but they pack another two rounds…) Light, small, and highly accurate, this is a great choice for those who want the ergonomics of the 1911.

PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F   CLOS: 0-7   LONG: 10-18   CON: -2   JAM: 99+   DR: 0   RL: 1   COST: $3000

GM Information: Magazines on this pistol are proprietary and rare. If the agent were to lose one, it would require a 50XP to have them replaced, and it would still take 24-48 hours.

On 19 January, it was announced the US military would be switching from the venerable M9 pistol (or for the civilians out there, the Beretta 92) to the SIG-Sauer P320. The P320 is based on the same concept the rather execrable P250 was — it is a completely modular design: the pistol has not just the usual Picatinny rail for a light or laser, it also has interchangeable backstraps found on many polymer-framed guns, it has a reversible magazine catch, it has kits which allow interchangeable barrel/magazines to allow a caliber swap from 9mm, to .357 SIG, .380 to .40 or .45, much like the Tanfoglio Witness. The length of the barrel/slide can be swapped out, as can the grip section from full size, to “carry”, to compact and subcompact sizes. The trigger assembly for this striker fired gun can be swapped out.

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The Modular Handgun System — the military version — features an ambidextrous safety, as well as the ambidextrous slide stop (making this one of the first SIGs a lefty can use easily.) The P320 has comparable accuracy and recoil to its metal-framed cousin, the P226.

SIG-Sauer P320 9mm (MHS variant) — PM: +1   S/R: 2   AMMO: 17   DC: F   CLOS: 0-6   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 98+   DRAW: 0   RL: 1   COST: $700

FK BRNO is a firearms R&D company  with ties to CZ. Known for high-quality competition guns, FK developed the Field Pistol in their proprietary 7.5mm FK chambering. The 7.5FK round fires a 100gr hollow-point at a blistering 2000fps, giving the pistol a stunning accuracy of 1.8″ deviation at 100 yards! The pistol was deigned to be comfortable for use by shooters with smaller hands, and the recoil impulse is similar to that of the .40S&W. There are several sight options, from the standard three point to a “butterfly” sight for far target acquisition.

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Made for hunting and competition, these are not small weapons and are heavy, but with a muzzle energy in the range of the .44 magnum and 14 rounds in the magazine, the Field Pistol has limited utility in covert operations.

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PM: +2   S/R: 2   AMMO: 14   DC: I   CLOS: 0-10   LONG: 20-40   CON: +1   JAM: 99+   DR: -1   RL: 1   COST: $2500

GM INFORMATION: The 7.5mm FK round reduced armor values by 2WL (Armor that provides -4WL is good only for -2WL vs. the Field Pistol.) The pistol and its ammunition are quite difficult to procure, so requisition requests should be done at a EF3.

Q Evaluation: Holy ***. 007

 

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The latest GT coupe from Aston Martin replaces the venerable and highly successful DB9. Powered by a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12, the car produces a blistering 600 horsepower and 518 ft-lbs of torque. This is guided to the wheels by a rear-mounted ZF 8 speed automatic transmission that improves fuel mileage and performance over the traditional manual transmission. The DB11 can hit 60mph from a stop in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 200mph. (A more sedate 4l V8 is planned…)

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The interior of the Aston continues the 2+2 layout, with the rear seats being more of a suggestion than something to be used. The infotainment system has a 12″ screen for sat navigation and to utilize the proprietary Aston Martin sound system. And, of course, hand-stitched leather and other natural materials for the upholstery.

PM: +2   RED: 2   CRUS: 110   MAX: 200   RNG: 260   FCE: 2   STR: 6   COST: $290,000

GM Information: The DB11 receives a -1EF to Force maneuvers and safety rolls associated with the same, however, otherwise it receives a +1EF to safety tests.

The Kalashnikov Concern has been busy these past few years, and just a few days ago, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that they would begin issuing the AK-12 as their new service rifle. So what better time than to have a look at the new Russian stuff that is certain to find its way into the hands of your bad guys in your James Bond: 007 RPG campaigns…

AK-12

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The AK-12 is the culmination of modifications made to the AK platform. This rifle is a follow-on to the AK-74, and uses the same 5.45x39mm ammunition and will accept any of the magazines made for the earlier 5.45mm platforms. Improvements include a new, not-shitty safety lever — a sharp departure from the barely-workable lever of original rifles. Instead, the safety lever is a four-point lever that allows the weapon to be safe, single fire, burst fire, or fully automatic. Another improvement is a telescoping and foldable stock; folding iron sights and a  Piccatinny rails for optics, and another for the addition of a GP-34 grenade launcher. The bayonet lug remains and the muzzle brake is improved. 60-round quad magazines and a 95-round drum are in the works.

PM: 0   S/R: 2/10   AMMO: 30   DC: H/K   CLOS: 0-18   LONG: 50-90   CON: n/a    JAM: 98+   DR: -3   RL: 2   COST: $2000 (approx.)

Q EVALUATION: It’s a damned good rifle. The new safety switch is the best improvement of the lot, but the modifications to the gas block and tube have made this a much more reliable gun than the old AK-74. 007

AK-15

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A larger version, the AK-15, is in development and is the heavy version of the rifle, a follow-up to the AK-47 in 7.62x39mm. It has many of the same features of the AK-12.

PM: +1   S/R: 2/10   AMMO: 30   DC: I/L   CLOS: 0-20   LONG 50-90   CON: n/a   JAM: 98+   DR: -3   RL: 2

Q EVALUATION: One of our foreign liaison officers got the chance to fire the prototype for the AK-15 and was inpressed, stating that the weapon fixed many of the issues the old AK series had — from takedown, to the safety catch, to reliability with different ammunition. Cpt. Michael Roberts

Lebedev PL-15 9mm

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This pistol is produced by the Kalashnikov Concern and was designed by Dmitry Lebedev, and was created as a pistol for police and military use, as well as the ability to transition into “professional shooting.” As a result, it uses the 9x19mm “Luger” round, rather than the old Makarov 9mm, has a 15 shot magazine, a polymer frame with under PIccatinny style rail, and uses a striker fire action, and the reliable short recoil Browning-style locked breech. Unlike many manufacturers, all controls are ambidextrous, and a grip angle and low bore axis similar to the CZ-75.

PM: +1   S/R: 3   AMMO: 15   DC: F   CLOS: 0-6   LONG: 12-18   CON: +1   JAM: 99   DR: 0   RL: 2   COST: $900

Q Evaluation: Kalashnikov has really outdone themselves with this sidearm. It combines lessons learned by other pistol manufacturers into a solidly reliable, easy to use platform, that rivals its competitors. 003 compared it favorably to his beloved CZ-85 Combat. High praise, indeed! Q