SURVIVE MAGAZINE #15 January 2018 Translation

SURVIVE MAGAZINE  is a piece of supplementary lore from airsoft maker Tokyo Marui. These articles are written in-universe to compliment the replica gun. 

Tokyo Marui have been regular collaborators with Capcom in the release of replica handguns and other weapons from the franchise. In some cases this includes additional background information regarding the weapon and its users. These stories are written by the Capcom development team.

This information has been translated by REP staff member, theBatman.

1: PREFACE
First of all, I want to stress that I was greatly assisted by the people at Umbrella Co.’s PR department in the research for this article. If you live in Japan, then the dangerous impression of the previous Umbrella company will surely still stick in your mind. I am not completely clear about whether it was the former extravagance of the enterprise or because of some individuals’ arbitrary actions, but after my work on this article, my own impression has definitely changed. Of course, I do not intend to say I now know everything after only this one article, but from the fact that they repeatedly used the phrase “proactive information disclosure” and that this article was planned at all, I felt strongly that the company I met was different from what I had imagined. It is a bit of a paradox to think back about the reason why things turned out this way, but I was reminded once more of that certain incident.

2: ENCOUNTER WITH THOR’S HAMMER

My encounter with THOR’S HAMMER was through a single military photograph. A member of Umbrella was grasping in his hand an assault rifle that I had never seen before. The picture was shot from a considerable distance, and probably showed the response to some kind of incident. So small you would miss it if you did not look at the picture very closely, a squad member who was out of focus was holding a gun with a hand guard I had never seen before. At first, I thought it was a non-official customized M4, but looking more closely, the size was uncommonly large. No, if this were an M4, it would be better to say it was huge. From the picture it was not even clear if this was a Key-mod or an M-LOK.

For a while after seeing the photograph, this riddle was stuck in my mind. Maybe my interest was just piqued by the fact that in this age of overflowing information there existed a gun that I could not find a single piece of information on. And then, an entirely unforeseen source provided the trigger for me to discover its identity.

3: BSAA SPECIAL INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM

I received an email from an old writer acquaintance of mine. He was a gun writer living in America. The gist of his email was simply, “Are you interested in the Samurai Edge?” Yes, double yes, definitely yes!! No gun freak could not get excited when hearing that name. A Buntline special created in the 1990s. Even in the 21st century, everyone knew about the heroic role it played. A number of replicas were produced in Japan as well, but probably only a handful of Japanese have had the chance to handle the real thing. (Rumours have it that only a certain Japanese maker took the measurements of the real thing. I tried to find out more from the PR department but was met only with forced smiles.)

”If you’re interested, then let me know.”
I had spent a long time in this industry, but even for a specialty writer, this kind of chance was rare.
“OK, when do I need to be in America? Tomorrow?”
I had tried to sound calm, but resistance was futile. My true feelings were shining through the joke.

“Calm down. I made a connection at Umbrella’s PR department. A Japanese writer should not alarm them. Do not forget your guys’ passports are the best IDs in the world. I’ll contact you again to let you know if you can come.

Huh? Wait a minute, Umbrella? What was that supposed to mean? Wasn’t this the same thing as going to Russia to collect information for a story about M4s?

His explanation went like this. The Umbrella Co. that was reformed under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law dissolved their private military company USS out of moral obligation, and instead set up a department called the Special Incident Response Team as a branch office at the BSAA.

The team’s purpose was to support the BSAA, an anti-bioterrorism unit led by the United Nations. My research for this article would concern the equipment for the members on this special team. This article would be part of a campaign to eradicate their image as villains, and because my acquaintance believed that a visit by a clean Japanese would surely be welcome, he had contacted me.

Of course, he also asked that I share the results of my research, but I immediately replied and sent my CV to America. At that time, probably because I was on cloud nine over the fieldwork for this article, the mystery of that other assault rifle completely vanished from my mind.

Before my trip, I exchanged multiple emails with Umbrella Corporation. During that time, my family was enormously worried about me. Well, for anyone with common sense, objecting was the right thing to do. They brought up the tragic incident that was the reason for their objections too many times to count. However, in the time running up to the trip, my mind became obsessed with this once in a lifetime event. For you see, this was research for an article about a legendary gun that was never taken off the premises. All new equipment would eventually be mass produced, or maybe I would be able to handle the original gun so I could describe it properly… spending my days with such delusions, I laughed off my family’s worries and set out for America from Narita.

If I had cancelled my trip there and then because of concerns, I would never have made the discoveries I did, and so even a carefree personality is not without its worth.

4. UMBRELLA CORPORATION ANTI-BIOWEAPONS DEVELOPMENT BUREAU

One month after that first email, I was on the other side of a door that had not previously been opened to let someone in. For security reasons I cannot disclose its location, but the building blended seamlessly into its surroundings, built there innocently and naturally. After arriving at a very ordinary reception and getting my ID, the person who would be my guide was waiting for me sitting on an ordinary sofa behind a set of glass sliding automatic doors. It seemed like any other company with nothing unusual going on. Bitter memories from my job hunting less than 20 years ago came flooding back.

Often old memories are not really good for anything. Others must have thought the look on my face rather stupid, as I was gritting my teeth from the bitter memories. And with that kind of face, I found myself in front of a slender blonde woman, whom I want you to imagine as rather beautiful.
“Um… Je…ju?”

No matter what era, the language barrier is always high. Japanese names are difficult to pronounce even if written in romanized Japanese.
“Don’t worry, the people here call me Johnny.”

My words made her give an embarrassed little laugh. Yes, definitely beautiful.

“Is it only me who has come to do some research this time?”
“Yes, and as it is the first time for us as well, we want to avoid misunderstandings as far as possible, and so would like to accompany you one-on-one. Your planned article will be the first press for us.”

Wow! I was unexpectedly doing research for an article before anyone else!!
In the previous email correspondence, the detailed contents of my research had not actually been touched upon. I had agreed that the contents were highly confidential but had also felt a little concerned. It was a good omen that I got a positive surprise in that regard.

“Our goal is not here. Let us get on our way to the lab.”
For Americans, their attitude was very business-like. I was just thinking with regret that perhaps this was how large enterprises were like, when the young woman started to speak while walking.

“The place we are going to show you now has extremely strict and high security. I am sorry, but we ask you to refrain from going anywhere without permission. This is a matter of life and death, so we insist on you following this rule.”

Even in my carefreeness, I understood perfectly at the time. The place I was heading to was the heart of the company that had eradicated an entire city. The elevator, defying my expectations and being completely ordinary, took us to the basement floor. The panel indicating our present location did not show the number of floors. I am not allowed to write any more than that. I might be carefree, but I am not a fool.

But as I realized that I might be heading towards a terrible place, I suddenly grew pale. I do not know how far down we went, but I know it took a long time. When the elevator doors finally opened, I could see in front of my eyes what was written on the door.

‘Umbrella Corporation Anti-Bioweapons Development Bureau’
This was a world’s first exclusive. This was the moment that all media throughout the world dreamed about, the moment in which until now closed door opened. In these unexpected circumstances, the sensible me that I had been up till this moment was kicked out, and the carefree me that was excited about this world’s first exclusive took control over my head.

The agreement stated that I was not to write any details about what was inside the door or the structure of the building. People with good sense will keep to that agreement to earn trust, and as such I will only describe the things that happened in this room. Nonetheless, I can assure you that these encounters were a succession of extraordinary surprises.

“Shall we…”

The young woman’s unfinished sentence referred to the goal of my current research, the equipment Umbrella Corporation was developing. So why did I embark on this trip to gather information in the first place? The answers are thus:

• I understood that Umbrella Corporation was actively pursuing the eradication of bioterror because they repented their past actions.

• Even though they were developing weapons, this was done under the management of BSAA and under safe operations.

• The majority of their technological knowledge was disclosed and was helpful in the treatment of various incurable diseases.

I had been wondering about why the military industry as a local industry was taking the lead on the research for this article, but it turned out that they were expecting the political tone in a specialized medium to be exceptionally low, that it would be effective in propagating the truth, and that we would properly report that their technologies were not dangerous.

That is right, we geeks were extremely impartial in this regard. I was impressed with how well thought out it was. Every happening in the world has a meaning. And I would realize the full meaning of this later.

5: ENCOUNTER WITH A MIRACLE

“Let’s show you the small arms that we have developed then.”

I was led to a room and an elderly man came to greet me with a smile. He possessed a physique that was almost too good to be that of a researcher. However, I knew his smile and mannerisms, his massive hands and loud voice very well. He carried the same air around him as the gunsmiths that we often interview for articles. I felt the nervousness that I had carried in some part of my heart suddenly disappear.

I will not say I knew what was coming, but right before his outstretched hands… a large assault rifle that conspicuously caught the eye… I had never seen it before, but I knew it already. Without thinking I gave a loud shout of surprise. Yes, enshrined on that table was the assault rifle from the picture that had troubled me so much. I was bewildered, and the elderly man and my two guides from PR exchanged suspicious glances. As I did not want to raise suspicions, I hurriedly explained the circumstances, and it appeared that they knew the picture in question. They were greatly impressed by how I had noticed the gun on such a picture. And then, another unexpected word slipped from the lips of the two.

“That’s the photograph of Chris, right?”
Huh? What now?
“That retreating figure, that is Chris Redfield.”
I am sure my voice faltered.

I do not remember what we talked about. That out-of-focus picture that I had found showed a legendary hero. Was such a coincidence possible? I felt a slight panic rising inside my head.

“We had his team be the first to use these. The only people who know that the person in the picture is Chris are the employees here and you.”

Nowadays, people globally can share all kinds of pictures, and information spreads throughout the world over night. And I had found one piece of information buried under this pile of dirt, and this had unexpectedly connected to reality. And what was more, it happened on this day, in this place, during the research for this article.

At times like these, even a realist like me starts to believe in the existence of god. I made an effort to calm down and bring myself back to the reality of my job here. Then I lowered my eyes to the assault rifle that the elderly man was pointing at. At first glance, it looked like it could have been a SCAR or an M4. But what was distinctly different was its size. And the magwell that lay wide open created a strangely intense feeling. This was not a size like the 7.62 mm caliber that I had seen before. When I asked what caliber this was, the reply was something I had not imagined.
“It’s a 12 gauge.”

That is right, this gun that I had assumed to be an assault rifle was really an assault shotgun. I almost accidentally hit my knee. Had such a militant shotgun ever existed before? But now that I knew the answer, I noticed how rational the purpose and design indeed were. Looking delighted at my excited expression, the elderly man slowly began to explain.

6: ANTI-B.O.W. RIFLE THOR’S HAMMER DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND

The effectiveness of the shotgun as a firearm against the infected, these so-called zombies, needs no further explanation. For B.O.W.s that do not have critical points such as the heart or internal organs, the stopping power can only be demonstrated by destroying it on the surface.

In recent years, the demand for modified rounds such as the Black Talon and the Hollow Point has increased among security organisations in various countries, indicating that government agencies are seeking effective means to deal with B.O.W.s.

In terms of the undead, the effectiveness of shotguns is unsurpassed. Although the effective range is short, with 15 metres at most being the expected distance for engagement, the shotgun is a highly effective choice at that distance.

The shotgun, a firearm that uses scattershot shells, has a long history. The effectiveness of the shotgun was demonstrated in World War I, when it was used in the trenches, an enclosed space with poor visibility. At that time, the name ‘trench gun’ rather than ‘shotgun’ was more widely used. Following that, riot suppression and indoor effectiveness was recognised, and it was actively adopted and spread by government law enforcement agencies.

Well, so far, many readers must be wondering what I am talking about, so putting history to one side, what is the current status of the shotgun? The first thing that comes to mind is the pump-action style that follows the prototype of so-called shotguns, such as the famous Remington M870. In recent years, the semi-automatic type, such as the Benelli M3, has also been seen in law enforcement agencies and 3-Gun matches. However, tube magazines hold a large share of the market as a universal common denominator.

There are some box magazine types such as the SPAS-15 and SAIGA-12, but I have never heard of cases of widespread use. In my opinion, the first priority for government agencies is stability and reliability of operation. In this regard, I think the SPAS and SAIGA are at a bit of a disadvantage.

In terms of reliably feeding that large shell into the chamber, the box magazine is probably a step behind the reliability of the tube magazine.

But when it comes to B.O.W.s, the story is not so simple. In the 1998 tragedy, thousands of zombies took over the city. A similar pandemic has occurred in Africa. A tube magazine with only a dozen rounds and a long reload time would have been inadequate for the task of exterminating such a swarm. In fact, many police officers lost their lives even with shotguns in their hands.

The development of a new anti-B.O.W.-focused shotgun has long been in high demand. However, there are still many problems to be solved. Even though demand has increased, it would take a highly aggressive and innovative design to meet the required specifications. A firearm that is so powerful, yet so limited in its use, was difficult and unlikely to be adopted by law enforcement agencies. In the end, no private firearms manufacturer had the financial resources to take on the challenge of developing such an unprecedented firearm without significant business success. As this project had spanned several years, it was forced to effectively freeze.

This situation was broken by the now economically-restructured Umbrella Corporation. With its expertise in weapons development and extensive knowledge of B.O.W.s, all in the hands of one of the richest corporations in the world, Umbrella was able to make rapid progress.

The proposed project by Umbrella Corporation was not limited to multiple weapons and ammunition, but extended to personal equipment, a project that could be called an armament system. THOR’S HAMMER was designed to be the primary weapon of the project’s short to medium range armament concept. The following points were required for the basic armaments:

A. Medium-range combat personal rifle outline
I. 12-gauge caliber with a minimum of 6 rounds.
II. weight less than 5kg, length less than 100cm.
III. Separate magazine for quick and easy replacement.
IV. Capable of rapid fire even after being submerged in sand, water, grease (flame retardant), etc. for 10 minutes
V. Easy to change between automatic and semi-automatic.
VI. Basic operation conforms to the US Army M4 rifle
VII. Picatinny standard expansion areas on the top, left, right and bottom handguards.
VIII. The magazine is made of plastic and is light weight, chemical resistant, fireproof, oil resistant and pressure resistant.
IX. In the case of automatic fire, the rate of fire is less than 5 rounds per second.
X. The outer edge of the muzzle is expandable as standard.

In accordance with the requirements definition, we started to select the base model. A plan to design from scratch was considered, but it would take too much time to complete a new design. Basically, when designing a firearm, if a problem occurs, human lives are immediately at stake. To avoid such mistakes, the design is repeatedly tested, and the cycle is repeated: design – prototype – test – change – prototype – and so on, but problems still occur. When the M9 was adopted by the U.S. Army, it went through many tests, but older readers will remember the incident where a problem occurred immediately after official adoption.

The aforementioned SPAS and SAIGA were candidates for the base model, but the final choice was the Military Police System M12. I had two questions: How did it become the base model and why does it leave such a surprising impression?

Although the AA-12 itself is not well known because it is a minor (I am ashamed to say that I knew only the shape and name of the AA-12). In fact, it is said that it met the above conditions in many respects, mainly because it was a gun of outstanding performance.

Let us briefly mention the AA-12 gun. The prototype of the AA-12 was developed in 1972 by firearms designer Maxwell Atchisson under the name “Atchisson Assault-12” (to quote an Umbrella representative). It is a fully automatic shotgun designed for military use, with a box magazine and a special gas system that reduces recoil by more than 80%. The malfunction ratio is superb, and despite its excellent design, we have never heard of it catching the attention of the military industry. The lack of demand for a shotgun with full-automatic fire and its unique design meant that it was not scalable, weighing more than 5 kg, and was not easily portable. It also failed to meet the requirements of many armies because of its unique operating characteristics. As a result, it was never given the chance to prove its potential.

So far, that is. “We tested a number of shotguns close to our requirements and the AA-12 performed very well in terms of operation, endurance, and low maintenance. In particular, the uniquely designed gas system is better than anything we have seen.” This is what the senior officer in charge had to say.

If I may be so bold as to say so, I would say that he realized that we had a quirky but excellent system, and he wanted to bring it to the forefront by producing it again.

I wonder what Mr. Atchisson would have looked like if he were here…

One more question: How did it become a base? If you look at the photos, you will understand why I had this question. The appearance of the gun is so different that it is hard to believe that they are from the same system. In fact, there was another reason why I was called here to answer this question.

7: AA-12 AND AS-12

In developing the base for the AA-12, it was extremely difficult to design the modification plan. As you can see from the base, as far as I know, I have never seen a gun with so many flat surfaces, or a design that supports so many parts in one piece. Usually, regardless of the type of gun, such as a rifle or a shotgun, the whole gun is composed of three sections: the front section including the barrel, the frame section including the chamber, magazine, and control mechanism, and the end section where the stock, grip, and other things that hold the gun are concentrated. The AA-12, however, seems to be the antithesis of such a design, as it consists of a single whole.

In order to refine this design, the components must be disassembled, reassembled into the desired form, and made to work. Even though Umbrella has a wide range of engineers, none of them had this kind of experience, and it was like deconstructing a Porsche and assembling a BMW. At this point, they were already at a loss, the official said with a wry smile. I was tempted to tell them they needed to clone Mr. Browning, so I can imagine that it was quite a challenge.

The masterpiece of the project was the university’s AS12. It was designed by Gilbert Equipment in the U.S. and manufactured by Daeji in Korea. The AS12, with its box magazine and M4-like design around the grips, was the perfect design for this request. The problem with the AS12 was its weight, which the official in charge said was over 5 kg.

8: LIVE FIRING

This is the first time I have ever had such a fun experience. After that, the classroom discussion turned to Samurai Edge, which was even more interesting, but I will save that for the next issue.

This time, there was a range where we could shoot for a short distance. At the range of about 20 meters, I was able to experience live firing, and when I held the Samurai Edge, I could not help but cry. I wonder how many ordinary people have had this experience. Just thinking about it made me thankful for my life so far and reaffirmed that I am a gun geek.

Back to the topic at hand, this time it was THOR’S HAMMER. To be honest, I am not very good at shooting a shotgun, and the recoil is nothing but a pain for me. There are often scenes in movies where people are firing a sawed-off shotgun in rapid succession, If I were to imagine myself doing that, I am certain that I would break my wrist. That is how strong the recoil of a shotgun can be. I could not shake the feeling of anxiety. No matter how heavy and large the shotgun was, the recoil was unbearable.

Thinking about this, by the time I stood on the range, I was completely deflated. The officer in charge did not seem to care about my fear and happily handed me the THOR’S HAMMER. My first impression when I picked it up was that it was heavy. Even though they had succeeded in reducing the weight, 4.5KG was still an imposing heavyweight. It was not equipped with any optical equipment, and with full equipment, it would weigh more than 5KG.

During this time, the US military was planning to develop CAW (Closed Assault Weapon), a firearm designed for indoor close combat. This was in the 1980s, more than a decade before the Raccoon Incident. The AS12 was evaluated at that time, but the results showed it was too heavy and bulky. AS12 operations were deemed impractical and that a shotgun capable of rapid fire was unnecessary, and close combat was subsequently integrated into submachine gun-based tactics. However, this was a program that was designed to be used against people, so the requirements for B.O.W.s would be very different. In the case of a B.O.W. opponent, there may be a lack of offensive power, but there will never be a surplus. As for weight and size, if your opponent is not equipped with firearms, your tactics will be different. It is all about change.

Umbrella has thoroughly researched the AS12, making it lighter and more advanced. They eliminated the unnecessary carrying handle and understrength handguard and redesigned it to take advantage of the integrated frame structure. Some of the parts that used to be made of stainless steel were replaced with aluminium or titanium, and adjustments were made in millimetres to increase the reliability of operation. As a result, they succeeded in reducing the weight by about 1kg and gained expandability to accommodate stronger and more advanced equipment. In fact, after nearly 40 years, the CAW has brought its concept to fruition. When Chris first picked up the CAW, he said ‘It has a nice balance.’ After all, the training method is different.

When I picked it up, I checked out the fine details. The grip was slender for its weight, or almost the same as the M4. This makes it easy to grip even when wearing gloves. The selector also has the same feel as the M4. It is a design that is easy to operate, even if you are holding it for the first time. The area around the magazine retains the characteristics of the AA-12. The AA-12 has a rail on the trigger guard to support the magazine, and the magazine is loaded by placing the convex part of the magazine against the rail. Although the rail has been shortened, the mechanism itself is still in place, and this inevitably makes reloading time consuming. The AS12, which had been discontinued, feeding problems occurred very rarely, and it was analysed that the cause was that the magazine went out of control due to impact, resulting in loading failure. It was judged to be necessary to prevent this from happening. The front rail sections, which were unclear in the photo, are placed on two sides: the upper and lower sides, and the lower half, left and right sides are M-LOK compliant. Only the upper side has rails that go all the way to the end of the upper frame, which is a very modern style. The upper receiver is made of machined aluminium, and part of it is trussed to reduce weight. From the handguard, we can see the thick barrel, which is typical of the 12 gauge, and the unique adjustment mechanism of the gas piston on top of it.

This area looks almost exactly like the AA-12. For this test firing, I sighted in with a simple flip-up sight. This is sufficient for a shotgun at about 15 meters. The stock is fixed and not adjustable, but it did not feel too long even for my size. At the rear of the stock is a large rubber butt plate, which gave me a sense of security. The stock also has a truss-like design, which gives a sense of unity in design. When I held it in a standing position, the weight was surprisingly unnoticeable. This may be due to the good weight distribution between the front and back with the grip as the fulcrum. Many shotguns, including the Ithaca, are front-heavy. If you want to minimize the recoil, you need a front-heavy gun. If full-auto is possible, this may be a bit of a concern.

The polymer magazine is quite large. It looks like a thicker version of an AK magazine, but the weight is lighter than it looks due to the lighter weight of the polymer body and the shot shell it is loaded with. It was a practical idea to have the back half completely transparent, so you do not have to unholster it every time you want to check it from the side. This is something that other Assault trifles and MAGPUL should learn from.

Now, it was time for the actual shooting. The magazine is loaded along the aforementioned rail. At first it was a bit of a hassle, but it seemed to be something that could be solved by getting just used to it. I felt a sense of security knowing that it was securely in place.

The charging handle is located on the left side and is attached directly to the bolt. Cocking is smooth, but there is a certain amount of resistance. The trigger pull is long, but not much different from other auto-shot guns. When the bolt is fully pulled, the bolt stops in the open position with a unique sensation. I was surprised to see an open bolt, which is rare in recent years.
I took a standing position and adjusted the peep sight to the man target. Memories of the past came flooding back, and I felt a little uncomfortable.
When I squeezed the heavy but surprisingly sharp trigger, I felt a thud! I felt a unique reaction. The recoil was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The recoil was not small, but it felt like the weight was transmitted straight to my shoulder. What surprised me the most was that the muzzle practically did not bounce.

The second shot was also a thud of recoil. Naturally, it did not take as long as I had read in the text, and it was only a moment, but the recoil felt two-stage. The recoil is different from any other auto shotgun I have ever experienced. Unlike a shotgun with a curved barrel, which allows the recoil to escape upward, the recoil of this gun with a straight barrel should be felt directly, but the violent energy of the shotgun does not hit me. It is a strange feeling. It was as if the entire mechanism of the gun was diffusing the recoil. This time, I tried to shoot it to confirm the area.

At the moment of pulling the trigger, there is undoubtedly a great deal of energy being generated. The next moment, however, it is absorbed by the whole gun and converted into a slow, heavy linear motion. This is the sensation of a fast, strong movement being replaced by a slow, heavy movement. It seems that this unique recoil reduction mechanism is the reason for the two-stage feel. This is very easy to shoot. The linear recoil means that the muzzle does not jump up and down, making it difficult to lose sight of the target, and the bullets collect in the vital zone in an interesting way. It was easy to get through eight rounds in a matter of seconds.

“Why don’t you try full-auto?”

The man in charge handed me a drum magazine. The magazine, with its 32 rounds of 12-gauge ammunition, weighed more than two kilograms. When loaded, the whole gun was as heavy as a light machine gun, and it would be difficult for my muscles to hold it in a standing position for any length of time. I frowned for a moment and was recommended to shoot from the waist down. If it were a normal shotgun, I would have refrained from doing so, but with this gun, I was tempted to give it a try. I tucked the stock firmly under my arm and set the selector to full. Thud, thud, thud!

It is not a fast cycle, but the unique recoil hits you continuously. And strangely enough, the recoil is parallel to the barrel. It is a very strange sensation. The target, which had been subjected to about 40 rounds of 00 recoil, was no longer shredded, according to the CAW evaluator. It was a key state of affairs that corresponded to the evolving equipment. As an anti-personnel weapon, the conscience was right. And it was scalable, because it needed this much firepower to compete with B.O.W.s. Nearly 40 years later, the CAW has brought this concept to fruition.

9: FINALLY

It is difficult to get people to understand and agree with something so simple and robust. However, this gun was full of the charm of a “pro-tool” such as the Mk23. A lightweight, custom-made M4 with a lot of carbon has its own appeal, but a muscular gun for limited use also has its own appeal. Holding this gun in my hands, I was reminded once again of what a gun should be as a tool.

Well, how was it?

It is difficult to convey everything in a limited space, but I hope you could understand that it is more than capable as a powerful new piece of equipment for the BSAA. I believe that the fact that there are some sites that need incomparably powerful weapons has been transformed from imagination to reality.

During this interview, I was able to hear stories of the severe field sites. I have not included them in this report, but if I got a chance, I would like to introduce them in some form. The stories gave us a glimpse of the harshness that is different from war and terrorism. It is about protecting our future and the lives of operatives who serve on dangerous missions.

I could feel such a strong determination from this gun. I cannot help but pray for the safety of these heroes who are probably still on duty today. Next time, we will be looking at an American samurai, and a new one at that. The next issue will be full of world exclusive information, so please look forward to it.

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