Modern Day Marine Expo

The 31st Modern Day Marine Exposition held at MCB Quantico was a combination of events and displays for the latest weapons, equipment and support systems made by American and international manufacturers—all designed, as Marine Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills said during the opening ceremonies, “to look for adaptive ways to get the right equipment to the most lethal fighting force ever seen.” Responding to feedback from Marines in combat, manufacturers showed products and services that would make Leathernecks faster, lighter and stronger warriors. Once again, Lt. Gen. Mills summed it up perfectly: “Victory on the battlefield is the ultimate goal of each and every one of us. We will continue to scare the hell out of our enemies.” Here are some of the outstanding products noted at the expo.

DSG offers Multi Environment Ammunition (MEA) designed to enhance the performance of standard weapons with extended range, better accuracy and enhanced armor-piercing capability. More significantly, the MEA “supercavitating” projectiles provide shooters straight-line, high-velocity accuracy when faced with hitting a target after an air/water phase change. That means the specially designed and constructed bullets can hit targets submerged in water or if the shooter is underwater firing at targets above the surface. How? The bullets are specifically made to stay encapsulated in a vacuum bubble (like some hyper-velocity torpedoes) so that the projectile never touches the water, which would normally cause fragmentation or drag and loss of accuracy. (

Blackhawk CQC Tactical SERPA
The BlackHawk CQC Tactical SERPA Holster has been selected by the USMC as the new holster for their M9 sidearm. The SERPA has a patented locking system with adjustable straps allowing for an individual, custom fit. The Y-harness leg straps and articulating quick-release buckles will not impede movement or bind during maneuvers. The SERPA locks instantly upon holstering with nothing to strap, snap or rotate. Because of the modular design, the SERPA will allow Marines to carry their M9 pistols on their hips, chests or thighs depending on preference or mission. The SERPA holster has an MSRP of $132.99 (; 800-694-5263)

Magpul MOE+ and MOE-K
The MOE+ grip combines reinforced-polymer body construction with comfortable, wraparound rubber over-molding for maximum weapon control in adverse environments. With a similar shape to a medium-sized Magpul MIAD grip but with a soft rubber feel, the MOE+ features a hard-polymer bottom edge to reduce the possibility of equipment snags or grip damage. With a more vertical grip angle and slimmed and shortened body, the MOE-K is optimized for use on PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) configurations to bring the shooter’s hand closer to the body or armor. Both models include all mounting hardware. (; 877-462-4785)