Ok, now take a look at this pic.
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How many can you identify?
1: Chinese PGO for the RPG rocket launcher
2: Bulgarian PGO-7
3: NPZ PGO-7
4: PK-23 blinking red dot
8: PK-A Original
9: PK-A Venezuela
11: 1PN58/NSPUM Night Vision
12: 1PN34/NSPU Night Vision
13: Kobra EKP-8-02 Gen 2
14: Kobra EKP-1S-03m Gen 1
17: 1P76 Rakurs
19: PK1/1P63 Obzor
20: PO 3.5x21P2 with NPZ mount
21: PO 3.5x21P
22: PO 3.5x21P Venezuela
23: PO 4x24P
24: PSO-1 from Izhmash
25: PSO-1 from NPZ
26: PSO-1-1 from NPZ
27: PO 3-9×24
28: Chinese JJJ PSO type optic for NMD86
30 1P78 Kashtan
31: Romanian LPS/TIP2 PSO type optic
32: POSP 4x24v
33: POSP 4x24v AA battery model
34: POSP 8×42
35: Zeiss ZFK 4×25
36: MP4-20 spotter scope
37: yM8 spotter scope
Back in 2011 the Scout Sniper Platoon of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. was lead not by an officer but by a career Senior NCO, SSG (E6) Joseph Chamblin.
Scout/sniper 3/2 did a lot of revolutionary stuff on their Afghan deployment that year. They had more than 223 confirmed kills including high value targets. They did a lot of doctrinally different things, like being a main force engager rather than a supporting arm. They were the evolution of ten years of marine sniper in the war on terror lessons learned.
By January 2012, Chamblin was up for promotion to gunnery sergeant and set to re-deploy to Afghanistan. Within weeks, however, his career was in ruins after a video surfaced, showing him and three other scout snipers urinating on Taliban corpses they were ordered to recover during a patrol in Helmand’s Musa Qala district on July 27, 2011.
Then the fit hit the shan.
Q. Do you think this video hurt the Marine Corps’ reputation?
A. Well, it depends on what your idea is of what a Marine should be. If your idea of a Marine is a real fancy-looking guy in
uniform that does snap and pop with a rifle and looks real pretty, then yeah, it probably hurt. But if your idea of what a Marine should be is the enemy’s worst f—ing nightmare, then I don’t think it did. But you can’t have both.
Their version of the Future of War…..
Sniper school in the Marine Corps is one of the most challenging assignments any young “Devil Dog” is likely to gain entrance to. One of the neater courses now being offered is the Special Operations Training Group Urban Sniper Course. This four week adds some skillsets to these precision marksmen that could be called…uplifting.
This specialized course is designed to give warfighters in the fleet the best chance at being a so-called ‘force-multiplier’ in a small package. Typically, marine sniper teams will involve just two or sometimes three specialists in a small group of snipers and spotters. In the four weeks of the course they take scout-snipers who have already proven themselves capable of advanced operations and giving them some different tactics they will need in a new world.
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Interesting series of infographics about just what is an improvised EFP. An explosively formed penetrator (EFP), also known as an explosively formed projectile, a self-forging warhead, or a self-forging fragment, is a special type of shaped charge designed to penetrate armor effectively at standoff distances. As the name suggests, the effect of the explosive charge is to deform a metal plate into a slug or rod shape and accelerate it toward a target
For nearly the past 70-years, the Avtomat guns of Mikhail Kalashnikov have been the standard rifle of the other half of the world. With a new improvement on this classic design, the Russians have a new AK on the market.
Back in the late 1940s, Soviet weapons engineer Mikhail Kalashnikov (with a good bit of assistance from guest worker Hugo Schmeisser), came up with a neat rifle. His gun, one of the first successful assault rifles, was made from a simple sheet of stamped steel, coupled to a trunnion and a collection of parts. Made with loose tolerances, it was almost dummy-proof and very accepting of dirt, grime, mud, and sand. This gun, the AK-47 (for “Kalashnikov automatic rifle model 1947″) was made in greater numbers than just about any firearm in modern history, with some 75-million of these 7.62x39mm rifles coming off the lines in a dozen countries over the past several decades.
By the 1970s, this design was dated and seen as a throwback to WWII, (based on the German StG44). It was improved with plastic bodied magazine and chambered in a smaller intermediate cartridge, the 5.45-39mm. The gun itself however still used a bunch of good old-fashioned wood in the stocks. Since then, more than 5-million of these AK-74s have been used first by the Soviet then the Russian/Ukrainian militaries.
The thing is, it’s not 1974 anymore, and another update is in order.
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If you have ever been involved in helicopters in sandy areas during low-light conditions, odds are you have seen a halo formed by the spinning blades of the chopper. This is caused by the blades meeting the abrasion of grinding quartz particles (stirred up sand) as they slice through the air. Veteran combat correspondent Michael Yon has captured this on several occasions in the sandbox and has given this halo phenomena the name “The Kopp-Etchells Effect” after two fallen soldiers, U.S. Army Ranger Benjamin Kopp and British soldier Joseph Etchell