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HORNETS DOWN!

Two F/A-18 Collide Near Guam
By SOF

One pilot has been injured and another is still missing after two F/A-18C Hornets collided near Guam. The planes were assigned to the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

According to media reports, one of the F/A-18Cs was with Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94), the “Mighty Shrikes,” while the other was with Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113), the “Stingers.” Both squadrons are with Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17).

JUST HOW BIG IS THE ISLAMIC STATE?

CIA Reports Terrorist Group Larger Than Thought
By SOF

Estimates of the number of fighters the Islamic State, which has also been known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have been far too low. That is the conclusion of new intelligence assessments.

DOUBLESTAR DEER RIFLE

After thousands of requests from whitetail hunters all over the country, DSC is proud to introduce its Deer Rifle.  Chambered in SPEC II 6.8 SPC, this rifle is sure to put down the whitetail in your scope.

 Features include Next Camo water transfer camouflage as well as DSC’s Winter Trigger Guard for gloved shooters on those icy mornings.

On 9-11, Why I Am Here, From Kandahar, Afghanistan

SGT Ryan McKenzie, sitting next to Specialized Search Dog Shadow, talks about his memories of September 11th, 2001, his thought of being an American and his job as a Specialized Search Dog Handler. INTERVIEW: SGT Ryan McKenzie, from El Paso, Texas, Specialized Search Dog Handler, with the 513th Military Working Dog Detachment.

AUSSIE TERROR BUST RAISES WORRIES

Two Arrested After Raids
By SOF

The arrest of two Australian men after a series of raids yesterday has raised new worries about the reach of the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

TURKEY RENEGES ON PROMISE TO FIGHT TERRORISTS

Refuses to Allow Use of Air Bases to Fight ISIS
By SOF

The day after Barack Obama gave a speech outlining a strategy to defeat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Turkey has gone back on a promise to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to help fight the group.

Concealed carry: Thinking outside the holster

By Nick Perna
From an upcoming issue of SOF!

Question: Where is the best place to keep your gun when you are out on the town?
Answer: In a holster. But what about the times that isn’t practical? Where do you keep it then? I’m talking about the everyday situations where you have to find somewhere else to put it.

As a police officer, I carry a gun for a living and have done so in uniform assignments as well as plain clothes and undercover details. As an informed citizen, I exercise my right to carry at all times, period. But there are those times when you have to put your handgun somewhere other than a holster. I’m going to cover a few of those times and how I deal with them.

JAPAN TO BUY MORE WEAPONS?

In Talks With United States For Arms Deal
By SOF

Japan is in talks with the United States to provide “offensive” weapons – signaling a major shift in Japanese military policy. The talks come in the context of an increased buildup by Japan.

TRAILER FOR LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

SOLDIER BARRED FROM ENTERING DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL

Was Wearing Uniform For Meeting
By SOF

A United States Army officer was turned away from a school near Detroit, Michigan. The reason? He was wearing his uniform.

According to a report by myfoxdetroit.com, Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker had gone to Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, to meet with a counselor with his daughter regarding her class schedule. He never made it to the meeting.

BOKO HARAM RAMPAGING

More Girls Kidnapped, Towns Fall to Terror Group
By SOF

While the world’s attention has been focused on the Islamic State, one of its allies has been making advances of its own thousands of miles away. Boko Haram is trying to advance on the capital of the Nigerian state of Borno.

According to a report from Breitbart News, Boko Haram, whose name means “Western Education is sinful,” has been taking towns in northern Nigeria, and going on a rampage of kidnapping and destruction.

THE OTHER PISTOLS OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

The M11 And a Supporting Cast
By SOF

While the M9 (night-time qualification pictured left) gets most of the attention among pistols used by the United States military, it is not the only such pistol used. The United States military has other pistols in service, some of which are old, some not so old.

One of the more common pistols aside from the M9 is the M11. Like the M9, it is a variation on a European “wondernine” pistol. While the M9 was based on the Beretta Model 92, the M11 is  based on the SIG Sauer P228. Both pistols fire the 9x19mm NATO round, but their standard magazines are different: The M9 uses a 15-round magazine, while the M11 used a 13-round magazine. The M11A1, first issued in 2012, went with a 15-round magazine.

ISLAMIC STATE TARGETS TWITTER

Microblogging Site Deleted Accounts Tied to Terror Group
By SOF

A terrorist group allied with the Islamic State has targeted employees of a major social network over the deletion of accounts ties to the Islamic State.

According to a report by Breitbart News, Twitter was targeted in a series of tweets tied to an account held by Al Nusra Al Maqdisia, which pledged loyalty to the Islamic State, which was formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

A.R.M.S.® #41™-B-L Silhouette™

Folding Front Sight with integral gas block. Fits Standard size AR15 (750) barrel, and has bayonet lug. 100% MADE IN THE USA.

The NEW A.R.M.S.® #41™-B-L SILHOUETTE™ Front Folding Sight solves the problem of trying to fold the well known triangle shape of the conventional non folding front sights. Barrel mounted in place. Utilizes a rugged spring loaded angled support system to eliminate getting caught up in brush and other combat hazards. Made of steel and also uses the standard front sight post. Pat. Nos. US7,721,482B1, and D588,228.

US Army SMDC - High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator Testing Against UAVs & Mortars

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)/Army Forces Strategic Command for the first time used a vehicle mounted high energy laser to successfully engage more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles in flight.