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M249 Light Machine Gun: Endangered species for Marines in Afghanistan

As full integration of the Infantry Automatic Rifle into the Marine Corps’ arsenal becomes complete, the M249 Light Machine Gun, formerly the Squad Automatic Weapon, slowly fades into the history of the Corps.

The SAW has seen action since 1984 and has protected Marines since. Replaced by an automatic rifle of similar size and weight of the M16A4 service rifle already issued to rank and file Marines, the familiarity with the new weapon is almost instant.

AMERICA’S HEAVY METAL

TANKS, IFVS, AND APCS
While many people talk about the need for an infantryman with a rifle, the fact remains that an infantryman brings very little relative firepower to the table. On the ground, much of the firepower on the front lines comes from tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers.

One cannot really fight a war without these, especially on the ground. These vehicles can often provide protection, transportation, and fire support. The tanks, APCs, and IFVs in service today are proven veterans.

GLOCK PERFECTON A LA FALCON

Asking the question, “What’s wrong with the GLOCK?” could bring answers ranging from “nothing,” to a number of suggestions that I’m sure would be interesting. At the outset, let’s clarify that we’re referring to GLOCK pistols prior to the current Gen. 4 series.

LARUE RANGE DAY

The 2012 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) was held again in Las Vegas from Tuesday, 17 January, to Friday, 20 January. Over the last few years, it has become traditional to hold a “Range Day” at a local range where a number of SHOT venders make their products available to an ever growing number of journalists, self-styled and otherwise, to shoot free ammo and generally gaggle/babble about. More than a few of these boobs tend to wave muzzles around in the air, so I simply pass.

THE KEL-TEC PMR-30

First appearing at the end of the 19th century, self-loading pistols have been produced in almost every conceivable caliber and size and in several materials. Such guns have also been designed in most recognized operating systems, all being a function of expanding gas.

These operating systems include short recoil, long recoil, simple blowback, retarded blowback and delayed blowback. Confused? Let’s take a closer look at these operating systems.

New Negev 7.62 cal. Light Machine Gun from IWI ! The "NG7"!

Video by Oreet International Media

MAGNUM RESEARCHʼS DYNAMIC DUO

The name Walther (pronounced Valter), in the international arms industry, evokes iconic images of Walther PP, PPK and P38 pistols of WWII Axis fame. However, the firm originally manufactured rifles for civilian use and it wasn’t until 1908 that pistols became part of their production. During WWII, slave labor was used to produce the Luger’s replacement, the above mentioned 9x19 mm double / single action P38 pistol. Post-war efforts were mainly confined to match pistols for competition and equipping the new German Army with a sidearm.

USAMU TRAINS SOLDIERS IN CLOSE-QUARTERS MARKSMANSHIP

TAUGHT BY A WORLD-CLASS SHOOTER

THE WEAPONRY OF AMERICA’S MOST LETHAL SNIPER

I was not the best sniper in my class. In fact, I failed the practice test. That meant potentially washing out of the class. Unlike the Marines, in the field we don’t work with spotters. The SEAL philosophy is, basically, if you have a fellow warrior with you, he ought to be shooting, not watching. That said, we did use spotters in training.

After I failed the test, the instructor went through everything with my spotter and me, trying to figure out where I’d gone wrong. My scope was perfect, my dope was set, nothing was mechanically wrong with the rifle.

Suddenly, he looked up at me.

SOF EXCLUSIVE: SPANISH FOREIGN LEGION SNIPERS

Most armies in the world today use snipers in some capacity and the Spanish Legion is certainly no exception. Recently I was able to spend some time with the Spanish Legion observing their training procedures, and noted that they seemed to deploy snipers more often than other military units I’ve seen. In fact, it appeared that at least one sniper team was somewhere in the field with us during nearly all the training exercises. During the weeks I spent with the Legion I was able to appreciate their innovative use of the sniper teams and got to see some interesting sniper training

URBAN AND LONG RANGE POLICE SNIPER COURSE

Most of you have undoubtedly heard me snivel that it seems the only way I get decent trigger time is when I take a class. Over the years, I’ve been instructed by some of the best, including (not necessarily in order of importance) Tim Lau, Louie Arbuck, Clint Smith, John Farnham,
and Jeff Cooper, as well as Army instructors whose names are long forgotten.

PVS-14 NIGHT ENFORCER

Night Vision provides our Warfighters and Law Enforcement Professionals an unparalleled advantage on the modern battlefield. There are many different types of NVD’s (Night Vision Devices) available, but the most prolific is the AN/PVS-14 – The current standard-issue night vision goggle to U.S. Warfighters.

The AN/PVS-14 was first issued in the mid 90’s and has been helping U.S. forces play match-maker by uniting our enemies with their alleged 72 virgins for well over a decade. The AN/PVS-14 is made by ITT, the largest night vision manufacturer in the world.

TEXAS FIRE POWER

LaRue Tactical Range Day 2011 allowed the public to test the latest and greatest tactical gear, as well as LaRue’s firepower on 12 November, 2011. The LaRue Tactical BBQ wagon provided complimentary chow. Attendees received a special collector’s “Dillo” and raffle tickets for prizes from the vendors. But the number one prize was a LaRue Tactical (LT) 5.56 PredatAR rifle, worth $1495!

LARUE PREDATAR 7.62 BATTLE RIFLE

Most gun enthusiasts know that for the past decade, LaRue Tactical has been manufacturing some of the best quick detachable mounts for combat rifles available. What many do not know is that LaRue had been making parts behind the scenes for many of the “big names” firearms industry long before any of us had even heard the name Mark LaRue. First known for robust self-resetting sniper targets, Mark quickly expanded his operation, filling the need for quality mounting solutions for optics, night vision devices and laser aiming systems.

COLT’S NEW 1911 LIGHTWEIGHT

For centuries, handguns have not only been fighting gunfights, but also their own weight. For a long time only small caliber pocket pistols were light in weight, but they were also relatively light in effectiveness.