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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.

THE RHINO: CHIAPPA REINVENTS THE REVOLVER

Although both the revolver and the newer self-loading pistol have, in general, ridden side-by-side in popularity for the past one hundred years, the controversy as to which is better continues. Without a doubt, the self-loading pistol’s ability to be reloaded faster and with more ammunition in the gun has made it generally the choice of both the world’s military and law enforcement establishments; but there remain arguable points for and against both systems.

M4s, 240Bs, and Shotguns

Video by 20th Public Affairs Detachment

THE NOREEN BAD NEWS .338 ULR

In 1983, during a search for a new military sniping round, a company called Research Armament Industries (RAI) began development of a new bolt-action rifle called the Model 300 and a brand new cartridge based on the .416 Rigby case necked down to .338 caliber. When RAI ran into difficulties in obtaining suitable brass casings and finances, it went to Lapua, of Finland, for assistance, and Lapua took over the project in 1984. The result was the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6 x 70mm) cartridge introduced in 1989.

SOF PROVING GROUND: THE RIFLEMANʼS PISTOL

East Meets West
ArmaLite has become the generic name for all things pertaining to America’s assault rifle, the 5.56x45mm M16 and its military and civilian variants. Under the leadership of CEO Mark Westrom, the rifleman’s rifle company decided to add a handgun line to its considerable long gun inventory a few years ago. Instead of manufacturing it in the US or acquiring an established European product, Mark decided to bring a high quality, but updated and reasonably priced replica of the iconic Swiss SIG P210 to America from Turkey to realize his dream.

ArmaLite and Sarsilmaz

AIMPOINT OPTICS AND SIGHTING DEVICES

Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO)
Number of Night Vision settings: 4 night vision settings
Weight: 11.6 ounces
Mount: QRP2 mount for M1913 standard
Picatinny rail and spacer for AR15/M4
Battery life: 30,000 hours/3 years on setting 7

LASER DEVICESʼ CLASS 1 IR LASERS

Laser Devices’ NEW Class I Infrared Laser Pointers are now available for commercial purchase. Designed with the same cutting-edge technology and quality MIL-SPEC housings as their high powered military devices, these NEW ‘Eye-Safe’ lasers are powered with a Class I, Infrared pointer for use with night vision devices.

NIGHT VISION OPS GO CIVILIAN

Using Lasers is like cheating, plain and simple. But, you should never fight fair, so take any advantage you can get. If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didnʼt plan your mission properly.

A Spectacular Launch
Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) conducted their first Civilian Night Operator’s Class at the Telluric Group facility, Brunswick, Georgia, July 23–24, 2011. The open enrollment class was attended mainly by civilians, with some defense industry members and law enforcement officers.

SOF PROVING GROUND: LARuE'S RIFLES

LaRue OBR PredatAR 7.62
The PredatAR 7.62 is designed for those who are searching for a lightweight, ultrareliable and accurate 7.62 mm NATO rifle for home defense, competition shooting or hunting. The PredatAR takes the highly accurate OBR 7.62 “Heavy” design, and lightens it in every possible way with the least possible impact to the accuracy for which the standard OBR is known. By contouring the barrel, skeletonizing the handguard, lowering and simplifying the upper rail, and using a low-profile gas block, LaRue was able to remove roughly two pounds from the standard OBR 5.56 rifle.

HECKLER & KOCH’S NEW P30

The 9x19mm NATO (Luger, or parabellum) cartridge continues to hold high ground in the defensive pistol community, in spite of the trend toward larger, heavier bullets, namely the .40 S&W and timeless .45 ACP rounds. The reason for this popularity is due to several factors: more than a century of tradition of the 9x19mm cartridge, its relatively high magazine capacity, its low recoil impulse and the great increase in projectile performance during the last 25 years.