Germany Officially Ditches G36 for… HK417?

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The long saga of the German Army and their continual disappointment in the Heckler & Koch G36 rifle may finally be at an end. After months of reports about the astoundingly bad accuracy of the G36 when it gets hot (which is any time except for the five minutes around midnight in Afghanistan, it seems) the German army has made the decision to stop fielding the G36 rifle and replace it with something better. This much we already knew. Our suspicion was that the replacement would be the HK 416, a rifle in the same caliber as the G36. but more in line with the Stoner derivatives in use by every other modern nation. According to one report, though, the German army has apparently gone with…the HK417? . . .

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Ukrainian Prez Marks Independence Day With a Warning To Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed Monday to deploy thousands more troops and hundreds of new armored vehicles,” latimes.com reports, “and warned Russia-backed separatists that they will be defeated in their quest to divide Ukraine from its Western allies.” With refurbished WWI Maxim machine guns? Well, why not? They look pretty lethal to me. Besides, there’s this, too . . .

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F-35A Gun Fires 181 Rounds [VIDEO]

Lockheed Martin press release:

An F-35A fired 181 rounds from its four-barrel, 25 mm Gatling gun during a ground test at Edwards Air Force Base, California, earlier this month. The gun is embedded in the F-35A’s left wing and will provide pilots with the ability to strafe air-to-ground or air-to-air targets. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force aims to complete ground testing this month and start airborne gun testing in the fall. At the end of the program’s system development and demonstration phase in 2017, the F-35 will have an operational gun. The first phase of F-35 gun testing started June 9, when initial shots were fired from the ground at the base’s gun harmonizing range. Over the next few months, the amount of munitions fired gradually increased until the 181 rounds were fired August 14. To conduct the testing . . .

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Henry Rifles Donates $200,000 to The Journey Home Project

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Henry Repeating Arms has been a big booster of veterans and the organizations that support them. Not long ago, when we asked Henry president Anthony Imperato if he’d help out Veteran Outdoors, he didn’t just send a rifle, he sent ten of them. So it probably shouldn’t surprise that Henry would help fund Charlie Daniels’ Journey Home Project that assists vets in re-acclimating to life stateside. And when Henry’s main man took the stage at Daniels’ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam this week in Nashville to present a check to Daniels for $100,000 (press release below), he offered to double the amount with one condition: he wanted to sing ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ with the big man himself. That’s when fire flew from Charlie’s fingertips as he rosined up his bow . . .

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: We Want Answers! Edition

(courtesy military.answers.com)

“The U.S. military is well known for its superior fire power all around the world,” military.answers.com asserts. “Despite having a long list of military weapons in its arsenal, there are some weapons which are more commonly used by service members than others. If you are fascinated by military weapons, their history and usage, there are several weapons with which you should be familiar.” Curiously, the list that follows includes the M16, M4, M9 and M249 but not the weapon above. I wonder why that is . . . [h/t JR_in_NC]

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Dutch Soldiers Train With Empty Guns, Say ‘Bang, Bang’ To Simulate Fire

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And we thought we had it bad here during the Great Ammo Panic of 2013 following the Sandy Hook shooting. That shortage was due to excess demand. It looks like western Europe’s post-war cradle-to-grave welfare state spending is finally catching up with them and crimping their already meager military efforts. It’s come to this: Dutch soldiers don’t have enough ammunition for training and have simulate the sound of firing their firearms during exercises . . .

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: With Allies Like These… Edition

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Our current military policy in the Middle East: arm and train our friends to do the fighting for themselves. Which begs the question: who the hell are our friends? And another: is that even possible? TTAG’s Jon Wayne Taylor will tell you that America’s Afghani pals are trainable, but that doing so to the scope, scale and proficiency needed to protect our geopolitical (read: economic) “interests” ain’t gonna happen. So the next time you hear a member of the Obama administration – or their Republican antagonists – talk about arming the good guys in the Middle East or Afghanistan, remember this image and the comments below.

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This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: Mexican Soldiers Open Fire on Unarmed Civilians Edition

Hello? American mainstream media? Mexico! The plight of the defenseless citizens across our southern border continues to generate little to nothing in the way of U.S. press coverage. This despite the fact that American consumers are funding the slaughter of hundreds of thousand of disarmed innocents at the hands of narco-terrorists. Despite the fact that the American government is arming the Mexican military, who are equally if not more culpable for the loss of life and liberty amongst these disarmed citizens. Here’s a story from borderlandbeat.com that chronicles just one in the long line of homicidal crimes committed by Mexico’s U.S. equipped military personnel . . .

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South Korea’s K-11 Not A-OK. Again. Still.

S&T Daewoo K11 (courtesy wikipedia.org)

“The S&T Daewoo K11 DAW (Dual-barrel Air-burst Weapon) [above] is an assault rifle chambered to fire 5.56×45mm NATO rounds, as well as 20×30mm air-burst smart grenade from its overbarrel launcher.” wikipedi.org informs, correctly deploying the “a” word. “Two conventional 20 mm shells either detonate immediately on impact or on a timed fuse after impact. A third type of shell is controlled by the weapon’s integrated electronics to explode a few meters from the target, yielding an air burst effect capable of killing targets within a 6m area and seriously wounding those within an 8 m area. Users enter a range at which the shell is to detonate, allowing targets in ditches, in buildings, or behind walls to be destroyed without requiring the shell to strike the target.” In theory. In practice . . .

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Lt General Russel Honore (Ret) Responds to TTAG Reader’s Email

LT General Russel Honore (courtesy cnn.com)

TTAG reader NEIOWA read Lt General Russel Honore’s comments about “America’s gun culture” and email the retired military man:

General,

Your recent comments, as reported in the libtard US Today newpaper, regarding the firearms are poorly informed. Or worse. Given the very poor accuracy of this rag, perhaps US Today’s reporting does not accurately reflect your comments or opinions. The lowest quality “newspaper” in the US and not the place to appear. However, if accurate I would like to offer to help you with references that will assist with properly retraining yourself on this critical part of our constitution . . .

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Marines Move to Scrap the M16 for the M4

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From marinecorpstimes.com: “Marine leaders have made the momentous recommendation to ditch the iconic M16 in favor of the M4 carbine as the new universal weapon for infantrymen. The recommendation to swap the venerated rifle that has served as the grunt’s primary implement of war since Vietnam now sits on the commandant’s desk, pending his final review and a decision. But, the swap appears imminent and if approved will relegate the M16 to a support role. It follows a similar shift already underway in the Army.” The move favors the shorter M4 for its CQB advantages in tight situations . . .

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