Army Captain to Receive Medal of Honor


By John McAdams via

Captain Florent Groberg will be awarded the Medal of Honor for single-handedly attacking a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. Though he was severely wounded in the process, his actions saved the lives of countless others. Groberg was serving as the officer in charge of the personal security detachment for the commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at the time of the incident for which he earned the Medal of Honor . . .

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FN Unveils 7.62×39 Conversion Kit for SCAR 17


One of the things that makes the SCAR series of rifles so cool is the ability to easily swap out all its major components. When it was first introduced the plan was to have a conversion kit for the SCAR 17 that would allow it to shoot not only 7.62 NATO ammo but 5.56 NATO as well, easily swapping out the barrel in just a few minutes, with more calibers coming online in short order. That has yet to appear on the civilian market, but hope springs eternal. In the meantime other manufacturers have created 300 BLK kits and other conversions, but now it looks like FN is getting back into the game with a 7.62×39 Russian conversion . . .

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Gun Review: PPSh-41


There are very few firearms that are truly iconic. The M1 Garand, the H&K MP5 and the Thompson SMG are prime examples. But for the Russians in WWII, there’s no better example of a truly iconic firearm than the PPSh-41. Produced during the height of the war in an effort to repel the German invaders, over 6 million examples of this firearm would eventually be produced and it would see action in armed conflicts all over the world. From the frigid streets of Stalingrad to the Cambodian jungle this one firearm would leave an impression on the world that would not soon be forgotten.

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Beretta Unveils Heavy-Hitting ARX-200 Rifle


Beretta recently introduced the ARX-160 (and civilian ARX-100). One of our readers liked the ARX-100, but I think it’s pretty much terrible from stem to stern. The design isn’t visually appealing in the least, the furniture feels like it was made by Mattel, and the ergonomics just don’t work (for me, anyway). Still, to each their own. The Italian armed forces picked up the gun (surprise!) and the American civilian market seems to be somewhat receptive, but very few others are jumping on board. Following on that resounding success Beretta has decided to roll out a similar looking 7.62×51 NATO based rifle that lacks many of the features that were selling points on the ARX-160 and it isn’t really any prettier . . .

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Laser? I Just Met Her! And Boy Did I Get Shot Down . . .

Boeing laser gun in action (courtesy network

“Boeing’s next generation compact laser weapons system is one step closer to the battlefield after it disabled a moving, untethered unmanned aerial vehicle,” reports. [Autoplay video after the jump] The same news org that claims laser weapons are cheaper than ballistic solutions – pennies per laser blast compared to $3m per missile! – without factoring the cost, complexity, battlefield efficacy and reliability of the laser gun itself. Or . . .

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Internet Poll: 29% of Americans Could Support a Military Coup


Sixty-two percent of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia think that Internet polls are worse than useless. True story! Internet “opt-in” surveys are the dictionary definition of a self-selecting sample. They have zero scientific credibility. They are inherently, profoundly misleading. And fun! “Almost a third of Americans could imagine supporting a military coup against their own government, according to a new poll,” reports. The result is roughly similar to the number of men who could imagine sleeping with Jessica Ashley in the next twenty-minutes. And not so favorably with the number of men with whom Jessica Ashley would sleep, ever. Again, who cares? OK, Ms. Ashley makes her living appealing to carnal desires. I mean, who cares about the coup stat? Still, check it out . . .

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Israel Considering Changing Rules of Engagement for Palestinian Stone and Firebomb Throwers

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Start with this: a stone can be a deadly weapon. Same goes for a “simple” fire bomb. “Though the Israeli military does not disclose details about its rules of engagement, citing security concerns, standing orders are said to limit the use of live ammunition by soldiers to situations that they deem to be life-threatening,” reports. Seems clear enough. Only when is stone and/or bomb throwing a nuisance and when is it a “deadly threat”? And how could new “rules of engagement” make that distinction clearer? I reckon they can’t. But that isn’t stopping the Israelis from taking action, in light of increased attacks in Palestinian neighborhoods (autoplay video after the jump) . . .

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Armed Jews Fought Back Against the Nazis – To No Appreciable Effect

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Mr. Farago,

I hope that receipt of this finds you well. I just read Mr. Strugatsky’s guest post “When Ideology Trumps Self-Preservation” regarding what he sees as a tremendous oversight in how the US Holocaust Memorial Museum fails to cover the fact that had European Jewry, and perhaps more specifically German Jewry, been armed that the Holocaust could not have happened or would not have been as successful. I know from the personal/familial history that you’ve relayed on TTAG that this is an intensely and immensely personal issue for you and I’m not looking to pick a fight. However . . .

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Germany Officially Ditches G36 for… HK417?


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,” 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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