The Associated Press: The M-4 Sucks in Afghanistan

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AP writer Slobodan Lekic's semi-cogent article the suitability of the M-4 in Afghanistan misses the point. Actually, it lacks one. Was he trying to introduce the Army's new policy of having nine M-110 SASS equipped "sharpshooters" in each...

Army Continues Weapons (PR) Offensive

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Yesterday, we reported the Army's field tests of new equipment sourced from the private sector. Today, we catch wind of an Army jounro junket to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland to show-off their new and...

Army Re-Equips Soldiers With Better Kit. Well, SOME Soldiers. For a While.

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If you set aside the debate about whether or not American troops should be duking it out with the Taliban et. al. in Afghanistan and Iraq, if you accept the resulting casualties and injuries...

British Sniper Breaks World Record Termination. Kill? Kill.

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Count to three. Slowly. That's how long Corporal Craig Harrison's 8.59mm bullets were in flight before they found their human targets more than a mile and a half away. "Craig Harrison's record breaking shots felled...

Did Squirt Guns Lead to the Kent State Shooting?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv4u5dIRouM The Kent State university shootings (a.k.a. "The Kent State Massacre") were a touchstone for the Viewnam-era American anti-war movement. On May 4, 1970, after three days of campus-wide unrest, 29 (out of 77) National Guard...

Marines Hunting “More Lethal” Sniper Rifle

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Of course, the Marine Times is trying to say that the Corps wants a sniper rifle that's more lethal more often at greater distances than their current weapon. 'Cause you couldn't really say that...

All Hail Caesar! Saudis Welcome 155mm Artillery System

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Those of you in the defense biz will know this is old news, but our good friends the Saudis recently purchased 76 French Caesar truck-mounted 155mm artillery systems. Strategypage.com reports that our allies...

Taliban Sniper Proves Rifle Skills Don’t Suck So Much

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AenGzkfdwY The New York Times has been running a series by C J Chivers dissing the marksmanship of our good friends in the Afghan police and Army. Mr. Chivers has also heavily criticized the Taliban's...

Kopin Wins $27m Contract For TWS-11B Thermal Eyepiece

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mae.pennnet.com reports that the U.S. Army has awarded a $27 million contract to Taunton Mass military contractor Kopin ("The Nanosemiconductor Company") for their latest gen thermal eyepiece. In case you were wondering. Kopin's TWS-IIB eyepiece...

NYT: Afghan Troops REALLY Suck

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The New York Times has been blogging about the indisputable suckitude of the Afghan forces' marksmanship, discipline, strategy and every other conflict-related skill you can name. And we've been blogging their blogging, as bloggers...

NYT’s OK With Apache 30mm Cannon Attack Video Banter

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0&feature=player_embedded The New York Times takes another shot at the controversy surrounding the recently-leaked video of the 2007 Army Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad. Despite the fact that the action was a case of bad...

Gun Violence. Pivot Point?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YCzVUle9JY