Toys of My Youth: Mattel M-16 Marauder

It was way back when I was a kid too young to concern myself with adult worries like Vietnam, counter culture, and gun violence. It was Christmas, and all I wanted was the stuff I saw on TV. And that year, Mattel was waging a campaign on pre-teens, pushing their brand new, full-scale, completely accurate […]

New TWS II Thermal Sight Uses AA Batteries

The Thermal Weapon Sight II (TWS II) is a joint US Army and US Marine Corps program to develop and deploy thermal weapon sight systems. The TWS II “family”—from rifle to armored vehicles—-is built round BAE Systems’ MicroIR microbolometer-based sensor architecture. They’re better than ye olde light amplifying sights. So much so that the U.S. Marines have […]