Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

    In the photo of the two operators firing from the prone position forward of a Humvee, note that the shooter to the rear has the long receiver SCAR-H SSR variant.

  • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

    Thats interesting. I thought it looks out of proportion and assumed it was the camera angle or the longer barrel.

  • http://www.downloadmunkey.net Roys

    The last pic looks awesome. Nice find, Steve :)

  • Joey

    This is awesome… very nice example of SCARs in action.

  • frogwar

    What they aren’t showing you is that the operating rod and charging handle move together while being fired. This is fine when it doesn’t hit anything but during CQC situations you may have to pin your weapon against a wall to hold security down a hall and the weapon malfunctions when the charging handle hits the wall or whatever you’re leaning against. The same is true when laying on your left side and firing under a vehicle. Weapons should be as streamline as possible and not have a malfunction built into it’s design. Ask any professional shooter and they will tell you the same thing. This gun needs to have an independent charging handle that connects to the operating rod only when needed. Other guns already have this feature. Pictures and staged demonstrations will sell the gun to the military but I garauntee we will hear about this problem in the future.

  • Soap

    more cool pics of the same operators in Oakley’s website for military & government sales http://www.usstandardissue.com

  • Jacob

    Any body have any idea what those laser sights are mounted on the top rail of the rifles? I see EOTechs, M68s, and a few other stuff, but those laser sights look new.

  • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

    The new laser is the AN/PEQ-15 Advanced Target Pointer Illuminator Aiming Light (ATPIAL).

  • Jacob

    Seriously? How’d you find out about that? I’ve been looking all over the place for info on this thing. Any specs on it? Anyway, I appreciate the help.

  • http://www.thegunzone.com/556dw.html Daniel E. Watters

    It’s old news really. NSWC-Crane made the contract award to Insight Technologies back in December 2004. It is part of the SOPMOD Block II kit, intended to replace both the AN/PEQ-2 ITPIAL and the AN/PEQ-5 CVL. You also might find comments about the ATPIAL under its original designation LA-5/PEQ or possibly even ITPIAL II.

    http://www.insightlights.com/products-atpial.htm

  • Jacob

    That makes me look smart. :P

    Thanks for the info, though.

  • Soap

    Here’s more of the same operators in this FN promotional clip,

  • Richard

    What pistols are they using, FNP-45s? Those are some pretty cool pictures though.

  • gabriel

    Re: frogwar’s comments to the operating rod and charging handle moving while the rifle is being fired – that’s been the case with the AK-47 since its inception; and look how long that rifle has been in wars! When have [you] heard complaints about it – if any?

  • Alre

    Increibles objetos de deseo… :)

  • kowe84

    you hear a lot of complaints about the ak-47 actually. sure it’ll fire almost everytime, but good luck hitting anything. if the ak-47 was such a good rifle why dont we use it? or how come we never copied its design for our use? if it wasnt such a cheap rifle other countries around the world wouldnt use it. it isnt used for its efficiency its used for its ease to get and the cheap price tag that comes with it.

  • Jacob

    Something else that makes the AK47 so popular is it’s relative ease to use. The weapon was actually designed more like a machine gun than an assault rifle, so that the weapon required less training to use.

    If it’s cheap, easy to use and maintain, and easy to find, why not use it?

  • Tony

    “you hear a lot of complaints about the ak-47 actually. sure it’ll fire almost everytime, but good luck hitting anything.”

    About 3MOA (about my average group) might not be especially accurate but it should be adequate for under 200 meters – which is pretty much what the gun is intended for in the first place. Hardly what I’d call “not being able to hit anything”.

  • Tony

    Did anybody pick up on the operators camo. Looks like a new pattern.????

  • Doc Jones

    The camo pattern they are using is Crye Precisions Multicam.

    http://www.multicampattern.com/indexflash.html

    I personally use it for shooting, training, and other recreational activities and it is a very nice pattern. Tends to blend in to most environments that I use such as oregon and colorado.

  • Dan

    If the charging handle moves with the operating rod, this also means it can be used as a forward assist to -clear- a malfunction. One could also use it to see if the bolt is in battery, jammed, or to the rear. Besides, I’ve never heard of anyone “pinning” their rifle against a wall, or holding it flat on the ground and firing it (especially from under a vehicle). Not in real combat. That’s just silly. Let’s be realistic here….

  • woodfiend

    “About 3MOA (about my average group) might not be especially accurate but it should be adequate for under 200 meters – which is pretty much what the gun is intended for in the first place. Hardly what I’d call “not being able to hit anything”.

    This is true. An AK-47 can shoot 3 MOA groups, but only if the shooter can shoot them. The rifle itself is capable of shooting groups that size, but the sights on them are so bad, that it is really hard to do that. They are definitely more accurate than most people think, but that accuracy is really only achieved with optics.

  • Axion

    Save some money, buy a Robinson XCR or the new Ruger.

  • Bri

    Hemm…the handle moves with the bolt when fired….and I have no vert. grip…I hold by the magwell/mag area….thumbs up….maybe not so smart after all. Having actually held one I can speak on it. The ak47 is designed to be charged and eject from the right side….leaving my left thumb attached to my left hand….just as God intended.
    Think I’ll be using LWRC equipment.

  • Travis

    SOCOM did have a chance to get the XCR… the Mark 16/17 beat it out in the SCAR trials.

  • zach

    i love the fn scar is a good powerful gun has a lot of stoping power also relible i hpe i can use it when i go into the rangers :)

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    In the photo of the two operators firing from the prone position forward of a Humvee, note that the shooter to the rear has the long receiver SCAR-H SSR variant.