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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  • Bob Z Moose

    I thought it said “lol” on the top pic. Fits with the guy in the gillie suit. Watch, Fail Blog will have that pick up in no time.

    • fcp503

      When the army of Turk-freaking-menistan equips it’s troops with a better rifle than the USA, now that is just downright humiliating and embarassing. It it long past time for the idiots at Aberdeen and Picatinny to stop dreaming about some pie in the sky space gun and give our people the state of the art equipment they deserve.

      • W

        now cmon, you are expecting the corruption to end in our defense industry to end and a superior rifle to be fielded without siphoning away millions from the taxpayer?

      • W

        *typo sorry

      • Bob Z Moose

        You didn’t even mention the silly goose in the gillie suit or smash me for not loving the tacticooliness of it all. I’m kinda sad. :(

      • Sid

        While I appreciate the spirit of what you are saying, I think you may suffer from a lack of confidence in the US military that is unwarranted.

        Buying a few weapons for one unit or the whole damn army of Turkmenistan is not as daunting a task as buying a new rifle for US military. Sheer numbers make the math formidable. And don’t forget that money is not the only hurdle. The supply chain and support changes that will be needed are unbelievable.

        Right now, if the US leaders have been paying attention at all… they are told that we need a rifle that shoots a bigger bullet farther but can also be configured as a sniper rifle but with quick change of a barrel become a PDW but should also funtional well as an automatic rifleman but have the ability to mount optics, laser designators, and night vision devices while being low maintenance and in its standard configuration be a select fire assault rifle with iron sights or optics but also share the same ammo with the M249 and our NATO allies. I may have left something out.

        Until there is something so much better in an assualt rifle that it makes sense to replace the M4, I would not make a decision either. The cost of replacing the M4 is significant. I have not seen one rifle yet that justifies the expenditure. Yes, some rifle and new calibers have niches. But overall, what does that one rifle do so well that it beats the cost of replacing a fleet of weapons?

      • W

        “Until there is something so much better in an assualt rifle that it makes sense to replace the M4, I would not make a decision either. The cost of replacing the M4 is significant. I have not seen one rifle yet that justifies the expenditure. Yes, some rifle and new calibers have niches. But overall, what does that one rifle do so well that it beats the cost of replacing a fleet of weapons?”

        I believe this contention is being unfair. Like I said before, when you stick to the 5.56 round and AR15 magazine, how can you ever hope a design will be “so much better”? you cannot. When you stick with these parameters, nothing short of a caseless rifle or phaser can provide radical improvement to warrant replacing the M4…assuming the technology has matured.

        There are weapon systems that are more accurate, reliable, modular, and overall superior to the M4, though as long the military keeps sticking to the “it does not have measurable improvement” frame of thinking…nothing in 5.56 will have measurable improvement. What is this vague, elusive standard “for so much better” anyways?

      • Leonard

        “When you stick with these parameters, nothing short of a caseless rifle or phaser can provide radical improvement to warrant replacing the M4…assuming the technology has matured.”
        Well, start asking H&K for the G11 blueprints then…an almost fully functioning caseless rifle right there. The main reason for it not becoming the standard service rifle of the Bundeswehr was that Germany massively reduced defence spending at that time, as the Cold War had just ended. Technically, the rifle was sound, except for the not fully solved problem of premature cook-off due to heat. But I’m fairly certain that could have been solved with some further research.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_G11

      • fcp503

        If we were talking about the Swiss army and not the US army I wouldn’t really care. It’s not like any Swiss soldier is likely to see combat anytime soon. So the Swiss have the luxury to dream about what might be the next great rifle. That just isn’t the case for the US, and I think it is basically immoral that anyone would put off buying a better basic rifle when thousands of guys are out there right now greatly needing the best tool for the job they can get.

        Excellent weapon systems have been adopted, the M240 replacing the M60 is maybe the best example where a dreadful system was replaced with a world class one. Yet if you look at the story of how that system was adopted it makes one vomit with rage.

    • C3P0

      somebody left there gloves on this pile of leaves. . .wait a second. . . Did it take anyone else a few minutes to pick out the rifle?

      • noob

        sounds like they need to issue new gloves :)

  • http://remov.pl REMOV

    Funny thing, the next unit marched at the same parade in November 2011 got the Israeli CTAR-21s carbines ;-)

  • Doesitmatter?

    I am really wondering how much money has “rich” Turkmenistan to spend on fancy spagetti-rifle. Besides of chaging ejection from right to left, what else can you do with it? Can you convert it quickly to LSW or carbine? For them the AK was the best thing for another 100 years to come.

    • Vitor

      Well, you can fold the stock, something from that an AR can’t since it’s design requires a stupid giant buffer. And can run reliably of 1/10 of lub that the AR requires.

      And the ARX-160 can actually change from carbine to a DMR rifle in 10 seconds since it has the quickest barrel change i’ve ever seen.

      • Doesitmatter?

        I guess I have to update myself on ARX. My spagetti part of comment comes out of ‘spagetti strainer’ like appearance. No ethnic pun is meant.

    • hannibal

      the arx160 can switch the ammo from 5,56nato to 7,62 soviet with a simple kit

      the could take the arx 160 as a standard rifle without giving up the old caliber

  • David

    For a minute I thought the guy in the middle was just holding an upper receiver on top of an ammo box…took me a minute to realize it was an LMG of some sort, hah :)

  • lex

    that rifle the sniper is holding is really fucking hard to see

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      mission accomplished :)

    • Other Steve

      You’ll know something is up if his two large black gloves are extended towards you… Not a hug.

  • C

    Is it me or do the heads of the soldiers wearing the blue berets look badly photoshopped?

  • Lance

    Like the TAVOR is in some other Russian Republics these rifles are for troops attached to NATO or UN security forces. While regular Army still uses AK-74s.