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.


  • Yves

    Opium flowers…

  • Ziv

    According to Remington Defense’s 2012 catalog, the gun shown in the photos is the MSR – not XM-2010. The two models differ in chassis color, ARMS rail placement, overall length and several minor structural differences.

    • No Ziv, it’s an XM2010.

      It’s clearly spray painted. Don’t know what you mean by ARMS rails, but the rail sections are modular and can be put anywhere.

      A giveaway is the size of the receiver in the stock and the way the top rail attaches to the receiver.


  • T

    Those guys are 2nd Infantry Division, not 82nd. Really cool photos though thanks for posting.

  • Brent

    Zoom in on the pics. You’ll see that the action is a model 700 and not the MSR. These are definitely XM2010s just painted. The XMs are delivered in black but often painted by the end users to fit the environment.

  • A Critic

    Good to see they are winning the war on opium production.

  • TangledThorns

    Those are amazing photos.

  • Kommac

    Hey anyone know what that plate is leaning on the arms/chest of the soldier in picture 29? Looks like a ballistic plate of some sort?

    • Dan

      It’s not a plate. It’s a padded sleeve for the weapon’s sling. It’s just the vertical orientation that makes it look like a plate.

      • Kommac

        Ah, thanks Dan, I was wondering how his arm got through it so easily, haha

  • Kyle

    I hear there may be ONE xm2010 that is going tobe auctioned off with the suppressor as well.

  • John Doe

    I want one, but seems too pricey.

    I can’t find it for any cheaper.

    • Nater

      I’d just wait on the MSR if you want an XM2010. Pretty much the same chassis but you can change calibers fairly easily. The rifles that came out of the PSR requirement are a lot more appealing than the M2010.

  • Baker

    Is that a grenade launcher on the hip of the kneeling soldier in picture 12?

    • Lance

      No it shows a XM-2010 and a M-24 on the solder behind him.

      • Kommac

        I think Baker is talking about picture 12 in the attached link. Idk what that is either…

      • A.K. for T-7

        It’s a M-110 the second guy is carrying, not a M-24…

    • Dan

      I believe that is a stand-alone version of the new M320 (replaced the M203) it is typically attached “underslung” to a rifle, but in the case the guy is using it as a separate weapon.

    • Josh B

      Yes it is a M320 in its stand alone configuration.

    • Lance

      Your right difficult to look at hes was in the way of most of the firearm.

  • Lance

    Just dont combine the two items, LOL!

  • Nicks87

    Keep that opium safe boys.

    Im glad America does its part in protecting the international drug trade.

    • W

      Well, without the drug trade, how else would the CIA finance clandestine operations around the world and support those that American would not want to be seen supporting?

    • Jeff

      I was thinking the same thing. Why are we not wiping out the poppies as we go?

    • Nater

      One, because the international illegal drug trade is one of the largest sources of liquid capital in the world. Two, because it’s the only cash crop locals can grow and make any money with. Burn the poppies, loose the war.

      • Nicks87

        But if an American tries to grow opium (poppies) on his or her own property for personal use the Govt. will SWAT team their house.

        I see the big picture about keeping our Afghan allies happy but it seems more than a bit hypocritical dont you think?

        We dump billions of dollars into fighting the drug trade at home but then we help promote it in Afghanistan, Mexico and South America. It seems pretty counter productive to me.

        Dyncorp was caught red-handed in a child prostitution ring, they were delivering little boys to Afghan warlords to keep them happy, now how is that any different?

      • W

        “We dump billions of dollars into fighting the drug trade at home but then we help promote it in Afghanistan, Mexico and South America. It seems pretty counter productive to me.”

        Its actually not counter productive, believe it or not. The government is rife with inefficiencies such as this and, as i said before, the CIA funds and arms a myriad of organizations and nations that it doesn’t want the world or american public to know about. If you research the Mike Ruppert, Iran Contra Affair and CIA drug running in the US, it will make perfect sense.

      • Nater

        Not to mention all the drug money that pours into the global financial system, especially Wall Street. If you were to wave a magic wand and make all the profits from the trade in illegal drugs and illegal arms disappear from the global financial system…it’d probably collapse.

        Why are drugs illegal? Because it’s more profitable.

  • Doesitmatter?

    Guns and politics are bad mix, I know. Guns and poppies? Why not. Pictures are fantastic; the say it all!

  • Big Daddy

    I looked at all the pictures. It’s amazing how many different weapons and weapon systems our troops use now. It’s always the same, during peacetime the Army does away with all the very important necessary weapons. Then war breaks out they have to reinvent the wheel and bring back those weapons in some way that were already in inventory during the last war.

    Hats off to the Marines who never throw out or cut in half anything. They stored many M1911s, M79s and M14s.

    Hey the army figures the tax payer will just buy more stuff from one of their friends over at the company/corporation. So cut it all in half, the people will buy us more cool stuff next war.

    • Nater

      That really isn’t an accurate appraisal of the situation. Those items were in DoD inventories, they didn’t belong to the US Navy or Marine Corps. The USMC also isn’t using the M79 in any great numbers, at least not that I’ve heard. They’re using the Milkor and the 203.

  • Jack Luz

    See the way those guys blend in, using multi-cam? This speaks in volumes. Had they been wearing the UCP, the Taliban would have no problem getting the drop on them -especially in sniping.

  • joe

    Fuuuck carrying that thing! Why must the powers that be continually refuse to use common sense when selecting new weapons for us grunts? If only the aqquisition program worked from the bottom up instead of the top down…

    • W

      dont expect a western army in a western society to look at the problem bottom up… “bottom up” approaches are eastern philosophy 😀

  • Alan

    The opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, can actually be legally grown in the United States. This is the source of poppy seeds seen in desserts. It is a crime to manipulate the seed pods in such a way to generate opium, however.

  • Chad Ighani

    Those guys are 2nd ID out of Fort Lewis WA. Actually they are from 5th battalion 20th Inf HHC Company. The 5 tweezzy!