Edward O took this photo at a Canadian Army exercise. He wrote …

A Canadian Forces soldier fires his C7 rifle during a live-fire exercise in Suffield, Alberta. The rifle is outfitted with an Elcan C79 optic and an M203 40mm launcher. The ground is charred from days of tracer-fire igniting grass fires.

Colt Canada has recently begun manufacturing semi-automatic C7 rifles for consumer sales.

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  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Nice to see more of our Canadian neighbours being featured here on TFB. They don’t get enough exposure, and they deserve better, especially considering their innate battlefield proficiency and capabilities.

    I don’t always agree with Edward O. ( a.k.a. Edward Osborne / TV-PressPass ) on various subjects, but I still have a lot of respect and appreciation for what he is sincerely trying to do. His website and assorted Internet postings on the Canadian firearms community are also quite enlightening and informative.

    • Zachary marrs

      Sorry, I couldn’t help it

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        That’s okay, any humor is still greatly appreciated. God alone knows, in these times, we all need it.

        Was this portrait photoshopped, or was it a real shot of a couple of fellows being facetious and having some tongue-in-cheek fun? I showed it to a couple of friends of mine who are Canadian, and they got a good laugh out of it :).

        • I think it was staged but I can’t be 100% sure.

          • Holdfast_II

            I can just see some bored CEME making that. Love it.

        • Zachary marrs

          I honestly have no clue

        • dp

          Not far away from what I have seen when arrived to this country couple of decades back. CDN military was in even very subjective view no math to WP military as I once experienced it. Yet, they optimistically thought, they would “beat shit out of them”. Pathetic.

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            Yes, we tend to forget nowadays how tightly-organized, well-equipped and well-integrated the Warsaw Pact armies were on an overall basis. In retrospect, we are fortunate that the Cold War did not erupt into a full-scale conflict between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

          • dp

            I tell ya… without use of nukes, it would be clear cut. Our command plans were to be within 4 days in Nato head-quarters (mid 60’s). One reason I left was that I did not want to be part of that madness. Now we have another one shaping up…

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            Ralph Peters, a former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer who worked within NATO in the 1980’s, and who had the unique ability to really understand Soviet ( and Warsaw Pact ) thinking because he was fluent in the Russian language and could think in Russian, feel as a Russian would and see the world through Russian eyes, wrote a very powerful and evocative book called “Red Army” ( ISBN 0-671-67669-5, Simon & Schuster / Pocket Books, New York, 1989 ) detailing the process and outcome of a conventional war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Although written as a work of fiction, all the projected scenarios and Orders Of Battle are candid and accurate as they were based on existing factors of the time. Most importantly, Peters wrote the book as seen from the Russian viewpoint, and did not forget to emphasize the deeper humanistic aspects of the Russian soldiers and their commanders, who were really little different from us as human beings. They all had the same fears, hopes, dreams, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses, much like anyone else. And, like us, they had their share of ethnically and culturally diverse groups, misfits and miscreants, outstanding leaders and soldiers, and so on — in other words, they were as mixed as we were.

            “Red Army” therefore took a far more hard-headed and realistic approach in understanding our erstwhile enemies, both as individuals and as an entity, than the slew of similar but less well-informed novels of the period that claimed to project the outcomes of such a conflict, eg., those written by Tom Clancy or General Sir John Hackett.

            Based on Peters’ knowledge and professional assessments of the two sides and their capabilities, it is not surprising that the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact win the war in Europe in “Red Army”. He wrote the book as a warning to all of us not to presume too much or be infatuated with the slanted propaganda of the time depicting the Warsaw Pact as being somehow less competent or, worse yet, monstrously evil and less human, something to be dismissed as inferior because it did not fit our perceptions of the world as it should be.

      • gunslinger

        …by asking politely

      • Sixshot6

        That looks like parts of the British Army these days too.

        • Zachary marrs

          Looks like most armies these days

          • Sixshot6

            I’ve also got friends who live near where those exercises took place and you’re right. March of technology and all.

  • PaulG

    Old pic though. That looks like a C7A1…current issue is the C7A2.

  • Holdfast_II

    An, memories . . .

  • dp

    Since Canadian part of Colt is directly under Hartford’s HQ control it has likely little to decide on its own, let alone to design and develop independently new product. Therefore all what is left is to try some civilian sales of ‘good-old’ albeit outdated stuff.
    Legislative part of sales is well taken care of since local regulations are based not on class of weapon but its brand and country of origin. That way, local made ‘sportster’ is GO while Russian of Chines is resounding NO-way. Self-interest at its best; and why not.