SCAR Hs in Kenya

This post came about in a roundabout way. SOFREP recently posted this article about a recent raid in Kenya against al-Shabaab. However, the photo they used for their article is from the Westgate Mall attack almost two years ago (September 24 2013). Nonetheless, the photo is still pretty interesting, it shows at least three 7.62x51mm SCAR Hs in the hands of Kenyan Special Forces (at least I think they are…). They seem to have reversed their charging handles to the right side of the weapon and have Eotech 512s and flashlights mounted with switch pads. Two of the soldiers have M4s with U.S. Military issue MaTech rear sights. Whether or not all the material came from the United States I don’t know but this shows a good amount of it is U.S. standard issue. Their uniforms are of the British camouflage style as well as their flak jackets. I know the U.K does alot of training with Kenya so this might have something to do with that. But most of the guys have head scarves under their helmets, meaning it’s either chilly or they lack sufficient helmet pads and use those instead. All photos are taken from this Portugese news website.


Chinese Type 56-2 in Kenya as well.


A Yugoslavian M70 indicative by the grenade launcher flip up sight.


G3 to the right, while another Chinese Type 56 on the left, indicative by the attached bayonet.



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  • Anton Gray Basson

    Kenya has been using DPM for ages, They now issue there own variants of the pattern to the army and park services

  • Bill

    Nice trigger finger discipline on the part of a couple guys in the truck. It doesn’t look like they have slings, which may be a carryover from Brit training – I believe that a while back, several decades, the philosophy was that the rifle belonged in your hands at all times.

    • Yalkdn

      Maybe a selective measure. If you didn’t lose or get your rifle stolen, you didn’t get thrown out of the army.

  • Bungameng

    Too bad they don’t have any optics on it.

    • DIR911911 .

      eotechs don’t count as optics?

    • James

      They’re going into a shopping mall. An Eotech is probably more than enough optic for the job.

  • tony

    What a waste!

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      Do elaborate.

  • Lance

    Regular Kenyan troops and Police use Type-56 rifle and G-3 heavy rifle. Kenyan special forces use the M-4 carbine and yes even the SCAR heavy not real news since we saw this in the Westgate mall attack in 2013.

  • Tom

    So we can’t admit that troops are less capable and less trained because they’re a certain color?

  • Tom

    I’ve been to Africa. These guys make a few hundred bucks a month. Just like the police, they don’t take the jobs for the pay, they take the jobs because they can leverage their authority and extort tourists, and the lower class. So yes, the guns, and boots, and HMMVE’s are all a waste. Hell, they’ve probably all been surrender to Boko Haram by now.

    • iggy

      Do tell what how the hell a group on the other side of the continent is getting their hands on Kenyan gear ‘Africa’ is a bloody big place and doesn’t handle generalsations well

    • CommonSense23

      Yeah, that hasn’t really happened. The Kenyans are actually pretty respectable overall for a African force. And their gear is inventoried by the US, not them, so it doesn’t just walk out.

    • Lee

      You really are a completely bigoted moron.