Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Dave

    “I didn’t know they had Special Forces.” Seriously?

    • DIR911911 .

      do you think there are many countries who don’t? there will always be those that stand out and take the job more seriously than others.

    • Ben Loong

      Heck, Army SOCOM alone has like three separate regiments. Then there are the ones from the other services…

      • BlackTalon2000

        In the Philippines, SOCOM is the CSI ( crime scene investigation) team. SOCOM stands for Scene of the Crime Operatives.

        • Cynical_Asshole

          minus the “M”, you’re pretty much spot on 😉

    • Lee

      Not M249’s but Daewoo K3’s; look at the butt and angled fore grip.

  • ItalianAmerican

    Lots of A1s with A2 hand guards.

    • Lance

      Nothing wrong with that if you kick out these tacti cooler who must have a 10 ich barrel and rail’s every wear. AA1 is simple tough and light weight rifle that can accept scopes and is accurate to 500 meters just like the M-4 so whats the issue.

  • Friend of Tibet

    Where were they during Manila bus hostage crisis?

    • That was not a military affair. Just like you wouldn’t see Delta Force talking down a hostage taker here, these guys aren’t trained for that.

      • Friend of Tibet

        I see, but I did watched a documentary where Delta forces were present during WACO siege,

        • I lived in that hell hole for 4 years. The townsfolk will tell you all sorts of conspiracy theories, but we do not know definitively if that is the case.

          • SP mclaughlin

            >Baylor University
            >live in the 21st century
            Pick one
            Waco should be pronounced “wacko”, too.

          • Mr. Fahrenheit

            I lived in Waco for three years while going to law school. Let me tell ya’, I lived in far worse places. I’ve got no complaints about Waco, TX.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          False, just like Chris Kyle didn’t shoot anyone from the top of the Superdome.
          Weird thing to brag about anyway.

          • Hokum

            Oh come on, now you ruined everything! 🙁

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            The truth has ruined a lot of good stories, unfortunately.

      • John

        Well, no.

        You wouldn’t see them doing that, would you?

        🙂

    • Dan

      You mean the tourist bus that was taken hostage by a deranged police officer in the capital city, away from any active war zone? I believe these Army special forces are either in the north of the country fighting Chinese-trained and financed Maoist rebels, or on the south of the country fighting Jemaah Islamiyah trained, Libyan-financed (at the time) Islamist separatists.

      They are definitely not allowed by the Philippine Constitution to interfere in civilian law enforcement matters.

      • Friend of Tibet

        I see, btw where can you find actual credible source for ” Chinese-trained and financed rebels”?

        • Joshua

          if concrete evidence of that could be found, China would ensure it could never be found. Similar to Putin’s men in the Ukraine.

          • Esh325

            They haven’t been supporting them since 1976…..

          • DIR911911 .

            I’ve watched video of soldiers in ukraine speaking russian and saying they are russian. your move.

          • Ominae

            To help along, there’s an article from the PDI called “How NPA guerrillas lost China’s support”. The writer admitted that the NPA had China’s support at the time.

          • Dan

            Nope no russians here, just a bunch of Ukrainians wanting to join Russia move along now. What Russian tank? That is childrens merry go round silly American.

          • TJbrena

            Tank need vacation too, help to relieve mechanical stress!

      • Mark Soo

        To be specific, the Light Reaction Company (now Battallion size) was suppose to be there or the Special Action Force. Bureaucratic mess got in the way.

        • Uniform223

          From my understanding the SAF is a paramilitary force within the Philippine National Police. Because of their specialization much if not all of their advance training is done through the military.

          • Ominae

            You’re correct. Aside from that, it serves as the main police CT unit if the military option is not viable.

        • Dan

          You mean one police commander was grandstanding, even though he had no experience in hostage situations, while the other police commander who came later with actual experience, was barred by the first one from taking command of the situation. That’s not bureaucratic mess, that is criminal incompetence.

          Plus, they are very reluctant to take out the hostage taker because it is a high ranking police officer, one of their own. The thin blue line reeked its ugly face yet again.

          • Ominae

            It’s included in the bureaucratic messup by the locals, whether you want to admit it or not.

  • MIke H

    The US has a huge influence in the Philippines (they were a US territory after we kicked out the Spanish until just after WWII), and they are strategic allies, so the M16’s, M4’s and M249’s shouldn’t be a surprise.

    And given the small islamic insurgencies they’ve been dealing with forever, the fact they have Special Forces shouldn’t come as a surprise.

    • Uniform223

      Philippine SAF and other special units do use the FERFRAN SOAR.

    • DIR911911 .

      what surprised me was @4:19 when the guy in the front doesn’t have the rear sight flipped up , is this a new special forces front post only shooting? and a few seconds before that , what is the “doughnut” before the front sight on that m16?

      • Dan

        I think the “doughnut” was a velcro strap to attach the sling.

    • Kivaari

      Those small Islamic insurgents are the same ones we fought in the post Spanish American War era. The Moros, that .38s wouldn’t stop.

      • reddog02

        And the birth of the .45!

        • reddog02

          1911 that is.

          • Kivaari

            That is just what I was going to tell you. The Army issued quite a few M1873 (Colt SAA). The Colt New Service picked up some of the needs. The .38 Long Colt, actually out performed the WW2 era
            .38 Specials especially while using a FMJ bullet of a lower weight. Near the turn of the last century the .38 LC was labeled “DO NOT USE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES”. The Navy (Marines) and Army did not want to risk using soft lead bullets. Today the Army is looking to use JHP handgun bullets. That would make the 9mm a better combat weapon. The 9x19mm performs well in civilian police shootings.

    • reddog02

      Yeah you know how many pinoy are in the US Navy? Lol.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Looks fun as hell.
    Too bad I’m not at all tough.

  • Thomas Weißhuhn

    The machine gun on the first picture looks more like a Deawoo K3

    • stimr2

      It probably is, the AFP selected the Daewoo K3 as their new squad automatic weapon.

  • Ed

    Very cool dont expect the Philippines to be the most modern for tacti cooler state. They religh on the US totally they have no air force. They are good solder and good at jungle warfare. IN open combat the M-16A1 they use would be better than the Mk-18s and M-4s our SOCOM units use. Any way cool video

    • Uniform223

      They have an Air Force albeit a incredibly limited and small one if any if you compare it to the US. Remember a single US aircraft carrier has more air power and capability than most nations already.

    • Esh325

      They probably wish they had M4A1’s or something more modern, but they have to make do with what they have.

      • Badwolf

        They would have. If the m4s Remington sold them weren’t defective.

        • Uniform223

          The R4s were defective? I didn’t hear or read anything about that. Can you please put up a link of some sort to corroborate?

          Here is a TFB review of the Remington R4

          http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/12/22/r4-entry-review/

          back in 2012 the US Army gave a M4A1 contract to Remington.

          http://soldiersystems.net/2012/04/21/us-army-awards-m4m4a1-contract-to-remington/

          • Ben Loong

            A relatively minor defect mind you: The standard rear iron sights were too loose to hold zero properly.

            Usually this wouldn’t be too much of a problem. Except that all thirty of the carbines tested by army TRADOC and the Government Arsenal displayed this problem. Meaning that all 50,000+ units that were delivered have to taken out of circulation and checked.

            Last I heard, the defense department gave Remington 90 days to make good on their warranty.

          • badwolf

            i did put up a,link but for some reason it was blocked. i will try to put up the link again. the news article is from abs-cbn (the largest local tv network) dated may 11, in local langauage. headline reads: “Ripleng binili para sa mga sundalo, depektibo”, which translated by google means “Rifles purchased for soldiers, defective”.

          • Cynical_Asshole

            eh. i don’t trust our local media to report on it thoroughly without making glaring mistakes and their usual tendency to sensationalize things like this…

            i usually just check the Timawa forums when i need info like this.

  • Alex Nicolin

    The upside is that you get to bang MILFs (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) 🙂

    • Uniform223

      I always wondered if they knew or know what the other meaning behind that abbreviation is…

      • Dan

        The MILF terrorist group has been around for decades, while Milf was more or less coined in American Pie in 1999.

        • Uniform223

          Yeah but wouldn’t it be funny if a few of them were sitting in some jungle in Mindanao and one of them pipes up…
          “Hey guys I just saw this infidel American movie and I heard our organization’s name in the movie and I thought… OH COOL!. Then when the movie actually elaborated on what it meant… don’t you think its time we change the name of our movement? Its no wonder why some of the other guys around the world don’t take us seriously”.

  • Esh325

    It’s neat to SF still carrying M16’s. You only see them carry M4’s usually. I don’t think I’ve seen any pictures of US SF post cold war carrying M16’s.

  • Uniform223

    Here is another fun fact, the M3 Grease gun is still in active use in the Philippines military.

  • Wetcoaster

    What’s the deal with the guy in the first picture? Specifically, the over the shoulder stock?

  • DIR911911 .

    okay. I’ll rent the dvd when it comes out.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Foreign SF units seem to be quite fond of the AR platform. The SAS use them extensively.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Technically the SAS use C8’s, but yeah.

      • Michael R. Zupcak

        The fact that there are so many variants (to include AR-10, DPMS 308, SR-25, etc.) is the reason I wrote “AR platform” instead of M16 or M4. I don’t think it would even be possible for one person to list all the AR manufacturers in history at this point. At the very least, it would take probably two or three days of research.

        • TJbrena

          If you count GP as well as DI ARs, then it might actually be MORE widely used than the AK family.

  • Pete Sheppard

    And the M14 soldiers on…

  • Ed Ward

    Yup–They’ll need SPECOPS as they are facing same issues we are in the form of terrorism mostly thus far in the form of guerilla warfare…I am certain not too long ago the U.S. overtly admitted to covert ops there as well (yes that’s stupid).

  • Steven T

    I’m suprised they don’t have optics on any of those weapons.

  • Noelle Wright Traywick

    Dasani sparkling hello sparkle