Big thanks to Ronaldo Olive for sending this picture in to us.

the attached photo taken last week at the famous Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, site of the equally famous Christ, the Redeemer statue in the course of a pre-Olympic training exercise being carried out by members of the Military Police BOPE – Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais. The armed guys have an ArmaLite AR-10 SuperSASS and a Colt M16A2 Commando carbine (fitted with an EOTech sight, vertical foregrip, and tactical flashlight) with a K9 handler, member of the BAC – Batalhão de Ações com Cães (Dog Actions Battalion) crouching behind.

Im not familiar with the Armalite AR-10 SASS but the other gun looks like an M4 not a M16A2. The guy with the K9 has a Go Pro above his goggles. I wonder why he didnt use the curved adhesive helmet mount and mount the GoPro on his helmet? Maybe he is not allowed. But with the GoPro there it compromises the helmet.



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  • Anonymoose

    That’s an M16A2 Commando, or an older/export model M4 Commando. Note the fixed carry handle upper receiver. I’m surprised they bought an AR10 (especially a an overpriced AR10B like the Super SASS) instead of just getting some good scope mounts for their FALs and using those as DMRs.

    • Vitsaus

      I’m thinking those FAL bores would be pretty rough by now. Also even a middle of the road AR10 would probably group a bit better.

      • Anonymoose

        They can always be rebarreled or they can get new ones.

    • Ronaldo Olive

      The SuperSASS is deployed with snipers, only. The more conventional ArmaLite AR-10A4 CBFA has replaced the FAL with standard BOPE troops. The Commando is used by Tactical Teams.

    • iksnilol

      FALs aren’t really known for good accuracy, especially not good enough for a sniper rifle.

      • Anonymoose

        I would agree to a point. I wouldn’t use one for an actual sniper rifle, but as a DMR they can be adequate. All you really need for a FAL DMR is a free-floating handguard and a good scope mount (not the janky UTGs that easily slide on and off).

        • iksnilol

          Yeah, but while police snipers do shoot up close they also need some good precision (IE headshots, or handshots).

          Also, both DMRs and sniper rifles need at least 1 MOA.

    • Ronaldo Olive

      A clearer pic of another RO735B BOPE hands. Some have the EOTech sight on the “carry handle” (rear sight support structure), while others just have the iron sights.

      • Ronaldo Olive

        EOTech sight on the, eh, “carry handle”…

      • Anonymoose

        >Putting an already tall Eotech on top of a carry handle
        Jeez, that would be worst than mounting an Eotech on an AK, but I’ve seen some pretty stupid things, like an ACOG mounted on a rail mount mounted on top of a carry handle (gotta have dat collarbone-weld!).

        • SP mclaughlin

          b-but SFOD-Delta did it in Somalia, 1992….D:

          • Anonymoose

            They didn’t even have Eotechs in 1992.

          • SP mclaughlin

            Yes, but they did it with Aimpoints and early ACOGs.

          • Anonymoose

            At least the normal-size ACOGs can screw directly to a carry handle (that was the original intention when they were designed).

  • Ronaldo Olive

    Crarilfying once again: the short-barrel carbine is marked M16A2 Commando and has the in-house designation Colt Model RO735B. The GoPro was added on the spot by a commercial TV crew covering the exercise.

    • John

      The crew couldn’t mount the camera properly?

      Forget the looks; the person wearing it has serious safety problems.

  • TDog

    Tactical rifle? Check.

    Tactical helmet? Check.

    Tactical vest? Check.

    Tactical doggie? Heck yeah! ;-D

    • Bill

      Fur Missile

  • Giolli Joker

    “Put him on the *athlete’s name* account!” ?

    • Richard

      “What about him?”

      “Put him on the Pope’s tab!”
      Captain Nascimento was the best, Elite Squad was a great movie!

      • Giolli Joker

        Thanks for getting the reference!

        • Tassiebush

          I think I need to watch those films again.

  • Blake

    Am I the only one that read “POPE Trains For Rio Olympics” & did a double take the first time around?

  • mark

    Nobody see 3rd guy with his helment strap on his face and gopro on his forehead?

  • DIR911911 .

    bope , more like NOPE.I wouldn’t go to rio even if I win lotto tomorrow

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    The Rio Olympics are looking really bad, seriously bad.

    • Anonymoose

      HUEHUEHUEHUEHEU

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        looking forward to swimming in that literally crappy river.

  • Jacen

    It’s a fixed carrying handle. So it’s similar to an M733 because of the 10in-11in barrel

  • James Young

    Those Glocks? I thought Brazil was all into the Beretta? I mean I dont blame them for choosing Glocks.

  • wyew wet

    엣헴엣헴! 나무위키에서 순례중인 씹선비오~ 엣헴엣헴!
    [미쿠찡 다이스키~♥]

  • Dual sport

    Ronaldo Olive: Thanks for the pics. I always enjoy pics of this nature.

    I’m curious how you were able to take such seemingly close up shots.