POTD: Vigilant Fox – Mixed Firearms

Eric B
by Eric B

Photo Of The Day: We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for your viewing pleasure today. Grab a coffee or a glass of water, sit down, and relax for a while. Above you see a British soldier firing his SA80 during the Vigilant Fox exercise in Finland, with an interesting mix of firearms from around the world.

Below: the Finnish PK machine gun.

The captions read:

The combat phase of the Vigilant Fox exercise has started today in Niinisalo.
Today the focus of the exercise has been on maneuver training with the Pori Brigade’s Readiness Unit and the US troops engaging in offensive while the Readiness Units from Guard Jaeger Regiment and Karelia Brigade operated as an adversary alongside with UK troops. The joint exercising lasted from the first live fire drill in the early morning until the sunset.
Below: Letting the heavy machine gun do the talking. To the best of my knowledge, this is the 12.7×108mm NSV, designated 12,7 Itkk 96 in Finland.
The first day of combat phase went as planned and integration of techniques and tactics improved even further. Training alongside international partners offers an opportunity for mutual sharing of competence and skills especially for the Readiness Units of the Army when the command language is English. The goal of the combined training of the readiness units is to integrate our procedures with international partners in order to make the troops work efficiently both separately and together. Together we are more.

A Finnish soldier with a laser targeting system attached.

Below: I think the armies of Europe are rethinking the importance of anti-tank missiles.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Mike Mike on Aug 13, 2022

    I want a .22lr SA80

    • Derpmaster Derpmaster on Aug 14, 2022

      @Mike I'd love one in 5.56 just as a study in failure. I'm left handed so I couldn't really shoot the thing, but it would be a neat collectable.

  • Martin Grnsdal Martin Grnsdal on Aug 14, 2022

    Above you see a British soldier hoping his SA80 will function properly (this time) during the Vigilant Fox exercise in Finland, with an interesting mix of firearms from around the world.

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    • Martin Grnsdal Martin Grnsdal on Aug 22, 2022

      @HenryV True. The Germans now fixed these guns