POTD: M38 Designated Marksman Rifle In Action

Eric B
by Eric B

Welcome to our Image of the Day feature! Except we call it Photo Of The Day. Here at TFB each day we showcase at least one stunning image that captures the beauty of our world of firearms. Above you see a U.S. Marine Corps fire team leader as he provides cover fire at Range 410A with his Heckler & Koch. The lower clearly says Heckler & Koch GmbH, Made in Germany. There’s also a sticker that says M38 SDMR.

Below we can see the M32 Multi-shot Grenade Launcher in action, as U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mitchell Turner Jr., a grenadier assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23D Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, gives supporting fire.

Dust and sunshine – a bad combination for visibility regardless of what kind of optics you’re using.

Giving the 60mm mortar a go.

As the Marine Corps Reserve’s premier annual training event, ITX provides opportunities to mobilize geographically dispersed forces for a deployment; increase combat readiness and lethality; and exercise MAGTF command and control of battalions and squadrons across the full spectrum of warfare.


Source: U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Juan Diaz.

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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  • CZ75 CZ75 on Jul 04, 2023

    the man in the last photo I don't know what he's seeing...

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    • Int19h Int19h on Jul 04, 2023

      @Alex This works with red dots because the dot is projected from infinity, so it doesn't matter where the dot is within the window - so long as you can see it, you can aim. With magnifying optics (including 1x) this is not the case, though - the more you're off the axis, the greater the distortion. So BAC only kinda sorta works as a very crude aiming techniques at very close ranges; it's not in any sense comparable to the red dot. It would surely be ridiculous to try to use it when shooting prone and supported.

  • Squirreltakular Squirreltakular on Jul 06, 2023

    Did they ever upgrade the white light on the PEQ-16 or is it still flaming hot garbage?

    Also interesting that the new standard issue optic has the same top end magnification as the DM optic.

    • Andrew Andrew on Jul 06, 2023

      @Squirreltakular They did. It still sucks, but sucks less.

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