POTD: Special Forces Group of the Peruvian Air Force

Welcome to back  Photo Of The Day. Each day, we showcase at least one stunning image that captures the beauty of the world of firearms. Above you see a GRUFE (Special Forces Group of the Peruvian Air Force) Special Operations Defense member dry firing at a target with an FN SCAR-H rifle (with a Schmidt & Bender riflescope) from a FAP Bell 412 helicopter during a helo-borne sniper training mission in support of Resolute Sentinel 2024 at Punta Lobos Air Base, Peru, June 5, 2024.

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POTD: Canadian Door Gunner with GAU-21 Machine Gun

Let it rattle and roll! The Photo Of The Day can be chosen for a variety of reasons, but aerial door gunner pictures are always chosen! These two images are from CF Combat Camera / Caméra de combat of the Canadian Armed Forces. According to FN, the FN M3M (GAU-21) is a .50 caliber (12.7x99mm) single barrel rapid-fire machine gun suitable for rotary-wing aircraft applications, providing firepower ranging out to nearly 2000 meters. The FN M3M was designated by the U.S. Navy as the GAU-21 in 2004.

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POTD: Specific Weapons Delivery Training

Photo Of The Day and we have some frames caught by the U.S. Marine Corps for your viewing pleasure. Above you see the workplace for U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew Wier, a scout sniper with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, as he fires an M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System during an aerial sniper live fire exercise. How was your day compared to this?

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POTD: Aerial Snipers in the Philippine Sea

The world is hungry for visual storytelling, and TFB’s Photo Of The Day does its best to keep the feed alive and well. Here we have U.S. Marines with the Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). They were engaging floating targets during an aerial snipers exercise in the Philippine Sea earlier in 2022. The exercise focuses on proficiency in engaging targets from an aircraft.

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POTD: Swiss Helicopter Kommando Spezialkrafte (KSK)

Photo Of The Day: As promised we’re back with more Swiss Special Forces, Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), and here we can see them monitoring the environment from a helicopter. The door gunner is from the military police special detachment (MP Spez Det) and the picture was taken back in 2017.

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POTD: Aerial Sniper Training in Japan

Japan, the land of sushi, ninjas and volcanos. Here we are at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, looking at Aerial Sniper Training. In our Photo Of The Day, we have U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Lauritsen, a scout sniper with 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, engaging a target during aerial sniper training.

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German Door Gunners Get More FN Herstal M3M MK3 Heavy Machine Guns

FN Herstal has recently been commissioned by The German Bundeswehr to supply heavy machine guns for their fleet of NH90 helicopters. The NH Industries NH90 is a medium, twin-engined helicopter for multi-role military missions, and has seen combat in Mali, for instance.

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POTD: M3M Door Gunner in the NHIndustries NH90

In each of our Photo Of The Day articles, we bring you the work of great and inspiring photographers from around the globe.  Today we’re taking a closer look at a German door gunner with an M3M Heavy Machine Gun made by FN Herstal. The NHIndustries NH90 is a medium-sized battlefield helicopter. It is made by NHIndustries, which is a collaboration between Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker Aerostructures. The NH90 is used in many missions by the German Bundeswehr and here we see it doing training in Putlos, Northern Germany.

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POTD: A New Dimension for Hecate II Sniper Rifle (+Video)

A new dimension for the Hécate II Sniper Rifle – this is our topic for today’s Photo Of The Day, but there’s room for other sniper rifles as well.

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POTD: German Ramp Gunner with .50 BMG M3M/GAU-21

Photo Of The Day – The ramp gunner in the mighty Sikorsky CH-53G helicopter. Initially, the German CH-53Gs had two 7.62×51mm MG3 machine guns in the side doors, but they have been replaced by heavier .50 BMG M3M/GAU-21 machines guns, one in the door and one on the ramp, depending on the mission, of course.

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POTD: Aerial Sniper with M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System

The first online photograph is said to have been published by Tim Berners-Lee in 1992. It’s uncertain how many were actually able to see that image at that time, as being “online” really wasn’t invented by then. We at TFB would like to think that our Photo Of The Day is a lot more popular and viewed by far more. Here we do our best to focus on interesting high-quality images with the focus on firearms of all sorts. Today we’re in a  UH-1Y Venom helicopter flying over the South Chinese Sea, looking at a reconnaissance marine providing aerial security during a Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) mission. The rifle is an M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (M110 SASS).

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POTD: Russian Aerial Door Gunners with AKs

Pictures of Russian Aerial Door Gunners are scarce. Have you ever seen one before? I’m not sure I have. Today we have one for you, and it’s perfect for our Photo Of The Day.

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POTD: Fire from Above

Photo Of The Day – We go airborne with the U.S. Marines and the Marine Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) as they conduct a live-fire training exercise with the AH-1Z Cobra and F-35B Lightning II.

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POTD: Heckler & Koch MG3 vs MG5 (Bonus Video: MG6 Minigun)

German Machine Guns – that is the subject of this Photo Of the Day here at The Firearm Blog.

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POTD: The Bell AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter

The subject of today’s Photo Of The Day is Helicopters, with a focus on the Bell AH-1Z Viper, or the “Zulu Cobra“.

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