POTD: British Sniper in Urban Ghillie Suit + Thermal

Photo Of The Day and we go for another of the U.K. Ministry Of Defense’s Best of Defence Imagery 2023. It’s difficult to see, but I presume this British sniper is working behind the L115A3 sniper rifle. Do you see the thermal front attachment he’s using? Makes sense considering the time of the day.

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POTD: Royal Gurkha Rifles With L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle

It’s probably the first time we have The Royal Gurkha Rifles featured in Photo Of The Day. Above you can see one, as he fires his L129A1 sharpshooter rifle at a target to zero his rifle during the Live Firing Tactical Training phase of Exercise Vigilant Isles on the 18th of November 2023.

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POTD: Royal Marines Reserves in Cyprus

Who doesn’t want a giant Trijicon ACOG sight on their AR? I recently had the opportunity to peek through a Trijicon ACOG 6×48 scope with its bullet drop compensator reticle, and it’s really super bright. The eyebox is super-forgiving. The L129A1 is a semi-automatic designated marksman rifle used by the British Armed Forces, and the Royal Marines Reserves as seen here. The rifle is manufactured by Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT), and it is based on the LMT MWS (Modular Weapon System) platform.

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POTD: The L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle in Cyprus

A sunny trip to Cyprus is what’s on offer in today’s Photo Of The Day. We have soldiers from the RAF Regiment conducting Ground Extraction Force (GEF) exercises as part of an ongoing Joint Personnel Recovery which will continue as they return to the U.K. Whilst deployed, 1 Squadron Force Protection have continued to uphold their regular training, including maintaining their annual competency on the L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle. The L129A1 is a semi-automatic high-precision designated marksmanship rifle.

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POTD: U.K. Provide Specialist Training to Kuwaiti Land Forces

The world is full of stories and photographs, and in TFB’s Photo Of The Day, you can check these stories every day, every minute, all year round. Get to know a subject better or get inspiration. Today we have photographs from the British Army. Above you see a sniper from the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, conducting training with a Kuwaiti Land Forces sniper, from a rooftop.

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POTD: L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle

Nothing to do? Take a cup of coffee and enjoy the pictures and story of the United Kingdom’s L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle. According to Wikipedia, over 3,000 units of the L129A1 had been supplied to UK forces by 2014. In the competition, the Lewis Machine and Tool Company was up against firearms like the FN Herstal SCAR-H, Heckler & Koch HK417 and the Sabre Defence XR-10.

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New British Army Newsletter Offers Detail on SA80A3 Rifle Programme

The British Army has launched a new bi-annual newsletter, In Front, as part of its push to keep soldiers and the public more informed about what they do. Inside the first issue is a round up of the British Army’s recent small arms changes.

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What Would a Long Range Sharpshooter Infantry Paradigm Look Like? Part 3: Organization and Tactics

In the first two parts of this article on a new long range infantry rifle paradigm, we painted a picture of what sort of weapons would be needed to maximize the infantry’s long-range capability, in theory allowing them to achieve “overmatch” versus enemy infantry armed with existing .22 and .30 caliber weapons. We created estimates for both the cost and weight of the infantry rifle, and we also examined the problem of training soldiers to maximize their capabilities with the new longer-ranged weapons.

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What Would a Long Range Sharpshooter Infantry Paradigm Look Like? Part 2: Accounting and Training

Recent experience in Afghanistan, coupled with concerns about the effectiveness of the M4 Carbine – and perhaps also just a general long-term swing of the pendulum – has spurred many to advocate for a new configuration of infantry weapon centered around long range fire enabled by compact, efficient ammunition firing low-drag projectiles. I am not one of these advocates, and indeed it’s no secret that I find serious flaws with this approach to infantry small arms weapons systems. Still, this idea of having a long-range sharpshooter-centric force does seem to be gaining ground, and therefore I think it would be worthwhile to take some time to go down that rabbit hole and see where it leads. Our eventual goal in this endeavor is to paint a picture of a future infantry force that lives and works with these weapons, and what compromises they have to make to reap the benefits of such powerful long-range weapons.

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