POTD: M38 Designated Marksman Rifle In Action

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.

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POTD: Armed Watch Aboard Amphibious Assault Ship

One of the purposes of TFB’s Photo Of The Day is to broaden the audience for the excellent work done by combat photographers around the world. Today we’re somewhere in the Indian Ocean, where Lance Cpl. Sergio Escalante, rifleman, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), stands an armed watch during a straits transit. He’s working aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The USS Makin Island is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. Its main task is to embark, deploy, and land elements of a Marine Corps landing force in case of an amphibious assault by helicopters, landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.

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POTD: M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle with Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28

One of the purposes of TFB’s Photo Of The Day is to broaden the audience for the excellent work done by professionals from combat photography to still and action photography of firearms. A perfect picture may take everything from a split second to months of planning, and it would be sad to see that kind of work go unnoticed. Considering that these images were taken onboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean it makes the challenge to produce high-quality images even harder. Above you can see a really good image of the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle with the Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 rifle scope. The U.S. Marine is Lance Cpl. Camron Edwards, a rifleman with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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POTD: Alpha Company – Battalion Landing Team on USS Portland

Each day a different image from the World of firearms. We call this POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, and it is our daily article series where we go to great lengths trying to find the most interesting pictures for you out there. Right above we have Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Wells, a rifleman assigned to Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as he posts security on the flight deck during an interior and exterior clearing exercise. The team is aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27) earlier this month.

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POTD: M27 IAR – Recon Conducts Long Range Training

Photo Of The Day: Shooting the new M27 IAR, made by Heckler & Koch, from a tripod. Using a tripod as a shooting support isn’t as easy as most people think, but it’s a lot easier than shooting off-hand. The optic is a Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28, which was selected as the USMC Squad Common Optic.

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POTD: Heckler & Koch in U.S. Marine Corps Marksmanship Competition

Photo Of The Day – Established in 2014 this is TFB’s way to show carefully selected photographs on a daily basis. As a bonus, you get a short story and hopefully, you’ll learn something new. Today we’re looking at a Kriegsgewehr. Or is it a Sportsgewehr?

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POTD: U.S. Marines in Supersquad 2020

Photo Of The Day – Here you get an insight into what firearms, optics, uniforms and equipment soldiers from various units use. In this case (above) we have a rifleman from the U.S. Marine Corps as he participates in military operations in urban terrain (MOUT). This happened during the Supersquad 2020 Competition at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California in August 2020. The competition tests the Marines’ skills and determines which is the best squad within 1st MARDIV, and I’m sure that the units that don’t win get to hear it for the rest of the year.

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POTD: M27 in United Arab Emirates
POTD: 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines with the M27 and the M38 DMR

Above we can see a U.S. Marines with the 3rd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment as he fires the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (based on the H&K HK416) during a live-fire weapons exercise at range F-18 on Camp Lejeune, N.C. That’s the subject for this Photo Of The Day, where we look back to 2017.

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USMC Fields Heckler & Koch M27 as M38 Designated Marksman Rifle

The USMC has begun fielding an unspecified number of M38 Designated Marksman Rifles. Converting existing M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle’s to the designated marksman role by adding a Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T 2.5-8x36mm variable power scope, replacing the standard ACOG. The Leupold has previously been used with the Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle.

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