South Carolina National Guard Team Wins "All Army" Small Arms Championships

Who are the best shooters in the U.S. Army? If you check out the results of the “All Army” Small Arms Championship, the answer is… the Army National Guard. This year’s Small Arms Championship ran March 10-16 in Fort Moore, Georgia. It’s an Army-only event, with the exception of Air National Guard members, who are also allowed to participate because of their cooperation with Army National Guard units.

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POTD: New York Army National Guard – Combat Marksmanship Skills Competition

Photo Of The Day – Learning how to shoot a handgun and a rifle is fundamental to soldiering, and here we have the M17 pistol and the M4 rifles in action. Above you see New York Army National Guard Sgt. Trudy S. Sharpe from the 104th Military Police Battalion aiming an M17 pistol during the 44th annual Adjutant General’s Combat Marksmanship Skills Competition at Camp Smith, New York, on September 7, 2023.

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POTD: National Guard With New MK 22 Sniper Rifles

The hungriest beast of them all on TFB is our Photo Of The Day. It consumes hundreds of images every month, and it has been starving for over 9 years. Sometimes these images find themselves, and sometimes we have to dig them out, but we hope they give you a diverse experience from the world of firearms. Here’s the Barrett MRAD adopted as the MK 22 Advanced Sniper Rifle by the U.S. military, as now used by some of the National Guard.

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POTD: Task Force Red Dragon in Africa

Photo Of The Day and we take a look at Task Force Red Dragon, Headquartered in Lynchburg, VA, the First Battalion 116th Infantry Regiment. These images were published as the National Guard Soldiers from Virginia and Kentucky ended their Africa mission in 2022.

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POTD: Kentucky Air National Guard Security Forces Airmen

In this Photo Of The Day, we have members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Security Forces Squadron in squad movement exercises at Fort Carson, Colorado, in 2021. More than 30 Airmen from the unit traveled here to strengthen their specialized skills during nine days of field exercises at several different ranges.

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POTD: Exercise Garnet Rattler

For years we at TFB have been running the Photo Of The Day. It’s not a competition, it’s all about finding and sharing excellent pictures and giving the photographer credit for their work. The photo above is one of the best I’ve seen in a while, from the Exercise Garnet Rattler: Urban Complex Assault via Aerial Insertion.

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POTD: National Guard & Reserve Forces in Live-Fire Battle Drills

Photo Of The Day here at The Firearm Blog with U.S Army Soldiers from Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve forces conducting live-fire battle drills during the 254th Regional Training Institute’s Infantry Advanced Leaders Course 22-02 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey earlier in 2022. The “drone view” above is pretty unusual but works well in my opinion.

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POTD: Gardens Illustrated – The Heckler & Koch M110A1

TFB has been running Photo Of The Day for years, sharing great photos from around the world and the world of firearms. Sometimes the selected pictures involve a lot of action, shooting and flying brass. Sometimes there’s another reason behind the choice. Like today. This photo could easily fit into Gardens Illustrated, don’t you think?

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POTD: New York National Guard Soldiers in Sniper 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 or see something new.

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POTD: The Proper Way to Shoot an M4 Carbine

Photo Of The Day – A Green Beret assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) demonstrates the proper way to shoot an M4 carbine. That’s a pretty nice rifle in fact, with a lot of nice toys mounted.

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DBAL in use with US Troops in Resolute Support Mission in Kabul

A recent post on the DOD’s media release branch has shown elements of the 180th Cavalry Regiment (National Guard, based out of Oklahoma) on a security mission around the Afghan capital of Kabul. Unique to the quick-eyed observer would be the extensive use of Steiner Optics DBAL Advanced Target Pointer/ Illuminator/ Aiming Laser (ATPIAL) devices mounted to the M4 carbines of the troopers on patrol. Although not an extremely rare sighting among U.S. Forces, it is worth noting that the use of the DBAL series of ATPIAL devices is far exceeded by the L3/Insight Technologies AN/PEQ-15, AN/PEQ-16, LA-5, and most recently from the company (currently in use by SOF elements) the Next Generation Aiming Laser. Of course, this is relatively speaking because there was a 66,040 DBAL unit order in 2012. What exact model of DBAL is being used by the troopers is unknown, possibly a DBAL-A2 which falls under the nomenclature of AN/PEQ-15A when in use by the U.S. Military.

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Cyprus National Guard to get X95s, AI Rifles, SF to receive SCARs

The defense forces of Cyprus will soon be turning in their H&K 7.62x51mm G3 rifles for 5.56x45mm X95s in a recent deal between the government of Cyprus and Israeli Military Industries. The X95 is already seeing limited issue, most recently at an annual independence day parade held on the first of October. In addition to the G3s currently in service, the National Guard (active component, including reserves, not the same as the U.S. National Guard), also has AK74s in service that these X95s will most likely be replacing as well. Not pictured, but mentioned in the article is an “Accuracy sniper rifle, which has an effective range of three kilometres”. This is most likely referring to Accuracy International, and in particular probably the .50 BMG AX50 precision rifle, due to the long range specified, and the lack of a current anti-material rifle in the Republic of Cyprus’s inventory.

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Russian FSO, FSB, National Guard Adopt TSNII "Tochnost" Precision Rifle

The Russian Federal Protective Service ( FSO, a rough equivalent of the U.S. Secret Service)Federal Security Service (FSB, a rough equivalent of the U.S. FBI) and the National Guard have adopted a rifle from the Russian company TsNIITochMash, which produces a bolt action precision rifle by the name of Tochnost/Точность, or Precision/accuracy. All three of these organizations operate mainly within Russia itself and are primarily and historically associated with security of the interior of the country. Unlike the U.S. National Guard, the National Guard of the Russian Federation is extremely new in its organization, only having been founded last year in April of 2016. Suffice to say, an adoption by all three of these organizations is a very substantial  adoption given the size of all three organizations, despite the adoption being a precision rifle system.

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FAMAS to Equip New 84,000 Man National Guard, Stay in Service Until 2028

Even though the French government has adopted the Heckler & Koch HK416F assault rifle to replace the aging FAMAS, it seems “Le Clairon” will remain in service for at least the next decade. The reason for this is the recent re-establishment of the French National Guard (Garde Nationale), which was stood up as the fifth branch of the French military in late 2016 by President François Hollande.

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