Germany's next Army Rifle cannot be American due to ITAR

Die Welt (“The World”) is a German National daily newspaper, and according to their information the tender to replace the current Bundeswehr (Germany Army) HK G36 contains a peculiar detail that the replacement rifle must not contain any ITAR regulated parts.

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The German Police orders hundreds of SIG Sauer MCX Rifles

Good news for SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. in Eckernförde, Germany.

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HERA Arms CQR Stock and CQR Front grip – a year after

There was a massive interest when the HERA Arms stock and front grip was released.

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Kalashnikov vs. Schmeisser: Myths, Legends, and Misconceptions [GUEST POST]

The following is an article that was originally written in Russian by TFB contributor Maxim Popenker, and Andrey Ulanov, and translated to English by Peter Samsonov. With their permission, I have replicated the text here, and edited it, for the enrichment of you, our readers!

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In detail: The Steyr Mannlicher RS-556 rifle

I had the opportunity to examine the brand new Steyr-Mannlicher RS556.

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Hamburg Police having issues with their new AR15s and ammunition

In November last year we reported that the Police in Hamburg (Germany) were getting Haenel CR223s (AR15) in 5,56 NATO as a response to the increased threat levels.

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Postcards from the German Kampfschwimmers

A few postcards landed on our doorstep and we feel obliged to share them.

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Adjustable Shotgun Stocks by ERGOSIGN of Germany

A German company called Ergosign (an acronym made of the words ergonomic and design) manufactures adjustable shotgun stocks called EvoComp. The stocks are available both in a standard configuration and also have a variety of options including lightened versions, different grip styles, and even custom made grips to exactly fit any particular shooter’s hand.

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Bundeswehr Purchases 2,460 IdZ-ES Future Soldier Systems from Rheinmetall

In the development and testing phases since at least 2004, the German Ministry of Defense has purchased enough IdZ-ES (Infanterist der Zukunft-Infantryman of the future, also know as Gladius) Future Soldier Systems to outfit 68 platoons of mechanized infantry/2,460 soldiers, or roughly a reinforced regiment with the systems.The Gladius system is a wearable, integrated fighting system that allows individual soldiers greater opportunities on the battlefield to communicate, coordinate, and fight more efficiently. Unit leaders receive versions that allow better command and control via the ability to monitor friendly forces in real time. It runs off of a central battery pack mounted to the back of the load bearing equipment and is fitted around ballistic armor and even NBC requirements. Included with this suite are LAM devices and thermal optics for the G36 service rifle, in addition to a push to talk button mounted on the rifle itself so soldiers can stay on target or not give away their status of communicating to the enemy while on operations. UAV integration is also a key component, allowing commanders to view UAV feeds in real time. Central to the entire system is the ability to be “tethered” to the sectioned “home base” armored personnel carrier.

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Heavy Artillery Production Propaganda Film from WW2

Manufacturing artillery pieces is an utterly fascinating process – especially if one has any knowledge of manufacturing. Specifically, creating the barrels is perhaps one of the most technically challenging parts of making the howitzers. Outside of the physical forming of the barrel itself, putting in precision rifling over the length of the part usually measured in meters is a challenge that few companies have mastered. Its far harder than making a mere AR barrel.

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POTD: H&K And First Spear At G20 Summit

German Polizei were seen at the G20 summit providing security. The officers are seen wielding MP5s and HK416s. Some are kitted with the Revision Batlskin Viper system. They are also wearing First Spear Siege R Plate carriers.

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TFB Review: The XMag Coupler from Germany

Let’s begin with the story behind the invention of this product. As with many other great inventions, it started with restrictions due to legislation.

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Mystery SCAR 16 at the German Dsseldorf ax attack.

On 9:th of March 2017, a 36-year old suspect was detained after an axe attack that injured nine persons in the main train station in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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ZEISS Conquest V6 – The new 6x zoom riflescope from ZEISS

Zeiss had the World Premiere at IWA 2017 in Germany for their new Conquest V6 riflescope.

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Kurds to Receive Support from Canada, Germany

According to the National Post, the Canadian government will begin supplying elements of the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq with small arms and light weapons. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously announced Canadian material support for the Peshmerga a year ago, but only recently made good on the promise this month. Germany has a history of supplying small arms to the Kurds, but recently stopped according to the article, after German rifles were found for sale on the Iraqi black market. Both countries are currently providing much training and support through troops deployed to the region, but this is the first official announcement that Canada would be providing material. From the National Post-

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