Israel Defense Forces to Adopt an Android Smartwatch by 2019

The Technological and Logistics Directorate of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced that by 2019 they will issue a new Android smartwatch to the troops. The system will allow to significantly boost the efficiency of the soldiers in the field and increase the chances of successfully accomplishing the missions.

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The IDF Has a Small Arms Theft Problem

An Israeli Defense Force Brigadier General is currently under investigation for having a large number of issue rifles in his personal storage container while transferring bases in his career. None of the rifles (more than 30) were supposed to be there as Generals typically don’t fight with a rifle, they fight with an Army, and as such they were unauthorized. This report on its own could be alarming, but coupled with other reports in recent years, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to small arms and ammunition theft from IDF bases. A number of reports, specifically claiming that as many as seven bases aren’t secure at all to common theft of sensitive items with an estimate of over 450 small arms have been stolen, has lead to the IDF increasing budgets up to $4.2 million to better secure armories around Israel. In 2014 a report by the Times of Israel that expressed almost the same sentiments about issued small arms being stolen from IDF bases in increasing numbers and incidents.

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Negligent Training Results in IDF Death

An Israeli Defense Force platoon leader was recently fatally shot when he was working with his soldiers on a training scheme, involving simulating a knife-wielding attacker. Unfortunately for the platoon commander, Lieutenant David Golovenchick, one of his soldiers did exactly as he was supposed to and promptly shot his PL with his service rifle which lead to wounds that proved to be fatal. From the Haaretz news source

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Israeli Terminator Drones with AR-15s: IDF Buying TIKAD Armed Light Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The Israeli Defense Forces are looking at acquiring a drone with a punch, according to news outlet Defense One. Per an article of their website, the IDF is looking at the TIKAD from Duke Robotics; a lightweight aerial drone that is able to be equipped with a variety of small weapons, from the familiar AR-15, to machine guns or grenade launchers. What makes the TIKAD most notable is its size: Much closer to the handheld drones of hobbyists than the high-flying Predators of the military, the TIKAD is one of a slew of innovative new unmanned systems that are small and light enough for motorized or light infantry to take with them to the battlefield.

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INTERACT-"Shooting The IDF Way" 10 Part FB Live Series

Command Arms Accessories is currently showing a 10 part Facebook Live series narrated by Lieutenant  Colonel (Ret) Mikey Hartman, discussing Israeli Defense Force combat marksmanship programs, of which Hartman himself was professionally involved in throughout his entire career in the IDF. The first episode was filmed and released on Friday, May 26th at 1 PM, and the rest of the episodes will be released in the upcoming months, with each episode being released on the last week of each ensuing month. The episodes are titled as follows- Seven Laws of Shooting, Ballistics, and Zeroing, Standing Position, Kneeling Position and Sitting Position, Charging the weapon, Scenario, Dealing with Stoppages, Night Shooting, and Sharpshooting the IDF Way. The first episode and ensuing episodes can be viewed on CAA’s Facebook page. If readers have been tracking Hartman’s “Train The Trainer” classes, the Facebook Live series appears to be very similar when it comes to material.

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Hartman MH1 Reflex Sight | SHOT 2017

Designed as the next step in reflex sights by retired Lt. Col. Mikey Hartman, the new MH1 incorporates some forward-thinking features that Mikey felt should be on a reflex sight based on 20 years as the commander of the IDF’s Marksmanship and Sharpshooting School. He not only trained over half a million soldiers, but also founded the school and wrote much of the training doctrine in use by the IDF. The new reticle and the ability to program the sight set it apart from the others on the market.

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Review: Hartman MH1 Reflex Sight

We’ve had a few articles discussing the much coveted MH1 Reflex sight from Hartman Ltd. I just spent a few days in a training class, ran by Lt Col Mickey Hartman himself, where the sights were an integral part of the curriculum.

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Review: ZUES (Zero Under Eighty Seconds) Shooting Mat

Part of the CAA Train the Trainer class I recently took involved basic training in how to teach IDF shooting techniques. Specifically the course centered around the AR-15 and Micro RONI platforms, and the techniques to shoot them are directly from the IDF Shooting Doctrine developed by Lt Col (ret) Mikey Hartman. The shooting style has very specific checkpoints that do, in my opinion, add stability to shooting across a number of positions, especially with lightweight, low-recoil, shoulder indexed arms.

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IDF Special Forces Video

This video has gratuitous amounts of Tavor and Micro UZIs throughout the video. I think I saw a Negev belt fed.

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CAA Global: Train the Trainer – The IDF Way

In a few days (December 11th), Lt Col (ret) Mikey Hartman, a 22 year veteran of the IDF and writer of the IDF Shooting Doctrine, and CEO of CAA Global, is bringing IDF style training here to the United States.

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Keanu Reeves Training For John Wick 2 With Aaron Cohen

Keanu Reeves trained with Aaron Cohen of Cherries Apparel. Aaron Cohen is a former member of Israel’s “counter-terrorist ” special operations unit, Duvdevan. He is based in Los Angeles and has been training Keanu on deep concealment pistol draws and AR-15 manipulation. You can see some of the IDF training in Aaron’s teachings. The “straddle a fat horse” stance is very apparent.

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POTD: IWI Tavor X95 Grenade Launcher

The IWI X95 has a dedicated 40mm grenade launcher that uses the pistol grip rather than the standard cutlass style hand guard grip. This grenade launcher was developed to replace the M203. It attaches by just a single push pin an can be removed without special tools.

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IDF and the Micro Tavor X95

A solider posted up some photos of himself and his platoon from back when he served in the IDF in 2010-2012. He focuses mostly on the X95. There are a LOT of photos and comments with each photo. It is interesting seeing the subtle differences and seeing how the guns were setup for the IDF.

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Photo Comparison: 3 Types of Tavor BUIS

Between the IWI US powerhouse bringing bullpups back to America, and the IDF upgrading their standard issue infantry rifle, the Tavor platform has gone through a number of iterations. Here we’re going to take a closer look at 3 variants, and the factory sighting systems they come with.

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POTD: IDF X95s

Found this photo on social media. The watermark looks to be from Zahal, an Israeli website for tactical gear and accessories. The top two X95s are just your ordinary Micro Tavors. They have 13″ barrels and come in FDE or Black. The third X95 down is the integrally suppressed 9mm. I would love to play with that version. I am curious if the suppressor is like that of a MP5SD and vents 115gr and 124gr Nato to subsonic levels? The last X95 is the most intriguing. It looks similar to the US released X95s with the longer barrel and longer handguard. However there is a subtle difference. This X95 has an FDE rail under the handguard sections. If you look at the US released X95s, like the one Tim Harmsen of MAC has, the US FDE version have black rails with FDE covers. I wonder if the FDE rails are exclusive to IDF or was it just cheaper to mold them all in black and only color mold the handguards and receivers for the US X95s?

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