POTD: New Zealand Army Combat Corps

TFB’s Photo Of The Day has become an impressive gallery, with an ever-growing number of images of firearms in all sorts of environments. Today we’re going to add a few more from the NZ Defence Force and their Army Combat Corps soldiers as they’re in an exercise on the West Coast. Their soldiers mainly use the LMT MARS-L, with a Trijicon ACOG scope and an RMR red dot.

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POTD: New Zealand Army – Regular Force Combat Advanced Course

TFB’s Photo Of The Day is where you can discover the world of firearms through a camera lens. Every day we run a new theme, a bunch of selected pictures together with a short story and credit to the person behind the lens. These images are from the Waiouru Military Camp on the central North Island of New Zealand. All New Zealand Army soldiers complete their initial basic training here.

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POTD: The LMT MARS-L in New Zealand

Photo Of The Day and it’s time for a visit to New Zealand. Apart from the soldiers, the “star” here is the LMT MARS-L produced by Lewis Machine & Tool Company. Note the Monolithic Rail Platform. The rifle now serves as the standard service rifle of the New Zealand Army. It’s available in two different barrel lengths, but in 5.56mm only. MARS-L is an abbreviation for Modular Ambidextrous Rifle System – Light. Most have the Trijicon ACOG optic with an RMR red dot on top.

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POTD: Multiple Weapons Training in the New Zealand Army

Photo Of The Day and we’re looking at the 1st Battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment Fire Support Group (FSG) who are out in the tussock sharpening their skills in Waiouru. They trained with multiple weapons, including the M107A1 Anti-Materiel Rifle, Heckler & Koch 40mm Grenade Machine Gun, FGM-148 Javelin Anti-Tank Missile and MAG-58 Sustained Fire Machine Gun.

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POTD: The LMT MARS-L in Explosive Method's of Entry

Breaching by explosives is pretty hardcore, and in our Photo Of The Day, we’re looking at just that. These are combat engineers from the New Zealand Army. They are carrying the MARS-L rifle made by Lewis Machine & Tool Company, with the Trijicon ACOG optic with an RMR red dot.

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POTD: The LMT MARS-L – New Zealand Army in the Malaysian Jungle

Our Photo Of The Day features a rifle you don’t see every day – the LMT MARS-L made by Lewis Machine and Tool Company in the hands of reservists from New Zealand, as they conduct a fighting patrol through the Malaysian jungle. Replacing the Steyr AUG, the LMT in 5.56x45mm NATO now serves as the standard service rifle of the New Zealand Army. It’s available in two different barrel lengths.

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POTD: Barrett MRAD Sniper Rifles of New Zealand

Barrett MRAD rifles were introduced to the snipers of New Zealand in 2018 replacing their 7.62mm AI Arctic Warfare sniper rifles. That’s the topic of our Photo Of The Day. New Zealand acquired 42 MRAD sniper rifles. The MRAD has a fully adjustable match-grade 2 stage trigger, adjustable and folding stock and muzzle brake with external threads to mount a suppressor.

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POTD: Fire and Rain in New Zealand

Looking for the best firearms-related pictures around? You’re likely to find them here on TFB, and today we have a look at what’s going on in New Zealand and their Army. Fire and rain, as a soldier from the 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment fires a Glock G17 Gen 4. This happened during their annual shooting competition at the West Melton Rifle Range.

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NZ Police Show How They Will Destroy Firearms – Awkwardly Slow

In a video reported by Radio New Zealand, NZ Police officials demonstrate how they will destroy firearms collected from residence after a recent law banning ownership by citizens. The machine, a hydraulic press or bending machine is used to crush the firearm, in this case, an AR15, in three or four locations. The barrel, receiver and receiver extension/stock are all rendered inoperable by crushing the critical points.

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POTD: Old School New Zealand SAS

This vintage photo of New Zealand SAS operators has been doing the rounds on social media lately. It features a pair of operators armed with MP5s. New Zealand’s SAS was established in 1955 but their counter-terrorism element was only established in the 1970s.

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LMT Warranties Components with New Zealand Defense Forces MARS-L

The New Zealand Herald has reported that the 9,040 LMT 5.56x45mm MARS-L rifles purchased by the New Zealand Defense Force have suffered critical parts breakage in certain components of the rifles, specifically the firing pins, bolt carriers and inside the trigger mechanism (the specific part is not mentioned in the article). According to the article, issues came about with a number of rifles that were seeing constant use in training. After an initial assessment and following warranty agreements, LMT has replaced the parts in question on every rifle that was bought by the NZDF in addition to updating the inspection protocols under which the rifles have been adopted.

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Barrett M107A1 and MRAD to Be Procured by New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is procuring two long range rifles from US manufacturer Barrett Firearms Manufacturing. The island armed forces will be purchasing the .50 BMG caliber M107A1 anti materiel rifle as well as the .338 Lapua Magnum caliber Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle. The rifle buy is for forty M107A1 anti material rifles, forty two MRAD sniper rifles, and optics, suppressors, accessories, packaging, and all other ancillary equipment as part of a “total system” purchase. The weapons are a part of the New Zealand Defence Force’s modernization effort, which has included new handguns, infantry rifles, machine guns, and other weapons. According to NZDF material released along with the announcement, the MRAD sniper rifles will be replacing the NZDF’s legacy Accuracy International Arctic Warfare rifles in 7.62mm NATO caliber, bringing a considerable increase in range and capability to New Zealand snipers. As well, M107A1 .50 caliber anti materiel rifles will give the NZDF the ability to attack vehicles and installations out to 1,500m. Both weapons are reportedly slated for use not only by the New Zealand Army, but the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS), as well. Procurement of the weapons under a sole source contract followed six weeks of testing of several competing rifles in Waiouru, where more than 10,000 rounds were expended in evaluation.

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New Zealand Army Conducts "Show and Tell" Primary School Tour, Gives Kids Hands-On with Assault Rifles, Military Equipment

The New Zealand Defence Force is conducting a rather unique campaign: They are taking their war materiel – including select-fire assault rifles – to primary schools in New Zealand, to teach kids about leadership, values, army life, and – of course – weapons.  As reported by Manawatu Standard News:

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New Zealand to Adopt .50 Caliber Barrett M82 and Sako TRG M10 in .338 Lapua

A source has told TFB that the New Zealand Defense Force will soon be announcing the adoption of the Barrett M82 for use as an anti-material rifle and the Sako TRG M10, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum, as a long range sniper rifle. Our source, who has not led us astray in the past, did not specify if these rifles were replacing existing firearms in the NZDF inventory, or if they would be used alongside their current sniper rifles.

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The New New Zealand Battle Rifle – Overview of the MARS-L/LSO with Chris Bartocci

We reported previously on the New Zealand Defence Force’s purchase of new LMT-made infantry rifles, but beyond a brief promo video released after the selection was announced, we haven’t yet seen an in-depth look at the rifles, which are based on the recently released LMT MARS family. Chris Bartocci, a gunwriter and author of The Black Rifle II, has taken a look at the elusive Kiwi LMT in a recent video:

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