US Transfers Captured Iranian Small Arms to Ukraine

The US government has announced the transfer of enough small arms to equip a brigade to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The weapons originate from the thousands of weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition that have been seized in recent years from Iranian shipments to the Houthis in Yemen.

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Ukrainian Defense Industry Sign License Agreement with Z to Produce the Bren 2

The CZ Bren 2, alongside a plethora of other Western rifles, has seen extensive use in Ukraine over the past two years. Rifle transferred from the Czech Republic as aid have equipped numerous elements of Ukraine’s armed forces including special operations units and regular infantry alike. Feedback on the rifles has been largely positive and the war in Ukraine represents a significant combat test for the platform.

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Bundeswehr Using Haenel MK556s to Train Ukrainian SOF

The Haenel MK556, despite having been rejected by the Bundeswehr following a patent infringement, has recently been seen put to use training Ukrainian special forces operators. The 5.56x45mm short-stroke piston carbines were once poised to replace the German Army’s G36s, now they’re helping Ukraine’s operators prepare for operations on the frontline.

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12,000 French Rifles For Ukraine

French arms manufacturer Verney-Carron, through its defense brand Lebel, has signed a framework contract with Ukrspecexport, a Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company, for a substantial number of small arms. The contract covers carbines, precision rifles and 40mm grenade launchers.

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Inside the Dutch Effort to Send Rifles to Ukraine

Last year Diemaco/Colt Canada C7A1 rifles began to appear in Ukraine. Initially, these were thought to have originated from Canada. However, after speaking with numerous sources the rifles have been confirmed to have come from the Netherlands. I’ve spoken with Dutch colleagues and members of the Netherlands Armed Forces about the rifles and have been able to interview a source familiar with the Dutch operation to supply the rifles.

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Canada Announces 20,000 Rifles For Ukraine

On 11 April, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that Canada would provided Ukraine with “21,000 5.56mm assault rifles” and 2.4 million rounds of ammunition. This latest round of security assistance brings the value of Canada’s aid to Ukraine to CAD 8 billion ($6 billion).

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M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems in Ukraine

Since around September 2022, there have been a small but steady stream of sightings of M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems in use with combatants in Ukraine. The rifles began appearing on the southern Kherson front before the city was recaptured.  While the Ukrainian 7.62x51mm UAR-10 designated marksman rifles are regularly seen intermittent sighting of M110s have continued.

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Ukraine Receives M16A4s

On 12 January, a unit of the Ukrainian Army’s 47th Separate Mechanised Brigade (47 OMBr) was seen equipped with US M16A4s for the first time. The rifles were seen equipped with Trijicon ACOG optics and some, a considerable percentage, were seen with M203 40mm under-barrel grenade launchers, and of course rail covers.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #50: Catching Up with Miles V.

Longtime readers and viewers of TFB and TFBTV will know Miles V fairly well. Miles is most well known for covering a lot of older firearms, their history, how they were used, as well as who they were used by. Miles is also fairly well known for just how well-traveled he is and has brought us some of the best coverage of foreign firearms markets, industries, and cultures available on the web. Miles is the co-creator of the Silah Report, which is a blog and intelligence network that researches and reports on firearms in the Middle East and North African regions of the globe. Miles used to be a frequent contributor to TFBTV and has also written for TFB, Small Arms Review, Small Arms Defense Journal, RECOIL Magazine, and many other online and print firearms media. It’s been a few years since we’ve had Miles on the podcast so I thought it would be good for us to get caught up and see where he’s been and what he has been up to the last year or so. In today’s episode, Miles gives us an insider’s perspective on the War in Ukraine including what kind of arms and gear fighters have access to and the general state of the conflict. Please welcome Miles back to TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast!

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Ukraine's UAR-15 at the Range – Guest Article From ReaperFeed

I recently had the chance to try out one of the newest small arms made in Ukraine – the UAR-15 rifle which was developed for the Ukrainian military. TLDR: These are really well-built AR-style rifles, and it’s a shame they are not likely to go on the civilian market anytime soon since all the production is now military-oriented.

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War in Ukraine Impacts Lapua Ammunition Production

Finnish ammunition manufacturer Lapua have announced the suspension of some of their ammunition components due to “continued high product demand and the prevailing market conditions”. In the announcement, Lapua pointed to the ongoing “Ukraine situation” putting pressure on the availability of some materials used in ammunition production.

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Rifles of Ukraine's Volunteer Defense Groups

Volunteer Defense Groups are small groups of Ukrainians local to a town or village who have been organizing to augment the other more regimented security forces. The small groups will also act as partisans if their region is occupied. Overt Defense has recently had the chance to examine some of the small arms issued to the Volunteer Defense Groups in the field.

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Ukrainian Troops with British SA80s

The UK is currently providing basic infantry training to up to 10,000 Ukrainian troops. We have already covered the UK’s procurement of AK-pattern rifles to train Ukrainian personnel but in this article, we will look at how Ukrainian troops have also been training with the UK’s SA80/L85 bullpup rifles.

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UK Purchases AKs To Train Ukrainian Troops

On the 9th of July, the UK’s Ministry of Defence announced that as part of its agreement to train 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers it had acquired a significant number of AK-pattern rifles. Initially sharing only one, fairly low res photograph the official announcement stated that:

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M14s in Ukraine

Over the past month or so we’ve seen an increasing number of photographs of M14s appearing in Ukraine. Developed in the 1950s and chambered in the brand new 7.62x51mm cartridge the M14 rifle entered US service in early 1960. They’ve since seen service around the world, and now, most recently in Ukraine.

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