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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M855A1 EPR Officially Adopted By US Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps has finally officially announced its adoption of the 5.56mm M855A1 EPR round, developed in the late 2000s by the US Army, marking an important step towards ammunition commonality between the two services. Until now, the USMC has officially only used the legacy M855 round, and to a more limited extent the SOCOM-developed Mk. 318 SOST round, refusing to adopt the US Army’s new M855A1. The Marine Corps Times reports that the Corps’ Combat Development Command has begun procuring the round for stockpiles, with its official adoption coming in 2018:

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U.S. To Fully Equip Peshmerga Battalions Through FMS

The State Department and Department of Defense have announced a planned sale of almost $300 million of defense materials through the Republic of Iraq to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Peshmerga. The article specifically states that the deal is to equip two infantry battalions and two supporting artillery battalions of Peshmerga troops. Although this isn’t a U.S. Army T/O complete Brigade Combat Team (Or U.S. Marine equivalent Battalion Landing Team), the equipment numbers marry up perfectly with similar amounts in the U.S. Army, practically stripping this Peshmerga unit of anything other than Infantry and supporting artillery assets. Case in point is the amount of Colt M16A4s (Colt mentioned as being one of the suppliers) being ordered with a number of 4,400 rifles. A T/O complete U.S. Army Brigade Combat Team has an authorized strength of 4,413 soldiers, essentially on the dot of what the Peshmerga one will be. In addition the M16A4s, the planned order also specifies 46 .50 BMG M2s, and 186 M240B medium machine guns as far as small arms are concerned. I’m sure there are handgun allotments, possibly Glock 19s thrown in but too insignificant to be mentioned in the article. Of course, a number of armored vehicles and 105mm howitzers are within the bounds of the sale as well.

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Not All Penetration Data Is Created Equal

The subject of armor penetration previously was largely confined to the realm of big bore rifles or cannons intended to tackle tanks and other kinds of armored vehicles, but as the popularity of steel and composite body armor increases, it has become more and more relevant to the subject of small arms. It may be tempting to pull contextless data from different sources, and present them as being comparable, but in most cases this is a mistake. Unfortunately, quoting armor penetration numbers from two different countries or organizations is not a good way to compare the capabilities of rounds against one another, as I will explain.

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Differences Between Canadian C7 and US M16

According to user “RebelRouser” on AR15.com, the Canadian C7 rifle is a markedly different from the standard M16 issued to US armed forces. While the C7 is built off of the Technical Data Package from Colt, the Canadians claim to have made over 150 changes improvements to the basic rifle prior to entering production.

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Combined Arms at the Platoon and Company Level

[ This is the second guest post on US Infantry weapons written by Charles222, a 11-B/light infantryman in the United States Army. ]

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"Tan" M16/M4 Magazine Cartoon

This cartoon encourages soldier to upgrade to the Army’s new “tan” M16/M4 magazine.

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Gen. Petraeus shoots FR-F2 sniper rifle

I had not heard of the FR-F2 FR-G2 before. It looks like quite a nice bolt-action sniper rifle. More info, and a larger photo, over at GunPundit.

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The M2A1 .50 Machine Gun and Lightweight M240L

The Army was recently demoing the upgraded, and long-overdued, version of the M2 Browning machine gun. Army.mil reports

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US loses bid to extradite Lord of War

The Thai supreme court has denied the United States request to extradite arms dealer Viktor Bout, better known as the Lord of War and the Merchant of Death.

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Raytheon applies for MILES Claymore mine patent

War games just got more fun. Raytheon has applied for a patent on a simulated M18 Claymore Anti-Personal Mine for the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) training system.

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United States powers global firearm industry
Brownells shipping M16 magazines with anti-tilt follower to military

In March Brownells were awarded a contact for 1.4 million M16 magazines. They have just shipped the first 60,000. Interestingly these have a new propriety anti-tilt follower, instead of the normal green follower.

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What do Miley Cyrus and the AK-47 have in common?

The answer? They are both victims of piracy, or at least that is what the Russian media would have you believe. The issue, from the Russian perspective, is the reverse of the allofmp3.com controversy. Russia accuses the United States and other governments of being complicit in the piracy that costs them $2 billion per year. The issue caused a minor diplomatic incident with Pakistan at a Turkish defense expo last month.

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SCAR being deployed

The Army Times (via. Murdoc) report that the 75th Rangers are receiving new FN SCAR rifles:

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