Jan 10, 2015
On January 7th, two gunmen armed with AK-47's attacked the French newspaper CHARLIE HEBDO in Paris, France. They killed 12 and wounded 11 others during the attack, including 2 police officers. The perpetrators escaped and immediately all of France was put into alert and the hunt began. Police and military units from all over France mobilized and were heavily armed to combat the perpetrators believed to be islamic extremists. The hunt lasted until January 9th with additional casualties that amounted to 20 killed (including 3 terrorists) and 21 wounded.
Here's is a list of weapons used by France's police and military involved during the crisis:
Dec 18, 2014
After delivering over 600,000 M9 pistols to the DOD and on the heels of being awarded a new contract for up to 100,000 M9s, Beretta USA announced today the presentation of the M9A3 to the US Army. The M9A3 introduces major improvements to the M9 that will increase the operational effectiveness and operational suitability of the weapon. The improvements include design and material enhancements resulting in increased modularity, reliability, durability, and ergonomics. They are being submitted via an Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) in accordance with the terms of the current M9 contract.
Feb 2, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
Model GLOCK 17 Gen 4 replaces previous choice, used for more than 40 years.
Today GLOCK, Inc. announced its contract award by the United Kingdom Armed Forces, to use the GLOCK 17 Gen4 pistol for its personnel. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) chose GLOCK to deliver 25,000 pistols by the end of March 2013. Troops deployed to Afghanistan will be among the first to use the new weapon.
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
By LCpl Scott Whiting
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The United States Marine Corps explored many options to replace the currently employed M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and found an upgrade with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle. The IAR has been extensively tested by the Marine Corps since 2010. They examined the pros and cons of the rifle, and after confirming the benefits of issuing it, some battalions were recently outfitted with the weapon in Afghanistan.
Jan 10, 2013
Taking an essentially standard MR762A1 (caliber 7.62 x 51 mm NATO) semi-automatic rifle, Heckler & Koch USA turns it into a more effective precision rifle by an astute addition of the right optics and accessories. A Leupold 3-9VX-R Patrol 3-9 x 40 mm scope and mount, HK G28 adjustable cheekpiece buttstock, and LaRue Tactical BRM-S bipod are the primary add-ons that make the MR762A1 Long Rifle Package (LRP) more than a sum of parts.
A semi-automatic rifle originally developed from the fully automatic HK417, the MR762A1 LRP employs the same HK proprietary gas piston operating system found on current HK rifles and carbines, using a "pusher" rod in place of the gas tube normally found in AR15/M16/M4-style firearms.
Originally developed for the U.S. military's next generation handgun competition, the new HK45 "Tactical" comes standard with a threaded barrel and three-dot tritium night sights.
With a choice of three frame colors (black, tan, or green), the full-size HK45 Tactical (HK45T) model uses an ergonomic grip design that includes changeable backstraps together with molded finger grooves for optimum shooting. And like all HK45 pistols (compact, full-size, Tactical models), they're made at HK's American manufacturing facility using American and German components.
Mar 14, 2012
Look for the Marine K9 handler @ 02:13, he's issued the H&K M27 IAR during a patrol
3/13/2012 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a dismounted patrol through Sre Kala village. Alpha Co. Marines and Sailors conduct daily patrols to disrupt enemy activity and search for enemy weapons caches, clearing the area as Afghan national security forces prepare to take the lead in counter insurgency operations within Khan-Neshin district.
Feb 24, 2012
By Timothy Hale, FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, based here, gathered on the bleachers and listened intently to the instructor.
“Were you able to see, through the scope mounted on your rifle, why we were telling you what to do?” asked Master Sgt. Norman Anderson, a member of the Army Reserve Marksmanship team.
“Hooah!” came the response from the soldiers.
“When you did the practice yourself, you were able to implement and have success. Yes or no?” he asked.
“Yes!” was the unanimous response from the group.
The question and answer session was a small part of the training for soldiers from the 2nd/504th PIR on the Enhanced Battle Rifle – an individual weapon system that will be used by the unit’s squad designated marksmen during their deployment to Afghanistan.