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Month: February 2014 (page 1 of 4)

Friday Foto

aq_2A lone piper plays at sunset in Cyprus.

Soldiers and officers of 28 Engineer Regiment, based in Germany, are four months into a six-month deployment on the United Nations’ peacekeeping operation in Cyprus known as “Operation Tosca”.

MoD / Crown Copyright 2014

Introducing the Malamute Lightweight Vest from Helikon-Tex

Due to hit shelves next week, the Malamute Lightweight Vest alone layer or underneath outer layers.

image2394313957746607The hydrophobic properties of the Climashield® Apex™ material keeps the user warm and dry in cold weather conditions.

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Friday Foto

564683_10153065430302316_2029282136_nLance Cpl. Eleanor H. Roper, right, pulls a Marine Corps Cold Weather Infantry Kit sled up a slope during a field exercise aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2014.

(SULLIVAN LARAMIE/U.S. MARINE CORPS)

OSPREY Publishing: Modern African Wars (4) – The Congo 1960 – 2002

Osprey’s first title in the Men-At-Arms “Modern African Wars” series-within-a-series appeared in 1986, and the series has been a big hit ever since.

The first title was “Modern African Wars (1) Rhodesia 1965-80″, followed by “Modern African Wars (2) Angola and Mozambique 1961-74″ and “Modern African Wars (3) South-West Africa”.  The latest title brings the series more up to date, and provides insight into the long and brutal series of conflicts over the past 40+ years that have turned this resource-rich area into one of the most brutal, dysfunctional hell-holes on the planet.

9781782000761

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A Made-In-America .308 semi-auto FG42?

YES – is the short answer!  Now here is the longer answer….

Smith Manufacturing Group located in Decatur, Texas specializes in recreating rare, foreign, WWII-era firearms in semi-auto, ‘civilian-legal’ (i.e., no special licenses or paperwork required) form. The company’s product line includes such legends as the British Bren Gun, the Soviet DP-28 and DPM, the Soviet PPS-43, and the Czech ZB series (the forerunner of the Bren Gun).

SMG-20131But by far the most interesting – and exciting – project in their portfolio is their semi-auto FG42 Mk. II.  The SMG FG42 is offered in original 7.92 x 57mm (“8mm Mauser”) caliber, as well as 7.62 x 51mm NATO / .308 WIN.  The 7.62mm version uses standard M1A magazines and is pictured on the right in the photo below)!

DSCF3096Check out the full details on SMG’s website:  smgguns.com

 (hat tip to Dave S.)

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