Sharpshooters and Marksmen have been around probably as long as there have been rifles – in fact “rifling” the bore of a musket was originally invented in order to provide hunters with more accurate firearms so that they could take down game more reliably and consistently.
Although most military-issue firearms continued to be smooth-bore muskets up until the early 1800’s, it took until the invention of breech-loading, repeating rifles firing brass cased cartridges filled with smokeless gunpowder for things to really get interesting. And so it was that the stalemate of trench warfare in WWI gave birth to the first official, dedicated sniping units. The Germans apparently got there first, but it didn’t take long for the British to not only catch-up but outstrip their enemy in terms of tactics, training and equipment.
In 1916 the Lovat Scouts became the British Army’s first official sniper unit – the Lovat Scouts Sharpshooters – and were the first unit to make use of the garment that came to be known as the ghillie suit.
Being a Scottish Highland Regiment, the Lovat Scouts contained within their ranks many former gamekeepers (known colloquially as a “ghillie”) and deer stalkers. These professional Ghillies and deer hunters passed on their extensive knowledge and understanding of terrain, stalking, personal camouflage and concealment and marksmanship to create the most highly-trained, dedicated sniper unit the world had seen up to that point.
Besides the ghillie suit, the Lovat Scouts (and later other units as well) were also renowned for their use of camouflage-painted clothing on the Western Front – some of these items were even somewhat “mass produced” according to defined patterns and colour schemes.
Back in April we reported on the Danish MoD’s decision to switch from their distinctive M/84 camouflage pattern to Crye Precision’s MultiCam pattern for their upcoming M/12 combat uniform and tactical load-carrying/protective vest – see the story here.
Now we have received the first photos that have been published of the new uniform, helmet and combat vest.
Hmmm, are MagPul hedging their bets against a future “Assault Weapons Ban”, or just getting ahead of the curve? Either way, these puppies do fill a market need.
Shipping in the first quarter of 2013, the PMAG 10 GEN M3 is a 10-round 5.56×45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons. Incorporating new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability, the PMAG 10 provides next-generation performance for those restricted to lower capacity magazines.
Czech army soldiers pull security while on patrol through the woods during a military advisory team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Dec. 10, 2012. MATs and police advisory team rotations are designed to replicate the Afghanistan operational environment while preparing teams for counterinsurgency and improvised explosive device operations with the ability to train, advise and enable the Afghanistan National Army and the Afghanistan National Police.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tristan Bolden
MasterPiece Arms, manufacturers of the MPA MAC Line of semi-auto submachinegun-styled pistols and carbines, is pleased to announce the new MPAR 556 Rifle, which will be unveiled at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This new rifle design has been under development throughout 2012 and will include some serious features; including a short stroke piston design and a lightweight, free floating, two piece aluminum hand-guard with user-located picatinny rails. It will also include an innovative front handguard cap to keep debris out of the internals of the handguards while providing strength and stability to the assembly.