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Turkish Startup Satek Arge Floats AR, Bullpup, DMR, and Minigun innovations

A relative newcomer to the field of small arms, Turkish company Satek Arge has recently shown a working prototype of a rotating six-barrel machine gun design with variants in 4 different calibers (7.62x51mm, .50 BMG, 20x102mm, 25x137mm). The company was most recently exhibiting at a ground unmanned vehicle competition where it drew the attention of C4 Defense, a […]

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Armenian Sniper Makes 2,145 Meter Shot on Azeri Border

An Armenian social media personality who closely follows the Armenian Military side of the extremely contested eastern border with Azerbaijan recently posted a narrated video on his Facebook page of what appears to be a filmed engagement of Azeri troops in the disputed border region. Both countries have had a long history of cross-border military action between […]

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Motorcycle Technical with DShK HMG in Syria

al Masdar News has recently shared photographs of so-called Islamic State fighters using belt-fed 12.7x108mm W85 (Chinese derivative of the Soviet DShK) Heavy Machine Guns mounted on commercial motorcycles. The machine guns appear to be using a standard pintle mount that is further attached to an improvised contraption that consists of a baseplate that has been welded or permanently attached […]

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Syrian Remotely Operated DShK Sham R3 Unveiled

A new remotely controlled weapon system has recently emerged from Syria. The Sham R3 is the third variation of the original Sham series of remotely controlled weapons stations that use a 12.7x108mm DShK Heavy Machine Gun to engage targets from a stationary position. [embedded content] One of our very own guest writers for TFB, Marawan […]

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Norinco’s SCAR Copy in 7.62x39mm, and Picatinny Mounted Grenade Launcher

A recent promotional video released by the Chinese state television program CCTV highlights developments in the joint venture between North China Industries and Chongqing Jianshe Industry Group to bring to market a Chinese copy of the SCAR. The 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm versions (NAR-556, and NAR-751) first started circulating in the public eye in November of 2016. […]

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Opinion: Why Holster Choice and Billet Issue are Important with the Army’s M17 Adoption

Two important decisions by the Army have stood out among the recent news of the M17 handgun starting to replace M9s throughout armories service-wide. First, is the news that within the Army Infantry, the handguns will be issued down to team leaders. Second, is the choice of a holster with the Safariland 7TS. Both of these […]

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