Author Archive | Ronaldo Olive


The FAA/FARA, Argentina’s assault rifle

Having been a long-time (since the early 20th century) user of bolt-action Mauser rifles and carbines in 7.65x53mm chambering, Argentina’s armed forces began thinking in adopting a semi-auto rifle shortly after World War II, if possible, with local manufacture.  This was more strongly implemented in the early 1950s during the second administration of President Jan […]

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IMBEL official 5.56x45mm IA2 rifle/carbine advices

Following a recent firing incident with a 5.56x45mm IA2 semi-auto carbine in LE training use in Brazil, IMBEL – Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil has issued an official recommendation note covering two aspects of the weapon’s operation. The first of them refers to the commonly-controversial 5.56x45mm vs .223 Rem ammo use, whose slightly different […]

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Rio’s Civil Police in Action and Pics

In a previous article (, TFB showed some images of PMERJ – Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in the frontline of the war against crime in Rio. Being the major responsible for street/community patrol and immediate response to criminal actions, it’s no wonder that the Military Police’s deep commitment at such is […]

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Weapons of the Brazilian Marines

Having previously shown some of the items that the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) ground elements currently pack for their ground work (, it’s time, now, to see what their Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) counterparts employ. Most of the firearms, as expected, will be found in Navy-subordinated Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais (Marine Corps) […]

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Miscellaneous guns in pics and text – 1

Gathering material for articles here at TFB is a mixture of results for this senior scribe, ranging from full exultation to sheer deception. Sometimes an interesting photo negative is dug out from surviving files, just for yours truly to find out that no related info is located in his somewhat messy files. The other way […]

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Brazilian Air Force infantry weapons

When one mentions an air force, what almost immediately probably comes to mind are images of sleek, fast-flying jet fighters, huge transport aircraft, and helicopters of all variations.  However, it should be remembered that a whole lot of equipment is involved in the general operation of a ‘flying’ armed service, infantry weapons included. From air […]

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