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How I Got My M1911: Military History I Can Take to the Range

by Scott Stipe My first exposure to John Moses Browning’s iconic .45 caliber 1911 pistol was in the 1980’s, during my enlistment in the Arizona Army National Guard. Our unit had a weapons cage with a grumpy old sergeant who allowed us to touch and fire the M1911A1 45’s during …

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Wagner Group Aims to Buy Military Equipment Via Mali, US Says

The Russian mercenary group Wagner is seeking to transit foreign military equipment into Russia via Mali, the U.S. State Department said. The Wagner group is trying to obscure its efforts to buy the equipment for use in Ukraine, according to State Department spokesman Matthew Miller. “There are indications that Wagner …

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Snipers Want This Rifle to Use in Ukraine

A sniper rifle has proven so effective on the battlefield in Ukraine that it has become highly sought after by soldiers on both sides of the conflict. The Ukrainian military claims the UAR-10 can hit targets 1200 metres away – more than the 800-metre range of the Russian Dragunov or …

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The FN Reflex Micro Compact Pistol: A First Look

by Friedrich Seiltgen New to the micro compact pistol segment is the FN Reflex, from FN America, the U.S. subsidiary of leading firearms manufacturer FN Herstal. Founded In 1889, Fabrique Nationale was created in order to manufacture 150,000 Mauser model 89 rifles for the Belgian army. A key player in …

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Tank-Shaped Balloons and Inflatable HIMARS Are on the Rise in Ukraine

The market for inflatable decoy military equipment is on the rise, according to a Czech company that makes fake tanks, guns, and aircraft. After Russia invaded Ukraine last year, production of military decoys has increased more than 100%, according to Vojtech Fresser, who heads Inflatech Decoys. The company has …

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The Weapons of Finland: Here’s What NATO’s Newest Member Brings to the Alliance

Finland brings a significant collection of materiel to NATO, including one of Europe’s largest artillery contingents. Here are some of Helsinki’s most specialized military hardware. F/A-18 HornetThe Finnish Air Force has 62 of these American-made aircraft in service. The aging jets are set to be replaced with 64 latest-generation F-35s, …

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Viral Video Shows Russian Soldier Learning the Wrong Way to Throw a Grenade

A video clip of a Russian soldier in action has sparked laughter on Twitter, for showing what not to do when throwing a hand grenade. The clip was posted by @clashreport, which did not reveal where the action takes place, nor how it obtained the video. Russian soldiers showing how NOT to throw …

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WATCH: The New Flexrotor Vertical Takeoff Drone in Action

The U.S. Navy this month tested a new drone in the ocean between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. Dubbed by its manufacturer, Aerovel, as “the most advanced Group 2 small tactical unmanned aerial system”, the Flexrotor is no ordinary drone. The Flexrotor boasts some impressive features, according to Aerovel, which …

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