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Speed-Firing an M777 Howitzer

How fast can an M777 be fired in succession? These Marines with the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, can give you an idea. They recently conduced live fire training with their M777 towed 155 mm howitzer at the Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific Exercise …

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Hellfire Missiles Killed al-Qaeda Leader; Here’s How They Work

This bladed missile is believed to be the weapon that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri while he stood on a balcony in downtown Kabul. The Hellfire missiles, made by Lockheed Martin, are precision-guided munitions for air-to-ground strikes that usually cause significant damage. Here’s how they work.

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‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Passed House, Lacks Votes in Senate

By Friedrich SeiltgenSpeaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on July 29 struck the gavel to signify the passing of H.R. 1808, known as the Assault Weapons Ban. Pelosi scheduled the legislation for a vote starting early Friday morning, and by evening the vote tally was 217 to 213, …

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German Artillery in Ukraine Allows ‘Shoot-n-Scoot’ Tactics

Western countries have been sending the latest self-propelled artillery to Ukraine, allowing the country’s forces to adopt “shoot and scoot” tactics. One such weapon is the German PzH 2000, which has a maximum off-road speed of 28 miles an hour and fires accurate rapid shots. This allows personnel to fire …

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The Mind of a Military Sniper: Executing the Perfect Shot

Snipers train and practice for months and years, preparing them to process every unique aspect of a precision shot. Here’s a glimpse into the things they think about in order to execute a perfect shot. DoD Video by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Melone

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Inside the British Army’s New Tricked-Out Apache Helicopter

A new Apache AH-64 attack helicopter is headed for the British Army, offering a bigger picture of the battlefield and improved ways of affecting it. This newly operational E model has a top speed of 186 mph, a new software overhaul to allow for greater target acquisition and is expecting …

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California Gun Owners’ Personal Information Exposed in Statewide Data Leak

A data breach in California this week exposed the personal information of people in the state who have applied for permits to carry firearms in public.  The leak, announced Wednesday by the California Department of Justice, revealed the name, date of birth, gender, race, driver’s license number, addresses, and any …

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MantisX: A Marksmanship Game-Changer

Here’s a way to dramatically improve your shooting from the comfort of your living room, using technology. Sure, the idea that you could improve your shooting via technology has at least been around since Generation X slapped the “Duck Hunt” cartridge into the original Nintendo NES. MantisX is a game-changer …

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Nordic Arsenal: How Finland and Sweden Would Boost NATO Firepower

What military capabilities would Finland and Sweden bring to NATO if the two Nordic countries are accepted into the alliance? Both bring know-how, particularly in terms of operating in cold, austere environments, and in the icy waters of the region. The Swedish Armed Forces Subarctic Warfare Center trains its own …

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The Modern Sniper: On Targets and Technology

By Christopher Rance “Snipers aren’t deadly because they carry the biggest guns; they’re deadly because they’ve learned how to weaponize technology.” Today’s snipers look a lot different from the snipers of yesteryear. The fundamental traits are still intact: keen observation skills, mental acuity, physical fitness and sound understanding of marksmanship …

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