“Major League Infidel” Comes Full Circle In Iraq

Early in the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, an emblem lifted from the Major League Baseball symbol was used to demonstrate the feelings of many American Soldiers and Marines deploying in support of OIF and OEF. It depicted a soldier in place of the traditional baseball hitter, against a background of red and blue, with the figure in white. Of course, the colors red, white and blue were synonymous with the American flag. The phrase “Major League Infidel” was attached at

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AK-74s of Kazakhstan Army’s Military Exercises

Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan has recently posted news releases on their website concerning military exercises of high-ranking officers. Particularly, battalion commanders of mechanized infantry, paratrooper and marine regiments took part in mentioned exercises. The purpose of that event was to upgrade the qualification of the officers by a number of tactical and strategic classes, defensive and offensive scenario studies, as well as familiarization with new weapon systems. During these exercises, the officers were carrying AK-74 assault rifles, which had some interesting upgrades

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Optic Mounted PKM in Syria (2016)

Kurdistan Insider posted this video of a Syrian Army advance in Aleppo in 2016. Most of the PKM variants being used in the Syrian conflict have been seen without any sort of optics platforms mounted to them, this is mostly because of the lack of equipment that many of these rebel groups can capture. However in this case, it appears to be a thermal or at least an IR capable optic platform due to the bulbous appearance, in addition to

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Type 1, 2 Kalashnikovs Spotted

This photograph recently appeared on the social media account of a Kalashnikov aficionado, showing both a Type 1 and Type 2 Ak47 (not AKM) featured in the photograph. The Type 1 and Type 2 are exceedingly rare today, having been taken over by the much more produced AKM and associated variants across the world.   This was taken in Helmand province, Afghanistan by a contractor based there, probably in the Kajaki district. His testimony to this photograph is as follows- I took

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Dostum’s Krinks

The AKS74U "Krinkov" has gained a cult-like following in Afghanistan, dating back to the high status of the carbine in the Mujahideen's fight against the Soviet Union. Because it was mostly helicopter and armored BMP crews that were issued it, capturing one from a downed helicopter gave tangible evidence to Afghan fighters that they had achieved a battlefield success. In 1981 a Krinkov could be bought for the price of four "Dhushka" heavy machine guns in the gun markets of

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Iranian M9-02 Handgun Introduced

Recent news from The Firearm Blog show Iran's state ran small arms company introducing a new striker fired, polymer framed handgun. The name of the handgun appears to be M9-02 as marked on the slide and it is in 9x19mm NATO. It appears to be very similar to a Walther P99 in dimension and operation. Connections to the P99 might come from Turkey as we know that Iran has a strategic and business friendship with Turkey.

Safir AR Magazines in use by Peshmerga, Iran

Safir Arms is a Turkish firearms company that primarily produces .410 AR clones. However, the company debuted a 5.56x45mm NATO AR magazine in 2014 along with a bullpup rifle under the name T-14 that shared a number of AR components. The rifle never seemed to have advanced past a prototype stage, but the magazine design included was turned into a manufacturing run. Currently it is listed on the company's website and in the catalog. The listed magazine and bullpup rifle

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