Los fusiles de sniper rusos han mejorado a la hora de atravesar blindaje corporal
La implicación rusa en Siria y Ucrania ha proporcionado una gran experiencia al Ejército ruso. Una de las marcas distintivas de estos conflictos es el continuo uso de tácticas de sniper. Como resultado, el sniper ruso moderno ha evolucionado mucho más allá de la tecnología relativamente primitiva utilizada durante... Read more
The Type 81 Is China’s Unique AK-47 Hybrid
In the 1980s, China’s small arms were largely inferior to the United States and Russia. The PLA was mostly armed with the Type 56 assault rifle, a clone of the original AK-47, and the Type 56 carbine, a clone of the Soviet SKS. There was an abortive attempt to... Read more
2018 Will Be a Good Year for Arms-Makers
As Pres. Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors such as Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price increases and healthy profits driven by the... Read more
The SVT-40 Was Russia’s World War II Nazi-Killer
The United States was the first major power to adopt a semi-automatic service rifle during World War II, the M1 Garand. While most World War II infantrymen had to pull back a heavy bolt after each shot of their bolt-action rifles, a G.I. could expend a Garand’s clip as... Read more
Russia Knows the Trick to Making an Accurate, Fully-Automatic Rifle
One of the primary differences in infantry training between NATO countries and the former Warsaw Pact was the use of automatic fire. While NATO countries train their infantry to almost always use semi-automatic fire to engage targets, the Warsaw Pact countries trained their infantry to make use of fully-automatic... Read more
Was the M2 Carbine America’s First Assault Rifle?
Germany is generally credited with developing the first assault rifle with the MP-43, which entered service with select units towards the end of 1943. Later renamed the Sturmgewehr 44 — literally “assault rifle 44” — this used an intermediate-strength kurz cartridge that balanced the long-range accuracy of heavy, slow-firing bolt-action rifles... Read more
Russia’s Sniper Rifles Have Gotten Better at Punching Through Body Armor
The Russian involvement in Syria and Ukraine has provided a wealth of experience to the Russian military. One of the hallmarks of these engagements is the continued use of sniper tactics. As a result, the modern Russian sniper has evolved far beyond the relatively primitive technology used during the... Read more
The PPsH-41 Submachine Gun Makes Me Want to Shout ‘Uraah!’
The PPsH-41 submachine gun undoubtedly reigns as an icon of the Soviet war machine in World War II, immortalized in combat photographs and in films such as Cross of Iron and The Tin Drum.  Like the T-34 tank and the Il-2 Shturmovik attack plane, the “Pepsha” or “Papasha” (“Daddy”) was not only a... Read more
The 101st Airborne Division Is the First to Get the U.S. Army’s New Sidearm
Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division have been the first to receive the service’s’ new nine-millimeter pistol. Weapons developers and soldiers say the new M17 and M18 pistol, designed as a followup handgun to the Army’s current M9 Beretta, is expected to change combat tactics and techniques.... Read more
La Justificación de la Munición Embutida Sin Vaina [Caseless Telescoped Ammunition]
Últimamente se le ha prestado mucha atención al estado del arsenal militar estadounidense de armas portátiles. Tras el anuncio y posterior cancelación del proyecto 7.62 Interim Combat Service Rifle del Ejército de Tierra estadounidense, muchos se quedaron con la pregunta de cuál era... Read more
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