The AR-15 Pistol Seemed Like a Bad Joke at First
For years the AR-15 pistol had a rough time in the handgun and personal defense weapon markets. Reviews tended to be critical or even dismissive. Some even openly mocked the weapon for its supposed impracticality. The public wasn’t very interested in it other than as a novelty gun. There... Read more
If You’re Going to Use the PSM Pistol, You’d Better Get Close
The 5.45-by-18-millimeter Russian Pistolet Samozaryadny Malogabaritny — “compact self-loading pistol”—is a small pistol for concealed carry. Emphasis on small. The Tula Design Bureau designed the PSM in the late 1960s as an alternative to the standard Makarov. Developed for use by general officers and intelligence operatives, the PSM was accepted by the... Read more
U.S. Troops Hunted for Mock Satellite in Arctic War Game
When U.S. Army paratroopers jumped from their plane near Dead Horse, Alaska on Feb. 22, 2017, the sub-zero weather was reason enough for the practice session. Parachute jumps are complicated and dangerous in the best weather. But the exercise planners had already added another unique element to the war game.... Read more
South Korea’s ‘Low Rider’ Tank Is the Ultimate Mountain Fighting Vehicle
The South Korean army has peculiar needs. For one, just across the Demilitarized Zone, North Korea possesses one of the largest tank armies in the world. In this cauldron of densely packed military forces, both sides share a peninsula that is also very mountainous. During the Korean War, many battles... Read more
The Turkish Army Has Had These Howitzers For Over 50 Years
In February 2017, Turkish troops brought out tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery and more for an annual winter war game called Kış Tatbikatı. Among the various weapons on display on the snowy training grounds were mobile howitzers that Turkey has had in service for over 50 years. Between 1963... Read more
Hey Drivers, the U.S. Army Wants to Read Your Brain Waves
Imagine you’re a soldier driving for hours through a stretch of empty, dusty road. You’re wearing a helmet packed with sensors that record your brain’s electrical signals and sends them out into the ether for processing at a remote facility. Meanwhile, a team of military specialists is monitoring your... Read more
Turkey’s Arms Industry Expands at Home and Abroad
In January 2017, Turkey hosted British Prime Minister Theresa May. During her visit, among other things, she negotiated a deal worth more than £100 million to help build Turkey’s first indigenous jet fighter, the planned fifth-generation all-weather TFX air superiority jet. The plan would bring together Turkish Aerospace Industries — aka... Read more
An older Iranian Ghadr missile. Mahmood Hosseini/Tasnim News Agency photo Test timelines and public statements suggest a connection by DAVE MAJUMDAR On Feb. 2, 2017, in a tweet, Pres. Donald Trump put Iran “on notice” for testing a new ballistic missile. On Jan. 29, 2017, Tehran test fired what was thought... Read more
It’s a blunt lesson in chemical weapons being a very bad thing by JOSEPH TREVITHICK Syria’s brutal civil war has put the horrors of chemical weapons back on many people’s minds. But it’s still difficult to imagine the actual effects and scale of attacks with these terrible weapons. Just how much... Read more
British troops during an exercise in Poland in June 2016. U.S. Army photo Who will fight the United Kingdom’s wars? by KEVIN KNODELL The British military is one of the world’s most legendary fighting institutions. It enabled the British monarchy to become one of the world’s most powerful institutions, conquering huge... Read more
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