Security

Coalition force members maintain security during a presence patrol in Farah province, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2012. Afghan National Security Forces have been taking the lead in security operations, with coalition forces as mentors, to bring security and stability to the people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)

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Dragontooth & Green Parrot

Two rather similar anti-personnel mines, the BLU-43 Dragontooth is the American model, while the PFM-1 Green Parrot is the Russian version. The explosive charge is rather minimal, designed mostly to maim and wound ground forces or disable soft skinned vehicle tires.

Once the mine is armed any outward pressure will set it off, making it impossible to disarm. The Dragontooth was used covertly in Vietnam for classified operations, however, the Green Parrot was used in Afghanistan by the Soviets. Due to its curious shape, many Afghan children thought they were toys, picking up the mine and playing with them, resulting in lost limbs.

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Foreign Firepower

Syrian rebel fighters armed with M16 and M4 variants. Note the Magpul UBR stock in the last photo. Although some of them look like the real thing, a few of them may be Chinese made clones; specifically the Norinco CQ. They’re distinguishable by their tubular ribbed handguard, as seen in photos 6 & 7. Interesting that they are being used over there considering the logistics problem for parts, magazines and ammo in a country dominated by AK’s and the 7.62x39 cartridge. (GRH)

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Homemadeā€¦

A large single shot anti-material rifle that appears to be assembled out of spare parts and scrap metal. In the last photo you can see the massive box shaped muzzle brake sticking out of the hole in the wall. (GRH)

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The Shop

Abu Mohammad, a gunsmith, repairs a gun in his shop in the city of Aleppo June 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman)
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Recording

A member of the Free Syrian Army points his weapon through a hole as he uses a camera to photograph the scene outside in Deir al-Zor June 12, 2013.(REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

*Although the Reuters caption says its for photographing the scene outside of the building, it’s probably also being used to record sniper kills which in turn would make for an effective propaganda tool.

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Cigarette sniper…

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Tahrir al Sham brigade aims a sniper rifle before firing at Syrian Army soldiers during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

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al-Quds Brigade

Photos back from 2012 of the al-Quds Brigade marching through Gaza City. The brigade is the armed branch/wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. (GRH)

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