Army Sgt. Michael Zamora uses a prototype Third Arm exoskeleton to easily aim an 18-pound M249 light machine gun during testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, March 14, 2018.(U.S. Army/Conrad Johnson)

Earlier this week, I reported that U.S. Special Operations Command was working on an articulated, gyrostabilized "third arm" to help enhance operator's accuracy downrange.

Naturally, Task & Purpose readers responded with a barrage of dick jokes.

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U.S. special operations forces could eventually deploy with an articulated mechanical 'third arm' that could potentially detect, track, and classify incoming unmanned aerial systems, Task & Purpose has learned.

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Here at Task & Purpose, we consider our regular commenters some of the most incisive, thoughtful, and authentic folks on the Internet, which is really saying something considering that all social media is basically political fights and outrage all day long. But more importantly, T&P; readers often make us laugh until our sides hurt and our muscles are flooded with fatigue toxins.

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We've been obsessively tracking the Army's work on the "third arm" exoskeleton due to its delightful resemblance to the mechanical harness for the M56A2 Smart Gun from Aliens, and lo, our patience has paid off: After months of tweaks by the Army Research Lab, soldiers are finally giving the lightweight appendage a workout.

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The Army wants to give soldiers an extra hand during their next firefight — literally.

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As you round the corner, gracefully pieing the cavernous doorways of an abandoned installation with your M249 squad automatic weapon, you hear a squadmate hiss: “Something is coming!”

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