Nobody knows firearms like a Marine Corps’ gunner, which is why the 2nd Marine Division’s top gun guru Chief Warrant Officer Christian P. Wade is back with another video. This time, the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based arms expert takes aim at common misconceptions about zeroing your rifle. It starts with using the right equipment, specifically a small-arms collimator and spotting scope which according to the video you can pick up from your unit’s armory (experiences may vary for E-4s and below.) Assuming you can get your hands on one, all you have to do is line it up the marker on the collimator with the chevron of your RCO in order to get a precise 100-meter zero in minutes, which means you can skip the typical 25-meter battlesight zero, or BZO process, and go straight to hitting black.
“Proof-firing and precisely zeroing your rifle is one of the most critical prep for combat tests you must conduct,” Wade says, before dropping a few rounds center mass on a target. “Do not cross the line of departure without a solid proof fire at precise zero.”
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."