Operators Operating Operationally.

This is a military blog that features pictures and videos of weapons, vehicles, and the individuals who use them on a daily basis.
I find a portion of these pictures from military_armies. Thanks to him for letting me use so many of his great photos.
Enjoy.

Mini battle shield?

Apparently a shield is being produced that’s main goal is to stop lvl III and IV NIJ threats by a company named Combat Body Armor. Now, while I find it a little gimmicky, it’s supposedly being produced to stop rifle caliber rounds like 7.62x39, 5.45x39, and 7.62x54R. However, it’s test models so far are only stopping lvl II rounds. There’s actually rumors floating around about this thing that there are soldiers that are actually taking this out and field testing it. Regardless, it seems as though CBA has yet to develop a web page, so this may be one of those one-off developers that don’t make it as far as they could. But I’d keep an eye out in case they actually make something.

Because no matter how you cut it, wood is good.

“You may fight from the front, but I jump into the middle.”

You may fight from the front, but I jump into the middle.”

militaryarmament:

Dutch Special Forces.

greymichaela:

j-wolf-harding:

Great picture of Sniper Corporal Pat McKinney, 31, from 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, discovers that his sniper suit is somewhat irresistible to the Regimental Mascot, Shetland Pony, Cruachan 4th. Pat and Cruachan were in Glasgow’s George Square as part of Scotland’s biggest recruitment event for the Army Reserve. 

Okay, that’s just ridiculously cute.

greymichaela:

j-wolf-harding:

Great picture of Sniper Corporal Pat McKinney, 31, from 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, discovers that his sniper suit is somewhat irresistible to the Regimental Mascot, Shetland Pony, Cruachan 4th. Pat and Cruachan were in Glasgow’s George Square as part of Scotland’s biggest recruitment event for the Army Reserve.

Okay, that’s just ridiculously cute.

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MARSOC

MARSOC

  • Infantry: This sucks!
  • Rangers: I like the way this sucks!
  • Special Forces: I wish this would suck more!
  • Aviation: Wow, does it suck down there!
  • Air Force: What, no lobster at mess today? This sucks!

As so beautifully told by some anon.

  • REMEMBER COMRADES: WE ARE TANK!
  • THEY TAKE OUT TREADS: WE ARE ARTILLERY!
  • THEY TAKE OUT MAIN GUN: WE ARE PILLBOX!
  • THEY TAKE OUT MACHINE GUN: WE ARE BUNKER!
  • THEY TAKE OUT ARMOR: WE ARE HEROES!
An explanation of WWII armed forces.

An explanation of WWII armed forces.

A couple of photos from a Belorussian infantry training drill.

East German T-72

East German T-72

With that FSA CQB Training Video, where would you say them guys were trained or qualified to teach that? They seemed to know their stuff pretty well

The farm.
They’re two white guys with AR’s, one of which wearing a vest and a shemagh. I don’t know what else could be implied besides “the CIA is here to train you on how to fight in close quarters.”

FSA CQB Training video

→ http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=397_1361145329

>The US Gov’t would never do anything that could blatantly point back at them

It’s like you forgot this gem exists.

(authentic syrian accents)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

viperonetwoactual:

walkingoutgermania:

operatorsgonnaoperate:

walkingoutgermania:

cumsoline:

walkingoutgermania:

cumsoline:

operatorsgonnaoperate:

If anyone’s been doubting whether or not the FSA has been funded by the CIA, now’s time to reconsider.

You know that Lebanon and Turkey’s militaries use TOWs as well, right? I wouldn’t be surprised if the CIA was funding various factions in the Syrian conflict, but the amount of countries with TOWs in their arsenal near Syria is pretty significant, and most of them would have motives for arming the FSA and other anti-Assad regimes.

You all realize that those are Iranian made TOW clones called “Typhoon” anti-tank missiles. The guidance optic clearly matches the Iranian clone, and so does the forward part of the launch tube. Not saying the CIA might not be involved in Syria, but these are Iranian missiles. 

I honestly had no idea as I’m not too familiar with the TOW other than that it puts big holes in big things, but that makes a ton of sense.

Always happy to help, sorry for the snark. Here is an image of a group of Iranian build launchers and optics:


And here is an American TOW and optic package:




Now, while I appreciate the attempted help to clear things up, you’re wrong. But I’ll show you why.

The optic, which you had mentioned, is actually native to Iranian manufacture. The difference between the two being that the Iranian features a mirrored vision tube that travels around the left side of the computer.

Below is an American TOW missile. As seen above in my OP, the FSA insurgents are armed with American TOW’s without the Thermal sight.

The profile of the optic matches the profile of the optic in my OP, with two defined ridges at the front and rear and a smooth spot in the center.

As for the optional launch tube on the Toofan, there’s very few pictures of it on the internet. So that’s hard to tell. But additionally, the Toofan has three yellow rings on each leg while the TOW has three black rings.. Which matches the two TOW’s that I had posted.

Id have to disagree with you on two points. First, the colored rings on the legs really indicate nothing. While it would be easy to change the color of such rings for propaganda purposes, there is no evidence to support the claim that only American tripods only come with three black rings, The photo above of a US TOW in Afghanistan shows three GREEN rings for example. Second of all, the American TOW optic is far more complex with a group of three lenses. Targeting, tracking, and distance calculating. The ones shown in Syria are far more compact and simplistic, just like the Iranian models. Outside of the facts, I find it far more likely that Iran, a regional player and well known armorer of militia / terrorists would supply Syrian irregulars than the United States, especially when our weapons are far easier to trace back to us….like the TOW……

The optic is the same targeting optic without the thermal imaging scope. Reference the graph I posted. It looks like it’s built out of a separate material and therefore implies that it’s removable.

Here’s a picture of one without

Here’s an M151 MUTT with a TOW that does not have a thermal imaging scope.

Here’s Another

Here’s another one that’s currently standing at a memorial without a Thermal scope.

semperannoying:

A Paladin M109A6 self propelled howitzer, Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division fires an 155mm artillery shell during a live fire at the Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 19, 2014. The unit trained on various indirect and direct fire missions during the live fire.

(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.)

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