With the heart of ISIS’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” in Mosul in ruins and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Baghdad to assess the U.S.-led campaign against the terror group, Iraqi security forces are working overtime to expunge more than 2,000 militants from the strategically crucial city of Tal Afar. The offensive could signal “the end of ISIS’s military presence” in the country’s northern region, according to a spokesman for the U.S. coalition, but the ISF and their Western military partners have run into a familiar obstacle: American-made anti-tank weapons.
Raw footage posted to YouTube by Iraqi television station Al-Mawsleya appears to show an FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile and launcher among a cache of weapons recovered just outside Tal Afar. The Javelin has a range of up to 2.7 miles with an 18-pound tandem warhead (two shaped charges, one to pierce reactive armor the other to wreak havoc) and designed to penetrate even the toughest armor — including the skin of the Pentagon’s beloved M1 Abrams tank.
The discovery of the Javelin is disturbing. Despite ISIS’s reliance on unconventional weaponry like their beloved vehicle-borne IEDs, this isn’t the first time militants have wielded heavier American-made weapons against the very troops meant to carry them. An ISIS propaganda video released in June 2015, after the capture of the Syrian city of Palmyra, revealed militants targeting Syrian government forces with U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles. One year later, the same missiles, allegedly fired by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels, were used to down a Russian Mi-25 assault helicopter.
It’s likely ISIS fighters came upon the Javelin in the same way it acquires most of its other conventional weapons: by looting Syrian and Iraqi military weapons caches. A 2003 Government Accountability Office report published after the invasion of Iraq found that at least 36 Javelin missile command launch-units had gone missing in the country as a result of lax chain-of-custody standards at U.S. weapons depots. If more are in enemy hands, those launchers would be added to the tons of armored vehicles, Humvees, artillery, surface-to-air missiles, and Turkish variants of the U.S.-made M72 LAW anti-tank weapons and Russian RPGs that are confirmed to be in ISIS’s arsenal. Most of those arms were simply abandoned by the Iraqi Army and left for militants to pick up.
But the anti-tank weapons like the Javelin and TOW didn’t just turn up in Iraq and Syria amid the chaos of the 2003 invasion: they were sent there more recently by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria. Under Timber Sycamore, the covert CIA program established during the Obama administration to arm Syrian rebels locked in a protracted civil war against the Bashar al-Assad regime, at least 500 TOW missiles were reportedly transferred through Saudi Arabia to the Free Syrian Army in late 2015. And in February 2016 Washington Post reporter and Marine veteran Thomas Gibbons-Neff identified a Javelin in the hands of Kurdish YPG forces at work in northern Syria. (The Pentagon and State Department both denied sending any anti-tank weapons to regional forces fighting ISIS in Syria.)
In July, President Donald Trump moved to end Timber Sycamore, telling the Wall Street Journal, ”It turns out it’s — a lot of al-Qaeda we’re giving these weapons to.” He’s not totally wrong: the complex mosaic of rebel forces operating in a theater defined by complicated and shifting allegiances makes weapons transfers an even riskier proposition than arming the Afghan security forces in Kabul. Indeed, the Pentagon announced on July 27 that it would for the first time end of military support for a Syrian rebel group for pursuing objectives outside of OIR’s strict anti-ISIS mandate, namely going AWOL from the At Tanf garrison that saw escalating clashesand tensions between OIR and pro-regime forces this summer.
But despite all that, the Trump administration has continued to pursue weapons transfers to the Syrian Democratic Forces, as if the new program is without the problems that made Timber Sycamore a goldmine for American “allies” in Syria. As we’ve noted before, the Pentagon is shit at monitoring weapons transfers: A 2016 analysis revealed that DoD could barely account for half of the 1.5 million weapons provided to Afghan and Iraqi security forces since the start of the invasions there, while, while a previous 2014 report found 43% of the weapons the ANSF received simply vanished. All of these weapons flow freely between ISIS forces across the Middle East.
Perhaps the appearance of the Javelin in an ISIS cache will induce the administration to reconsider its arms transfers to the SDF. If a Taliban fighter can wave around a fully accessorized SOCOM 7.62mm assault rifle, what makes the DoD think he can’t get his hand on a U.S. anti-tank missile? In July, Gibbons-Neff received a flaccid answer to that question from OIR spokesman Col. Ryan S. Dillon: “Whenever we sign up for something, you know, we go through every serial number.” Fat fucking chance.
YouTube gun personality Kyle Lamar Myers, best known for his character Dmitri Potapoff on the FPS Russia channel, was arrested earlier this month.
As reported by the Athens-Banner Herald, Myers, 30, was arrested on Aug. 8 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on charges of illegally obtaining drugs shipped to his post office box in Carnesville, Georgia.
According to jail dockets, Myers was booked on possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession and use of drug related objects. Under Georgia law, the intent charge is a felony punishable by anywhere from one to 30 years in prison.
As detailed by the Herald, following his arrest agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives obtained a warrant for Myer’s property and seized more than 50 firearms.
Myers’ home was raided in 2013 by the ATF over questions about the use of explosives by the YouTube personality, known for blowing up random household items as part of the show’s productions, though no charges were filed. That raid came three months after Keith Ratliff, Myers’ business partner, was found shot execution-style in his home workshop. An investigation by Georgia state police into Ratliff’s murder has been unproductive.
The FPS Russia YouTube page, started in 2010, has over 6 million subscribers and has chalked up nearly 800 million views. However, the last video posted, a comparison of personal flamethrowers, was in April 2016. The channel’s formerly very active social media accounts, likewise, have been dormant since then.
Guns.com contacted both the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department as well as the ATF and will update this piece if they offer any additional information.
The Rattler, a compact personal defense weapon built at the request of “elite military units,” is based on the Sig Sauer’s popular line of MCX gas-operated piston AR-15-style rifles. But MCX has the benefit of not needing a buffer tube in the stock like a conventional AR-15, allowing the rifle to host a more compact folding stock. As a result, the company claims that the is “shorter than any M4 ever produced.”
Sig Sauer’s new carbine goes even further, with a short 5.5-inch barrel and a specialized PDW upper giving the carbine an overall length of just 16 inches when the stock is folded. The Rattler offers “M4 ballistics in a subgun-sized package,” the company says, a manageable weapon just three inches longer than the ultra-compact MP5K.
So who gets first dibs on this shiny new toy? Those “elite units” Sig Sauer referred to might be U.S. Special Operations Command.
In March 2017, SOCOM released a Request for Information calling for a new PDW conversion kit chambered in primarily .300 Blackout cartridge, but also the standard 5.56x45mm round. The command is apparently looking for a kit that can convert a standard M4A1 lower by adding a new upper receiver, a PDW that weighs no more than five-and-a-half pounds and extends no longer than 26 inches with its stock folded.
The Rattler meets all of these requirements. Sig Sauer’s product page for the weapon explaining that the Rattler was “designed from the ground up to be as discreet as possible while retaining all the capabilities of the MCX.” In addition to a lightweight aluminium folding stock, the carbine also has a free-floating M-Lock handguard and a three-prong flash hider and can easily attach a suppressor.
Sounds perfect for U.S. special operations forces, and Sig Sauer knows it. On Aug. 22, the company released a slick new video, as part of a series of four short films on the MCX series of rifles, titled Tango Down. The video shows the Rattler in action with a SOCOM operator undercover in an Iraqi market when a firefight erupts. The operator is told he needs to “roll as heavy as you can without blowing your cover”; naturally, he readies up with a Rattler in a sports bag.
While it’s unclear if any contract will be awarded for SOCOM’s PDW, Sig Sauer has brought its new compact rifle to the civilian market with prices starting at $2,719. The Rattler is available in two packages: the Rattler PSB, which ships with a three-position pistol brace rather than a conventional stock, or the Rattler SBR, which has a folding stock but requires a short-barrelled rifle tax stamp to own legally.
It seems that Sig Sauer is only immediately offering the Rattler in .300 Blackout, but some buyers might hold out for the 5.56x45mm that Tactical Life hints is on the way at a later date. You might not be fighting it out in an Iraqi bazar anytime soon, but if you’re looking for a compact truck or pack gun or a slick new rifle that will turn heads at the range the MCX Rattler might be for you.
Open carry is legal in Arizona.
Members of the John Brown Gun Club. They told me they're in Phoenix to protect protesters from white nationalists pic.twitter.com/OGgT9qGuFE
— Simon Romero (@viaSimonRomero) August 22, 2017
'We all really want the same things: We want a community free of racism and bigotry.' — "Irish", of John Brown gun club. pic.twitter.com/8wrS4wJBZU
— Roque Planas (@RoqPlanas) August 22, 2017
— Lizzie Pearl (@lizziepearl) August 22, 2017
UPDATE: A person claiming to be a descendant of John Brown warned protesters against using the name of his homicidal ancestor.
Pic taken ~ 30mins ago. Armed group self-identified as "John Browne Group" said it's 'anti-racist, pro-worker' here to protect protesters pic.twitter.com/XyiqY7P4T7
— Laura GomezRodriguez (@Laura_GomezRod) August 22, 2017
This is John Brown. Kidnapping then Hacking fellow Americans to death with Swords. Don't go there. pic.twitter.com/ls7e9LXwBM
— C. Brown Ph.D., D.D. (@Cdbrow1) August 22, 2017
As Hurricane Harvey made landfall, two alleged burglars were shot by homeowners in separate incidents. One intruder was found dead at the scene while the other, who had a gunshot wound to the head, was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Local authorities are still investigating both incidents to determine the circumstances surrounding the homeowner’s actions.
According to the Caller-Times, a man was shot in a Southside home in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday. Local authorities received a call at approximately 11:00 pm local time, around one hour after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, and found a man with a gunshot wound to the head.
Officers at the scene stated the man broke into the home and was subsequently shot by the homeowner. He was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline for treatment for his injuries. The man’s current condition is unknown.
The second incident occurred early on Saturday in Houston on the Greater East End. As reported by the Houston Chronicle, the alleged intruder was killed after being shot by the homeowner.
Police officers received the call around 3:00 am local time and found the intruder shot dead.
Local authorities are still investigating the incident, and the Houston Police Department was released no further details.
Police have confirmed that some other thefts have occurred during the storm.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm, bringing 130 mph winds into the area. The center of the storm was located approximately 30 miles east-northeast of Corpus Christi at 11:00 pm local time on Friday.
It is the first major hurricane to hit US soil in 12 years and was expected to cause significant damage and a high risk of flooding. Isolated areas may receive rainfall in amounts of up to 40 inches.
Bill O’Reilly just slammed Obama for his love of Islam and how it has negatively impacted America. Do you agree with him? Or do you think that Obama’s favorite religion has no effect on America?
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly blasted President Barack Obama Wednesday night, saying the commander in chief’s “emotional attachment to the Muslim world has hurt” the United States.
“The Obama administration’s greatest failure is allowing the Islamic terror group ISIS to run wild, murdering thousands of innocent people all over the world, including many Muslims,” O’Reilly said, using a popular acronym for the Islamic State.
According to the Fox News anchor, the president “has never acknowledged” that he has been — in O’Reilly’s mind — unable to reign in the Islamic State. He also hit Obama for not using the phrase “radical Islam,” saying the leader doesn’t define the terror threat “accurately.”
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DONALD TRUMP PLAN IS TO UNDO OBAMA’S WORK AND TRY TO DEPORT ALL THE MUSLIM REFUGEES. OBAMA SET A GOAL OF TAKING 10.000 SYRIAN REFUGEES WHO ARE COMING FROM CIVIL WAR IN THEIR COUNTRY.
Trump: “We have to stop the tremendous flow of Syrian refugees into United States, we don’t know who they are. They have no documentation and we don’t know what they’re planning.”
Do you agree with Donald Trump about deporting all Muslim refugees, please vote down bellow in the comments with Yes or No!
Around 5m Syrian refuges has left their comes and traveled into Europe and America. Even the jobs are getting very hard to find, some of the employees are employing illegal aliens at low price range, do you still want to be that way?
If you are anything like me, at the beginning of your career retirement was something that barely registered on the radar. But as the years and miles stack up, handing over the reigns to the next generation becomes more and more attractive. For the most part, guns are different – unlike disposable accessories such as magazines, most guns are built to last a lifetime, depending on round counts, environmental variables and maintenance schedules. In the case of this soon to be retired Glock 21, it has been tested in more ways than one over nearly two decades of use.
Steve, owner/operator of ADCO Firearms and one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on the MK12 AR15 platform, recently posted some pictures of his personally owned Glock 21. Over 18 years of ownership, he has torture tested this pistol by burying it for two years, freezing, salting and dropping it from an airplane. After noticing damage to the locking lug, Steve may finally decide to retire his piece, although I personally think it just needs a new barrel to keep running.
EPIC GLOCK 21 FROM STEVE AT ADCO FIREARMS:
Yes, that’s my 21. I had records and more pics but lost most everything in a hard drive crash several years ago. A few of us started doing that stupid stuff as a joke. I never expected it to be as popular as it became. Yesterday I was thinking about when we dropped it off a garage onto the blacktop with a primed case. It didn’t go off but hit hard enough to smash the bullets out of round.
All I replaced were the sights and recoil springs. The only pic I have of the bore is when it went 13K rounds without cleaning
LINK TO THE GLOCK TALK THREAD – 200K GLOCK 21
Sadly, I think it’s about finished. The front locking lug is noticeably worn, probably to the point where it is unlocking sooner than it should.
A bowhunter shows off his sneaky skills when he creeps up on a big buck.
The hunter moves slowly through the tall grass towards the buck’s bed in the video below.
Somehow he managed to lay hands on the buck and grabs its antlers.
Why do you think the buck let him get so close?
Larry Vicker’s was sent some photos of the HK433 by a German fan. The HK433 is H&K’s new rifle.
It is interesting that they are going with Keymod but the rest of the gun reminds me of the FN SCAR, the Beretta ARX 100 and the Remington ACR.
Behind the magwell I see what looks like a bolt catch/release similar to the ACR. Beneath that it looks like H&K went with a lever style mag release.