Update

Well after a very long hiatus I’ve decided to revive this blog. I’ll try to keep a weekly or biweekly schedule, and I’ll focus on some gear reviews, photo journals and anything else that comes to mind for content.

ATACS in Eastern Europe

ATACS AU (Arid/Urban) and ATACS FG (Foliage/Green ) may not have had the same commercial success as Multicam in the US, outside of civilian shooters and some Law Enforcement agencies, but it has been used by various Eastern Europeans nations, from Poland to Pro-Russian Separatists. The patterns were among the first to utilize a process where organic pixels in the micro patterns are grouped into larger, more defined macro shapes creating larger more defined patterns designed to be viewed from a distance.

Polish Special Operations forces have been seen using the pattern in Afghanistan and in training. These uniforms are probably private purchased by the units.

Recently photos have emerged of a new uniform using the ATACS FG pattern. These are probably an unlicensed knock off of the pattern. Not much else is known, such as what they are calling it or what units will be using it.

Next is a trip to Ukraine where both sides are using both patterns and a Russian knockoff called Sand. The Separatists get their uniforms mainly from Russia and some private purchases. The Ukraine government forces are probably using imported uniforms and private forces are buying their own.

The Seperatist use of the camo adds to growing amount of different patterns and uniforms being used by them.

Russian Special Operations Forces have used ATACS. Mainly FSB teams have been pictured with it. The Russian version is called Ataka and both the AU and FG versions are produced.

As a bonus here is a photo of a French operator in Mali wearing ATACS AUOP SERVAL

Croatian VHS-2 In Syria and Iraq

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VHS-2 in Iraq

One of the hallmarks of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq is that odd weapons show up. From guns from World War Two to new productions, there is a good chance it will show up in the hands of a fighter. The Croatian VHS-2 bullpup rifle has shown up originally in 2013 and 2014 in Syria in the hands of Pro Government militant, and has been seen in the hands of Syrian Regime forces and rebels, Kurds and Iraqi Government force and the black-market.

 

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One rifle posted on the black-market social media account.  For $8500 anyone could own it.

The rifle design is fairly new, having entered service in Croatia in 2009 and the upgraded VHS-2 in 2014. It is a replacement for the HK G36 and can accept STANAG magazines and G36 magazines. The manufacturer  HS Produkt supplied the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces with the rifles and some have made their way into Syria.

Technical Specifications

Caliber: 5.56 x 45 mm
Overall length: 765 mm
Barrel length: 500 mm
Width: 55 mm
Weight (unloaded): 3.52 kg (standard frame) / 3.54 kg (Picatinny rail frame)
Rate of fire: 860 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds

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The rifle in Iraq. The man in the middle is wearing ATACS
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Iraqi SOF resting with the rifle and a M4.
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The rifle in Iraq with an EOTech sight
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Not sure of the location, possibly Syria. He is using coupled G36 magazines.
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Pro Government fighter in Syria. Possibly the first image of the rifle in Syria, 2014.
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Hezbollah fighter with the Syrian government. The rifle has an ACOG, foregrip, laser and G36 magazine.
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Pro Government fighter with an ACOG somewhere in Syria
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Another one for sell in Iraq
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Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq

 

 

A Man and His Rifle

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These pictures of Portuguese G3’s and AR10’s are from their colonial wars in Africa during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The message in all of these is that the soldiers owe their life to the gun. For the soldier on patrol in the bush, their life depending on their gun to work, as it would mean life or death in the event of an ambush.tumblr_noxst6x8ph1r94kvzo2_500