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15-YEAR-OLD WHO LEARNED GUN SAFETY FROM LATE FATHER DEFENDS MOTHER BY SHOOTING, KILLING BOYFRIEND AS HE CHOKED HER. AFTER REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE IN THE HOMICIDE PROSECUTORS CLEARED THE GIRL AND RULED THE "SHOOTING JUSTIFIED."SPENDING A SATURDAY MORNING LEARNING ABOUT HOW POLICE ARE TRAINED TO USE LETHAL FORCE, THE POLICIES THAT GOVERN WHEN TO USE IT AND PUTTING THOSE SKILLS INTO PRACTICE WAS AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE FOR AN ELGIN CITY, ILLINOIS COUNCILMAN. THANKS TO MOVIES AND TV, PEOPLE BELIEVE AN OFFICER CAN SHOOT A GUN OUT OF A PERSON’S HAND OR HIT AN ARM OR A LEG IN ORDER TO INCAPACITATE SOMEONE. IN REALITY, IT’S VERY HARD TO SHOOT A SMALLER TARGET THAT’S MOVING.THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) IS OFFERING A NEW $1.8 MILLION GRANT FOR A PROGRAM TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS “MASS CASUALTY SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES” IN THE EVENT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, EXPANDING A TRAINING THAT SOME MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY SHOULD BE “AS COMMON AS CPR.”IN A CBS VIDEO NEWS CORRESPONDENT ALEX WAGNER SET DOWN WITH A GROUP OF FEMALE MILLENNIALS TO TALK ABOUT AN ARRAY OF ISSUES. ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT CAME UP WAS FIREARMS AND WHETHER OR NOT THERE'S A NEED FOR GUN CONTROL. BUT THE YOUNG WOMEN WERE CONFUSED OVER FIREARMS IN GENERAL  AND THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THEM. THE MOST OBVIOUS ONES ARE SEMI-AUTOMATIC V. FULLY AUTOMATIC AND PEOPLE CALLING EVERY GUN A "MACHINE GUN." REPUTABLE FIREARMS MANUFACTURER AND INDUSTRY INNOVATOR, FRANKLIN ARMORY®, RECEIVED WORD LATE MONDAY EVENING THAT THEIR ECOMMERCE PROVIDER, SHOPIFY, WILL SOON INTERRUPT THEIR LAWFUL COMMERCE OF FIREARMS AND COMPONENTS DUE TO A SUDDEN CHANGE IN SHOPIFY’S “ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP.)” THE NEW AUP WAS PRESENTED WITHOUT WARNING AND INCLUDED A NEW DEFINITION OF “RESTRICTED ITEMS” TO INCLUDE FLASH SUPPRESSORS, THREADED BARRELS, PISTOL GRIPS, AND EVEN MAGAZINES LARGER THAN 10 ROUNDS.

Every Marine

Shelby Murdoc

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 — “Every Marine a rifleman,” they say. The full quote, by Gen. Alfred M. Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, is, “Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.” Today, the United States Marine Corps is in the process of upgunning its riflemen.

The M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, originally intended as a replacement for many (but not all) of the M249 SAWs in Corps inventory, has since been designated the new standard infantry weapon for the entire USMC. The M27 IAR is based on the Heckler & Koch HK416, a piston-driven rifle that serves in a number of militaries and is, perhaps, most famous for being the rifle Navy SEALs supposedly used to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The IAR was chosen from a number of contenders when the Marines were looking for a lighter, more rifle-like squad-level support weapon, but the IAR’s capabilities and the lackluster performance of the M4 carbine in the open spaces of Afghanistan and other dusty wildernesses led to the decision to equip every Marine with one.

Like the M4, M16, and M249 that it is replacing, the M27 fires the 5.56mm cartridge. More precise than the M249, it turns suppressive fire from a volume approach into a quality approach with an extended range that is especially useful in the mountains and deserts where America’s enemies seem to be found so often these days.

Taking the IAR to the next level, the M38 is the marksmanship version of the M27. The M38 is an “accurized” model of the IAR, equipped with a Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T 2.5-8x36mm variable power scope. The M38 will be issued to one designated marksman per infantry rifle squad, giving each squad an even-longer reach against targets at 600 meters and beyond.

The designated marksman approach has been evolving since the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, when the U.S. Army began issuing M14 rifles (chambered in 7.62mm) to add range to its squads armed with M4 carbines for urban combat in the villages and cities of Iraq.

While many members of the sniper community are quick to criticize the designated marksman concept in general and the M38 specifically as being woefully incapable, it’s important to recognize the difference between a rifle squad’s designated marksman and a dedicated sniper. It is very possible that, as the M27 is issued to every rifleman and every Marine can reach out beyond the 300m or so that the M4 is good for, that the need for a designated rifleman may evaporate. The modular nature of the platform could bring designated marksman-level equipment to every single shooter, and the only people complaining about that will be the bad guys.

Meanwhile, the sniper community should rest a little easier knowing that the Mk13 Mod7 is on the way to the scout snipers. Unlike the M38 for standard rifle squads, the Mk13 Mod7 is a true sniper rifle. Intended to finally replace the M40, the new sniper is chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum and is effective beyond 1000m. The M40, based on the 7.62mm Remington 700 bolt-action, has served capability since Vietnam, but its days as the standard Marine sniper rifle are numbered as it struggles to reach 1000m and sometimes leaves Marine scout snipers a little short of what they need.

“If we get picked off at a thousand yards before we can shoot, then what’s the point?” one anonymous reconnaissance sniper asked back in 2015. Originally used by Navy SEALs, the Mk13 Mod 7 will help ensure that Marine snipers can shoot before they or their fellow Marines get “picked off.”

The Marines are still busy working out details and budgets, but experience in the combat zone has taught them that upgrades are needed. These new rifles—M27, M38, and Mk13 Mod7—will make every Marine rifleman more effective on tomorrow’s battlefields. They know that every other condition is secondary.

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BREAKING :
15-YEAR-OLD WHO LEARNED GUN SAFETY FROM LATE FATHER DEFENDS MOTHER BY SHOOTING, KILLING BOYFRIEND AS HE CHOKED HER. AFTER REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE IN THE HOMICIDE PROSECUTORS CLEARED THE GIRL AND RULED THE "SHOOTING JUSTIFIED."SPENDING A SATURDAY MORNING LEARNING ABOUT HOW POLICE ARE TRAINED TO USE LETHAL FORCE, THE POLICIES THAT GOVERN WHEN TO USE IT AND PUTTING THOSE SKILLS INTO PRACTICE WAS AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE FOR AN ELGIN CITY, ILLINOIS COUNCILMAN. THANKS TO MOVIES AND TV, PEOPLE BELIEVE AN OFFICER CAN SHOOT A GUN OUT OF A PERSON’S HAND OR HIT AN ARM OR A LEG IN ORDER TO INCAPACITATE SOMEONE. IN REALITY, IT’S VERY HARD TO SHOOT A SMALLER TARGET THAT’S MOVING.THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS) IS OFFERING A NEW $1.8 MILLION GRANT FOR A PROGRAM TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS “MASS CASUALTY SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES” IN THE EVENT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, EXPANDING A TRAINING THAT SOME MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY SHOULD BE “AS COMMON AS CPR.”IN A CBS VIDEO NEWS CORRESPONDENT ALEX WAGNER SET DOWN WITH A GROUP OF FEMALE MILLENNIALS TO TALK ABOUT AN ARRAY OF ISSUES. ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT CAME UP WAS FIREARMS AND WHETHER OR NOT THERE'S A NEED FOR GUN CONTROL. BUT THE YOUNG WOMEN WERE CONFUSED OVER FIREARMS IN GENERAL  AND THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THEM. THE MOST OBVIOUS ONES ARE SEMI-AUTOMATIC V. FULLY AUTOMATIC AND PEOPLE CALLING EVERY GUN A "MACHINE GUN." REPUTABLE FIREARMS MANUFACTURER AND INDUSTRY INNOVATOR, FRANKLIN ARMORY®, RECEIVED WORD LATE MONDAY EVENING THAT THEIR ECOMMERCE PROVIDER, SHOPIFY, WILL SOON INTERRUPT THEIR LAWFUL COMMERCE OF FIREARMS AND COMPONENTS DUE TO A SUDDEN CHANGE IN SHOPIFY’S “ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP.)” THE NEW AUP WAS PRESENTED WITHOUT WARNING AND INCLUDED A NEW DEFINITION OF “RESTRICTED ITEMS” TO INCLUDE FLASH SUPPRESSORS, THREADED BARRELS, PISTOL GRIPS, AND EVEN MAGAZINES LARGER THAN 10 ROUNDS.