Tag Archives: arms ID

Two New Publications: Ammunition in Syria & AGLs for the ADF

Whilst the bulk of my attention lately has gone into writing for (and running!) Armament Research Services (ARES) and our blog, The Hoplite, I have had two new pieces released elsewhere recently. First, for the Small Arms Survey, I wrote a report examining small-calibre ammunition documented in Syria. From the Survey press release:  The Working Paper Following […]

5.66 x 39 mm MPS cartridges documented near Kiev

This post originally appeared on The Hoplite, the ARES company blog. The seizure of former president Viktor Yanukovych’s estate in Mezhyhirya, an hours drive from Kiev, turned up a range of interesting arms and munitions. Nearby, a variety of ammunition was recovered from a private lake, including the cartridges shown in the image above. These are 5.66 x 39 […]

TS308 sniper rifles (B&T APR copies) in Kiev

I’ve written a new piece for the ARES company blog, The Hoplite, on Ukrainian made copies of  Brügger & Thomet APR rifles deployed in Kiev during the ongoing civil unrest. You can read the full article here. The Ukrainian copies are produced under license by Tactical Systems Ltd (TS). According to B&T, the license for the entire […]

North Korean Helical AK Magazines

A new piece, written by the Oryx Blog team is available over at The Hoplite. Several new developments in North Korean armaments can be witnessed amongst the recent flow of propaganda released by Pyongyang after Kim Jong-un’s ascension to power.  One such development is what appears to be a new magazine model for the North Korean copy of […]

9K310 MANPADS captured from rebels in South Sudan

  This post originally appeared at The Hoplite, the ARES company blog.  Seen at the bottom centre in the photo above is a 9K310 Igla-1 (NATO designation: SA-16 Gimlet) man-portable air defence system (MANPADS). The weapons pictured were purportedly captured by soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) stationed in South Sudan to protect key […]

Armour-piercing shotgun projectiles fired during protests in Ukraine

New on the Armament Research Services (ARES) company blog, The Hoplite, is a brief report examining armour-piercing (AP) 12 gauge shotgun slugs that have been recently documented in conjunction with protests in Ukraine. The projectiles shown are specialist armour-piercing (AP) 12 gauge shotgun projectiles, believed to be developed and produced by the Spetstekhnika (‘Specialised Equipment’) […]

SAR 80 rifle and 5.56 x 45 ammunition in the Central African Republic

In the photo above, anti-Balaka militia forces near Bouar in the Central African Republic (CAR) can be seen posing with some of their weapons. The fighter at the far right is holding  what is likely a Chinese Type 56 assault rifle, whilst his compatriot in yellow is holding a Singaporean SAR 80 rifle. The SAR […]