Tag Archives: riot control

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’) […]

A case study of one cartridge case from today’s protests in Egypt

The image above is of a fired (spent) 7.62×39 cartridge case in the hands of a pro-Morsi protester in Egypt, as photographed by Louisa Loveluck earlier today. The cartridge is marked with the Arabic lettering for ‘A.R.E.’ at the 12 o’clock position, which stands for ‘Arab Republic of Egypt’, as seen on Egyptian ammunition produced from […]

Alleged CW delivery systems in Syria are more likely less-lethal munitions

Recently, both sides involved in the fighting in Syria have accused the other of chemical weapons (CW) use. Remnants of similar items were found in two alleged chemical attacks in Saraqeb, Idlib and Sheikh Maqsoud, Aleppo. Eliot Higgins has gone into a little more detail on the items in question. Whilst the munitions can not be conclusively […]