Tag Archives: small arms

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 […]

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 […]

EF88: Australia’s Next-Generation Assault Rifle

This piece is adapted from an article appearing in Volume 5, Number 1 of the Small Arms Defence Journal. In September 2012, I had the opportunity to visit Lithgow (New South Wales, Australia) at the invitation of Thales Australia in order to conduct a Test and Evaluation (T&E) of their Enhanced F88 Assault Rifle. This […]

Update: EF88 assault rifle and ML40AUS grenade launcher

Many of you following the blog will know I’ve been keeping close tabs on the Thales Australia EF88 assault rifle, being developed under the Land 125 Phase 3C program. I have written a review of the rifle which can be found in Issue 4 of On Duty Magazine, out this month. The rifle can be […]

EF88 Video: test firing the EF88 and ML40AUS

A few more videos from my recent trip to Thales Australia in Lithgow, New South Wales. In these videos, Rob Maylor is test firing the EF88 out to 600m, and the Madritsch ML40AUS at 150m. In the first video, Rob is using the 20″ barrel EF88 (equivalent to the F90M, or Marksman variant) with a […]

Hands-on evaluation of the new EF88 (F90) assault rifle

By N.R. Jenzen-Jones The author firing an EF88 with 20″ barrel (with 4x ACOG and Harris bipod) out to 600yds. Photo courtesy of Julian Elliott (Thales Australia). Last week I was in Lithgow at the invitation of Thales Australia, and had the opportunity to conduct a test and evaluation of the new EF88 assault rifle […]

Optics of the Libyan Conflict – Part III

Whilst work continues on the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) database that I am currently compiling, I continue to come across a few interesting optics here and there. You can see my first two posts on these here, and here. I’ve added a handful more below. This Barrett M82A1M is fitted with a Leupold […]