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August 2013

Look at the picture of the SAS assaulters at Princess Gate. Look hard. Look at the stocks of their MP5s. They are closed and not open. The SAS shot like that in CQB Room Combat...probably still does. I think that should settle any disputes about the concept we will be discussing being "combat proven" or not. They used sling tension to index the MP5 in place much like a two handed pistol position does. I learned the method when I trained at the old HK International MP5 school, as well as at former SAS Trooper Phil Singleton's various MP5 based schools. I later saw a variation of it when I shot with the Czechs and Slovaks. They used a similar system with their Skorpion SMG/Machine Pistols. They all but ignore the shoulder index issue, using a "face index", touching their cheek with the butt of the VZ. 61 Machine Pistols. I later did the same thing when working up a manual of arms for the M4 Pistol...shooting this in class, in front of students from zero to some 300 yards.... Read more →


A while ago now we began a study of the tier one Bullpup Rifle Systems. We examined the Steyr AUG Austrian and NATO configurations, The FN FS-2000, the FN PS-90, and the Tavor rifle. I have written on the various platforms, most notably the FS-2000 and lately the Israeli copy of the AUG, the Tavor. In this piece we will discuss the Steyr NATO AUG, how to run it to its best utility. I recall seeing and reading about the first Steyr AUG rifles back in the late 1980s. That was still the era where anything that was not somehow stocked in wood, and finished in Parkerizing was frowned upon by the masses. Information was limited, in that pre-internet era, to what the curmudgeon at the gun store knew (which was usually very little), or what the gun writer was paid to say in the gun magazines. The AUG was a strange gun - plastic and green. And it was strangely backwards with the magazine in the wrong place and all of the usual xenophobic complaints of the uneducated about... Read more →