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  1. IRepoCans

    Canada vs Brits in Latvia

    I maintain the only Army components actually exercising under conditions that honestly tests our capabilities are the light battalions going to JRTC and JPMRC. Everything else seems to be checks in the box where things don't actually get to fail.
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    Infantry Vehicles

    The Inf School's DFS cell had some fun a while ago defeating some relatively new counter-measures with TOWs, much to the chagrin of some defence contractors involved. As far as these systems go, it's all probabilities of defeating the incoming projectile (which will also vary on the type of...
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    The Defence

    The Meaford experience.
  4. IRepoCans

    New British SOF Rifle.

    Fairly, even looks similar to A1, only have shot a little bit of it and the cans came with a warning since the load is hotter than the current C77 ball. Not sure if it'll be widespread any time soon because I only saw it for the series of ranges we had in the spring and I haven't seen it on any...
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    New British SOF Rifle.

    Also not a fan of the MRR/IUR monolithic upper, somehow heavier than other equally rugged and removable handguards that allow the barrel to be free floating and still fix whatever clip-on optic, LAM and lighting solution you want. They're also a lot harder to maintain at the user level. Plus...
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    New British SOF Rifle.

    It's a big deal in sniper circles because of 6.5 Creedmore and some other 6mm used in gas guns to which gives you a semi-automatic weapon that can effectively pound out to 1000m with ease (at the expense of notoriously short barrel life and expensive ammo). But honestly, 5.56 and 7.62...
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    New British SOF Rifle.

    No one in NATO seems to be planning on departing from 5.56 and 7.62 any time soon. Also to note is that the Royal Marines are also getting a whole swath of kit on top of their new rifles: BNVD-Fs, clip on thermal imagers (because sure I2 is cool and all, but thermal/fusion is the new standard...
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    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Oddly enough, they have designed their courseware to take suitable candidates from zero to 100 with an almost BMQ/SQ like (without the yelling and theatrics) package of instruction on small arms, marksmanship, fieldcraft and small unit tactics. They have also done this for a while, a good chunk...
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    CBC: "An 'embarrassing' gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets"

    I agree with you, you have your immediate/emergency loads ready to go and then your administrative load for bombing up your expended immediate mag pouches and stowing partials/empties during the lulls in the engagement or at the consolidation; but we need to be able to quantify a doctrinal...
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    CBC: "An 'embarrassing' gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets"

    All of that before you toss in terrain, weather/climate, sleep/diet and how far they moved to come under contact. It's a fun life. I forget the unit that the AAR belonged to, but there was a US Army Light Infantry battalion attached to a SOTF made up of a SEAL platoon, a handful of ODAs and...
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    CBC: "An 'embarrassing' gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets"

    So, a common myth with plate carriers, they can actually offer greater ballistic protection from both fragmentation and high velocity threats if configured correctly... they also cover the critical vitals much better if also worn correctly (the issued frag vest doesn't actually hold the...
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    CBC: "An 'embarrassing' gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets"

    I know it seems like there is a huge gap in protection with the high cuts, but the difference is pretty marginal especially if you're looking at the big name products from Ops-Core/Gentex, Galvion/Revision, and Team Wendy with how their shells are shaped. Additionally, if fragmentation is a huge...
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    CBC: "An 'embarrassing' gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets"

    Lightweight effective load carriage equipment (which can actually carry the doctrinal fighting load stated in the Inf Sect & Pl Operations BGL would be nice); lightweight ballistic armour carriers with plates (enough of which to issue to pers and scalable so commanders can scale the level of...
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    CBC: "An 'embarrassing' gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets"

    Always fun seeing our peers with vastly better equipment, even more fun when you realize they've had that for while (as for the better part of a decade). But honestly, the IUR/MRR are a pain in the ass to clean and are notoriously front heavy; and, there are plethora of commercially available...
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    Will 2021 see a new pistol buy?

    To bring everything to within the last decade: coaching is barely touched on during Weapons Det Member (IBMG + AGLS if you do it all split up), it's something mentioned in the MLP but not really expanded upon during PLQ, and ISCC is currently far too condensed to even give it any consideration...
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    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    Sweet, do you happen to know the NSN or make? Because I'm at the point where I was just going to call up TEA and see if they had anything since they supplied the V60 kits for my buddy's unit at JBLM.
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    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    From what I've seen in Pet is we've stripped everything off except the radio, V60 control box / PTT and dudes were making use of civ-ATAK. With the third stage of ISSP in swing delivering the newer Harris radios you're kind of stuck with the V60 PTT since it hard to find a commercially available...
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    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    As far as the system operator, I feel that would a heavily contextualized role like having a sect signaller, but it would be something I would have to play with. But yeah, there's just way too much shit crammed into the 163 that I'll never end up using and that's before you get into all the...
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    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    The Brits are droping Bowman (and it's not compatible with ATAK from what I've been told) and are moving to the PRC-163s like we are, but I surmise they're following the USMC model are probably looking to push a lot of unmanned assets down to the section (whether that is actually going to happen...
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    Make the rain jacket waterproof?

    Any DWR spray along with proper care and cleaning will make it bearable when static in light showers or when using it in the winter, but the materials and construction of the CADPAT rain jacket preclude it from being water proof unfortunately.
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