Thursday, November 21, 2013

SR-88 Assault Rifle

The SR-88 assault rifle was developed by Chartered Industries of Singapore in the late 1980s. This rifle, also available in carbine version, with shorter barrel and floding buttstock, have seen limited service with Singapore army and was mostly sold for export. At the present time the production of the SR-88 is terminated and it is being replaced in Singapore army by SAR-21 bullpup assault rifle.

SR-88 is a conventional, selective-fire, gas operated rifle. It uses long piston stroke action with rotating bolt, gas piston and gas cylinder are chromium-plated. Gas system featured three positions gas regulator - two open positions, for normal and harsh conditions, and one closed, for launching of the rifle grenades. Barrel is equipped with flash hider, which also served as a rifle grenade launcher. Lower receiver is made from aluminum forging, and the upper receiver is made from steel stampings. Furniture (butt, pistol grip, handguards) is made from plastic. Standard butt is of fixed type, but SR-88 also available with side-folding buttstock. The side-folding carrying handle is mounted at the forward end of the receiver.

Caliber: 5.56x45 mm (.223 Remington)
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length: 960 mm (810 mm when butt folded)
Barrel length: 460 mm
Weight: 3.68 kg with empty magazine
Rate of fire: 700-900 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds standard (any M16-type magazine will fit)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


During 1970s Singapore Army used US-designed M16A1 assault rifles. In 1976, a company called CIS (Charter Industries of Singapore , now ST Kinetics), began to develop its own assault rifle with aim to supply these rifles for Singapore military and for foreign countries. To save the time CIS invited some engineers from British company Sterling Armament, who used to manufacture US-designed Armalite AR-18 assault rifle, so new Singapore rifle heavily borrowed from original AR-18 design. First prototypes came out in 1978 and the final design was approved by Singapore military in 1984 under the name of SAR-80. This rifle was used to some extent by Singapore Army and also was exported to some countries, including Croatia.

SAR-80 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon of simple construction. It uses short stroke gas piston that pushes the massive bolt carrier with rotating bolt. The bolt carrier rides on two guide rods. Each rod has a recoil spring around it, gas piston rod has its own return spring. The receiver is made from steel stampings. Pistol grip, handguards and buttstock are made from plastic. SAR-80 uses M16-style magazines. Gas drive has gas regulator that can be cut off completely to safely launch rifle grenades from the muzzle.

Caliber: 5.56x45 mm (.223 Remington)
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length: 970 mm (738 mm with butt folded)
Barrel length: 459 mm
Weight: 3.7 kg empty
Rate of fire: 600 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 20, 30 rounds

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife

The Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife is a double-edged fighting knife resembling a dagger or poignard with a foil grip developed by William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes in Shanghai based on concepts which the two men initiated before World War II while serving on the Shanghai Municipal Police in China.

The F–S fighting knife was made famous during World War II when issued to British Commandos, the Airborne Forces, the SAS and many other units, especially for the Normandy Landings in June 1944. With its acutely tapered, sharply-pointed blade, the F–S fighting knife is frequently described as a stiletto, a weapon optimized for thrusting, although the F-S knife is capable of being used to inflict slash cuts upon an opponent.

The Wilkinson Sword Company made the knife with minor pommel and grip design variations. The F–S fighting knife was designed exclusively for surprise attack and fighting, with a slender blade that can easily penetrate a ribcage. The vase handle grants precise grip, and the blade's design is especially suited to its use as a fighting knife.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

OTs-14 Groza

The OTs-14 “Groza” (“thunder”) modular assault rifle was developed during the early 1990s by V. Telesh and Ju. Lebedev at the TSKIB SOO (Central Design Bureau for Sporting and Hunting Arms, located in the city of Tula). It was intended for various Special Forces in the Russian army and Internal Affairs Ministry as an dedicated CQB / Urban warfare weapon. It was briefly manufactured in small numbers at the Tula Arms factory during the mid-1990s. OTs-14 rifles saw some action during the first anti-terrorist campaign in Chechnya in 1999, but soon felt out of favor and are no longer made.

"Groza" OC-14 / OTs-14 Assault Rifle in "assault" configuration

The OTs-14 is based on the familiar AKS-74U receiver and action, modified for the larger 9 x 39 subsonic ammunition favored by various SpetsNaz troops. It is fitted into a bullpup layout, with removable trigger / pistol grip unit which could be replaced with an alternative unit integral with 40 mm grenade launcher. In the grenade-launching configuration, a single trigger controls both the 40 mm GL and the rifle itself, with a separate barrel selector. The safety / fire mode selector of AK pattern is retained and in bullpup configuration is especially uncomfortable to operate. The barrel can be fitted with a quick-detachable silencer. Standard open sights are built into the carrying handle, which results in relatively short sight base. The carrying handle also has mounting points for telescope, red dot or night sights.

"Groza" OC-14 / OTs-14 Assault Rifle in "Grenadier" configuration

Caliber, mm: 9x39 SP-6, 7.62x39 M43
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt with 2 lugs
Length: 610 mm (with grenade launcher installed)
Barrel length: 240 mm
Weigth: 2.7 kg in basic configuration; 4.0 kg with attached grenade launcher
Magazine: 20rds (9mm), 30rds AK-47 type (7.62mm)
Rate of fire: 700 rounds per minute

"Groza" OC-14 / OTs-14 Assault Rifle with silencer and telescope sight



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