This is a very fine weapon. It is the standard Swedish Army issue Assault Rifle. In Sweden they use the term Automat/Karbin for an assault rifle, but as can see this obviously is not a carbine. The carbine version of the weapon is the AK 5C. The AK 5 Basic as shown in picture have fairly standard capability for this type weapon. It is part of the AK 5 system family of rifles. Is chamber for the NATO Standard 5.56mm x 45mm round and the chamber is specially hardened to have ability to fire the OTM M262 Open Tip Match round. It use standard issue 30 round Stanag Magazine. Effective range is 450m with the SS109 round, but is ranged to 650m with the OTM round and have fine muzzle velocity of 930 meters per second. Barrel length is 17.7 inches. Overall length of weapon is 39.8 inches or 1010mm.
More information on this weapon can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ak_5 and more information at http://www.soldf.com/ak5.html Hope everyone will come and ask question about this very fine family system of Swedish weaponry. The system is the Swedish version of the FN FNC with extensive modification, especial for the cold weather climate of Sweden.
Is this the same company that makes the 40mm guns in the Specter?
Hai, it same company. It funny in way though because the Bofors 40mm on USAF Specter is anti aircraft tube artillery. It smallest one they make. It very old system too. Date back to 2nd World War. They call the Bofors Quad because they put 4 of these cannon in single, open turret and ship design to protect Carrier like Destroyer and Light Gun Cruiser and Heavy Gun Cruiser could carry from 8 to 40 of these weapons. Smaller ship have 8 and some Heavy Gun Cruiser would have up to 40 of them. It was all ship worthless but Carrier. Must do anything, sacrifice anything, kill anyone who got in way in order to protect the Carrier. The Carriers themselves would have 20, 5 inch cannon and 20 Bofors 40mm in 5 Quads.
Today, Bofors is own outright by Saab Motor Company. They still make the Bofors 40 but not much market for them anymore and unusual use like for 40mm cannon on Specter is one of few niche market for this weapon left. Saab/Bofors also make 88mm and 128mm anti aircraft tube artillery. These have bigger market today than the old 40.
Source 1: R. Lee Ermey show, Mail Call, on Military History Channel.
Source 2: Saab/Bofors
Source 3: Lockheed/Martin... AC-130 Specter
Source 4: US Air Force Special Operations Command
Source 5: Wikipedia have nice pictures at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_AC-130
Also Bofors make other kind weaponry too, and include: 37mm cannon and 152mm anti-tank cannon. (That last one is very big gun.)
Here is experiment LittleDragon would like everyone to try. Is base on idea that you see much more in picture if know what to look for.
Let start with basic overall, "look" of picture. What you see? Is look of picture cold and stand offish? Or is picture bright and friendly and invite to explore more? Is subjective thing but take look and see what you see.
Now here is thing that interest Ryo and it not subjective at all. Notice Unit Patch on right shoulder of Swedish Warrior who carry rifle in picture? It very much interest to Ryo and so wonder what Viking horned helmet patch mean in Swedish Army. Now we just look at just 2 thing so far in picture and find much of interest already. One is subjective idea and other one is objective idea. Now notice uniform? It green jungle fatigues. Now Ryo wonder where warrior is going in such uniform. Think of Sweden as cold, snowy place, but this is not proper uniform to go into cold, snowy environment and blend into background of environment is it? So now wonder where warrior is going. But wait, is subjective idea or object idea? It more difficult to tell this now. In some way uniform is objective, but in other way it subjective. Which is it to you?
Now look at weapon. What is first impression just from take first good look at weapon. Does weapon look mean and nasty? Not to Ryo. Does weapon look elegant with graceful line and nice color such as Tavor system family of rifles? Not to Ryo. Does weapon look professional and have no nonsense look of quality workmanship, which is tool that is ready to go to work? This is what Ryo see. What do you see? Let start at top of picture and work way down. Throw out everything in picture but weapon. Just pay attention to detail of what you see in weapon. Ok, Ryo see it have skeleton tubular stock. That is for to make lighter in weight yes? Or no? Look strong to Ryo, but yes it also look lighter so more easy to carry. Now look close for details, Ryo not make this up, can be see in picture. Notice how stock attach to rest of weapon? It hinged, so that tell Ryo at least two thing, but maybe more. First, if hinged then is folding stock. So what is need for folding stock? To make weapon shorter right? Ryo think yes. Do these two thing tell us anything else? Does to Ryo. Ask self why need to make weapon shorter? Is warrior a Special Forces Paratrooper? Cannot tell for sure from picture, but seem likely because such refinement on weapon is typical device for Special Forces Paratrooper. Can weapon be fire if stock is folded? Not know for sure, but notice it have pistol grip and long strong looking forward support? Ryo notice this. Seem very likely that weapon could be properly used with stock folded because other refinements of weapon look designed to work with folding stock. This seem like more evidence that warrior is SF Paratrooper, because such warrior typically use weapon of this type. It make Ryo wonder again what is meaning of unit patch on shoulder of warrior uniform? Did you think to remember this? Now look at upper and lower receivers. Is make from single block steel with fancy and expensive machine tooling require to produce, or is make from sheet metal and use of die struck parts? Look to Ryo like second case is answer. Not look like single piece, but instead look like is make from stamped, die struck parts, at least to Ryo it does. What does it look like to you? Look at magazine. Look like exotic, fancy, use for this type weapon only magazine or look like typical NATO Stanag magazine? It not look fancy to Ryo. It look like standard issue, ordinary Stanag to self. Now look more closely at same area of picture. Notice refinement of flaring for magazine receiver? Why is there such refinement? Seem to Ryo like refinement to make it easier and quicker to put fresh magazine into receiver. Does it tell you the same thing? Or not? If magazine is flared out it would seem to make it easier to put in fresh magazine even in the dark. Does this seem reasonable deduction to you? What is such refinement good for? Most normal use would be to make easier to put fresh magazine in more quickly, in the dark, by feel alone, so warrior not have to see receiver to be able to put in fresh magazine. This seem really interesting to Ryo, because such refinement would be useful to elite Special Forces Warrior who often need to work at night. Does this warrior work often? Ryo not sure. Perhaps there is evidence that warrior does need to work often. But wait, Sweden is neutral country, not need to go to war and certainly not need to go to war often, unless was Special Forces Warrior and Sweden needed to work with other nations warriors to fight terrorism somewhere in world. Sweden is well known for NOT being neutral on issue of terrorism. Sweden readily join in the fight against terrorism. Swedish Special Forces are legend around the world for using light, fast moving, elite Special Forces Paratroopers to fight terrorism. But what about evidence to show this warrior work often? Look and see scratches and wear and tear of paint job around edges of magazine receiver. It sure looks well used to Ryo. What does it look like to you? Could be just rifle is old and worn, but not really seem so to Ryo. But once again Ryo remember unit patch on right shoulder of uniform and again wonder what is meaning of this patch?
But let's move on, because still have bit of way to go. Notice forward grip? I has full Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 standardized rail system for easy attachment of different kinds of scopes and IR and laser range finder and any number of high tech equipment that can be attach to Picatinny rail system. But this mean it is interchangeable with NATO standardized equipment. Why would warrior from Sweden need this? Seem logical to Ryo that there might be some need to have this technology in order to work with NATO countries, to do what? Go to war against Indonesia or South Africa? This not seem likely to Ryo. Maybe there is need to work with NATO countries in order to fight terrorists, and so refinement of Picatinny rail attachment system would be very useful. Now look at barrel please. Barrel look thick and heavy to fire big heavy round? Doesn't look this way to self. It looks longer than usual for weapon of this type. It has medium metal gray color that is typical of boroaluminumnitride, which is one of top three hardest known metal alloys in science of metalurgy. Could be paint, but rifle of this type is not typically painted in order to save weight. In fact looks like real boroaluminumnitride to Ryo. Is exotic and expensive alloy that is typically used in military science to take ordinary rifle and turn rifle into tool useful to elite Special Forces Paratroopers who need light weight but sturdy material to stand up to wear and tear in field and urban combat, and to fire special make match round called OTM M262. Barrel look slender to Ryo. What does it look like to you? Lead Ryo to think that is maybe chamber for NATO standard round of caliber 5.56mm x 45mm. There is no way to tell just from looking at picture, but other evidence of compatibility with NATO standardization program is found almost everywhere else on rifle, so good guess at caliber 5.56 seem reasonable. End of barrel bring us close to end of mystery about warrior in picturem, who in case not notice yet, head and face of warrior is not shown in picture. Faces of active duty elite Special Forces of any kind, not just paratrooper are typically not shown in public. End of barrel has large, built in flash suppressor that is covered by rubber end. Wait, did just say built in flash suppressor? Yes. Such refinement of weaponry not typical issue to regular soldier outside of Israel. There is also something secret about end of barrel that is necessary to cover with rubber protector. Cannot tell what this could be from just looking at picture, but good guess would be special built in noise suppression device. Ordinary soldier typically issue with rifle set for attachment of noise suppression device that is not actual part of rifle. Device is secret and so must be cover in public or for taking of picture. Typically only elite Special Forces Paratrooper would need such a device. Is lighter weight than external suppressor and is part of rifle itself. So it would be impossible to lose while fighting in the dark. This would be something very useful to paratrooper, but not essential for regular boots on the ground type of soldier. How would you see this?
Mystery of warrior in picture began to drive Ryo nuts, so look up on Internet and guess what find out about meaning of patch? Is insignia of elite Swedish Special Forces Group K 3, Air Assault Ranger Paratroopers.
One picture tells a thousand words...
The above deduction of what is in picture LittleDragon make with assistance of younger brother for spelling, grammar and word choice. Arigato gozaiemasu to little brother Ryu kun.
Your aniki chan,
You are very observant. Those are many questions so I'm going to try and encapsulate some of that thought line and you will see where I'm going. I hope not too get on a tangent.
Lets start with the soldiers operating environment, which will do a lot toward defining their weaponry, we hope.
Sweden is located in the Northern latitudes with many parts of the country only having a few months of summer. The soldiers uniform is being worn without a field jacket(although sleeves are not rolled up) and he is not wearing gloves, meaning it's at least relatively warm. The guy next to him is wearing water porous shoes, the two legs in the background show tennis shoes. Where is this going; much of Sweden is very green in the summer. In addition they may have to deploy to warmer climes. The bottom line, Ya gotta pick a color. When they deploy tactically in the winter, they will be wearing "over-whites" maybe w/some brown splotches on them. We, might as well get into the winter stuff now. They will also change footwear to other types of boots especially, mickey mouse boot etc. Outerwear will be heavily insulated, Parkas, pants and very insulated gloves, baclavas for the face. Even ski troops (yes, ski troops(quiet)) are outfitted like that. Whether you're driving a snowmobile or squad in line pulling their "akio" by hand or on skis they will eventually have to stop, The akio is a sled that carries winter survival essentials such as a squad ten, heater, fuel, food, sleeping bags, extra clothing (you take your socks off before you "bag up" or you'll have frostbite in the morning) etc. You touch no metal without gloves on. Winter is a different world in the northern climes with an operating environment at -40 degrees C and below. Vehicles move across rivers using "ice bridges".
Now that we have looked at the operating environment (partially). We have to look at their transportation (have to get to the fight). They do have specialized maritime and shallow water transportation systems of delivery in coastal and areas inland. Trucks snowmobiles and aircraft are other normal systems. They do have some fine tracked vehicles to operate up there.
Insignia on his right shoulder is unknown to me. I don't know if he has a patch on his other sleeve.
Weapon; Although I am unfamiliar w/ the AK-5, this is my look. End of the barrel fitted with a flash suppressor or ()wonder if that thing is vibration adjustable (naw, probably not). Also have to keep it out of snow or mud. A fitted cap or a Trojan will do that job. You have to be very aware not to get that barrel or chamber excessively wet in the winter when you are warming up.I suspect an oversized chamber (gut feeling). I've never liked folding stock rifles. Although, they are functional and work well when jammed together in transport. Open sights, with the rear guarded by ears and the front encapsulated (I like that). You see the operating handle is round and large (gloves). Front guard/grip is typical.
Type of soldier; unknown. folding stocks should not be automatically assimilated to an Airborne soldier. When you're leaving the aircraft in a combat jump at less than 400' your shooting iron is hopefully packaged (jump bag) to survive. Then you gots to walk. So you hope all that crap you're carrying is worth it. In their winter environment that means snow shoes or skis.
Soldier is also Appearantly wearing a protective smock, haversack, small pack and ammo pouch.
I find it strange that the soldiers hands are so dark. There are many nationalities in sweden though.
Thats my 1st blush. The man probably weighs around 170lb. Hows that
I am very impressed with your ability to put together a most imformative peace..i enjoyed it thank you young man
Arigato for fine compliment. Appreciate much. Now compare what charley chan wrote to what ryo and ryu kun wrote and you get point of very much fun experiment. Btw, giveaway about barrel being boroaluminumnitride alloy is pipe along upper receiver. pipe is what ordinary hard mill aluminum look like, but real giveaway is color of barrel. it cannot be anything else but boroaluminumnitride. is one of three hardest alloy known to metalurgical science, along with tungsten/emerald crystal ceramic and titanium/sapphire crystal ceramic.
LittleDragon and little brother, Ryo and Ryu kun
Is most outstanding excellent work! you get point to experiment! not suppose to copy ryo and ryu kun line of thinking. you suppose follow your own line of thinking. reasoning is clear and logical and quite very marvelously thought out. Very good job! Is wrong, in final finding, but nowhere else is wrong. Point is to see picture how YOU see it, not how ryo and ryu kun see it, but very good job! Soldier is in fact officer of K 3 Air Assault Ranger Paratroopers.
LittleDragon and little brother
is number one son.
Warned Charley that people get laugh out of maybe both of us if use Nihongi term of endearment, chan for him, because we become good friend now, that somebody just might pick up on coincidence if Ryo use, but he say is ok with him. LOL samD most very excellent person for putting in that caught on by use of term, number one son. Very good samD. Hope you like Charlie Chan movie serie as much as Ryo and little brother do. Love old black and white movie like such.
nice work on this informative piece!
Arigato goziemasu for compliment. Ryo and little brother Ryu kun try best to do and make good contribution here. Ryo not really interest and flury of drama that surround self because of controversy. Ryo come here for the friendship of people like most very honorable Greasypaws who appreciate hard work of younger member here all younger member who do work to best of ability to get right. To get fact and science right. To get people to enjoy what can be found in world of science and technology of weaponry. Even from what can be learn by close and scientific inspection of picture. BTW, experiment Ryo and little brother do here is science. It call, Translation Theory. This language arts science can be use to examine not only literature and translation of not only one language into nother one, but also to translate english into english as do with picture experiment. What one person see, nother person will see something else even if look at same thing. Is also like police forensic science of determine which witness see event best as in when two witness of crime see same thing at same time but one witness see it one way and nother witness see same thing in complete different way, and forensic scientist must determine who see thing best. Is same idea at work. Note that all through Ryo and Ryu examination of picture we ask the people how they see thing after we demonstrate how we see same thing. And alway try and ask and hope that other people will see different than we see so we can learn from other people and so see even more and learn even more. Is good thing neh. Maybe little bit difficult and take little bit effort, but Ryo and younger brother think this good thing neh. Compare how we saw picture to how Charley saw picture neh Was complete difference neh. This is good thing. Cause Charley see many thing that we not see, or chose to ignore. For example there is one most very useless item include in rifle. There is forward lug for bayonet! Ryo think very funny they include lug for bayonet. Nobody yell out order to "Fix Bayonets!" since Korean War. LOL. Is really useless bit of thing. From martial art training Ryo and Ryu would never be hurt from attack by idiot charge at us with fix bayonette. Not gonna happen. They much better off shooting us first neh! Just thought would mention in case in your examination of picture if you also notice lug for bayonette ka
Your friend alway,
i noticed the barrel extensions more than anything,you can see the stop nut just past the sling swivel mount!then the fancy flash hider/suppressor
Great information! I love how you used R. Lee Ermey's mail call as one of your sources! Keep up the good work, you and Ryu do a great job, this is interesting stuff.
dear friend reaper chan,
ryo is very very humble by words you say. it very so great compliment come from such distinguish person like yourself. ryo make formal bow and say arigato goziemasu! and hold bow for good long moment. ryo not worthy so very great compliment. arigato goziemasu! and ryo bow again.
your friend alway,
The Movie Star?
iye (word mean no. is pronounce like ee uh.) chan in chinese is family name. in nihongo it term of endearment you would use to beloved relative or very close friend instead of honorific like san or kun. wakarimasu ka
did i mention???...i love you
sorry im taken.
when is the event?
is it little dragon???
8 months +/-. The little booger is cookin. Yay papa snake.LOL
alright more little snakessssssss. from the heart congrads.
can i give you a hug ?
will also add congrats to you too along with others. see snake kun? it just like ryo say, you have many many friend here including self, father and little brother ryu kun.
is it boy or girl the doctor say ka or has doctor not say yet ka
it probably still looks like a little sea monkey snake... they probably can't tell yet
still have'nt figured out what snake is either
you should play nice with snake kun neh. he expecting with wife and so is nervous nelly father to be neh. snake kun have little bit hurt today. not sure why cause have not see anything bad say to him when have been online, but could have miss. just know he is expecting new baby and so is nervous father to be. he very young to be father, but ryo think this about many father cause ryo and ryu kun's father was older in life along with mother when ryo and ryu kun were born. ryo father was often too busy first with college then with career to have children. today he very good father. he have to be mother too because he only parent ryo and ryu kun have. often ryo think being father so very hard job because own father work so very hard to care for self and little brother ryu kun.
so not mean be critical of most very excellent friend reaper chan neh :-) but think should care little bit extra for snake kun because he about to be father. also he very young and must work extra hard to support family neh. snake kun is good hearted person, even though somebody, and have consider doing this for own self, should sit down with snake kun and try and convince him that being sniper as his very noble grandfather was, is not glamorous job. not job for glory. often, in fact most time, is not any glory or glamour for sniper. because sniper identity must be kept very secret in order to protect life of sniper and family. is filthy, hard, thankless nasty job that nobody want do. only do because there is need to do and because call of duty call expert marksmen and women to do such horrible job. think snake kun not for sure understand what life of sniper like today because is so very different than in time of 2nd World War. think snake kun is good hearted person and have maybe see too many movie and too many tv show about sniper and maybe have little bit wrong idea.
now snake kun, dozo, not bite littledragon for what have say. only have interest for good friend on site and worry little bit when hear you say thing like want to be sniper. snake dear friend, nobody WANT to be sniper. first must want to be good warrior and then if duty call expert marksman to be sniper, then must think carefully if are willing to heed call to duty. is very dangerous job. if get caught by enemy, you not get trial. they shoot you on spot. sniping is not consider gentlemanly job for warrior because often enemy think sniper is evil person because kill from distance and not take same risk as regular boots on ground type warrior. so please, before bite little ryo, just remember, even own father was not sniper. he and team were often back up by sniper team in field, but father was commander of team in field and sniping not job for commander. father is most very excellent shot, and often take job of designate marksman because he most often best shot among team and can be dm and still be forward with team in field. ryo like snake and think you good heart person. ok ka are we clear here as good friend ka
boy or girl not decided by god. still hoping for sonny snake.
the less you'll care about what sex it is. This has a way of setting your priorities straight. You'll just be praying for a healthy child.
Do every day.
should listen to schuyler san. what he say is very good wisdom neh. healthy child is only thing of importance. and remember. ryo is healthy boy too neh. just because ryo was born with CP must understand that ryo is still healthy person. Ryo is not sick. Ryo is not hurt. Ryo is just little bit different from other boy own age neh. wish you and wife all good things and for baby to come soon too.