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Soviet Army night vision binoculars PNV-57E/ПНВ-57Е. Night vision binoculars was designed for Soviet Army it was used in the 60s and 70s by vehicles drivers, helicopters pilots and boats operators, this is standard issue night vision equipment for Mi24 helicopters and various types of armored vehicles. Designed for use at night conditions equivalent to natural night skylight – moon and stars of 0.003-0.005 lux and above. For insufficient light conditions various types of vehicle mounted artificial light infrared illuminators and infrared light diffusers are made for vehicles drivers and aviators needs.

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With the upcoming Feb. 22nd eviction date for the #NoDAPL camps, police threaten to arrest journalists

[TWEET #1: Tonight North Dakota law enforcement told crowd that they would arrest any journalists in the crowd on the road regardless of press status

TWEET #2: A rep of ND Governor @DougBurgum, when asked, would not guarantee they would respect rights of media to report on upcoming #NoDAPL eviction

TWEET #3: The representative of ND Governor @DougBurgum also claimed he had no control over ND law enforcement who were present on the road. #NoDAPL

TWEET #4: .@DougBurgum’s aide hinted at possibility of a “press area” during Feb 22 eviction,implying possible arrests of journalists outside the area

TWEET #5: Tonight’s advance of riot police with MRAP armored vehicles onto 1806 marks a change from recent calm talks between authorities and campers

TWEET #6: Governor @DougBurgum’s representative reiterated a hard eviction date of Feb 22 despite recent promises from government to be “flexible”]

Feb. 19th, 2017.

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Generaloberst Heinz Guderian visited the 13./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 of the Leibstandarte Division in his capacity as Inspector General of the Armored Forces in mid-April 1943, Kharkov area, Ukraine. The company commander’s tank Tiger ‘405’ is displayed for Guderian.

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The M231 Port Firing Weapon,

During the 1970’s the US Army decided that it was about time for the creation and adoption of a dedicated port firing weapon. Such a weapon could be mounted on special firing ports to fend off infantry assaults in close quarters. Originally crews of armored vehicles and mechanized infantry were issued World War II vintage M3 submachine guns, however the Army needed something newer and better.  In 1974 Colt introduced a variant of the M-16 assault rifle called the XM231.  The Army was impressed with the design, and gave Colt the go ahead to improve and perfect the weapon, which was adopted in 1979 as the M231 port firing weapon.

The M231 was specifically made to be operated within the tight confines of a vehicle.  It has no stock in the traditional sense, merely a buffer tube.  Early examples featured a telescoping wire stock, but this feature was discontinued to discourage its use in lieu of standard issue rifles.  Officially the Army mandated the M231 not be removed from the vehicle unless in an emergency.  Its barrel is only 15.6 inches long and features a screw type locking mechanism to fasten it in place in a firing port.  The M231 fires in fully automatic only.  Original models had a lower firing rate of 200 rounds per minute to prevent overheating and conserve its 30 round magazine, however later models discontinued this feature, allowing it to fire around 1,100 - 1,200 rounds per minute. 

The M231 was first issued to crews of the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.  Today Bradleys are still issued the M231 despite the fact that the firing ports on the vehicle have been reduced to two, located at the rear door of the vehicle.  Regardless they are still commonly issued for emergency use and as handy self defense weapons.

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The Panthers of the 5. SS Panzer Division Wiking in action in Kovel sector, where the division saw fierce combat in the spring of 1944.

Christmas in the Ardennes. A German tank crew pauses for reflection at night in front of a welcome fire in December 1944.

Trump Survival Tip No. 10: Thermite

Ever wanted to stop an armored vehicle stupid-easily, with something that’s legal, very safe to store and use, easy to acquire, and burns like Satan’s asshole? Molotov cocktails might look very impressive, but there’s an incendiary that does all those things and that we’ve all been overlooking: thermite.

Thermite, for the uninitiated–which, let’s be real, it’s the Internet, you’ve all heard of thermite–is a non-explosive incendiary powder made from aluminum filings and iron oxide. It is completely safe to store, since it’s basically just metal dust. Like an 80% lower (more on that right here), it’s pretty much untraceable, as both rust and aluminum filings can be manufactured at home or bought at a hardware store with zero paperwork. And when ignited, it burns at around 2500 Fahrenheit (1400 C), also known as half the temperature of the goddamn sun.

Rust can be manufactured at home pretty easily. Take steel wool, put it in a jar filled with water. Weigh the wool down with a magnet so it doesn’t float. Add 5tbs of bleach and 5tbs of vinegar. Let it sit for a day or two, then filter the resultant brown paste with a coffee filter. Alternatively, you can go to a paint store, where they sell it pretty cheap for pigment mixing, or eBay, where you can straight-up buy it.

Aluminum is also pretty easy to get. Take a grinder to something made of aluminum (cans, bike parts, whatever) and collect the sparks, and bam, aluminum filings. Machine shops will probably give you plenty in exchange for sweeping. Or, like rust, paint shops and eBay are viable options as well.

Mix your two powders at a ratio of 8 parts rust to 3 parts aluminum, by weight. Aluminum is pretty light so it’ll look about fifty-fifty. Mix evenly. Optionally, you can mix four parts thermite with one part modeling clay to get moldable thermite. You can’t light thermite with a normal match; get a magnesium sparkler or bit of magnesium ribbon and light that, and you’re good to go. Now you can melt through the engine block of an armored car like the Alien’s blood through the Nostromo.

Remember: when we fight, we win, so know how to fight!

“On line, 21 Apr 1968, Opn MENG HO 11, minutes before assault on Ky Son. Two ROK APCs and B21 in background. LT Hasty and Meerholz can be seen on Bootlegger. In ensuing firefight, crew wounded, Meerholz KIA, and LT Hasty fighting tank and earning Silver Star.”