Short SAW Security

U.S. Army Pfc. Raymond Dale, assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, provides security for dismounted troops as they speak to local citizens in the Al Ghazaliyah area of Baghdad, Iraq, March 20, 2006. U.S. and Iraqi soldiers conducted a patrol of the area. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin L. Moses Sr.

Super high-res available from Defend America.

Been seeing an awful lot of short-barrelled M249s lately. Are they getting more popular than earlier, or am I just noticing them more often? Seems like maybe troops and units back for their second or third deployment might have decided to go with the shorter barrels given the typical duty they’re performing.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, 1-87 INF scores: Terrorist turned over to MND-B soldiers by relative

BAGHDAD — The relative of a terrorist turned him over to Multi-National Division — Baghdad Soldiers March 27, accusing him of conducting drive-by attacks against Iraqi Army troops in Baghdad.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, responded to the relative’s tip and went to the suspect’s house. The Soldiers searched the house and found two AK-47 rifles, a 9 mm pistol and body armor. [emphasis Murdoc’s]

Two wild guesses:

  1. The relatives have known for some tim that the guy was a terrorist and only decided to turn him in when they learned he was attacking Iraqis and not just Americans.
  2. The body armor was really crappy stuff and not able to protect against rifle fire. But that won’t always be the case.