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Ask SSD – “How Mature Is The SIG Machine Gun Design?”

Friday, February 1st, 2019

After our articles on the new SIG Lightweight Machine Gun or SL MAG, we were asked how mature the design is.

Well, they’re obviously very serious about it. They’ve already written a -10.

The SL MAG in 338 NM ran fine during the demonstration I witnessed at SIG Range Day. However, I heard there were a few stoppages during the ISOF Range. Considering this is its first public outing, we think the design is very mature. In fact, a similar model is SIG’s entry for the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle Other Transaction Authority Production Opportunity. We look forward to seeing how these guns fare throughout further testing.

Ask SSD – Can You Identify This Badge?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

No, I can’t. It’s a combination of the US Military Free Fall qualification badge along with some elements of the German Army’s Heeresbergführer insignia, but I’ve never seen it before.

Any ideas readers?

Ask SSD – Where Can I Get A KCRF Patch?

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

There are two ways to get a “Keep Calm and Return Fire” Patch.

The first is to run into me at one of the many industry events I attend each year and do for one.

The second way is to purchase one from my friend Dave at Mojo Tactical in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since most people don’t make it go Honolulu regularly, it’s a good thing his website is back up. He offers the patch in multiple colors, but this one remains my favorite.

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Ask SSD – Is The Recipe Right?

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

I received an email earlier today and I don’t have the answer.  Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with the recipe, so I thought it best to crowdsource the answer.  


So what do you guys think?  Is it condensed milk, or sweetened condensed milk?  

Ask SSD – “Is There A New SF Group?”

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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Earlier today, several readers sent us this photo of a Green Beret with a new flash. Naturally, they came with the question of whether there was a new Special Forces Group. Considering that in the US Army, the Green Beret is worn by Special Forces qualified personnel, it’s a good question.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t good. The Army has stood up the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), which has a mission to, “integrates with foreign partner forces, assists and advises local security operations to build partner security capacity and capability and achieve regional security in support of US National Interests.”

The 1st SFAB’s self-appointed nickname is “The Legion” and above you can see their patch, complete with tab. For some time, we’ve been hearing that they were going to wear an Olive Green Beret. Looks like it’s true as we understand this is their beret and flash.

It looks very similar to the Army’s Special Forces, which wears a darker, Rifle Green Beret. Additionally, their arrow-shaped Shoulder Sleeve Insignia is as iconic as their Beret. Considering the 5th SFG(A) has been named “The Legion” for decades, one must wonder if host nation forces won’t mistake members of the 1st SFAB and its future five sister Brigades for SF Soldiers.

UPDATE: Last night we heard that the 1st SFAB’s SSI tab has been changed from “Advise – Assist” to “Combat Advisor”. This image was posted to Instagram verifying that information.

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Ask SSD – Help ID This Rifle Attachment

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

SSD Reader Luke sent us this message:

Hi SSD,

Need help identifying this rifle attachment. Have a 10k run and gun coming up and I’m looking for one of these for myself and my wife.

Here’s your chance to help put a follow SSD reader. What do you think it is?

Ask SSD –  Were There Army Special Forces In World War II?

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Probably the easiest way to answer this question is with a graphic, prepared by the US Army Special Operations Command.


Click on image, to see it in better detail.

Army Special Operations has a rich history. In particular, several of these organizations form the lineage of current Army Special Forces units.

Ask SSD – “Do SOF Use Whatever Weapons They Want?”

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The answer to the recent request for verification of whether or not Special Operations Forces are allowed to use any weapon they choose, is a very simple, “No.”