Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, September 5, 2016

C'est inconcevable! L'horreur!

The French Army is adopting a German rifle.
According to an as of yet uncorroborated report from the French publication RETEX MAG, the next French rifle will be a variant of the German-made Heckler & Koch HK416.
With much of Europe, the past isn't over, not by a damned sight. The Brits are known for going from zero to the Blitz in ninety seconds and, as the French might point out, damn few Germans during the wars set foot in England with weapons in hand. On the other hand, the French have gone 1-2 in wars with the Germans, with the Prussian/German army twice marching in victory through Paris.

Both countries have worked hard, especially since de Gaulle began the process, to bury the hatchet. But infantry rifles are potent national symbols, that the French are adopting a German rifle says a lot.

2 comments:

Keaaukane said...

It will be interesting to see what this does to the USA fanboy market. The gun for the FRENCH army? HK really does hate us!

Brian Train said...

I dunno, the FAMAS was a freaky-looking rifle to me, like all bullpups.
I trained with an FNC1 (Canadian version of the FN FAL) and before that I owned a 1942 Lee-Enfield - now those are rifles (actually, still have the Enfield).