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Foreign Weapons Armorer/Operator Course
One major advantage of training at Phoenix Defence is access to the Working Reference Collection of Firearms. This collection includes hundreds of variants of the foreign weapons for training, and the Archive Library is here as well, which holds hundreds of linear feet of historical documents and manuals. The instructor can draw on these resources to answer questions that frequently rise in class, by simply drawing out the weapon example in question and showing it to the students. British L85A1, L86A1? In the collection. FAL variants? In the collection. Handguns, sniper rifles? Odd M240s? All there. Remember, these courses can be tailored to cover weapons in the conflict area of need- including study of the Russian and Chinese special operations weapons.
Another advantage of using Phoenix Defence for your training is the range of experience of our instructors, who have traveled the world in the military and out, and bring their life’s work to the classroom.
This five-day course is a special familiarization and operator course designed to ensure that the attendee has a thorough understanding of the non-US weapons typically encountered in the various combat zones around the world. The course can be tailored to theatre or to special needs of the attendees. General handguns and rifles are a lighter treatment as needed; the course concentrates on the AK and PKM series as well as the larger machine guns and launchers. (Range time is not included but can be arranged for an additional cost.) The general course is as follows. Day and time of covering which firearms will be adjusted according to the needs of the class:
Day 1: Rifles and Handguns
Handguns- Handguns covered in this course include the Tokarev variants- Russian, Romanian, Chinese, Polish and others; Makarov pistols and variants from Russia, China, E. Germany and Bulgaria; Tariq pistols from Iraq, and the originals from Italy such as the Beretta 951 and Egyptian Helwan; The Browning High Power pistol is covered as well. Attendee is given the hands-on opportunity to perform general disassembly and discuss history and issues with the firearms.
Rifles- General legacy rifles covered are the ones found in most combat zones today; Mauser, Enfield SMLE, Mosin-Nagant, MAS36/51, and the SKS. Attendee is given the hands-on opportunity to perform general disassembly and discuss history and issues with the firearms.
Ammunition- Ammunition of the former Com-Bloc is discussed and identified in a manner comparative to the US/NATO standards.
AK47, AKM, AK74, RPK- the primary small arms of many of the world’s soldiers, as well as many insurgents are covered in chronological order of development and introduction. AK47 and 7.62x39mm variants first, including the sheet metal receiver AKM series, the RPK (Bipod mounted, magazine fed AK variant) and finally the AK74/Tantal- 5.45x39mm. Emphasis in the course is on understanding this primary weapon system, as well as field stripping and operating the AK family.
RPD- This 7.62x39mm belt fed machine gun is encountered around the world as a light machine gun, and the attendee is familiarized with the basic Russian, Chinese, Polish, and other models they may encounter.
PKM/M84- The Light Machine Gun series PK- PKM is encountered all over the world, and is considered by many to be one of the top machine guns ever made. Caliber 7.62x54R, this belt fed portable machine gun has seen service almost everywhere since the 1970s, and is a primary weapon of Iraqi and Afghan forces. The class learns to disassemble, change barrels, and operate the PK series, as well as variants and history.
RPG-7- The famous Soviet recoilless rifle system generally called the “RPG” is taught in a manner to help the attendee fully understand this prolific and arguably best vehicle killer on the battlefield. These quickly reloadable recoilless rifles are typically mislabeled as “Rocket-Propelled Grenade” launchers, and the attendee gains a thorough understanding of the history and function of both recoilless rifles and rocket launchers in the Phoenix Defence course. Covered are the RPG-2, RPG-7, the Soviet and Chinese families and their descendants, uses in theatre, anomalies, disassembly and armorer tips, optics and sighting, as well as ammunition variants.
SVD- The Dragunov system is taught for disassembly and use, as well as the variants- Russian and Chinese, as well as the Iraqi Al-Kadesiah that is similar to the SVD, and the Romanian FPL, which is in fact an AK that looks like a Dragunov and has been entered into theater causing identification and operational issues.
DShK & NSV- the DShK M, DShK 38/46, and the NSV are discussed. The DShK series of weapons are brought into the classroom for disassembly and familiarization of models.
AGS-17- This Russian origin design is prevalent on most battlefields today, in 30x29mm, with a range of 1700 meters. Current models are the AGS-17, the AGS-30, and the Zastava manufactured model called the BGA-30.
KPV- The 14.5mm KPV (ground mounted) and KPVT (Tank mounted) heavy machine guns are discussed and general disassembly and use is reviewed.