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Posted: 3/31/2006 9:43:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 9:43:55 AM EDT by Madis]

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The 34-member platoon from Estonia is a highly-trained volunteer force that performs an infantry mission with the skill and firepower comparable to U.S. Army Rangers, said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas E. Wolf
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thats a very high praise indeed!

Read the rest here: www.defendamerica.mil/articles/Dec2005/a121905ms1.html

Some pictures:

http://www.mil.ee/~fotek/gallery/pildid/album111/aax.sized.jpg

http://www.mil.ee/~fotek/gallery/pildid/album111/abf.sized.jpg

http://www.mil.ee/~fotek/gallery/pildid/album111/aav.sized.jpg

http://www.mil.ee/~fotek/gallery/pildid/album91/aae.sized.jpg

http://www.mil.ee/~fotek/gallery/pildid/album90/abg.sized.jpg
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:45:39 AM EDT
Very cool.....
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:58:42 AM EDT
Madis,

I actually had the privilege of escorting around an Admiral from Estonia and a couple of his aides/PSD when they came here about 2mos ago.
We went and their Platoon put on a static display of weapons and vehicles for the Admiral. It was really cool.
It was definitely a neat experience working with them.

Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:03:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 10:06:03 AM EDT by Miracle_Pants]
Those Estonians have newer gear, as a former commie country I'm surprised. Are we funding them or does Estonia have a good military budget?

ETA: Is it just me or does it look like they are using M-16 style mags in their AK derivatives?
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:04:05 AM EDT
tyman

thanks for the info!

stay safe out there in the sandbox
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:08:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 10:09:54 AM EDT by Madis]

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Those Estonians have newer gear, as a former commie country I'm surprised. Are we funding them or does Estonia have a good military budget?



Thats all their own gear, they do use some Humvees in Iraq that are provided by US Army.
Estonia has a booming economy (growth rate was 9% last year, fastest growing in Europe) so we can afford some decent kit for our troops.


These are Galil AR's by the way.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:16:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Madis:

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Those Estonians have newer gear, as a former commie country I'm surprised. Are we funding them or does Estonia have a good military budget?



Thats all their own gear, they do use some Humvees in Iraq that are provided by US Army.
Estonia has a booming economy (growth rate was 9% last year, fastest growing in Europe) so we can afford some decent kit for our troops.


These are Galil AR's by the way.



Cool, for such a small country Estonian light infantry seems to be well equiped.

I had heard some of the former Warsaw Pact countries were going to switch over to 5.56 NATO I didn't know if any acutally had.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:21:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 10:21:44 AM EDT by RustedAce]

Originally Posted By Madis:

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Those Estonians have newer gear, as a former commie country I'm surprised. Are we funding them or does Estonia have a good military budget?



Thats all their own gear, they do use some Humvees in Iraq that are provided by US Army.
Estonia has a booming economy (growth rate was 9% last year, fastest growing in Europe) so we can afford some decent kit for our troops.


These are Galil AR's by the way.



Good stuff!
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:33:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 10:34:16 AM EDT by Madis]

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:


I had heard some of the former Warsaw Pact countries were going to switch over to 5.56 NATO I didn't know if any acutally had.



yup, Estonia has switched over. Both 5.56nato and 7,62nato are in use.

Here are some members of the militia forces who use G3:
http://pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/2005_09_17_VIPpaev_Jogeval/IMG_2360.sized.jpg

Sniper with Galil sniper rifle:
http://pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/album03/IMG_9298.sized.jpg

This should be a Carl Gustaf anti tank missile:
http://pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/album03/IMG_9731.sized.jpg

MG3 machinegun, thats a WWII German MG42 in 7,62Nato:
http://pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/2005_09_16_KL_ryhm_Paldiskis/IMG_2233.sized.jpg

Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:36:07 AM EDT


Originally Posted By Madis:


Thats all their own gear, they do use some Humvees in Iraq that are provided by US Army.
Estonia has a booming economy (growth rate was 9% last year, fastest growing in Europe) so we can afford some decent kit for our troops.


These are Galil AR's by the way.



Hmm. Funny what happens when a country goes to a simple flat tax and dumps a marxist, progressive income tax.

Good for Estonia!
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:37:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By qualityhardware:


Hmm. Funny what happens when a country goes to a simple flat tax and dumps a marxist, progressive income tax.

Good for Estonia!



Exactly, i LOVE flat tax! :)
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:42:12 AM EDT
Nice post, Madis!

I salute our Estonian allies!
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:42:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Madis:

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:


I had heard some of the former Warsaw Pact countries were going to switch over to 5.56 NATO I didn't know if any acutally had.



yup, Estonia has switched over. Both 5.56nato and 7,62nato are in use.

Here are some members of the militia forces who use G3:
pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/2005_09_17_VIPpaev_Jogeval/IMG_2360.sized.jpg

Sniper with Galil sniper rifle:
pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/album03/IMG_9298.sized.jpg

This should be a Carl Gustaf anti tank missile:
pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/album03/IMG_9731.sized.jpg

MG3 machinegun, thats a WWII German MG42 in 7,62Nato:
pildid.kaitseliit.ee/gallery/albumz/2005_09_16_KL_ryhm_Paldiskis/IMG_2233.sized.jpg




Damn you use the AG as a human shield, thats hard.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 11:18:49 AM EDT
Madis: Welcome!

We are now truely multi-national. We've got people from all over the world here on this board.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 11:32:01 AM EDT
oh i feel very welcome already
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 11:34:18 AM EDT
Wow, StonePat
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 11:37:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DOW:
Wow, StonePat



had any dealings with StonePat then, DOW?
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 11:46:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Madis:

Originally Posted By DOW:
Wow, StonePat



had any dealings with StonePat then, DOW?




Oh no, I was trying to make a comparison of your troops utilities to our Marines MarPat, a digital pattern.

A poor attempt at humor I suppose.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 11:56:19 AM EDT
Rock on brother!
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 12:08:19 PM EDT
they have galils even isreali slings look at the sling attachment to the rifle.
Iread an article about them in fighting firearms back int he 90. Kokalis
was saying it was a stupid idea for them to go to Nato standards.
funny how shit works out huh??
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