A coalition U.S. Army soldier assigned to Special Operations Task Force West patrols villages and fields around Mirmandab, Afghanistan, April 7, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Marcus J. Quarterman
yup... the poppies are blooming over here as well... and yeah thats just an m4 with some cool guy shit on it with an acog optic, prolly got a peq 15 on the other side, and from the looks of it an m9 under the m4 ...buuuut i could be so wrong... wish i had that uniform... these acu's stick out so bad.
Actually, as former Soldier in the German Army, I'm quite confused about the U.S. Military's Uniforms. In Germany we have only two different uniform patters: flecktarn (green, for woods) and tropen/wuestentarn (for the desert). And we all use the same weapons, it really didn't count if you are a Fallschirmjaeger (airborne ranger) or in the air force.
That's what I was thinking due to the stock and the barrel shape. But the barrel length seems also a bit too long for a carabine. This picture is a mystery. And this uniforms is different from MARPAT obviously it is made to go to mars ^^ too orange. @WolfPiet : France does it too. Only few countries have enough money to look as fancy as US does.
The description states that this soldier is assigned to Spec Ops TF West, meaning he's part of special forces (i.e. Green Berets). They usually have greater discretion in the choice of their camo wear. Anyone who is a part of the army is a soldier, even special forces.
IL is Israel I meant in the IDF (Israel Defense Force) the name is pretty obvious, because it doesnt have the handle, and if u remove the handle its pretty flat all the way (even though its a rail for custom modifications)
about the barel you are right, its not a typical barrel, here its called 'Thickened' barrel, it gives the rifle the ability to handle steel core bullets (instead of copper bullets) which generate more heat and would ruin a normal barrel, also due to this barrel it spins more time per distance giving it a better flight trajectory resulting in better maximum firing range, all m4a1 flatop models in the IDF have this barel, though it used to be mainly for sharpshooter loadouts (for the long range) its commonly used now-a-days in all flatop gear-outs, most of our infantry is in the process of moving to our own self made TAR-21 (Tavor Assault Rifle) which looks like a space weapon but is probably one of the best urban warfare rifles around, surely better than the m4a1, i could tell you more about it in pm if ur interested