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HK in Action 10





Members of Bundeswehr in exercise in smoke environment.  "Guerrillas In The Mist."

Tanks carrying soldiers parade through Mexico City's main square, September 16,2002. Mexico is celebrating the 192nd anniversary of the start of it's struggle for independence from Spain.

REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar


Members of the U.S. Capitol Police stand guard at the gates of the Capitol.  If memory serves, the Capitol Police recently purchased approximately 150 G36K rifles, and not inconsequentially, a quantity of 100 round Beta mags. Photo by Joe Marquette/AP


Mexican soldier with HK21E and non-disintegrating link belt on vehicle hard mount.


Reuters Caption:  A heavily armed policeman walks to a building on Broadway in New York, September 16, 2002 following a shooting incident. Three people were shot and killed in an apparent double murder and suicide in a Times Square area office leased by a health insurance company, New York police said. Photo by Peter Morgan/Reuters


A German soldier with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) stops a vehicle at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan (news - web sites) Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002. Monday is the one-year anniversary of the U.S.- led military operation in Afghanistan which caused the Taliban regime to fall. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


American al Qaeda fighter John Walker Lindh is transported inside of a black vehicle, under the protection of an armed federal policeman, outside of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, October 4, 2002. A U.S. judge on Friday sentenced a tearful and apologetic John Lindh, the American captured by U.S. forces during the war in Afghanistan, to 20 years in prison for fighting in support of the Taliban. Before the sentence was announced, Lindh apologized for his actions and told the court he regretted ever joining the Taliban and did not do so in order to fight America. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UMP40 or 45)


I was recently emailed this photo of British police officers in an unspecified London area airport with the latest in HK weaponry, G36Cs.  At first glance, I thought, good for them!, until I looked closer at the magazines.  The guns are G36SFs, incapable of automatic fire, which is customary for all but a few British armed police, and sound policy as well.  But to download the magazines?  Seems to be yet another example of police managers not trusting their officers to allow them even full 30 round magazines.  This has long been done by U.S. National Guard commanders, to the point of only allowing empty magazines to be inserted in M16s, but this takes an entirely different turn when a firearm utilizing translucent magazines is fielded.   I examined a G36 magazine and it appears from the relationship of the bottom round to the top magazine clip that the magazines are loaded with 15 rounds.