Featured Guns of the Security Forces Recoil Staff August 26, 2016 Join the Conversation According to Military.com, there's a new report out from Action on Armed Violence detailing all the small arms (nearly a million and a half of them) sent to arm and equip Afghan and Iraqi security forces since the war began in 2001. The total value of these weapons, their “furniture”, and associated with them is somewhere north of $40 billion. That's was a forty with a B. Guns of the Security Forces “Security forces” in this case is a somewhat nebulous term (and the weapons referred to are a vast array of types). Security Forces could be used to refer to regular military formations such as the ANA, local and government police units such as the Public Order Battalions (later subsumed into the Iraqi National Police), national constabulary type organizations (think Gendarmerie/Carabinieri) and mostly likely local and TCN (Third Country National) PMSC (Private Military or Security Company) personnel working to protect stabilization efforts. Interestingly, the AoAV report discrepancies associated with approximately 33% of the contracts involved in these procurements. Italian Carabinieri train Iraqi National Police personnel (photo courtesy of NATO). Says Matt Cox of Military.com's Kit Up, “A total of 79 companies [were reportedly] recipients of these small arms-related contracts that include everything from battle rifles to optics to ammunition. Ten companies won contracts that combined were worth 65 percent of the total DoD published contracts. Here are the top 10: Alliant Techsystems – $21,977,118,613 (101 contracts); DRS Technologies Inc. – $3,251,224,478 (8 contracts); BAE Systems Inc. – $2,761,670,581 (8 contracts); Knight’s Armament Co. – $1,782,974,456 (15 contracts); General Dynamics – $1,626,048,701 (36 contracts). Colt’s Manufacturing Company – Total Value: $1,372,567,795 FN Herstal – Total Value: $995,194,319 Insight Technologies Inc. – Total Value: $790,071,945 Olin Corp – Total Value: $ 612,415,840 American Ordnance LLC. – Total Value: $483,022,354 The largest contract listed by the DoD was for the procurement of ammunition and for the operation and modernization of Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, a deal potentially valued at $8,480,000,000.” Read more here on Kit Up!. Cover photo via Twitter. Recent images purport to show U.S.-made weapons including small arms and mortars stolen by ISIS from Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan. A new report by a nonprofit Action on Armed Violence concludes the Pentagon since 2001 has awarded $40 billion worth of small-arms related contracts to arm Iraqi and Afghan security. Explore RECOILweb:The Art of the Beat DownGoing Hot - Mercedes TerrellGood storytelling is importantBest of Both Worlds, the 224 Valkyrie by Federal Premium NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!