Took a trip to DC today. It was hot and exhausting but I got a lot of good pictures and saw a lot of monuments/memorials and other things I've never seen before. The Lincoln Memorial was actually the only place I've previously been to.
The SOF Combat Assault Rifle, or SCAR, is a modular rifle made by Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FNH) for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for light, is chambered in the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for heavy, fires 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition. Both are available in further variants such as Long Barrel or CQC (Close Quarters Combat). The FN SCAR system completed low rate initial production testing in June 2007 and was scheduled for limited fielding in the fall of 2007.
In the murky dawn of April 19th, 1775, a British expeditionary force, on the orders of General Thomas Gage and led by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, approached the small town of Lexington, Massachusetts. The soldiers, numbering between 800 and 900 men in 21 companies, had departed from Boston the night before.
Their mission: to find and capture Yankee munitions stored in Concord. By the time they reached Lexington however, they found themselves faced down by a growing number of local militiamen arrayed on the town Common. Major John Pitcairn's British light infantry was deployed on the Common directly opposite the band of minutemen led by Captain John Parker. "Stand your ground," Parker said to his apprehensive troops. "Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."
No one knows for sure who fired the first shot of the first battle of the War for Independence. All that is certain is that a heavy toll was extracted from the defiant American militiamen. In the wild, undisciplined firing followed the first mysterious shot and two Lexington men fell dead on the line where they stood. Other militiamen briefly returned fire and then joined their comrades in a confused, smoke-shrouded retreat.
The British soldiers continued firing into the fleeing crowds, killing more Americans as they tried to escape back into their homes. Only when Colonel Smith himself arrived on the Common were the soldiers commanded to cease fire and form up. As the families of Lexington nursed their wounded and mourned their dead, the British column continued their march toward Concord.