NZDF buys two new “sniper” rifle systems for $4M

The New Zealand Defence Force is buying two new weapons, the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is entering an agreement to buy two new weapons, the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle.

Forty M107A1 and 42 MRAD weapons will be bought, at a cost of NZ$4 million. This cost includes day optics, suppressors and ballistic computer auxiliary equipment to complement a total weapon system.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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Faces of the Day

Today is the day.   Or not.

New Zealand First will be in a position [this] afternoon to make an announcement on the result of negotiations following the 2017 General Election.

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters said he had spoken to the leaders of the National Party and the Labour Party [yesterday] and, amongst other matters, advised them of that.

One way or the other, almost half of the country isn’t going to like the answer.  But at least we will have one, and the ridiculous political vacuum where everybody was guessing for three weeks will come to an end.

Word of the day

The word for today is…

polyhistor (noun) – A person with broad knowledge.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Very learned person,” 1580s, from Greek polyhistor “very learned,” from poly “much, many” (from PIE root *pele- “to fill”) + histor “knowing, learned”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19

15 Lazy people sleep soundly,
but idleness leaves them hungry.

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