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    GO SAPS!

    Ruski, Are some SAPS units upgrading rifles? Is that a SIG?
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    Nice Rides!

    Check out SAPS with the BMW's. Ruski do you drive one of these? Are these used as highway persuit like state troopers in the US? What are the Volkswagens Jetta,Passat, Golf or Polo.
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    Training

    I got these off the SAPS website. Tell us more Ruski. Any of your mates
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    Traning II

    Continued. In the last picture I like the SAPS belt buckle or is that a officail badge?
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    SAPS STF?

    Ruski is this the Special Task Force Unit. Do you know what type of helmet they use?
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    First off, Adipose, that pic of the inside of a casspir is awesome, i have never seen ucha cool spread, some of our guys use the 50 rnd mags for the seated shoot, gives u more leverage to rest on. 'green boots' or koevoet! Sigh, those guys, i shoot with one still, he wears blue now, and is about 55 in the shade, they did some hectic training!
    HA, lou, that pic of the guy with the sig, his nickname was ghostrider, got special permission up in JHb to carry his own rifle, provided he used state ammo, the wouldnt fly in our province! but he got away with it, he really had some absolutely sick gear, kevlar shoulder pads etc, just unheard of, he was of course, a reservist like me, hence the cool gear! he left us, musta been about 2 years ago now to live with his new wife in the states, i will try get back in touch with him.
    The cars, you will see the Decals say Flying Squad, i was at western cape Flying squad for 2 years, and we had tooyota Runx RSi, loads of BMW's, 320d, 330i etc and loads and loads of golf 5 and 6 GTI's... absolutely amazing to drive, wonderful persuit cars, but unfortunately they fall under provincial budget. When i came back to station in 2007, we use mostly Bakkies 'pickups' or small 1800cc cars.... boring stuff, but, we don't do high speed chases or rapid response. (we sneak in while you're sleeping in my team) hehehehe
    The guys in blue with goggles and tac vests they are the national intervention teams... known as the medium to high riskl guys, they work office hours these days and help out our guys when we need manpower, they train ALOT, they use the UK marines format of training, and its a very prestigious team to be a part of, they do everything the STF can do, except for no water or airborne operations and less high risk situations.

    The special task force, our police brothers in camouflage..... sigh, so pretty in those pictures, and on nights when we work undercover in the bush, those of us that hav the gear from back when we where aloud to, we wear it quietly...these boys don't take kindly to you wearing 'their' kit. They are just wonderful, we all look up to them, they are super humanly fit, they are skydive airbourne trained, divers underwater rescue trained, they are high risk, planes, train hijackers, anti terrorism... their training is very intense, lou, i will try send you a dvd

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    Yikes!

    Ruski, Is this the high risk type of operations the SAPS STF does? That a pretty tricky ride on the skids of the helo. This copter is at a very steep angle. Is the STF based out of Capetown? Did the unit ever receive training from the Isreali Mossad?
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    The caption of the picture was these 2 officers where shooting bean bags at a crowd in the shanty town?
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    Making love to the concrete SAPS style!

    SAPS covering a suspect with his service R5. Ruski, does this officer belong to units that you mentioned earlier. It seems like he carries his OD gear over his "Blues" making me think he belongs to another unit and is assisting on this occasion.
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    Hey Lou,
    Yeah, tahts what i mean when i say high risk, 'balls o steel' The rigging on the chopper is customed for them if they know they are going to do an operation and need a chopper, here in Cape Town the STF is based next to the airwing and National intervention, so the guys share alot of running time and gear.

    those two doing crowd control, judging by the leg rig, couuuld be CCU/POP, but most probably any station guys, up until a month ago we could all carry shotguns with crowd control rounds anytime, they took all our shotguns and every bit of ammo away last month and now only POP (public order protection) nice name for riot unit (but you can't say riot unit cause that is a bad word here) lol are allowed to use shotguns and they have guidelines on when and where to use em so that people can stop pointing fingers at who shot who... now it will, 'specialised public order protection crowd control units used rubber rounds to disperse crowds who threw rocks at them' instead of "police shot guys who threw rocks' hehehe

    Our last gentleman... thats a tricky one, i can't see his insignia and i don't recognise that type of vehicle (by that i mean i don't know what it is) but the blue and the R5/galil means he is probably from here... the green webbingwould mean either an ex task force operator or someone who didn't make full 2 year selection at task force, ie. national intervention member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruski5181 View Post
    Our last gentleman... thats a tricky one, i can't see his insignia and i don't recognise that type of vehicle (by that i mean i don't know what it is) but the blue and the R5/galil means he is probably from here... the green webbingwould mean either an ex task force operator or someone who didn't make full 2 year selection at task force, ie. national intervention member.
    The vehicle in the last pic is a Land Rover Discovery Series I; Series I here in the US being imported from 1994-99. The length of pull looks long with all of the gear the guy is wearing.

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    I have rode in some of those Koevoet caspirs during 87. It did look just like that then. About 3 weapons per man. The troops would ride up on top with their service rifles and had more prepped down below waiting to go if the action got a bit intense. This was in Northern Namibia and Angola of course, not domestically in ZA. I went with a team to locate caches of weapons in villages where they knew the weapons were, but did not know exactly where they were hidden. A mine detector will find then 6 feet down... At some point we got a call to go and hit a Swapo hideout near to an angolan air force base. There were supposedly over 100 Swapo there and it would have been a heck of a fight, but heavy rain the previous few days had flooded them out and we were spotted and Migs were launched to take care of us. While hiding from the migs, one of the Koevoet officers was playing with his pet baby puff adder and it bit him on his finger... So his finger was promptly amputated with a sharp knife using one of the big tires as a rest... No anesthetic !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westcliffe01 View Post
    I have rode in some of those Koevoet caspirs during 87. It did look just like that then. About 3 weapons per man. The troops would ride up on top with their service rifles and had more prepped down below waiting to go if the action got a bit intense. This was in Northern Namibia and Angola of course, not domestically in ZA. I went with a team to locate caches of weapons in villages where they knew the weapons were, but did not know exactly where they were hidden. A mine detector will find then 6 feet down... At some point we got a call to go and hit a Swapo hideout near to an angolan air force base. There were supposedly over 100 Swapo there and it would have been a heck of a fight, but heavy rain the previous few days had flooded them out and we were spotted and Migs were launched to take care of us. While hiding from the migs, one of the Koevoet officers was playing with his pet baby puff adder and it bit him on his finger... So his finger was promptly amputated with a sharp knife using one of the big tires as a rest... No anesthetic !!!
    Westcliffe that is a nail biter of a story. I am glad you survived Mig's coming after you. Puff adder as a pet? these guys had some nut sacks!

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    Flying Squad

    Ruski,
    Hey when you said you belonged to the flying squad you surley did not mean this?
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    Ruski, I see what you mean about the special rigging on the helicopters. You are correct the STF does indeed take high risks. They are definetly "High speed" guys in my book.
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    Greetings Ruski, This group of STF Operators do not seem to have the special gear to secure themselves on the helo. Is it a different rope system that is hard to see in the pictures?
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    Ruski, I saw this vehicle in your personal pictures earlier in this thread. Can you tell us what this vehicle is used for?
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    Here is another vehicle I would like to learn about. Is this Police or military?
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    Hey, are these F.E.G.'s no longer in service with SAPS? This pistol was for sale here in the U.S.
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    SAPS training and field work. Ruski what kind of helmets are the ones in the last picture?
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