This vintage photo of New Zealand SAS operators has been doing the rounds on social media lately. It features a pair of operators armed with MP5s. New Zealand’s SAS was established in 1955 but their counter-terrorism element was only established in the 1970s.
The photos are annotated with a 1980 date and the operator on the left has an MP5SD, introduced in the mid-1970s, while the other has an MP5A3. Both have Maglites fitted to the top of their weapons using HK’s claw mount. Here’s a look inside the NZ SAS’s new training facility with the current generations of operators training for a variety of operations.