Making arms in the Khyber Pass
An interesting video on how Afghans make firearms by taking blanks of steel and filing away everything that doesn't look like a gun. Looks like they achieve high quality. And they have better gun handling techniques than the US interviewer.
Also shown are their other inventories. Lewis guns, Lugers, British muskets. They could probably make a better living selling those (apart from the Lewis) to American collectors. I suspect the shop owner, if told that those old muskets could bring a thousand on the American market, and the Lugers that much or several times it, wouldn't hesitate very long.
Hat tip to reader Alice Beard...
Fascinating. I couldn't help but note the reporter handles what appears to be a Luger, and says "Nazi gun... pure evil in my hand".
Posted by: tkdkerry at February 1, 2009 09:33 AM
You're telling me they make the guns by hand and then take the trouble to inscribe "made by norinco" on the side of them?
Posted by: Jim W at February 1, 2009 10:34 AM
Actually, Jim, they do - because that's what it said on the side of the gun they're cloning..:-)
That video is several years old, incidentally.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 1, 2009 10:44 AM
Liberals think it's too hard to actually build guns in a garage. In England they think it's too hard to build knives by hand. Where do we get such brilliant people.
Posted by: tarpon at February 1, 2009 02:53 PM
Re the "norinco", a friend who worked in Afghanistan in the '50s and '60s brought back a hand-made knock-off of pocket automatic, slightly crude in fit and finish but almost indistinguishable except that it said "25mm" where it should have said ".25 cal."
Posted by: jnheath at February 2, 2009 08:00 AM
Personally, I'd love to have a Lewis gun.
Posted by: totwtytr at February 4, 2009 07:39 AM
Can't imagine why Americans would ever need to or want to go to this place. Oh wait.. Bin Laden is there somewhere.
Posted by: Tom at February 4, 2009 04:53 PM
Posted by: hnlqjv at February 7, 2009 09:35 PM