Booby Trapped AK-47

A friend of mine sent me this pic of a AK-47 uncovered in Raqqa, Syria. Apparently it was booby trapped by retreating ISIS fighters. See the special surprise under the recoil guide? Notice the Duracell 9V battery just behind it?

Since I am not there I can’t with certainty say “what” is in the package, but the 9V is a clue that when you pull the trigger things don’t function normally.

So what’s the point? Many people in the US are quick to use the phrase, “battlefield pickup” as some kind of magic talisman to overcome some problem or failure in planning. Just understand that people are the same the world over. If you leave a weapon on the ground in Raqqa or Rochester, it’s going to get picked up.

Life is chess not checkers. Always play the game a few moves ahead.

 

 
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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • MickeyG

    Damn !

    • Yup. Gotta watch for booby trapped ammunition as well.

      Marky

      • MickeyG

        Oh yeah, we did some of that when we discovered any NVA / VC ammo caches

        • Mikial

          I was going to bring this up, but you beat me to it. Point to you. Mickey! 😉

          This was a pretty common tactic in Vietnam, and has been used in other theaters since. You either booby trap the rifle, or more commonly the ammo by replacing the powder that burns with something that explodes when the primer goes off.

          • We have shared stories of booby trapped ammo in Syria as well.

            Marky

  • Daniel, God is my judge

    Or, when someone pulls the bolt back to see if the weapon is clear, a circuit is made and……… well you know the rest.

    • Yes. That seems to be how it’s setup.

      Marky