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US Weapons in Afghanistan
US Made, and possibly issues M16A4: 20” barrel and KAC rail.

There have been a lot of bad feelings in the US post Afghanistan exit. Without getting into the pros & cons of that event, I did recently come across some photos of US made small arms seen at a Taliban / government parade. 

US Weapons in Afghanistan
US made M9. In 100 years, will this pistol be as collectible as former UK-Afghan Weapons from the 1870’s and 1880

It’s super weird for me to see M9’s and KAC railed rifles used by jihadis. 

But what really struck my eye was the presence of handcuffs. Or more accurately how they are used more for decoration than function. Let me explain. 

US Weapons in Afghanistan
From a distance, one could have easily thought this solider was a NATO member.

Handcuffs are personal restraints. In just about any situation requiring handcuffs, outside of your last Tinder date, they need to be readily accessible for quick deployment.  

US Weapons in Afghanistan
US Made, and possibly issues M16A4: 20” barrel and KAC rail.

Having them literally locked onto your gear or around your rifle must be for something else. Fashion statement? A sign of authority or membership in some special group? Maybe something else my western mind can’t divine? 

Dunno. 

US Weapons in Afghanistan
Another dude with handcuffs. Something up with this. What? I don’t know.

But the handcuffs and KAC rails caught my attention. One wonders over the next 10-20-30-100 years if US made M4 / M16 pattern rifles will still be floating around the MENA region. Like so many ghosts of the other long forgotten wars fought there…

 

 

Sincerely, 

Marky

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