posted on Jun, 2 2003 @ 12:00 AM
Although the Stinger did turn the tables in a big way, the Mujahedeen did bring down Hinds before that...
From an article I read in MilTech magazine a couple of years ago, they documented a couple of cases where the Mujahedeen used old WWII vintage KAR 98
8mm Mauser bolt action rifles with very heavy low velocity soft lead bullets.
On impact with the tail rotor, it was not supposed to penetrate at all, but rather splatter across one of the blades of the tail rotor. When this
happened, it unbalanced the tail rotor, setting up a violent vibration, and the the tail rotor would actually yaw on the axle, striking the tail boom,
breaking off one of two blades.
Without a tailrotor, the pilots only choice is to cut the engines and immediately autorotate to an emergency landing... at which point they were face
to face with the Mujahedeen.
Also of note, prior to the use of the Stinger, Iver Johnson rechambered a number of its AMAC rifles (originally in .50 BMG) to the Soviet 14.5mm
machine gun round, and several of these, via the CIA, were brought to the Mujahedeen, where they performed well at taking the Hind out of the sky as