posted on Aug, 9 2006 @ 03:48 AM
Originally posted by Eddie Peoples
Swiss Army Knife. It seems that as a country, the Swiss are so war-politically neutral, they don't even have to equip their army with guns!! Imagine
an army in todays world that only arms it's soldiers with knives, it's incredible!! I saw this on television and it just amazed me.
Complete BS the Swiss army is very well armed, in fact the Swiss army has long been a militia trained and structured to rapidly respond against
foreign aggression. Swiss males grow up expecting to undergo basic military training and a mandatory period of service in the Rekrutenschule (the
"recruits-school"), after which Swiss men still remain part of the militia either in a home guard or reserve capacity until age 42 (age 52 for
officers). Each such individual keeps his army-issued personal weapon (the Sig 550 5.56 mm assault rifle for enlisted personnel, or the SIG-Sauer P220
9 mm semi-automatic pistol for officers, medical and postal personnel) at home with a specified quantity of government-issued ammunition.
In some 2001 statistics,it is noted that there are about 420,000 assault rifles stored at private homes, mostly SIG 550 types. Additionally, there are
some 320,000 assault rifles and military pistols exempted from military service in private possession, all selective-fire weapons having been
converted to semi-automatic operation only. In addition, there are several hundred thousand other semi-automatic small arms classified as carbines.
The total number of firearms in private homes is estimated minimally at 1.2 million; more liberal estimates put the number at 3 million.Thus most home
has a weapon, making Switzerland one of the highest gun owning countires in the world.
Swiss Army Weapon systems include
SIG 550 assault rifle (known as Sturmgewehr 90 or F ass 90)
SIG P220 semi-automatic pistol
FIM-92 Stinger shoulder-fired anti-air missile
Leopard 2 main battle tank
CV90 infantry fighting vehicle
M109 howitzer self-propelled armoured artillery
Mowag Piranha armoured troop transport
Eurocopter Super Puma
Try doing a bit of genuine research before posting such BS with the statement I saw it on TV.
[edit on 9-8-2006 by Popeye]