posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:08 AM
Americans Can Be in Awe of Philippine Taliban Backyard Gunsmithing...
This episode of 'Vice' on HBO brought me up out of my chair from a half sleep last night.
This is from an episode titled 'Killer Kids: Political Assassinations by the Philippine Taliban.' I was kind of half watching and half dozing late
last night when the episode came to the segment about the Backyard Gunshop.
I mean, these Philippino children of the Taliban make very effective weapons constructed from found scrap junk metal. Everything from 9mm
semiautomatic handguns to Barrett .50 sniper rifles and Kalashnikov automatic knockoffs. Yes, and even shoulder rocket launchers. These weapons made
in backyard gun shops are not of shabby Saturday Night Special quality. These are battlefield grade constructed weapons. Made from scrape metal in
backyard gun shops using hacksaws, files, hammers and just about any tool that can be found in the American work garage.
We've been hearing bits and drabs of news about how the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists hand make their own weapons. Until now, the scope and quality
of these Shade Tree Taliban Gunsmiths has been kept in the shadows.
Back Yard Gunsmithing among the Taliban is a trade handed down from father to son through the generations. Philippino children at the ripe young age
of ten begin learning how to make these guns. It's their schooling. It's their trade. And they are obviously very dang good at this trade, in spite
of the limited resources and tools available to them.
When I say limited, I mean very limited in comparison to what we have available here in America. The average American Joe can go to Sears to buy a
supply of Craftsman Tools that the children of the Philippine Taliban only wish they could purchase with a credit card.
Take a look at this HBO segment of a tour of a Taliban Backyard Gun Shop from the series 'Vice.'