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How do you beat people who "live in caves, have no tongues and make guns with their bare hands"?
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, April 21, 2007

Got me. Watch this:

HT: Bill Wingert
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I saw this video a short time ago; very interesting. I think it’d be kinda foolish to concentrate so many small arms in such a small place in case of a direct war with the USA; several aircraft (i.e., gunships and bombers) could make short work of that place.
Written By: Bryan Pick
Not by brute force you don’t. The Russians threw everything at them with no concerns for human rights or the Geneva Convention and still couldn’t force their will on the people. The only reason we haven’t been sent packing yet is because the non-Pashtun Afghans hate the Taliban and find us useful in helping keep the Taliban from regaining the reigns of power. I made several trips to Kabul while I was stationed in Afghanistan and found the people quite friendly towards Americans. The capital was bustling and I was told by one Afghan guy that during the Taliban days the streets of the capital were nearly empty. The Pashtun areas in the south and eastern parts of the country are another matter. It was quite dangerous for Americans to go into those areas. Afghanistan shares the problem with Iraq where you have several different ethnic tribes, who distrust and hate each other, cobbled together into a single nation.
Written By: Bob
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While it may be new to many, guns have been around for centuries, made by hand. There is nothing particularly unique, clever or inventive about the skill or talents required to build guns by hand. Most Americans who work on their own cars have the tools in their garage, but why bother. In fact what these manufacturers don’t know will likely kill many who buy their guns from less than intelligent manufacturers.

When I was young the gunsmiths were in most neighborhoods and you simply took your problem to them. They could easily build a gun from scratch, but to get modern metallurgy they typically bought parts from foundries. The BATF has stopped the practice, but anyone skilled with metal tools can easily do the tasks involved, a simple propane furnace will apply the heat treat, only desire is needed.

Personally, I wouldn’t use a gun built by these people, I would prefer one made of modern steels and tolerances, with far more accuracy. Hitting what you aim at is more important than scaring away flies.

Just a thought ... I wonder if these people have heard of nuclear bombs?

But, your point is?
Written By: bill
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According to some people in the US, that area should be a self-cleansing bloodbath. All those guns and hot tempers, you know.

Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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This is a wonderful example of Capitalism at work. A niche market is being served, jobs created, and the standard of living raised.
Written By: James E. Fish
and the standard of living raised.
Unless you’re on the other end of the barrel.
Written By: tom scott
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Personally, I wouldn’t use a gun built by these people, I would prefer one made of modern steels and tolerances, with far more accuracy. Hitting what you aim at is more important than scaring away flies.
Bill from what I understand these "Cheap Knock-offs" perform as well the "Real" weapons. Any way, what do you expect from an AK or SKS, in terms of accuracy? In fact, I would argue a Pakistani handmade AK is probeably constructed BETTER than 75% of the PRC or USSR factory jobs.

Bottom-Line: these guy have been making firearms for several centuries, ask the British or the Soviets how well their weapons work.
Written By: Joe
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One question, did my eyes deceive me or did not the host handle a Lewis Medium Machine Gun in one of those shops? I’d risk my life and pay a LOT of money to hold that kind of handmade, precision machinery and history!
Written By: Joe
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If they’ve been making 100 guns a day for 70 years, what does any of it have to do with the Afghan war?

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
Written By: Tom Perkins
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The gun guys in the video here are in PAKISTAN, not AFGANISTAN. And I’ve seen this sort of video going all the way back to when Gunga Dan Rather wore his turban on his newscasts from among the mujahadeen in the 80’s.

That small smithies working with hand tools (such as files & drills) can make a gun is not a demonstration of strength of will. It is a sign of lack of ability of their local area to support mass manufacturing on a modern scale. Why does Kimber use MIM parts and modern heat treatments to make 1911s? Because they can, and because people will pay them for the refined firearms this methodology produces. Why do Pakistan’s tribal areas manufacture firearms by hand? Same reason. Because they can, and because people will pay them for the (un)refined firearms this methodology produces.

Sure, we don’t stand a chance against the cave-dwelling guys who, in a city of tens of thousands, can manufacture all of 1000 hand held weapons a day. Tell it to the Taliban, who were defeated by their own brutally suppressed local opponents, led by a handful of our guys on horseback. Of course, our guys were calling in airstrikes on their satellite linked laptops, using GPS target coordinates. All these guys can do is kill lotsa civilians.
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