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Firing some Taliban guns in Afghanistan

In 2004 my Task Force rounded up a former (current?) member of the Taliban who was up to no good.  I won’t mention his name here for OPSEC reasons, but I will say that we were forced to release the jackass a few weeks later due to lack of evidence.  In the meantime we shot the guns we confiscated from him out at the range.  It’s the least we could do, I did have to carry crates of his ammunition down the side of the mountain he lived on.

The PPSh-41 is a Soviet WWII era Sub-Machine Gun that was designed for close in fighting in urban and forested areas.  Like other drum-fed machine guns, I found this one was very prone to Failure to Feed malfunctions.  On the other hand it could be that this specific gun was as old as Uncle Joe Stalin and had been kept in a Taliban cache for god knows how long.

Firing a .303 Lee Enfield rifle.  Strong recoil but a nice rifle to shoot.  I’d love to know the back story of how some of these weapons found their way to Afghanistan.  Among other confiscated items we had laying around was what looked like a Rhodesian web gear harness…I can only imagine.  One thing I found notable about the .303 was that the sights can be adjusted out to 1000 meters.  A friend told me that in the old days the British were prone to sending volleys of fire.

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