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DIY Weapons of the Libyan Rebels (34 photos)
The Atlantic ^ | 6/14/11

Posted on 06/15/2011 2:51:25 AM PDT by LibWhacker

For the past four months in Libya, rebel forces made up of civilians and army defectors have been waging battles against Muammar Qaddafi's armed forces, holding their own and sometimes advancing with the assistance of NATO air strikes. Scrambling to arm themselves against mercenaries and a professional army, rebels have been making use of everything they can -- from using captured weapons and munitions to rigging anti-aircraft guns and aircraft rocket launchers to the backs of civilian pickup trucks. Collected here are recent images of some of this weaponry used by the Libyan rebels.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: diy; libyan; rebels; weapons

1 posted on 06/15/2011 2:51:29 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Can't post the pics. Click here to see them.
2 posted on 06/15/2011 2:53:21 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

That looks allot like some good old boys from Texas just going on a hog hunt.


3 posted on 06/15/2011 3:01:12 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: LibWhacker

Not to be funny, but some of the retired men in our family and some of our friends have unbelievably well-put together garages and work benches. They could probably get a lot better results than these folks are getting.

My husband even has a few friends with those machines that manufacture parts from plans. I think they are called 3D fabricators.

Lathes, all sorts of wood and metal working equipment, not to mention that a few actually do their own reloading, so they have those pieces of equipment, too.

None of it is used for anything they shouldn’t, unless spending more on the latest piece of equipment than they’ve told their wives counts as “shouldn’t”.

This article is what everyone who says the US needs to disarm should look at. Because simply disarming doesn’t do much for long, as these people prove.


4 posted on 06/15/2011 3:10:22 AM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: LibWhacker

keep for later (when we have to use those tactics here)


5 posted on 06/15/2011 3:14:11 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: All

don’t think that the open toed sandals provide enough protection for that task.. the guy carrying bombs probably has an OSHA compliance issue too.


6 posted on 06/15/2011 3:21:58 AM PDT by newnhdad
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To: LibWhacker

Tagline.


7 posted on 06/15/2011 3:29:05 AM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: LibWhacker

Does anyone know what that rifle is in Picture #25?


8 posted on 06/15/2011 3:49:31 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: newnhdad

Arabs killing arabs sounds pretty jake to me, keep it up boys, yer doing fine.


9 posted on 06/15/2011 3:53:59 AM PDT by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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To: The Working Man

F2000?


10 posted on 06/15/2011 4:06:12 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter

I went to Wikipedia and I believe you are correct. It does appear to be a F2000. And visually in good shape compared to most of the rusted out crap in the other pictures.

I wonder if it came off a “NATO” trooper?


11 posted on 06/15/2011 4:12:57 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: LibWhacker

I watched Battle: Los Angeles for the first time last night.

Being an accomplished fabricator, welder, mechanic and machinist I can visualized quite a few types of weapon from giant air tanks that can lob projectiles (chunkin pumpkins) to high pressure actuators that can fire several hundred arrows at once.

Or even homemade compressed air/water rockets.

And you know I would probably tinker around with a bunch of my junk for a “just in case” scenario should things go really south in a hurry such should an unlikely event such as an ET invasion were to happen.

Sometimes low tech may be the solution.


12 posted on 06/15/2011 4:28:23 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (2012, NO MORE LIES!)
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To: LibWhacker

Looks like a few Western advisors in those pics.


13 posted on 06/15/2011 4:53:51 AM PDT by fuente
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To: The Working Man
At the bottom of the Wikipedia entry for the F2000 under Users it says:

"Libya: Purchased 367 F2000 rifles along with other assorted lethal and non-lethal systems from FN Herstal in 2008, with deliveries commencing in 2009.[17] The export of the weapons was initially blocked over concerns of proliferation into other volatile regions.[18]"

14 posted on 06/15/2011 4:58:14 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: mountainbunny
Disarm Americans, and the guy that was satisfied with owning a bolt action rifle and a six shot single action revolver, suddenly becomes a guy that wants a full auto rifle and a 15 round pistol.
15 posted on 06/15/2011 5:09:05 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Eye of Unk
Back in the late 70’s I worked with a guy that had been sent in to teach the mountain tribes in Vietnam how to make improvised weapons and explosives.

Instead of him teaching them how to make improvised weapons, they taught him. They would simply upgrade weapons that had been used for hundreds of years.

He even brought back a recipe for a really nasty explosive that could be made from a certain type of laundry soap.

16 posted on 06/15/2011 5:21:52 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Yo-Yo

Thanks for spotting that. I certainly didn’t. Keep up the good work.


17 posted on 06/15/2011 5:25:21 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: LibWhacker

I remember seeing that Missle-Pod-on-a-Pickup configuration in Mogadishu back in 1986. These al Qaeda types are very resourceful.


18 posted on 06/15/2011 5:41:03 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: LibWhacker

Wow- are those FAL’s in pics 11 and 18?


19 posted on 06/15/2011 5:41:45 AM PDT by herewego ( Got .45?)
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To: LibWhacker

A couple of those “rebels” look very European.


20 posted on 06/15/2011 5:47:44 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Demons run when a good man goes to war.)
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To: IMR 4350

I vory warfare. ;-)


21 posted on 06/15/2011 5:50:13 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Demons run when a good man goes to war.)
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To: fuente

Did you notice the instructions on the Russian made rocket launchers were in English? I wonder how that came to be? Did we supply the rebs with some confiscated Russian weapons that we had in order to make it appear that we had not been involved for some time previous to the current fighting? Those Russian rocket lauchers looked to be in good shape compared to the junk in other pictures.


22 posted on 06/15/2011 5:58:41 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4 Believe it!)
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To: LibWhacker

The writing on the wall says SAFETY IS OUR FIRST MISSION.

23 posted on 06/15/2011 6:11:27 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: herewego

Wow, I think you’re right. At least some of them do look like it. (I knew people in this thread would see things I had missed, and I haven’t been disappointed!)


24 posted on 06/15/2011 6:12:13 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: The Working Man

FN FS2000 (Non Civilian version) ;)

Integrally Suppressed
Short Barrel
Grenade Launcher


25 posted on 06/15/2011 6:34:54 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: LibWhacker

Guns are genetic.


26 posted on 06/15/2011 6:40:20 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (everything is almost done being unwound)
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To: LibWhacker

For later.


28 posted on 06/15/2011 8:24:44 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: IMR 4350

Disarm Americans, and the guy that was satisfied with owning a bolt action rifle and a six shot single action revolver, suddenly becomes a guy that wants a full auto rifle and a 15 round pistol.

What you write is so very true.

I used to be the only one of my girlfriends who could shoot, and was known as "the one with the guns". My husband and I have always enjoyed shooting together at the range, hunting together, and so on. I was taught by my dad who grew up hunting, was in the military, and carried for self defense. He wanted his daughter to be able to hunt and shoot.

When the Obama Administration came on board and everyone suddenly began to pay attention to the Second Amendment, I lost count of the girlfriends who went to Don't you think it's a little weird for a woman to do this? to What would you suggest I buy/How hard is it to get a CCW/Do you think I need to get an ____/Where would you go for training?

As you say, suddenly, everyone wanted something they never gave a thought to before because they didn't want to be deprived.

It's good that people are concerned now though. Better to be educated than to be ignorant and better to be prepared than blindsided by events beyond your control.

29 posted on 06/15/2011 2:00:35 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: mountainbunny
I've noticed it at gun shows.

Women in particular aren't satisfied with just a small purse guns anymore, they want something a little more serious.

30 posted on 06/15/2011 3:19:45 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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