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DIY Weapons of the Libyan Rebels (amazing photos of rebel weaponsmiths)
The Atlantic ^ | 19 JUN 11 | Alan Taylor

Posted on 06/20/2011 10:45:59 AM PDT by DCBryan1

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: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; libya; rebels Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee
Full auto, high explosive, darwin award, DIY explosive PING BANG!
2 posted on 06/20/2011 10:47:50 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: All

arent’ many of these “rebels” former Al-Qaida?


3 posted on 06/20/2011 10:54:33 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: DCBryan1

Dang! They get all the cool toys!


7 posted on 06/20/2011 11:20:25 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: DCBryan1

That’s funny. I can totally hear it having dealt with a few Koreans myself. anyways, I wonder if they’re hitting anything with their rockets. It looks like they’re being used as an indirect fire weapon.


8 posted on 06/20/2011 11:20:25 AM PDT by RC one
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To: DCBryan1

I’m absolutely 100% positive that every ARFCOMer who saw that last photo immeidately thought, “ammo fort”.


9 posted on 06/20/2011 11:22:47 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: DCBryan1

You can see the serial # on the bull pup S&W in the first photo. Would love to track that purchase!


10 posted on 06/20/2011 11:28:19 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: DCBryan1

Damn! I wish that last picture was my basement.


11 posted on 06/20/2011 11:32:19 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: DCBryan1
More crap blowing by the CIA, where is the work of all those bet special forces, they were only checking primers with rocks until the special forces showed up in the illegal war. Did not see any thank you notes for the chines money that you borrowed to pay for all that crap.
12 posted on 06/20/2011 11:33:32 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: DCBryan1

I always wondered who would be crazy enough to shell out for an FN F2000.


13 posted on 06/20/2011 11:34:10 AM PDT by Tucsonican
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To: DCBryan1

Looks like the nation of Toyota has gone to war.


14 posted on 06/20/2011 11:36:30 AM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: thefactor

That is an FNC2000.


15 posted on 06/20/2011 11:42:18 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: DCBryan1; All

AP Images can be problematic.

Check attribution before posting, thanks.


16 posted on 06/20/2011 11:42:21 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: DCBryan1
On a serious note...Have you/others noted the plethora of FN FALs that have recently emerged in Libya? On Alzeera I saw what was essentially a 12 man squad of "rebels," all fitted with new FALs. Synthetic furniture,etc. Obviously not leftovers from other nations, but brand new issue.

Just curious about "source?"

17 posted on 06/20/2011 11:47:24 AM PDT by donozark (Not all heroes wear tights and a cape.)
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To: Perdogg

Ah, I just took a quick look at the logo and thought it was S&W.


18 posted on 06/20/2011 11:48:58 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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#23 talks about a “Russian-made UB32 multiple rocket launcher” that has English writing all over it. Oops! Doesn’t look very Russian to me.


19 posted on 06/20/2011 12:04:28 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: DCBryan1

Self-ping for later review.

Regarding photo number 4...

Have a Coke and a smile.
Have a Pepsi and massive third degree burns.


20 posted on 06/20/2011 12:07:23 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: thefactor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_F2000


21 posted on 06/20/2011 12:15:19 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: DCBryan1
RE photo #13: No way in hell I'd be sitting in the cab of that truck.

I've been part of testing Army 2.75" rockets (called Hydra now) from static mounted pods. No way, Jose.

22 posted on 06/20/2011 12:16:09 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)
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To: DCBryan1

Rube Goldberg would be proud ...


23 posted on 06/20/2011 12:23:12 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: bossmechanic

Photo #2
His face and skin protection seems lacking for arc welding(That’s going to leave a mark) same for #17 and #27, well it will be ok, they won’t be able to see it.

Just wondering if 33 would stand up well to 32? Might be fun to try!


24 posted on 06/20/2011 10:21:02 PM PDT by my job (How can I get out of this handbasket? It looks like too much heat in that direction!)
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To: FReepaholic
I've been part of testing Army 2.75" rockets (called Hydra now) from static mounted pods. No way, Jose.

You familiar with the 101 Airborne's *Slammer* and *Slammer VI* experiments of the 1970s that mounted 6 Hydra pods on the old M151 Jeep? They'd put more fire and steel on target than either the 81mm mortar or 105 howitzer batteries then in use.

I'd reckon a HUMVEE could fit eight of the posds, maybe ten.

If you're interested, I could chase the info down. At the time, the old 4.2" mortar had just been withdrawn from service, and the 101 came up with a field expedient that was inexpensive, effective and organic to the division via the pods on their [then] Huey Cobras. So naturally, with no cushy project officer job for retired officers, they were ordered to cut it out [Carter years.]

Freepmail if interested.

25 posted on 06/21/2011 9:54:31 AM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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