Oct 30, 2007
Sighting in an AK is a pain in the ass, requiring the use of a special tool and a hammer. I read an account of training Iraqi security forces in marksmanship. They sighted their rifles a little low and were taught to fire in short controlled bursts. Because of this, the worst that could happen is that the first couple of round will skip up and as the rifle rises due to recoil the successive rounds will hit their target directly. This is far preferable to the bullets going right over the enemy's head. They also cleaned their rifle with a mixture of motor oil and diesel fuel, with no reports of flaming rifles.
The author of the article said that insurgents just dump ammo firing from the hip, subscribing to the "spray and pray" philosophy of aiming, better trained soldiers will drop you with a couple of shots while you wildly spray automatic fire. Don't shoot in a particular style just to look cool, like holding your handgun sideways to look like 50 Cent.
See also this break down of shooting positions.
Oct 29, 2007
Check out my comrade Blackstone's Power to the People. I found his blog recently and we seem to share many of the same interests.
Also vote on my new poll!
The rise in ammo prices was reflected this year in how expensive it was. Also the wait times to shoot were much much too long. The following are my impression of the guns I shot:
P90- This über-futuristic bull-pup assault rifle/sub-machine gun hybrid was a joy to shoot, controllable, compact, and I hear the ammo, 5.7x25mm pierces body armor and does major damage. Here is a video of me shooting 30 rounds.
Mirco Uzi- This tiny 9mm was a bitch, uncontrollable it fired to fast for me to do burst fire. It keep jamming and even not firing. Thumbs down.
Galil- This Israeli AK variant was interesting, I was not familiar with the type of sights it used. It had significant recoil for a 5.56 but was easier to fire than the Micro Uzi.
Now for the Semis:
CZ-85- This Czech 9mm was heavy has all hell but that made it easy to shoot. I wouldn't want it as a side arm in the jungle.
Walther PPKS- Another tiny gun in .380. Even though the round was tiny, it kicked like a mule. After some practice I can see me getting one to carry clandestinely, probably in 9mm, because the ammo is easier to come by.
Desert Eagle- The best thing to come out of Israel, ever. Wow I just realized I shot 3 types of Israeli guns that day, huh. Anyways this .44 mag was smooth to shoot (less recoil than the PPKS!) and easy to aim. I had fun blasting pumpkin with it. Two of my comrades it arms shot it and felt the same way as me, it kicks ass. I wonder what the .50 cal version is like.
Marlin Carbine in 9mm- I had shot it in previous years but I still had fun with in, seems ideal of urban/close quarter combat. I think this and a rifle would make a good combo, no need for a pistol.
Ruger Mk II- Always a pleasure, especially with a red dot. Plink away!
Oct 24, 2007
the cache of each group should include: one revolver for each member, cartridges, dynamite, detonators, acids, black powder, containers for the transportation of the bombs, clubs, saws, shovels, nails, screwdrivers, wires etc. Moreover, each head of the groups must have in his possession the instructions for the fabrication of Molotov cocktails…
It may happen – and this will happen most certainly happen – that groups or members of groups may be called upon to use machineguns or grenades. In this case the arms will be furnished by those responsible for the detachment (four groups) who will see to that the arms are returned as soon as the operation has finished
I know good/obscure training manuals are hard to find, so I was excited when I came across this in my research.
An internet compañero recently related to me that when he was working with the EZLN in Chiapas, México he learned that they, at least the ones he encountered "used the "British Army Training Manual" (1980s edition) or a text largely based on that, I think it has some extracts from US marine manuals as well." I had always be curious about this and was also very happy to learn this. Maybe in my next trip to Chiapas I will bring them some more up to date material.
Oct 21, 2007
"L'Armée de Liberation du Québec" (ALQ or Quebec Liberation Army), orchestrated nine hold-ups and robberies over a period of eight months in 1963 and 1964, obtaining forty thousand dollars in cash as well as fifty-five thousand dollars worth of electronics and military equipment before being arrested. What is noteworthy is that a group of mostly untrained nineteen to twenty-three year-olds could orchestrate such actions against military targets. At the very least these robberies demonstrated to the people of Québec how vulnerable the military and financial institution of the province were. Seen in this perspective, the second series of FLQ actions were successful, despite the fact that they ended in numerous arrests and repossession of all captured munitions by the Canadian authorities. Just one example of their raids exemplifies this perfectly:
"Carried out with clock-like precision, the raid began at half-past seven in the morning of January 30 (1964) and was over by nine o'clock. An ALQ commando unit overpowered the night watchman and tied him up, along with eight other civilian and military employees of the Department of National Defence. (As in all reserve army barracks, there were no troops quartered there.) A truck was backed into the drill hall on Avenue des Pins and loaded up; 59 Belgian FN 7.62 semi-automatic rifles (the type used by NATO troops); four Bren light machine guns and 34 Sten submachine guns with firing pins; four 60-millimetre field mortars; three bazooka-type rocket launchers; hand grenades; five Browning automatic pistols; 13,000 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition; 2,000 rounds of 7.62 ammunition; and 2,300 rounds of .303 ammunition. Add to this: 15 two-way radio sets, two portable field telephones, storm lanterns, electric wire… Official estimates put the total value at about $22,000." (Quote From Louis Fornier's "FLQ The Anatomy of an Underground Movement)
This capture alone would have been enough to start an insurgency, had there been enough FLQ members to use the guns. Today it seems absurd that such a large cache of munitions would be left virtually unguarded anywhere in North America. But at that point in time nobody expected such levels of political violence in Canada; the same reason why dynamite was so easy to such large quantities from construction sites. It must have been an alarming revelation to both the Canadian state and the people of Canada to realize how easily "extremists" could rob the army of so many dangerous weapons. For example, modified mortars are a very common explosive currently used by the Iraqi Insurgency for Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) that are killing so many people in Iraq.
Here is a picture of me shooting an AK in .223 at the shoot last year
and my comrade in arms shooting an HK 5
I will most certainly be there with several comrades, training all day Saturday. If anyone ends up come feel free to find me, the pictures of my hair will be more than enough to identify me.
I have been getting lots of hits from around the world lately thanks, in part to my posts on Gunsnet and Rev Left, including more than one from Lebanon. I hope my blog is helping people in the respective struggles. One day we will all be brothers and sisters in arms fighting for liberation of those oppressed by capitalism. Hopefully all of my hits don't come from counter-insurgents. All of this support really encourages me to keep writing and keep training. But I need your help. I need to know what you want to see me write about, what you like and don't like, etc. I have put out this call before with limited results. Also I want you to critique what I write, add to it, supplement it with your own expertise/knowledge.
La Lucha Sigue,
The Red Son
Oct 16, 2007
Battles of Algiers Entire film below.
Black Hawk Down Trailer Below
Use them for your insurgency training!
Also, for inspiration and entertainment Equilibrium Trailer Below
Oct 15, 2007
I have just read and signed the petition: "Vermont Independence Resolution"
Please help by signing this petition. It takes 30 seconds and will really help to liberate the great state of Vermont and establish a worker's state there.
Please follow this link:
The Red Son
Oct 14, 2007
Oct 13, 2007
The Serbu Super Shorty is a modified Mossberg 500 or 590 Maverick or Remmington 870. It has a 16.5 inch over all length, but only fits two plus one 12 ga shells. It bad ass but I would rather be packing "The Judge"
It's a five-shot revolver chambered in .410 and .45 Colt. It is shorter and has more shots, which are less powerful. You gotta love the duel ammo versatility. In case you have noticed I love shotguns cause I love blasting.
Oct 12, 2007
Desert Peace has several posts and two speeches by Che. This is an exceptional blog with really great and beautiful images.
Disillusioned Kid's sub-par and unoriginal review of Guerrilla Warfare.
I don't get a good feeling about the blog Che Guevara. It has no ascribed author and no text explaining anything about the blog, just a series of well written essays on various parts of Che's life.
And last, a U.S. Marine Corp. memo reviews and exploring the life of Che but more specifically his book Guerrilla Warfare.
And below is a great vintage propaganda poster:
1) Shotguns and shotshells are cheap and easily acquired in most situation because they are used for hunting. Therefor they can be legally acquired and commonly found in almost any country or locality, even where gun control is stringent, such as Europe.
2) They are easy to use and relatively untrained soldiers can use them effectively. It is not precision weapons so instructing somebody to simply "point and shoot."
3) They are easy to conceal, on your person, luggage or in a vehicle, especially with a sawed-off or combat length barrel and a pistol grip or folding/collapsible stock.
4) They rip people up at close range, great for room clearing and other urban combat situations. The amount of raw energy being transfered into your target and size/number of wound is unrivaled by another other small arm at distances under 25 yards.
5) Shotshells are a versatile cartridge which can accommodate many different loads to fit many situations.
6) Shotguns, accessories and ammo are all pretty cheap which allows you to equip more troops on a smaller budget.
7) Shotguns loaded with lead slugs or buck shot (the former much safer and more effective) can be used to blow the hinges and/or locks on a door in order to gain entrance to a building or other contained area.
Just for fun, here is a picture of me at the range with a side by side, currently broken open.
Oct 10, 2007
Consider this testimony from Gunthorp:
"The last time we did a bullet performance test was during a course in PA early last year. At that time, friend and colleague, Mike Shovel from Cor-Bon brought out huge blocks of ballistic gelatin, and we shot them with a variety of commercially-available, high-performance pistol ammunition. We required each bullet to first penetrate four layers of denim before entering the gelatin. At that time, we discovered that denim retarded and frustrated the expansion of a number of conventional, hollow-point bullets. In bare gelatin, most expanded just fine, but the denim barrier presented a problem for all but a few.
Last weekend, again in PA, Mike joined us once more for an Advanced Defensive Pistol Course, The gelatin tests continued:
Many commented last time that they wondered what effect a heavy, leather jacket would have on pistol-bullet performance and penetration. So, this time we required each bullet to penetrate a leather jacket AND four layers of denim before entering the gelatin. Each student subjected his own, carry ammunition to the test. Here is what we found:
The combination of leather and denim frustrated most conventional, hollow-points. Most traversed the gelatin with badly-compromised expansion. Some did not expand at all. Even Cor-Bon's vaunted PowerBall (45ACP, out of my Detonics) did not do well in this test. I was surprised, as few rounds will out-expand PowerBall, but the layers of clothing, combined with the Detonics' short barrel, conspired to thwart performance.
The one round that expanded consistently and completely, despite the leather and denim barrier, in all calibers, was Cor-Bon's DPX! DPX, in 40S&W, 45ACP, 357SIG, 38Super, and 45AutoRim, were all unimpressed by the leather and denim. Even 380Auto DPX, out of my little Kel-Tec, was immune. It expanded symmetrically and completely, penetrating nine inches of gelatin, after penetrating the clothing."
Oct 7, 2007
Oct 5, 2007
Oct 1, 2007
Che Guevara’s thesis of the insurrectional foco is correct inasmuch as action creates the revolutionary conditions; but it is imperative to know in each country and situation whether to begin operations in the city or the countryside, that is, in the event that we cannot do so in both places at the same time, which would be optimum initial strategy given sufficient forces.
I think that I actually saw a variant, the Carcano M91TS Moschetto per Truppe Speciali (Special Troops carbine). shown here: