*Chuckles* Kid this stuff we used to do with the bad guys weapons? Let me tell you some things we used to do ok? :)
1)If the weapon was an SKS we'd ship it home legally because they're semi-auto only which makes them legal.
2)If you were part of a Long Range Reconnance Patrol ("LRRP") or or a Special Op group? We'd dress up like the bad guys- including using ALL their weapons. Why? The M16 has a distinctive "crack" when fired- the AK series has more of a "Crrrak" and you can tell the good guys from the bad guys by the weapons sounds.
So if you're a small group- of 6 guys- and you're going up against a company of 200 to 300 men who want to kill you? That difference in sound could mean the difference between life and death as it buys enough time of confusion "are we shooting at our own guys?" while the good guys make an "extraction due to being compromised position"
3)You know its always better to give than to recieve right? Well thats especially true with explosives, bombs and bullets that are coming in your direction.
If a small LRRP team is passing an ammo dump thats been buried they would take a few bullets out of their pouches and mix them in with the bad guys bullets. Oh- did I forget to tell you the normal gunpowder was replaced with C4 plastic explosive?
So Mr Bad Guy loads one of these bullets into his rifle, and it explodes- if done right, the AK is turned into a pipe bomb, the shooter has his head blown off, and if theres other bad guys close to him, they'll have serious metal cuts.
4)The RPG is an "OK" weapon but frankly its not that good. Its relatively short ranged, its not very accurate- but, it is a shaped charged that weighs 4.5 pounds of the soviet version of C4, and its powerfull. Oh and did I mention the word CHEAP? RPG's are crude weapons, very cheaply made- seems I read once where the RPG launcher runs about 400 dollars american to make or buy.
The problem with using the "Bad Guys" toys is basic unfamilarity with the weapon systems, and another is the Bad Guys toys haven't been adjust to the person using them.
Example: M16/M4 series of rifles have an adjustable front sight and adjustable rear sight and are designed to be sighted in at 25 yards. If you can hit the 2" by 2" black square- and you know what you're doing- assuming you have a cold barrel- you should be able to sight it in within 3 shots.
But you pick up an AK, or SKS or AKM and you haven't sighted it in for you, then you've essentially got to calculate the bullets trajectory mentally- in this case, its very difficult to hit anything accurately like a Bad Guys chest at any real range- it'd be mostly luck.
I am a former US Army Drill Sgt
· 1 decade ago