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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Are US soldiers allowed to pick up enemy weapons?

Hi I was curious, if a soldier say was in a gunfight and ran out of bullets, can he pick up a dead insurgent's ak 47 or RPG to use against the enemy?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Theoretically, yes. However, there's a decent possibility that the weapon may be booby-trapped, so many wouldn't mess with it unless they were pretty sure it wasn't purposely left behind.

    Because we were in a Recon unit, we were trained on how to assemble, disassemble, do functions check, and how to fire Soviet/Chinese type weapons, but unless we knew for a fact the weapon wasn't purposely left behind and booby-trapped, we wouldn't touch it.

    That was one of the many reasons we carried a grappling hook and rope with us (good for trip wires and mines as well).

    Source(s): Ex-US Army Cav Scout NCO & recovered enemy weapons before while deployed.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    *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.

    Source(s): I am a former US Army Drill Sgt
    • Kevin6 years agoReport

      Lies :))

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Of course, if they really needed it... but why would you trade of a perfectly functional M16 for that abortion of a rifle the AK-47? AK's are reliable, but they will jam more often if both are kept equally clean. It's just that the AK can get mud packed in the bolt capture and still fire due to *excessively* loose tolerances. Never going to run out of ammo, that's another thing we Americans are good at... (Incoming flak-storm from Call of Duty fanboys!)

    Source(s): American.
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  • 4 years ago

    if they killed them and for some crazy reason they ran out of ammo with their own weapon, then they can use the dead insurgents weapon, but that is pretty unlikely now at this point of the war. we are not allowed to keep any weapons as "war trophies" though, usually we collect up weapons and turn them in to the Iraqi Army or Police.

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  • There is a rule that states "if you didn't drop it, don't pick it up." If you/your buddy shot/killed the insurgent the yes it's okay to pick up a weapon. If you randomly saw a dead insurgent with a weapon and you haven't engaged him, chances are, the body and weapon are booby trapped with explosives.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes when in a battle you do what you have to do to win. I do not know of any stories from Iraq or Afghanistan of that happening if it has then it was a special forces mission.

    That said in Vietnam many guys discarded their M-16 in favor of the AK-47 due to the fact the M-16 was a POS in Vietnam.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are reports of soldiers that admitted they also used ak 47s to plant them next to the body of any innocent civilian killed by them (by accident or not).

    It is known by everyone in the sandbox that soldiers usually stock an AK in the back of their hummves in case something like that happens...

    Sorry buts true

    Source(s): wiki youtub DoD
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    sure some of us are train with basic knowledge of common enemy weaponry. but dont try to take it back home lol

    Source(s): USMC worked for USMC Customs checking all that crap..i never seen so many AK's being disassemble in so many parts just to get it back to the US...
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  • 1 decade ago

    yes. if your taking fire from the enemy and you run out of ammo, you do what you have to do to get back into the fight and help out your fellow soldier.

    Source(s): 13 yars in the military, currently deployed to iraq.
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  • Alex
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    1 decade ago

    Yes who doesn't love weapons as war trophies

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