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Rebel Barbie?

A young blonde woman has apparently taken up arms and joined the Pro-Russian rebels fighting in Ukraine. Some of the European newspapers speculate this as some sort of propaganda move to motivate fighters. Other suspect she may be a mother due to the location of the photos, which were taken at a kindergarten that had been damaged by shelling.

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You don’t say?

Working at a gun shop I hear my share of opinions and stories from people. For the most part the customers I’ve talked to are honest, good people.

Yesterday though, this guy walks in and I’m subjected to the weirdest story I’ve heard yet. 100% sure he’s a veteran, but a young one, maybe late twenties, early thirties. He had VA papers in his hand, and there is a VA office down the street.

Initially I first believed him, kind of giving him the benefit of the doubt, but as he kept talking, I realized he was lying and that maybe he was on medication; maybe he was suffering from some sort of mental disorder/illness.

In order of what he told me in a span of 30 mins since he was the only one in the shop. Starts off believable but then spirals into lies…

  • He had friends in the Special Forces (only thing I believed)
  • He won a military competition and got 25 acres of land as a prize.
  • He owned 45 cars, including Maseratis and Lotuses
  • He owns 900 guns
  • He built his first machine gun when he was 9 years old
  • He built a 7mm full auto machine gun with a 150 round “clip”
  • He owns a helicopter
  • He combined 4 of his 7mm machine guns and put them on his helicopter
  • He shot a 35 ft long snake somewhere in the U.S
  • Black Ops will kill him if he speaks out about certain things.

Eventually he left after my boss handed me some paperwork to look over.

This post isn’t meant to make fun of the guy. I don’t know what he’s been through during his time in the service. Maybe he does have an underlying mental illness. Or maybe he’s just a pathological liar; he wasn’t arrogant about his stories, he said it all with a straight face and smile, like how a good friend talks to you. I can’t say for sure.

June was PTSD awareness month.

As the saying goes. “War. War never changes."…but war changes those who are a part of it.

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Security

Coalition force members maintain security during a presence patrol in Farah province, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2012. Afghan National Security Forces have been taking the lead in security operations, with coalition forces as mentors, to bring security and stability to the people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)

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Dragontooth & Green Parrot

Two rather similar anti-personnel mines, the BLU-43 Dragontooth is the American model, while the PFM-1 Green Parrot is the Russian version. The explosive charge is rather minimal, designed mostly to maim and wound ground forces or disable soft skinned vehicle tires.

Once the mine is armed any outward pressure will set it off, making it impossible to disarm. The Dragontooth was used covertly in Vietnam for classified operations, however, the Green Parrot was used in Afghanistan by the Soviets. Due to its curious shape, many Afghan children thought they were toys, picking up the mine and playing with them, resulting in lost limbs.

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Foreign Firepower

Syrian rebel fighters armed with M16 and M4 variants. Note the Magpul UBR stock in the last photo. Although some of them look like the real thing, a few of them may be Chinese made clones; specifically the Norinco CQ. They’re distinguishable by their tubular ribbed handguard, as seen in photos 6 & 7. Interesting that they are being used over there considering the logistics problem for parts, magazines and ammo in a country dominated by AK’s and the 7.62x39 cartridge. (GRH)

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Homemade…

A large single shot anti-material rifle that appears to be assembled out of spare parts and scrap metal. In the last photo you can see the massive box shaped muzzle brake sticking out of the hole in the wall. (GRH)

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The Shop

Abu Mohammad, a gunsmith, repairs a gun in his shop in the city of Aleppo June 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman)
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Recording

A member of the Free Syrian Army points his weapon through a hole as he uses a camera to photograph the scene outside in Deir al-Zor June 12, 2013.(REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

*Although the Reuters caption says its for photographing the scene outside of the building, it’s probably also being used to record sniper kills which in turn would make for an effective propaganda tool.

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Cigarette sniper…

A fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Tahrir al Sham brigade aims a sniper rifle before firing at Syrian Army soldiers during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

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