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Guns in Shanghai..

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by twoblink, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. twoblink

    twoblink Well-Known Member

    Well... I'm back in Taiwan after a 5 day trip to Shanghai, China. Mostly gunless, except for the armed money transports!!

    Saw'ed off shotguns...

    I was scared to take a pic.. had to sneak around.. The bank CEO's all wear camo bulletproof vests while this is going on...

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  2. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    Wow, Taiwan's gettin' hardcore!

    I remember last time I was there, they had the lanyards with white rope attached to them. Kinda had the formal police look.

    This looks like all out militia style mall ninja! :D
  3. twoblink

    twoblink Well-Known Member

    That ain't taiwan, that's the People's Republik of China.. Not the Republic of China.. (PRC vs ROC).. :D

    The cops in Taiwan are a joke... Most wear only empty holsters..

    Only beat cops have guns, they carry Smith's 9mm's...
  4. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    Oh that explains a lot then... I was actually surprised/impressed if that was the Taiwan police :D

    The Taiwan police is definitely a joke. I always wondered why rope connected their gun to their uniform when I was a kid. I thought that was so corny ;)
  5. Kodiak AK

    Kodiak AK Well-Known Member

    I believe it stems from Britsh Army tradition. It is how ever rather practical in the real world still.
  6. twoblink

    twoblink Well-Known Member

    Also, quite a few of them have the "pretty holsters", what I call "useless holsters". They have a big white flap that flaps over the entire gun, and it's not snapped on, but "roped" in, so if you wanted to draw your gun, you have to grab the end of the string, unwind it, open up the flap, use the other hand to hold the flap open while you grab the gun.. :rolleyes: I saw a few do it, it was like an 8 second process...:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  7. DigMe

    DigMe Well-Known Member

    I have to wonder if those guns are real and loaded. I've lived in China at two different points in my life and I never saw anyone in China with a real gun besides official military/police and even some of those that I saw standing guard at places I had to wonder if the gun was even real (like the soldier that was always standing guard at the TV station where I filmed a show I was on.... he always had a chrome AK..seriously, I couldn't tell if it had " 'da switch" or not ;) It probably was real though because I lived in the town where Falun Gong started and they were always trying to take over that TV station). China is all about appearances though and many things are not as real as they seem.

    I saw one bank guard one time that had a pistol on his belt. I took a closer look when he wasn't looking once and the pistol was obviously fake. However, in Beijing I regularly saw military and police with guns, especially on holidays and in the embassy districts. MP5's (or some variant) and AK's mostly. All of the armored car couriers that I saw had big cattle prods on their belts and they wore body armor and helmets. I guess the guns probably are real and they could be paying the military to provide security but I just had to wonder out loud. Camo BDU's weren't the typical military dress on-duty or off as far as I saw in any city I lived in or visited.

    brad cook
  8. waynzwld

    waynzwld Well-Known Member

    I've been to Shanghai 4 times and yes, you better not look too long at the couriers when the banks are transfering money. They always look like they are looking for any excuse to get nasty on someone. I also noticed that the people there gave a wide berth to them when this was taking place. The last time I was there they were all carring shotguns, the other times they had AK's and PPS's. Sometimes there were only a few and other times there was a whole squad.
  9. waynzwld

    waynzwld Well-Known Member

    Oh! Twoblink, what part of Shanghai were you in?
  10. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Ah, Shanghai.:)

    Tell us more about it, two.
  11. Gabe

    Gabe Well-Known Member

    Searched the net and found some pics. Some sort of police recruitment fair.


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  14. natedog

    natedog Well-Known Member

    What kind of gun does the officer on the right have? Looks a bit like an AK converted to a pistol caliber. And what is that rifle with the stock on the ground? The one that the left hand officer has...
  15. Dave Bean

    Dave Bean Well-Known Member

    There is no real gun ownership in China. I read somewhere that the government is real scared about giving guns out to people...or else they might rebel and take over the government. :rolleyes:

    Apparently, guns are only given to the People's Liberation Army units and other selected regional units that can be "trusted." There is a real problem for Chinese policemen in rural areas. Since they are not allowed to have guns, the criminals are just running around them or outright killing them when they get in the way. It's a real shame.

    Dave Bean
  16. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    When I went to the mainland back in '82 or so, cops wore white tunics and most were without guns. Then when I went around 2000 more carried guns and the bank escort guys had smgs. I never saw someone patrolling with a RPK though. Didcha catch the grin on the officer with the RPK?
  17. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Although my wifes Chinese is not that advanced, she translated the Kanji on that truck as basically "Bomb Disposal Truck"..

    Any body read it better?

  18. tex_n_cal

    tex_n_cal Well-Known Member

    Didn't see any guns at all in the PRK when I was there in...

    Oh! China! Sorry...I was lost for a moment. :evil:

    Didn't see any in Mainland China, when I was there in December. In the Taipei Airport, though, I passed one guy with an M16, leaving a stall in the men's room. He stopped and talked to a guy with an Uzi sub gun.
  19. DigMe

    DigMe Well-Known Member

    Seeing those Chinese police ninjas reminds me of a funny story. This guy I knew lived in a different city than I but one time he locked his key in his apartment. I don't remember the whole story but for some reason there was no spare. Someone in the building was friends with a policeman so he called to see if the police could somehow get the door open. Well, the local SWAT type team decided that this was the perfect time for some practice so the whole swat team showed up in their van all dressed in their ninja gear and they went up to the roof of the building (he lived on the third floor) and as the entire neighborhood watched, rapelled down to the window, went in and unlocked the door. This is typical Chinese way of doing things. I could go on and on with stories. :)

    brad cook
  20. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    digme reminded me one thing I loved MOST about taiwan. Damn their airsoft gun stores are freakin' HUGE!!! Maybe because I was jus' a kid (I was born there) but I remember walls and walls of airsoft guns that looked real. One that stood out most was my cousins stainless 1911. I would play that thing all day and night and dry fire that gun constantly. I was jus' too amazed at all the cool toys Taiwan had. Even full auto M16 airsoft guns that looked like the real thing.

    ...Whoa... I think I found out why I love 1911's so much. Subconsciously I must have remembered this moment of that stainless airsoft 1911.... ahh I see the light... :p

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