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AK47 on Bofors?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Eightball, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. Eightball

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    Can anyone explain this? I think it's the North Koreans.

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  2. Hoppy590

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    haha thats cool. think of it as a mega GP25
     
  3. RNB65

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    Low flying planes?

    Love the whitewall tires!

    :)
     
  4. gunnerh

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    Possably sub-caliber device used to save full size ammo. Never real good training aid but the troops get to hear something go bang. The US Army in the 20's had specially 1903's made that looked like cannon ammo. The fired a tracer round.
     
  5. Babarsac

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    possibly to fire a smoke/spotting round....eh maybe not
     
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    I don't know about the training aid thing. While the picture doesn't reveal a lot of detail, I can't see how they'd fire the AK with the main gun deployed, and the two shown are mounted at distinctly different angles.

    Perhaps they're meant to be for close quarters crew protection while the gun is transported?

    The only other thing I can think of is that it's some gunnery guy's weird idea of a hood ornament.
     
  7. Rampant_Colt

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    my guess it's used for sighting-in the main weapon for training
     
  8. Avenger

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    Sub-caliber training gun. It's fired by a device similar to those old remote camera triggers, basically just a bicycle brake cable. One end is pulled by something in the Bofors firing mechanism, the other end is a hook to pull the trigger of the AK.

    Something the size of a Bofors is sighted in with a bore scope. And I wouldn't really want to use an AK to sight in an AA weapon.....the Bofors fires out to 2 miles or so.


    BTW Kim Jong Il is certainly one wacked out scumbag, but putting wide whites on all his military gear.....now that's just PIMPIN!
     
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    I bet a mag change is fun... :p
     
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    After the soldiers complained about wanting optics like the Americans have, the North Korean army came up with a demonstration that would prove, once and for all, that the iron sights on an AK are good for whatever range you need to shoot at.
     
  11. buttrap

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    My guess is its the old stone age spotting gun idea in a silly North Koreian style. They would calibrate a spotting gun to the main gun then shoot it at reduced range to set the gun sights. But that is North Koreia too and I would not put it past them for being some sort of worthless training aid too.
     
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    Eightball, what is the source of this photo?

    The charachters in the background are Chinese, so I'm guessing these are PLA troops rather than N Koreans, they also don't look skinny enough to be N Koreans (I've met a few up close, believe me when I say that they are as skinny as Somalis.)

    Since there are no shells in the hoppers, I'm guessing that the AKs are rigged to provide cheap training practice. These guns are only good for anti-helicopter work nowadays as opposed to fixed-wing.
     
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    Likely a training device. The AK is probably loaded with tracers. The trajectory of the tracer would be similar to that of the artillery shell, maybe?
     
  14. buzz_knox

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    Anyone else think those are RPKs, rather than AKs?

    I'd say they are training aids, probably intended more for the noise than any visual cues (they can't be used for sighting in as the angles are completely off and the trajectories quite distinct).
     
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    the whitewalls are crazy :)
     
  17. BattleChimp Potemkin

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    They are not North Koreans. Does anyone else notice the PRC flag in the background? Additionally, the AKs are used with blanks, to give a bang, not actually loaded (cannon shell versus small arms, different ballistics anyone?). To the people that think of the NK as backward, you try living in a world completely cut off and communism is all you are taught and know. Never underestimate a people, underestimate a goverment... I am frankly tired of people and ethnocentrism when it comes to underprivlidged people in a country that has such a terrible government that they can do nothing about b/c generations of horrible conditions, violence and opression can kill someone's will to be like us.
     
  18. Owen

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    Chimp, take a chill pill. You're taking offense when none is intended.
     
  19. BattleChimp Potemkin

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    I apologize, however, I get a little inlfamed like the hemmroid I am :) when I hear people say stuff like:
    "But that is North Koreia too and I would not put it past them for being some sort of worthless training aid too."
    Not to be a jerk, but, the folks in Iraq are backward and they have us entrenched, dont they?
     
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    I figured it was their version of a grenade launcher attachment for the AK 47. Sorta like how the 203 mounts under the M16.
     
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    I feel like a dunce, as I only now realize what those are.

    We all know that China supplies weapons to the Arab world. Well, those are anti-aircraft mounts originally intended for Iraq, but which China accepted into service as a cost-saving measure when the Iraqi regime fell.

    The rifles on top were for the celebratory gunfire whenever the main gun hits a target! It was also used to celebrate promotions, weddings, executions, etc.
     
  23. LeibstandarteAdH

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    Why not just use the AK's laying around for the celebratory gunfire?

    Oh i get it, its about saving ammo, kind of communal celebration.
     
  24. pgeleven

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    you can clearly see that they are simply hood ornaments... adds to resale value i assume
     
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