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Posted: 6/12/2003 10:07:05 AM EDT
If I was there and I was down to my last mag I would have started grabbing aks and a few mags just to sling one over my shoulder. When my m16 ran dry dump it and grab a AK. Right? I know they had the chance, maybe they weren't familar with the AK??
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 10:17:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 10:20:20 AM EDT
I don't know for sure, but I believe that they didn't really have a chance. When a skinny was killed, it seemed that another immediately picked up his weapon and continued to shoot at the Americans. Finally, they were basically trapped and unable to maneuver until vehicles were sent. Don't remember reading about there being weapons laying in the streets.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 10:27:50 AM EDT
Old Painless is right on the money. I've read the book as well and I specifically remember them talking about Somalis almost immediately pulling the dead out of the street and retreiving their weapons. Not to say that there wasn't any spare weapons laying around but most of them were probably in places, such as the middle of the friggin street, where nobody wanted to go.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 10:28:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 11:09:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 11:22:48 AM EDT
Exactly what Big Bear said. The AK sounds very distinctive. In 'Nam, if you picked up an enemy weapon, you could draw friendly fire bigtime. Most of the time in a war like that, you didn't see the enemy, you shot at where you thought he was.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 5:02:58 PM EDT
I for sure wouldn't make a mad dash in the middle of a street to pick up a weapon that is possibly empty. I also agree with the guys about weapon sounds and no night vision.
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