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Silah Report @Silah_Report MENA region, Central Asia

Small arms & light #weapons, MENA, Central Asian regions. Non-commercial research endeavor of @Arms_Research. https://t.co/55GCHuAob2 https://t.co/o3t6qT6Z8n

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An AKMS with an identity crisis. A Darra made AKMS rifle with milled faux-stamped receiver and Chinese Type 56-2 st… https://t.co/Rpp1yEqeT9
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9/21
2020
@Patrick00880088 Deadly cricket ball?Tangentially related to small arms,Pakistan was playing this game wherein it would straw purchase materiel. State D… https://t.co/oNUTsfUeg6Pro-Hadi forces have found/carried 2 Russian OSV-96 AMRs near the Al-Bayda-Ma'rib border. In NOV 2017, 1 rifle was… https://t.co/saqKOCpAEA
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9/20
2020
@NickGorges @deviantollam @InRangeTV Heck yea! Stitched in Iraq man.The Work of Iraqi Firearms Engraver Noori Sabeh https://t.co/GPzgnHFUUz#AFG: IEA Release images from the Training center of new Taliban Fighters. An M4 with Pulsar XQ75, SVD's and AKM's… https://t.co/Ljwnu6seHO
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9/19
2020
@historicfirearm @Silah_Report @MENA_Conflict @TwitterSupport @TwitterSupport needs to reinstate @MENA_Conflict now. End of story.
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9/18
2020
Damn it why have they nuked @MENA_Conflict? Sort it out @TwitterSupport https://t.co/sF73u5mu2j
Retweeted by Silah ReportI see the pro-authoritarianism folks are brigading again. @TwitterSupport you guys should reinstate @MENA_Conflicthttps://t.co/DUGubgBAbx
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9/17
2020
A wooden explosives crate being used as a tool container in the KRG region of Iraq. Originally from "General Headqu… https://t.co/oFNOL1bvBv#Libya- #Benghazi Security Directorate captured A LOT of weapons from criminals (including Egyptian and Palestinian… https://t.co/xGPDBmlYDl
Retweeted by Silah ReportHeck yea! https://t.co/7ZFKyBCL6O
9/16
2020
And Abdullah!!! This happened! https://t.co/pzpVvWrPQE
9/15
2020
@andrew_grantham @AfghanHistorian And sure enough, is a Fowler engine! https://t.co/O9Q1W5viSm @andrew_grantham @AfghanHistorian This is the engine on display today. https://t.co/ois4phlGne @andrew_grantham @AfghanHistorian There is a steam powered rail car at the arsenal today on display, we’ll post a picture of it here soon
9/14
2020
And Iraq wanted flame throwers as well... Also denied by DOD in 1967. But working on incoming mortar locating sets.… https://t.co/mw0YG3iU4Q
9/13
2020
@Oded121351 Probably yea! Didn’t look at it enough, it’s interesting to see these in use!
9/11
2020
@NotATFKurwa No way man, that’s a vest, some huge shells then @LiberaTeTutemet @Jake_Hanrahan Sling attachment buckles...Check out the Roni stock in use! https://t.co/agYTzyjE5a“At first many collectors didn't understand the significance of the Kabul Arsenal rifles, grouping them in with man… https://t.co/mrxNFGQM0m
Retweeted by Silah ReportPhoto thread on current state of Kabul’s Machin Khana (Machine House) by @Silah_Report. #AfghanMadeWeapons https://t.co/cTvHhzl4h0
Retweeted by Silah ReportAnd cannon! A variety were produced from small mobile pieces to heavier field artillery. https://t.co/UYO8RK6rLr
Retweeted by Silah ReportWooden cabinets! This example in the Arg Palace of today, produced by the woodworking shop at the Kabul Arsenal. https://t.co/8TdKe6eumH
Retweeted by Silah ReportSwords of various makes and configurations from basic NCO-styled swords to elaborate officer and ceremonial types. https://t.co/Z78rPs81DR
Retweeted by Silah ReportBelt Buckles for example! Such as this one that is serialized. https://t.co/sjxKjQOFSe
Retweeted by Silah ReportThis was certainly one of the most sophisticated and advanced production facilities in Afghanistan at the time. Rif… https://t.co/jDoUOmlBsI
Retweeted by Silah ReportA lot of talk about these rifles... But the arsenal didn't just produce rifles! Going back to the context of the la… https://t.co/CV3ldjZ1Re
Retweeted by Silah ReportWhy the Emir chose this archaic script for the rifles isn't clear because almost everything else from Rahman's cour… https://t.co/gvvsnDDN09
Retweeted by Silah ReportWe see this origin of the rifle in many examples of early online discussion of the rifles as well -SR
Retweeted by Silah Report…until -SR the 1970s-1980s, far after the last arsenal rifles came off the assembly line in the 1920s.
Retweeted by Silah ReportAnd of course...a more visual representation of the patch in working versions... Fun Fact. If you see a Duna-Pour F… https://t.co/Osu4EYchgmAnd of course, while not Kabul Arsenal-related, this is the ANA Commando's patch which depicts a crossed "Jezail",… https://t.co/mDBdab3iUb
Retweeted by Silah ReportWe also see the Martini-Henry on at least two ANA Corps guidons, the 209th Corps and the 207th Corps specifically,… https://t.co/HCxQ2y7qde
Retweeted by Silah ReportUpon two crossed Martini-Henry rifles and a bayonet is the inscription "پیاده" (Infantry) below "ٱللَّٰهُ أَكْبَرُ" (God is Great)
Retweeted by Silah ReportThe following are some representations of the Kabul Arsenal produced Martini-Henrys in the current Afghan National… https://t.co/1a1PQ4bbMJ
Retweeted by Silah ReportWriting up some of these threads for @AfghanHistorian as been a real pleasure, sharing some of what we've learned a… https://t.co/EZ2II5HXY4The fascinating aspect of this is that we actually see a REVERSE of this trend as collectors began to identify and… https://t.co/hP55KcWmhn
Retweeted by Silah ReportSometimes this involved taking original Kabul Arsenal rifles and actually refinishing the receivers, then engraving… https://t.co/tP7AjLpjjX
Retweeted by Silah ReportAs US and European soldiers and contractors began buying up antique firearms in Afghanistan, gunmakers realized the… https://t.co/Gk6n4gtpYp
Retweeted by Silah ReportThe issue is that of a Western perspective in examining these small arms and not seeing the emic (anthropology word… https://t.co/D2GFSemASo
Retweeted by Silah ReportAfghan gun owners can be very adamant about this fact, exclaiming that "this is an original Russian AK, or British… https://t.co/Cy8yaUZQZE
Retweeted by Silah ReportThe idea isn't that the gunmakers are trying to trick owners into paying a premium for a counterfeit, but instead o… https://t.co/Njtbm3EBxk
Retweeted by Silah ReportThe ironic thing is that Afghans and Pakistanis, even today don't necessarily view these small arms are "fake", ins… https://t.co/9aHysMLEsA
Retweeted by Silah ReportFrom a Western small arms perspective, these small arms are viewed as "fakes", but that doesn't really translate to… https://t.co/lVbfJWVHVl
Retweeted by Silah ReportSmall arms craft production in the Khyber Pakhtunkha region of Pakistan has existed for well over a century and beg… https://t.co/vRol0z7t8u
Retweeted by Silah ReportWhat is a fake? What is a copy? Let's get into the whole "Khyber Pass" mythology here for a second. https://t.co/ldPaCC1pg5
Retweeted by Silah ReportCollectors would buy the rifle, ask a Dari speaker what the crest says, and it appears that the general answer back… https://t.co/suvzcZSJ7i
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR Mostly this is due to the representation of the "ک" (Kaaf) and "خ" (Kheen) within the words as the same letter… https://t.co/yC25PGR25V
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR The crazy thing about this script is that it is actually non-intelligible to almost any Arabic-script based la… https://t.co/C8PE9zB9VA
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR Roll-marked in a script known as Khorasani Kufic is the inscription "Khara-Khana-Kabul", or کار خانه کابل in D… https://t.co/IVqhZOY9X2
Retweeted by Silah ReportLet's talk about some of the Dari inscriptions on Kabul Arsenal rifles. As mentioned previously one of the early mi… https://t.co/7GBpoTebZX
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR Today the Aga Khan Foundation is in the process of completely renovating the arsenal grounds as space for a ma… https://t.co/yDmCezQWNe
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR As part of President Ghani's efforts to reshape some of these historic sites (among them the renovation of the… https://t.co/s1vMKAIpBk
Retweeted by Silah ReportThis capacity saw the use of the arsenal as a small arms and artillery repair shop where defense items were brought… https://t.co/HcRvnyV23U
Retweeted by Silah ReportAfter the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 the arsenal again fell under the stewardship of the Ministry of Defence.-… https://t.co/hiKQogS1DA
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR You can still meet older Kabulians today who worked there during the Communist era or their offspring. https://t.co/2JE6vsZabD
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR While not producing heavy industrial items, the arsenal still churned out various forms of metal products such… https://t.co/rfPTOYh3eH
Retweeted by Silah Report-SR After the production of small arms stopped, the arsenal continued to be used as a government production facili… https://t.co/YCDySpjovY
Retweeted by Silah ReportGetting into the situation at the Arsenal today in Kabul is probably the most exciting part of its living history b… https://t.co/uHoVdQxdMg
Retweeted by Silah ReportIt is another crowning achievement of Abdur Rahman that we turn our focus to next, the establishment of the Machin… https://t.co/E4aKhgdE2p
Retweeted by Silah ReportIn numbers, order, and armament, there are certainly credible comparisons, detracted only by the lack of discipline… https://t.co/sLbvKPwAmi
Retweeted by Silah ReportAbdur Rahman is deservedly credited with the creation of a "modern" army that some observers favorably compared to… https://t.co/7iKM1i8i9y
Retweeted by Silah ReportIt was not until 1880 and the ascension of Abdur Rahman that British-Indian government support became a regular all… https://t.co/EU15lK0rj0
Retweeted by Silah ReportHowever, for Dost Muhammad and his son and successor Sher Ali, funds and material assistance were neither steady no… https://t.co/gJKveBiOiv
Retweeted by Silah ReportAbout 10 years later, in 1856, the British and Dost Muhammad entered into the first of several agreements, both pro… https://t.co/lNoegEH8m4
Retweeted by Silah ReportBy 1845, Dost Muhammad returned from exile and reoccupied Kabul setting the stage for a nascent series of steps tha… https://t.co/WS0648NqDo
Retweeted by Silah Report @KellerMLee2 Have you worked with movie blanks before? Depending on the types of barrel plugs and powder charges bl… https://t.co/q4fQ5IM8Fc
9/10
2020
These are Croatian (or Chinese knock-off) magazine holsters for HS handguns in Iraq. But they have Rafale with an M… https://t.co/u50Jm0fr8R20 bucks says those Minigun rounds were blanks and the tannerite was remotely detonated... https://t.co/VOlGao38Pk
9/9
2020
Here's my latest for @Silah_Report, you'll never guess what it's about! If you guessed PIAT you're correct. It's… https://t.co/y3CZT8pZ34
Retweeted by Silah ReportExamples of 'Magpul' STANAG magazines that are produced and sold in Pakistan and also seen used in Afghanistan. The… https://t.co/acLJG4JBOw
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9/8
2020
restoring Shah Shuja for his second reign. This resulted in a costly and unsustainable occupation of Kabul, and cat… https://t.co/PEd5yWZ4EU
Retweeted by Silah ReportThe British undertook several misguided and badly implemented interdictions in Afghan affairs in the 1830's backing… https://t.co/sGDlxI355m
Retweeted by Silah ReportThis will be a series of threads about the beginnings of the Kabul Arsenal as composed by Vernon Easley-
Retweeted by Silah ReportMy newest for @Silah_Report and the 1st in a series on small arms symbology of the #Syrian Civil War (2011-2020). T… https://t.co/59s6fZ4RnR
Retweeted by Silah Report1969 Government of Iran Requests Flame Thrower US State Department Responds: For What??? And Why?? King of Kings… https://t.co/ZIP3nwJryq @OnlyRealJohanna @notaterrornerd Lol @STLCentrist @NotWoofers Did your trip ticket PTSD just get triggered
9/6
2020
In case anyone was wondering the difference... #louisville https://t.co/CWsjigtVOG
9/5
2020
@PragMat003 @KhyberArmoury @Arms_Research Talking about guns here. @William03200180 @KhyberArmoury @Arms_Research It could be a Kabul Arsenal one as well.
9/4
2020
A Wazir Chieftain With Martini Rifle In Hand Waziristan, Circa 1919-1920 (From NWF Archives). #NWFP #KPK #FATAhttps://t.co/b36wvoQDsy
Retweeted by Silah ReportWhat a gem of a photograph in Iran! Now for looking for where it was published originally... https://t.co/hoX3Q5Onf2 @xorpex @riazipour نوهد دارد. اس بی اس هم همینطور. https://t.co/S9BAQBKUTe
Retweeted by Silah Report @Dann88921118 The team at SR hails from all over! But me personally, speaking as Miles, the 74U has a special place… https://t.co/vJcXiYqG0w
9/3
2020
Attention in the building. American, Iraqi, Syrian Bubbasmiths alike. This Chinese accessory rail will attract your… https://t.co/1AvlDqcwzVA commercial BSA Lee-Enfield pattern Sporting Rifle, probably a No.1. This is chambered in the standard .303 Britis… https://t.co/hG6Qu4CVv5
Retweeted by Silah Report @Kobaz4 @riazipour بله بله بله!For those wondering what happened to our Six Day War series for TFB TV... Editing is in process :P And btw, the ne… https://t.co/TvI0QPVER8Thank you very very very very much to @mariamamini for giving the SR team an opportunity to share some of what we… https://t.co/nniBGeSnzR
9/2
2020
@VRichtofen @AfricanCrazy20 Contemporaries being the SAFN, the AK47 (which in 51 was essentially still a closely he… https://t.co/G0YVokYwuL @VRichtofen @AfricanCrazy20 A number of MENA countries did buy 44s, Syria, Egypt, and Algeria among others. These c… https://t.co/hTGeOvgBGzDress right dress, half-arm interval! Check out what looks to be an RPK -inspired AK stock on the lady in the middl… https://t.co/CjD2fW7fug
8/31
2020
@VRichtofen In the context of Aramco really picking up steam, the US was courting Saudi defense interests hard. The… https://t.co/ZN0Lc7wdM4The US proposed to get 16,000 M1 Garand rifles supplied to the Saudi Army in 1951. This number grew to more than 30… https://t.co/WD0MMBOCcY
8/30
2020
The German DM51A1 grenade has a neat design that allows for either a concussive or fragmentation effect based on if… https://t.co/R4iPJxf6c6
8/26
2020
@postersalmanac As long as your rear trunnion specs are of a fixed stock AKM-pattern then it’ll work.
8/25
2020

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