Narco Gun Bling on display in museum

I have blogged many times about the Mexican drug lords’ bad taste when it comes to firearms. Now some of these weapons are on display in a museum located at the Mexican Ministry of Defense. Daily Mail reports

The private museum, which is located in the country’s Ministry of Defence, opened in 1985 and is used by the military to educate soldiers to the lifestyles and culture of drug cartels.

Open only to military officials and officer cadets in drug enforcement, the Museo de los Enervantes also serves to chronicle Mexico’s war on drugs.

When it first opened, the museum featured a single room of confiscated cocaine and heroin.

[ Many thanks to Fred, Sean and RL for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson

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  • MacK

    Early morning spelling mistakes!

  • 50 Cent

    They look good to me…

  • Steve,

    I agree with you that the firearms in question are gaudy and tasteless, but the work done in embellishing them is of a standard that would possibly challenge even the best engravers in the USA or in Europe. I do think that if the Mexican authorities were serious about finding out where the drug lords’ money goes, they would request assistance from the US and European authorities in finding out where these guns were purchased before they were smuggled into Mexico. I know several engravers -personally and they are fine people who would be horrified by the thought of where their hard work went – give them detailed pictures and it would be easy to find out who commissioned the work. I know that the engravers’ community would be most happy and willing to talk to the Federal authorities and help them put the associates of these drug lords away, wherever in the world they may be.

    On a related note, the gold plated full auto firearms that the picture above shows seem very like arms commissioned by Middle Eastern countries for their bodyguards. There are some companies in Italy, Croatia and Bosnia that do this kind of work. In the past, everyone from the Saudi royal family’s guards to Saddam Hussein’s sons and their retinue, have carried arms like these. Again, any government authority that is seriously interested in tracing where the orders for these came from, would be easily able to find this out if they are willing to look closely at where these guns were embellished. Some of the biggest names in the business, including companies that supply arms to the US armed forces, have got this work done. Just ask for their assistance, and they will help any investigation that takes place.

    • Mehul, good point, but skill != taste 😉

  • Martin

    What can I say after looking as so much art? While some of the pieces are downright gaudy and awful, many more are certainly museum worthy. I’m just glad they weren’t put into a shredder or otherwise destroyed.

    Even many of Teddy Roosevelt’s guns were heavily engraved, and his holsters and accessories were by Tiffany and Co.

    BTW, whatever happened to Ugly Gun Sunday?

  • subase

    The gold protects against rust you see.

  • Jusuchin (Military otaku)

    while I think they’re excellent pieces of engraving as some put out…they’re tasteless to the extreme. I like guns because they’re utilitarian (for the most part) and the most I’ll do is have a part of it pink with Hello Kitty holding an AK/AR…which I’ll then teach my daughter/sister to shoot with.

    This reminds me of the golden guns from COD4 (please, I’m not one them idiots who go into gun stores to talk about the game) and how they seem to only be a status symbol. I guess that’s why they were done, to show that they could easily make enough money to pay off my college tuition and all other debts my immediate family makes in one day.