Enfield, SKS, AK & RPGs in Flames

I came across (or was sent, I am not sure) this strangely beautiful photo of captured weapons being destroyed with diesel and incendiary grenades. The photo was taken taken on September 23, 2007 in Samarra’, S-Alah Ad Din, Iraq.

(The photographer does not want photos embedded, so click the link to see it)

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  • Lance

    Its a war CRIME STOP IT!!! LOL

  • Hudson

    Enfields roasting on a open fire . . . .

  • Andrew Racek

    This is a sad day for all rifle-kind.

  • Alex Pawelczyk

    That poor, poor yugo. I shed tears.

  • Erik


  • Merc

    As an Australian, this is all too familiar to me, and it sucks.

  • Doug

    I agree, this picture is sad.

  • Cameron

    Why? Why not just take the rifles and distribute them on a civilian market? I know I would go for an Enfield.

  • Some guy

    For perspective, remember that those weapons were likely being used by insurgents to engage US forces.

  • karnakM2

    Good, Couple of these weapons were prolly used to shoot some of my Kurdish homies.

  • Martin (M)

    Wherever they are, ship them to the USA! What a travesty!

  • Jeff

    Sometimes, I wonder how valuable the weapons being destroyed are. Like, imagine if you will (although unlikely), an original AK-47 with the serial code 00001 being roasted like that X_X.

  • bandito762

    I don’t usually cry, but…

  • Robert C.

    As an EOD technician, destroying captured weapons was always my least favorite job. Most were garbage guns held together with tape, but sometimes you’ll get a functional beauty in pristine condition. Milled Soviet AKs, webley revolvers, Mosin Sniper models, MP5’s, PPSH’s, RPK’s & PKM’s… Enough to make you cry. I always thought the government could auction off the funtional guns stateside to make some cash, but what the hell do I know?

    • John Doe

      My uncle was an EOD technician in Desert Storm, and he said the same thing. Destroying weapons is a war crime.

  • It would be nice to introduce them to the civilian market. It would never happen, but it would be cool.

  • Paul

    It’s a criminal waste, end of. Who cares what the rifle has been used for, you’ve liberated it, give it a good home! Especially the Enfields, doesn’t their previous good service earn them a better retirement than this??

  • John Doe

    I’m crying over the Enfield. What did it ever do to you?!?

  • rayman

    Ha, ha… I see a Quaker Oats oatmeal box on the ground. At least they’re eating their oatmeal.

  • W

    i prefer the soviet doctrine: ship the good weapons home, throw them in a barrel of cosmoline, and store them in some remote bunker/silo.

  • M.G. Halvorsen

    This is…SINFUL!!! BEGONE, SATAN!!!