Another Day, Another Thai Coup, This Time With Tavors

Thailand has had 18 military coups since they abolished the absolute monarchy in 1932, one every 4.5 years on average. This time around (the last Thai coup was in 2006) there are a lot more Tavor TAR-21 carbines deployed. The Royal Thai Army is slowly replacing some of their aging stockpile of M16 rifles and M4 carbines with Tavors. They have ordered a total of 106,203 carbines with 58,000 currently in service, which probably makes this coup the largest military deployment of Tavor rifles outside of Israeli conflicts.

Thanks to Whaleoil for the tip.

Steve Johnson

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  • dp

    Short gun for short user – seems like perfect match; some protesters (red shirts specifically) will possibly be tavorized. It will hopefully not end up in major disaster; the military seem to hold mildly anti-Shinawatra (current PM) stance. Shinawatras (current and ex-PMs) would like “progress” in their own way (with certain foreign backing) which many ordinary Thais do not quite appreciate. That makes for conflicting situation. Hard to understand for someone without local background.

    • The army does what the King says. Coups happen in Thailand because a political impasse has been reached and the King calls in the army.

      • prz

        All the craps happened in that country mostly by the royal family and their pet (the army). When they trying to coup every single time their pretexts are: lese majeste and corruption and every time after coup the royal familiy and the army will get more budget and all the guys involved with coup also got rich. There’re some rumours about the king almost dead and all the people in royal family divide into groups trying to take the throne. Probably one of the reason.

  • Cahal Mcgirr

    Always helps to diversify your equipment sources in case you get out of step politically with any of your suppliers.

  • JMLipoff

    They have killflashes for their Meprolights. Not fair.

    • TV-PressPass

      They do!? Can you show me a snapshot of one? I’ve seen a lot of Thai Tavor’s lately, but not many from the front end and none with a kill-flash.

      I’d love to get one for my M21.

      • JMLipoff

        In the photos above the Thai troops seem to have them mounted. From what I’ve read according to Meprolight, someone in the US holds the patent so none are available here and Mepro can’t make them for the US.

  • The Hun

    There’s not a more symbolic gun to use on unarmed protestors than the Israeli Tavor.

    • Sulaco

      Hun is a real jerk. He would prefer suicide vests worn by children.

      • KestrelBike

        He’s also made posts glorifying SS totenkopf (in reference to something completely unrelating to WW2, no less).

    • iksnilol

      Gotta agree but this blog isn’t political.

    • clinton notestine

      i dont know judging by our own shooting of unarmed protestors the M1 Garand would be symbolic

    • suchumski

      thats right, the protestors survive under the israely gun,
      even if they are not arab protestors, wat to
      buther all kuffars.
      the Hun preferes to be under the gun of boko haram, isnt he?

    • What in the world does that mean? Not what I hope.

  • KestrelBike

    I could have sworn that I saw a picture of one of the Thai soldiers with the safety on the 1-shot position.

  • sianmink

    Thailand has coups like we have elections. I mean, they also have elections, but they’re generally followed by coups.
    I’m not sure which system is worse.

    • Claudio

      between a bad democracy and a nice coup, I always prefer the first one.

  • 101nomad

    Ran training exercises in Thailand, with the 2nd 503rd Abn CBT at the time. Beautiful country, being military we did not get the tourist treatment. Still, jumping into Thailand and 30 days in monsoon season, unforgettable.

  • Morgan

    The make up of the Thai Parliament is almost irrelevant. The military exerts a balancing influence there that never really upsets the greater populace. They support the King and his family typically support the military or remain mum. I have never seen such systematic corruption outside of my home country, until I moved to Thailand for a while. generally, the most incorruptible rulers are the military during their brief coups. Honestly, when you ask a Thai that doesn’t necessarily have a horse in the race they’ll tell you that the military has to do this almost as a punishment to the childish politicians, that the coup is a severe scolding of a constantly wayward child. And man,those soldiers are two things: loyal to the King and to the flag, and that’s that.

    • Absolutely correct. I was living in Thailand (working in Bangkok) when Thaksin Shinawatra was deposed…only noticeable difference for foreigners was the ban on Thai nationals from drinking while everything settled down.

  • Ken

    I’ll be in Bangkok in a few weeks, things should be interesting.