Texas Plumber’s Truck Converted into a Technical

So, how would you like to wake up and find that your surplussed corporate truck had been bought by foreign militants and converted into a technical?

This picture popped up a couple of days ago on twitter and and been making the rounds on some news services.

t’s all because of a photo posted on an Islamic militant group’s Twitter feed. It shows one of Mark-1 Plumbing’s old work trucks, with the logo on the side, turned into an anti-aircraft firing weapon on the front lines of Syria’s civil war.

Now the family and business are being harassed by trolls that think that Mark-1 is aiding the fight in Syria.

Given the prolific comments on the “10-Foot Sniper Rifle” post, let’s see if we can discuss this weapon system (and educate us on the details). So, who here can identify the actual weapon that has been mounted on this truck?  What kind of mount would be needed to make this a viable platform?  Are these vehicles better to park and shoot, or can they be reliably fired on the move?  The article says “anti-aircraft”, though who knows based on how these things are adapted for alternate uses.

Take away lesson of the day:  Make sure you sterilize anything that you surplus.

Thanks to Jay D for the find.

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • CrassyKnoll

    My WAG is that it’s an externally produced variant of the ZPU-1. Weights about half a ton, so I suppose you can mount it much like you’d mount a fifth wheel hitch.

    There is plenty of video available of these sorts of technicals being fired. On a light duty truck they become rather slow firing, as you must wait for the truck’s suspension to stop rocking prior to taking another shot.

    Can they fire on the move? Sure, I don’t see any reason they won’t go bang, but other than scaring the locals you aren’t really going to do anything predictable.

    • Not ernie

      Actually, it appears to be the ZSU-23-2 (GRAU 2A13). Its distinguishable by the cylindrical, rather than conical, muzzle devices, and the angular barrel support. Plus that’s a dual mount (if you look closely you can see the handle of the left barrel through the one on the right.
      It looks like its been stripped off of its towable mount and attached to some sort of bracket in the truck bed, with some armour plates. The “pickup truck with a zsu in the bed” seems to be a pretty popular configuration.

  • Bruce

    I have nothing useful to add to the conversation, but I will say that if Mark-1 Plumbing had mounted that on my work truck, I would snake toilets all day.

    What do you want for Christmas? More Ammo. 🙂

    • USMC03Vet

      Happiness is a technical during rush hour traffic.

  • hami

    It would have to rock back and forth quite a bit if you drove it while firing. Enough to null the effectiveness of any shot after the first. But i’ll be dammed if i wouldn’t have tried it if i were them!

    • Doc Rader

      Yeah, I don’t know what it is about firing large guns that is so appealing. But I’d love some trigger time on something of that class (I’d say that is a step above a Ma Duece).

  • Giolli Joker

    “It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse
    than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” O. Wilde

    • Doc Rader

      So, free advertising? Mark-1 Plumbing and Anti-Aircaft Services… 🙂

      • LCON

        Bathroom Remodel Made Easy, Don’t Worry We can knock Down the Old Bath in Record time and get right to Work!

  • Ted

    I wonder if ISIS would be willing to mail the poor guy his door panel once the JDAM arrives. That would be a really thoughtful thing to do, it being Christmas and all…

  • MountainKelly

    Ford in the world of Toyotathon

  • Blake

    Up next on tonight’s news, an interview with a Syrian jihadi plumber:

    “Allah will guide your toilet snake?”

    • USMC03Vet

      It’s a ruse. They don’t use toilets over there.

      Worst disguise ever.

  • Mojavegreen

    I’d ask the military to make it a target of opportunity. He should have removed all of his advertising….

  • Tassiebush

    I couldn’t watch this but instead I got this hillarious message “sorry but this video is unavailable from your location. It’s one of the detriments of living under a monarchy. But in case you can’t give up your Vegemite and move to America watch clips from…” 🙂

  • LCON

    I makes you wonder who he sold the Truck to and how it got to Syria. I used to know I guy From Somalia Who claimed that when he went back he often saw Used American Cars and Trucks. He said a lot of them were stolen or sold used.

  • LCON

    The Supply for Toyotas is quite living and Breathing. Every wonder why they are all White? because they all come form the same suppliers Governments and NGO’s! They are donated as “Humanitarian Aid” to any number of missions the UN, Doctors without Borders, Red Cross… Ecta Ecta then When the mission ends because these groups lack the logistics to take the vehicles with them resell them on the cheap. armed groups buy them and modify them quickly turning them on the people they were originally there to help.

    • Giolli Joker

      Most of cars and trucks sold in the middle east are white…
      Under a 50°C sun white is the best color (and probably the cheapest as well).
      (Source: I drive one of the hundreds of thousands white Corollas in Abu Dhabi)

  • MR

    Remove your decals, plates(if allowed), etc. before selling your vehicles! Clean out any junk mail, receipts, or other identifiable items before relinquishing possession. Might just be common courtesy to hand over a clean vehicle to the new owner, or it may save you a major headache. Perhaps not as dramatic as this example, but simple identity theft or harassment can be a real pain.

  • Nicholas Mew

    For clearing out toilets that will not give.

  • USMC03Vet

    Love the name.