The Kurdish Gunsmith has a very interesting blog post about a Kurdish gunsmith

Even though the war effort has brought new and varied business to his gun shop, Bakhtiar says his craft is one that will never go away. “My business will not stop, even if the war with ISIS ends,” he says. “I repair weapons for the police, the Asayesh, the Peshmerga, everyone, not just for the Peshmerga on the front lines.”

“Weapons always get broken,” he says with a sanguine smile. “That’s why I have to repair them.”

Thanks to Jay for the tip.

Steve Johnson

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  • Al

    For the life of me, I can’t imagine what he’s doing with that drill to that AR upper.

    • hikerguy

      He looks like he knows what to do. I’d like to see the end result.

    • Austin W P

      Reciprocating charging handle?

      • dan citizen

        I’ll bet he’s done more than a couple on ARs

    • nadnerbus

      Drain hole to let out the humors?

    • Nimrod

      A photo in the linked article looked like a piece of shrapnel punched a hole through it leaving rough edges inside. The article said he was grinding those away presumably to allow the bolt to cycle. I would also guess that one could fill in the hole with aluminum or body filler or something similar though it would probably work without filling it in.

  • Most finely dressed gunsmith ever.

    • John

      This is a great article. It’d be awesome if you guys somehow got the funding to hire a few in-country foreign correspondents.

      • Y-man

        I volunteer! Oh! Oops, already a writer who has not been very productive recently. Sorry!
        I promise to do some stuff soon.

    • iksnilol

      Some like to not only be professional, but also to look the part.

  • Vitsaus

    Meanwhile at Century Arms….

  • Grindstone50k

    Everybody knows that it’s impossible for that M16 to still be functional! Only AKs could take a hit like that!

    • Cymond

      Mosin-Nagant laughs at puny Kalashnikov!

      • Grindstone50k

        See, now I want to join in on how awesome Mosins are, but after two broken extractors I’m not convinced.

        • iksnilol

          What!? How did you break the extractor on a Mosin?

          • Grindstone50k

            Not just one, two.
            Wish I knew, I was shooting Russian surp ammo and it stopped extracting. The claw was broken off.

          • iksnilol

            I am quite simply in awe. Everybody is “bolt actions are super reliable” and “the Mosin is way more reliable than other bolt actions” then you go there all “I broke a Mosin 0_o”.

          • Grindstone50k

            Maybe I’m just special.

          • John

            It’s a 100-year-old rifle that at best has been caked in preservatives and stored somewhere convenient for most of its life, and at worst has already been through several wars and conflicts. Despite everyone equating Russians weapons to Kryptonite, common sense says it’s eventually going to break.

            You can find some replacement parts online, I believe, or just buy someone’s surplus Mosin and replace it again.

          • Carlos Velazquez

            You probably got one of those “Made in Darra” copies.

          • Grindstone50k

            Via Finland?

  • Miles

    That thing’s been on the receiving end of some ordnance for sure.
    And, except for those frag hits, it looks like it hasn’t seen much wear.
    All the normal high spots that the finish wears from are still black.

    • greenmeanie

      Shoe polish.

  • Grindstone50k

    Wow, the article is really good. Thanks for linking.

    Dat PPSH41 doe…

  • Cattoo

    Another California compliant AR.

  • fleetwrench

    Century Arms Head Gunsmith.

    • Randy

      This seasoned commando has been well trained and, as one can plainly see, has developed some excellent techniques. His style is the bent-knee, reverse-180 modified Weaver stance, while gaining a much improved field of vision by employing the ever popular above-the-head Center Axis Relock shooting method, adapted with an exaggerate gansta’ grip angle. Note the safety habits; muzzle lowered and pointed downrange, finger off the trigger, in his mind everything is always loaded, and he is sure (more like hyper sure) of any possible targets. Bye the way, he loves to watch the muzzle blasts at night, and his new YouTube channel name is “Instructor Nero”.

  • Giolli Joker

    Speed holes!

  • Cytoxan

    It’s clear what he is doing with the drill, he’s modifying it to “reduce recoil and improve accuracy…”

  • sianmink

    That’ll buff right out.

  • Panzercat

    On a side note, unless the AR is caked in decaying blood and flesh, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t “smell like death” …I mean, aside from that putrid stench the ammunition seems to regularly put out. I guess that could aptly termed a scent that smells like death. 5.56 is the nastiest smelling ammunition I own once you get it going.