Jumping The Gun (Literally): Saudis Dancing With Guns

A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near Taif, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2015. Saudis usually participate in such excursions as they celebrate weddings or graduations. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near Taif, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2015. Saudis usually participate in such excursions as they celebrate weddings or graduations. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Reuters recently released photos of a traditional Saudi dance that involves – of all things – participants jumping up into the air and firing their jezails (a type of muzzleloader from the region) at the ground. This is something that is probably better seen than described:

A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Original caption: A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

People pose for a photo during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Apparently, they begin training them young. Original caption: People pose for a photo during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Men dance during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Original caption: Men dance during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near Taif, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2015. Saudis usually participate in such excursions as they celebrate weddings or graduations. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Original caption: A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near Taif, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2015. Saudis usually participate in such excursions as they celebrate weddings or graduations. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

A man fires weapons as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

Original caption: A man fires weapons as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity

You might say many things about the Sauds, but you cannot say they don’t know how to party.

H/T: Historical Firearms 



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Phil Hsueh

    Just looking at the pictures without reading the article it looks almost they’re using the guns to launch themselves up into the air as opposed to jumping and then firing; like they’re riding rocket powered pogo sticks.

    • anon

      >rocket powered pogo stick
      this is my new fetish

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Dumb a-s powered.

    • Grindstone50k

      what-if.xkcd.com/21/

    • Southpaw89

      Yes, there is a very Yosemite Sam type appearance to the pictures.

    • jcitizen

      The gasoline powered “Hop Rod” of the seventies comes closer! 🙂

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I encourage all Saudis to continue this practice.
    Idiots.

    • Wolfgar

      I second the motion.

    • MR

      Better than firing upwards, with no backstop. That seems to be practiced worldwide.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Nothing about Saudi culture sounds even remotely appealing to me.
        No alcohol, the women wear pool covers and the men run around chopping each others heads off and waving AK’s around.

        We should just take their oil and stop making them rich.

        • Bear The Grizzly

          …I enjoy waving AK’s around.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah me too but I can do that in Texas.

          • GearHeadTony

            I enjoy waving my weenie around, but I refrain from doing it outdoors where some innocent bystander could be injured by an errant projectile.

          • Bill

            Yeah, we’ve got Detroit and Chicago set aside as the firing-into the-air theme parks.

          • Anomanom

            This had me in tears.

        • The Brigadier

          Or develop the free energy systems that exist and cut off the flow of money we are sending them for that oil. No money, no payoffs to terrorists and their house of cards fall. We cannot control the Law of Unintended Consequences, but we can more easily defeat a house in complete disorder than the threat we are facing now.

    • USMC03Vet

      Saudi space program?

    • double standard

      I encourage all Israelis to try this. I mean – I can say that, right, or if you say that stuff about the Saudis(Iranians, N Koreans, etc) it’s cool and TFB will allow comments about any group

      • *mossad agents all try it, develop it into a tactic for killing terrorists on the floor below them*

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Last time I checked genius the majority of the 9/11 hijackers weren’t Israeli. Saudi Arabia is the number one breeding ground for Islamic terror.
        Go read some books dude. If the house if Saud fell tomorrow and there were free elections Saudi would make Yemen look like Norway.

        • Haunted Puppeteer

          Isn’t that the guy always posting anti-Semitic, offensive stuff?

          I don’t think it should matter what he says, or how funny or right your response is. Ultimately, it’s feeding the troll.

          Look at the other blog he posted on using this identity. This racist probable neo-nazi isn’t worth our time.

          • MR

            It’s not racist because he’s just talking about what country they’re from. That has nothing to do with race.

          • Bill

            Close enough. Being a Cold War kid I had the radical notion unappreciated at the time that the average farmer in the USSR probably was a lot like the average farmer in Iowa, with the exception of being f*****d because they were farmers in the USSR.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            No, I had no idea he was the local anti-semite. If so they should just ban him.
            I wont respond again to his BS.

          • I don’t think it was usual suspect maybe a wanna be? The second comment did it though. Goodbye—-

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Good riddance.

        • Giolli Joker

          Yet Saudi is US’ biggest ally in the region, so they’re pretty much allowed to play by their rules as long as they don’t break the agreements.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I’d say they are a regional frenemy.
            We have a mutually beneficial economic relationship and thats it. They arent above an oil embargo and they are direct supporters of terrorists. The wife of the Saudi ambassador gave a ton of cash to a guy who funded 9/11 hijackers.
            Israel is a much greater ally in the true sense of the word in that they are natural cultural allies. Iran believe it or not also falls into this category. The citizens if not the leaders.

        • Bill

          I might be wrong, but I think ALL the 9/11 hijackers were native Saudis, though I’m to lazy to move the 5 feet to get my copy of the 9/11 Commission Report, which should be required reading for all Americans, instead of the latest Beck/Limbaugh/Coulter fertilizer. UBL’s dad was a tight associate of the House and had billions of dollars in construction contract with the Kingdom. The Saudi royalty essentially didn’t give two poops what bin Laden did, as long as he didn’t do it there.

          Israeli women can drive, wear bikinis, not hide their faces and vote, plus carry guns. When Yemen looks like Norway, Abu Dhabi will look like France and Somalia will look like Chechnya, with more dust.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Saudi Arabia

            15

            United Arab Emirates

            2

            Egypt

            1

            Lebanon

            1

            This book should also be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the unholy mess we are currently in : “House of Bush-House of Saud”

          • Bill

            Thanks for straightening me out. It’s noteworthy that with the possible exception of Lebanon, those are what are supposed to be some of the more Western-friendly nations. Supposed to be.

            I’m also certain that I, and 99.99999% of all Americans, given an unmarked map, could not correctly identify the countries in the Mid-East and around the Persian Gulf. Then throw in which sects are in charge, or fighting to get into charge, or being ethnically cleansed by another sect, no wonder we’re losing.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Hell, the American government barely knows whos doing what to whom and why over there. Arab politics are slightly more complicated than heart surgery.

          • Zebra Dun

            Well the left side and the rights side as well as the middle of my wheelbarrow avatar full of manure all look and smell the same.

        • The Brigadier

          Its the combination of the Wahhabi imams and the princelings. The first Saud King Faisal made a devil’s deal with the top imam to help him defeat the second most powerful tribe and rule the natrion. They are a major state sponsor of terrorism. Its fitting that ISIS is threatening Arabia as well as Iran, the other major state sponsor of terrorism.

      • Bill

        If the Israelis do it, they should use live ammo, cause they might ding a terrorist crawling through a tunnel into their country.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    COMING SOON ON CALL OF DUTY: FORTRESS TEAM 2 BLACK OPS AT WAR DLC! New Perk “DOUBLE MUSKET JUMP AKIMBO!! ” .

    • Dan

      You sir win the net for today, I’ll be back tomorrow rooting for you to win it again.

    • Ripley

      Press F to equip jezails and pay respects

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    Way to ruin such a nice carpet

  • tofuman33

    Assuming they are just shooting black powder but no shot?

    • Judging by the rug, yes that appears to be the case.

      • jcitizen

        I bet that “wuz” some expensive rug!

  • Dukeblue91

    Dumb as hell but the pictures look wickedly funny and cool.
    Not something I would encourage anyone else to do but a good way to weed some of them out.

  • Grindstone50k

    Looks like fun!

  • Asdf

    That first photo is just begging for a photoshop.

  • Pete Sheppard

    D-A-R-W-I-N…

  • RICH

    What a bunch of dumb a$$e$…… !

  • smartacus

    me gotta try that with my 338 RUM (on my terrazzo floor)

  • Bill

    “You might say many things about the Sauds, but you cannot say they don’t know how to party.”

    Yeah I can – no porn, no booze, no nekkid wimmin, the music sucks, a dude tried to kiss my cheeks, not those ones, their idea of a barbecue is lamb or goat……It aint like spring break in Qatar.

  • Llewellyn Franks

    I think its pretty cool. A culture integrates elements from outside its culture and instead of keeping it taboo it incorporates it and gives its own spin on it. 10/10 would join in.

  • Alex Nicolin

    That’s actually an ejection seat for magic carpet pilots 🙂

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  • Bill

    I dunno, in retrospect maybe I should have shot myself at my wedding, cause it was the end of life as I knew it. My Sako TRG fund went to the caterers.

    • Don

      I’m with you on that one Bill, it would have saved me 3 lost years if I did 🙂

    • iksnilol

      On one hand, marriage and all that is supposed to be nice. But on the other hand… Sako TRG, man.

      That’s a conundrum.

  • noob

    quidditch?

  • noob

    these rifles are mentioned in “Arithmetic on the Frontier” by Rudyard Kipling

    “A scrimmage in a Border Station–
    A canter down some dark defile–
    Two thousand pounds of education
    Drops to a ten-rupee jezail–
    The Crammer’s boast, the Squadron’s pride,
    Shot like a rabbit in a ride!
    No proposition Euclid wrote,
    No formulae the text-books know,
    Will turn the bullet from your coat,
    Or ward the tulwar’s downward blow
    Strike hard who cares–shoot straight who can–
    The odds are on the cheaper man.”

  • Ryan Snow

    Came looking for ignorant comments, wasn’t surprised

  • Zebra Dun

    Toe less idiots.
    Let’s encourage this with AT-4’s.

  • Zebra Dun

    “I BLEW MY AST OFF!”

  • Leigh Rich

    least they do it on a rug.

  • Oldtrader3

    Only an Arab would do something stupid, like this!

  • sonny

    Wasting gunpowder and bullets………. What are they going to do when ISIS comes and the US tells them to go to hell!

  • MrApple

    No pain, No gain.

  • The Brigadier

    If they could get repeaters they might achieve orbit!

  • Doug73

    Performing that whole ceremony looks like a pain in the ass.