FARC rebel training 'rifles'

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

While reading the BBC a few days I came across a photo showing captured FARC firearms. Among them appears to be wooden training ‘AK-47s’

Captured firearms from Columbian raid into Ecuador.
I added the red arrows.

I would have thought with the proliferation of AKs they would train with the real deal. Apparently not.

The photo was found here.

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  • Daniel E. Watters Daniel E. Watters on Jun 26, 2008

    Actually, it looks more like a wooden mockup of an IMI Galil, which the Columbians produce under license for issue to their military.

  • Harkhark Harkhark on Dec 11, 2008

    I saw a documentary on Sundance about a young girl, 17 yrs old I believe, who left home to join the FARC (which now go by FARC - EP, a bit of rebranding: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo, the : "EP" stands for "People's Army").

    It showed the recruits using machetes to hack away at pieces of wood to make replicas of the rifles they'll be using. They tote them around until they get issued the real deal.