Digging up and firing an old rusty AK-47

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

You often hear stories about ancient AK-47 rifles being dug up and fired. In this video the Special Task Force, an elite paramilitary South African police unit, assist Mozambique authorities in locating and destroying an 18 year old weapons cache left over from the Mozambican Civil War.

One of the policemen takes a rusty AK-47, pours motor oil all over it, then proceeds to empty a magazine.

Skip to 1:50 to see the AK being fired.

UPDATE: It is an AK-47, with bakelite magazines, not a AK-74 as I originally reported. Thanks to those who corrected me. It also makes more sense, as the 74 was not introduced only a few years earlier than the start of the civil war.

Hat Tip: SaysUncle

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Mash Mash on Oct 24, 2009

    I think risk is relative. The STF handle multiple firearm related calls every single day. Keep in mind the local cops have basically been defeated and just try to stay alive in a country with 18000 murders a year, and one firearm related crime every 4 seconds. The STF guys tend to feed off adrenaline, a firm belief in what they are doing, a firm belief in God and each other. Firing an old AK47 is about as concerning to them as tossing a football around is to most people.

    Now if you want to see just downright cowboy crazy, check this out http://www.youtube.com/watc...

    For those that are interested, the entire STF series is on youtube and makes for some very interesting watching.

  • Heartland Patriot Heartland Patriot on Sep 28, 2013

    If old Kalashnikov himself saw that part of the video, he'd probably have a big grin. Heck of an engineering feat.