Terrorists prefer the M4

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Guy Sagi, Editor of the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated, reported on his blog that the FBI have arrested five men who attempted to purchase 10,000 M4 Carbines as well as Stringer missiles. Terrorists, like children who play computer games, must also think it is “cool” to pack an M4. From the Justice Department press release

The complaint also alleges that Dani Nemr Tarraf conspired to acquire anti-aircraft missiles and conspired to possess machine guns. According to the complaint, in or about mid-June 2009, Tarraf asked whether the UC could supply guided missiles and told the UC that he (Tarraf) wanted the UC to export approximately 10,000 “commando” machine guns [Colt M4 Carbines with short barrels] from the United States. On or about July 28, 2009, in Philadelphia, Tarraf paid the UC a deposit of approximately $20,000 toward the cost of purchasing FIM-92 Stinger missiles and approximately 10,000 Colt M4 Carbines and shipping these items outside the United States.

I wonder where these men thought they would be able to source spare parts, magazines and ammunition once they had purchased the weapons.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Jdun1911 Jdun1911 on Nov 28, 2009

    AK doesn't need use parts because once is broken it stay broken, ie dumpster.

    • Steve Steve on Nov 28, 2009

      @jdun1911 As jdun1911 said, and the native blacksmiths know how to forge parts if needed ... good luck trying to train them to make reliable parts for the M4.

  • Lance Lance on Nov 28, 2009

    Its easy for us AMericans to get AR parts but in the mid east they are a AK shoot and dump.