Jumping The Gun (Literally): Saudis Dancing With Guns

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F
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:

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
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
Original caption: Men dance 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 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 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 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. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Oldtrader3 Oldtrader3 on Aug 15, 2015

    Only an Arab would do something stupid, like this!

  • Sonny Sonny on Aug 15, 2015

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

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