Perceptions and Reality of Small Arms in Afghanistan

by Miles

There certainly exist a large number of myths and misconceptions about small arms in Afghanistan. Everything from the names of certain firearms available to how they are perceived in the country has been over exaggerated or hyped up to the point of no return. Surprisingly there are almost as many myths in the country of Afghanistan itself than those that exist in the United States and Europe. Some of these are quite harmless but others involve safety and safe firearms handling which can at times lead to negligent discharge and death.

In this video Miles discusses a number of these myths and misconceptions while addressing the reality of small arms on the ground in the country itself. Everything from incorrect names, how different firearms are priced in the society, to why safety standards are so dangerously low within the city of Kabul when it comes to small arms handling is discussed in great depth.

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Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at

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  • Colonel K Colonel K on Jun 10, 2018

    "Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d

    generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time,
    as we’ve been doing.”

    “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it
    takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want
    to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

    Lewis Carrol, "Through the Looking Glass"

  • Michael Guerin Michael Guerin on Jun 12, 2018

    Good video. Thanks for your efforts. A lot of catching up for the Afghan government and society to do but it does put various stories and news media reports into perspective for me. I have just subscribed to Tech TV Afghanistan on You Tube.