Saturday, May 23, 2009
Interesting Viet Cong Propaganda Photo & a 21st Century American Irony
Looking for something Absolved related this morning and found this propaganda photo of VC fighters. Some interesting things that strike my eye.
** The rifle grenade on the end of the Moisin-Nagant appears to be a US M9. This means that the grenade launcher has an external diameter of 22mm -- NATO standard. Improvisation? Or am I wrong about the grenade? If anybody has experience with M-N grenade launchers, please contact me.
** Can't quite identify the belt and pouch with which the grenadier is carrying his ordnance. I've seen, handled and collected a lot of Combloc pouches over the past two decades. This one is new to me.
There is a neighborhood defense militia not far from me here in Alabama that I recently met. They are armed with the same mix of weapons: Noisin-Nagants, semi-auto AKs, Chicom and Yugoslav 59-66 SKSs (the latter because, not being able to afford NODs, they intend using carefully hoarded Korean-War vintage parachute flares and star clusters for illumination at night).
They have adopted these quite simply because they had them, and they had them (some since before the AWB in the 90s) because they were cheap. They also use the AK and SKS web gear shown in the photo, albeit modified for American-sized bodies.
They are sitting on ammo stocks of 7.62x39 and 7.62x54R sufficient to their needs for a small war, again, because they bought it when it was cheap.
Funny thing. They, like the VC, also wear boonie hats, although in OG. (There is a manufacturer here in Alabama, Ladiga Sportswear, that still manufactures OG-107 pattern fatigues and hats, just as they did during the Vietnam War.) They do NOT wear black pajamas, thank the Lord.
Ironic, isn't it? Communist bloc weapons and webgear, used in 21st Century America against the threat of collectivist tyranny from our own government.