Bob Owens

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Improvised weapons in modern combat

Written By: Bob - Mar• 05•13
Syria rebel prepares to throw homemade match-lit hand grenade at government forces in the Jedida district of Aleppo in November, 2012.

A Syrian rebel prepares to throwa  homemade match-lit hand grenade at government forces in the Jedida district of Aleppo in November, 2012.

Deny a rebel force sufficient arms and artillery, and they soon begin to improvise on their own. It’s a fascinating photo essay, showing technology from the sophomoric to the medieval to the crudely modern (World-War-era rockets aimed via smartphone). The homemade grenades like the one above are straight out of the 1700s and are probably more bark than bite, but the rockets and the larger lathed mortar shells look capable of ruining light armored vehicles or buildings.

Where there is a will to fight, the fighters will find a way to improvise the weapons they need to take on their enemies. If they can create such munitions there, can you imagine what Americans are capable of fabricating here?

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  1. Comrade X says:

    Heck you can make weapons from almost anything if needed!

    Why would anyone here in the good ole USA need to think that way anyway?

    Death before slavery!

  2. Cole says:

    If you want to take out armored vehicles like these just wait until they park them.

    I believe the recipe is 8 grams of iron oxide to 3 grams of aluminum powder. Light with magnesium.

  3. Catseye says:

    RC vehicles strap some explosives on the vehicles and charge them at you opponent you should rig remote detonators to the explosives. But consider also what a ton of gravel hurled into the path of a fighter jet would do to it’s engines or 5 to 10 pound rocks would do to the rotors of a helicopter. Improvised weapons are sometimes far and away nastier then anything the military comes up with. Consider what some sawzalls would do to the armored vehicles DHS just bought.

  4. Rob Crawford says:

    Ever read “Lucifer’s Hammer”?

  5. Carl says:

    Good post. Never underestimate what some guy in America can build in his workshop.

  6. Orion says:

    Take that supersonic ping-pong ball cannon that is so simple to make.

    Replace the ping-poing ball with a ball bearing, or load ping-pong ball with napalm and a fuse.

    Apply liberally to vehicles carrying enemies.

    Or, make a PVC flamethrower – easy to do, especially if you use a nice paintball compressed air tank and the aforementioned napalm. Shoot it across a sparkler for ignition.


    Napalm – Take gasoline. Feed blue styrofoam into it until nicely gelled. OR, mis gasoline, Vaseline and a little Tide.

    Or at least, that’s what I’ve heard. I like to keep my fingers attached and uncrisped, so of course I’ve never made any myself.

  7. Catseye says:

    Aircannon use eggshells instead of ping pong balls use a sabot and you should be able to load extra ball bearing could end up like a Dragon’s breath round- DO NOT LOOK THAT UP! DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE SAID ROUND!- trust me on this I’ve seen what happened to some of the poor shmucks who had it turned on them. IT IS NOT PRETTY! Sometimes knowing a lot is a form of punishment.