Friday, April 12, 2013

"Safe Storage"

Daniel in Brookline sends in this story that just had me shaking my head in disbelief...

20,000 U.S. M-16s stolen from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait
ABU DHABI — Kuwait has reported the theft of a massive amount of
U.S. weapons.

The Interior Ministry said thieves broke into a warehouse and stole a huge amount of firearms and ammunition. The ministry said 20,000 U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifles and 15,000 rounds for 9mm pistols were stolen.
Twenty THOUSAND M-16s - select-fire honest-to-goodness assault rifles - sitting in an unguarded warehouse. Really. Apparently the Kuwaitis have different ideas on OpSec than we do - you know, like, oh, securing firearms. There are now 20,000 US-made machine guns floating in circulation now, just waiting to find their way into jihadi hands. Lovely.

Now, in all fairness, this appears to be the only story out there regarding this theft. For all I know, the "World Tribune" could be the Kuwaiti version of The Onion, and this is a big joke. We have no control over our weapons once we have sold/lent/transferred them to a foreign country, of course; however it is worthy of note that if this is legit and these M-16s do start turning up in terrorist camps.

$20 says if these guns do show up in terrorist hands the US media will blame the "gun show loophole"...

That is all.


Brad_in_MA said...


If the bad guys do have 'em, there is little cause for concern. Have you been able to find 5.56 ammo in any meaningful quantity? [/snark]

nguyenhm16 said...

From this more reputable source, it looks like they stole 20,000 rounds of 5.56 (meant for M-16's), not 20,000 M-16's per se.

dustydog said...

Another website speculated that the guns were sold off or given to somebody the books (like Iran-Contra), and so they are being reported as stolen.

If they went to freedom fighters in Iran, for example, then Godspeed.

wrm said...

Meanwhile, we can't even buy spent brass from the USA without all kinds of paperwork. To keep it out of the wrong hands, see?