After the fall of Baghdad in 2003 and the dissolving of the Iraqi regular Army, many of the former army personnel and members got involved in armed factions and militias to get back into action against the coalition forces and carry on the fight. They engaged with irregular forces and non-central command, not only because they have lost the head (Saddam Hussein and his staff) but because that is the ideal method of engaging in guerrilla warfare gang-style tactics.
Guerrilla warfare is not meant to make a fast and decisive victory, its generally meant for long-term war where the small groups hit regular armies here and there where they least expect it and cause them losses in lives, equipment and resources (money). In other terms its long-period, attrition war.
It’s well accepted that to make efficient and successful guerrilla attacks, the fighters must be a ghost-like in stealth, low profile and low noise and these require weapons with similar features in which they are small, concealable and suppressed but maintain high effect and efficiency.
No one can ever deny that the most successful assault rifle in the 20th century is the AK-47 in terms of ruggedness, reliability and caliber effectiveness, and Iraq had tons of stockpiles of these rifles.
So the issue they had was: How can we convert the loud AK’s to suit guerilla tactics? And the answer was simple: We will attach suppressors to them! But that’s not the whole story because rifle would still be very long and easily detected so they came up with an idea: Let’s convert them to bullpups.
The conversion was really pretty simple, you can even consider it a D.I.Y. craft and you will not be mistaken. Hereby I will show you pictures from a video taken post war time in the early 2000’s.
(please note that this footage was not published on mainstream media and I took it from an Iraqi source so many years ago so kindly don’t be annoyed of the low quality because it’s a really old video and it was the best I could get, also I will publish it on my youtube channel so everybody can watch it, Thanks in advance!)
The footage also shows silencer trials on a bolt action rifle; probably a CZ hunting rifle. There are some scenes in the video showing the manufacturing of a large number of silencers and they seem they work very well with low noise (I wasn’t able to tell if that really are really that effective or because of the quality of the video; there are no sound meter tests).
And now since it’s the simplest and maybe the goofiest DIY bullpup conversion, would you do it for your AK-47 sporting rifle?
Originally posted on The Firearm Blog