Stupid Syrian Gun Trick of the Day: Anti-Aircraft Edition

You may recall that we ran a What Could Possibly Go Wrong post on a Syrian sniper who violated the first rule of what to do after you shoot at a tank (hint: change location). That category doesn’t cut the mustard [gas] here as the downside’s pretty damn clear—at least for the cameraman. I know war is hell and shit happens and you don’t know what you’re going to do until you’re in the situation. But it seems to me that the level of training required to fight in a Middle Eastern (or African) conflict is fairly low. Still, IEDs.


  1. avatar JSF01 says:

    I wonder if the camera man was hit. I can’t’ quite tell if the AA gunner let off the trigger before or after the gun transverse the camera man.

  2. avatar ensitue says:

    What’s with the recent missing images and links

  3. avatar JSIII says:


  4. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    If President Obama had a son that looked like a syrian (jihadist) rebel. . .

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    We can put an end to Syrian gun violence if we demand a plan! Don’t don’t forget to join up with the Mullahs Against Illegal Guns when their camel caravan rolls up to an oasis near you.

    1. avatar MikeM says:

      Priceless! 🙂

    2. avatar Freeheel says:


    3. avatar ensitue says:

      Classic 🙂

      1. avatar IHATECT says:

        If the NRA had a sense of humor, imagine the fun they could have posting the many vids of FSA’s abysmally unsafe gun handling…and advising Obama how to correct them.
        Since we’re giving them weapons, let’s be constructive….right?

        1. avatar neiowa says:

          We are surely including trigger locks aren’t we? and no magazines over 10rd capacity.

          Background checks and waiting period for all “freedom fighters” Does the Lautenberg ammendment apply to same?

    4. avatar Joe says:

      Funny! .. and declare Syria a gun free zone.

  6. avatar jwm says:

    Civil wars and rebellions are the place of Amatuers. In 1776 it was common for colonial units to elect their officers. Same thing happened in 1861. learning your trade while engaging hostiles leads to a high rate of deaths and injuries. Those that are good and lucky live long enough to become pros. As for the IED’s they also have a steep learning curve. More than 1 jihadi has died making and planting them.

    1. avatar Chaotic Good says:

      I remember a quote from Che Guevara I read years ago about bomb makers during the Cuban revolution. According to him, almost half ended up as casualties. And I have a feeling that accidents while making or planting explosives aren’t a few minor burns or cuts. More likely, it means lost digits, limbs or blindness.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        My wife’s cousin has a plate in his skull, is missing 1 eye and most of 1 hand from making a coffee can bomb out of fireworks. Not the first time I’ve encountered this type of thing. People read something like the anarchist cookbook and think they’re experts. They ain’t.

        Revolutions and civil wars are casualty intensive because of the lack of expertise and the lack of time and facilities for real training.

    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      In truth, a real fighting army didn’t arise in the colonies until after the winter of our despair at Valley Forge, when von Steuben put his boot heel up the backside of many a wanna-be.

      After that point, we rarely looked back. Before that, fate was not treating us well.

  7. avatar tfunk says:

    It definitely looks like they’ll practice responsible gun safety with the arms we’re sending them…

  8. avatar BLAMMO says:

    Uh, it pulls a little to the right, Sarge.

  9. avatar William says:

    We don’t know that any of these guys are the “Stoopid Syrians” they’re assumed here to be, and the assumption is actually quite unbecoming. IF these are so-called “Syrian Rebels” (who are a U.S.-backed reactionary force), they would be more likely Libyans, fresh from their recent “triumph”, or Saudis, even. Some very well could be American Special Forces.

    So now look for some snappy ethnic alliterations to go with “Libyans” and “Saudis”, you Jolly Jingoists!!

    1. avatar Joke & Dagger says:

      One thing I can say for certain: no Americans in that video.

  10. avatar Gyufygy says:

    “Sorry, it kicked less in CoD! I’m getting the hang of it now!”

  11. avatar ensitue says:

    A link would be nice

  12. avatar Jerryboy says:

    the lag was so bad i couldn’t tell what was happening in the video.

  13. avatar Bastiat says:

    Those guys are the ones Obama is betting on…

  14. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    I haven’t seen a close shave like that since I saw a barbasol commercial…(you old timer’s will remember barbasol)

    1. avatar ensitue says:

      So everyone sees a link except me?

        1. avatar ensitue says:

          No the “Syrian Gun Trick” link. I got nothing on my screen except a blank spot

      1. avatar Leo338 says:

        Yes, everyone sees images and links except you. Obviously something is wrong on your end. Now will you please stop with the “so, a link would be nice, where’s the link” 3 times every article?

        1. avatar ensitue says:

          Gee Leo, such venom Tich Tich been hitting the sauce early today?

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Barbasol is still around and I still use it. Do you mean Burma Shave?

        1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

          This thing ain’t your grandpappy’s gun –
          It’s a serious piece, and it’s fun.
          It’s good to record,
          But don’t get too bored:
          And when newbies start shooting, best run.

          Burma Shave

  15. avatar dph says:

    One less asshole that our guys will be fighting against in a couple of years.

  16. avatar Texheim says:

    “There’s your PROBLEM!!”

  17. avatar Gyufygy says:

    In other news, friendly fire isn’t.

  18. avatar Liberty2Alpha says:

    Oh My God!

    They killed Kenny!

    You Bastards!

  19. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    We can talk here about the level of training, this, that and some other, but the truth in middle eastern fighting is that they’re not like us. All this projection we Americans have been doing of what we think they want, how we think they’ll act, how they’ll choose to govern themselves… it’s all intellectual onanism on our part.

    What I’ve been told by vets who have been up front is that even after we have given the locals real training, most of them still can’t function as a fighting force, no matter how you try to get them to become a cohesive unit. There’s a few real stand-up individuals, but there’s no unit cohesion, and a large part of that comes about because their mindset is still stuck in the tribal worldview.

    1. avatar ensitue says:

      I would love to see the brain MRIs of a cross section of ‘healthy young Jihadists’. I’m willing to bet they all show a lack of development in the brain’s architecture in those areas related to the higher mental functions

    2. avatar Joke & Dagger says:

      Yuuuuuupppppp…………to what Dyspeptic said. God, we need to stay out of these things.

  20. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    I shot a [ginormous] bullet into the air.
    On whom it fell I do not care…

  21. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Seriously, it looks to me as though the videographer dropped the camera and hit the sand when he saw the scythe making for his bananas.

    It also looks as though the crew stopped before nailing their buddy, but by that time Captain Videa had taken a powder.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      I don’t think they hit him. But the muzzle blast off that 23mm would have been enough to change his religion.

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:


  22. avatar Andy says:

    And Boobama wants to arm these idiots!Great with this kind of fighters,Boobama will have to send in troops to save them from themselves.Keep your powder dry.

    1. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

      Our “leaders” want to arm Syrian resistance fighters. The same resistance which has Al-Qaeda linked factions among them. We tried this little experiment before in 1980’s Afghanistan. Afterwards, Taliban supported Osama Bin Laden sent his minions to pay us a visit on September 11, 2001. One would think those in power would learn from previous attempts that came back to bite us on the ass.

  23. avatar Paul McCain says:

    Wow, seems some people did NOT brush up on their basic NRA gun safety class notes.

    Can we send Wayne Lapier over there to help those guys out?


    1. avatar neiowa says:

      A bit of “Eddie Eagle”?

      I don’t think so. Let Darwin work his magic.

  24. avatar mediocrates says:

    that’s gotta hurt.

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