The best truck is a hilux with the ignition rigged to just require a toggle switch to turn on, and the inverted "T" for center of gravity calculations when sling loading (and the dry weight in kilos marked on the side) on some duct tape on the side.
Sometimes I've seen the rear seats turned sideways to serve as side gunners, with a pintle mount in the cargo bed (either on the light bar for forward arc only, or in the middle of the bed for 360 degree). Usually the US only does that with bigger trucks like the Silverado.
I wish I could get a small common-rail diesel truck in the US, or maybe a diesel-electric hybrid, on the hilux chassis. A truck that size which could be a decent remote site electric generator would be amazing.
We could never pinpoint exactly the reason for the higher Pick-up prices but we long suspected it was likely due to their possible use in war environments. And this article was interesting to read because it somewhat confirms our suspicion. Thanks for the post!
Was this right before Regan sent lasers to space and won the cold war?
The United States began training insurgents in, and directing propaganda broadcasts into Afghanistan from Pakistan in 1978. Then, in early 1979, U.S. foreign service officers began meeting insurgent leaders to determine their needs.
US "Paramilitary Officers" from the CIA's Special Activities Division were instrumental in training, equipping and sometimes leading Mujihadeen forces against the Soviet Army.
Not Taliban, but relevant...
Still a hell of a truck.
EDIT: Not sure what's getting a negative reaction here. I was just pointing out an apparent inconsistency in the story - interviewees/journalists are known to embellish sometimes and they can get tripped up on little details.
This happens in a lot of conflicts, where people often side up based much more on pragmatic concerns (protection, for instance) than ideology. Also evidenced that when conflicts end, many move towards other political ideals, since the advantages of operating under a particular umbrella no longer apply.
This may be why individuals within Islamist groups get tattoos of Canadian flags: It's not really about establishing a Caliphate or enacting strict Islamic rule for them.
What kind of shaving do you do?
It's interesting that American (presumably Christian) citizens would murder, considering that murder is frowned upon in Christianity.
The full quote is from the penultimate paragraph (which, btw, is referring to a New York Times article from November 23, 2001)...
The New York Times piece on Mullah Omar’s car also noted that during Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the Hilux and its larger sibling the Landcruiser “provided ideal platforms for intimidation and enforcement.” The Taliban rode around “ready to leap down and beat women for showing a glimpse of ankle or to lock a man in a shipping container for three weeks until his beard grew to the approved length. Or, most dismal, to drag an accused adulterer or blasphemer to the soccer stadium for execution.”
Given that this story was recently submitted, it can be gathered that the tattoos observed by David Kilcullen were not from Taliban fighters in 2001.
The article does not indicate any of the tattooed insurgent fighters are Taliban, or even Muslim.
My original point being, every religion has various tenets which are followed/obeyed in different degrees by various members of said religion. Some call them "sects" or "denominations".
Similar to the story posted here a while ago about people being arrested as terrorists on the evidence that they wore some totally generic casio wristwatch.
Wikipedia's List of Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of possessing Casio watches:
He was a little more careful than that: "It’s a bit of a sign you’re dealing with Al Qaeda when you come across them in Pakistan.".
edit: Here its being used for public transportation, tail gate town for increased storage space http://yfrog.com/c8fxbj
OK, I'm impressed.
I sold mine (1987 4x4) with 130,000 miles on it for about $2,000 in 2005 and it would probably have gone another 100,000 easily with minimal maintenance. The kid who bought it got a hell of a deal (it was pretty heavily modified by the time I sold it) and he was grinning from ear to ear when he drove off.
The Tacoma was the "new, improved, bigger version."
Basically the original Hilux with sealed bearing everywhere, guards over everything that can break when a rock drops on it, loads of power take-offs and an interior that you can wash down with a hose.
It even has cup holders (although not a multi-screen DVD surround sound)
Ah way down in the sixth generation section it says: "The Tacoma frame differs from the Hilux frame, although both appear similar from the outside. Both the Tacoma and Hilux variants are sold in Mexico."
On another note the Suzuki Samurai is another off-road vehicle that is virtually indestructible.
The 'wagon' version was also called the '4Runner' in Austraila, but,because of used Japanese imports, you're more likely to see a 'surf' than a 4Runner.
I find it very odd that manufacturers seem to always choose a different model name in the USA, despite worldwide success with the original model name. Golf-Rabbit-Golf springs to mind.
If they had parked it at the base, it would probably be flat.
So it's not just practical reasons, the Hilux is a status car. It's also the best selling car in South Africa in total, so it's used as a normal vehicle, not just for offroad.
I used a Hilux in West Cameroon on the muddy/mountain side roads in the rainy season. It is very reliable.
Its predecessor - Toyota Stout, has no "Four-Wheel", yet on First Gear, it is more stable climbing muddy hills in bad weather than an F350 or any Chevy its size
And I doubt that those American cars you mention are very popular across West Africa, usually Japanese cars or European cars are used.
Transcript of Terry Gross' interview with the author:
Disassembly/assembly of AK47 was one of routine exercises, we even had competitions on who could do it the fastest.
Those were mandatory classes, just like regular subjects (math, physics and etc) with the exams and grades counting towards your equivalent of GPA. Some schools had after hours clubs where those who were interested could learn more.
I liked those classes a lot, because we got to shoot some weapons (mostly air guns, but sometimes small caliber rifles) for free.
The teacher was a retired sergeant who taught us sharpshooting even though his eyesight was so poor that he had to wear two pairs of glasses, one on top of another. True story...
Ha, sounds like my dad. He used to coach the local junior rifle team. Retired Marine and old enough his eyes got tired after taking one or two shots, but a very good coach.
This is pretty interesting. Where was this?
Stamped receiver is not really an issue if you can attain stamping with required precision - which most manufacturers can't do economically, at least not when batches are in ballpark of mere tens of thousands. The earliest attempt at stamping it for original AK failed, so they had to do with milled part for a few years, until the engineers managed to set up reliable stamping. Anyway, the receiver is not that critical part in the weapon, compared to the quality of chamber, barrel and other gas-operated parts. The tolerances there are unattainable by an average machinist shop.
The bad rep for accuracy you mention is probably a mix of many factors. The vast majority of it's operators are incompetent shooters. The accuracy gets much worse as the weapon wears through: it might still function perfect after 50 years of use, but it is long past its prime and could have been never properly serviced. Add to that that majority of AKs out there are not really AKs but Chinese-produced Type-56, or Bulgarian, or Iranian etc. clones, and it's no wonder.
http://www.snotr.com/video/2154 is fairly accurate.
There are plenty of AK-47s available now for ~$800 instead, but until around 2001, this was a popular way for some people to arm themselves.
It can just about fire a full mag before over heating.
To go from safe to automatic fire the safety lever makes a noise that alerts people in the next country
I'll stick with my SA80 thank you
Even the AK-47 derivatives have several generations. For example Finnish Rk 62 (current Finnish standard issue service rifle) was licensed to form a baseline for what was to become IMI Galil. http://www.dnmsport.com/GALIL/historygalil.htm
(Disassembly + assembly of Rk 62 takes about 40 seconds, it has five parts)
No modern army uses AK-47. So it shouldn't be compared to SA80.
The bottom line: AK-47 is simple and good enough to be effectively used by even the most inexperienced soldiers. It also requires the least amount of maintenance. Precision tools require more experience and always have drawbacks (like gain accuracy - lose the ability to shoot effectively through walls). Multi-purpose tools are compromises, of which AK-47 is the most battle proven.
Not so. Watch what happens at 1:09 of this video of the 2005 Tyler, Texas courthouse shootout. David Arroyo (the guy with the AK-47) cuts down running civilians, cops - in short, everyone he sees. He's using his AK-47 in semi-auto mode (one trigger pull = one shot) very effectively against moving human targets:
One lesson from the video: stay behind cover while looking for a shooter.
The AK doesn't need an assist, good ammo, or really even oil or cleaning. They're built so you can worry about staying alive - not cleaning...
AK47: the open-source weapon that took the world by storm
In fact, most of the reporting seems to be an update of a few War Nerd pieces combined together. (I'm not implying plagiarism, just that Toyotas are massively over represented in low-intensity conflicts, and that more than one person has noticed it)
I was actually just looking for an old Tacoma/Hilux, although I first heard about their legendary status on Top Gear.
"Buy a Toyota Hilux - the only truck endorsed by the Taliban, the Janjaweed and the Islamic Courts of Somalia."
They could even get Joshua 'General Butt Naked' Blahyi as their spokesperson. "After sacrificing a small child to the devil, I like to strip naked and drive away in my Toyota Hilux. No matter what the terrain, my Hilux will help me escape from angry parents and local militias out for justice."
When my uncle(missionary) showed me photos of his travels around South America and Africa all the cars were Toyota pick ups(Venezuela, Amazon Jungle, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia).
When I asked him he told me the word "Toyota" in many places is what we in Spain call "4x4".
It can carry a decent amount of ammo and guns. http://img.skitch.com/20101015-c25kibbi3nub61emqgb32mqpie.jp...
With Toyota vehicles, the biggest thing to keep them running for a long time is doing maintenance. If done properly, they will last for longer than you want them.
Also the off-road capabilities are awesome. It has done well in the sand, gravel, inclines, declines, snow, mud and water very well. Its exhilarating to easily get through conditions where others got stuck.
How much oil do you have to drain to change the filter? And do you just pour the drained oil back in or do you top it off with fresh oil?
How often do you keep running the same oil through, anyway?
Haven't heard of anyone doing that before; I'm intrigued.
It's well established that for every make of car, there is at least one forum devoted to it. My favorite (also has Hilux content) is at http://forum.ih8mud.com.
See for yourselves.