Philippine Marines lately recovered firearms from neighborhood insurgents that are not very “new in box.”
A group of Fleet-Marine Units operating in the far-flung Sulu Archipelago moved in more than the weekend to rescue a group of hostages held by Islamic terrorists of the Abu Sayyaf Group. The action, which incorporated a 10-minute firefight, eventually led to the freedom of two Indonesians and one particular Malaysian hostage right after “the neutralization” of 3 ASG members.
Captured by the Marines had been a pair of M14 rifles, two M16s — which includes one particular fitted with an M203 grenade launcher, and about a coffee can complete of assorted ammo. Notably, one particular of the M14s has had its stock replaced with a side-folding plastic one particular that is no doubt a joy to shoot.
The M16s are most probably domestically-produced. Involving 1974-1986, a neighborhood organization, Elisco Tool Manufacturing Co. cranked out 150,000 M16A1s for the Philippine Government beneath license from Colt. In current years, they have been refitted with A2 style handguards to replace the old Vietnam-era kind. As such, old ETM M16s “in the white” are popular in the islands.
Verify out these other guns, lately recovered in operations against ASG and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF):
As for Abu Sayyaf, the dwindling group has been about for about 30 years but has spent most of the previous decade funding their operations via kidnap and ransom.
At the moment, the Philippine Marines are equipped with Remington-produced R4 rifles and are quickly to be equipped with Armscor (Rock Island) double-stack 1911s to replace older U.S.-supplied .45s.