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(Local10 WPLG)   More rocket launchers show up in gun buy back (this time in Florida). It's just so hard to find the ammo these days   (local10.com) divider line 17
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2013-02-03 10:59:08 AM  
5 votes:
These are rocket launchers like empty beer cans are beverages.
2013-02-03 11:52:59 AM  
3 votes:
Isn't an unloaded rocket launcher just a farking metal tube at that point? Are they even re-loadable? They look like Vietnam era one-time use launcher tubes you can buy in the army/navy store next to the drilled out practice grenades.

/Non-story
2013-02-03 12:49:32 PM  
2 votes:

here to help: DarkJohnson: These are rocket launchers like empty beer cans are beverages.

Something designed to launch rockets is not a rocket launcher therefore there should be no regulations or restrictions on gun ownership.

Seems legit.


It's a fiberglass tube that's completely inert, completely legal to own and can not be re-used for anything other than an oversized drinking straw.

So no... It's no longer a rocket launcher.
2013-02-03 12:39:52 PM  
2 votes:

Lolpwnt: They used to get sold off as surplus.  They are about as dangerous as a wiffle ball bat.


the cops know this, they know you can buy them down the street, they have known this for decades (i got mine in the early 80's).

the only reason they are taking them now is for media effect, which may be the exact intent of the organizations that are donating the money to these cities for the buy back programs.
2013-02-03 12:27:38 PM  
2 votes:

HighlanderRPI: Are they even re-loadable? They look like Vietnam era one-time use launcher tubes you can buy in the army/navy store next to the drilled out practice grenades.


 they are just disposable one-shots. i have one exactly like it. i bought mine at a surplus store too. its just an empty fiberglass tube with flip-up sights, and they are not reusable for launching anything, no more so than any other plastic pipe.

 people own lots of these things, they were common at surplus stores for years. they never counted at buy back programs, they would just laugh and send you away, kind of like with the drilled-out grenades. now they are more than happy to announce that they will buy them both; all of them turning up 'suddenly' scares the fark out of the sheep in the narrative to ban guns. makes for good press, and good fearmongering.

 think about it; instant national headlines causing panic and forwarding an agenda, just accept any old junk at your buy back program.
2013-02-03 12:12:49 PM  
2 votes:

HighlanderRPI: Isn't an unloaded rocket launcher just a farking metal tube at that point? Are they even re-loadable? They look like Vietnam era one-time use launcher tubes you can buy in the army/navy store next to the drilled out practice grenades.

/Non-story


That one is not reloadable, it's just a fiberglass tube.  If I recall correctly, the front sight had radium in it to make it glow in the dark.

Maybe the media should be mindlessly shrieking about unregulated nuclear materials?
2013-02-03 05:03:38 PM  
1 votes:

Akambe: BAN EMPTY TUBES!!!


Don't you mean ASSAULT TUBES?
2013-02-03 02:39:33 PM  
1 votes:

Farker Soze: Bomb technicians inspected them to make sure they weren't loaded.

Bomb technicians?  They needed bomb technicians to look in the tube and see there was no rocket inside?  Really?


implying that it requires trained experts to handle them makes them sound more oooooooh scary dangerous. gotta love security theater
2013-02-03 12:35:20 PM  
1 votes:

HighlanderRPI: Isn't an unloaded rocket launcher just a farking metal tube at that point? Are they even re-loadable? They look like Vietnam era one-time use launcher tubes you can buy in the army/navy store next to the drilled out practice grenades.

/Non-story


The one pictured in TFA looks to be an M72A2 LAW (Light Anti-tank Weapon).   We fired them in basic training in the early 80s. Despite what the Wiki article implies, the tube can't be reused or reloaded. That was part of the appeal: the enemy can't reuse it. Most likely whoever was running the range that day (or was a training NCO with access to them) grabbed up a couple as souvenirs and snuck them off-post.
2013-02-03 12:26:23 PM  
1 votes:

Bit'O'Gristle: Kinda makes you wonder where they got access to a military LAW anti tank weapon.


The only thing an expended LAW tube is good for is use as a firing tube for something home-built using Estes rocket motors and a liberal amount of beer.
2013-02-03 12:23:38 PM  
1 votes:
If any of you out there have a TOW or Dragon missile system and need it serviced let me know. I'm your one stop for all your anti-tank missile needs.

"On the Way!"
2013-02-03 12:20:52 PM  
1 votes:
The bigger question is why police departments always proudly parade these empty tubes around after buy backs when they're useless scrap that aren't even legally firearms.

I wonder if I could glue junk on a spraypainted PVC pipe and get some free money too if all they're after is a PR stunt.
2013-02-03 12:20:42 PM  
1 votes:
Another stupid article about a harmless object that scares stupid people.
2013-02-03 12:11:37 PM  
1 votes:
Another day, another derp.
2013-02-03 12:08:52 PM  
1 votes:
So gun buy backs are a series of tubes?
2013-02-03 11:55:47 AM  
1 votes:

DarkJohnson: These are rocket launchers like empty beer cans are beverages.


You said it! Fiberglass tube is useless.

Military just throws them away.
2013-02-03 11:13:06 AM  
1 votes:
Wanted for questioning

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