WEAPONS This Shop Is Top … (No. 8)

Posted by on 20. März 2011
Weapons in Darra

Ahmed is the one with the white turban ...

I know, I know, it’s highly illegal! But aren’t we all dreaming of being invincible? Ahmed in the village of Darra Adam Khel in Pakistan is a masterly weaponsmith. Like dozens of men in dozens of shops there. They sell firearms of all sizes, but copies only (just look around in his shop). They construct them from scrape metal! Ahmed wanted to sell me (for 100 US dollars, too expensive) a pistol that is his bestseller – with 9 extra barrels. „For the true professionals“, he said. „After the murder they throw away the used barrel. So their pistol is always clean.“ No, I’m not a professional killer, I’m a selfdefender. I wanted a HP of the Fabrique Nationale in Herstal (Belgium), a single-action, 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. Not available for me elsewhere, but  at Ahmed’s shop? „No“, he said, „too heavy! Killers don’t like it. It’s a soldier’s weapon.“ Yes, the HP is 7,8 in. or 19,7 cm long and weighs 2,19 lb. or one kilogram. It is heavy, but so smooth, it becomes part of your body after 10 rounds. Ahmed didn’t copy it, so I left. I’m still unarmed …

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