When it comes to warfare, most nations tend to be at a severe disadvantage against the likes of the United States. In the hopes of evening the playing field, some fighting groups resort to manufacturing their own weapons and vehicles that crudely resemble the equipment of the U.S. military.
A video posted to YouTube showcases a number of homemade weapons from the Kurds in Iran and offers a glimpse into their unique way of arming themselves for battle.
The video features of myriad of homemade armament, from rifles awkwardly assembled with mismatched parts to full-fledged armored vehicles that resemble movie props from Mad Max rather than a military weapon.
Check out all the homemade Kurdish weapons in the video below:
“During the Syrian and Iraq Civil Wars and the PKK Conflict with Turkey various Kurdish separatist groups have designed a variety of special improvised weapons and armored fighting vehicles to make up for the lack of foreign imported weapons,” the video description explains.
One of the first weapons featured in the montage is a PKK AMSR, sometimes referred to as a Zagros. The makeshift bolt-action sniper rifle is a culmination of parts and pieces from other guns.
While it is not technically a name brand weapon, the rifle itself is impressively put together.
Most of the video also includes a wide variety of “junkyard armor” vehicles. These are usually non-military trucks that have been fashioned with steel plates or stolen armor.
Dump trucks, pick-up trucks and delivery vehicles are often the base of these makeshift armored vehicles. Sometimes, the vehicles are even stolen or outdated equipment that have been helplessly repaired. The pieced together military vehicles are awkward, boxy imitations of the fully armored trucks and tanks of the U.S. Military
With little to no outside help, the Kurds have had to learn to improvise with the resources they have. As primal as their equipment seems, it is still an impressive feat to build something essentially from scratch to take into war.
From their weapons to their armor, the Kurds have certainly given themselves the ability to hold their own, even at such a disadvantage.