The police in Los Angeles County had a gun buy back program and picked up these.
Cops picked up two — count ’em two — rocket launchers (!) (and not one, as other outlets are reporting), an LAPD official with close knowledge of the program told us. Holy hell why do people on our streets have military grade rocket launchers?
They go on to point out that they did not have rockets in them. Uh huh.
Pictured above is a tube from an AT-4, an 84-mm unguided, portable, single-shot recoilless smoothbore weapon built in Sweden by Saab Bofors Dynamics.
The operative term there is “single shot”. The tube is manufactured with the single round built right in. When it is fired, the tube rendered useless by the action of the rocket and becomes trash that is discarded. It can’t be reloaded. It is like an expended shotgun cartridge. If it didn’t have the round, it is harmless, useless garbage. It is fiberglass tube that is no more dangerous, or more capable of being fired, than a length of PVC from Home Depot.
It gets better. See the yellow bands on the tube? They indicate it is a training tube that never had a round in it in the first place. It is a replica that could never be loaded with a full sized rocket. It is a toy.
It is dangerous in one way, however. The sight of the device in the media makes liberals engage in mass pants pissing.