Breathless LA Times reports rocket launchers in their midst

| December 28, 2012

rocket launcher cop soqui

The LA Times is freaking out because during the city’s gun buyback program, the cops bought back an expended LAW and an expended AT-4. ” Holy hell why do people on our streets have military grade rocket launchers?” the reporter asks. Well, those rocket launchers aren’t even effective as clubs now. Anyone doing the least bit of research online would realize that those one-shot weapons. After they’ve been fired, those launchers become as dangerous as a cardboard box.

The official told us this is not that unusual, that “we’ve had them in the past.”

He says that police believe the “shoulder-fired” weapons are antiquated, decades-old, launchers from wars past often picked up by collectors or passed down to family members by veterans.

The official described them as LAW weapons, for light-anti-tank weapons.

They propel rocket grenades, but the official called them “non-working” because they did not have the “projectiles” with them. Thank God!?

I’ll admit that only a moron would keep an expended tube, but it’s not like someone is going to refurbish the things and make them into weapons again. If the cops paid for the things, they’re dumbasses. The only time I’ve seen a LAW tube refired is when we used to bury them on end up to the muzzle, drop an artillery simulator down the tube followed by a smoke grenade for some indirect short range smoke launchers.

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  1. B Woodman says:

    Maybe someone kept them to do giant bong hits.

  2. NR Pax says:

    Are those AT-4s “shoulder things that go up?”

    Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

  3. Old Trooper says:

    Yet another example of how the media is ignorant, uneducated, and just plain stupid. It showcases that the media isn’t interested in knowing the subject matter they are covering, yet they are responsible for informing the public about the same subject. Are they doing it on purpose, because of their own personal agenda, or is it because they are intellectually lazy? I think it’s a little of both. The outcome is that the general public takes what they say as the truth and that’s dangerous.

  4. Detn8r says:

    They make excellent piss tubes in an outhouse!

  5. ron hill says:

    people buy expended law tubes and hang then on nam era jeeps and trucks as props, because they are period authentic. they’re not selling cheap either.

  6. rb325th says:

    What a bunch of uneducated, ignorant idiots over there commenting… this is why we have hundreds of gun laws that do nothing but hurt law abiding citizens.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Just asking out of curiosity: how many of those guns turned over in exchange for grocery money were licensed or registered?

    Anyone? Just a raw statistic or percentage will do.

  8. Doc Bailey says:

    I’d keep an AT-4 tube if I’d actually used it in combat. I kept some of the brass from the first time I was in combat. The important thing to remember is both the AT-4 and the LAW are NOT reloadable. Meaning even if you have a new round, you CAN’T reload the launcher.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love the comments over there from people claiming to have “experience” with these weapons and then going on and on about how dangerous shoulder fired rockets are…Call Of Duty much?

  10. 1stCavRVN11B says:

    There are numerous militaria collectors that want these. Replicas sell on ebay and other sites for about $100. Had a expended/inert LAW, RPG round, and a claymore on display in the wife’s antiques shop a few months ago until a collector talked me into selling them. A few months before that some scared liberal old lady reported to one of the alphabet agencies that we had these very dangerous items in the shop. Without identifying themselves, two agents showed up unannounced and went directly to the display and started examining and dismanteling them. Being pissed I asked them WTF they were doing. That’s when they pulled their ID out of their shirt pocked which were hanging from their neck. Damn, I got a good laugh at that. They were young and evidently were not familiar with them or their purposes. Schooled them a bit and they eventually left. No apology or whatever. They don’t seem to mess with us anymore, however several of them and other LE do occasionally drop by to view other militaria from multiple eras we have. Think if they had tried to take them I would’ve put up quite a fuss. Have used all of thet type ordinance on multiple occasions while in VN and training. BTW, looking to purchase other inert similar items.

  11. Hack Stone says:

    When inert rocket launchers are outlawed, only outlaws will have inert rocket launchers.

  12. Don Carl says:

    I’ve been waiting for a gun buy back to happen near me. I figured out a great way to make money. $10 worth of plumbing parts, becomes a crappy zip gun, which could be bought back for lots more. Profit!

  13. Mike says:

    I hear they can be used for ieds. But yeah I like that zip gun idea….

  14. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    Helluva thing to hang over the fireplace, though.

  15. AW1 Tim says:

    Back home in Utah, folks that worked at Thiokol used to buy used Minuteman, Poseidon, Polaris (and other such ICBM) rocket nozzles from the test firings. These were inverted into a concrete “tub” and used as BBQ grills. Just fill them halfway up with gravel and sand, then put your charcoal and/or wood on top of that. A piece of expanded metal grill made the cooking surface.

    I remember working at Thiokol’s boneyard in the early 70’s as a seasonal hire and loading these things into folk’s trailers or pickups.

    Man, the leftist’s heads would be exploding if they saw those today, eh?

  16. Old Trooper says:

    @9: Yeah, I replied to some chucklehead that was wetting his diaper over them. He claimed that he had been in the Army and was blabbering on about how he couldn’t figure out how such a dangerous weapon was in civilian hands. I told him that if he was really in the Army, then he would already know that an empty LAW tube is no more dangerous than a paper towel tube.

  17. USMC Steve says:

    I must object to your blanket statement about only morons keeping expended tubes. I do several living history gear displays wherein I have expended LAW tubes and such as part of those displays, particularly my USMC Vietnam display. And I don’t think I am a moron.

  18. The Dead Man says:

    #15 Wonder what they’d do with Smith and Edwards up north. Or the two inert Artillery shells we’ve got here in the family as decoration since the step-father is retired 82nd Artillery and wanted them. Bet they’d blow a fuse with the hollowed out sea mine the Pope AFB EOD shop used as an ash tray.

    I’ve got a picture of my cousin holding an RPG7 over her shoulder and an AK47 under her arm from the EOD shop’s display too. Sure, both are obviously fakes, but I doubt they’d see anything beyond a twelve year old with scary things.

  19. AW1 Tim says:


    I used to LOVE spending a day going around Smith & Edwards when I was a kid. they had hundreds, if not thousands of drop tanks outside, and all sorts of cool things like tank periscopes, rifle-grenade sights and adapters, a cutaway over-sized BAR and M2 machinegun training devices, etc.

    My favorite was the old M-4 Sherman recovery vehicle that sat out front. That place was like Disneyland for young boys (and older boys too).

  20. BK says:

    Just in case you’d like to turn in your own at a gun buyback program and scare the poop out of the wankers!

  21. 68W58 says:

    In the interest of accuracy, it doesn’t appear that LA Weekly is a publication under the LA Times umbrella.

  22. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    @17. The keeping of an expended tube AS IF it were useful as a weapon would be the act of a moron. I thnk that’s what Jonn was talking about USMC Steve. We all like stuff, even Jonn.

  23. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    @21. Jeez. They’re going for a pretty penny. I bet the person or persons who turhed tose two into LAPD had no idea.

  24. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    turhed tose? Bwahahahahah

  25. The Mick says:

    I wonder how much they would pay for my TOW missile encasement?

  26. H1 says:

    FB friend posted the scary image from the article with the usual no mind cut line.
    I told her expended tubes are just eye candy.
    Did you see the article about liberal angst losing the messaging war?
    Social media leveling the playing field.
    Friends with firearms deconstructing some of the more egregious lies from the make believe media.

  27. FatCircles0311 says:

    This is literally like showing the box ammunition came in trying to claim that the packaging is dangerous. Libtards gonna Libtard.

  28. Ex-PH2 says:

    @28, where is that article? Can you post a link to it? Thanks.

  29. H1 says:


    “But gun freedom advocates fought back. Using the mainstream media, conservative media and especially social media – we need to understand its huge significance here – gun freedom advocates countered liberals’ bogus “facts.” Media reports about “automatic” weapons were corrected, clownish statements about “high caliber magazines” and “large capacity round” were mocked. The struggle raged over millions of Facebook posts. The average citizen saw gun banners ask “When will America control access to weapons?” and then saw several experts among his or her friends post about the significant hurdles one needs to get over to get a gun. Truth bypassed the mainstream media and became a weapon for the side of fundamental rights.”

  30. Ex-PH2 says:

    Thanks. I read that article. I particularly liked this paragraph:

    ‘Let’s start with the most obvious omen that this tsunami has peaked. President Obama thrilled his base by grandstanding at the memorial, and then promptly washed his hands of it by handing it over to a “blue ribbon commission.” Making Joe Biden its chairman was like staking a vampire through the heart, then hosing him down with holy water before burying his body beneath the Gilroy Garlic Festival.’

    I’m very glad I did not have my nose in a hot cuppa when I read that.

  31. PintoNag says:

    I read that article, also. I just hope they’re right.

  32. Joe Williams says:

    Left media is showing their ingorantence and agenga again.