Chasing Ghosts, Ep 025 “Technicals: Toyotas Go To War”

BY PGF
6 months, 4 weeks ago

Chasing Ghosts: An Irregular Warfare Podcast by Bill Buppert, one-year anniversary episode. It’s about the Toyota Technical, an iconic, beloved, and endlessly memed, light, reliable weapons mounting platform used by irregular warfighters the world over. Who purchases, distributes, and modifies these vehicles is not the topic. The many uses and myriad weapons employed are examined, and that’s a much better subject. We discussed Mr. Buppert’s first episode here.

Khalifa Haftar Libya toyota wars 23mm HIlux technical mad max gun truck ...

Episode notes: In the one year anniversary episode (!), we chat about the use of thin-skinned vehicles in the modern age and the asymmetric nature of the fight. The employment of commercially produced vehicles for conduct of raids and ambushes employing a wide array of weapons medium- to heavy machine guns to mortars to ATGMs and everything in between. Please note that Toyota outside of Japan does not produce these for purpose built military employment. And, to my fellow CruiserHeads, I salute you.


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  1. On September 19, 2023 at 9:33 am, luke2236 said:

    “Please note that Toyota outside of Japan does not produce these for purpose built military employment.” But isnt it funny that these vehicles show up in countries that have no distributor for them and are used by the UN nearly exclusively…?

  2. On September 19, 2023 at 6:47 pm, Dirk Williams said:

    Buppert’s a dam good man, he sent me my first thumb brace for M4s six seven years ago. In terms of practical application the thumb on the weak hand plays a critical role in driving the carbine. “ And Pistol”.

    Similar to pistol usage, you want to get both thumbs pointed at the target.the same applies with the m4 and long gun. The physiological importance of a properly placed thumb bar? A place to consistently lay your thumb becomes. critical, in speed and shot placement. The trigger hand thumb is engaged in other obvious duties, one can semi rotate the grasp to kinda get both pointed down range. I’ve got smaller hands so the trigger hands thumbs difficult to get pointed without a lot of unusual movement for me.

    I’ve only ever heard one other shooter talk of the forehead thumb importance for again speed and accuracy on carbines and sub guns.

    He was a Brit ex SAS, name was Singleton was working for HK as an MP5 trainer. A curious gentleman, a week long class, what amazed me was his eyes were constantly moving, not his head, just his eyes, felt like he saw everything.

    I’m not doing a good job describing the benefits, ask Bill he does and excellent
    Job. I purchase a dozen of these after I trained a bit with them. I’ve given them to several shooters, most took em off, they needed the rail space for poggy bait.

    Their rifle, their call.

    Hersh, you wanna try one I’m happy to give you one. Can mail it if needed.

    Dirk

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