Orlando emptied its bureau drawers and closets Friday of more than 300 unwanted guns — and one surface-to-air missile launcher.
You sure it’s a surface to air missile launcher?
After hefting the weapon designed to blow jets out of the sky, police spokeswoman Sgt. Barbara Jones commented, “I tell you, you never know what you’re going to get.
You sure it’s designed to blow jets out of the sky? Well, lets see. We can see the letters 1A-3 on the side. This could possibly be BGM or BTM 71A-3 TOW, anti-tank missile. My guess is they have a BTM 71A-3 tube, which would be a practice round, and is completly inert, and worthless without the mucho expensive guideance equipment that’s part of the TOW system. That’s assuming it’s not just an empty tube. The BGM is a the HEAT round that’s actually used for busting up tanks.
So what we have here is a surface-to-surface missile tube, basically. Here’s a picture of a more recent variant. Tell me what you think?
And here’s the one the Orlande Sentinal pimping as an anti-aircraft missile:
Looks the same to me. Again, all this took was a few minutes of googling that “authorized journalists” can’t be bothered doing. But why bother? A guy living near an airport turning an anti-aircraft weapon over to the police is such a great story! Too bad it’s a load of bullcrap.