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More on Fighting Pirates

The Firearms Blog weighs in with his choices.  RAH would appear to be our resident expert on the keeping and bearing of arms on the high seas, and on what will and won’t get you into trouble when you enter territorial waters or ports.  Avoidance seems to be the preferred method of dealing with pirates.  That’s pretty much the right strategy for any armed confrontation.  I like the idea of a fake RPG, but you’d be awfully screwed if the pirates produce something that looks similar, only isn’t fake.

2 Responses to “More on Fighting Pirates”

  1. rkh says:

    Is there anything to stop you from flagging your ship in, say… Yemen, and fitting it out with real RPGs and RPKs?

    I can’t be the first person to have had this idea.

  2. RAH says:

    Yes, The ship cannot be reflagged unless ownership or registry is changed. Please be aware that the US is not a signatory to the Law of the Sea treaty. That treaty has been used as an attempt to hamstring the US Navy and firearms laws.

    On international waters a ship can have any type of arms, the problem is when the ship gets into national waters and port. Then unless you want to spend a long term in primitive jails it is best to get rid of RPG and RPK’s overboard.

    It is natural that any nation wants to control what is brought into the nation. Arms is a big problem in many nations. I find it funny that the Bahamas count the ammo rounds incoming and then outgoing to be sure that none were expended.

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