Rifle overboard!

What’s going on here?

Image from S.T.A. Training Group
Image from S.T.A. Training Group

Based on the Facebook comments people are speculating that the man works for a marine security company and is throwing this AR-pattern rifle overboard for one of two main reasons:

  1. The rifle is full-auto and was purchased outside the US (i.e. they don’t need to comply with the NFA hoops), and they’re returning to a US port and the gun would not be legal. It’s cheaper and easier to simply discard the rifle overboard and buy another one once they leave US waters than deal with the NFA.
  2. Essentially the same situation, only they’re docking in some other port where firearms are restricted regardless of if they’re full- or semi-auto.

Thoughts? Speculation? I suspect that #2 is a bit more likely.
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One thought on “Rifle overboard!”

  1. I have a dream of one day sailing around the world. I wonder if I could pick up an AK in the Philippines and toss if overboard after sailing across the Indian Ocean. It’d be a lot less hassle than trying to explain why you have a rifle when you pull in to some restrictive port, and it’s not like they are all that expensive.

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