Another gun blog, Silah Report is probably THE place you want to check out if you are interested in firearms, both current and historical, that are in use in the MENA area.
Miles, the proprietor, is a former US marine and veteran of Afghanistan and spends his time wandering the arms bazaars of Peshawar and Erbil, amongst other places. A frequent contributor to The Firearms Blog, he is arguably one of the foremost weapon experts in public circulation, especially on some of the esoteric creations the gunsmiths of Syria, Iraq and Pakistan are creating and in fact has a book on the subject coming out in the near future.
Silah Report is also host to reports from other regional weapon specialists, such as Khyber Armoury (worth a look on their own) and the depth of knowledge available to researchers is really quite remarkable. In fact Silah Report is a great example of how the internet can make quality research available on extremely specialist subjects which wouldn’t have enough commercial appeal to see books printed on them.
There can be no denying that the level of detail in most of the reports goes to a level that most will not have an interest in – I once told Miles he was the biggest gun nerd I knew. He took it as a complement and then corrected me with several experts who were bigger gun nerds than him!
But Silah Report is without doubt an amazing resource and anyone with an interest in firearms, current and historical, or the conflicts of the Middle East will almost certainly find something that grabs their attention.
For researchers, Miles and the other contributors are regulars on social media producing interesting content and discussion. They are generally happy to field questions and enquiries, something that can be extremely useful to students of the field or just those with an interest.
Just be prepared for VERY thorough answers….