Who is this psychopath? Why it’s Kyle Chapman, head of the NZNF. A mature, responsible and perfectly sane individual who is hell-bent on kicking off a fourth Reich in the South Pacific. Aren’t these just the sort of “blast from the past” photos you don’t need when you’re trying to remodel yourself away from a firebombing and criminal past towards something more “legal”, reasoned and vote-catching?
I’m not sure about why he is wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt, considering Roger Waters’ well known left-wing pacifist leanings and staunch opposition to fascism. The whole ethos of The Wall was a vicious lampooning of the fascist mind-set.
Come now, don’t laugh. We’re all not as “confused” as Kyle is. If you were his mental age you’d also be taken in by those pretty colours and tough looking marching hammers.
But we’re getting off topic.
What do I know about guns? Not a lot, so it’s time to call in the gun experts.
This picture superimposes a recent photo of Kyle Chapman over the old picture. As you can see, the ears are a perfect match, and the armband matches the other old photograph, so it’s a safe bet that it’s Kyle. But what about the gun?
One of our experts is the one and only Weezil. Dual American and Australian citizen and like Michael Moore, a lifetime member of the NRA. The Weez knows guns. The other is Chief Bastard. An Australian Army man with a reputation of being able to name any piece of weaponry on sight. Hell, you can blind-fold him and he will still give you a make, model number and an approximation as to the last time it was fired.
So, what did our two experts come up with?
Weezil completely blew me away (not literally) by rattling of all kinds of possibilities regarding the origin of this weapon. Initially, he thought it might be a cheap SKS Chinese low-rent AK47 equivalent but after further study and a number of emails back to the American Mid-west, he arrived at this conclusion:
It’s not an SKS. It’s an FN ‘FAL’ or a licenced copy. Could be 7.62mm or .223cal
depending on the country of mfr. Obsolete. Common as mil surplus. Many are
Brazilian made. Were used by ADF and possibly NZDF as well.
Would be veddy interesting to find out if military assault rifles can be legally
imported to NZ. Somehow, I doubt it. Research, research.
1: Square ended receiver
2. unique trigger guard shape
3. folding carry handle – unique to FAL
4. ammo clip
6. forward sight with unique loops
7. stap loop
8. no flash suppressor
OK, I’ll call it confirmed that the firearm is an FN FAL or a copy. Chances are
it is an older 7.62mm version instead of modern .223cal.
So ya know, 7.62mm is a standard cartridge used by many assault rifles including
AK47. This is a pretty fucking heavy article of hardware Kyle’s poseuring with. Will shoot straight through a schoolbus. End to end.
The light switch in the weapon photo is a common AUS/NZ type. Not used anywhere
else that I can recall. It’s certainly not US type. I’d like to hear him claim
that the img IS him but “he was in the US at the time where such are legal.
LEFTIE PHOTOSHOP HACK JOB!!!”
Did you guys follow any of that? Let’s hear what Chief Bastard had to say:
The weapon depicted in the picture is more than likely an L1A1 SLR, the Australian version of the Belgian FN-FAL. Issued to troops in Commonwealth countries, the Australian version was also used by NZ forces for the same period of time as us. Essentially 50′s to early 90′s, where it was replaced by the smaller calibre Steyr, which the NZDF also adopted with minor changes (scope and weapon colour). The SLR is in 7.62 x 51 mm NATA calibre, a very large round capable of knocking over most humans regardless of personal protection. If loaded with 7.62mm armour piercing rounds, the weapon would easily penetrate engine blocks. A nasty piece of kit in the wrong hands.
Fitted with a scope, 20 round magazine, the SLR can be used as an amateur’s sniper rifle out to 800 metres easily. Not available for sale in Australia unless by special permit, I am unsure of the availability in NZ.
If the holder of this weapon becomes unhinged, the average cop is going to be pressed to stop carnage occurring. Hope this helps. To clarify, it’s definitely NOT a Chinese or Russian weapon.
Ok, scary stuff. I guess I had better put your mind at rest and state that these pictures of Chapman are from his Invercargill days, roughly 10 years and 30 kilograms ago. The news gets better in that he isn’t allowed to own or play with firearms anymore.
Why? Well, around this time he discharged a weapon into the wall and the bullet ricoched off and nailed his brother in the leg, something which still causes him to walk with a permanent limp. Whether or not this is the weapon which did the damage, I don’t know. If it was, I’m surprised that is brother still has a pulse, let alone his leg!
I don’t think the key issue here is, “This big baddie used to fuck around with high grade weapons.” Well it is in a way — what on earth would you do with a weapon like that in Invercargill? Stave off an Antarctic Penguin invasion? But I think the main issue is more along the lines of how irresponsible this guy was to randomly take a pot-shot at a wall. If it was an accident, well, two words buddy — “safety” and “catch”. Why on earth would you be walking around indoors with a loaded weapon anyway?
This is a man who expects to be taken seriously!
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