One of the fun aspects to writing the Brannigan’s Blackhearts series is the gun porn. It’s always been a staple of the Action/Adventure genre. I do try for a bit more authenticity than some of the older works in the genre (which will remain nameless), while at the same time avoiding the multi-page descriptions, so as not to bog down the story. Featuring a wide variety of weaponry is still cool, though, which is why I’ve been running this series of posts since the series started.
Most of the time, the Blackhearts use a common service weapon in the Area of Operations where they’re working. War to the Knife is no different. Their local contact gets them IWI Galil SARs, which have been an issue service rifle in the National Army of Colombia.
There are also a couple of the 5.56 version of the IWI Negev light machinegun.
And Flanagan gets a chance to use a Galatz sniper rifle.
The Green Shirts, the narco-communists who have taken over San Tabal, carry a mix of weapons based on many carried by the FARC. That means a mix of mostly M16s and AK-47s for rifles (mostly either captured from the Colombians or trafficked in by the Cubans and Venezuelans, or other cartels), M60 and PKM machineguns, and RPG-7s.
Some might notice that there are a lot of Israeli guns in this particular volume. That’s simply because the Israelis sold a lot of weapons in Colombia. I found it slightly surprising, given the partnership that the US has had with Bogota since the days of Pablo Escobar, that the Colombians appear to use more IWI than Colt or FN.