Michael Pregent, who is currently with the think tank The Hudson Institute was asked to look at the photos from the military exercises in North Korea. It is his belief that many of the guns you saw were probably fake. In fact, he believed many of them were carrying toys to make it appear that they are more powerful than they really are. He also brought up the sunglasses being worn by the “Commandos”. They are regular sunglasses worn around the ears and offer no real protection for the eyes. Western soldiers wear glasses that wrap and the eyes and the head.
He suggested many of the guns were not real, and hinted many may have even been given toys, in a move designed to boast their strength to the world.
‘This was more about sending a message than being combat effective,’ Pregent told Fox News, who now serves as an adjunct fellow at the conservative think-tank, the Hudson Institute.
The parade was held to mark the 105th birthday of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung, the late grandfather of the country’s current ruler, Kim Jong-Un.
Images from the parade show what appear to be North Korean ‘commandos’ carrying AK-47 assault rifles with attached grenade-launchers.
But Pregent says that the objects seen affixed to the rifles are really ‘helical’ magazines designed to store bullets in a spiral shape.
Pregent says these magazines are often faulty since they frequently jam.
He also doubts that the AK-47s are even loaded since North Korea is believed to have serious shortages of domestically produced ammunition.
Then there are the projectiles the troops attach to the end of their rifles.
Pregent says that these ‘weapons’ are ‘laughable’ because ‘you can see the plastic is over the muzzle.’
Though he concedes North Korea may have a substantial RPG capability, Pregent says that the soldiers on display during the parade were most likely given toy missiles ‘because Kim Jong-Un doesn’t want them to launch one at the viewing stand.’