Bailout guns, Line of Control edition
The latest in the long series of dust-ups between India and Pakistan across the controversial Line of Control along Kashmir saw at least one MiG-21 Bison of the IAF splashed and (according to India) a PAF F-16 likewise retired. While the Pakistanis dispute their loss, the downed MiG driver, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, spent three days as a guest in Pakistan and lived to tell the tale.
However, it looks like the Pakistanis kept his bailout gun, a Gen 3 Glock 26 9mm subcompact.
Meanwhile, a battered and bloody Varthaman, shown rescued from agitated locals by Pakistani Army troops in images flashed around the world, became the stuff of legend back home for his repeated insistence when questioned on camera to only provide his name, rank and serial number, responding politely to other questions only with “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this.”
More in my column at Guns.com.