On December 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agents William Castano, Timothy Keller, Gabriel Fragoza, and Brian Terry were patrolling the Peck Canyon region of Santa Cruz County, Arizona, some eleven miles from the Mexican border. The Border Patrol team had been in the field for two days pursuing a rip crew.
Rip crew is the term applied to groups of heavily armed criminals who roam the border scrub preying on illegal immigrants and marijuana smugglers. They are themselves typically associated with rival drug cartels. These bloodthirsty mobs of narco-terrorists are legendarily ruthless.
Upon contact, the Border Patrol team deployed nonlethal beanbag rounds. The Mexican killers were not constrained by rules of engagement, so they responded with Kalashnikov rifles. One of the criminals was hit in the subsequent firefight and apprehended at the scene. Agent Terry caught a 7.62x39mm round to the pelvis. Terry was medevac’d to an area hospital but succumbed the following morning. He was forty years old.
Brian Terry was a sheepdog. He was a Marine veteran who had served as a uniformed police officer in Lincoln Park, Michigan, before assessing into the Border Patrol. His entire adult life was defined by service to his country. On the night he was murdered, Agent Terry was taking down bad guys indirectly armed by the US government.
When the dust settled two Romanian Cugir WASR 10/63 semiautomatic Kalashnikov rifles were recovered. The bullet that killed Agent Terry was a 7.62x39mm round like those fired by these WASR rifles. The government designated the mangled bullet as a piece of evidence Q6. The projectile was too badly damaged to allow a definitive connection to a particular weapon.
These two guns had been sold through a Glendale, Arizona, gun shop as part of Operation Fast and Furious. The advertised intent was to allow straw buyers to purchase firearms and then track them until BATF agents could apprehend high-level arms dealers.
The rub is that these guns, though knowingly sold to criminals, were never actually tracked. A Mexican drug cartel member shot Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry that December night in 2010. However, it was a partisan, inept, and politically weaponized US Government under President Barack Obama that gave him the tools.
Fast and Furious
A straw buyer is someone who purchases a firearm from a gun dealer with the intent of transferring that weapon to someone who would otherwise not be legally permitted to possess it. Apprehending straw buyers can seem relatively straightforward given the volume of information you must supply to purchase a gun. We FFL holders are directed to report any buyer who seems suspicious so that BATF agents can investigate.
However, a straw buyer is a small fish. This is frequently a relative or girlfriend of a criminal. The party line from the Department of Justice was that the BATF intentionally allowed these weapons to pass into the hands of criminals so they could catch the higher-level traffickers. The problem is that little to no effort was made to actually follow the guns once they were sold.
The DOJ initially denied everything but then recanted when presented with the facts. The sundry sordid details are beyond the purview of this article, but they are adequate to make you ill. Attorney General Holder and President Obama denied any knowledge of Fast and Furious before Agent Terry was killed and the scandal broke.
Holder’s unwillingness to provide supporting documents resulted in the first incidence in our nation’s history of a sitting Attorney General being held in contempt of congress. President Obama claimed executive privilege and refused to release detailed records of the operation.
Fast and Furious moved about 2,000 firearms. Of these, 389 were recovered in the US. Another 276 were seized in Mexico. The remaining 1,300 or so ended up predominantly in the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel as well as the El Teo and La Familia organizations. Most of these weapons were Kalashnikovs and AR rifles. However, there were thirty-four .50-caliber anti-materiel rifles and a large number of FN Five-Seven pistols.
Fast and Furious guns have since turned up at around 170 crime scenes. Criminals have thus far used these weapons to kill at least 300 people to include Mario Gonzales Rodriguez, the brother of Mexico’s Attorney General. One Mexican military helicopter was engaged by a Fast and Furious Barrett .50 wielded by cartel gunmen.
The Brian Terry Guns
The WASR 10/63 is a reasonably priced Kalashnikov rifle. WASR stands for Wassenaar Arrangement Semi-automatic Rifle, whatever that really means. The WASR guns are built in the Cugir Arms Factory in Cugir, Romania. This is a state-owned defense company that traces its origins back to 1799 and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The WASR 10/63 is an adaptation of the Romanian Model 63 and GP75 Combloc AKM military rifles. WASRs originally fed from proprietary single stack magazines. As a result, the pressed receivers of the WASRs lack the characteristic dimples a traditional AKM uses to stabilize the standard steel box magazine. Instead, the WASRs employ internally welded spacer plates. These WASRs were imported by Century Arms and subsequently milled to accept standard capacity magazines.
The WASR 10/63 features a chrome-lined barrel, a side-mounted scope rail, and traditional wooden furniture. The fire control components on early WASR guns were notorious for producing trigger slap. This is a condition wherein the cycling action thrusts the trigger back into reset with sufficient vigor as to be painful. Substitution of a Tapco Intrafuse G2 American-made trigger group rectified that problem.
WASR 10/63 guns were assembled using Romanian surplus parts stripped from military weapons made from the 1960s through the 1980s. The resulting civilian rifles were transferred based upon the serial numbers taken from those original Romanian trunnions. The two guns seized at the scene of the Brian Terry murder were serial numbers 1971-CZ3775 and 1983-AH3977.
The WASR 10 is a relatively crude rendition of the classic AKM, and some versions had reliability problems. Inconsistencies in widening the magazine well to accept standard capacity magazines were typically to blame. However, like most AKs, the vast majority of these Romanian guns are reliable performers.
Magazines have to be rocked into place, but this allows a full mag to be seated easily with the bolt closed. The charging handle reciprocates on the right side as part of the bolt carrier. This allows the operator to cycle the action manually if it ever gets sticky.
The WASR 10/63 is about as small and lightweight as one might want a gun firing the relatively heavy 7.62x39mm round to be. These weapons typically push a 123-grain jacketed bullet to around 2,400 feet per second. Running the gun is not quite as fast as the same chore with an M4, but that doesn’t mean the WASR 10/63 is a poor performer. In the hands of a determined operator, the WASR 10/63 is a devastating close-combat tool.
Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, Ivan Soto-Barraza, and Rosario Burboa-Alvarez were eventually apprehended, extradited, tried, and convicted in the American court system for the roles they played in the death of Brian Terry.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced, “The fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry last night is an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol…we will leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the perpetrators.”
That sounds great, but it apparently wasn’t true. The Obama administration had no interest in explaining why such a gun-averse administration had placed some 2,000 serious tactical weapons into the hands of criminals. As a result, from the top to the bottom government officials deflected, obfuscated, and, in some cases, outright lied.
The truth was never definitively established. One version was that BATF supervisory personnel were so breathtakingly incompetent as to authorize the transfer of 2,000 tactical firearms directly into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels without informing their superiors. That’s Eric Holder’s version. A few players were reassigned or retired, but no one was ever really held accountable.
Apparently, somebody in the government wanted to convince American voters that the legal firearms trade in the United States was the primary source of armaments for Mexican drug cartels. An email dated July 14, 2010, five months prior to Agent Terry’s death, between two BATF supervisors, stated, “Bill- Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FFL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks, Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations.”
Conspiracy theorists believe that gun-walking to influence public opinion in support of further gun control measures began at the highest levels of power. Apologists attribute the whole sordid affair to simple overzealous incompetence. The truth is likely somewhere in between.
Operation Fast and Furious is a perfect example of what happens when activists in positions of responsibility convince themselves that the ends justify the means. That it ultimately cost the life of a patriot of Brian Terry’s caliber, as well as hundreds of Mexican nationals, make the whole sordid mess one of the most egregious government failures in American history.
For me 20 years for holder and odumbo is a fair punishment but it’s not I that matters. I would prefer the Terry family or a person they chose to decide the appropriate justice and the 8th amendment be the only boundary
Id love to see Obama’s whole cabinet strung up on the gallows and personally kick the stands out from under each one
What you had was a conspiracy by the AG and the President of the United states to create a phony emergency on the border “Because of Assault weapons” to allow easy passage of laws restricting the Rights of American Citizens. The removal of Constitutional rights was and still is their goal. Both Obama and Holder should be turned over to Mexico for the Deaths of Mexican nationals.
The billboard in the article reads ‘Buy a gun for someone else, get 10 years in jail’. The the gun that was used to kill Officer Kerrie Orozco in Omaha was purchased in a Georgia pawn shop, carried to Nebraska along with a 50 round mag and then handed to the criminal killer by his girl friend. A federal judge gave her 1 year probation! The problem is MORE than the AG, BATFE and any other agency you want to name. The issue is NOT enforcing the laws on the books. And now every control advocate believes MORE laws will fix it! How many of these cases have we seen where there was a failure of the system to stop a purchase or transfer by someone that can’t have a gun. PLEASE just do your job and hold those responsible accountable! Leave me and my guns alone.
They want failure to get rid of second amendment…..
Another crime of the owebama administration that will not be punished this side of hell
Sinaloa Cartel is #1 in Chicago and I have no doubt Obama and the rest of the Democrat crooks in Chicago received huge amounts of “campaign finance” from them in return for who knows what else.
Rarely reported and overlooked here as well, Fast & Furious weapons were recovered from the Tennessee military recruiting station attacks by an Islamist terrorist. Remember? The one where Obama’s DOJ tried to charge a recruiter who shot back at the terrorist which allowed the people in the office to escape? They tried to charge him with discharging a firearm on government property.
Obama and Holder are the ones responsible for more murders with “assault weapons” than anyone.
Rather remarkable, isn’t it, that such a large number of US govt crimes against American Citizens have, as their base motivation, an end to the Second Amendment. Waco, Ruby Ridge, F & F, etc.
Could there be more than coincidence here? Could there be some large conspiracy here?
Naw. Fuggitaboudit. Go back to sleep.
What is shocking is that liberals always and regularly think that they can just violate whatever law they want with impunity, and the reason that they think that is that they can.
Why aren’t Holder, Obama, etc., all in jail for their innumerable crimes, not the least of which is this, plus continuous obstruction and contempt of congress?
Why isn’t Mark Kelly in jail for his attempted straw purchase of the weapon that he doesn’t want us to have?
Why isn’t the congressional candidate that manufactured a short barreled AR15 as a stunt in jail?
Why are all of the drug dealers and users that are openly flaunting marijuana laws in jail, along with the law makers that created these moot state drug legalization laws?
Why aren’t all of the government officials that are aiding and abetting illegal aliens by obstructing ICE efforts in jail?
I could go on, but I think the point is made.
But if someone on this forum made a suppressor, an SBR, or any other small infraction, can you imaging the shit storm?
It’s time to end the two tiered “justice” system.
So the most transparent presidency ever, has gotten away with murder.
Why isn’t holder in jail?
He, AND Obama, are not in prison because Obama threw the cloak of “executive privilege” over all the damning evidence. OF & F was a OCDETF (organized crime drug enforcement task force) operation run out of the United States Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, AZ.
Testimony before Congress is HIGHLY instructive as to what level of government was responsible.
The then-acting director of BATFE stated in testimony before Congress that he was “sickened by” watching a live video feed of multiple guns being sold by a “cooperating” FFL dealer, he DID NOT pick up the phone and stop either that sale or Operation Fast and Furious.
US Attorney General Eric Holder, in HIS testimony before Congress stated “I STOPPED Operation Fast and Furious as soon as I heard about it.”
Had OF & F been a BATFE operation, the acting director would have stopped it. The FACT that AG Holder stopped the operation means that HE was the LOWEST level of government with authority over the operation of OF & F. It is inconceivable that Obama did not know what his AG was doing.
It boils down to one fact-Obama and his fellow traitors killed Agent Terry
I’m pretty sure this was part of Obama’s world wide gun running operations. He loved to pick winners. In this instance he had decided if the Sinaloa cartel was better armed than their rivals, there would be peace, through superior firepower. So he went about setting known cartel members up at Arizona gun store’s including J&G Sale’s in Prescott Arizona. A store which I frequented for decades. A store where my wife and children went to pick out and purchase gifts, and supplies for family outings on the range during this operation. That administration exposed my family to deadly gangsters and then attempted to utilize the deadly results of their illegal gun running schemes to justify further infringements on my right to keep and bear arms. The ATFE is illegally funded, and as we’ve seen many times before, utterly unaccountable. Ruby Ridge, Waco, Fast & Furious, and hundreds more deaths and destruction literally untold, without a single iota of justice for the victims of their twisted agenda. Our government is by the letter and spirit of our US Constitution and Bill Of Rights supposed to safeguard and facilitate our rights. Not subvert them. And certainly not to get people killed or kill them in the process of operations exactly opposite of that directive. ATFE needs to be abolished, and all those involved, including Bill Barr investigated for their tyrannous roles in it. Then hold them as fully accountable to the laws of the United States as anybody this rogue government agency ever went after. That’s my two cents. I do consider the debt for exposing my loved one’s and myself to this great danger, in their attempts to break the law with twisted gun running schemes, and to subvert all our rights, a debt unpaid. It’s not good to owe me in this way. The rest of you people out there had better wake up to reality and realize this insidious, deadly threat to life and liberty in our Republic is still going as strong under president Trump as it ever was under Obama.
It’s rare to see anyone else on here that is awake. Most believe ‘their’ politician would nevvvvver do anything wrong, and ‘the other guy’s news are the liars!’
I try to keep telling people here YOU’D BETTER WAKE UP TO REALITY or you WILL lose your 2nd.
Nothing – NOTHING – as Roosevelt said, happens by accident in government. If it happens, it was planned.
People need to start realizing DC and MSM are ALL a threat, they’re all liars, and are ALL on-board with removing the 2nd.
I’m starting to see ‘dedicated-shooter’ channels with vids from people who used to ‘just ‘do shooting and equipment vids’, that are now saying (and they’re right) that the government is completely corrupt and out of control, and if you think voting is going to change anything, you’re sadly mistaken.
Question Everything – and if you can’t tell the difference between a belt-fed 7.62 with a sustained burst of 90 rounds from a supposed AR15 with some bumpstock (Vegas), well……
THEN YOU’RE EASILY DUPED.
There’s sarcasm, humor, irony amongst the methods on communicating a point, but you choose the mist ignorant, to ramble incessantly.Ramble much? The answer is YES for Occams!Comments priceless as usual Doc!
No evidence that belt fed machine gun was used in Vegas. I experimented with bumpstocks quite a bit and found rate of fire and sound of fire was very similar to the reports and footage I saw. But I’m sure you did your due diligence too right?
The FN 5 Seven has great penetration. I wanted to test it and see if it would penetrate a 2″ oak rough lumber board. I leaned it up against a 6 X 6 pressure treated post. I was using the cheapest ammo available, 40 grain American Eagle. It not only penetrated the oak board but went completely through the 6 x 6 post in into a 55 gallon drum. Not bad for a .22 cal. What I love about it is it has almost no recoil and 20 round mag.
A perfect example of the incompetence of republicans. Both Holder and Obama should be in prison, but no, the republicans have no balls. Yet the democrats will go after Trump over hearsay like a pitbull. Can you imagine how the democrats would react if this same scenario had happened under Trump ad Barr? C’mon republicans you need to grow a pair.
Anyone who wants to dig a little deeper than the nonsense of the ‘tracking gun sales’ nonsense should read former United States Naval Intelligence Briefing officer William Cooper’s ‘Behold a Pale Horse’
Cooper was murdered by police/agents shortly after 9/11, since he’d been broadcasting to brain-dead and asleep Amerikans that 9/11 WAS COMING – and it would be blamed ”on a guy named Osama bin Laden”.
100% documented fact.
After 9/11, more started to pay attention to this man WITH THE CREDS’ who predicted who and what was going to happen, so he was silenced.
BUT…. Fast & Furious was simply an extension of what Cooper was warning (too few) people about:
“The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of firearms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the anti-gun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd Amendment.”
This is WHY I post on here. Nearly every one of you believes whatever ‘your’ politicians or ‘your’ MSM (fake news) tells you, and yes, THEY ARE COMING FOR YOUR GUNS, and YES, if you continue to believe their lies when there’s overwhelming fact and evidence to prove their narratives are a lie, then YES – they WILL get your 2nd.
Stop shouting the CIA-coined term of ‘conspiracy theory!’ that was created to silence those who asked too many questions of JFK’s murder and start looking for yourself.
YOURS – AND AMERICA’S FUTURE, may well be decided on your decision to ‘question everything’ rather than sit on the couch and be spoon-fed propaganda.
Dude put your foil hat on and go somewhere else to pedal your stupid ass theories!!!!’
FN Five-Seven armor piercing capabilities?
Tell me more. Are these available to the American public?
The SS190 5.7x28mm cartridge was originally designed as an armor piercing round. Given its diminutive dimensions it actually performs fairly well against soft body armor. IIRC the testing standard during development was a NATO CRISAT vest at 200m. SS190 is only available to law enforcement, .gov types. The SS197 and SS192 sorts that we mere mortals can buy is spunky but lacks the magical AP performance.
So, this understood. Why on Gods green Earth would “mere mortals” trouble themselves to support an outfit which presumes to restrict our right to keep and bear arms in this manner by purchasing less effective ammunition or the firearms designed to shoot it. I’ve managed to have a full and robust lifetime hobby and profession without FN’s overpriced, under functioning trash in my safe or at my range. Make no mistake, it’s not a boycott. It’s real, actual common sense. We need so much more of it in our Republic today. Plenty of other cartridges and guns to shoot em, off the shelf that will utterly defeat body armor of all types. And even more so for a determined hand loader. Nobody is any safer due to unneeded restrictions foisted on Americans exercising their right to keep and bear arms by corporations foreign and domestic. We already have way too much of that going on from sources in our own government Some folks might even be less safe.
To err is human.
To really Phuck things up takes a government.
Pull Manafort out of his jail cell and shove Holder into a jail cell.
That’s bad, but c’mon, it’s not like we asked a foreign power to investigate corruption involving their power and our money, THAT’S really bad!
I’m sure everyone involved learned a valuable lesson, life went on and we get to look back on the golden years of President Obama and celebrate how corruption free and normal those beautiful years provided. Puts a big smile on my face, kinda like the Joker.
you really must enjoy your head shoved up your ass. Obama years were corruption free because they didn’t even hide it. they totaled more funny money in one shipment( to Iran) than a previous handful of government occupants.
Another fine article in the Series. Keep them coming. The Tate–LaBianca murders with minimal tools might be interesting.