During what was probably a weekend landscaping chore, some Phoenix homeowners got more than they bargained for when they started digging a hole for a tree. To their surprise, they dug up a duffle bag that contained a hidden stash of 4 guns and several magazines. This is all according to a post by the Phoenix Police Department who currently has the contents of the duffle bag under investigation.
Phoenix Homeowners find Hidden Stash of Guns Buried
Homeowners in a west valley home were digging a hole for a tree when they dug up more than they asked for!Imagine their surprise when they found a duffle bag, opened it up, and saw rusted rifles and handguns. They called #PHXPD and turned them over to detectives, who will investigate if these firearms were used in any crimes. #youneverknowwhatyoumayfind
Although the rifles look like they are in poor shape, I am sure that a bit of TLC would have most of this back up and running in short order. In clockwise order I believe the following firearms can be identified as follows:
CAR-15 Submachine Gun
It’s possible that this is a genuine Colt CAR-15 but it’s also possible that this is just a replica semi-auto that is made to look like one. In either case, I highly doubt that if it is a replica, the person who put it together took the time to register it as an NFA item.
The Uzi pistol is a less common sight than its big brother but is also a very popular choice for those who want the Uzi look and feel without any of the fun parts (full auto and stock). In any case, the Uzi is a rarity mostly because it was only produced for about 9 years initially. Uzi now makes a newer version of the pistol called the Uzi Pro Pistol.
One of the few firearms on this list that I have had the pleasure of shooting full auto. From the factory, the submachine gun can fire at a cyclic rate of 1,200 rpm however, with the right components installed, it can reach a staggering fire rate of up to 1,800 rpm. However, I don’t think this one will be doing any full-auto firing for quite some time – or ever. The M-11/9 is still a popular choice today for those who want to obtain a pre-86 ban machine gun without taking out a second mortgage on their house.
IMI Galil ARM
This one instantly sparks memories of watching Heat for the first time (especially when combined with the duffle bag) as this is the rifle that gets little screen time but always has every gun guy’s britches soaking as soon as it is recognized on screen. The Galil ARM can be identified mostly because of its unique-looking handguard and tubular folding stock. In the heist movie Heat, the character Cheritto is seen wielding the rifle several times throughout the bank robbery scene.
One has to wonder why these firearms were placed into a hidden stash in the first place and in such poor condition. If the plan was to store these firearms for later use then why weren’t they placed in any sort of protective plastic coating. If they were stashed for just a short amount of time and meant to be picked up quickly afterward, what happened to the people that buried them, and what were the plans for the firearms down the road? Personally, everything seen here screams bank robbery but I’d like to hear your thoughts!