- Aug 9, 2001
If they were well wrapped and oiled they might be of use.
I read an account of the Rhodesian Bush War, in which Rhodesian troops discovered an AK-47 buried in an anthill. The woodwork had been completely eaten away by the termites, and the rifle was rusty AF.
A trooper shook some of the obvious dirt out of the action, cocked the rifle and was immediately able to fire off the full mag on Auto.
l recall my own force recovering a sawn-off Ithaca 37 pump-action shotgun hidden in a ditch, wrapped in a fertiliser sack, the woodwork taped up to thwart fingerprint examination. lt was still entirely functional, and would have remained so for decades with minimal preventive maintenance.