Own The Guns and Gear of the Karzai Security Detail [Circa 2002]

Hamid Karzai has survived several attempts on his life throughout his presidency.

Back in September 2004, during the presidential election, Hamid Karzai narrowly escaped an assassination attempt when a surface-to-air rocket was fired at his helicopter as it prepared to land near the city of Gardez.

Later on, Taliban insurgents staged a violent attack during a military parade, targeting Hamid Karzai.

Due to the threat landscape, the United States made a substantial investment in protecting the Afghan president. Hamid Karzai was initially protected by an Army Special Forces detachment. Later on, DynCorp, now Amentum, won the contract to provide PSD services for Hamid Karzai.

Photo shared with permission from @echo9.axiom

The Story Behind The Photo

Battle Buddy – Only time can really unfold the depths of our friendships and loyalty. I had the distinct pleasure and honor to work alongside one of the best of the best.

The above photo was taken in Kabul, Afghanistan around November 2002. Sporting the initial coolness of Mountain Hardwear jackets, North Face pants, Smart Wool socks, G-Shock Watches, standard SOF kit, and Oakleys. Even sporting the Nike Golf vest.

I (@echo9.axiom) augmented the Hamid Karzai PSD (personal security detail) with the SEALs for about a little over a month.

In this photo, we were a small 4-5 man team conducting advance recon prior to a movement.

Gear Featured in the photo


SOPMOD is short for Special Operations Peculiar MODification and is an accessory kit for the base M4 carbine. Shown in the photo is a Colt M4 carbine with a few SOPMOD accessories.


Prices accurate at time of writing

SOPMOD Accessories

Glock 30 Concealed – Seen in the following photo

Glock 30S

Prices accurate at time of writing

Related Article – Glock 30 45 ACP Buyer’s Guide

Emerson Knives CQC-7

The Emerson CQC-6 (also known as the Viper 6) was a custom blade originally developed for the SEAL teams.

Wanting to keep the CQC-6 a custom blade, Ernie Emerson decided to produce the CQC-7 as the production version of that blade.

Emerson Knives CQC-7B

at Emerson Knives
Prices accurate at time of writing

Want To Own The Look? Outerwear Worn by the PSD Detail

Glock 30, Nike vest, Colt M4A1 SOPMOD, Zamberlan boots, riggers belt and blue jeans.

Men’s Lightweight Outdoor Travel Vest With Multi-Pockets

at Amazon
Prices accurate at time of writing

The Nike vest was extremely useful for low-vis stuff and just fit really well. It was used to carry E&E kit, first aid, signal stuff, and navigation. I used this in Iraq and other places as well. Now I use it sometimes when I’m out cutting the grass." – echo9.axiom


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