Today I did a telephone interview with a national US media outlet about the weapons in Mexico. People in the U.S. seem to underestimate the weapons these cartels pack. They are usually well equipped and trained. The Juarez cartel has been using street gangs to do their bad deed, but in general the sicarios (hired assassins) are armed to the teeth. Here is an example of one seizure of weapons in TJ.
The cartels usually prefer the AK-47 (Europe and China), but for them it's easier to get the AR-15 (U.S.), and seems to be common among the cartel. Very rare do you see them with revolvers as handguns, usually they are semi autos. Some of the ammo is the kind that will penetrate almost anything, including body armor.
They love their grenades.
The AK-47 is the preferred weapon of choice.
The semi auto handguns, along with the, very popular among law enforcement, Glock.
The Capos have their favorite, usually the Colt .45
But they don't limit themselves, any semi auto will do and they are all lethal.
Sometimes the Capos will decorate their favorite weapons.
Or plate them in gold.
They will get weapons that can do some damage, in a massive way.
Many times they are better equipped than the police or even the military.
And if that is not enough, they will pull out the explosive devices.
Recently there has been a lot of debate as to where they get their weapons, most of the Ak-47 are probably not from the U.S., but the U.S is still the easiest way to get their weapons. They say drugs go north, while the money and weapons go south.
Their arsenal of weapons can be impressive, something not seen in the US crime, yet.
On the day Mexican authorities arrested drug cartel leader Jaime "El Hummer" Gonzalez Duran, they also seized the largest arsenal of weapons in one day.
And the damage can be devastating; no bullet proof vest in the world can protect you from this fire power. Their victims don’t stand a chance.