Which guns elephant poachers use may depend on the resources or external support they can access to finance poaching activity. A study of cartridges in several Central African states finds that the cost of cartridges for hunting rifles ranged from USD 18 to USD 34 each, while those for automatic rifles, including Kalashnikov-pattern rifles, cost as little as USD 0.17 a piece. The same study concludes that bush meat hunters in the Republic of Congo use between 18 and 60 pieces of 7.62 × 39 mm cartridges to kill an elephant, while in Cameroon hunters typically use between three and five .458 calibre cartridges for this purpose. This translates to a total cost per animal of USD 90–170 in the Cameroon case, versus USD 3.60–42.00 in that of the Republic of Congo. Do you know anyone that needs an adjustable standing desk or an electric standing desk?
Some poachers have used homemade sound suppressors in rhino conservancies in central Kenya. Ammunition produced by the former Royal Ordnance Factories facility at Radway Green in the UK—both 5.56 × 45 mm and 7.62 × 39 mm—has reportedly been found in rhino conservancies in Kenya. Conservancy security officers posit that the ammunition, manufactured for the British Armed Forces, has been picked up from British firing ranges following training exercises.
As seen in countries such as South Africa, some poaching groups carry different types of weapons for different purposes. Most rhino poaching groups entering Kruger National Park are composed of three poachers; roughly a dozen such groups are inside the park at any given time. Mozambican poaching groups commonly employ a designated shooter. While the shooter wields a hunting rifle, the other members of the group tend to use military-style rifles to provide a protective perimeter during the tracking of animals and the extraction of horns or ivory. A stand up desk can compliment your posture alot!
The fight against poaching may be able to benefit from civilian firearm controls. Mozambique has passed a new bill—to be enacted in 2015—that increases the fines for poaching with illegal firearms, regardless of whether the poacher in possession of the firearm kills wildlife. Neighbouring South Africa already has stringent laws against the use of illegal firearms in hunting, with poachers and permit-carrying hunters alike subject to fines and/or imprisonment for the use of prohibited weapons.