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Syrian special forces have British sniper rifles

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Syrian special forces have British sniper rifles

Recently, a lot has been said and written about Russian military assistance to the Syrian President Assad. Foreign media have focused on the flow of aircraft and armored vehicles, but new supplies to this country of small arms remain in the shadows. weapons. However, the Russian state channel Vesti showed a September 27 report on Syrian soldiers armed with Arctic Warfare Magnum (AWM) rifles manufactured by Accuracy International, a British company, thus making it clear that the weapons procurement strategy is more differentiated and flexible than it seemed before.


A Vesti journalist reported on the Syrian special forces attack on the Harast region in the suburbs of Damascus, captured by the rebels, which became the site of fierce fighting after the Jeysh al-Islam group launched its offensive in early September. The video showed several tanks and armored vehicles, firing at the positions of militants and covering up the actions of special forces, who, judging by the video frames, do not experience problems with new weapons and uniforms.


The rifle we see in the video has a pistol grip, and its company Accuracy International began to produce in 2012, which means that this is a relatively new development. The AWM sniper rifle with a longitudinal sliding bolt chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum was developed in 1996 and since that time entered service in several countries, including Russia and the United States.


Evidence of the superior qualities of these weapons is that they were used by a British sniper group in Afghanistan in 2009, one of whose members set a peculiar and documented record. With a single sniper shot from her 2475 distance, two Taliban fighters were killed at once. The purpose of installing a new pistol grip on Syrian rifles is to improve the ergonomics that the newer AX series sniper rifles have, by replacing the butt-chassis system with a more traditional pistol grip with a corresponding reduction in weapon weight.


In the report we see a rifle with a silencer screwed on the muzzle brake, naturally the actual range of fire decreases, but on the Syrian battlefield saturated with snipers, this certainly helps its operator to go unnoticed longer.



In another part of the report, we see the use of light machine guns from the “Pecheneg” control panel by the special forces soldiers. It is believed that back in 2013, at least hundreds of PKP machine guns were delivered to Syria for special forces, but for the most part Pecheneg managed to avoid close attention, appearing only once for a moment in one of the videos.


However, apparently, the recent purchases of the Syrian authorities were not limited to small arms only. Most of the personal equipment of the soldiers most likely comes from the United States, in particular from the company of sportswear and accessories American Under Armor. Although the choice of American equipment may seem ridiculous at first glance, but the facts do not go away. A large number of firearms and uniforms of American and Western production goes daily to the territory of Syria, most of them through the black market in Lebanon. This Western armament is mainly bought by Alawite from coastal areas, which for years had been preparing for a possible invasion of militants.

Small arms, currently pouring into Syria from all over the world, have turned this country into one of the most "unsuited" battlefields in modern stories, where modern Russian machine guns and light machine guns with British sniper rifles, and American guns with World War II antiques mixed up. Judging by the availability and the variety of small arms that are available today, it is unlikely that any of the parties to the conflict will soon win.



Materials used:
www.spioenkop.blogspot.ru
www.ru.wikipedia.org
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  1. Same lech
    Same lech 5 October 2015 06: 00 New
    +8
    Small arms, currently pouring into Syria from all over the world, have turned this country into one of the most “varied” battlefields in modern history, where modern Russian assault rifles and light machine guns mixed with British sniper rifles, and American shotguns with antique Second world.


    To be honest in Syria, all interested countries are running and testing their weapons.
    And RUSSIA is no exception ... I hope that our modernized SU planes will justify themselves according to innovations .... a great place to test the combat qualities of this beautiful weapon.
    1. Igor39
      Igor39 5 October 2015 06: 14 New
      +6
      Yeah Kalashi with a PC run laughing
      1. Same lech
        Same lech 5 October 2015 07: 03 New
        +3
        Pecheneg ... sewing machine ...

        how does it behave in the Syrian climate and urban battles? smile
        1. quote
          quote 5 October 2015 07: 34 New
          +4
          documented record. With one sniper shot from it from a distance of 2475 meters, two Taliban fighters were killed at once.
          There is no reason to disbelieve the author, but I would like to look at the “documentary evidence” and how they were made. There are other opinions, on this record, and attempts to repeat under more favorable conditions. And one factor came to light. breaks the story of these shooters. (the record of shooting from the Lobaev rifle does not count, another rifle and shooting conditions)
          So, that "record" is simply a false advertisement. And they lie, "Mama Do not Cry!"
          1. Same lech
            Same lech 5 October 2015 07: 48 New
            +7
            So, that "record" is simply a false advertisement. And they lie, "Mama Do not Cry!"


            smile In Hollywood, and ten miles away with a shot from a revolver, ten are killed.

            Although I once saw in a video how a US policeman managed to get into a balloon from a Smith WESSON (short-barreled gun) at a shooting range at a shooting range of 600 meters.
            1. 2nd 12th
              2nd 12th 5 October 2015 12: 17 New
              +1
              The target looked less than the width of the fly 3 times? laughing
          2. castle
            castle 5 October 2015 09: 11 New
            +2
            Theoretically, this is possible at certain confluences. The cartridge bullet 12,7 x 99, at a distance of 2475 meters, has, still significant energy. When it enters the human body, it is able to turn some parts of the skeleton (and skull) into fragments, with a high speed of expansion. Well, there is a matter of chance, where such a splinter will fall into the next one. There are different veins or arteries.
            1. Jackking
              Jackking 5 October 2015 18: 30 New
              +1
              .338 Lapua Magnum is 8,6x70 mm, not 12,7x99 (or 108 Russian)
              1. Andrey77
                Andrey77 11 October 2015 13: 11 New
                0
                12.7x99 is the standard NATO .50 BMG. Let's call a spade a spade, and not translate it in millimeters.
          3. Obliterator
            Obliterator 5 October 2015 22: 33 New
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            Quote: devis
            So, that "record" is simply a false advertisement. And they lie, "Mama Do not Cry!"

            But the rifle is really one of the best in the world. No wonder the FSB uses it.
            1. Andrey77
              Andrey77 11 October 2015 13: 18 New
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              The Presidential Security Service, the FSB of the Russian Federation and the GRU of the Russian Federation use it. Well, private traders. :)
        2. Passer
          Passer 5 October 2015 07: 47 New
          +8
          Quote: The same Lech
          Pecheneg ... sewing machine ...

          how does it behave in the Syrian climate and urban battles? smile

          Pecheneg in Chechnya was running in. A machine gun - decent, bipod - crap (break). Hope fixed.
        3. asar
          asar 5 October 2015 12: 43 New
          +3
          Alexey! Good day!
          Pecheneg ... sewing machine ...

          how does it behave in the Syrian climate and urban battles?

          No complaints yet, as well as no one scolded!
          Normal "machine"! The main thing is reliable and unpretentious!
      2. Papakiko
        Papakiko 5 October 2015 08: 29 New
        -1
        Quote: Igor39
        Yeah Kalashi with a PC run

        Yes, Komrad, apparently yes. wink
        armed with Arctic Warfare Magnum (AWM) rifles manufactured by Accuracy International, a British company, thereby making it clear that the arms procurement strategy is more differentiated and flexible than it seemed before.
        C'mon, it's all made in China and from sportswear and accessories company American Under Armor and this is also Made in China.
      3. Manul
        Manul 5 October 2015 23: 04 New
        0
        Quote: Igor39
        Yeah Kalashi with a PC run

        And what, we have no new products in small arms? You’ve been around for 1,5 years on Military Review, and you’re mocking like a troll. Do you even read about the latest in shooting calibers?
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 5 October 2015 09: 28 New
      0
      Rather, purchased from third-party countries.
    3. Raindragon
      Raindragon 7 October 2015 22: 09 New
      0
      I completely agree, as if it were “immoral, unworthy of democracy”, etc., in real life, no arms or even more military corporation would miss such a chance to test their developments in a real battle. And those who miss - with a 100% chance of falling out of the cage. So it’s stupid not to wait for the presence of new weapons there and not only
  2. moskowit
    moskowit 5 October 2015 06: 27 New
    +1
    Well, the most profitable business. You can easily sell stale goods and increase the production of modern weapons. Large arms corporations are not little interested in the escalation of similar military conflicts.
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 5 October 2015 07: 31 New
    +2
    The main thing is that the Syrian army should not lack in weapons and ammunition. And the fact that weapons from various countries shine there is not surprising. Not official purchases go past official purchases either, and the defeated militants have something to profit from.
  4. Funnels
    Funnels 5 October 2015 07: 46 New
    +3
    Nothing personal, just business. We always profit from the war, remember the “allies” of the anti-Hitler coalition, who fought with Germany with one hand and carried out Lend-Lease deliveries, and fed Germany with the other, supplying them with raw materials and technologies.
  5. Archon
    Archon 5 October 2015 11: 31 New
    +2
    Judging by the availability and variety of small arms available today, it is unlikely that any of the parties to the conflict will soon win.
    from which ceiling are such illogical conclusions ?!
    1. Raindragon
      Raindragon 7 October 2015 22: 14 New
      0
      Yes, this war is simply beneficial for everyone: they have money from the supply of weapons, equipment and weapons are being tested, and even such a practice for personnel
      1. Archon
        Archon 9 October 2015 14: 45 New
        0
        Our army has short deadlines to help eliminate this mess. therefore does not drag out. how much you can pull, and so the Americans have been stretching for so many years
  6. lukke
    lukke 5 October 2015 12: 13 New
    0
    In the penultimate bottom photo with Pecheneg, an awkward “Syrian”)
  7. JACTUS RECTUS
    JACTUS RECTUS 5 October 2015 15: 32 New
    +1
    Judging by the availability and variety of small arms available today, it is unlikely that any of the parties to the conflict will soon win.

    Just enchanting conclusion !!! Iron logic repeat Judging by the availability and variety of small arms. Karl !!! That’s why !!!
  8. ALEA IACTA EST
    ALEA IACTA EST 5 October 2015 17: 01 New
    0
    As they say, money does not smell. For the Anglo-Saxons all the more. lol
  9. B- 3ACADE
    B- 3ACADE 6 October 2015 04: 25 New
    0
    The rifle is good, not cheap, about 10 pieces in the states are worth it.
    But the essence of my post is not that. On Saturday I was at a ganshaw, took
    I’m a smitendwesson 9mm for work. I liked the M39 mosin-carbine
    42 years without a bayonet in very good condition. And how much do you think for
    was he asked? 425 American rubles. Respect for biachess. XNUMX years
    ago I took this for 80.
  10. Wolka
    Wolka 6 October 2015 05: 00 New
    -2
    a curious death machine, but the worse our SV-98, or T-5000
    1. gross kaput
      gross kaput 6 October 2015 12: 31 New
      0
      Do you not deign to expand your thought, especially with reference to the SV-98?
      Or another hollow brew?
    2. Andrey77
      Andrey77 11 October 2015 13: 02 New
      0
      SV-98, and especially T-5000, is a piece manufacture, AWM is a serial model. Have you seen the prices?
  11. Raindragon
    Raindragon 7 October 2015 22: 19 New
    0
    And certainly not everything was broadcast and even on camera ... A cool training ground in Syria turned out)
  12. Andrey77
    Andrey77 11 October 2015 12: 59 New
    0
    Nothing special. AWM products can be bought by any citizen of Russia who has a "pink" footcloth. I chose the Swiss SHR, for AWM too tear prices. The title of the article surprised, the same is news to me ...
  13. Lanista
    Lanista 9 December 2015 17: 43 New
    0
    This is NOT Pecheneng, judging by the flame arrester.