War is a funny thing. It is always a wonder, for both sides, what weapons turn up. In this case it is reported that Russian troops deployed in Syria have run across some old Soviet Mosin Sniper Rifles.
Where these weapons originated once out of Russia is anyone’s guess. Perhaps they were sold to the Syrian government as a former Soviet client? Maybe they made their way across the Iraqi border from Saddam’s old stockpiles?
Hell! For all we know, these weapons were scooped up by US Government teams in Libya and shipped out of Benghazi for the…cough…cough…“Free Syrian Army”. Oh…I mean…well….I’ve said enough.
Bottom line, a 7.62x54R battle-rifle around, with a 4x optic primarily used on the urban battlefields of Aleppo and greater Homs? Formidable in just moderately competent hands. All I can say is I respect the rifle, but not the islamists who probably carried it. I hope the Russians killed the owner and pissed on his corpse.
I’ve chosen my side.
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