Russian Troops Capture Mosin Sniper in Syria

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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  • Gary Tompkins

    Weren’t you giving away a…… oh never mind. Hahaha. Have a safe holiday.

    • Ok. That made coffee shoot out of my nose! Ha!


      • Brennen Munro

        Made me laugh too!


      • MickeyG

        Ditto !

    • Mikial

      Yeah, I’d still like to have that one. 😉

  • Mikial

    The Middle East seems to be a treasure trove of classic weapons. In my time there we found a Garand, several Sterlings, a horde of FNs, and various Makarovs among others.

    And I definitely agree that I hope the Russians smoked the MF who was using that Mosin. I too have chosen my side.

    • I look forward to the day that historical firearms can, once again, be brought into the land of the free and the home of the brave.


  • Outlaw

    Well I didn’t have to choose a side I was born into this one. Proud to be born an American. Thank God that I was born a Rebel.
    Southern born and Southern bred, when I die I’ll be Southern dead…….