I don't know where to put this on the site, so if a mod wants to move it please do.
Some don't like Veterans Today and a lot of their stuff is suspect (indeed maybe the Israel/IS link in this article is) but a really interesting bit came up today on how an RT article could have identified a rare, very limited source, sniper rifle in the hands of IS. May have been intentional but more likely whoever selected the photo was not aware of its significance. The VT aspect could be apt as they and their friends are involved in weapon design so it looks like this time they could be on the money.
Anyone got anything to say on their comments on the weapons, including Russian, mentioned?
Now for the back story. The weapon the ISIS jihadist is carrying was built from a VT design. This is a special purpose weapon, in .300 “Blackout,” a limited production cartridge originally designed for use by special operations forces, one VT has worked with extensively. The scope on the ISIS weapon is a 32mm 1-6x with bullet drop compensator, a relatively rare product sold by VT but sourced from a Chinese manufacturer who builds these for the US Department of Defense. This is a restricted export product.
The weapon itself has a 10 inch barrel and a low profile quad rail manufactured in the US. Here is what is particularly strange. VT sells these weapons to civilian users with the same flash can shown, a barrel extension that magnifies sound and muzzle flash, something no combat weapon should have. Combat versions offer silencers or flash hider/muzzle compensators instead. This is a copy of a VT civilian design, not the military versions.
Back in 2014, an Israeli company came to the US looking for semi-automatic sniper systems in the AR platform and in NATO 7.62×51 caliber. These are limited production and very devastating weapons. VT is a prime designer of these systems. The Israeli company flew a firm VT has worked with and shared technical workups with, limited production weapons design people are a social lot and share parts, “work arounds” and other information regularly, to Azerbaijan to set up a production facility.
The weapon above came from that facility. This is a 4 pound, 19 inch long weapon that fires a 123 grain bullet accurately up to 400 meters with a muzzle velocity of 2350 fps. At 300 meters it can put 10 rounds in 10 seconds onto a 12 inch bulls eye. An AK47 is a child’s toy in comparison. This weapon has no recoil, no muzzle rise and can carry up to 100 round magazines. (Seen with IDF issue 30 round magazine)
Were VT to have offered these weapons to Syria, there would have been arrests and long prison sentences. If the ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) scope alone was sold without export license, only available to Israel, it would be prison again, violating not only export licenses but terrorism as well.
Weapons like this and other VT designs never intended for global arms smuggling are a game changer. The 7.62×51 NATO version with 18 inch barrel can put accurate high rate fire on a target 800 meters away compared to the Russian Dragunov or other AK and RPD variants which are pure “spray and pray.” If ISIS has this weapon, it has the other designs as well.
Russia Today seems to be totally at odds with Russia’s foreign policy, not just in its misrepresentations of conditions “on the ground” in Syria, parroting Israeli propaganda, but in purposefully misconstruing relations between Hamas and Israel and Israel and ISIS. They have everything backwards, contradicting most of even their own reporting.
Then again, we have the “small world” issue, weapons that should not exist showing up with terrorist groups. This time we know exactly where they came from, where every single part came from.
Rest of article, including very clear photos, at http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/07/01/caught-rt-and-israel/
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