Remotely Operated “Sniper” Rifles in Syria

Here’s an interesting piece from War is Boring a few days back, highlighting some of the remarkable home-made set-ups to remotely control sniper rifles and machine guns. And the operators are using whatever they can find. Like an StG44:


The article properly names it a “World War II-era German StG-44,” although it might be a post-war East German model, since that benighted Soviet client state continued to produce them. Either way, I expect it migrated to Syria during the height of the Soviet support for the Syrian regime during the Cold War. (The ammo for it, the 8mm Kurz, is still widely available today in new production.)

Be sure to follow the embedded link to the PowerPoint presentation PDF file.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to Remotely Operated “Sniper” Rifles in Syria

  1. slater says:

    They had a huge surplus of stuff sent over from Yugoslavia back in the day.


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