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The Iraqi Tabuk Sniper rifle is based on the famous Yugoslavian M70 type Kalashnikov rifles. Boasting a 23in barrel and manufactured on Yugoslavian/Serbian tooling, in Al-Qadisiya, Iraq. This specific reproduction rifle was made by Two Rivers Arms in Oklahoma.
While many see this as a way of extending the 7.62×39 cartridge’s distance, the rifle was categorized to only have a max effective range of 600m. However the rifle has lived on to be an effective “urban sniper” weapon or a platoon-level marksman’s rifle, as the marksman is able to interchange and cross-land ammunition/magazines with infantry regulars. This directly solves many logistical issues that a large standing army with lesser logistical support may face.
Fast forward into the 90’s and 2000’s, US forces entering Iraq now face the Tabuk Sniper as a rifle encountered in the hands of both insurgents and friendly troops from the region.
For more information on the Tabuk Sniper Rifle, we invite you to check out some reports from Miles Vining @Silah Report , @TFB TV , and @Forgotten Weapons
Saddam’s Mid-Range “Sniper” Rifle: The Tabuk Sniper (Miles Vining, TFBtv)
The Enigmatic Iraqi Tabuk AKs w/ Miles Vining (Forgotten Weapons)
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