Ukraine Sniper Rifle


February 20, 2014, 02:25 PM
And it's not a .338 Lapua!! :D

From CNN news today.


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February 20, 2014, 02:42 PM
Any gun is better than a paperclip?

February 20, 2014, 02:44 PM
Air rifle? I've witnessed some very powerful .50 air rifles.

February 20, 2014, 02:55 PM
Yea! A springer.
But that one is a .177 I betcha.

Seems you would have to be very determined to be out in public with a scoped air-rifle while people are capable of shooting back at you.

They might think you had a real scoped rifle and were a real threat from a couple hundred yards away..


February 20, 2014, 05:36 PM
These appear to be protesters. A pellet rifle might be all they can get. Though today they were parading 67 captured police through one encampment so may have picked up a few more "real" guns. This is like in the Baltic states where freedom fighters had mainly just the .22 match rifles they were allowed in those easy fire arms owning (by Soviet standards) countries. I note that today there is news of Ukrainian Police using snipers and shooting protesters in larger numbers than in weeks past. I suspect if the pictured protester/sniper were viewed through a PSO series scope on an SVD by security forces he would be among those numbered among this weeks 70 plus dead.

I heard reports of youths in Czech and Hungarian uprisings in the old Soviet days using break action springers to harass Soviet troops. One report being they were used to encourage armored vehicle crews to button up.

Now rc can tell you what a buttoned up tank in a city is to a light weapons Infantryman with any preparation and even a little training.......think Shake and Bake ( and I helped)


February 23, 2014, 07:24 PM
He'll take 'yer eye out with that thing!

February 23, 2014, 07:35 PM
One wonders if it is a mannequin setup to make the police keep their heads down.

February 27, 2014, 03:29 PM
Could well be a decoy...

Or take out a light fixture or security camera.

Or break a window pane so your buddy can throw something in.

Or take out some yappy guard dog.

In a wild and wooly scenario like that, you can be free to use your imagination. There could be any number of reasons to use a pellet gun to distract or hinder your oponent and remain hidden.

February 28, 2014, 10:51 PM
Looks like it might be a Tech Force 89, or something very similar. They come in .177 or .22.

I certainly wouldn't want to be shot with one, but I also don't think I'd want to use it to shoot at someone who had a firearm.

March 1, 2014, 11:48 AM
I've read several reports where governments have used air guns during civil unrest. One report mentioned that shooters were instructed to shoot for the genitalia. That would keep me home.


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