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September 2, 2004, 12:28 AM
Wow. Guess so! :D
What No Gravy?
September 2, 2004, 12:35 AM
Does this mean that SKS rifles will be worth more? :D
September 2, 2004, 12:36 AM
That can't be right. Possibly the local population out to lend a hand? If I was a hostage I would be fearful that the SKS armed sniper might take a shot.!! Pics I've seen show heavily armed Russian security forces there.
What No Gravy?
September 2, 2004, 12:39 AM
"Possibly the local population out to lend a hand?"
Maybe a Father of one of the children
What No Gravy?
September 2, 2004, 12:44 AM
Looks like the local PD are the ones with the SKS rifles.
I believe a correct picture of a Russian sniper at the stand-off is at the top of this article.
I think the other picture is a crock - maybe the local police asked some guy for help until they were more organized.
September 2, 2004, 09:38 AM
On milityaa, tovarshi
Believe he's Russian po-po. Out where hayzeus left his zapatos the dress code is more relaxed.:D
September 2, 2004, 09:45 AM
Militia - Russina police. Notice - mag release, and no mag hanging down. SKS is detachable mag model, and is unloaded - he's just "scoping" it out.
September 2, 2004, 05:23 PM
Sure hope the shot presented does not require accuracy.
September 2, 2004, 06:05 PM
Don't forget that to most journalists, any rifle with one of those black tube-thingies on top is automatically a "sniper rifle", and the man wielding it is a "sniper"...
September 2, 2004, 06:42 PM
I suppose you could use an SKS to be a sniper. But it all depends on what you are "sniping". Anything smaller than a Buick and its kinda moot.
September 2, 2004, 06:51 PM
That could also be a borrowed hunting rifle. SKS's are used for hunting there.
September 2, 2004, 07:16 PM
If you read the caption it says "a sniper watches..."
It appears someone just happened to pick up an SKS with a scope and used it to casually "watch" the school. However, anyone looking through a scope rifle immediately becomes a sniper in the media's eyes. Heck, snipers are the only ones who use scopes anyway, right?
September 3, 2004, 12:18 AM
It is also my understanding that snipers do not kneel while shooting. But, I could be wrong.
September 3, 2004, 12:22 AM
It is a local cop keeping an eye on his sector. Big deal.
September 3, 2004, 12:25 AM
I don't think these guys are snipers. They might be the russian equivilant of Sherrif's auxilary or similar. Looking through the other pic's there are lots of uniforms, and the guys behind the police car look like they are wearing blue uniform shirts. There is no real good pictures of the firearms.
I will note that a good SKS with the righht ammo, can do around 2" groups at 100 yards. Maybe not top drawer sniper quality, but acceptable none the less. THe Russian Tula SKS's were the best of the breed and some were marked on the sight as being a higher quality. Ammo has a lot to do with it but since this is Russia I think they would have that figured out.
Looking at the pictures, and seeing the mothers, I really feel for them, has to a parents worst nightmare. By the looks of things it really looks like these guys are coming out feet first. There seem to be a whole lot of Russian special forces, and troops with the area closed off.
The news on this could be a little better, couldn't the news reporters get visa's and flights? Or is it a minimal interest?