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Check out what rifle this guy is holding.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by W L Johnson, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. W L Johnson

    W L Johnson Well-Known Member

  2. Will_G

    Will_G Well-Known Member

    By George, it DOES look like a Mosin M44! I did not know Chavez's troops carried those.

  3. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    Mosin-Nagant M44, wow, that's not on the Wikipedia article. Could somebody go update it for me; some troll at my college got us a temporary editing ban.
  4. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Those guys are part of the Milicia Bolivariana. Most likely the m44s won't hang around very long once the factory in Maracay gets rolling.
  5. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    that patch on their hats looks too much like a bullseye
  6. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    Excellent guns but a little outdated in our world huh? At least they can handle whatever recoil their next issue rifle dishes out! :evil:
  7. theicemanmpls

    theicemanmpls Well-Known Member

    All that oil money, and the tight wad President can't afford to outfit his army with modern weapons? Just shameful.
  8. BemidjiDweller

    BemidjiDweller Well-Known Member

    When they change over to something else, I hope all of those rifles come here.
  9. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Supplied by the Commie Soviets, these are likely militia or Guard troops with second rate stuff. My granddad was a "Civil Defense" member during WW II and in the 1970s I found a brand new Eddystone 1917 still in the shipping crate the Gov't gave him to defend Los Angeles.
  10. caribou

    caribou Well-Known Member

    Venezeula's standard issue is the AK-47, and variations thereof.....since the 70's.

    Those are Police troops or Guardsmen.

    Love the face cammo
  11. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    They are civilian militia.
    Definitely not supplied by Communist Soviets.

    Historically, Venezuelan government sourced its small arms from the open market, mostly from FN, so FALs,FNCs and Hi-Powers.

    In 2005 the Venezuelans purchased on the order of 100,000 AK103 rifles and has spend the last few years tooling up to produce Ak103 clones domestically on a MASSIVE scale.

    They are spending billions gearing up to fight (and win) a defensive war.
  12. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    They spent the rifle money on patches, scarves, and the guy that did the facepainting.

    Good to know Hugo has his priorities straight.

  13. 4895

    4895 Well-Known Member

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  14. kyron4

    kyron4 Well-Known Member

    A few years back they bought like 100,000 AK-103 rifles (7.62x39) and several million rounds of 7.62x39 to "modernize" the Ven. army. I think Russia is setting up a factory there too.

    Opps, didn't see your post sam cade, seems I was thinking right about the AK-103s though
  15. Eb1

    Eb1 Well-Known Member

    Must have bought the lot from Gander Mountain.
  16. Sheepdog1968

    Sheepdog1968 Well-Known Member

    If they are trained to be proper Riflemen, they could be quite devesating with this rifle. Have a few specalists with machine guns and regular troops with long range hard hitting rifles. Just my two cents.
  17. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    Is it not likely those rifles are just for ceremonial purposes? Aren't older rifles no longer is service commonly used for such in many countries, including the US?
  18. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    Russian use the SKS at their tomb of the unknown. The US uses M14. I have seen US drill teams using M14, M1 Garand and M1903 before. All of them are dressed a little more snazzy than those guys though.
  19. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    In this case probably not.
    As the AK103s and clones come into service they are displacing the FALs and FNCs to the Militia, but even then there is a shortage of weapons since the plan is to swell the ranks to a couple million.:eek:


  20. Steel Horse Rider

    Steel Horse Rider Well-Known Member

    Anybody notice how the third guy from the left is holding his rifle in Sam Cade's post? :what::what: I hope the guy on the right end is his friend!!!!

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