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Russians use SKS rifles for sniper duty???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by What No Gravy?, Sep 2, 2004.

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  1. What No Gravy?

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    Wow. Guess so! :D
     
  3. What No Gravy?

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    Does this mean that SKS rifles will be worth more? :D
     
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    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.
     
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    "Possibly the local population out to lend a hand?"

    Maybe a Father of one of the children
     
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    I don't think so......

    That hardly looks like a pro sniper team.
     
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    Just because one snipes...

    Does not make him a Sniper.

    My take is the SKS is comparable to the Mini-14 as issued to some LEOs as a patrol rifle. I like the SKS, but I would hardly take it as a sniper weapon.

    The rifle could also be issued to some officers in a supervisory position for instances such as this.
     
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    Two guys laying in the grass does not make a sniper team.

    Am I looking at the right pic?
     
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    Whats worse than being taken hostage in Russia?

    Being rescued.
     
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    I wonder about the scope mount on that thing. It's not the usual (intergral with the receiver/can't hold zero) that you see all the time.
     
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    Believe he's Russian po-po. Out where hayzeus left his zapatos the dress code is more relaxed.:D
     
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    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.
     
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    Sure hope the shot presented does not require accuracy.
     
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    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"...
     
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    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.
     
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    That could also be a borrowed hunting rifle. SKS's are used for hunting there.
     
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    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?

    :rolleyes:
     
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    It is also my understanding that snipers do not kneel while shooting. But, I could be wrong.
     
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    It is a local cop keeping an eye on his sector. Big deal.
     
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    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?
     
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    Keep in mind that the Ohio nutcase who was randomly shooting at cars with a 9mm handgun was considered by the press to be a "sniper".
     
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    Nope, that's a regular SKS. The mag catch is the same as on every other SKS I've seen. His offhand is covering up the 10 round mag.
     
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