Saddam Hussein’s Personal Ruger M77 Bolt Action Mannlicher Rifle

The CIA gave one of its retiring officers’ Saddam Hussein’s .243 Ruger M77 Mannlicher Rifle as a honorarium. The famous rifle, which Saddam liked to wave around in public, is being auctioned off by RIA. It is expected to sell for only $7000 – $15000. I  thought it would be worth a lot more. I also thought a gun like this would have ended up in President Bush’s gun cabinet rather than the auction block.


What a unique example of the most notable and certainly historic One-of-a-Kind rifles that actually belonged to Saddam Hussein and was the one used ceremoniously in numerous worldwide newsreels shown on national TV. This brutal dictator needs NO introduction to the American people, as he is one of the most despised and hated Middle East leaders of the 20/21st Century. This exceptional rifle is accompanied by several signed documents attesting to the historical background of this unique rifle and its ultimate capture/surrender in March 2004. The rifle in all respects is a standard M77 with standard features and markings, obviously originally made by the Sturm-Ruger Company in January 1988. The only additional features is that the top of the barrel has been nicely engraved in Arabic with his name of the date of presentation (probably done out side of the factory after delivery). The factory would not disclose who initially purchased this rifle, however it is clear and well documented where it ended up. The assumption is that this rifle, like the presentation FN Browning High power pistol we also have in this auction, was initially purchased by an individual in the U.S., made its way to the Middle East and was presented to Hussein as a gift, probably from the Saudi Royal Family as they had significant ties to the Hussein regime. This rifle is also accompanied by several written and signed documents verifying that this rifle was actually taken from the rubble of the Presidential Palace in Mosul by a group of the Sufi Islamic militia that later turned it over to a C.I.A. officer in March 2004. The rifle was eventually transported to the CIA Headquarters, where it was retained until the current consignor received it as an honorarium for his 29 years of Clandestine Service for the CIA. During his tenure in the CIA, he served in various tours of duty throughout the world, as the senior CIA officer in Baghdad, Iraq. Also included are a list of his accomplishments and awards, as well as two other affidavits detailing when and how this rifle was acquiring by the CIA, with the eventual deacquisition from the CIA and transfer from the CIA to the current consignor. A very unique and historic rifle that really belongs in a US Military Museum!


Condition:Very fine with 95% of the original factory blue finish overall. The stock is also original and retains 98% of the original finish with handling marks and minor pressure dents and dings on the sides of the buttstock. An impeccably well documented historic rifle that once belonged to one of the most known bad guys of recent times, the late Saddam Hussein!

Thanks to WhaleOil for sending us the link.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Flyingchipmunk

    I hope some redneck ends up with it and uses it to hunt dear. Saddam would love to have it in a museum and hopefully he would roll over in his grave if some average joe in america turns it into his everyday hunting rifle

    • El Duderino

      Future Armslist FS thread: “I got this riffle and put me a plastic foldin’ stok on it, got me a dear and a possum with it last yeer. Oh yeah, it used to bee long to that Sodamn Insane guy from the tee shirt my daddy used to wear when he’d work on his Camaro.”

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    Meh, it’s still a Ruger. Too bad he didn’t have any fine double rifles.

    • sauerquint

      Or at least a Ruger No. 1 in something special, like .416 Rigby.

    • AZRon

      My pre-MK Ruger heavy barreled 77 .308 will be one of the last to go.

      By all means, buy what you want and become proficient, but do we still need some Goober that says “Meh” when they don’t have the first clue?

      Here’s a tip for you. Wait for an HK post and then “meh” us about how much they suck with your brilliant insights.

      Like aunt Bea says,,,”tick a lock”…

  • floppyscience

    He had good taste (in guns at least).

  • Giolli Joker

    Good trigger discipline at least. 😛

  • Fox218

    President Bush had Saddams G18 framed and put on the wall when he was in office. Its in the archives now.

  • tracel88

    Whts happend with Hussein? Ohhhh – I remember! You americans murdered him ! Now there is a slavocracy in Iraq, and 2500 killed people per month.

    • ryan

      Well, actually it was the Iraqis themselves who hung him so….

      • sauerquint

        “This brutal dictator needs NO introduction to the American people, as he
        is one of the most despised and hated Middle East leaders of the
        20/21st Century” and also a client. A special kind of club.

    • michael

      Nice try muhammad now go get your rug and pray to your pedophile

    • Formynder

      A slavocracy would be a government run by slaves… Also, he wasn’t murdered but tried by his people and executed. Even had we killed him, it wouldn’t have been murder but merely part of war.

  • Matthew in Marietta

    What company imported this rifle and did they stamp it with their import information?

    • William

      I highly doubt the CIA needs any import paperwork, or any paperwork at all.

    • Laserbait

      Probably the BATFE. They know how to think “outside the box”…

    • Eric S

      If it comes in via military channels, you can get around silly things like import laws. At least that’s the story I was told by a co-worker about how his dad ‘imported’ a Dragunov from East Germany. That said, I still don’t get how it’s property of the CIA, it should be in the Smithsonian next to the gold plated AKMs.

      • Exactly! It should be in a museum on display, not given to some retiring nimrod.

  • Sandydog

    How interesting. . . The CIA can give an historical firearm that is the rightful property of the American people to a retiring Nabob, just so that he can in turn sell it and make a tidy profit? That’s a neat trick. The whole deal tells me like a couple of folks need a short prison sentence to persuade them not to give away and/or sell government property.

  • Stephen Ramsey

    A private tries to bring back a war trophy and they drop the UCMJ on him like a bag o’ hammers.

    • K. LI

      Yup,and think of all the good stuff we seized but couldn’t bring home

  • Nicholas Mew

    Only a matter of time till someone tacticools it.

  • Zius Patagus

    Interesting. I always kind of wondered what rifle that was he waved around. I always supposed it was some sort of old Mauser or something but never really looked that closely. Personally I don’t have a problem with some CIA guy ending up with it, though selling it is kinda lame. He should have donated it to a museum.

  • MT

    My granddad gave me his R700 in .30-.06, my brother got the Ruger M77 in 7mm rem-mag (long barrel, not like this one), .30-.06 suits me but HOT DANG that M77 feels like it was custom-sized for me. Just fits & feels perfect.

  • Cuban Pete

    Why doesn’t that CIA douchebag just donates it to the Army?

    • hking

      Between 7,000 and 15,000 reasons it looks like.

  • Phil Thompson

    I know of a Gun Shop in upstate New York that has one of Saddam’s private photo albums that was brought back from one of his palaces.

    I don’t know if they’re looking to sell them, but there are some really intimate photos of him in there with some of his top generals and aides.

    Their website is

    I’ve done some business with them in the past, and they are super knowledgeable, with over 40 years of experience in the business.

    They update their page regularly with all kinds of antique and collector firearms, militaria, and military collectibles, as well as antique and collector shotshell and ammunition boxes.

    It’s definitely worth checking them out regularly, and the best part is they price their items to sell, which is huge in the world of internet sales.

    I highly recommend them!

  • Troy Emge

    While I understand there are a lot of reasons we can’t and SHOULDN’T bring back highly valued historical artifacts, art, etc, the fact that otherwise legal weapons can’t be brought back by the average soldier or officer is -_-

  • Prinz Eugen

    Must admit, the brief scenes of Saddam (the other one) waving it around at first suggested an 1890’s Mauser carbine. Guess the Ruger M77 was an update. Iraqis must be overjoyed that the war, killing and bombings have finally “wound down.”