Iranian AM50 and Russian ORSIS T-5000 rifles in Iraq

ARES reports that the Iranian AM50 and Russian ORSIS T-5000 are in use by the Iraqi Army (or what is left of it). I never thought I would see the day that Iraq and Iran became friends, but as they say, the enemy of my enemy is my friend …

Recent photos to emerge from Iraq show government troops with new Iranian AM50 (sometimes written ‘AM-50′) anti-materiel rifles (AMR) and Russian ORSIS T-5000 sniper rifles. Whilst initially misidentified as the Austrian Steyr HS .50, the photos suggest that these rifles are in fact an Iranian produced copy of the HS .50, known as the AM50. In 2006/7 Iran acquired 800 Steyr HS .50 rifles; shortly thereafter, Iranian copies of the rifle were observed.

It is also possible that Iraq purchased the AM50 directly from Iran. According to a report from Reuters in February, Iraq signed a deal to buy arms and ammunition from Iran worth $195 million USD. The documents cited by Reuters included provisions for “light and medium weapons.” Whilst such a contract would violate UN sanctions against Iran, it remains a possibility that these weapons could have been delivered to Iraqi troops.

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  • Zachary marrs

    Are those muzzle brakes the same size as the ones on the barret (and mossberg) rifles? They seem pretty huge. And I crack up when I see this pic, he looks like a cross between stalin and sadam hussein

    • gunslinger

      i was thinking the same

  • Fruitbat44

    That’s pretty a much a definition of a BFG.

  • Matrix3692

    According to Wikipedia, the Iranians even dispatch 3 battalions of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ special forces to support the Iraqi government forces.

  • Zed

    I bet you could get one of these real cheap in Iraq now…never fired and only dropped once.

    • LCON

      Probably all mounted in the back of a Dirt painted Toyota Pickup with a big black flag in the hood

  • dan citizen

    “I never thought I would see the day that Iraq and Iran became friends”

    It is best to keep in mind that these countries, regions, tribes, have had a complex relationship for millennia, We are like the cop called to a domestic disturbance, they will stop fighting like cats and dogs to turn on us, then when we leave return to their craziness.

    That said, I really want one of these rifles, but not bad enough to go get one.

  • The Hun

    I’m jealous- of that dude’s ‘stache. “With great moustache comes great responsibility”- Peter Griffin.

    • LCON

      sadly he squandered it.

  • PatrickHenry1789

    I wonder how many Iraq/Afghanistan vets are asking themselves, why. Why did we even go there? I’m a civvy and I’ve been asking myself that question way before all this started.

    • BuzzKillington

      Especially now that we have Air Force trainee’s being taken from the BRAND NEW dormitories they just built for them, and being put back in the old dorms so they can house the illegal Hispanic kids in the new ones. Can’t get on base without authorization as an American, but illegals are just chilling on our forced dime. It’s more about what we’re doing at home while abandoning and reversing over a decade’s worth of blood, sweat, and fortune. But we all know those Muslim nations were not fixable. Only thing we should have ever done was prevent immigration from those countries, and quarantine their radical behavior to themselves so places like the US and UK don’t endure their attacks. To include personal attacks like the Muslims in the UK throwing boiling oil on British women not covered up head to toe according to Sharia Law, and Brits walking about at night on a weekend drinking alcohol (because alcohol is a no no, but using heroin and raping little boys is fine).

  • BuzzKillington

    Which means ISIS has them, too.