Makeshift .50 BMG ISIS Sniper Rifle

East Asia and the Middle East are full of garage gunsmiths and homemade firearms. With the current conflict in Syria and Iraq it seems like lots of homemade guns are being found on the battlefield. Some of them seem decently well made, and some just seem odd. The one below seems outright dangerous, to the shooter. Gun Youtubber MrGunsnGear recently posted on his Facebook page this gem that was found by Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS near Mosul.

I know some of you who follow me on Instagram know but for those that don’t —- my friend, and US Army veteran, Jake ( @roguecomcam on Instagram) is over with the Peshmarga currently taking the fight to ISIS near Mosul. They captured this makeshift .50 BMG “sniper” rifle from ISIS a few days ago. I figured you guys would appreciate the photos!



Do they make a blast diverter for that muzzle brake? You know, to help protect shooters to the side and stuff.




Cool carry handle.


Dang, what scope rings are those?! I should get some for my rifle, I wonder how well they hold zero.


“Damn bro, these adjustment knobs click real nice!”


The new ISIS50 flat trigger from ALG Defense coming soon, look out for more info at the 2017 SHOT Show!

Ray I.

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    • Blake

      Ha the first thing that popped into my mind was Metro: Last Light. Totally gonna get started on the remastered bundle I bought awhile back but haven’t touched yet. God I love that game.

    • iksnilol

      To be fair, a BB gun like that would be awesome. Wish I knew how to make one in real life.

    • lurpy

      I was thinking Fallout 4’s pipe weapons, but yeah that works too.

  • JT303

    It’s a little-known fact that ISIS used this rifle for executions. They’d make the prisoner shoot it and he’d be so full of shrapnel he’d be worth mining.

  • Phillip Cooper

    I’m glad to see the enemy having to resort to this sort of crap. Hope it takes a few of them with it when it blows up.

  • Vizzini

    I think I’d only fire that with a string from behind some sandbags.

    • Richard

      Even then it’s still crazy as hell to fire it.

      • Vizzini

        *Lots* of sandbags. 🙂

        • Uniform223

          Jihad Jerry – Allah Akbar! Back blast area all clear?

          Jihad Barry – Allah Akbar! All clear.

          Jihad Jerry – Allah Akbar! *shoots the rifle and turns into goop*

          Jihad Barry – Allah Akbar! That was the 5th one this week…

  • Jim Slade

    If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have….. packing tape. Might be Sandwich Wrap- I dunno’.

    • .45

      Well, what else are you suppose to do when the first shot cracks the stock? They couldn’t get their hands on camo duct tape, so they made do.

      • Xanderbach

        Spongebob Squarepants duct tape is far more tactical.

    • MzUnGu

      It’s called Tactical Wrap in the field. LOL

      • jonp

        That’s not plastic wrap. That is the latest polymer reinforcing tape used around stress points to strengthen the metal to wood interface.

  • DanGoodShot

    Damn, did they smelt the steel themselves too?

  • Jim Slade
    • Swarf

      Those welds…

      Royal level.

      Edit: Oh hell. I didn’t see who was posting below me before I made that joke.

  • Mark Serbu

    Damn, so much for the next Serbu Firearms/Royal Nonesuch collaboration being a secret!!

  • Anom aly

    We laugh at it, but we will be doing the same thing when our or a foreign government
    starts killing us for what we believe in.

    • Amplified Heat

      No, no I think we’d be making better stuff than this garbage (see the black market in the Phillipines, or Brazil, or East Europe, or practically anywhere else besides Africa)

      • Uniform223

        But Allah is on their side… inshallah they just need it to fire. If the person doesn’t survive after shooting it or gets a serious shoulder injury after shooting it than it was all the will of Allah and therefore perfectly acceptable in their minds.

    • Military technology has progressed a bit from the days of sheriff’s deputies dropping dynamite out of National Guard biplanes into the Tulsa financial district; I think we’re probably better off using the ballot box as our primary weapon and letters to our representatives as our sidearm.

  • Amplified Heat

    That widowmaker (widowsmaker?) locks with only the bolt handle like a cheap 22LR, doesn’t it.

    • Graham2

      I like they way they’ve made it extra long for ‘extra strength’!

      • iksnilol

        Not really the reason, the reason for the big bolt handle is probably far simpler: The action is rough (and long/large as all get) so the extra leverage provided makes it easier to use.

  • I’m certain that thing has sub-MOA accuracy… as long as the A stands for Arabia.

  • B-Sabre

    I’m not sure which end of this thing is the safest….

  • Sasquatch

    Wow….. I am curious to know if the be barrel was rifled.

    • Richard

      And if so, how well it was done.

  • Tassiebush

    Hmm perhaps if it had an oversized bore of .60cal or so the pressure might be safer…

  • Rooftop Voter

    The first picture shows the patented muzzle brake in the vertical position. Must be a real blast pulling trigger on this one. Who is first?
    Rather large thumbhole stock, must have been built during the Clinton ban.

    • El Duderino

      Well all those thumbholes pulled off post AWB had to end up somewhere.

  • Frank Grimes

    I would love to hand a guy shooting that rifle a .50 BMG handload with a case filled with Alliant Red Dot.

  • bthomas

    Fascinating! Would love to see how this rifle does w/ plain Jane .50 cal. ball. Yes it is crude and unrefined. But, given the limitations within which the gunsmith had to work, it looks like a workable concept. Of course recoil would be impressive, etc. Maybe someone can tie this rifle down to a tire and fire it w/ a long string. It just might stay together during firing.

  • dltaylor51

    Any man that puts his face behind a POS gun like that and pulls the trigger is going to be very hard to deal with,you’d probably have to kill him before he ever comes around to your way of thinking.

  • Swarf

    That muzzle device looks like it’s made of zinc alloy and wishful thinking.

  • CA

    How much would you get paid to pull the trigger? I’ll do it for 100k.

  • Gunner4guy

    Wow! Is that stranded packing tape holding that stock together! And here I though duct tape cured all ills!!!!

  • thebackwoods

    This “rifle” was made with the true martyr in mind, whether or not the intended victim was hurt or not the shooter was surely going to “paradise”. I think the USA should mass produce this weapon and leave stockpiles of them for these idiots to use, much better than suicide vests, only takes out the shooter and his cohorts.

  • jonp

    Sweet Weeping Jesus. I’m speechless.

  • Wolfsbane

    .50BMG? More likely it’s chambered in Soviet 12.7x108mm. I’d think that would be much more available in Syria and Iraq.