Sergey Badyuk Breaks Down Kalashnikovs In Syria

Russian presenter Sergey Badyuk has partaken in a very informative discussion on Kalashnikov rifles in use by various Syrian groups within Assad controlled portions of Syria. He is a prior Russian serviceman himself and certainly knows his rifles. Now obviously, we can’t accept the information portrayed here as complete truth when it comes to small arms in use by Assad’s SAA. However, this is a somewhat legitimate open source outlet that allows us to peer into Assad’s forces.

Some key takeaways-

Occasionally magazines are wrapped together with tape to form an extra magazine in case of an emergency reload, in addition to wood grips being wrapped in cloth to protect hands from heat, less slippery grip, it also breaks up the outline.

The majority of soldiers that Sergey has seen, walk around without safeties on, either in a USMC Condition One or Three status.

Russian manufactured Dolg M3 Tactical Slings have found their way into use within the Syrian Army. Not much, but the AKMS Sergey was presenting had one. This one appeared NiB.

5.45x39mm AK74s are apparently being sent to Police units.
A majority of ammunition is Russian or Iranian manufacture.

Sergey says Syria used to manufacture magazines, but that Chinese ones are abundantly in use. In this sentence he might actually be talking about rifles themselves due to translation errors.

Soviet AKMs are sought after from other countries, while AKS74Us are highly prized as status symbols.

Despite the ruggedness of the Kalashnikov and PK actions, in his opinion as a former NCO, many of the weapons are in horrible operating condition
This is him in Aleppo filming a completely different segment for Anna News.


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  • micmac80

    We can’t take presentation as a ‘complete truth’ ,because of its presented by former GRU Spetznaz member …….and maybe doesnt fit main stream narative?

    • Giolli Joker

      It is a fair warning, IF we apply it to any source coming from war torn areas.
      Be it Russian, Westerner or Arab.

      • micmac80

        Yes but its not applied for all is it. ?

    • Voice from East

      …except Badyuk has nothing to do with “spetsnaz”, he’s a shownan.

      • micmac80

        He claims to have served in 8-th separate brigade of special purpose GRU. but plenty of fakes going round , i am aware of his ‘showmanship’ on many levels. In any case if you look at the long vide ,there is nothing in particular tendencious being said

  • Giolli Joker

    I watched only the first video and really liked it.
    I especially appreciated that, beside the obvious patriotic pride, Mr Badyuk talks only about what he sees keeping his reporting very in line with the motto of this blog.
    The other one is a bit too long but it seems worth it to give it a try.

  • Giolli Joker

    “Soviet AKMs are sought after from other countries, while AKS74Us are highly prized as status symbols.”
    And as every Russian soldier knows they’re only good to get you shot.
    This was brutally honest.
    Loved it.

    • micmac80

      Yes Muj loved to pose with them , but having shot some it really useless in hitting anything at any distance

  • Nicks87

    I like how he mentions the commander’s Glock like its a big deal. I didn’t see many Glocks the few times I was in the middle east but I’m sure they are sought after if not for reliability maybe a status symbol like the AKSU?

    • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

      They are probably better than most other handguns you can get a hold of down there.

    • john huscio

      We (the American taxpayer) bought the Iraqis loads of G19s (along with M&Ps, Beretta 92s and several other pistols) to arm their police/army and security forces with a decade ago. When ISIS was conquering large parts of Iraq, alot of Glocks fell into their hands (or were abandoned by Iraqi police units) they were distributed among ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria which explains how they got there… far as status symbols? Maybe…..certainly world’s above the Iraqi copies of the beretta 51 or the tokarevs their used to….

  • john huscio

    The general issue Syrian army rifle is (was?) The Norinco type 56, hence the abundance of Chinese mags.

  • Phil Ossiferz Stone

    You mean Arabs don’t do maintenance? Perish the thought.

  • Voice from East

    I would recommend you guys not to take serious obout Badyuk figure. It is known he is a lawyer, mediocre sportsman, actor and a showman. There is a rumors he is an FSB PE coach and military justice officer, and its all thats connect him with federal agencies. He’s firearm knowledge is pretty shallow and safety discipline is next to nothing.

    • Serm762

      1988-1990 – Spetsnaz GRU
      1990-1995 – Higher School of the KGB

      He is also a successful businessman. 8th Dan in Karate, too

      • Voice from East

        Yeah, just like Wiki said, which is referred to what is Badyuk said 😉

        2 years involuntary service in 8 separate special service brigade(which I can believe in) does not makes you so-termed “spetsnaz” or sepical-force member automaticly(especial in late 80-s period, if you know what I mean), but of cource it’s a good stuff for showing off in you hood. I know several guys with such a resume.
        There is a certain misconseption in terms of what is special force is, especial if the name contains abbr. GRU.
        Higher School of the KGB with jurisprudence degree.
        Successful businessman – certainly, I have no doubt in that. He is very successful in utilising easy minded mob of meatballs 😀

        • Giolli Joker

          Regardless of his resume, he doesn’t waste time bragging about himself in the videos, that are the most interesting reporting I saw from Syria.
          Surely there is a bias, but nevertheless he is more believable than many standing in front of a screen and reporting from a hotel conference room…

        • “2 years involuntary service in 8 separate special service brigade(which I can believe in) does not makes you so-termed “spetsnaz” or sepical-force member automaticly(especial in late 80-s period, if you know what I mean), ”
          This is COMPLETE BS!!! 8th Spetznaz brigade was AFGANISTAN combat brigade! Period.

          “2 years involuntary service”
          Just trust me – service in Spetznaz, VDV and Naval Infantry was completely voluntary in USSR. And yeah, quality of conscripts in Spetznaz was very high – city-regional+ sports in any practical sport, serious screening, good education and DOSAAF.

          “Higher School of the KGB with jurisprudence degree.”
          Lol. Spetzaz and VDV officers had civilian degree of TRANSLATOR. =) Period.

          “Successful businessman – certainly, I have no doubt in that. He is very successful in utilising easy minded mob of meatballs :D”
          He was C-class and VP class executive with Chicago MBA in very serious russian companies. He also owns his own luxury restaurant in Moscow. Period.

  • Anonymoose what I’d like to know is what the hell this thing is for and if you have to chop your tangs off to use it.

    • Blackhorse

      “Antabka insert between the butt and the receiver. Weaver 70 mm plate for installation of sighting devices. The width of the sling under the sling 30 mm. Suitable only for the right-hander.”

    • Sermon762

      It’s a sight mount for shotguns. Placed in between receiver and buttstock

      • Anonymoose

        Okay, nevermind. That makes sense now. I didn’t realize they were for Baikal shotguns. I thought it was something you put between the grip and receiver on an AK, like those sling mount plates from Echo 93. The hole patterns are way off for use on an AK though.

  • 8166PC1

    He seems to knock on Chinese AK’s when my experience with firing numerous Chinese AK’s I would say they are quality and reliable firearms.

    • Sermon762

      Not as high quality as the real thing (made in USSR)

      Molot plant has released some amount of the Soviet AKM rifles from conservation (search VPO-136). Factory guarantee 2 MOA @ 100m. People report 1.5-1.8 MOA

      • 8166PC1

        The recievers on Chinese AK’s are actually thicker than most Soviet AK’s.

        • Giolli Joker

          Thicker does not directly mean better.
          Maybe he felt the Chinese was heavier than necessary?
          Or maybe he was just being a proud Russian.

        • David

          Alot of people get suprised when they hear the chiense aks dont hold up well in battle but these Chinese aks imported in the 80s to the usa are not the same as the ones china has exported to other countries i know alot of Syrians personally who say the same and ive seen alot of other syrian on social media say the same and since badyuk is saying the same ill pretty much take it as fact

      • Stephen Paraski

        If you look at all variants in world of AK patterns, Russian and Chinese are closest when comparing barrel dimensions, other than Russian AKM having a 1 mm stamped receiver vs. Chinese 1.6 mm stamped receiver. And the non-removable bayonet. Early Russian had enclosed front sight, later changed to bunny ears to gather more light. A nice story with English captions.

        • Sermon762

          The quality of the barrel is determined by its internal dimensions, measured inside, not outside. As well as the quality of the grooves, and the quality of the rifle is dependant also on how well the rifle is assembled. The fitting of the parts, as well as the quality of these parts and how well each part was made at the factory.

          Also, the quality of the steel used to make the receiver and the barrel matters as well. Not the dimensions that you mentioned.

          It is a common opinion in Russia and elsewhere in the world where people have access to various models of AK from different countries that the original Soviet-made AKM is the best AK, and Yugoslavian M70 goes second.

          In the US people tend to believe that Bulgarian AK is something of a high standard, which is amusing. In truth, even these Saiga AK-model rifles are better than Bulgarian AK and Saiga is not a mil-spec AK at all.

          • toms

            Polish Ak’s slap the dog poo out of Russian ones. Better machining, better barrels, better coatings, more accurate etc. Sorry its just true, Soviet rifles are very good but the poles are the best from the east. The Galil and Sako rifles being the absolute top shelf.

          • Sermon762

            Polish AK are not even as good as East German and never were as good as the Russian ones

            The Galil is a crippled Sako and Sako is not 100% AK

    • LCON

      Type 56 there are a lot of detail changes.

  • iksnilol

    Is the magazine tape such a big deal? I’m pretty sure we’ve been doing that since the invention of tape.

    • LCON

      since the invention of the removable box magazine.

  • Kurt Ingalls

    “This strap look like it came from someones underpants…..” ROFLMFAO ……damn that was funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • LCON

    AK’s get to that condition if not cared for to.

  • toms

    Anna is a propoganda network funded by the Kadyrov and the Kremlin, but still seeing a correspondent walking around all kitted up (Im sure he grabs a gun and jumps in the fight when not on camera) is cool. Not pussified like our news people. Still Chinese AK’s are top notch.

  • Sam

    Seems the AK-74 is finally making a international buy from Syria. Solder may appreciate the lighter weight and recoil a 5.4mm AK gives. I also like how they rip on Chinese Type 56s. Strange in the US and in none combat roles US shooter say the opposite. But in Ways I agree the Soviet AKM is more modern and lighter to the older Type 56 Chinese in some cases still uses.