Saddam’s Rifles: The Tabuk

Essentially Yugoslavian 7.62x39mm M70B1 rifles, the Tabuk series of small arms were produced in Iraq, with the help of Yugoslavian engineers in the late 1970s, just in time for the Iran-Iraq conflict that endured for an agonizing decade afterward. There were different iterations of the Tabuk, the standard rifle with wood stock, an underfolder, an RPK variant, a “Krink” version with a 12-inch barrel, and finally the Tabuk Sniper, but we’ll leave that topic for next week when we can devote an entire episode to it.

The Tabuks seen in this video have all been built by Two Rivers Arms in Oklahoma City. These are Yugo M70B1 parts kits built on U.S. receivers, some of them Childers and others Nodak Spud. The company has gone to great lengths to reproduce what an actual Iraqi Tabuk would have appeared as, knowing that we can’t have complete versions legal for civilian sale in the United States.

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Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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  • Anonymoose

    Nice Nodak Spud ya got there.

  • Phrederick

    I will always consider wood and plastic on the same gun to be a hideous sin. Pick one and go with it, don’t mix them.

    • int19h

      Comrade Kalashnikov stares you down like the decadent capitalist pig that you are. ~

    • Jimmy Chimichanga

      the yugo grip is perfect

  • Kelly Jackson

    He had to kill a lot of people to unlock that skin.

    • Major Tom

      That and a follow up micro transaction. A few billion in blood money err….oil money will get you anything.

    • USMC03Vet

      No weed skin no MLG PRO!

  • Koolhed

    “…we can’t have complete versions legal for civilian sale in the United States.”

    We don’t need ’em, cuz’ we GOT ALL THIS FREEDOM!

  • DanGoodShot

    Great video Miles! Seriously. You sounded a lot more comfortable on camera this time. All your other videos sound a little forced and stiff. You sounded a lot more relaxed. Great information and entertaining too. When you’re more comfortable it makes for a more enjoyable viewing experience. Good job bud.

    • Thanks man! This time I really just talked into the camera as if it were an actual person, I think I’ll keep it up, glad you enjoy it!

      • Pete Sheppard

        Do you speak Arabic? I thought the proper pronunciations was a nice touch.

        • DanGoodShot

          Not. He doesn’t speak the language. He should say it with an American accent! After all, technically we don’t have an accent. The way we speak is considered neutral,(excluding all of the South, the Dakota’s, Massachusetts and oh, God absolutely the Bronx.) the way ALL words where meant to be heard! Bwahahaha! I just like to bust his stones about that. As someone who doesn’t speak the language I can’t say whether he’s doing it good or not. Sounds about right though. Ha!

      • DanGoodShot

        Your welcome. 🙂 Absolutely keep it up! That’s the way to do it. I’m horrible, I get stiff in front of a camera and sound like a robot. Ha! I’ll be looking forward to more videos from ya!

  • Imran

    Pronounciations on point.