Gold Plated Al Kadesih sniper rifle photo

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Everyone has seen Saddam Hussein’s gold plated AKs. I came across this photo on the Wired Danger Room blog (they took the post down)

I am fairly certain that this rifle is an Iraqi Al Kadesih rifle (a 7.62mm Nagant firing Dragunov SVD clone) but I could be wrong. Please correct me if you know what it is.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Imran Imran on Feb 12, 2009

    Gold Dragunov =] It iz go on google and type in 'M1014 GOLD'go on the 3rd picture there is a GOLD MP5 it lookz awesome!!

  • Sid Sid on Mar 19, 2009

    Yep, it' definitely an Al Kadesih rifle. You can tell by the stylized palm design on the magazine. Despite other surface similarities to the Dragunov SVD, only the Al Kadesih has the palm design.

    PS - Why the hell would anyone gold plate a damn sniper rifle??!! Well I guess it does give a new definition to killing in style.