Kurdistan Workers' Party Show Off New Anti-Material Rifle

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

New propaganda photos from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) show insurgents showing off their new rifles. The rifles appear to be chambered in a large anti-material caliber, possibly .50 BMG or 14.5x114mm Russian.

I am unable to identify the rifle. Its simple single shot design resembles the .50 cal rifles that enthusiasts build at home, a style illustrated in Bill Holmes’ infamous “ .50-Caliber Rifle Construction Manual“.

The rifle does include some innovative features (for DIY gun). The bolt has a number of gas ports to prevent a catastrophic failure if gas leaks from the chamber (case failure). The free floating handguard has an integral bipod. The scopes look like illuminated Made In China specials.

These rifles look heavy and not the type of gun you would want to lug back and forth in the mountains between Turkey and Iraq while trying to evade the Turkish airforce.

The question with all large caliber homemade rifles is if they do more damage to the operator or to the opposing force!

[ Many thanks to Siyah for emailing us the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Saladin Saladin on Jul 25, 2014

    Viva la kurdistan

  • Ushadrons Ushadrons on Aug 22, 2014

    Seems to be working. This is an upload from today, fighting ISIS in northern Iraq. https://www.youtube.com/wat...