Report: Iraqi Snipers Using Iranian Rifles

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    War is Boring is reporting that Iraqi government troops are being outfitted with rifles from neighboring Iran.  The rifles specifically mentioned were the Sayyad, a clone of the Steyr Hs. 50 and a Siavash, a 7.62×51 clone of the US military M40 rifle.

    Siavash sniper rifle

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    Little information is widely available on either rifle.  The Sayyad, also referred to as the Sayyad-2 by some, has been a source of some controversy due to its appearance in war zones outside of Iran.

    This video appears to show the Iranian Sayyad-2 rifle:

    Additional photos of the Sayyad-2 rifle from the Iran Military Facebook page:

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    This photo from shows a Siavash rifle with what appears to be a synthetic, thumbhole stock and accessory rails:

    Siavash sniper rifle

    Thanks to Max for the tip.

    Richard Johnson

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