Peshmerga Zagros rifles, actually accurate…

by Miles
That guy has ear pro.

So you know those anti material rifles we’ve been posting about in use by some of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces against Daesh? The 14.5mm ZPU barrels turned into anti material rifles otherwise known as Zagros? Well apparently, video has come out of Syria and posted on FUNKER530 of one of those rifles turning a Daesh fuel truck into a lovely fireball, from several hundred meters out. Now, I’m curious as to that part, because the cameraman in this video is no doubt over a kilometer away from the target he is filming. But that doesn’t mean that the shooter is co located with the camera man. Terrorist organizations and those fighting them alike use footage such as this for propaganda purposes all the time. So if this was a pre conceived shot wherein the shooter knew the schedule of the enemy tanker and coordinated with a photographer to zoom in at that moment in time, that might be the case. In addition, it might have been completely staged because there seems to be a time lapse between the tanker pulling up, a guy getting out (in this case, friendly personnel part of the gig), then a film cut, and then the shot with the 14.5mm tracer flying from the left side of the camera. This would make sense because the shooter would have had ample time to fire a couple rounds beforehand and thus know the ballpark impact of his rounds, as opposed to a lone shot fired from a cold bore barrel, at a target of opportunity that just so happened to waltz into his sector of fire, and also just so happened to be in clear view in a very crowded city of a cameraman, located nowhere near the shooter, and apparently without communication as well. I’m no ballistics guru, but regardless of how the video was made, the shot appears to be well made, and a good one, from at the very least 400-500 meters or so, most likely much more. What this means for us, is the rifle has proven to be more than some hand jammed antiaircraft gun with a butt stock and scope, it is actually accurate in the right hands. What the coalition might want to take note of, if these things fall into the wrong hands, what kind of capabilities could they be facing.


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.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at

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  • Ghost Ghost on Jul 19, 2015

    By the time I read all the could haves, would haves and maybes, in the article, I didn't watch the vid.

  • Secundius Secundius on Jul 25, 2015

    Barrel's to long for a Heavy Machine gun. Looks like a PTRS-41 (14.5x114mm) Anti-Tank Rifle. 800-meters effective range and about 1,600-meters maximum (?)...