Interesting Syrian Rebels’ “DShK” Sniper Rifle

    When you hear a combatant in Arab regions saying “Doshka” or “Dishka” it doesn’t necessarily mean the DShK machine gun itself but it refers to anything related with 12.7x108mm, even an OSV-96  AMR is called a Doshka Rifle because it uses the same caliber.

    The Sakoor Youth Coordination “Tansiqeyyet Shabab Al-Sakhoor تنسيقية شباب الصاخور” is a youth rebel movement in Aleppo, Syria. What appears here is a group of Syrian university young men involved in battles against Al-Assad’s regime.

    The barrel package which includes the bipod, gas tube, removable handle and the barrel itself is already taken from a surplus/dismounted heavy machine gun

    The barrel package which includes the bipod, gas tube, removable handle and the barrel itself is already taken from a surplus/dismounted heavy machine gun

    The rifle which appears here is a local craft made 12.7x108mm bolt action, the barrel, which the rifle based on, is probably taken from a Russian made Kord HMG or a derivative.  The gas piston/tube is deactivated since it has no use in a bolt action mechanism.

    Note the guy loading the magazine and the flipping wooden stock

    Note the guy loading the magazine and the flipping wooden stock)

    The receiver is tubularly shaped and aligned with the barrel, there is also a nice iron sight on the receiver along with the Picatinny rail to mount the scope.

    A close view on the bolt and receiver

    A close view on the bolt and receiver

    The bolt looks well manufactured with two locking lugs aligned sequentially (note in the video, cycling the bolt appears to be stiff–but that might be from the operator himself) the extractor nail is located within the horizontal lugs, it’s obvious in the video that ejecting the spent cases is very well functioning which speeds the reloading and firing process.

    A close view on the feeding magazine

    A close view on the feeding magazine

    Unlike the common single-shot improvised firearms we have witnessed all around Syria and Iraq, an interesting feature here appears; a four round locally-made magazine with an AK-47 style magazine catch.

    Note the location of the buttstock before and after being compressed to the receiver

    Note the location of the buttstock before and after being compressed to the receiver

    Another cool feature here is the flipping buttstock, the wooden stock which appears like a PKM’s one seems to contain a buffer spring or a small hydraulic tube behind the bolt, you will notice in the videos that this feature absorbs a lot of the recoil kick generated by this huge caliber.

    The rifle looks carefully manufactured with several cool tactical features even with a very low budget.

    Marawan Maklad

    Marawan Maklad is an Egyptian firearms and ammunition designer working for Turkish company specializing in the hunting and defense industries, and a dedicated researcher in asymmetric conflicts arms and tactics.


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