Welcome to another installment about some of the armaments in the Syrian war theater; specifically around locally made, and improvised, firearms and equipment. This latest is a video released from the 313th Brigade demonstrating their locally made and assembled SVD Remote Controlled mount. The 313th Brigade is one of the Free Syrian Army divisions that operates in Syria against Al-Assad’s regime, specifically in Homs where the below footage was captured.
At first glance, it appeared to be the same device that Miles V. wrote about (which was a Daesh RC SVD), but after a little bit of research it was determined to be a different mount, and probably it came from the same guy who developed the STG-44’s remote control mount written about in a previous article written by Steve Johnson.
The mount blends sophistication with simplicity, demonstrated by the assembly of simple household components to form a pretty technical device.
The chassis is made out of scrap metal bars and sheets connected together with screws, bolts, and welds, it is responsible for pivoting the rifle horizontally as well as changing the elevation (unfortunately, there is no available information about how far it can rotate or elevate).
The SVD rifle generates a decent recoil (due to its caliber 7.62x54mmR) and in order to maintain a decent stability while shooting, they attached three metal frames that embrace the rifle and lock it in the housing. They were not yet assembled in the upper photo during the rifle’s mounting; the 3 red lines in the second pictures point at the retaining parts. Also, note the wooden chunk plugged behind the butt plate–it seems the measurements weren’t tight enough. These attachments should help maintain a decent stability and therefore more accurate shooting.
The mechatronic unit, which is responsible for pulling the trigger, and thus shooting the rifle, is located in the rifle’s hollowed buttstock. However, manipulating the safety lever and pulling the bolt must be done manually before shooting, and of course, manually inserting the magazine.
The operator uses a wire-connected trigger joystick to remotely shoot the rifle while taking a cover which is arguably the whole point of building a contraption like this.
Aiming is performed through a webcam mounted behind the rear lens of the standard Russian PSO-1 scope (which comes with the rifle). The webcam is connected to an old TV set which functions as a monitor for the operator to locate and engage his targets.
The last component of the system/device is the power supply unit which is simply a car’s battery.
Here is a link to the video (hopefully it stays up for a while!)