The Islamic Front is a group of factions based on religious ideology -not moderate but not ultra extremist either-, they are more extremist than FSA are less extremist than Nusrah Front, and, of course than ISIS (whom the Islamic Front criticizes for killing innocent people, including lots of Muslims).
The group was founded by 11 Muslim rebel groups on 21 December 2012, including Ahrar Al-Sham, the Righteous Brigade of Homs, the Islamic Rise Movement in Aleppo, the Ansar al-Sham in Lattakia, the Monotheism Army in Deir al-Zour, the Hamza Bin Abdul Muttalib Battalion in Damascus.
Islamic Front is an ally with Nusrah Front and Free Syrian Army against Bashar Al-Assad.
The video which we have here is an interview with Abu Uday who was a veterinary doctor before the war and he joined the Islamic Front in Aleppo to be a sniper.
Among all the local made rifles which we have seen in Syria, this is probably one of the best, in terms of professional manufacturing, excluding the barrel, of course, which is a 23mm scavenged gun’s barrel trimmed and cut and re-chambered.
The rifle is a single shot bolt action chambered in 23x115mm – Russian Aircraft machine gun ammunition which is effective against a various number of targets. It features a tubular receiver aligned with the barrel. The butt stock is also tubular and considered to be a part of the receiver.
A huge locally-made muzzle brake/flash suppressor is attached to compensate for the massive amount of flames and recoil generated by such a huge caliber.
The bolt is very smooth in action and quite large so it can endure the high pressures. It has a long travel between the receiver and the butt stock. Also, it appears the rifle is not operational without the buttstock. There is a Picatinny rail above the receiver and a high magnification scope attached, an adjustable bipod appears in the scene as well.
The butt stock has a neat latch lever for disassembly, unlike the other locally made rifles. They tied a wrapped layer of sponges on the butt plate to decrease the discomfort from the recoil on the operator’s shoulder–a seems pretty low quality given the rest of the build but It seems to be very effective.
The Rifle’s size and weight appears to be very handy to be carried and deployed by a single man which is crucial in guerrilla warfare.
What’s really distinctive about it is the way they implement it, the guys don’t just punch holes through the walls but they use it just like how an anti-material rifle should be used.
According to Abu Uday, they have damaged tanks with this rifle as well as heavy machine gun mounts, and BMP carriers. It also functions in counter-sniper roles, especially due to the different kinds of projectiles they have, i.e. AP and HE rounds.
Finally, what do you think about this rifle? Because personally, I want to put my hands on it.