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World's most powerful rifle raising fears in hands of Syrian rebels [how did they get this gun?]
FoxNews ^ | 4/3/2013 | Paul Alster

Posted on 04/03/2013 12:41:49 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross

New YouTube video from the Syrian battlefield shows rebels firing the same high-powered sniper rifle favored by U.S. Navy SEALs, leaving some experts wondering who the ragtag army of insurgents might train the guns on in the future.

The British-made AS-50, accurate from a distance of 20 football fields, is made for British Special Forces and Navy SEALs.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; hillary; israel; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 04/03/2013 12:41:49 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

What Difference Does It Make?!

2 posted on 04/03/2013 12:42:40 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Not good but I doubt many of them know how to shoot well enough to use it at that distance, nor will they be able to keep it operational.

Obama will probably send someone to teach them.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 12:43:38 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Servant of the Cross; Hardraade; MestaMachine
Up You all's Alley.

Traitorous Bastard.

4 posted on 04/03/2013 12:45:46 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Servant of the Cross
"Oh, I dunno - good for a laugh anyway"

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5 posted on 04/03/2013 12:45:54 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: driftdiver

The sand will do wonders for these weapons.


6 posted on 04/03/2013 12:46:57 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Servant of the Cross

They probably got it through a muslim nation like England.


7 posted on 04/03/2013 12:47:38 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SkyDancer
Except I will guarantee you these weapons will but used to wage War on Israel.

These Syrian Rebels have ties to Hamas (among many).

How many of our Kinsmen will die because of these powerful weapons?

Not to mention loosing our technology and military edge.


8 posted on 04/03/2013 12:50:37 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Servant of the Cross

2,000 yards is chump change these days.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_recorded_sniper_kills


9 posted on 04/03/2013 12:51:59 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: SpaceBar

France has about 4 times as great a proportion of Muslims, compared to the U.K. The proportion of Muslims is greater in the U.K, compared to the U.S. — but, the U.S. has a greater number of Muslims than the U.K.


10 posted on 04/03/2013 12:54:30 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Servant of the Cross

A “present” from FUBO!


11 posted on 04/03/2013 12:55:34 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Servant of the Cross

Owning a hammer does not make you a carpenter any more than owning a sniper rifle makes you a sniper. I own a .308 sniper rifle but would never claim to be a sniper. I do think they need to find and terminate whoever is supplying the Syrians with these rifles.


12 posted on 04/03/2013 12:56:31 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Not to pick nits, but the AS-50 is not the world's most powerful rifle.

*This is*
13 posted on 04/03/2013 1:01:22 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: MtBaldy
"whoever is supplying the Syrians with these rifles" <p>My first thought is 'Benghazi-gate' and our own administration...
14 posted on 04/03/2013 1:11:40 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: shibumi

Holey crap! Now THAT’s a gun!


15 posted on 04/03/2013 1:16:38 PM PDT by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: shibumi

Good one. Couple folks got knocked right on their kiesters.

That’s one hell of a rifle! Even the ones who got knocked down clearly had a good time firing it.


16 posted on 04/03/2013 1:18:56 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: KC_Lion

For a measly $10,500 it’s yours.http://www.50bmgstore.com/50bmgcurrentprices.htm


17 posted on 04/03/2013 1:20:21 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: driftdiver

They will be killing Americans with these at first opportunity - what the f is Obama doing?


18 posted on 04/03/2013 1:21:26 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Not having done it myself, I can only guess. But my guess would be that the endorphin rush is almost immediate.


19 posted on 04/03/2013 1:23:14 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: KSCITYBOY
They will be killing Americans with these at first opportunity - what the f is Obama doing?

I think you already said what he is doing.

20 posted on 04/03/2013 1:26:28 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

So just how much ammo do they have for this weapon? In the end without ammo it is just a big club.


21 posted on 04/03/2013 1:29:01 PM PDT by KirbDog
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To: MtBaldy
I do think they need to find and terminate whoever is supplying the Syrians with these rifles.

Chappaqua might be as good a starting place......

22 posted on 04/03/2013 1:33:45 PM PDT by varon (USA Nationalist)
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To: SpaceBar
They probably got it through a muslim nation like England.

Could just as easily been recovered from a lost battle involving either our allies the Brits or our own U.S. soldiers.

So excuse me if I take offense to your unwarranted criticism of England.....They're in theater too..........

23 posted on 04/03/2013 1:35:15 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“a distance of 20 football fields,”

OK, how long is this? (Could mean the width, also.)

100 yards each? or 120 including end zones? or Canadian, or European?

Or do people think of the length of green inside a stadium? or the whole stadium.

I say the use of this term is evidence of dumbing down. Directed at folks who have been deemed, then treated as though they do not know how far 100 yards is.


24 posted on 04/03/2013 1:42:45 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
your unwarranted criticism of England....

You're right, that was uncalled for. They probably got the damned thing from the United States.
25 posted on 04/03/2013 1:45:42 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: MtBaldy
I do think they need to find and terminate whoever is supplying the Syrians with these rifles.

I think they did in Lybia, wasn't that what Bengazi was all about? But, what does it matter...

26 posted on 04/03/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: KSCITYBOY

He has no idea.


27 posted on 04/03/2013 1:49:33 PM PDT by ibytoohi (What the hell has happened to my country?)
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To: Servant of the Cross

that rifle will make a average shooter a good shooter


28 posted on 04/03/2013 2:02:57 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

If I were a betting man, I’d say George Galloway is wrapped up in this devilish stupidity.


29 posted on 04/03/2013 2:10:47 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: ltc8k6

2K yards is over a mile ... try the math.


30 posted on 04/03/2013 2:12:45 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

i wanna eat some Huma right NOW!


31 posted on 04/03/2013 2:16:58 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: shibumi
lol...that is hilarious.

It's obvious these guys never learned how to shoot anything stronger than a .22 (who leans back when he shoots a big caliber?).

32 posted on 04/03/2013 2:17:05 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: SkyDancer
Why Not!?

It's only taxpayer money!


33 posted on 04/03/2013 2:17:47 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Hard to shoot accurately when jumping up and down shouting allah akbar.


34 posted on 04/03/2013 2:24:06 PM PDT by fso301
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To: shibumi

Muzzle-brake, anyone?


35 posted on 04/03/2013 2:24:35 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

That’s a Chinese knock-off in the video, not an AS50


36 posted on 04/03/2013 2:30:47 PM PDT by 'smith
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To: Servant of the Cross

Gun show loophole?


37 posted on 04/03/2013 2:32:22 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: SpaceBar
You're right, that was uncalled for.

It's not your fault, the title is misleading. The AS50 is manufactured by Accuracy International which is in Britain but it's not made exclusively for the British military as the article implies.

In fact, if there were one for sale, you could buy it here:

.50 cal rifles for sale

Virtually every weapon from a BB gun to a SAM missle can ultimately be purchased by anyone who knows the proper channels and can afford it.......

38 posted on 04/03/2013 2:43:37 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Servant of the Cross
What's the big frikkin' deal? It's just a semi-auto rifle that shoots .50 BMG fer gosh sakes. You can buy a Barrett rifle just about anywhere.

It's not a super secret magic rifle or anything

39 posted on 04/03/2013 2:49:03 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo; 'smith

Someone should alert Roger Ailes. It’s still the top story on his webpage.


40 posted on 04/03/2013 2:52:35 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

It’s Obama’s new “budget war” program - sell off our weapons after every war to raise cash. We were done in Libya, so he decided to ship the leftovers to the Syrians through Benghazi. /s


41 posted on 04/03/2013 3:06:54 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: ltc8k6

Fifty caliber weapons have held the record over the years, I guess. It goes back to 1874 at Adobe Walls, Texas, where Billy Dixon fired a Sharps “Big 50” and shot an Indian off a horse at 1,538 yards (so the story goes). Much has been written about this achievement. Since ballistic tables have been developed in recent years, it’s been said that Billy would have needed to hold over the victim’s head as much as 10 or 12 feet - - never mind whatever the wind was doing. It’s always been one of my favorite shooting stories, though.


42 posted on 04/03/2013 3:09:33 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: 19th LA Inf

Totally happened just like he said. And even he said he wasn’t aiming AT the indian he hit. He was aiming at the -small group- of indians on sitting horseback, horses side by side together. Both sides agree it happened.

One lucky indian in the group got hit. But essentially, he was aiming at a “target” 10 or 12 feet wide, and as tall as a man on a horse.

In war, it’s not the bullet with your name on it to worry about. It’s all those with “to whom it may concern’.


43 posted on 04/03/2013 3:51:44 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: MHGinTN

Many shots have been made over 2K. Way over.

Notice that none of the longest shots were taken with the rifle in the article.


44 posted on 04/04/2013 3:40:47 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: 19th LA Inf

The .338 Lapua and .50BMG have traded the record back and forth in modern times.

Dixon probably did make a very long shot that day, it’s just a question of how long it really was.


45 posted on 04/04/2013 3:44:10 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Servant of the Cross

Universal Background Checks would have prevented this. /s


46 posted on 04/04/2013 3:48:42 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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