Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Austrian rifles used in Iraq

[Welcome to readers from The Agonist. ~ Fixer]

Raw Story

A total of 100 HS50 Steyr-Mannlicher rifles were discovered during raids in Baghdad, the British Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday quoting US military sources. The guns come from a batch of 800 of the 50-calibre rifles sold by Steyr-Mannlicher to the Iranian security forces in 2005. A representative of Steyr-Mannlicher said the matter would be investigated.

The 12-kilogramme Steyr-Mannlicher HS50 is a large-calibre precision gun which can be easily assembled and disassembled, the manufacturer said. It can pierce body armour or armoured troop transporters from a distance of up to 1,500 metres.

Each gun costs around 15,000 euros (19,500 dollars).

As you can see, this ain't no stamped-out mass-produced cheapie. It is not intended for self-defense, but rather to purposefully break things and kill people from extreme range.

Expect an administration announcement that we are going to bomb Vienna.

Tongue firmly in cheek on this one!

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