Whats this rifle? (mod edit, dont we already know!)

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by freedomman, Dec 22, 2009.

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  1. In the 'today in pictures' bit of the Torygraph?

    4 Scots win Gold in Atacama Desert patrols competition

    It's captioned " Members of an elite team from the Highlanders (4 Scots) take part in a patrol competition in the Atacama desert. The eight-man team won the gold medal ahead of their deployment to the Falkland Islands "

    Looks like an AK stylee, but a bit posher.

    Apologies I can't post the pic direct from work. :wink: :wink:
     
  2. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Looks like a South African R4 or R5.

    Prepared to be proven very wrong by some of the gun nuts on here though. :D
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  3. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Ravers is right - unless the other gats are using the same butt...
     
  4. Mmmm... Looks abit like a SIG. Maybe a SG 543.

    Anyone else??

    Q.
     
  5. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    It's got a 5.56 NATO style mag on it.

    My bet is R5 or Galil, which are pretty much the same thing anyway.
     
  6. R4 is a licenced version of the Galil, guess its poss ..
     
  7. Here's teh picture:

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  8. Got to go with Galil or derivative,but why has he got it?
     
  9. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Galil - quite popular in a few South American countries, some do it 7.62 x 51.

    R4/R5 is the RSA licenced version very, very good weapon, carried one for about 10 years.
     
  10. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I heard a rumour that the early versions of the R5 had a beer bottle opener built into the bipod. Please tell me this is true! :D
     
  11. This is the short version of the IMI Galil assault rifle.
    An extremely reliable weapon, if somewhat heavy.
    In 2 years of use, including in the desert I had barely one stoppage.
     
  12. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Yeah was from the 1973 war - Israeli troops were using magazines to open beer bottles so one got built into the bipod.

    50 rnd mags, Kalashnikov reliability and some very expensive engineering - think they went for about $1400 apiece - too expensive for the Israeli's who had to make do with USA M16's - I think only Armour got Galils.

    I got my first in 1981 - was a IMI Galil before the first R4 production run, still had the wooden furniture - got new sights and had stocks tailored to the individual - later had R4's and R5's all in 5.56.