From the Workbench: Another Workshop-Grade Anti-Material Sniper Rifle.
This one, under development, is said to be chambered in 14.5mm, like a KPV heavy machine-gun or a PTRD-41, another descendant of the Soviet arms-production heyday. (The weapon is built around a Soviet cartridge designed in the 1930s, and still produced and widely available on battlefields today.)
The rifle looks unwieldy, naturally, though not as unwieldy as this.
How well it works can’t be told from a single photograph, of the very limited Facebook post, by a Kurd who claims allegiance to The Islamic Front. It appears in any event to have been incomplete when this photo was made.
It is a reminder that the longer the the wars in the Middle East continue, the more arms shops like this one, and efforts like this or this, will be incubated. Rebels call this kind of project the natural outcome of necessity. The risks associated with this kind of necessity will likely reverberate for many years.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH
From the FB page of Dr. Abdul Karim Kurdi.