This 30:11 long video had me seriously drooling. You have Ian McCollum from Forgotten Weapons and Karl Kasarda from InRangeTV squaring off on targets. Ian is firing a rare German Walther WA-2000 sniper rifle in .300 Win Mag and Karl is shooting the Russian 7.62x54R SVD Dragunov. They role play a bit and take this back to the Eastern Front of 1987. I think both rifles are amazing and both presenters do a great job. It’s very cool to see what the rifles can actually do vs. armchair myth. Kudos to both men!
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Designed by noted firearms designer Evgeniy Fedorovich Dragunov to operate under the most extreme climatic and combat situations, the SVD was the first Russian rifle designed from scratch specifically for sniping. This translation of the official SVD manual contains complete operating instructions.
By (author): U.S.S.R. Army, U.S. Army Translation by Maj. James F. Gebhardt
The first time I saw the Walther WA-2000 I fell in love. Wow. It was the most amazing looking sniper rifle I had ever seen and I’ve only seen one once years and years ago. Like the HK PSG-1, the WA-2000 was developed in response to the 1972 Munich Olympic Games incident. Development started in the lates 1970s and only 176 rifles were produced between 1982 to 1988. When it was sold in the 1980s it never really took off because it was incredibly expensive – only 15 were imported into the US. The one I saw was around $10K if I remember right. Today, the price has skyrocketed – $70K for the first gen with the wood stocks and $40K for the second gen with the synthetic stock. With prices like that, unless I hit the lottery, the odds of my owning one is zero 🙁
I watched Ian’s video on the WA-2000 and, as usual, he does the best review of the rifle I have seen. He goes over the history, interesting design characteristics, disassembles it and then takes it shooting. Wow. I would love to shoot one of these. One misconception I had before the video was that the rifle was only chambered in 7.62X51 when it was actually available in .300 Win Mag and 7.5×55 Swiss. The rifle in the video is a .300 Win Mag unit.
Here’s the cool 23:49 video from Forgotten Weapons:
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At 4:30 a.m. on September 5, 1972, a band of Palestinian terrorists took eleven Israeli athletes and coaches hostage at the Summer Olympics in Munich. More than 900 million viewers followed the chilling, twenty-hour event on television, as German authorities desperately negotiated with the terrorists. Finally, late in the evening, two helicopters bore the terrorists and their surviving hostages to Munich’s little-used Fürstenfeldbruck airfield, where events went tragically awry. Within minutes all of the Israeli athletes, five of the terrorists, and one German policeman were dead.
Why did the rescue mission fail so miserably? And why were the reports compiled by the German authorities concealed from the public for more than two decades? Reeves takes on a catastrophe that permanently shifted the political spectrum with a fast-paced narrative that covers the events detail by detail. Based on years of exhaustive research, One Day in September is the definitive account of one of the most devastating and politically explosive tragedies of the late twentieth century, one that set the tone for nearly thirty years of renewed conflict in the Middle East.