Russian Victory Lap Train Filled with Curious Syrian Trophies (PHOTOS)

04/16/19 9:30 AM | by

German STG44 and FAL rifles inside Russian Syrian train

Russian Syria train tour dates

Russia’s “Syria Train” is set to stop at dozens of cities in the country to show off booty supposedly captured in the Middle East. (Photos: Russian Ministry of Defense)

To commemorate their involvement in the Syrian Civil War, the Russian military has sent a special train on a victory lap of sorts filled with interesting battlefield bring-backs.

The 14-car train is heavy with improvised fighting vehicles fielded by ISIS and various forces opposed to the Russian-backed Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad as well as a curious loot of small arms. Among the guns captured are FN FAL rifles and FN FALO squad automatic weapons, French MAT-49 submachine guns, UZIs, early M16s and even a few German StG 44 “Sturmgewehr” rifles that date back to WWII.

French MAT-49 smgs in Russian Syrian train

While Syria was a French colony from 1919 through 1946, the 9mm MAT-49 came after and were bought in the 1960s for use by Syrian special operations units.

German STG44s and FALs in Russian Syrian train

The StGs likewise made it into Syria from East German stocks at during the early 1960s and an entire warehouse full of the classic rifles was found by rebels in 2015. As for the FAL and M16A1, they have been provided to numerous parties in the Sandbox for generations.

Russian Syrian train FN Mag mortars Uzi Steyr SMG GRAU-BPLA-ALYS9894-900-min

Note the FN MAG 58 machine gun, left, as well as the UZI and what looks like a Steyr MPi 69 sub gun on the wall

DIY drones and RPGs. Also, is that a homemade anti-material rifle to the right?

Toyota_Land_Cruiser-min Russian Syrian train technical RPG Recoilless rifle

The staple of Middle Eastern military conflicts: the armed Toyota

Russian Syrian train Toyota Rocket technical

Mad Max wouldn’t touch Syria

Russian Syrian Train HMMWV-M1151

There is a Hummer somewhere under there. ISIS reportedly captured large numbers of these from the Iraqi National forces

Russian Syrian Train HMMWV-M1151 2


Russian Syrian Train Grand_Cherokee-ALYS9862-900-min

Anybody missing a Jeep Grand Cherokee that made it through the Cash-4-Clunkers era?

RG-31 Nyala with armor plate and parts from a T-72 tank Russian Syria train

A South African RG-31 Nyala MRAP, with aftermarket parts from a T-72

Syrian train T-55 russian 2

This tank started off as a T-55 about a half-century ago and now has morphed into its final aloha snackbar form

Syrian booty train Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation April 2019

The Russian government has said at least 68,000 uniformed military personnel have served in Syria since 2015, with at least 112 killed as of late 2018.

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