Turkish rifle goes walkabout

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Something appeared to be missing off one of the Turkish companies' stands at Eurosatory. Closer investigation revealed that the Bora-12 sniper's rifle made by MKE (Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu), a mechanical and chemical industries corporation, was stolen before the show even opened. As you may have noticed from my earlier posts there were an awful lot of people wandering in and out of the show venue over the weekend getting everything ready and there were many wooden and cardboard boxes, large garbage containers, rolled up carpets and any manner of places to hide a rifle. An MKE staffer told Ares that the rifle had already been cabled and locked onto its stand but that somebody had clearly found the very unusual hollow allen key that unlocks the cable and walked off with the rifle that is not small: 1235mm (48.62") long overall with a 660mm (26") barrel. What they probably didn't know is that the weapon cannot be fired as the firing pin is always removed from exhibition weapons and the barrel is blocked. But then who's going to ask "umm... excuse me. Is that an exhibition weapon you're pointing at me?" The police has been advised of the theft.

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As the weapon is missing this is a photo of it taken by Christina Mackenzie from MKE's brochure. 

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