A video report broadcast by the Yemeni official TV (and manipulated by the Houthi) showed snipers operating against Saudi troops and among these snipers the Houthi’s local made rifle in Yemen, the Ashtar 14.5x114mm was spotted.
In a previous article, I discussed eight of the locally made anti-materiel rifles and light cannons developed and produced by the Iranian backed Houthies, at that time I hadn’t spotted this rifle in deployed usage nor had a closer look on It, the information was based on the photos released by their department of military production.
The rifle, which I believe it’s a modernized version of the Ashtar based on a number of features–namely the shock absorber located under the barrel and connecting it to the rifle’s frame/chassis. All the other distinctive features such as the muzzle brake, the bipod, the trigger guard and the rear monopod (under the butt stock) are all remain the same of the rifle we saw before.
There was another video report released showing the original Ashtar with everything we talked about in the old article.
Below I have included pictures of the two rifles just in case YouTube removes the videos which has happened a few times.
Originally posted on The Firearm Blog