I've written before about various "insurgent snipers" on this blog. But when the "sniper" in question isn't school trained, equipped, or supported, you can end up with something like this. Looks stupid, but works. Doesn't work optimally, but it beats having nothing.
|No cheek weld, no concealment, no muzzle blast mitigation, no helmet, no problem evidently|
Photograph from http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/10/21/bubbad-mosin-nagant-spotted-syria/
If you are going to be "that guy" with a slapped together designated marksman rifle, at least be the "that guy" that made a cheek piece out of duct tape and foam. To be honest, the lack of a cheek piece is my only serious complaint, as everything else falls under the "it works" category.
Knowing the Kurds, what he lacks in equipment, support and training he makes up for in sheer guts. Now neither of the shooters pictured are "snipers" in the sense of school trained and specially equipped, working as part of a sniper team, but there is always a place for precision fires at the tactical level.
Compare to this guy...
|Note the field expedient cheek piece, muzzle not over loose dirt, and the presence of a helmet.... Photograph U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson|
So the lesson should be clear, having precision fire capability is more important than looking cool. Precision fires always have a place in the tactical toolbox, even if it comes from an ugly old rifle with a scope slapped on top shot by someone who learned to shoot the hard way.
After all, the first real "modern" sniper rifles were just infantry rifles with an optic on top, such as the K98, Swede M41, and Mosin-Nagant PE/PU sniper rifles. Cheek weld was not much of a consideration at the time, simply gaining the advantage of precision aiming through an optic was enough.
Last time I shot my M41 clone, cheek weld was a "chin weld" at best.