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The Al-Qassam Brigades had used the “Gol” sniper rifle throughout the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip. Learn more about the specifications and history of this rifle in this short article.

  • Qassam snipers fire from Ghoul sniper rifles at a shooting range, in a promotional video for the anti-materiel sniper rifle. (Al-Qassam Brigades/Military Media)

Today, Wednesday, the Al-Qassam Brigades published cinematic footage of the production process of its “Gol” anti-materiel rifle.

This footage swept the Internet, as enthusiastic Palestinian resistance supporters toured the military production room of the military wing of Hamas. Although much is unknown about these production rooms, the military media has shed light on some production processes in footage released since October 7, as part of its psychological warfare targeting the Israeli enemy.

Such facilities are responsible for the production of weapons, ranging from small firearms to long-range artillery missiles that can hit targets 250 kilometers away.

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What is interesting is that this is the first time that the Al-Qassam Brigades have revealed in detail the production process of the Al-Ghoul rifle, which was named after the martyr engineer Adnan Al-Ghoul, one of the senior Al-Qassam leaders who was assassinated by “Israel” in 2004.

Silencing critics

In fact, the “Gol” sniper rifle was introduced for the first time in 2014, during the failed “Israeli” invasion of the Gaza Strip. Western media paid particular attention to firearms, which highlighted a huge boom in the resistance’s productive capabilities.

At the time, outlets such as US-based Washington Post He launched a media campaign in which he falsely claimed that the Palestinian resistance had not acquired the knowledge or experience to produce such weapons. the White phosphorus I published an article in August of 2014, claiming that the Ghoul was actually an Austrian-made Steyr HS.50 anti-material sniper rifle.

Although the two rifles are very similar, since the Ghoul is a reverse-engineered rifle, the article did not provide any reliable evidence that the Qassam Brigades did not produce their own version of the anti-material rifle.

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Charles Lister said: “Hamas’ claim that it manufactured this rifle locally is completely false – from what is shown in the video, it is clearly an Austrian Steyr HS.50 rifle.” White phosphorus on time. The Western promoter said that Hamas may have bought the rifle on the black market, in an attempt to reduce the engineering capabilities of the Palestinian resistance faction.

“While the Qassam Brigades may achieve a certain level of internal moral support by claiming things like this, the apparent blatant lying of the experts indicates a level of desperation on the part of Hamas,” Lister said. White phosphorus.

More than nine years after Lester’s “expert” statements, the Al-Qassam Brigades released the video clip entitled “We will continue to kill your soldiers by local snipers”, to dispel all doubts and silence critics.

Read more: Homegrown weapons in Gaza: How Hamas and PIJ left Israel in disarray

Ghoul rifle specifications

The single-shot rifle was first manufactured to fire 14.5 x 114 mm cartridges, according to information released by the Qassam Brigades in 2014. The brigades also stated that the first version of the Ghoul has an effective range of 2 km and is anti-tank. – Material capabilities.

The updated version of the Ghoul rifle maintained its anti-material capabilities, as shown in the video published by Al-Qassam on December 20, in which bullets fired at steel targets penetrated the targets and exploded on impact.

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    12.7 mm Qassam shells penetrate steel metal targets at the firing range. (Al-Qassam Brigades/Military Media)

The newly updated version of the Ghoul rifle uses 12.7x99mm rounds, similar to the Steyr HS rifle. 50 rifles. The cartridges are also produced locally, as the footage shows, with Qassam fighters shaping and filling the rounds, to produce the final product that topples Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

The bullet casing is labeled “Qassam 12.7” and is identical to the Ghoul receiver which reads “Qassami Ghoul Sniper Rifle”.

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    The beneficiary of the “Ghoul” sniper rifle appears while Al-Qassam Brigades fighters are putting the finishing touches on the production process of several local rifles. (Al-Qassam Brigades/Military Media)

Adnan al-Ghoul

The “Gol” sniper rifle was deployed on several occasions in the Gaza Strip, specifically on December 5 and 7. In total, Al-Qassam fighters confirmed the injury of 10 Israeli soldiers east of Khan Yunis during these two days. In one operation, a number of snipers shot at least six soldiers in one area in the Al-Ranna axis, northeast of the city of Khan Yunis.

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    An illustrative picture of the engineer of the Qassam Brigades, the martyr Adnan al-Ghoul. (Al-Qassam Brigades/Military Media)

Al-Qassam fighters, through their successful targeting of the Israeli occupation forces in 2014 and 2023, engraved Al-Ghoul’s name and legacy on the stone. The great engineer and commander was assassinated by an Israeli attack helicopter, “leaving behind his work, knowledge, and jihad,” as Al-Qassam military media wrote in a note published this year on the anniversary of his martyrdom.

Abu Bilal left behind a number of engineering students who continued his legacy and worked on producing the “Ghoul” anti-material sniper rifle.

One of the common denominators among the resistance factions in Palestine is commemorating the names of their greatest martyrs by naming locally produced devices and weapons after them. The fact is that naming the anti-material rifle after Adnan al-Ghoul ensured that “even after his martyrdom, the name (of the resistance leader) continues to haunt the (Israeli) occupiers, who believed that with his death they would find solace from his grief.” Acts of resistance).”

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