Back on February 13th, the Telegraph (CY refers to March 12th, presumably via a typo) reported that more than a 100 Steyr Mannlicher HS50 .50 caliber sniper rifles sold to Iran had been captured by US forces in raids on insurgent arms caches and safe houses.
The story was widely repeated by media outlets and blogs, and obviously did considerable harm to the public image and reputation of the renowned Austrian arm maker.
Steyr Mannlicher issued a rebuttal on March 29th, which I unfortunately have not previously seen.
But Confederate Yankee more recently looked into the matter, interviewing informed US military sources, and has debunked the story completely.
Personally, I’m delighted to learn that the history of the company succeeding as manufacturer of the illustrious Mannlicher Schonauer remains unblemished, and that we Americans can buy Jeff Cooper-designed Steyr Scout rifles anytime we want without a qualm.
Never Yet Melted extends apologies and best wishes to Steyr Mannlicher GmbH. & Co KG