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Vladimir Putin Shoots Kalashnikov Sniper Rifle

courtesy yahoo.com and AFP

The story from Yahoo.com (yes, they’re still apparently in business) is Putin shows off sniper skills firing Kalashnikov rifle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday showed off his marksmanship by testing out a new Kalashnikov sniper rifle and hitting the target more than half the time.

Russian state television showed Putin in goggles and earphones crouching as he fired the silver rifle at the Kalashnikov company’s shooting range outside Moscow.

“The target is set up practically at the maximum distance,” Rossiya 24 television reported, saying that Putin appeared to be pressing the trigger while holding his breath and between heartbeats as professional snipers are supposed to do.

Putin “shot five times and hit the target more than half the time” the television channel reported.

Of course he did. When he’s not out riding grizzly bears barechested across the Kamchatka Peninsula, he routinely puts in time on the Spetsnaz rifle range ringing steel at 2500 yards.

In any case, why not have some fun with it? This isn’t the resurrection of the weekend photo caption contest (at least not yet), but put your skills to work in the comments and give us your best shot at a caption for this wonderful photo.

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  1. avatar W says:

    The journalist is the one on the left.

    1. avatar Bearpaw says:

      “Hey Trump watch dis. It’s how we vote in mother Russia.”

    2. avatar Felix says:

      No. The journalist is the one 2500 yards away.

      1. avatar Terclinger says:


    3. avatar Ing says:

      They’re all on the left.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    He needs his flip flops.

  3. avatar rob says:

    Putin: if it were only a 6.5 Creedmore!

  4. avatar Arteest says:

    Testing the latest copy of a Harris bipod.

  5. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

    Da, American scope and ammo in Russian rifle is ok…

  6. avatar MyName says:

    In Russia, President assassinate you.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Sad but true.

    2. avatar The Original JohnO says:

      This is the winner!

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Yup. I’m not even going to try after that.

  7. avatar Francis says:

    Tell Hillarrry to put hat back on her head morrre quickly next time, orrr I vill put another hole in vee Trrrump RRRussian dossier.

  8. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    Putin projects power. And the Russian people know it. I don’t believe most Americans understand this.

    As a former KGB officer I wonder how many people he has killed?

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      something that’s always been valued in that country…especially when they feel disrespected…which is why their neighbors fear them…

    2. avatar Alexander says:

      As a KGB officer, he probably did not kill anyone. As a president – a few…

  9. avatar New Continental Army says:

    From Russia with love.

  10. avatar Draven says:

    Da, rifle is more OK.

  11. avatar Chuck Klasek says:

    Teeheehee! (***snort***) They let me put cool light on it so it look like Ameddican “assault rifle “! Bad-assky! Mebbe next time, I get boolets! Hey, when we hunt these “snipe”, anyway?

  12. avatar eugene bailey says:

    Yes, I can see Sarah Palin from here!

  13. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    ‘Die, gas pumper!’

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Not one ‘Stay away from the cans!’?

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

  14. avatar Francis says:


  15. avatar Francis says:


  16. avatar Phil LA says:

    “Baaby shark doop do de do de do,
    baby shark doop do de do de do,
    baby shark doop do de do de do,
    baby shark…”

    1. avatar WhiteDevil says:

      “Mooommy shark doop do de do de do,
      mommy shark doop do de do de do,
      mommy shark doop do de do de do,
      mommy shark…”

      1. avatar FantaSea says:

        That’s hilarious!!

        Thanks guys. 🙂

  17. avatar Qwerty says:

    OK Boris. Release moose and squirrel.

  18. avatar Jkl123 says:

    Why is there a silencer on this rifle? Who would dare complain about the noise?

  19. avatar el Possum Guapo Herr Standartenfuher" they think we're making pizza's" Oberst von Burn says:

    What “was” the reporter’s name that reported Putin hit the target half the time?……

    1. avatar Francis says:

      They can’t recall, but he is now serving as 6.5 Creedmore target.

  20. avatar sound awake says:

    must zshow vorld rrrussia con beeld zomethink other don ak vorty zeven

  21. avatar rt66paul says:

    maybe this will get rid of those damn squirrls

  22. avatar jwm says:

    I was told it would take GLOCK magazines.

  23. avatar racer88 says:

    “Put’er ready.”
    “Send it.”

  24. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

    How do you say “Reach, out – Reach out and touch someone” in Russian?

  25. avatar Mad Max says:

    I’ll take two…when can they be delivered? Do I need an FFL?☺️

  26. avatar Law Dog says:

    For my next trick, I will shoot the server containing Hillary’s emails.

  27. avatar Sam I Am says:

    “Da, Comrade President for Eternity. This will be most important shooting. New .9mm bullet will fly 93km, destroy any target. Creedmoor is pretend ammunition.

  28. avatar Oldsarge says:

    Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits!

  29. avatar el Possum Guapo Herr Standartenfuher "they think we're making pizza's" Oberst von Burn says:

    Let the Kings that wage the Wars, Fight the Wars,. Uh Mr. President that’s Putin sir, not Vince McMahon.

  30. avatar Bill Rees says:

    “Of course hit target, Dahlink. Eez Kalashnikov!”

  31. avatar gopher says:

    Da! Rifle is fine!

  32. avatar Jordan says:

    Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Putin

  33. avatar AK Prototype says:

    “In Soviet Union , Rifle shoots you! Oh , wait…”

  34. avatar Reality Check says:

    Putin is ex-KGB, right? I bet he’s quite capable with a rifle. It’s like riding a bike.

    I remember people commenting on the way he limits the swing of his right arm when he walks – the way you would if you always carry a pistol, and absolutely everyone knows it.

    Now try to picture Obama firing a .50 cal… ugh. How embarrassing. I’m so glad he’s gone.

  35. avatar Michael says:

    One shot…one hit…vanish.

  36. avatar SpeleoFool says:

    Putin Alleviates Kalashnikov Concern
    New Rifle Hits Target Greater than 50% of the Time — “It’s Not Half Bad” Says Prez

  37. avatar Alec Johnson says:

    “I like my M4, much better than this thing….”

  38. avatar BackyardCowboy says:

    This scope makes him look even more like Alec Baldwin

  39. avatar Winterborne says:

    BOOM! Head shot!

  40. avatar pieslapper says:

    “Unlike Dick Cheney, I shoot to kill.”

  41. avatar Vernowhereman says:


    1. avatar ACP_armed says:

      ^^^I think we have the winner.^^^

  42. avatar VerendusAudeo says:

    Oh no! My opposition was mysteriously shot again!

  43. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

    Of course a poisoned target is easier to hit.

  44. avatar JetsFan123 says:

    Did I just shoot down a plane!?!? Let’s blame it on another country and call it a day.

  45. avatar Daytona Bill says:

    So, how much do I lead the little kid on bicycle?

  46. avatar JAlan says:

    Putin: Advanced Slavshit Vodka of the Year Edition

  47. avatar Bloving says:

    Having finally run out of exotic poisons with which to dispatch his political enemies, Vlad had to resort to more traditional methods.

  48. avatar Daniel says:

    Cyka blyat down.

  49. avatar BRUCE BOGLE says:

    I see Donald in the shower.

  50. avatar FantaSea says:

    Why is he wearing a shirt?

  51. avatar Fcmatt says:

    Looks like they are copying the PMAG 20 too, lol.

  52. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Do I get the stuffed teddy bear now?

  53. avatar Raptor 1 says:

    One potatoe. Two potatoe. Three potatoe. Four….

    Not the car, sir.

  54. avatar Anonymous says:

    If I can’t get Trump in the white house, at least I can still keep Hillary out of the white house.

  55. avatar BLUE says:

    BOOMSKI !!!

  56. avatar Terclinger says:

    Stalin comes to Putin in a dream and they have a conversation:

    Stalin: “You need to kill everyone around you, and you need to paint the Kremlin blue”.

    Putin: “Why blue?”

  57. avatar Jim Davis says:

    From Russia, With Love.

  58. avatar Kap says:

    Democrats will get ya

  59. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Cobra Assault Cannon, state of the art. Bang bang!

  60. avatar Mike says:

    I am not going to comment, if he does not like what I say people may visit me with Pulonium or Novachuk samples.

  61. avatar Yo Semi T Sam says:

    Rootin’ Tootin’ Vladimir Putin!

  62. avatar barnbwt says:

    “I can see your house from Russia”

  63. avatar PeterK says:

    The target should be moved in front of my bullet!

  64. avatar AdanH says:

    You want to date daughter, catch bullet with Face first.

  65. avatar RedRed says:

    Putin takes aim at American Imperialists who move their troops right on Russia’s border and call Russia aggressive and a threat! The irony. One can only imagine how they would hyperventilate if Russian troops were on the Rio Grande holding maneuvers.

  66. avatar Ing says:

    Jane Fonda is in the next lane over.

  67. avatar CD Carpeti says:

    This is how a real Russian influences elections

  68. avatar el Possum Guapo Herr Standartenfuher they think we're making pizza's" Oberst von Burn says:

    Jeremy S say earth spins, I aim at star, projectile hits Berlin 2,1/2 times out of 5. What is wrong with these Silver Bears?

  69. avatar john says:

    In Putin’s Russia, gun shoots YOU!

  70. avatar TRUBRIT says:

    I can see Sarah Palin from here!

  71. avatar Ralph says:

    All his misses were to the left.

  72. avatar Rogue Rager says:

    “No one assassinates President!!! In Mother Russia, President assassinates you comrade!

  73. avatar John Galt says:

    Vlad the Impaler II

  74. avatar Kevin D Moakley says:

    “They have the best gift shops in Helsinki! Thanks, Donald, I love it!”

  75. avatar JW says:

    And THAT’S how you punch an American ballot for Trump from several thousand miles away!

  76. avatar Jack Gordon says:

    When you know a political leader is NOT a Democrat…..

  77. avatar JayPInWisconsin says:

    “Who needs Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles when we have 6.5 Creedmoor!? Now – tell me more about my reelection campaign slogan: Hearts and tears, was it?”

  78. avatar EnDangerEd says:

    Der iz no EX-KGB… Bring picture of tovarisch Trumpski…

  79. avatar DaveInAK says:


    Standing that close in an enclosed space even with a can gonna make some boom hurt.

  80. avatar james says:

    Long range shooting, so easy a politician can do it.

  81. avatar Stogie says:

    Man! That Palin chick does have some nice curves! Think she would like to visit Russia instead of seeing it from her home?

  82. avatar Bruce Clark says:

    Putin thinking… I gotta put more money in the military budget so they can finally put this old outdated POS rifle in mothballs. Only the stupid Americans still buy them.

  83. avatar JohnnyB says:

    Putin to US; “I’ve got my eye on you”…..

  84. avatar Bill Johnson says:

    Okay Bring out those American Meddling Bast***s And let me show them you Shouldn’t mess with Mother Russia !

  85. avatar Longhaired Redneck says:

    отправьте его товарищу! (Send it comrade!)

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