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Wanna buy Saddam’s gun?

Feeling nostalgic for the good old days of the Iraq War?

An online auction site is selling a rifle once owned by Saddam Hussein — allegedly the one he so famously waved around and festively fired in the air at various public events. The price of owning a little piece of history to help you remember that other brutal dictator known for occasionally gassing his own people?

Between $7,500 and $15,000.

The Rock Island Auction Company, which is making the lovely M77 Ruger available describes it as one of “the most notable and certainly historic One-of-a-Kind rifles.”

“This brutal dictator needs NO introduction to the American people, as he is one of the most despised and hated Middle East leaders of the 20/21st Century,” the site enthuses.

According to an affadavit that accompanies the listing describing its provenence, the rifle was obtained by the CIA in 2004 and ultimately was given to the chief of station in Baghdad who obtained the weapon as an “honorarium” for his decades of undercover service, per the CIA’s policy.

He’s the one putting the piece up for sale.

Hey, it’s never too soon to start thinking about Christmas shopping.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.



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