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Pro-Tip: Don't Copy Battlefield 3 Stingers

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The Battlefield games look incredibly realistic, but that doesn’t mean everything in the games is 100 percent accurate. For example, the Stingers in Battlefield 3. Take note should you ever make propaganda!

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According to Russia-based game site Anton Logvinov, Russian-supported rebels in Ukraine allegedly found U.S. Military Stingers at Luhansk International Airport. In the video below, the troops show off the Army Stingers, with the implied allegation that the Americans are supplying weapons to Ukraine.

Website INR Today, which supports the Luhansk People’s Republic, uploaded the original video.

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But, as Anton Logvinov points out, these alleged U.S. Stingers read “Tracking Rainer.”

Tracking Rainer? The hell does that mean?

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U.S. Military’s Stingers don’t read, “Tracking Rainer.” They read, “Tracking Trainer.” For example:

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[Image via SMDC.Army.Mil]

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[Image via Gung Ho Vids]

So, what’s the deal? Anton Logvinov reports that the Stingers in Battlefield 3 also read “Tracking Rainer.”

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Via IGN, here is a close-up of the Battlefield 3 Stinger. See how it reads, “Tracking Rainer?”

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The implication, of course, is that the video was allegedly staged and the Battlefield 3 Stinger was used as a reference.

There are other hints that these weapons could be bogus, such as how the alleged U.S. Stingers were found in wooden boxes.

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Here you can see what a real military-issue Stinger and case look like:

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[Photo via Gun Auction]

Again, this Stinger reads, “Tracking Trainer” and not “Tracking Rainer.”

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter@Brian_Ashcraft.

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guiltykarma
guiltykarma

Jesus, I’ve seen cosplay that looked more authentic than that.