This recent undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS on May 13, 2024 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (bottom L) testing a sniper rifle during a visit to a national defense industrial enterprise at an undisclosed location in North Korea. An official with the Korea Defense Network noted that not only was Kim holding the weapon incorrectly, but sniper rifles have stronger recoil than other types of rifles, such that if Kim had shot with that grip, the recoil would have driven the barrel sharply upward

Kim Jong Un, apparent expert marksman, holds sniper rifle wrong

State media photos show North Korean leader firing gun, supposedly hitting the bullseye 5 times.

North Korean state media released photos showing leader Kim Jong Un firing a sniper rifle, but experts pointed out that he held the gun incorrectly and doubted he hit the paper target dead center five times like one picture seemed to indicate.

The photos were taken during Kim’s visit to an unspecified “defense industry enterprise” last weekend, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.

Kim said the rifle’s performance was world-class, according to the KCNA piece.

“The modernization of the production process of defense industry enterprises is working at an even higher-level each day,” he raved.

The photos were likely intended to enhance Kim’s image by implying he is a sharpshooter.

As part of the propaganda surrounding his personality cult, one North Korean book declared that Kim was shooting when he was 3 years old, and by age 9, he satisfied his father, Kim Jong-il, by hitting 10 targets within 3 seconds.

But a military expert was quick to point out that his posture and grip in the photos was entirely wrong.

“Anyone who has been trained to shoot will know that it is false that Chairman Kim’s five shots hit the target,” Lee Il-woo, secretary-general of the South Korea-based Korea Defense Network, said in a phone call with RFA Korean.

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