U.S made semi-auto rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. Although it looks like its patterned after an AR style rifle, the Ulfberht uses a Russian design for it’s operating system. Based on the Degtyaryov locking system found in the RPD and DP-28, the Ulfberht has two wings/flaps on its bolt carrier. The odd name is based on a legendary Viking sword, rather fitting since Alexander Arms is known to use Viking tales for naming some of their rifles and ammo. (GRH)
The Mauser SR-93 Sniper Rifle. One of the coolest guns of all time.
HISTORY Mauser developed the SR-93 for the German army G22 trails, which were eventually won by the AWM-F. The SR93 is based on the earlier Mauser SR-86, but features some significant changes. The SR-93 is produced in larger calibers and has a very different furniture than previous Mauser designs. The SR-93 was sold to several German and Dutch police forces and some were sold on the civilian market. When Rheinmetall took over Mauser the production of the SR-93 was stopped. It is believed that only 120 rifles were produced.
DESIGN The SR-93 uses the same action as the SR-86, but the mechanism has been lengthened to accept the .338 as well. The SR-93 is a bolt action rifle with two frontal locking lugs. The standard calibers are .300 Winchester Magnum or .338 Lapua Magnum. Conversion kits for 7.62x51mm were also available and were mainly meant for training. The aluminum and rubber furniture of the rifle is of unique design. The stock features a pistol grip but has the looks of a thumbhole stock and helps against snagging. The buttplate and cheekpiece are fully adjustable. Forearm features an integral adjustable folding bipod and the stock has an integral monopod. The SR-93 is easy to set up for a left handed shooter by replacing the bolt and inserting it after rotating 180 degrees. Various optics can be fitted but no iron sights are provided.
PERFORMANCE The SR-93 is a high quality high powered sniper rifle. Although designed for the German army G22 trails the SR-93 looks more accustomed to the police tactical sniper role, while it has a long forearm to rest the rifle, no iron sights and a rear monopod. The SR-97 follows the same design but is somewhat more conventional with its standard bipod and back up iron sights. Actual performance figures are not available, but the SR-93 known to be an accurate weapon. This claim is backed by the Mauser track record combined with the long free floating barrel on the SR-93. The proven Mauser bolt action system also makes it a very reliable weapon. All controls are ambidextrous allowing it to be used by left handed shooters. Overall the Mauser rifles are high quality weapons that through the merger and reorganization of Mauser did not reach a significant number of sales.
Canadian sniper holds the record for longest confirmed kill once again with the C15.
McMillan TAC-50 C15 .50 BMG
The McMillan Tac-50 is a manually operated, rotary bolt-action rifle. The large bolt has dual front locking lugs, and its body has spiral flutes to reduce weight. The heavy match-grade Lilja barrel is fluted to dissipate heat quickly, reduce overall weight and is fitted with an effective muzzle brake to reduce recoil. The fiberglass McMillan stock is designed to be used with a bipod. The buttstock is adjustable for length of pull with rubber spacers and can be removed for compact storage.
Model: TAC-50 C15
Calibre: .50 BMG
Trigger Type: Adjustable, set at 3.5 lbs.
Barrel Specifications: 29" Fluted Match Grade Free-Floating Barrel Threaded with Muzzle Brake
Twist Rate: 1:15"
Sights: 5" 30 MOA Picatinny Action Rail
Finish: Matte Black
Stock Description: Adjustable Stock in Olive Drab with Black Marble
Capacity: 5 Round Detachable Box Magazine
Weight: 12 Kg
Overall Length: 57"
Accessories Included: These rifles come with 1 x 5 round magazine, bipod, Pelican case, optic rail and QD buttstock with adjustable integral cheekpiece.
Additional Features: Extra-long bolt handle to clear large optics
A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.
The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed Thursday that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the record-breaking shot, killing an Islamic State insurgent during an operation in Iraq within the last month.
“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 metres,” the forces said in a statement. “For operational security reasons and to preserve the safety of our personnel and our Coalition partners we will not discuss precise details on when and how this incident took place.”
The elite sniper was using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” said a military source. “Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”
The military source said the JTF2 operation fell within the strictures of the government’s advise and assist mission.
“As stated multiple times in the past, members of the Canadian Special Operations Task Force do not accompany leading combat elements, but enable the Iraqi security forces who are in a tough combat mission,” the statement said. “This takes the form of advice in planning their operations and assistance to defeat Daesh through the use of coalition resources.”
The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, The Globe and Mail has learned.
“Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was,” another military source said.
A military insider told The Globe: “This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.”
The world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2,475 metres away in 2009.
Previously, Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 2,430 metres when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda.
Weeks before, Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry briefly held the world’s best sniper record after he fatally shot an insurgent at 2,310 metres during the same operation. Both soldiers were members of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
JTF2 special forces are primarily tasked with counterterrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue. Much of the information about this elite organization is classified and not commented on by the government. The unit’s snipers and members of Canadian Special Operations Regiment, who are carrying out the main task of training Kurdish forces, have been operating in tough conditions in Iraq.
The Trudeau government pulled CF-18 fighter jets out of Iraq in 2016 but expanded the military mission, which will see the number of Canadian special forces trainers climb to 207 from 69 in an assist, train and advise mission. Canadian commandos are not supposed to be involved in direct combat, but are authorized to go up to the front lines on training missions with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and to paint targets for coalition air strikes.
For operational security reasons, sources would not reveal the names of the elite Canadian sniper and his partner, nor the location where the action took place.
A sniper and his observer partner are often sent to remote and dangerous locations to hunt down insurgents while having to carry heavy equipment. Once they have located the target, snipers follow the same methodical approach before each shot. Breathe in, out, in, out, find a natural pause and then squeeze the trigger.
Canada has a reputation among Western military forces for the quality of its snipers, despite the small size of the Canadian Armed Forces compared to the United States and Britain.
“Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer,” a military source said. “This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”
The skill of the JTF2 sniper in taking down an insurgent at 3,540 metres required math skills, great eyesight, precision of ammunition and firearms, and superb training.
“It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling,” said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces.
“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”
U.S. Sergeant Bryan Kremer has the longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a U.S. soldier. He killed an Iraqi insurgent with his Barrett M82A1 rifle at 2,300 metres in 2004.
Hunting carbine MTs-558, is a large-caliber firearm with manually operated, made under the scheme bullpup and built on a platform sniper rifle “Выхлоп”/“Exhaust”. Carbine MTs-558 will be available in three different caliber 7,62x70mm, 8,6x70 Lapua Magnum and 12.7x55mm SC-130.
Two models of the German made bolt-action bullpup rifle; one in .338 Lapua Magnum, the other in .50 BMG. The DSR-1 is distinct in its double magazine configuration, although the forward most magazine is the spare. The second photo shows the DSR-50 in its transit case. Note the unfinished part of the barrel where the massive muzzle brake attaches to. Very few DSR-1 rifles were brought into the U.S. (GRH)
Usually associated and known for their single-shot bolt-action 50 BMG rifles, Noreen released the Bad News series of rifles a couple of years ago, patterning them around the AR-15/AR-10. However, they went up on the caliber department; the Bad News is available in 30-06, .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Magnum. Although they drew in a lot of interest, they appear to be plagued by quality control and reliability issues. Ironic choice of name. (GRH)