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Sniper Rifles

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/4/2014

Sniper Rifles are the lethal tools of a lethal trade, having evolved considerably from their rather modest beginnings.

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The sniper has been a common component to the battlefield since the rifle made its first appearance. The designs and capabilities of these weapon systems are similar and their abilities are further enhanced by the addition of specialized scopes, buttstock and bipod arrangements. However, the amount of training and experience separates the average sniper from the true marksman.


The sniper rifle has been a mainstay of the army for over a hundred years now. The sniper itself has become the ultimate assassin capable of avoiding detection, making his way to within a few hundred yards of his target, dispatching said target and returning to his extraction point - all the while going days without contact, communications or a healthy dose of sleep and eats. Ultimately, it is the designated sniper's responsibility to remove a targeted threat in the form of a high ranking official, military officer or rogue enemy element from being an effective part of the modern battlefield. It gives precedence to the old adage of removing the "head" of the snake to cut off support to the rest of the enemy army.


There are a total of 87 Sniper Rifles in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1999
Accuracy International AW50
The Accuracy International AW50 resides in the same league of heavy battlefield guns that include the well-known American Bar...
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1997
Accuracy International L115
Since the age of the rifle, snipers have played a vital role in battlefield actions, covering mission types ranging from reco...
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1982
Accuracy International L96
The L96A1 is an Accuracy International-produced sniper rifle and currently the sniper rifle of choice for the British Army. T...
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1978
Al-Qadissiya Tabuk DMR
The Tabuk DMR, produced by Al-Qadissiya Establishments of Iraq, is classified as a "Designated Marksman Rifle" (abbreviated a...
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1939
Arisaka Type 99 (Rifle)
The Type 99 was one of the standard bolt-action combat rifles to be utilized by the Empire of Japan during the Second World W...
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2008
Barrett M107
The Barrett M107 began life as the Barrett M95 bolt-action operated sniper rifle (under the US Army designation of "XM107"). ...
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2005
Brugger & Thomet APR (Advanced Precision Rifle)
The Brugger & Thomet APR (Advanced Precision Rifle) is billed as a complete sniper systems package that includes all of the t...
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2009
Ceska Zbrojovka CZ805 BREN
Since 1959, the Czech Army relied on their venerable vz. 58 assault rifles, these weapons externally resembling the famous So...
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2001
CheyTac Intervention
The CheyTac Intervention is a sniper weapons system developed by the American firm of CheyTac Associates based out of Arco, I...
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1984
Colt Canada / Diemaco C7
The C7 assault rifle stemmed from the Canadian decision to go with the NATO 5.56mm cartridge as the standard ammunition of th...
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1963
Dragunov SVD
The Dragunov SVD sniper rifle is an automatic rifle based on the Kalashnikov rifle series. The weapon system was the standard...
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1953
Fabrique Nationale FN FAL
Origins of the famous FAL lay in Fabrique Nationale's previous design, the SAFN/Modele 49, a self-loading, semi-automatic rif...
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1976
Fabrique Nationale FN Model 30-11
With the standardization to NATO calibers for guns of Western countries during the Cold War, European arms makers furnished t...
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2004
Fabrique Nationale FN SPR (Special Police Rifle (SPR)
Fabrique National developed the FN Special Police Rifle (SPR) from the successful and highly regarded Winchester Model 70 ser...
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1949
Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 / SAFN (FN-49)
In the lead up to World War 2 (1939-1945) (and during the war), there was a noticeable shift towards Self-Loading Rifles (SLR...
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1935
FEG 35M (Mannlicher M1935)
Following the end of World War 1, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was no more, giving rise to the "Kingdom of Hungary" in 1920 an...
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1986
Harris / McMillan M86
The McMillan M86 (now Harris) was designed with military and security forces in mind, allowing for the ability to reliably an...
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1987
Harris / McMillan M87
The M87 was a military-grade anti-material rifle designed to defeat hardened structures such as armored vehicles with accurac...
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1989
Harris / McMillan M89
The Harris M89 Sniper Rifle is billed as one of the most accurate, resilient and robust gun platforms in its class. Outwardly...
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1993
Harris M93
The 0.50 caliber anti-material heavy rifle is a standard fixture of any modern military of the world today. Its advantages li...
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1996
Harris M96
Harris Gun Works has a long-running line of precision rifles to its name and this includes the M96 series. The M96 is a milit...
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2006
Heckler & Koch HK 417
The HK 417 began as a privately-funded company venture intended to supply US special forces with a modular battlefield weapon...
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1959
Heckler & Koch HK G3
At the end of World War 2, German engineers were working on perfecting a new breed of service rifle known as the "assault rif...
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1972
Heckler & Koch HK PSG-1
The Heckler & Koch PSG-1 semi-automatic sniper rifle was introduced in 1972 and primarily marketed towards police and securit...
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2003
Heckler & Koch HK XM8
The Heckler & Koch HK XM8 was an experimental modular assault rifle system that underwent trials with the US Army in an effor...
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2009
IMBEL .308 AGLC (Fz .308 AGLC)
The Brazilian Army makes use of an indigenous bolt-action sniper rifle design by IMBEL as the "Rifle .308 AGLC IMBEL" or "Fz ...
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1973
IMI Galil ARM / SAR
In the post-World War 2 world, the United Nations partitioned Palestine in 1947. In 1948, the nation of Israel was declared a...
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1996
IMI Galil Marksman Assault Rifle Mark 1
In 1996, the original IMI Galil was reworked to fulfill the Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) role - or squad-level "sharpshoot...
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1983
IMI Galil Sniper (Galatz)
With the success of the IMI Galil within the Israeli Army and those of other participating foreign nations, it was only natur...
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2006
IMI TAR-21 (Tavor)
For decades the Israeli Army relied upon its trusted and true line of Galil and M16 automatic weapons in its various battlefi...
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1998
Izhmash SV-98
The Russian SV-98 sniper was brought about to replace the ages-old SVD series in some Russian agencies. While the SVD series ...
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1860
J.F. Brown Target / Sniper Rifle
J.F. Brown of Haverhill, Massachusetts produced a line of high-quality target/sniper rifles during the Civil War. Sights were...
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2014
Kalashnikov AK-12 (AK-200)
The AK-47 altered the world military stage by becoming a ubiquitous combat system available to the general masses. The weapon...
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1994
KBP VSK-94
While the VSS "Vintorez" silenced sniper rifle of 1987 proved excellent in its given role, it was an expensive end-product fo...
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2011
L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle
The L129A1 is categorized as a "Designated Marksman Rifle" (DMR) which places it between an assault rifle and a dedicated sni...
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1895
Lee-Enfield (Series)
The Lee-Enfield series of rifles is one of the most successful bolt-action rifles of all time. First debuted in November 1895...
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2012
Lithgow / Thales F90
The Thales Lithgow F90 is the export designation given to the EF88 ("Enhanced F88") product model of the Australian LAND 125 ...
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2007
M110 SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System)
The M110 SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System) is an anti-personnel sniping system developed and marketed by Knight's Armament ...
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2008
M39 Enhanced Marksman Rifle (EMR)
The M39 EMR (Enhanced Marksman Rifle) was developed from the tried-and-true action of the original "M14" Battle Rifle of 1959...
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1936
MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)
The MAS 36 was a solid, if unspectacular, French Army service rifle appearing in small quantities before the start of World W...
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1951
MAS 49 (Fusil Semi-Automatique de 7.5mm Modele 1949)
A post-World War 2 rebuilding France saw that much work lay ahead of it. The French military, as was the nation, was in rebui...
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1966
MAS FR F1
Until the arrival of the improved FR F2 sniper rifle of 1984, the French Army stocked its sharpshooting ranks with the origin...
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1984
MAS FR F2
The FR F2 is the standard sniper rifle of the modern French Army and serves as a proven bolt-action operated system built upo...
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1898
Mauser Gewehr 98 (Gew 98)
The Mauser Gewehr 98 (formally as the "Infantry Rifle Model 1898") was a manually operated, magazine fed, bolt-action rifle a...
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1935
Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviation of "karabiner" transla...
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McMillan TAC-308
The McMillan TAC-308 (McMillan Tactical Rifle) was developed for military and security forces operating in an urban setting. ...
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McMillan TAC-338
The McMillan TAC-338 is a specialized sniper rifle developed to exacting specifications with long range lethality and precisi...
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2005
McMillan TAC-416
The McMillan TAC-416 is the latest McMillan rifle adopted into the TAC line. It is based on the proven workings of the preced...
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2000
McMillan TAC-50
At its core, the TAC-50 is a heavy long rifle intended for use against light armored vehicles with a secondary role In counte...
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2004
Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle)
The Mk 14 Mod 0 EBR (Enhanced Battle Rifle) is an evolution of the original M14 Battle Rifle of the 1960s and 1970s and has s...
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1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon)
The Mondragon Rifle is noted as becoming one of the first semi-automatic/full-automatic service rifle to be adopted in quanti...
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1891
Mosin-Nagant Model 1891
Like all other world powers of the late-1800s, the Russian Empire sought modernization in its military inventory. This proved...
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1988
NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88)
The QBU-88 (also known as the Type 88) represents a modern sniper rifle made available to the People's Liberation Army of Chi...
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2010
NSG-85
The NSG-85 is a new Chinese military sniper rifle developed from the Type 85 series rifle, itself born from the old Soviet SV...
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1994
OTs-03 SVU
With a growing worldwide move towards the "bullpup" configured assault weapon, the Russian military has since taken delivery ...
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1972
Parker-Hale Model 82 (M82)
The Parker-Hale M82 (Model 82) was a conventional bolt-action rifle appearing from the British Parker-Hale concern of Birming...
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1972
PSL - Pusca Semiautomata cu Luneta
While bearing an external appearance to that of the Soviet-era SVD Dragunov sniper rifle, the Romanian PSL is actually based ...
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1987
Remington M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System)
The M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is a principle sniper weapon of US Army. Developed for a US Army requirement replacing the...
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1966
Remington M40
Long-time gun maker Remington introduced their bolt-action "Model 700" rifle series in 1962 to the American public and police...
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1991
RH-ALAN MACS M2
The MACS M2 is a locally-designed and developed Croatian anti-material rifle. The system is chambered for the effective .50 B...
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1997
RH-ALAN MACS M3
The MACS M3 is a bullpup evolution of the original MACS M2 born from an RH-ALAN of Zagreb design. The original M2 was chamber...
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1960
Rifle R1
In need of a modern automatic service rifle, the South African government trialed the American AR-10 rifle, the West German G...
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1969
Rock Island Arsenal M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS)
The M21 was developed from the standard M14 rifle, itself a further development of the highly successful World War 2-era M1 G...
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1905
Ross Rifle
An indigenous bolt-action service rifle of World War 1 to emerge from Canada - the "Ross Rifle" - was actually designed by Sc...
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2000
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1980
SIG SG 542 (Sturmgewehr Model 542)
The SG 542 was a fixed-stock battle rifle development in the SG 540 rifle series except chambered to fire the 7.62x51mm NATO ...
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1990
SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) / Stgw 90
The SIG SG 550 (Sturmgewehr Model 550) series was born in a Swiss Army initiative requiring an automatic weapon chambered for...
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2011
SIG SG 716
The SIG SG 716 comes from the Swiss gunsmithing concern of SIG Sauer, Incorporated and first debuted in January of 2011. The ...
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1983
SIG-Sauer SSG 2000
The SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 was introduced in 1983 as a precision long-range sniper rifle for military, law enforcement and sporti...
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1992
SIG-Sauer SSG 3000
Delivered in 1992, the Swiss-German SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 is a modern precision sniping system developed for military and law en...
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1959
Springfield M14
The M14, for all intents and purposes, was basically a then-modernized version of the highly successful standard American Arm...
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1903
Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)
The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Army throughout its partici...
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1978
Steyr AUG
Like other European nations during the Cold War, the Austrian Army made use of the excellent Belgian FN FAL Battle Rifle firi...
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1969
Steyr SSG 69
The Cold War proved the ultimate market for firearms of all sorts though things became decidedly restricted for manufacturers...
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1990
Stoner SR-25 (Stoner Rifle-25)
The SR-25 Enhanced Match rifle (EM) was a semi-automatic sharpshooter / sniper rifle system developed within the United State...
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1940
Tokarev SVT-40
Small arms ingenuity was an area that the Soviets held something of an advantage in over their German counterpart in the deca...
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1935
Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle)
Having purchased stocks of the bolt-action German Mauser Kar 98 rifle, itself a shortened form of the full-length Gewehr 98 b...
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1979
Type 79 (SVD)
Once-close political ties between China and the Soviet Union led to closer military ties. As such, much of the Chinese stocks...
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2002
United States Navy Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle (Mk 12 SPR)
The Mark 12 Special Purpose Rifle (Mk 12 SPR) entered service with the United States Special Forces in 2002 and has seen cont...
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2007
Vidhwansak AMR
The Vidhwansak is an indigenous anti-material rifle design currently in limited service with the Indian Army. The large and h...
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1987
VSS Vintorez
The VSS "Vintorez" is a silenced sniper rifle that makes use of a permanent silencer assembly as well as specially-developed ...
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1943
Walther Gewehr 43 (G43 / Gew 43)
The Gewehr 43 (Gew 43) became the next evolution of the Walther Gew 41(W), a self-loading, semi-automatic rifle that failed t...
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1982
Walther WA2000
Following the 1972 Munich Olympic games which ended in the deaths of eleven Israeli participants and a German police officer ...
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1936
Winchester Model 70
In 1925, the storied Winchester Repeating Arms Company unveiled their Model 54 bolt-action rifle for the civilian sporting ma...
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1976
Zastava M76
The Zastava Arms M76 sniper rifle is based off of the same Kalashnikov action as seen in the preceding M70 series of automati...
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1992
Zastava M91
During its 1990s modernization, Yugoslavia introduced the M91 sniper rifle manufactured by Zastava Arms of Serbia. Zastava ha...
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