Sniper Rifles are the lethal tools of a lethal trade, having evolved considerably from their rather modest beginnings.
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 (97) Sniper Rifles in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by alphanumeric order descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.
The Accuracy International AW50 is a heavy duty battlefield rifle able to fire various types of ammunition against armored and unarmored targets.
The L115 sniper rifle is the British Army adaptation of the Artic Warfare Super Magnum produced by Accuracy International.
The Accuracy International L96 is the standard sniper rifle of the British Army.
The Iraqi Tabuk Designated Marksman Rifle has proven a very lethal performer in an urban battlefield environment.
The Type 99 rifle was designed from the existing Type 38 infantry rifle, though chambered to fire the more effective 7.7x58mm Arisaka cartridge.
The Baher 23mm heavy rifle was unveiled by way of an Iranian military day parade in April of 2015.
The lethal Barrett M107 anti-material rifle provides a long range anti-material capability for United States military ground forces.
The classic Barrett M82 anti-material rifle has become a widely-accepted heavy caliber sniping system.
The Barrett M90 reworked the classic M82 model to become a bullpup weapon of lighter weight.
The Barrett M95 was a refinement of the earlier Barrett M90 bullpup-configured model of 1990.
The Brugger & Thomet APR is offered in military, police and supressed models.
The new CZ805 BREN series assault rifle was developed to replace the aged vz. 58 series which appeared in 1959.
The CheyTac Intervention sniper rifle makes use of the specialized .408 CheyTac cartridge.
The Canadian C7 is similar to the American Colt M16A2 though with a few notable alterations to suit the Canadian military.
The Dragunov SVD was the standard Warsaw Pact sniper rifle and is still in service today.
The sturdy, if unspectacular, FN FAL automatic rifle became a popular standard for NATO-aligned countries during the Cold War.
Introduced in 1976, the Mauser-based Belgian FN model 30-11 was produced into 1986 as a sniper rife system.
The Belgian Fabrique Nationale FN SPR was selected for use by the FBI Hostage Rescue Team.
Design of the Fabrique Nationale SAFN actually began prior to World War 2 but the German invasion of 1940 delayed its introduction considerably.
The FEG 35M bolt-action service rifle saw use in World War 2 and in the failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
The impressive Harris M86 sniper rifle has been fielded with the United States Navy SEALs and Delta Force special forces groups.
Though classified as an anti-material rifle, the M87 can be used as a heavy sniper rifle with devastating effects.
The Harris M89 is the only bolt-action rifle that makes use of the M14 automatic rifle box magazine.
The Harris M93 makes use of the massive and devastating .50 BMG cartridge from a 5- or 10-round magazine.
Both the United States military and army of Malaysia have used the Harris M96 Anti-Material Rifle.
The HK 417 is chambered for the 7.62mm NATO standard cartridge and is categorized as a Battle Rifle.
The German-originated Heckler and Koch HK G3 assault rifle was, and continues to be, a robust and reliable weapon system.
The Heckler and Koch M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle is based upon the in-service HK 416 series gun and may succeed the storied M249 LMG line in USMC service.
The German-made PSG-1 Precision Sniping Rifle went on to find a plethora of operators worldwide - from Albania to Vietnam.
The promising HK XM8 was born out of the failed OICW program of the US Army.
Appearing in 1990, the Heckler and Koch SR9 represents a family of sporting and target shooting rifles by the German firearms company.
The Brazilian IMBEL .308 AGLC is a very conventional military sniper rifle system based on the successful German Mauser action.
The competing Soviet AK-47 was a good start for the Israelis when developing their Galil assault rifle.
The IMI Galil was slightly modified to become an accurized sharpshooter rifle in the Galil Marksman Assault Rifle
The Galil Assault Rifle family was broadened to include an accurized sniper rifle model form in the IMI Galil Sniper - or Galatz.
The Israeli IMI TAR-21 Tavor Assault Rifle entered service in 2006 and has already seen relatively widespread use.
The bolt-action, security-minded SV-98 first made its appearance in 1998 and had continued service solely with Russian forces since.
The J.F. Brown Target-Sniper Rifle design was a rather advanced design for its time and issued to highly-trained sharpshooters during the American Civil War.
The Kalashnikov AK-12 - based on the prototype AK-200 - is the most modern incarnation of the famous AK-47 assault rifle to date.
The VSK-94 utilizes the body of the 9A-91 assault carbine to form a silenced sniper rifle for special Russian military elements.
The L129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle has been adopted by the British MoD to replace the Accuracy International L96 series for Designated Marksmen.
The fabulous Lee-Enfield rifle served the British Empire from 1895 through 1957.
The Thales F90 assault rifle is based on the long-running Austrian Steyr AUG bullpup series.
The M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System was fielded in 2007 as an alternative to the bolt-action rifles of this class, achieving excellent results while in the field.
The M39 EMR is a dedicated marksman rifle but can also be used as a battle rifle if the need arises.
The Fusil MAS 36 service rifle had roots in post-World War 1 France but was slow to enter service before the German invasion of France in World War 2.
The MAS 49 was the culmination of steady progression made by the French concerning self-loading rifles of the 1940s.
The MAS FR F1 served as a principle sniper rifle for the French Army during the Cold War decades.
The FR F2 is an improved upgrade from the Cold War-era FR F1 and is the principle sniper rifle for the French military.
The Gewehr 98 was the standard German infantry rifle from 1898 up until 1935 and saw combat action from World War 1 into World War 2.
The Kar 98k was the standard German bolt-action rifle of World War 2.
The McMillan TAC-308 can be fielded in the military, security or competition roles with equal success.
The McMillan TAC-338 system is a highly-specialized version of the TAC-300 rifle line.
The McMillan TAC-416 is based on the preceding TAC-50 series though only offered in single-shot form and chambered for the .416 Barrett cartridge.
The McMilland TAC-50 makes use of the powerful .50 BMG round.
The Mark 14 Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle is a specialized version of the M14 Battle Rifle, originally issued to USNSWC and USN SEALs.
The MKEK JNG-90 is a rare Turkish-originated bolt-action sniper rifle in 7.62x51mm NATO flavor.
The MKEK MPT Assault Rifle was selected to replace the existing stock of foreign-born HK G3 and HK33 assault weapons in Turkish military service.
The Mexican Mondragon Rifle was one of the first self-loading service rifles adopted for frontline military service.
The Mosin-Nagant M1891 bolt-action rifle was developed by a Russian-Belgium design team and produced in over 37,000,000 examples.
Currently in development is the MSBS-5.56 Radon, what promises to become the next standard-issue assault rifle of the Polish Army.
The QBU-88 is a Chinese sniper rifle offered up in limited numbers and features a bullpup configuration.
The Chinese NSG-85 sniper rifle is based on the Type 85 rifle prior, itself born from the Soviet SVD series of the Cold War decades.
The OTs-03 SVU is a rather unique Russian-originated sniper rifle offering in that it is arranged in the bullpup configuration.
The Parker-Hale Model 82 Sniper Rifle was designed with company experience stemming from precision sporting rifles.
Despite an appearance more akin to the Soviet SVD Dragunov, the Romanian PSL is actually more closely associated with the Soviet RPK Light Machine Gun.
The M2010 ESR is a modern revision of the famous Remington Model 700 rifle which became the M24 SWS in U.S. Army service.
The M24 SWS was born out of a need to replace the aging M21 sniper systems as used by the United States Army.
The M40A1 is a heavy barrel, bolt-action 7.62x51mm sniper rifle in service with the United States Marine Corps.
The RH-ALAN MACS M2 is a sound anti-material rifle chambered for the .50 BMG cartridge.
The .50 BMG RH-ALAN MACS M3 rifle follows the function of the preceding MACS M2 model but is configured in a bullpup form.
The R1 Battle Rifle was nothing more than the Fabrique National FN-FAL locally-produced under license in South Africa.
The M21 rifle was developed from the base M14 rifle which itself was derived from the World War 2 M1 Garand.
The Canadian Ross Rifle was plagued with issues throughout its service life that included World War 1.
The Finnish SAKO TRG sniper rifle family sees considerable widespread service with military and police forces throughout the world.
The Shaher 14.5mm anti-material rifle was unveiled in 2012 with a newer version being made public in 2014.
The SG 542 represented a less-popular 7.62x51mm alternative to the SG 540 5.56mm SG offering.
The SIG SG 550 series has seen widespread use by special forces, regular army and security elements worldwide in its various forms.
The SIG SG 716 comes in four distinct forms, each tailored to suit a certain tactical requirement.
Preceding the more popular SSG 3000, the SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 only found a few operators since its introduction.
The SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 makes for an excellent, stable and reliable sniper weapon system for military and law enforcement units.
The Springfield M14 automatic rifle grew out of the famous World War 2-era M1 Garand service rifle.
The famous Springfield M1903 bolt-action rifle appeared in mass quantities but in few variations - such was the success of the base design.
The Steyr AUG was one of the first widely-accepted frontline standard issue bullpup configured assault rifles.
The Steyr SSG 69 bolt-action sniper rifle has seen service with the forces of over a dozen countries worldwide.
Designed by Eugene Stoner, the SR-25 sniper rifle has seen recent actions in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.
At least 1.6 million SVT-40 rifles were produced, some seeing action even as recently as the 2nd Chechen War.
The Chinese Type 24 - better known as the Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle - was nothing more than a local copy of the German Mauser rifle.
The Type 79 is a Chinese copy of the Soviet Dragunov SVD semi-automatic sniper rifle.
The Mk 12 SPR has been used with deadly efficiency in both Afghanistan and Iraq theaters or war.
It is believed that the Indian Vidhwansak AMR is based on the South African Denel NTW-20.
Soviet and Russian special forces units have grown to appreciate the inherent qualities of the VSS.
With help from the Soviets, the Gew 43 improved upon the Gew 41 but was never the semi-automatic rifle envisioned by the German Army.
The Walther WA2000 was billed as an ultimate sniping tool though only ever taken on by select West German police units.
The Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle has seen considerable usage since its introduction in 1936.
The Zastava M76 served as the standard issue sniper rifle for the Yugoslavian Army throughout the 1980s.
The Zastava M91 replaced the M76 as the standard-issue sniper rifle for the Serbian Army.
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