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Harris / McMillan M86 Sniper Rifle


The impressive Harris M86 sniper rifle has been fielded with the United States Navy SEALs and Delta Force special forces groups.

 Updated: 7/31/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The McMillan M86 (now Harris) was designed with military and security forces in mind, allowing for the ability to reliably and consistently deliver lethal firepower at long ranges in any climate or environmental working conditions. The M86 went on serve with both the Untied States Navy SEALs and Delta Force special forces groups with the first 460 or so of these systems being earmarked as such. Harris Gunworks purchased McMillan in 1995, changing the formal designation of the M86 to reflect this move.

The M86 utilizes McMillan engineering throughout, including the McMillan-based action, McMillan McHale adjustable fiberglass composite stock with recoil pad and the McMillan match grade heavy contour precision barrel. The rifle was eventually available in a variety of calibers that included 7mm Remington Magnum, 7.62x51mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum, .30-06 Springfield and .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges. Depending on the selected caliber, magazine counts differed from 3- (.300 Win Mag), 4- (.308 and .30-06), 5- and 10-round detachable magazines. Magazine types offered were either an internal magazine or a conventional detachable box. Optic options proved plentiful and included flashlights, low-light and night vision scopes. Despite its size, the M86 enjoyed a relatively light operating weight thanks to its fiberglass composite stock. An adjustable bipod (featuring full tilt and swivel control) was optional as was a detachable buttstock. Interestingly enough, no iron sights were afforded to the base weapon.

Externally, the M86 sported a simple and clean design. The near-vertical pistol grip was integrated into the stock and body. The bolt-action lever was set to the right side of the body with the segregated trigger group located just underneath. The barrel was seemingly featureless and extended forwards from the squared-off body while optics of virtually any type could be fitted onto the gun. The optional bipod could be folded backwards and up against the gun body for increased portability.






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Harris / McMillan M86 Technical Specifications



Service Year: 1986
Type: Sniper Rifle
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Harris Gunworks LCC / McMillan - USA


Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)



Firing Action: Manually-Actuated Bolt Action
Available Caliber(s): 7.62x51mm NATO; .30-06 Springfield; .300 Winchester Magnum; .338 Lapua Magnum; 7mm Remington Magnum
Ammunition Count / Feed: 3-, 4-, 5- or 10-round magazine
Overall Length: 1,104 mm (43.46 inches)
Barrel Length: 609 mm (23.98 inches)
Weight (Empty): 11.46 lb (5.20 kg)
Sighting Assist: Various including low light and night vision

Performance



Global Operators / Customers



United States

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)



M86 - Base Series Designation; chambered to fire the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge.
M86 (.300 Winchester Magnum) - Chambered to fire the .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge.
M86 (.338 Lapua Magnum) - Chambered to fire the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge.