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Zbrojovka ZB Falcon

Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Heavy Sniper Rifle

The OP-96 Falcon is of a Czech design featuring its recoil spring in the stock.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 8/21/2019
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Year: 1990
Manufacturer(s): Zbrojovka Vsetin - Czech Republic
Roles: Anti-Tank/Anti-Material/Breaching; Long-Range Precision;
Action: Manually-Operated Bolt-Action System
Caliber(s): 12.7x108mm DshK
Sights: Optional Optics.
Overall Length: 1,380 mm (54.33 in)
Barrel Length: 927 mm (36.50 in)
Weight (Unloaded): 28.00 lb (12.70 kg)
Muzzle Velocity: 2,790 feet-per-second (850 meters-per-second)
Effective Range: 4,921 ft (1,500 m; 1,640 yd)
Operators: Czech Republic; Czechoslovakia
The Model 96 Falcon is a bolt-action, large caliber anti-material rifle firing the 12.7mm cartridge. The system is designed to engage lightly armored vehicles but can equally engage human targets with destructive results. The system is one in the line of many new heavy caliber weapon systems firing the .50 caliber round, once reserved solely for the domain of the machine gun.

The Model 96 Falcon is of a Czech design and appeared in an initial form with the OPV. This system was designed to fire either the Browning .50 caliber round or the Russian DshK round from the same barrel. After developmental work continued, it was found that the system could operate better with each cartridge firing from specialized barrels. As such, the production models of the now-designated Model 96 were issued with two barrels.

Operation is handled by a bolt-action lever mounted on the right-hand side of the weapon system. A standard 10x40 optic scope is afforded the user and the butt is completely detachable from the main unit. The 12.7mm ammunition can be fed from a 5-round detachable box magazine or by hand. A noticeable muzzle break is mounted at barrel's end and a foldable bipod system is attached to the main part of the barrel. The barrel itself can be replaced by engaging screws and a lever.

Variants / Models

• OPV 12.7mm - Original Designation; fitted with 140.4 inch barrel system; fitted to fire 12.7x99mm Browning or 12.7x108mm Russian DshK round.
• Model 96 - Base Series Designation
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