×
Home Aircraft / Aviation Land Systems Small Arms Naval Warfare
HOME
INFANTRY
MODERN ARMIES
COUNTRIES
MANUFACTURERS
BY CONFLICT
BY TYPE
BY DECADE
MODERN

Gepard M2


Semi-Automatic Anti-Material Rifle (AMR)


The Gepard M2 was a follow-up version to the powerful Gepard M1 AMR, made shorter, lighter, and with a semi-automatic box-fed action.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 9/27/2016
As a follow-up to the single-shot, bolt-action Gepard M1 of 1990, Hungarian engineers returned to the project to produce a semi-automatic, magazine-fed form as the "Gepard M2". Retaining all of the hard-hitting power of the original, the M2 evolved the line some by featuring a shorter barrel and lighter overall weight for a handier design. The M2 was also designed around a long-recoil system in which the barrel slid into the barrel jacket and receiver during firing. The bolt - managed manually in the M1 - was now acted upon by the recoil action to produce a semi-automatic system of firing.

With this development, the single-shot M1 now became a 5- or 10-round, magazine-fed weapon in the M2. The magazine was fitted to the feed found (rather awkwardly) along the left side of the weapon near the pistol grip favoring solely right-handed shooters. As with the M1, the M2 featured a folding bipod assembly which was attached to the barrel jacket. As no iron sights were fitted, optics were a must for ranged fire. Many of the design lines of the M2 were reminiscent of the earlier M1 complete with its tubular, workmanlike appearance. The M2 was primarily chambered for the 12.7x107mm Soviet cartridge and could be converted to accept the American 12.7x99mm cartridge as well.

The similar Gepard M2A2 was a variant shortened even more so than the M2 and aimed at arming paratrooper forces with a compact, heavy-class rifle system. The line continued with the M3 (chambered for 14.5x114mm), M4 (semi-automatic, 5-round box), M5 (bolt-action), and concluding M6 model additions.






Specifications



Year:
1990
Manufacturing
Technika / Hydrotechnic State Company - Hungary
National flag of Hungary Hungary
- Anti-Tank / Anti-Material / Breaching
- Close Quarters Battle (CQB) / Personal Security
Overall Length:
1,530 mm (60.24 in)
Barrel Length:
1,100 mm (43.31 in)
Weight (Unloaded):
26.46 lb (12.00 kg)
Sights:
Optics Only
Action:
Semi-Automatic
Muzzle Velocity:
2,820 feet-per-second (860 meters-per-second)
Effective Range:
6,560 ft (1,999 m; 2,187 yd)
Gepard M2 - Base Series Designation; original model
Gepard M2A1 - Shortened variant (49.5"); lighter weight of 22lb.

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies


The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes AnvilOfWar.com, GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, and WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.


www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-