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23mm Very-Heavy Sniper Rifle


The Baher 23mm heavy rifle was unveiled by way of an Iranian military day parade in April of 2015.

Detailing the development and operational history of the Baher-23 23mm Very-Heavy Sniper Rifle.  Entry last updated on 10/3/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The Baher-23 is a new rifle adopted by the Iranian military for the very-heavy-sniper-rifle role. It fires a massive 23mm projectile, a cartridge more closely associated to a small-caliber cannon than rifle, at ranges out to 4 kilometers. The weapon is primarily intended for defeating low-flying aerial targets, light armored vehicles, and enemy personnel hidden behind fortified walls though nothing excludes it from engaging personnel directly - of course with truly devastating results.

The weapon is a complete sniping system, requiring an operating crew of two to three personnel and weighing some 62 kilograms. It has been featured on a special heavy-duty, adjustable tripod assembly designed to absorb some of the inherently violent recoil natural to a weapon of this caliber. The rifle is given more conventional components as well including an optics set fitted over the receiver, a pistol grip, and shoulder stock. The extended length barrel is capped by a large, slotted brake.


YEAR: 2015
MANUFACTURER(S): State Factories - Iran
ACTION: Manually-Actuated Bolt Action System
CALIBER(S): 23x115mm
SIGHTS: Optics
WEIGHT: 52.91 lb (24.00 kg)
EFFECTIVE RANGE: 9,840 ft (2,999 m; 3,280 yd)

• Baher-23 - Base Series Name

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