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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.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 10/3/2017
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Year: 2015
Manufacturer(s): State Factories - Iran
Roles: Anti-Aircraft/Airspace Denial; Anti-Tank/Anti-Material/Breaching; Manual Repeat-Fire; Long-Range Precision; Vehicle Mount;
Action: Manually-Actuated Bolt Action System
Caliber(s): 23x115mm
Sights: Optics
Weight (Unloaded): 52.91 lb (24.00 kg)
Effective Range: 9,840 ft (2,999 m; 3,280 yd)
Operators: Iran
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.

Variants / Models

• Baher-23 - Base Series Name
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