Introduced in 2005, the WKW Wilk ("Wolf") is an all-modern Polish-originated heavy-caliber sniper rifle. It utilizes a manually-actuated bolt-action system pulling .50 BMG cartridges from a spring-loaded seven-round detachable box magazine. It is arranged in a bull-pup configuration, keeping the action and feed aft of the pistol grip and trigger unit, while retaining a full-length rifle barrel assembly. A large, multi-slotted muzzle brake is fitted to the barrel and the shoulder stock at the rear supports a cheek rest and shoulder pad. An adjustable bipod assembly supports the frontal weight of the weapon while a monopod is used for the rear (this support also made adjustable). Design of the gun is attributed to Zaklady Mechaniczne Tarnow.
The rifle is also known under the name of "Tor" by the Polish Army - representing "Wielkokalibrowy Karabin Wyborowy", translating to "Large Caliber Sniper Rifle".
Overall weight of the system reaches 16 kilograms and overall length measures 1,350mm. The barrel assembly is 880mm long and fluted along its length. The rifle is equipped with the Schmidt & Bender X3-12 P/MII telescope sighting device which gives accuracy for ranged fire. This is mounted over the receiver in the usual way by way of a typical Picatinny accessories rail system. Another section of rail is seated over the edge of the forend.
Performance figures include a muzzle velocity of 2,900 feet-per-second and an effective range out to 3,000 meters.
About 150 of the guns have been produced to date (2018) with the Polish Army being the recipient of eighty or so of these. Other operators include Saudi Arabia and Vietnam having purchased 15 and 50 units, respectively.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Accuracy / Precision
Long-range accuracy / precision capable; suitable for sniping, particularly when equipped with sighting aids.
✓Anti-Armor / Anti-Tank / Anti-Material
Designed to engage and defeat armor / enemy tanks at range.
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.
1,350 mm 53.15 in
880 mm 34.65 in
35.49 lb 16.10 kg
Supported Over-Receiver Optics.
Manually-Actuated Bolt-Action System
Manually-actuated process of managing the bolt lever to eject spent cartridge case, clearing the breech, to introduce fresh catridge into the chamber.
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Rounds / Feed
7-Round detachable box magazine.
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources. **Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
9,842 ft (3,000 m | 3,281 yd)
2,895 ft/sec (882 m/sec)
Wilk - Base Series Name.
Tor - Polish Army designation of the Wilk.
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