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XADO Snipex Alligator

Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Heavy Sniper Rifle [ 2020 ]

The XADO Snipex Alligator is a very-heavy anti-armor-anti-personnel solution coming out of Ukraine - seeing operational use in its ongoing war against Russia.

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The Snipex "Alligator" is an Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) manufactured by Ukrainian-based XADO-Holding, Limited. As the modern battlefield remains a complex machine full of moving parts, this requires a military force stocked with a myriad of products aimed at helping it achieve the ultimate victory. One sub-category of note in all this is the "AMR" covering an oversized, squad-level heavy weapon system designed to deliver an equally-oversized projectile - in this case the cannon-caliber 14.5x11mm Soviet cartridge - to counter enemy snipers, light-armor vehicles, or component disabling of heavier vehicles - all neutralized at range by the AMR operator.

The Alligator has been adopted for service by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (in use since March 2021) and has seen combat use in the Russian invasion of the country beginning in February of 2022. The rifle joins another XADO "Snipex" 14.5mm solution in Ukrainian service in the Snipex "T-Rex" - this 2017 offering being a single-shot breechloader firearm arranged in bullpup configuration.

The Alligator form fires from a 5-round detachable box magazine (inserted ahead of the pistol-grip / trigger unit through a manually-actuated bolt handle managing the rotating bolt function. Effective range is out to 2,000 meters while absolute ranges reach 7,000 meters. The projectile is rated against 10mm armor protection. Recoil is retarded by several measures: a large, multi-slotted muzzle brake, padded shoulder stock, and recoil isolator.

The system has a conventional rifle arrangement with the action and feed set ahead of the trigger. A carrying handle at the midway point of the design allows for transport of the unit by a single operator and a folding bipod under the forend aids in stabilizing the weapon when going prone or firing from behind a low wall. An adjustable support leg is also fitted to the underside of the shoulder stock to help offset the weapon's mass and enhance balance. Over the rear of the receiver is a long run of MIL-STD (Picatinny) rail suitable for mounting various optics sets for precision / accurized fire at-range.

The large weapon weighs a hefty 25 kilograms and has an overall length of 2,000mm with the floating barrel assembly measuring 1,200mm.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Heavy Sniper Rifle

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(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.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.
Special Purpose
Special purpose weapon for a specially defined battlefield role.

Despite its size / weight, the product can be transported by foot infantry.
Operating action requires operator management of a bolt-handle or similar, clearing the chamber of spent cartrides and introducing a fresh cartridge from the magazine.
Inherent ability to engage / defeat armored targets at range.
Supports mounting of optics (scopes) to aid in accuracy for ranged fire.
Aiming can be aided by use of a bipod support assembly, either as an integral part of design or option.
Design allows for user adjustability of certain components for customization.
Design offers mounting points for external, after-market hardware including laser aimers, flashlights, scopes, and grips.
Entry has an inherent psychological effect on participants of the battlefield due to potential damage / casualties.

Overall Length
2,000 mm
78.74 in
Barrel Length
1,200 mm
47.24 in
Empty Wgt
55.12 lb
25.00 kg

Over-Frame 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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14.5x114mm Soviet

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 14.5mm heavy rifle round (Soviet)
Rounds / Feed

5-Round Detachable Box Magazine.
Cartridge relative size chart
*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.
Max Eff.Range
16,404 ft
(5,000 m | 5,468 yd)

Snipex Alligator - Base Series Name.

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