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Haenel RS (series)

Military / Law Enforcement Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle [ 2016 ]

The Haenel RS9 is known to the German Bundeswehr as the G29 and is in use with Special Forces elements.

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The sniper retains a critical, primary role on the modern battlefield, charged with neutralization of both high-value and low-value targets through ranged, precision-based fire. For decades, the tool of this deadly trade has settled on a long gun with distinct qualities: manually-actuated bolt-action function, an "accurized" barrel, over-frame optics / magnifiers, and 5- or 10-round magazine. The modern day sniper is no different, still relying on such a solution. To satisfy this market need, Haenel GmbH of Germany designed, developed, and produces the excellent "RS" bolt-action rifle series for the role for both military and law enforcement organizations.

The line includes both the "RS8" and "RS9", similar in from, versatility, and modularity but differing in certain qualities: The RS8 is intended for medium-ranged work whilst the RS9 covers medium-to-long range requirements. RS8 variants include the RS8 Basic, RS8 Compact (with shorter barrel assembly), and RS8 Subsonic (featuring an integrated, full-length silencer to go along with 7.62x51mm subsonic ammunition). The RS9 is made up of the RS9 Standard offering and is chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum.

Introduced in 2016, the rifle line is of conventional arrangement and features the tried-and-true manually-actuated bolt-handle system-of-operation. The handle is set over the right side of the stock in the usual way and the ejection port is positioned just ahead, and above, the magazine well - which accepts a steel-constructed 10-round, spring-loaded hard case. The hinged, collapsible shoulder stock is fully-adjustable in both height and length and comes complete with a padded butt and cheekpiece for maximum shooter comfort. The pistol grip sports ergonomic grooves for the primary hand and sits behind the two-stage, adjustable trigger unit incorporating a 3-position firing pin safety device. The forend has a complete series of Picatinny rails for the mounting of tactical accessories at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions - the over-frame run being full-length and helping to make modularity a staple of the rifle's design. A hinged, folding bipod can be installed under the forend as a forward support while the underside of the shoulder stock can mount a monopod as an additional support aid. The barrel protrudes from the perforated forend and is capped by a multi-slotted brake, a suppressor being optionally supported for clandestine work.

As expected, the rifle can mount a variety of day-night scopes / optics as well as magnifiers and laser aimers as needed. Iron sights are retained as backup and are detachable.

The rifle was designed to a 2014 German Bundeswehr requirement drawn up to cover a fully-modern, medium-ranged sniping solution chambered for the powerful .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. The company was awarded the requirement in February of 2016 and delivered the first 115 rifles thereafter. Currently (2022), the RS9 is only used by German special forces groups (as the "G29") as their primary sniper rifle, the series having succeeded the earlier G22 (Accuracy International AWM in .300 Winchester Magnum).©MilitaryFactory.com
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Military / Law Enforcement Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

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Accuracy / Precision
Long-range accuracy / precision capable; suitable for sniping, particularly when equipped with sighting aids.
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.
This weapon is either inherently silent/suppressed or can be made so through special assembly added at the muzzle, specialized subsonic ammunition or a combination of both.

Despite its size / weight, the product can be transported by foot infantry.
Supports silenced / suppressed actions - by way of silencer, suppressor, or subsonic ammunition - for clandestine operations.
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.
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.

Overall Length
1,275 mm
50.20 in
Barrel Length
690 mm
27.17 in
Empty Wgt
16.64 lb
7.55 kg

Various Optics Supported; Back-Up, Optional Iron.


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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.338 Lapua Magnum

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a .338 rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed

10-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
4,920 ft
(1,500 m | 1,640 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
3,290 ft/sec
(1,003 m/sec)

RS9 - Base Series Designation.
G29 - Bundeswehr designaiton.

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