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Steel Core SC-76 Thunderbolt

Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

United Kingdom | 2016

"The SC-76 Thunderbolt Precision Rifle is a British sniper rifle offering in the proven 7.62x51mm NATO chambering."

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The SC-76 "Thunderbolt" is an original 7.62x51mm NATO bolt-action rifle offering promoted by Steel Core Designs of the United Kingdom. This long gun is marketed alongside the related SC-87 "Thunderbolt" which chambers the 0.338 Lapua Magnum NATO cartridge instead and features slightly different overall specs as a result. At its core, the SC-76 is a no-frills, all-in-one precision rifle system capable of handling the rigors of the modern battlefield through exceptional accuracy-at-range and a high degree of modularity.

The base arrangement of the rifle is conventional: the polymer-coated frame is hardened for field abuse with the forend slotted and sporting Picatinny accessory rails at the 12-, 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock positions. The fluted barrel assembly protrudes a distance ahead of the forend and is capped by a slotted brake. Under the muzzle is a hinged, forward-folding bipod assembly. The pistol grip is ergonomic and angled to the rear with the oversized trigger loop (surrounding the two-stage trigger) ready to accept a gloved hand. The magazine well sits just ahead of the action and tucks nearly completely into the frame. With the extraction port sitting above the magazine well, the bolt handle can be found directly aft and within easy reach. Safety controls (2-point safety) are featured along the side of the frame - also within easy reach. The monopod-equipped (with its own quick release feature) shoulder stock extends aft and is adjustable (at the cheekrest, length, and butt pad height) while hinged to fold over the frame for ease-of-transport. The buttplate is adjustable to suit operator needs in-the-field.

Over the main part of the receiver is a section of Picatinny rail for the mounting of various optics including both day and night sets. The top rail measures a useful 600mm long overall.

The barrel assembly is of match-grade quality designed with heat dissipation in mind. Threading allows a suppressor to be fitted for clandestine operations. The standard muzzle brake is utilized to reduce the recoil of the full-powered cartridge - thus aiding accuracy.

The 7.62mm cartridges are fed from a spring-loaded 10-round magazine.

Overall weight of the complete system is 15.7lb. Overall length is 47" for the long-barreled form and 41" for the short-barreled form. Barrel lengths are 20" and 26", respectively. Both versions come in a black and dark earth finish with the aforementioned muzzle brake, bipod, a field tool kit, and field cleaning kit. Optics are optional as is a sling, sound suppressor, drag bag, and waterproof hard case.

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Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Steel Core SC-76 Thunderbolt. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
3,280 ft
999.7 m | 1,093.3 yds
The physical qualities of the Steel Core SC-76 Thunderbolt. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,190 mm
46.85 in
O/A Length
660 mm
25.98 in
Barrel Length
15.74 lb
7.14 kg
Manually-Actuated Bolt-Action System.
7.62x51mm NATO
10-round detachable box magazine.
Day-Night Scopes / Optics Supported.
Notable series variants as part of the Steel Core SC-76 Thunderbolt Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle family line.
SC-76 "Thunderbolt" - Base Series Designation.
SC-87 "Thunderbolt" - 0.338 Lapua Magnum NATO chambering; 27" overall length; 1:10 barrel twist; 17lb weight.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Steel Core SC-76 Thunderbolt. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Steel Core Designs - United Kingdom
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