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Zbrojovka ZB Falcon

Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Heavy Sniper Rifle [ 1990 ]

The OP-96 Falcon is of a Czech design featuring its recoil spring in the stock.

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The Model 96 Falcon is a bolt-action, large caliber anti-material rifle firing the 12.7mm cartridge. The system is designed to engage lightly armored vehicles but can equally engage human targets with destructive results. The system is one in the line of many new heavy caliber weapon systems firing the .50 caliber round, once reserved solely for the domain of the machine gun.

The Model 96 Falcon is of a Czech design and appeared in an initial form with the OPV. This system was designed to fire either the Browning .50 caliber round or the Russian DshK round from the same barrel. After developmental work continued, it was found that the system could operate better with each cartridge firing from specialized barrels. As such, the production models of the now-designated Model 96 were issued with two barrels.

Operation is handled by a bolt-action lever mounted on the right-hand side of the weapon system. A standard 10x40 optic scope is afforded the user and the butt is completely detachable from the main unit. The 12.7mm ammunition can be fed from a 5-round detachable box magazine or by hand. A noticeable muzzle break is mounted at barrel's end and a foldable bipod system is attached to the main part of the barrel. The barrel itself can be replaced by engaging screws and a lever.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

Czechoslovakia national flag graphic


Anti-Material Rifle (AMR) / Heavy Sniper Rifle

Zbrojovka Vsetin - Czech Republic
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National flag of Czechia National flag of Ukraine Czechia / Czech Republic; Czechoslovakia (former); Ukraine
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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.

Overall Length
1,380 mm
54.33 in
Barrel Length
927 mm
36.50 in
Empty Wgt
28.00 lb
12.70 kg

Optional Optics.


Manually-Operated 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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12.7x108mm DshK

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 12.7mm / .50BMG machine gun / rifle round
Rounds / Feed

5-round box magazine OR manual feed
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
4,921 ft
(1,500 m | 1,640 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
2,790 ft/sec
(850 m/sec)

OPV 12.7mm - Original Designation; fitted with 140.4 inch barrel system; fitted to fire 12.7x99mm Browning or 12.7x108mm Russian DshK round.
Model 96 - Base Series Designation.

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