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Harris M96

Anti-Material Rifle / Anti-Personnel Sniper Rifle [ 1996 ]

Both the United States military and army of Malaysia have used the Harris M96 Anti-Material Rifle.

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Harris Gunworks has a long-running history with precision rifles bearing its name and this includes the M96 series. The M96 is a military-minded, semi-automatic action rifle developed as an anti-material / anti-personnel solution. It utilizes a gas-operated system allowing for target engagement ranges out to 5,000 feet through use of mounted day/night optics (iron sights are fitted as backup). The weapon is chambered for the large 12.7x99mm NATO cartridge (.50 BMG) and this feeds from a 5-round detachable box magazine. The magazine well sits ahead of the trigger group.

As with most weapons of this class, the M96 is both large and lengthy, weighing a hefty 29lb (with empty magazine in place) and features a length of 1,473mm. The heavy duty barrel measures 736mm (29-inches) long. Construction is of both steel and aluminum (marketed as "aircraft grade") for both robustness in-the-field and as a relative weight-saving measure. To help contend with the massive recoil of firing the 12.7mm cartridge, the rifle is typically fired from the prone position and features a large multi-slotted muzzle brake.

Overall configuration of the weapon is traditional with the action set ahead of the shoulder stock. The pistol grip is underslung in the usual way and the over-receiver scope mounting arm doubles as the carrying handle. The gas cylinder sits over the barrel. The shoulder stock is solid though adjustable, contoured to the lines of the rectangular receiver. The wide and straight box magazine is detachable.

The Harris M96 has seen service with forces of the United States as well as Malaysia. Optional accessories for the product include a laser rangefinder, nigh vision scope, and 4-16x First Plane Mil optics.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Anti-Material Rifle / Anti-Personnel Sniper Rifle

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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
1,473 mm
57.99 in
Barrel Length
736 mm
28.98 in
Empty Wgt
25.02 lb
11.35 kg

Adjustable Iron; Optional Optics


Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt; Semi-Automatic

One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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12.7x99mm NATO (.50 BMG)

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 12.7mm / .50BMG machine gun / rifle round
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
5,000 ft
(1,524 m | 1,667 yd)

M96 - Base Series Designation

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