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Semi-Automatic Sniper / Designated Markman Rifle (DMR) [ 2014 ]

The Chinese NSG-85 sniper rifle is based on the Type 85 rifle prior, itself born from the Soviet SVD series of the Cold War decades.

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The NSG-85 is a new Chinese military sniper rifle developed from the Type 85 series rifle, itself born from the old Soviet SVD sniper rifle line of 7.62mm caliber. The NSG-85 is an all-modern offering with full support for all manner of tactical accessories and features lightweight composites where appropriate. It retains the 7.62x54mmR cartridge as well as the SVD-style short-count, curved magazine case. The weapon lacks the traditional iron sights of its forerunners as it is intended as a true precision weapon - mounting a scope over the receiver.

The weapon carries over much of the same form of the original SVD and subsequent Type 85 rifle design, particularly at the receiver. Obvious changes are at the shoulder stock and handguard - the former being adjustable and featuring a cheekrest and monopod with the latter offering four sections of Picatinny rail for support of accessories along the top, sides, and underneath the handguard. In this way, the weapon can easily utilize any off-the-shelf optics over the gun, tactical flashlights and laser sights along the sides, and a folding, adjustable bipod under the forward weight of the gun. The barrel protrudes some in the design and does not appear to use a flash hider or any sort of muzzle attachment. The pistol grip is ergonomically formed with a slight rearward angle and the trigger group just ahead. The trigger ring is purposely large to support use of a gloved hand. The magazine release/catch is featured prominently just aft of the magazine well - a Soviet rifle tradition.

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Semi-Automatic Sniper / Designated Markman Rifle (DMR)

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Accuracy / Precision
Long-range accuracy / precision capable; suitable for sniping, particularly when equipped with sighting aids.

Overall Length
1,225 mm
48.23 in
Barrel Length
600 mm
23.62 in
Empty Wgt
9.37 lb
4.25 kg



Semi-Automatic; Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt

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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Rounds / Feed

10-Round Detachable Box Magazine
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Max Eff.Range
2,625 ft
(800 m | 875 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
2,725 ft/sec
(831 m/sec)

NSG-85 - Base Series Designation

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