To ring even more performance from the Gepard line of Anti-Material Rifles (AMRs) beginning with the single-shot Gepard M1 and evolving into the semi-automatic M2, Hungarian engineers turned to a new AMR centered around the ultra-powerful 14.5x114mm Soviet heavy cartridge. The result became the Gepard M3 which became one of the most powerful heavy rifles in all of Europe offering gains in both engagement ranges and accuracy. It proved a popular addition to the Gepard line seeing adoption by several armies and special forces groups worldwide.
The M3 was more or less a dimensionally larger version of the semi-automatic M2 model. A hydropneumatic recoil system (akin to an artillery piece) aided in the inherently violent recoil action produced when firing such a large cartridge. A larger muzzle brake was also added to improve efficiency. Overall length of the weapon measured 74 inches with a weight nearing 44 pounds. The semi-automatic action remained so feeding could be through a 5- or 10-round detachable box. However, this box was positioned next to the pistol grip and thusly favored right-handed shooters.
While the original Gepard M1 could penetrate armor up to 15mm at range, the Gepard M3 increased this value to 25mm of armor thickness. Beyond its usefulness in engaging light armor and protected infantry elements, the M3 was sufficient in bringing down low-flying helicopters and the like.
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✓Anti-Armor / Anti-Tank / Anti-Material
Designed to engage and defeat armor / enemy tanks at range.
1,880 mm 74.02 in
1,480 mm 58.27 in
44.09 lb 20.00 kg
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.
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Rounds / Feed
5- or 10-round detachable box magazine
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6,560 ft (1,999 m | 2,187 yd)
3,280 ft/sec (1,000 m/sec)
Gepard M3 - Base Series Designation
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