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Gepard M3 (14.5mm)


Semi-Automatic Heavy Anti-Material Rifle (HAMR) (1990)


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The Gepard M3 was more or less an enlarged version of the earlier Gepard M1 / M2 AMR models though now chambered for the massive Soviet 14.5x114 cartridge.



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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1990

Origin
Hungary national flag graphic
Hungary

Classification


Semi-Automatic Heavy Anti-Material Rifle (HAMR)


Technika / Hydrotechnic State Company - Hungary
National flag of Hungary Hungary
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Anti-Armor / Anti-Tank / Anti-Material
Designed to engage and defeat armor / enemy tanks at range.


Overall Length
1,880 mm
74.02 in
Barrel Length
1,480 mm
58.27 in
Empty Wgt
44.09 lb
20.00 kg
Sights


Optics Only


Action


Semi-Automatic

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.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


14.5x114mm Soviet

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 14.5mm heavy rifle round (Soviet)
Rounds / Feed


5- or 10-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
6,560 ft
(1,999 m | 2,187 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
3,280 ft/sec
(1,000 m/sec)


Gepard M3 - Base Series Designation


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