Sniper rifles are the best discovery of modern ammunition technology. They are equally impendent and advantageous; meant to carry out abolition on a large scale, they represent the martial influence of a country as well. Let’s list 10 sniper rifles with the deadliest impact and matchless fire power:
10. L42 Enfield (British):
The L42 Enfield is a bolt-action rifle originated in 1895 in the UK. This magazine-fed, repeating rifle was first used by the military forces of the British Empire in the first half of the 20th century. The rifle was used repeatedly in First World War, Second World War, Second Boer War and Irish War of Independence. The rifle can hit a target at maximum range of 1.829 meters.
9. SR-25 (American):
The SR-25 is a semi-automatic rifle manufactured in 1990 in the United Sates. Eugene Stoner designed this sniper rifle and the manufacturer was Knight’s Armament Company. It has been in service since 1990. This semi-automatic sniper rifle has a direct impingement gas system and uses a rotating bolt. It was used in Afghanistan War, Iraq War and 2006 East Timorese Crisis. The rifle is 1,118 mm in length, weighs 10 pounds with a barrel length of 610 mm.
8. AS50 (British):
The AS50 is an anti-material rifle manufactured by Accuracy International, the British firearms producer. This .50 BMG sniper is capable of engaging targets at a range of 1800 meters. The AS50 uses incendiary ammunition and provides a very high level of accuracy. The rifle was designed in 2007 to facilitate the British Forces. It can fire five rounds in just 1.6 seconds and this is why it has been quite popular.
7. M21 (American):
The M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) was evolved when the US Army needed a rifle with high accuracy during the Vietnam War. It is basically a semi-automatic sniper rifle adaptation of the M14 rifle. This rifle has been in service since 1969 and uses a 20-round box magazine. It is chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge.
6. PSG1 (German):
The PSGI is a German sniper rifle designed by Heckler & Koch, the German company. The origin of the rifle has its roots in the horrible memory of the Munich massacre of 1972. This was when Heckler & Koch was given the responsibility of manufacturing a high accuracy, semi-automatic rifle for military and police. Heckler & Koch came up with PSGI in 1972 that has been in use ever since. This is a semi-automatic sniper rifle with a large magazine capacity.
5. Dragunov SVD (Soviet Union):
This one is a strong and reliable sniper rifle developed in the Soviet Union. It was initially designed in 1958 and has been in service since 1963. The Dragunov SVD is a semi-automatic, 10-round detachable box sniper rifle with a barrel length of 620 mm. Plus, it has a short-stroke gas-piston system. The Dragunov SVD was originally designed as a squad support weapon.
4. Mosin-Nagant (Russian):
The Mosin-Nagant is a Russian bolt-action military rifle. It is probably one of the most powerful internal magazine-fed military rifles with shocking precision level. Developed by the Imperial Russian Army, this unique piece has been in use since 1891. The length of Mosin-Nagant is 1,232 mm and weighs 8.8 lb. The rifle has a long range with powerful firepower and is designed to give accuracy even in tough conditions.
3. L115A3 AWM (British):
L115A3 AWM (Arctic Warfare Magnum) is a British sniper rifle that’s been in service use since 1996. It is a bolt action rifle designed for magnum rifle cartridge chambering by Accuracy International. The length of the rifle is 1200 mm and weighs 14.3 lb. L115A3 AWM comes with day and night optics and has been used in Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This wonderful sniper rifle uses a 5-round detachable box magazine and has an effective range of 1,400 meters.
2. CheyTac Intervention (American):
Not all rifles are perfect in terms of precision, range and firepower. The highly powerful CheyTac Intervention has these three attributes in amazing combination. Interestingly, it is capable of hitting a target at over 2300 meters, that too with utter precision. The CheyTac M200.408 is believed to have the most accurate sniper system in the world, which is doubtless true. It is a custom round from CheyTac to keep their precision level up and they have done it quite successfully!
1. Barrett .50 Cal (American):
M82 Barrett .50 Cal is one-rifle-army type of a sniper rifle introduced by the American Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Company. It has been in service since 1989 till date, used by armies and units around the world. This weapon used to have two variants – the original M82A1 and the bullpup M82A2. Now, however, the M82A2 has been replaced by XM500. The sniper rifle has a .50 BMG chambering and is also known as the Light Fifty. This mind-blowing single shot, bolt-action weapon comes with maximum fire range of 2600 meters and can shoot through a wall!