Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The U.S. Sniper's More Accurate, Quieter Rifle

Recognizing the differences between conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is now selecting a contractor to upgrade the 22-year-old Remington bolt-action rifle to become a more effective killing machine. The Army will pour about $5.6 million into upgrades to the M24, with the new gear expected to be delivered to troops by this fall. The M24's barrel is being modified to shoot heavier .300 Winchester Magnum rounds, instead of the 7.62mm NATO ammunition, which should extend the rifle's maximum effective range by hundreds of yards to a maximum of about 1400 yards. The suppressor will reduce the noise and flash of the gun so snipers can stay in their hiding positions much longer after they fire.

The Army is also adopting a new chassis that allows for more "real estate" on the rifle—meaning the ability to attach accessories, especially much-needed night-vision devices that clip on directly to the rail in front of the scope. The scope itself will be improved, adding a variable power system that can reach 16.5x to 25x magnification. The Army will also fit the rifles with a rangefinder so troops will no longer have to perform calculations on distance. "The engagement is a lot farther [in Afghanistan] than in Iraq," says Milo Afong, a former Marine Corps sniper who researched the experience of snipers in Afghanistan for his new book, Hunters: U.S. Snipers in the War on Terror. "You are looking at higher altitudes and less populated areas."

In Afghanistan, U.S. snipers have encountered a tougher enemy than in Iraq—one that is willing to stay and fight and generally has the advantage because they know the hiding places. "They know tactics, they know how to shoot, move and communicate. They know how to set up ambushes," Afong says. "You just have to be on your toes at all times, and you have to put yourself one step or two ahead of the enemy."

Afong says that for snipers engaged in urban combat in Iraq, the traditional training and mantra of waiting for 'one shot and one kill' fell by the wayside. Sniper teams in Iraq often selected, observed and reported on the targets without actually taking the shot, acting instead as the eyes for raiding teams that would capture or eliminate the enemy. When caught in the speed of battle, snipers have to turn to snap shooting, says Afong. "The window of opportunity is very, very small," says Afong. "You just have to pick your shots."

from time.com

SIG556 SWAT Patrol Rifle

The next generation in the evolution of the SIG556 platform, the SIG556 Patrol Rifle integrates the accuracy of a 16” barrel with the maneuverability and quick pointing ergonomics of the SIG556 Short in a compact, no-nonsense package. The reduced length gas system and forearms provide the ideal combination of
functionality and light weight. The SIG556 Patrol Rifle is the perfect solution for everything from three gun matches to patrol car deployment. Available in two versions (Swiss type polymer handguards or alloy Quad Rail tactical forend), the SIG556 Patrol Rifle ships standard with the RDSS (Rotary Diopter Sight System),
one magazine w/ connector, and hard carry case.


• 5.56mm x 45 NATO (.223 REM)
• 16” Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
• A2 Type Flash Suppressor
• Reduced Length Gas Piston w/ 2 Position Gas Valve
• Improved Design Trigger Casing
• Swiss Type Folding Stock, adjustable for length
• Swiss Type Reduced Length Polymer Handguards (Patrol Rifle)
• Alloy Quad Rail Reduced Length Tactical Forend (SWAT Patrol Rifle)
• RDSS Rotary Diopter Sight System
• (1) 30 Round Polymer Magazine w/ Connector
• SIG SAUER Hard Carry Case

Item Number R556-16B-PS-RD
Caliber 5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 36.1 in
length w/Stock Collapsed 34.6 in
Barrel Length 16 in
Rifling 1 in 7 in
Sight Radius 14.4 in
Forearm Polymer
Stock Type Folding; length adjustable
Weight w/out Mag 7.5 lbs
Operating System Gas Operated, Rotating Bolt
Mag Capacity 30 Rounds
Features Quad-Rail, Rotary Diopter rear sight
MSRP $2143.00
CA Compliant No
MA Compliant No

Steyr SSG 08 Tactical Rifle

A new milestone from the developers of STEYR MANNLICHER! The new STEYR SSG 08 is the ultimate rifle for every sport shooting purpose!

Thanks to its aluminium folding stock the STEYR SSG 08 can be transported easily in a small case.

The STEYR SSG 08 is available with a 600mm or 508mm barrel.

The STEYR SSG 08 features high grade alumnium folding stock, adjustable cheek piece and butt plate with height marking, and an ergonomical exchangeable pistol grip.

The STEYR SSG 08 also features a Versa-Pod, a muzzle brake, a Picatinny rail, a UIT rail on stock and various Picatinny rails on fore end, and a 10-round HC-magazine.

System Mannox TM
Trigger Direct trigger
Stock Dural aluminium foldingstock black with 280 mm long UIT-rail and various Picatinny-rails
Magazine High capacity synthetic box magazine
Magazine Capacity 10 rounds
Barrel Length HB 600 mm (23.6")
HBC 508 mm (20")
Overall length 1182 mm (600 mm)
1090 mm (508 mm)
folded approx. 220 mm shorter
Weight 5,7 kg (600 mm without bipod)
5,5 kg (508 mm without bipod)


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