Bergara to Build Rifles for Atlanta SWAT

Bergara SWAT rifle

Bergara USA announced that it will build rifles for the Atlanta PD SWAT team. The rifles are based on the company’s Heavy Tactical model and will feature the following:

  • .308 Win caliber
  • 416 SS barrel
  • Bergara premium action
  • Timney trigger
  • Ashbury International stock
  • Nightforce ATACR 5-25 MOAR scope
  • Dead Air Sandman-L sound suppressor

Bergara USA is based in Duluth, a suburb city outside of Atlanta. The company states they have worked with APD SWAT for several months to develop the rifle being made for the team.

A cost of the rifles was not immediately available. The purchase order/bid information was not readily available from the City of Atlanta.

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  • ghost

    Atlanta must be getting rougher.

  • Dracon1201

    All that for a real shot that won’t be over 100m.

    • John Daniels

      Our tax dollars, hard at work.

    • Sam Schifo

      Well if I were a hostage I’d want the sniper that may save my life to have the best equipment available. You really don’t want them to miss.

      • Dracon1201

        A decent carbine and good training standards would be all you need. When in doubt, attempt to compensate with expensive equipment, I suppose.

        • cloud9

          a good carpenter never blames his tools

          • Dracon1201

            Exactly. Good carpenters they generally ain’t.

      • RealitiCzech

        Training’s gonna mean far more than weapons for that. Just because a gun has mechanical accuracy under 1 MOA doesn’t mean the guy pulling the trigger can milk that accuracy out of it. It takes skill to shoot straighter than your rifle can.

        • RIK


      • Grindstone50k

        They’ll just throw a flashbang in your face and shoot you after kicking in your door, only to find out the actual hostage situation was the next block over.

    • DrewN

      I can’t imagine a trained shooter choosing this rig for 75 meter standoff engagements either though. I’d be interested to see if the trigger pullers wanted this rig or somebody just wanted to shop with someone else’s money. The 25 power optic is beyond ridiculous.

  • Jordan Mitchell

    I live in ATL. Wish APD would rather invest the money in training and development for officers such as detective work and community relations and general high quality policing. They’re already kitted up, I have seen some of their load outs first hand and I do not perceive that they need hardware.

    • cloud9

      “cost of rifles not immediately available”= bend over tax serfs- you’re paying for it

    • RealitiCzech

      In order to avoid corruption in expenditure (e.g., buying hookers and coke), USGOV and others permit money only for very specific categories. It is absolutely possible that you could get federal grants to buy a Stinger missile for your PD, but not get money to send your guys to a pistol class.

      • Nicks87

        It’s sad but very true. The local PD where I’m from has all kinds of Gucci gear, bad ass weaponry and a brand new bearcat but when it comes to training they are seriously lacking. Last year one of their officers fired 8 rounds into a dark city park at a subject who, the officer thought, was holding a gun. Not a single round struck the subject and he ran off into the woods and got away.

    • Esh325

      And it’s perfectly okay for civilians to be kitted up though.

      • Nicks87

        Law abiding civilians should be able to own and carry whatever the police have (I’m a police officer btw). That’s what the 2nd amendment is all about.

  • Pete Sheppard

    You could go to a Wal-Mart and put together a rig that is just as effective for their actual needs…

    • Morgus

      Not in Atlanta on account of no area Walmart selling guns or ammunition.

      • Pete Sheppard

        HA! Not surprised.

  • Zach

    They’re putting more faith in 416SS than most people I know would….

    • Marc

      The significantly shorter service life is totally worth the infinitesimally greater accuracy potential.

  • cloud9

    James Boyd was a Tier One Operator?

  • Grindstone50k

    So they can shoot dogs and unarmed black men more precisely?

  • Don Ward

    I certainly won’t be the one to use this comment section as an anti-police platform. But I rather question the need for dropping any serious amount of money on this type of item. Not when budgets are always tight.

  • Richard

    So a multi-thousand dollar rifle, for cops who get insufficient firearms training, who are becoming increasingly trigger happy for a shot that probably wont exceed 100 yards.

    Yeah way smarter then investing in improved training, in depth background or better psychology checks

  • PatrickHenry1789

    Great, the further militarization of our police forces. I live about an hour from Atlanta. And it is just like the rest of the state. BROKE!

    • Esh325

      It’s militarization when a cop buys a tactical rifle, it’s “Exercising my 2A rights” when a civilian does it though.

      • PatrickHenry1789

        It’s not just “one” cop we’re talking about here. We’re talking about an entire department. What about the APC’s and MRAP’s these folks are racking up courtesy of FEDGOV? What do local police departments need with these weapons? They are weapons of war!

        • RIK

          What do Police Officers really need with the crap the public throws at them like the incident in Ferguson that lasted for 6 months…? Maybe they also need themeans to protect the decent public from the radical public. The racist ‘hate mongers’ like Sharpton & Jackson thrive on stirring up hate & discontent wherever they can.

      • Fal Phil

        Exactly. I’m surprised it took you so long to figure it out. Did you go to government schools as a kid?

        A free society has no need for law enforcement officers. What it needs is peace officers. When citizens are no longer allowed to obtain the same weapons as the police, the police state exists.

        The government should exist as servants, not overlords.

  • dannye

    Baby Bou Bou was wearing hard plates. True story.