Poland Announces New Tender For 150 Multi-Caliber Sniper Rifles

Poland is seeking to adopt a new sniper rifle as part of its modernization program. The new rifle, the tender for which was released earlier this week, will fire .338 Lapua Magnum and, with a conversion kit, 7.6x51mm NATO. Jane’s reports:

Poland has begun a tender for 150 bolt-action sniper rifles chambered in 8.6×70 mm (.338 Lapua Magnum).

The weapon will be the first .338 Lapua Magnum rifle in Polish service and is to feature an exchangeable barrel, bolt head and magazine so it can use the cheaper 7.62×51 mm NATO round for training.

Bidders are to respond by 5 November, with the Accuracy International AXMC, Barrett MRAD, SAKO TRG M10, and Voere LBW-M2 rifles expected to compete. None of Poland’s small arms manufacturers offer such a rifle. The tender also includes 50,000 ball-type 8.6×70 mm rounds, and day/night weapon scopes.

The new Polish rifles will follow the trend of powerful large-caliber sniper rifles that has been developing since the release of the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge in 1989. The caliber offers substantially better accuracy and ballistics than either the smaller .308 Winchester round, or the larger .50 BMG round, while still being accommodated by a reasonably-sized bolt action rifle.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Ryan

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Accuracy International got this.

    • Anonymoose

      As much as I would like AI or Sako get this, my money is on Remington.

      • iksnilol

        Remington!? Winning a contract in Europe?

        Hat is off, you’re the better comedian here.

        • Anonymoose

          GROM uses ACRs, and Czech special forces use Shrubmaster M4s.

          • iksnilol

            Remington owns Shrubmaster? Learn something new every day.

            It’s just that i don’t really consider Remington to be quality. Their old guns were nice but they have fizzled out IMO.

          • Anonymoose

            Remington is meh-tier at the very best. Their parent company bought out Para-Ordnance, Advanced Armament, Marlin, DPMS, and Shrubmaster and consolidated them last year under one roof (iirc, but Remy/Marlin and DPMS/Shrubmaster were together before the big mashup). Their quality has been going down hill for decades now, and they lay a ton of people off every time they make another move towards total consolidation of all their brands. Also, for some reason, non-gun-nutty Republicans like to boast that the Freedom Group is sooo great because Dubya is/was on the board of directors at Cerberus (the Freedom Group’s parent, who has been trying to divest themselves of the mess they created since Sandy Vagoo), but they don’t pay attention to the screwups like the frequent ammo and rifle recalls and the terrible pistols Big Green has tried to marked recently (i.e. the R51 and RM380; also, 1911R1s are mediocre unless you get the top-tier ones, and Para resale value is almost at AMT Hardballer prices). Let’s also not forget about Remington losing the M4A1 contract to FN…

          • iksnilol

            I am sad they bought out Marlin and Para-Ordnance. I liked both. The Marlin .22s are IMO some of the best .22 LR rifles available for the money. And I liked the idea of a high capacity 1911.

          • Anonymoose

            You could always build a custom double-stack STI or Infinity/SVI. It will only cost you YOUR SOUL. 😀

          • iksnilol

            In 10mm Auto :O

  • Darkpr0

    I wonder if Russia will offer their ORSIS system. We have a few floating around in Canada that were imported. I have heard nothing but good things from those that can afford them, but of course Poland may not be so interested in something coming from Russia.

    • toms

      No Poland would definitely not be interested in that overly expensive Rifle even if it did shoot better than the other venders (they don’t). Russia is pretty much banned from NATO military sales.

  • Bungameng

    Interesting choice of the two calibers considering that Czech Army just bought .50BMG/.338 Lapua rifles from Accuracy International.