Accuracy International AXMC sniper rifles chosen by Lithuania

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As we learned in a recent TFB article, Accuarcy International (AI) is one of the leading suppliers of sniper rifles to various armed forces. We have no statistics, perhaps no one has, but the brand seems to be the preferred or at least a very popular choice.

In the user manual, AI describes their model AXMC like this: “Designed for all uses up to and including military use in extreme environmental conditions.”
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AXMC is short for AX Multi Calibre, referring to the possibility to change barrels and therefore the calibre. The AXMC can change barrel into .338 LM, .308 Win or .300 Win Mag.
Now the Lithuanian Land Forces have received their first AXMC bolt-action sniper rifles.

According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, the rifles were bought under a EUR1.3 million (USD1.4 million) contract with AI. Deliveries of the AXMC will continue during the year into the next.

Lithuania chose to procure a rifle chambered in 8.6×70 mm (.338 Lapua Magnum), which is interesting as a it seems to be a trend to go with larger calibers than the traditional 7.62×51 mm NATO (.308 Winchester).

From the previous TFB article, we also learned that Schmidt & Bender (and Leupold for the US) was the preferred brand for optics.

It is therefore a bit of a surprise that the optic is from Kahles.They make terrific sights, so it’s not a bad choice although there are no details which model. I would guess it’s most likely a Kahles 624i 6-24x56i, with a suitable reticle.

It would be interesting to know why they chose Kahles over Schmidt & Bender. (Especially for me, as I’m just about to do the opposite choice for my Ruger Precision Rifle.)

 

Below: AI AXMC with aHensoldt 3,5-26×56 and KH-S mount, with side mounted red dot.

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The sniper rifles will also have a Night Vision attachment, but there are no details nor any information which mount they chose. If I had to guess, they would use AI’s own mounts.
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From AI’s product page, here’s the description of the rifle:

“The Accuracy International AXMC rifle is the flagship multi-caliber rifle in the AI line. As such, you can expect superiority in features, including:

Full-length NATO STANAG 4694/Mil Std 1913 rail for accessories, optics, night vision equipment, and more. Aerospace-grade aluminum with corrosion-resistant protective coating. Rail is inclined 20MOA for .308 Win and 30MOA for magnum calibers.

While the top foreend rail is full-length (and matched to the angle of the action rail), the foreend of the AXMC is an octagonal tube featuring AI’s patented KeySlot mounting system. This foreend is easily removed with the 4mm hex wrench stored in the cheekpiece.

QD flush cup sling attachments are located on the main chassis and removable/repositionable attachment points are located on rail sections attached to foreend.

QuickLoc barrel release system allows for barrel removal and refit in under one minute using only the 4mm hex wrench included in cheekpiece.

Chassis folding stock reduces overall rifle length by 260mm (~10″).

Cheekpiece is configurable for lateral and height adjustments, and also stores a 4mm hex wrench for rifle disassembly.

Butt pad features a friction-locking mechanism for easy, tool-less height and angle adjustment. Rifle length of pull can be adjusted by 40mm without tools or accessories, and even more with the addition of optional 10mm or 20mm spacers (not included)

Pistol grip is replaceable in minutes and can utilize different backstraps.

3-position safety is based on the design of the Accuracy International Arctic Warfare (AW) battle-proven system.

Two-stage trigger with adjustable shoe

Includes 10-round low-friction magazine.”


Link to Accuracy International’s product page for AXMC.

Link to AI AXMC datasheet.

 

As I was reading the AXMC user manual I discovered this. I’m about to break in two rifles (or not, as I prefer shooting before cleaning) so I’m just going to leave that right there… I see a lot of “ifs”.

 

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Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • Tom – UK

    It is quite literally the best sniper rifle on the planet. No ifs or buts. So it comes as no surprise to me that another country has chosen to use it.

    Frankly I’m surprised America doesn’t use it.

    • yodamiles

      I personally think that there are many other precision rifles that can achieved the same thing as AL AXMC. Im not saying that it’s bad rifle, it’s a superb rifle. But to say that it is the best rifle really depend on opinion and preference.
      Also, US military would prefer domestically made gun rather than importing. It’s precurment rule.

      • Mike

        AI is not a large company, They could not produce the number of rifles The US would require. A few specialized units in The US Military/Government use them though.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      In your opinion what makes it the best?

      • nell@kldkdkf.com

        The single calibre models are certainly the best, battle tested in Iraq and Afghanistan by Australia and U.K probably the best armies in the world which also includes snipers. (certainly Australia’s reconnaissance endurance is legendary)
        But this multi calibre model remains untestet in the field.
        Due to the tight tolerances for rifles made for sniping it’s not surprising that many would doubt a multi calibre sniping platforms long term reliability. But if anyone can do it, it’s accuracy international.

        • jono102

          Aussie Cdo’s seem pretty happy with the Sako M10 vs the Blaser

    • GD Ajax

      NiH syndrome of the American military is to blame.

    • Bill

      It is a superlative rifle from an innovative company and the yardstick by which others are measured, but there are others that are catching up, such as the Sako TRG and Blaser R93. At this level of tech, there are few, if any, substandard rigs.

  • jono102

    When AI produced the L-96A1 AW following the PM version in the early 90’s, they were definitely one of the few leading the way with purpose designed and built Sniping platforms. These days there is very little to no difference between the top of the line 7.62 and .338 systems especially when it comes to accuracy and flexibility in the field.

  • GD Ajax

    “It seems to be a trend to go with larger calibers than the traditional 7.62×51 mm NATO”

    The morons at the Precision Weapons Section thinks differently, they say that 300 win mag’s and .338’s hold no advantage over 7.62 nato. rofl!

  • John

    Counter-terrorists win.

  • Vitor Roma

    The formula for a great sniper rifle is apparently simple: robust action + high quality free floating barrel+ high quality trigger. After this holy trinity, it becomes more a matter of personal taste than something quantifiable.

    • jono102

      In a solid reliable system with a suitably matched optic that can stand up to the field use snipers would put it through, whilst being simple to maintain. Otherwise it is just a bench/range rifle

  • MartinWoodhead

    they built the dual calibre rifle so the cool kids could own.338 rifles and shoot .308 because even people who can afford AI find a .338 habit rather expensive