Weapons in use by the world’s leading military and LE forces are usually well known to the general public due to their being frequently shown in the mainstream media as a result of their respective countries’ public relations efforts and/or some publicity generated by the manufacturers involved. TFB, incidentally, recently had a look at what Western (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/11/10/rifles-european-best-sniper-squad-competition-2016/) and ComBloc (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/12/01/international-army-games-combloc-sniper-frontier/) sniper teams use, but for lower-profile nations like Brazil, however, very little usually comes to light. Then, the following pictures and concise info may be of interest. They follow no specific sequence, and are just here for your general appreciation. Nope, this is not a comprehensive list.
.50 BMG (12.7x99mm) PGM Hécate II
The French-made PGM Hécate II anti-materiel/HTI (Hard Target Interdiction) bolt-action rifle is used by Brazil’s Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais (Marine Corps) in the inventory of its Batalhão Tonelero (Tonelero Battalion), the SpecOps unit. This ugly, but deadly, beast is fitted with a 700mm long floating barrel with a conical profile, overall length being 1400 mm. Empty weight is 15.8 kg. Scope fitted is a Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50mm.
7.62x51mm PGM Ultima Ratio
Also manufactured by the French PGM company, the Ultima Ratio is a bolt-action rifle (10-round detachable box magazines) fitted with a fully-floating 550mm barrel, which gives the gun an overall length of 1055-1108mm (butt adjustment). Weight with a fully-loaded magazine and the Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50mm scope is 7.4kg. The quick removal of the barrel (four hex screws) allows its replacement with another one incorporating an integral sound suppressor, which will not take more than one minute. As the zero is maintained, no further scope adjustments are needed.
7.62x51mm Parker-Hale M85
A long-time veteran in Brazilian Navy service (Marines and Navy Combat Divers Group, the GRUMEC) is the British-made Parker-Hale M85, a 7.62x51mm bolt-action gun with a 623mm free-floating barrel and overall length of 1150mm. Weight with a Schmidt & Bender 6x42mm or Leopold Mark 4 scope is about 5.7kg.