ZMT Seeks to Import HS “Bor” Bullpup Sniper Rifles from Poland | SHOT 17

Nestled in the back of the first floor of the 2017 SHOT Show, in a 1900-series booth shared with another company, was a solitary representative sitting behind two very interesting looking precision rifles, both bolt-action bullpups. This was the booth – half booth, really – of Polish arms manufacturer Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów (ZMT for short). The factory was founded as a railway plant almost exactly 100 years ago, during World War I in 1917 – though there was no sign of this centennial at the booth. The rifles are variants of the Polish “Bor” sniper rifles, one in .308 Winchester and the other in .338 Lapua Magnum, and their military counterparts have been in use with the Polish armed forces since 2008.

The solitary representative at the show was Andrzej Suwara, the small arms export manager for ZMT, and he told TFB that the rifles are currently being evaluated by the BATFE for import to the United States. The company seeks to import both .308 and .338 versions, with the possibility for the larger .50 caliber WKW “Wilk” rifles to be determined later. Technically-speaking, the HS series are three-lug rotary bolt actions in a bullpup layout, sporting German-made Lothar Walther barrels and machined aluminum receivers feeding from detachable steel magazines. Both rifles spored very substantial looking muzzle brakes (the .338’s being quite a bit larger), bipods (metal on the .338, polymer-coated on the .308), and an interesting index finger-actuated short-throw safety lever design over the pistol grip. Unlike the .308 version, the .338 rifle sported a rear-mounted adjustable fold-out monopod, as well.

Currently, the HS series of rifles are in BATFE import purgatory, and ZMT has not yet found an importer.





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.


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  • Warpig

    Polish do great work and interesting designs.

    • Martin Grønsdal

      yes, both now, and in the past.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Cool look but it better come in cheaper than desert tech to appeal to more than a very small portion of the market.

    • iksnilol

      Contrary to the Desert Tech, it’ll actually come to the market.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        MDR is the only product they’ve had trouble getting on market and considering what it does I’m not surprised.

        • iksnilol

          I still say it is vaporware.

  • Mark Lee

    These photos make the weapon almost imperceptible, especially on a mobile device. As a semi-pro and fully anal-retentive photographer, I had to mention that composing the background can make or break the picture and the manufacturer’s displays should not have made it so hard to capture their products.

  • CavScout

    Gun imports from Poland. Where have I heard that at SHOT before?

  • throwedoff

    What are the advantages of a bullpup bolt action rifle other than having a slightly shorter overall length? Maybe it’s just me, but I think it would be more difficult to keep the rifle mounted to my shoulder and operate the bolt with the action so close to my shoulder.