New .338 Semiautomatic Sniper Rifle Displayed by Tarnów at MSPO 2017

The SKW308 semiautomatic sniper rifle from ZMT. Many thanks to Remigiusz Wilk for allowing TFB to use his photos.

Polish arms maker Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów (ZMT) has released a new large-caliber semiautomatic sniper rifle system. The 100 year old company, formerly known for their bolt-action sniper rifles and autocannons, introduced the new advanced rifles at the 2017 International Defence Industry Exhibition (Międzynarodowy Salon Przemysłu Obronnego, MSPO) earlier this month. The new rifle system will come in two sizes, one designed for magnum-length rounds like .338 Lapua Magnum, and the other designed for short-action cartridges like .308 Winchester. Called SKW308 and SKW338 after the calibers in which they will be chambered, the rifles stem from a program begun in 2010.

The SKW308 (top) and SKW338 (bottom). Image credit: Remigiusz Wilk, used with permission.

The design of the rifle uses a rotating locking bolt, short stroke gas piston, a return spring internal to the upper receiver, and separate, replaceable trunnion and bolt carrier rails. Unlike most AR derived rifles, the return spring design facilitates a folding stock. ZMT says the design is scalable down to calibers like 5.56mm. In the future, they plan to offer rifles in 7.62x54mmR (feeding from an SVD magazine), as well as .300 Winchester Magnum. ZMT also claimed that they are able to offer the weapons on the civilian market, although this does not mean import into the USA will come soon or even at all.

ZMT is the commercial successor to the Tarnów manufacturing plant. The factory was founded as a railway plant almost exactly 100 years ago, in 1917, during WWI. The company produced 23mm, 37mm, and 57mm autocannons for decades, switching its focus to domestically designed small arms, including 40mm grenade launchers, missiles, as well as the Wilk and Bor bolt action sniper rifles.

More information on the rifles can be found via the excellent article over at MilMag.eu. Also, many thanks to Remiguisz Wilk for allowing TFB to use his photos of the new rifles.





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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  • Kevin Harron

    Looks heavy.

    • QuadGMoto

      According to the article, the bigger is 8 kg (17.6 pounds) while the smaller is 6 kg (13.2 pounds).

    • Sid Collins

      Was my first observation. Sniper school just got a little more difficult. Rifle PT in 5 minutes, fall out!

      • Kevin Harron

        Upon consideration I’m gonna call it ‘burlesque’… sexy but thick. 😛

    • Amplified Heat

      A direct impingement/gas expansion system like the AR’s would definitely be lighter, but for some strange reason, it is never, ever used on any other platform, ever.

    • joe tusgadaro

      You need to be European to be big and strong enough to use it… 😉

      • LCON

        Given weight of a 20″ barreled version is 6kg or about 13.22 pounds this the Noreen Bad News also a .338 is about the same weight.

        • joe tusgadaro

          Tis but a funny sir…

          • LCON

            My sense of humor is on vacation, I wish it would take me with it.

  • Mr. Katt

    One in each caliber . . . use the .308 on squirrels and rabbits, and the .338 on deer.

    (yes, I’m being sarcastic)

    • QuadGMoto

      What squirrel? Oh, you mean that red mist? 😜

      • UWOTM8

        Squirrel you can suck through a straw.

        • CA

          I’m dying!!

    • GaryOlson

      That .338 won’t stop the Deere on the field these days

      • LCON

        I tell you deer hunting has not been the same since Deer started wearing plate carriers and driving MRAPS.

  • Brett baker

    Let us know as soon as they have an importer.

  • Vhyrus

    That thing looks like something out of Destiny 2.

    • UWOTM8

      Ayy you on their marketing team or some sheeit?

  • James Wilson

    I’ll take 3.

  • William Elliott

    daddy like! Do want!

  • Brett baker

    Soon to be experienced by some of our Russian posters.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Remigiusz, not Remiguisz

  • Spencerhut

    . . . because you need a red dot on a freakin riser 6′ over the bore axis on a .338 . . .

  • CA

    If only we deplorables were ALLOWED to make cars the way we make guns, like we used to back in the early 1990’s and before. The car market is a joke ever since the liberals uglified it.

    * Stares at Chevy Camaro IROC-Z *

    • Grey Beard

      Mine was candy apple red with the tan interior, gold accents on the rims and badging. Loved that car and damn if it didn’t attract the attention of every police officer with a radar gun set at 57. Sammy Hagar had nothing on me….lol