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 (https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/11/10/rifles-european-best-sniper-squad-competition-2016/) and ComBloc (https://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.
7.62x51mm Imbel AGLC
Named after a Brazilian Army officer (Col. Athos Gabriel Lacerda de Carvalho) who led a design team responsible for the rifle’s initial development in the early 1990s, the AGLC was subsequently manufactured by Imbel – Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil at its Fábrica de Itajubá (Itajubá Factory), in Minas Gerais State, production having already come to an end. The company says it is “temporarily suspended”, maybe an indication that prodution may eventually be resumed to incorporate minor design changes suggested by some operators. Anyway, the gun is widely found in Brazilian Army units, as well as having been chosen and is in use by some local civil and military police departments.
It is a Mauser-based bolt-action gun (four-round internal magazine) fitted with a cold-forged heavy, free-floating, 610mm barrel, which gives it an overall length of 1200mm. Empty weight is 4.7kg, and the optics fitted is generally a Bushnell 10x40mm Elite 3200.
7.62x51mm CZ 750 S1 M1
The Czech-built (Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod) bolt-action rifle with a 10-round, double-stack, detachable magazine features a fiberglass synthetic stock as a base for its 660mm hammer-forged barrel. Overall length is 1219mm, and empty weight is 5.8kg, the basic scope being a Leopold Mark 4 (8.5-25x50mm). Its only known user in Brazil is Rio de Janeiro Military Police’s BOPE – Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (Special Police Operations Battalion).
7.62x51mm Armalite AR-10 SuperSASS
The semi-auto Armalite AR-10 SuperSASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System) is in use both by PMERJ – Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State Military Police) and the State’s Polícia Civil (Civil Police). It is a gas-operated (direct impingement) weapon with an empty weight of just under 5.9kg and a 508mm barrel fitted with a flash hider. Usual scope is a Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-10×40 unit, but the gun also features flip-up iron sights, for any “just in case” employment. With both users, the rifle accompanies ground troops, maintains security and may give precision-fire support, if needed.
5.56X45mm Colt CAR- A3 Sporter HBAR Elite
Although not exactly a sniper rifle, the Colt CAR-A3 Sporter H-Bar has had a small batch acquired for use by the Rio de Janeiro State Military Police’s BOPE, and is still to be found in some actions. In 5.56x45mm caliber and accurate enough for shorter ranges engagements, it features a 600mm fully-floating heavy barrel with a 1:9 twist to optimize heavy bullets performance for longer distances. It’s on the heavier side for a 5.56x45mm gun, with an empty weight of about 4kg.
7.62x51mm Hecker & Kock PSG/1
Heckler & Koch’s hefty (8kg+) HK PSG/1 rifle has been around in Brazil since the 1980s (Army Special Forces), and is still seen in LE hands from time to time. It’s a kind of G3 development, being of semi-auto operation employing the German firm’s traditional roller-delayed blowback system. The free-floating barrel is 650mm long, overall length being 1208mm. The usual scope is a Hendsoldt 6x42mm.