IDEF 2017- MKEK Unveils MAM-15 Anti-Material Rifle

    On top of introducing a 5.56x45mm carbine, MKEK is also showing current prototypes of an anti-material rifle that the Turkish state-owned company is in the process of perfecting and producing. The MAM-15 utilizes a manual bolt action, is chambered in .50 BMG, and has a capacity of five rounds. MKEK states that the effective range is 1,800 meters, while its overall length is 61 inches while the barrel is 29 inches. The rifle has a full-length monolithic picatinny rail and another rail section at the 6 o’clock position on the handguard. Attached to the lower picatinny rail is the bipod system, of which we’ve seen two versions. One is an adjustable¬†SAW like leg system, while the other is a quick detachment system that is very similar in operation and appearance to Versa Pod,¬†or Accuracy International’s original bipod design. The stock is adjustable for length of pull in addition to cheek rest height. Currently, it does not appear that the stock can be folded and is instead fixed. It also has a monopod that can be adjusted as well.

    Images from Army Recognition.

    It appears that the Turkish Land Forces have the Barrett M82A1, 14.5mm Istiglal, and the .408 Chey Tac Intervention within their armories. However, most of these anti-material rifles are designated as being used by Turkish special operations forces and not Infantry troops. Due to the rising threat of SVBIEDs within Syria, a low cost, locally produced anti-material rifle might be necessary to conduct security operations where a precision shot into armored plating is necessary.


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