POTD: PGM Hécate II .50 BMG in .22LR

    PGM Hécate II 22LR rimfire

    POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we go to great lengths trying to find the best pictures and stories out there. Today we’re pretty sure you’re going to learn something you had no idea about. The French Army uses a rifle called the FR-12.7 (12.7mm calibre bolt-action rifle). It is made by PGM Précision, and you may know it better under the name PGM Hécate II. We all know that the .50 BMG round is pretty violent and not the most fun thing to shoot for a long day. PGM has now made a rimfire version in .22LR to provide training for future snipers.

    Caption from PGM, machine-translated from French:

    At the National Infantry Days in Draguignan, PGM today presented the revalorized MAS45 rifle.

    This project was initiated by STAT to provide a 22LR caliber training solution for snipers using our PGM FR12.7F1 rifle.

    PGM was responsible for the complete industrialization of this new stock fitted with the PGM quick-assembly bipod in its workshop near Annecy.

    Thank you to the Ministry of the Armed Forces for its trust.

    So, given the choice, would you go .22LR or .50 BMG?