SOCOM Looks to 6.5mm Creedmoor, .260 Remington for New Semiautomatic Sniper Rifle

The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is considering a caliber change for their future semiautomatic sniper weapons systems. Although traditionally these medium range precision weapons have been chambered for the 7.62x51mm caliber common to NATO, it seems SOCOM is looking to get a little more out of them by changing over to a new 6.5mm/0.264″ caliber round. The Command is investigating two off-the-shelf options: The 6.5mm Creedmoor (6.5x49mm) and the .260 Remington (6.5x52mm). Both rounds are extremely similar, each being based on the .308 Winchester case (the Creedmoor by way of the all-but-forgotten .30 T/C) necked down. From Military Times:

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Austrian Ritter & Stark introduces SX-1

Ritter & Stark is a newly formed firearms manufacturing company in southern Austria. At the recent AUSA 2016, the company unveiled their flagship product, the SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle (MTR). The rifle is an Austrian take on the PSR style rifles that are currently sweeping the tactical precision long gun world. By that I mean a convertible barrel system from .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua, in addition to having a folding buttstock and modular components.

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ADEX 2016- New Azeri long range rifles

ADEX is the Azerbaijan International Defense Exhibition held in the capitol of Baku, Azerbaijan. The Azeris began work on a 14.5mm and 12.7mm anti-material rifle back in 2008 and having it enter service in 2009. This was the Istigal 14.5 and 12.7mm semi-automatic rifle. I would assume that the Azeris ran into the accuracy problem that so many large caliber semi-automatic rifle manufacturers have encountered. Thus at ADEX 2016, the Azeri Ministry of Defense showcased their new bolt action, magazine fed, 14.5mm NST rifle. It weighs 20 Kg, has an maximum range of 2000 meters, and a maximum effective range of 1600 meters. The scope and muzzle brake are both designed locally in Azerbaijan. The scope looks to be a variable power optic, with an extremely large elevation turret to account for adjustments out to the ranges listed under the specifications.

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Mosin Nagant PSR?

Someone should have submitted this to the SOCOM Precision Sniper Rifle Competition, just to see the looks on the faces of the officials present. Out of the Ukraine, we have a sort of chassis system for the Mosin Nagant rifle, designated the VM MP-UOS (ВМ МП-УОС in Cyrillic). A Ukrainian company by the name of UKROBORONSERVICE SC, abbreviated UOS on their website. They seem to have really brought the Mosin Nagant into the 21st century with the addition of a telescoping AR buttstock, full length top picatinny rail, suppressor, removable magazine, bipods, and a skeletonized stock to finish it up! Underneath all this dressing, is a Mosin rifle, whether or not it has been altered for accuracy, I cannot tell, and it doesn’t seem to say. It does mention that the range for a point target is either 350 meters for a head shot, and 450 meters for a torso shot, while 640 meters for a moving target. By referencing targets in human terms, I assume they would only be solicitation a military sale, as a civilian sale this wouldn’t fly, and most LE forces the world over don’t see precision long gun action past maybe 100-200 meters. However it does mention that the rifle is available for export, so if it were to ever come to the United States in a decent price, I would imagine it give Archangel a run for their money.

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FN's entry into the U.S. Special Operations Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) competition

TFB contributor Miles Vining visited the FNH USA headquarters and had the opportunity to exaimine FN’s entry into the U.S. Special Operations Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) competition.

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SOCOM Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) Competition

The US Military is looking for a system to replace the existing bolt-action SOF Sniper Systems M40, M24 and MK13 which are all based on Remington 700 actions.

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