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Barrett M99



The sniper rifle - Barrett M99 .50 cal

The Barrett Model 99 “Big Shot” rifle was first introduced in 1999 and is the latest development of the Barrett Firearms Co (USA), known worldwide by earlier .50 caliber rifles – semi-automatic M82A1 and bolt-action M95. The M99 is positioned on the market as an inexpensive yet extremely accurate .50 caliber sniper / special applications rifle. The M99 is available in two basically similar modifications, M99 and M99-1, latter being fitted with a shorter barrel. M99 is intended as a long range target or sniper rifle for applications where the rate of fire is of less value than the accuracy.

M99-1 is better suited for urban operations (like counter-sniper operations or explosive ordnance disposal) where ranges are relatively shorter but powerful .50 caliber bullet still required to do the job.Barrett M99 is also used for long range competition, and it was used in 2001 to set a world record in 1000 yards .50BMG competition, with smallest recorded group of 5 shots being only 4.09 inch (104 mm) small.

Being externally similar to earlier Barrett M95 rifle (less magazine), the M99, in fact, differs from it in many aspects. First, it is a single shot weapon, and after each shot a fresh cartridge must be manually loaded into the receiver opening (spent case is ejected automatically when the bolt is opened). Second, the bolt has multiple lugs instead of three lugs on the M95 bolt. Third, the one piece receiver is made from aluminum alloy, instead of the two-part stamped steel receivers on M82 and M95.

Barrett M95 .50 cal sniper rifle

Barrett M95 in Afghanistan

The heavy fluted barrels are equipped with large and effective muzzle brakes. M99 rifles have no open sights installed by default, and an M1913 Picatinny (modified Weaver) rail is formed as an integral part of the receiver, allowing for a wide variety of sighting devices to be easily installed. M99 rifles are equipped with the detachable folding bipod with adjustable legs. The trigger group along with the pistol handle is attached to the receiver by the simple push-pins and could be quickly detached for cleaning and maintenance.

The rifle comes in several variations. The .416 Barrett is, in theory, more accurate than the .50 BMG because the round is of a higher velocity and lower caliber (making it more aerodynamic). However, the drag-to-weight ratios of the respective bullets give the .50 BMG an advantage at ultra-long ranges. The .416 Barrett model is available with a 32″ barrel. The .50 BMG model is available with a 29″ or 32″ barrel. MSRP ranges from $3,800 to $4000.


M99 M99-1
Caliber .50 BMG (12.7x99mm)
Operation manually operated, rotating bolt action
Overall Length 1280 mm 1179 mm
Barrel Length 838 mm (33″) 737 mm (29″)
Feedљ single shot
Weight 11.36 kg 9.53 kg
Expected accuracy 1 MOA or better with match grade ammunition

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Sniper Rifles

Sako TRG



The Sako TRG is one of the most popular sniper rifles among special forces operatives. It is an accuracy concept designed to accomplish a single-minded mission: to hit the target – whatever it takes.

The Sako TRG gives you performance that surpasses the highest demands for accuracy, reliability and versatility.

Sako TRG are a series of sniper rifles developed by the Finnish firearm manufacturer SAKO of Riihimäki (Finland). The TRG-21 and TRG-22 are designed to fire standard .308 Winchester ammunition, while the TRG-41 and TRG-42 versions are designed to fire more powerful .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition and therefore have a larger action and barrel as standard.

The company also offers the Sako TRG M10 Sniper Weapon System. The Sako TRG M10 was designed as a user configurable multi caliber modular system and does not share its receiver and other technical features with the rest of the TRG line.

The Sako TRG rifles are available with olive drab green, desert tan/coyote brown, dark earth or black stocks, and are also available with a folding stock.

First rifles were designed in 1989 (TRG-21/41 while the TRG-22/42 was designed in 1999. Today, SAKO TRG rifles are part of armories around the world, military or law enforcement.

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Sniper Rifles

Steyr-Mannlicher SSG-69



I have previously commented upon the recent rise in the use of bolt-action rifles for military sniping, replacing the earlier semi-automatics. One of the first to make this move was the Austrian Army, and the Steyr SSG-69 was the weapon developed to their specifications.

When this rifle first appeared, most commentators suggested that it was simply the Greek Army Mannlicher-Schoenauer Model 1900 revived, but this was a gross simplification. In the first place the bolt is unusual in having its six locking lugs, in three pairs, at the rear and not in the front; in theory, this is liable to the giver is to compression stresses in the bolt and consequent inaccuracy, but in practice, it seems not to matter. By way of compensation the barrel is set extremely deeply into the receiver and the receiver itself is strengthened, so that whole assembly is rock-rigid.

The magazine is the Schoenauer rotating spool type, not seen on a military rifle since the fore mentioned 1900 model, and ti can be quickly removed from the bottom of the stock by squeezing in two grips on its base. The rear face of the magazine is closed by a transparent panel, so that the firer can slip the magazine out and, without moving it, can check on its contents and replace it. There is a specially-adapted 10-round box magazine which will fit in place of the spool should this be desired.

Steyer-Mannlicher SSG-69 sniper rifle is widely used in both law enforcement and military special units

Steyer-Mannlicher SSG-69 sniper rifle is widely used in both law enforcement and military special units

Iron sights are fitted for emergency use, a blade foresight and “V” notch backsight. In normal use this weapon will be aimed by a telescope and the receiver is ribbed to take the Kahles “Helia 6S2” which is standard issue. The same mounting can also be used for infrared or image intensifying night sights.

The stock and butt are made of olive-drab self-colored glass-reinforced fiber plastic material which is rot-resistant, impervious to rain, and fairly resistant to casual impact damage. It is also less likely to be seen than a wooden stock and has a matte surface which gives a good grip at all points, though the pistol grip and fore-end have additional stippling.

In use this weapon is very accurate, giving 3 ½ inch groups at 30 yards, though as with most rifles of this type the accuracy relies greatly upon the quality of the military-grade ammunition. It is now available commercially, with a walnut stock and Walther match grade adjustable sights; it makes an excellent full-bore match rifle.

Technical specification of Steyr-Mannlicher SSG-69

Manufacturer: Steyr-Mannlicher GmbH, Steyr, Austria
Type: Bolt-action, magazine
Caliber: 7.62 mm NATO
Barrel: 25.6 in (650 mm)
Weight: 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
Magazine capacity: 5 rounds


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