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Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum

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Arctic Warfare Magnum sniper rifle

The Arcric Warfare Magnum It is one of the best sniper rifles in the world

 
 
  .300 Winchester Magnum .338 Lapua Magnum
Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service ? 1996
Caliber .300 Winchester Magnum .338 Lapua Magnum
Weight 6.5 kg 6.9 kg
Length 1 200 mm 1 230 mm
Barrel length 660 mm 686 mm
Muzzle velocity ~ 850 m/s 936 m/s
Magazine capacity 5 rounds
Range of effective fire 1 100 m 1 500 - 1 700 m

 

   The Arctic Warfare Magnum (AWM) is a British sniper rifle. It is a product of Accuracy International company. It is a more powerful version of the Arctic Warfare sniper rifle, designed to use larger and more powerful Magnum-type cartridges. The word "Magnum" in the designation denotes the Magnum chambering. There are two main versions of this weapon, chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition. This weapon was adopted in 1996. Version chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum is in service with the Czech Republic, Germany (locally designated as the G22), and some other countries. Another version, chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum was adopted by at least 14 countries, including Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. This sniper rifle saw action during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

   It is a bolt-action sniper rifle. Generally the Arctic Warfare Magnum is similar to the original Arctic Warfare sniper rifle, but has a longer bolt to accommodate the larger and more powerful Magnum-type ammunition. This weapon has a stainless steel barrel. It is fed from detachable 5-round capacity magazines.

   The .300 Winchester Magnum (7.62x67 mm) cartridge was originally designed as a hunting ammunition. It has a flatter trajectory and significantly increased muzzle velocity, wind resistance and supersonic range than the standard NATO .308 Winchester (7.62x51 mm) cartridge. As a result it has significantly longer effective range. The Arctic Warfare Magnum rifle chambered for this ammunition has an effective range of 1 100 meters.

   Another version, chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70 mm), is much more powerful. This cartridge was specially designed for military snipers as long-range sniping ammunition. Its effective range is comparable with that of .50 BMG (12.7x99 mm) cartridge, though the .338 Lapua Magnum develops significantly less kinetic energy and penetration. It outperforms the .300 Winchester Magnum version. The Arctic Warfare Magnum rifle, chambered for this ammunition, has an effective range of 1 500 - 1 700 meters.  In some cases the .338 Lapua Magnum round can reportedly penetrate armored glass. This weapon is one of the best sniper rifles in the world. Eventually it was much more popular that the version chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum.

   This sniper rifle has a solid buttstock. Though there is a version with a folding buttstock stock. It is designated as the Arctic Warfare Magnum-Folding, (or AWM-F). This weapon is more comfortable to carry in a backpack. A number of operators of the Arctic Warfare Magnum use this version with a folding stock.

 

Variants

 

   Arctic Warfare Magnum-Folding (AWM-F) is a version with a folding stock.

   The Arctic Warfare Magnum, chambered for the powerful .338 Lapua Magnum is unofficially referred as Arctic Warfare Super Magnum. It has an effective range of 1 500-1 700 meters. This weapon can neutralize enemy snipers at standoff range. It is one of the best sniper rifles in the world. In 1996 this weapon was adopted by the British Armed Forces, including British Army, Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force regiment as the L115A1. In 2007 deliveries of an improved L115A3 began. A total of 580 L115A3 rifles were delivered to the British Armed Forces. In 2009 the second longest sniper kill in history was made with the L115A3 rifle in Afghanistan. A British Army sniper Craig Harrison killed two Taliban fighters at a range of 2 475 meters. At the time it was the longest sniper kill ever made. The Arctic Warfare Magnum, chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum, had significant export success. This sniper rifle was exported to at least 13 countries, including Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, and South Korea.

   Mk.13 Mod.5 is an American sniper rifle used by the US Navy SEALs and other special operations units. This weapon strongly resembles the Arctic Warfare Magnum. In fact it uses chassis system, supplied by the Accuracy International. However this weapon is based on Remington 700 and is chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum ammunition. This sniper rifle has an effective range of 1 200 meters. This weapon was assembled from parts in the United States. It can mount a sound suppressor.

   AXMC is a new multi-caliber sniper rifle. It replaced in production the Arctic Warfare and Arctic Warfare Magnum rifles. With a caliber conversion kit it can be modified by the shooter to use .338 Lapua Magnum (AX338 rifle), .300 Winchester Magnum (AX300 rifle) and standard NATO .308 Winchester (7.62x51 mm) ammunition (AX308 rifle). In 2012 Accuracy International announced that they will stop production of the Arctic Warfare Magnum in favor to the new AXMC.

 

 
Arctic Warfare Magnum sniper rifle

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