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Brugger & Thomet APR338

Sniper rifle

Brugger & Thomet APR338

The APR338 sniper rifle is in service with Georgia, Romania and Ukraine

 
 
Caliber 8.6x70 mm (.338 Lapua Magnum)
Weight (unloaded, without scope and accessories) 7.9 kg
Length 1 236 mm
Length (with folded stock) 1 002 mm
Barrel length 690 mm
Muzzle velocity 800 - 900 m/s
Magazine capacity 5, 10 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 1 300 m

 

   The Brugger and Thomet also known as B+T or B&T is a Swiss manufacturer who designed Advanced Precision Rifle (APR 338) back in 2007. Essentially it is a modified French PGM Precision sniper rifle chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition. The APR338 rifle is manufactured in Switzerland. It seems that production began in 2008. This weapon is reportedly used by Georgia, Romania, Ukraine, and possibly, some other countries.

   The APR is a manual bolt action sniper rifle. It uses 8.6x70 mm (.338 Lapua Magnum) ammunition. It boasts of hitting a torso sized target from 1 300 m range and confirmed head sized object shot from a range of 600 m. Maximum effective range with recommended ammunition is 1 500 m. Performance of this rifle is comparable to the British Accuracy International Arctic Warfare and Finnish Sako TRG.

   The free-floating precision-made barrel has 6 grooves with a right hand twist. According to manufacturers the rifle has a barrel life of 5 000 rounds. This weapon has a muzzle brake which reduces the recoil of rifle by around 40%. The bolt has a configuration with 3 locking lugs and 60 degree opening angle. This sniper rifle is fed from detachable 5- or 10-round capacity box magazines.

   This rifle has an ambidextrous manual safety, located above the pistol grip. Trigger is of two-stage type and fully adjustable. Trigger group, safety and pistol grip are assembled into a singe module.

   This sniper rifle comes with standard Picatinny-type or MIL-STD-1913 scope rail. It supports a wide range of scopes and sights. The B&T APR338 sniper rifle comes with a B&T Tactical Rifle Scope (TRS) which is manufactured exclusively for B&T by Schmidt & Bender of Germany. This scope has an illuminated reticule with a 3V power source and magnification form 3x to 12x. By default an iron sight is attached to the rail.

   The buttstock is foldable and has a cheek-rest which can be adjusted. This sniper rifle has a bipod assembly. The forend panel is available with accessory rails. It can be used to attach laser designator and other accessories.

   A standard APR338 rifle can be fitted with a quick-detachable silencer, mounted on the muzzle brake.

   The APR338 rifle can be used in harsh military and environmental conditions. The performance of rifle is undeterred by the temperatures ranging from -30C to +65C.

 

Rahul Singh Dhari

   Article by RAHUL SINGH DHARI

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Brugger & Thomet APR338

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Brugger & Thomet APR338

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Brugger & Thomet APR338

Brugger & Thomet APR338

Brugger & Thomet APR338

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