Which is the best
sniper rifle in the world? Which is the best modern sniper rifle and why? Our Top 10 analysis is based on the combined score
of range, accuracy, firepower, penetration, reliability, production numbers,
number of users, and some other
This list includes
only modern sniper rifles, that are currently in service. It does
not includes prototypes that are not yet in production, or ageing
sniper rifles that are no longer used.
top 10 sniper rifles in the world are these:
Barrett M82 (United States)
The Barrett M82 is a semi-automatic anti-material rifle,
designed and developed by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company.
Development of this powerful anti-material rifle began in the early
1980s. Working versions were ready by 1982, hence the designation
M82. It is worth noting that the M82 is a company designation,
rather than a US military designation. The company successfully sold
100 rifles to Swedish Armed Forces in 1989. In 1990-1991 US Marine
Corps obtained around 125 of these rifles. Soon followed orders from
the US Army and Air Force. Today this anti-material rifle is in
service with nearly 60 countries
and used by military and law enforcement forces. In a number of countries this anti-material rifle is
used as a long-range anti-personnel sniper weapon.
This rifle was designed to destroy sensitive enemy equipment, like
parked aircraft, radar units, trucks and various other important
assets at long range. It is used for remote destruction of
explosive ordnance. Even though it was originally designed as an
anti-material rifle, the Barrett M82 is also used as a long-range
sniper rifle. It can neutralize enemy snipers at standoff range. This
rifle can be also used to hit enemy soldiers, that are hiding behind
cover and walls, as its powerful ammunition can penetrate through
bricks and concrete. However the Barrett M82 is primarily used as
The Barrett M82 is chambered for powerful
12.7x99 mm (.50 BMG) ammunition. This ammunition was originally
developed for and used in
heavy machine gun. Sometimes the Barrett M82 is referred as "Light
Fifty" for its cartridge.
has a unique recoil reduction mechanism. The muzzle brake is said to absorb 70% of the recoil.
reduces the forces acting on internal mechanisms and the shooter.
This weapon is fed from
10-round detachable magazines.
M82 was often fitted with 10x magnification scope. This
weapon can be also used with night vision scopes. There is a flip-up
iron sight for emergency use in case of scope damage. Modern
variants have a Picatinny-type scope rail on top of the receiver.
Barrett M82 has a built-in carrying handle, while the modern
versions come with quick-detachable one. This rifle also has a
detachable bipod. This weapon can be fitted with carry sling. However
due to its size the Barrett M82 is usually carried in special case.
The unit cost of the rifle is around $8 900.
Steyr SSG 69 (Austria)
Scharfschutzengewehr 69, or SSG 69 is an Austrian sniper rifle.
Externally it resembles a hunting rifle, however it
was specially designed as a weapon for military and law enforcement forces.
Since the mid 1960s the Austrian Army was looking for an advanced
sniper rifle to equip its own snipers. In
1969 the rifle designed by Steyr was adopted by the Austrian Army as a standard
sniper weapon, hence its designation. After the break up of the Steyr-Daimler-Puch company, its firearm manufacturing division
became independent. Since 1987-1989 this sniper rifle was produced
by Steyr Mannlicher. Eventually this weapon
made its name for impressive accuracy and was adopted by a number of countries from all over the world, where
it is used by military or law enforcement forces. Currently the SSG
69 is one of the most popular sniper rifles in the world. Export
operators include Argentina, Chile, Greece, India, Indonesia,
Ireland, Jordan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia and
Turkey. This sniper rifle is even used by a US BORTAC border patrol
unit. This weapon saw
action during numerous wars and military conflicts. The SSG 69 was
produced without changes for more than 40 years. Its production ceased
only in 2015. It was succeeded by a modern SSG 08
SSG 69 is a bolt-action weapon. It is chambered for a standard NATO
7.62x51 mm (.308 Winchester) cartridge. At the time of its
introduction in the late 1960s this weapon was different than most contemporary sniper
rifles. Design of the SSG 69 was rather unique. Some of its features
were cutting-edge back in the late 1960s. It
used synthetic materials for light weight and cold hammer-forged barrels for
durability. Also it had detachable magazine of unusual design.
The SSG 69
sniper rifle is relatively compact. It comes with a 650 mm (25.6")
barrel. Furthermore it a very light rifle. Modern equivalents with
similar performance weigh nearly twice as much. Also the Austrian
SSG 69 proved to be a reliable and durable design.
rifle uses an unusual detachable rotary magazine, that holds 5
rounds. The magazine is transparent, so it is easy to see
how many rounds are loaded. The magazine is released by squeezing
two release buttons on either side of the magazine. A larger
10-round box magazine was available as an accessory. It protrudes
down bellow the rifle.
The stock is
made of fiberglass. Back in the late 1960s it was a novelty, as most
other rifles had wooden stocks. Contemporary weapons, that were
adopted during similar time frame, including the US Army's M21,
USMC's M40 and German Mauser SP66, all had wooden stocks. So even
though the SSG 69 may not have been the first rifle with a synthetic
stock, but it was certainly pioneering that Steyr was using this
feature as standard. The buttstock is hollow to keep the weight
down. Also the buttstock has a spacer system, that allows for
adjusting the length of pull by adding or removing spacers.
is popular due to its accuracy. The Steyr SSG 69 demonstrated sub
0.5 MOA accuracy during several international competitions. Back in
the late 1960s just a few custom rifles were sub-MOA accurate. The
SSG 69 is normally used with a scope. Originally Austrian Army
rifles were paired with Kahles ZF69 6x magnification scopes. With
this scope the rifle was effective out to 600 meters. Later a Kahles
ZF84 10x magnification scope was adopted. It extend effective range
of the rifle out to 800 meters. There are auxiliary iron sights for
There is a
standard accessory rail on the bottom of the forearm. It is used for
mounting sling studs and bipod. However despite its impressive
accuracy the SSG 69 can not match ergonomics of modern rifles. It
lacks a proper pistol grip, fully adjustable stock or Picatinny-type
rails. Furthermore there is no means of mounting any sort of scope rail.
Despite the fact that the SSG 69 is out-dated, it remains a very
competitive design. In terms of performance it meets modern
several variants of this sniper rifle, however most of them have
only cosmetic differences. The only anomaly is the SSG PIV silenced
that was designed to be used in conjunction with a sound suppressor.
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum (United Kingdom)
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 660 mm (26") 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, 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. In fact in
2009 the second longest sniper kill in history was made with the
L115A3 rifle (British version of the Arctic Warfare Magnum) 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.
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.
Barrett M95 (United States)
M95 is a manual bolt-action anti-material and sniper rifle, designed
by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company. It is an improved
production version of the Barrett M90. The major difference is that
the pistol grip with the trigger have been moved slightly forward
for better magazine clearance. Thus the new weapon is more
comfortable to use. In 1995 the Barrett M95 replaced in production
the original Barrett M90. The M95 is a company designation, rather
than a US military designation. The number in the designation
denotes the year 1995, when a working version of the rifle was
ready. This weapon is proposed as a lighter, more compact and
manually-operated alternative to the semi-automatic
Barrett M82. It is intended for elite military and law
enforcement units. In 1999 this weapon was selected for a US Army
trials to become the new XM107. A small number of these rifles were
purchased for trials and evaluation, however eventually the Barrett
M82 was selected. Still though the Barrett M95 was adopted by a
number of countries from all around the world. The Barrett company
announces that this sniper rifle is used by 15 countries. This
weapon is used by Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece,
Georgia, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, Thailand,
Turkey, and some other countries. However the Barrett M95 could
never match the popularity of the original Barrett M82, that is in
service with nearly 60 countries. As of 2017 the Barrett M95 is
still being offered.
the Barrett M95 can be seen as a manually-operated version of the
Barrett M82 with a bullpup layout. The bullpup layout, as well
as more simple bolt-action operation, allowed to reduce overall
length and size of the weapon. However it maintains barrel length
and performance of the M82.
The M95 is
chambered for a powerful 12.7x99 mm (.50 BMG) cartridge. This weapon comes with a 736 mm (29") barrel.
has a manual thumb-lever safety. The Barrett M95 can be easily field
stripped for cleaning and maintenance. The weapon can be
disassembled or assembled for cleaning within 60 seconds, without
using any tools.
is used to destroy sensitive enemy equipment, like parked aircraft,
radar units, trucks and various other important assets at long
range. It is also used for remote destruction of explosive ordnance.
Even though the Barrett M95 was originally designed as an
anti-material rifle, it is often used as a long-range anti-personnel
sniper weapon. It can neutralize enemy snipers at standoff ranges.
Furthermore this rifle can be also used to hit enemy soldiers, that
are hiding behind cover and walls, as its powerful ammunition can
penetrate through bricks and concrete.
has a unique recoil reduction mechanism. Its highly-effective muzzle
brake is said to absorb 70% of the recoil. The muzzle brake reduces
the forces acting on internal mechanisms and the shooter. There is
also a highly absorbent recoil pad.
M95 is fed from detachable 5-round capacity magazine.
rifle has a scope rail on top of the receiver. Current production
version has a Picatinny-type scope rail. This weapon is being
offered with a Leupold 10x magnification scope. Though it can also
mount various other scopes and night vision sights. There are no
backup iron sights for emergency use in case of scope damage. This
weapon is typically used out to a range of around 900 meters, though
skilled snipers can hit targets at ranges beyond 2 000 meters.
has a detachable bipod. It accepts a rear adjustable monopod. This
weapon can be fitted with a carry sling.
As of 2017
the unit cost of the ranges from $6 600 to $9 500, depending on
configuration. It is around 30% less expensive than the popular
SAKO TRG 42 (Finland)
The SAKO TRG
42 is a Finnish long-range sniper rifle. It is one of the best
sniper rifles in the world. It is an improved production version of the previous
SAKO TRG 41. Improvements of the TRG
42 over the previous TRG 41 include a new stock design. Also this weapon
was designed to handle more powerful cartridges with a maximum
length of 95 mm. In 1999 the SAKO TGR 42
replaced in production the previous TRG 41. This sniper rifle is in
service with at least 14 countries from all over the world,
including the Finnish Defense Forces. It is mainly used by army units and special forces. Also there
are some law enforcement users.
The SAKO TRG
42 is a manually-operated, bolt-action weapon. This sniper rifle is
available chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum (7.62x67 mm) and .338 Lapua Magnum
(8.6x70 mm) cartridges. Both versions come with a 690 mm (27")
barrels. Performance of this rifle is comparable to British
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum and Swiss Brugger &
Thomet APR308 and
APR338. The SAKO company also produces a less powerful TRG 22
sniper rifle, chambered for .308 Winchester
cartridge, which is a standard NATO round.
chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge has an effective range of 1 100
meters. Another version, chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge,
has an effective range of 1 500 meters. Finnish Defense Forces' designation of this sniper rifle is 8.6 TKIV
The SAKO TRG
series rifles can be easily recognized by their nearly vertical
pistol grips. This sniper rifle comes with a black or green stock.
The stock is fully adjustable. There is a version of
this weapon with a folding stock.
rifle comes with a Picatinny-type scope rail. Various scopes or
night sights can be used. There are no back up iron sights for
A detachable muzzle
brake is proposed as an option. This sniper rifle can mount a sound
the Remington Model 700 rifle, the M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is
the primary sniper rifle of the US Army. It was developed in the
1980s to replace the Springfield Armory M21, and was first fielded
in 1988. The M24 was effectively the Army's first weapon developed
specially for sniping. It is designated as a "weapon system" rather
than simply a weapon, because a detachable telescopic sight and a
variety of tools and accessories are issued along with it as part of
a single package. It is also employed by the US Air Force.
The M24 is a bolt action rifle, feeding from a detachable box
magazine holding either 5 or 10 rounds, depending on the model. It
is tapped for either a Leupold Ultra M3A 10×42 mm fixed power, or a Leupold Mk 4 LR/T M3 10×40 mm fixed power scope. Iron sights are
fitted as well, as backup for the scope.
The M24 is chambered for the 7.62x51 mm NATO round. It is able
to fire machine gun grade ammunition, but this practice is usually
avoided, as the lackluster quality of these rounds results in poor
accuracy. Match grade ammunition includes the M118, M118LR, and MK
316 MOD 0 "Special Ball, Long Range", and many others. The "long
action" design of the M24 also allows it to be reconfigured to fire
larger rounds, and variants chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum and
.338 Lapua Magnum have been developed to exploit this capability.
The effective range of the M24 is 800 m, though shots have
successfully been made at beyond 1 000 m. As with its accuracy, the
range of the M24 also varies slightly with the ammunition used. From
a machine rest, the accuracy can be as low as .35 MOA.
The M24's barrel is made of 416R Stainless Steel. Its rifling
is highly unusual in having 5 grooves, rather than a more common
even number. The logic behind this decision is that with no grooves
or lands directly across from one another, deformation of the bullet
is greatly reduced, theoretically resulting in greater accuracy. The
actual accuracy of the M24 varies with the type of ammunition used,
but is close to 1 MOA with match-grade ammunition at most distances.
Though designed to maintain accuracy up to 10 000 rounds fired, the
barrel reportedly demonstrates increasing accuracy up to that mark,
which is retained even after 20 000 rounds are fired.
The furniture for the M24 is all composite, in the form of
the H-S Precision PST-024 stock, with a fixed cheek piece,
adjustable LOP and hinged floorplate. The cheekpiece is fixed, while
the buttplate is extendable up to 2 inches. The standard container
for the complete weapon is the M-1950 Weapon Container for Airborne
Over 15 000 M24s were manufactured. They are presently used
by the armed forces of Afghanistan, Brazil, Hungary, Iraq, Israel,
Georgia, Japan, Lebanon, the Philippines, and the United States.
Some law enforcement organizations also operate M24s. It is not
offered for sale to civilians, but several companies manufacture
similar or even nearly identical rifles for the civilian market.
Blaser R93 Tactical (Germany)
Tactical is a German sniper rifle, designed by Blaser Jagdwaffen. It
is based on the Blaser R93 hunting rifle, but has a detachable
magazine, muzzle brake and fully adjustable stock. Its production
commenced in 1997. This weapon and its versions are used by a number
of military, special forces and law enforcement units from all over
the world. Users of the Blaser R93 Tactical and its variants include
Germany, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Iceland, Malaysia,
Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Production of all R93 series rifles was stopped in 2017 in favor to
the new R8 bolt-action rifle.
R93 Tactical is a bolt-action rifle. However this weapon has a
straight-pull action design, that was introduced in the Blaser R93
hunting rifle. This action is more comfortable to use and allows for
faster follow-up shots compared to traditional bolt-action rifles.
However such design is more complex. This weapon does not have a
traditional receiver. Instead it uses an aluminum receiver block,
located underneath the barrel and bolt assembly. The Blaser company
made its name for its quality and tight machining tolerances.
R93 Tactical has a 600 mm (23.6") barrel. There is also a version
with a 762 mm (30") barrel. Barrel of the Blaser R93 Tactical can be
replaced within 60 seconds.
is fed from detachable 5-round capacity magazines. When inserted,
the magazine sits flush with the underside of the body. Also there
are optional 10-round capacity magazines.
has got a lightweight stock with fully-adjustable cheek piece. This
weapon has got a vertical pistol grip. There is provision to mount a
rifle is extremely accurate. It can deliver small groups with sub
0.25 MOA accuracy. This weapon has got an effective range of around
SIG SSG 3000 (Germany / Switzerland)
Scharfschutzengewehr 3000, or SSG 3000, is a sniper rifle. Even
though it looks like a hunting rifle, it is a combat oriented
weapon. This sniper rifle was specially designed for
law enforcement forces and military use. Production of this sniper
rifle was carried out in Germany. The SSG 3000 is widely used by law
enforcement forces in Europe and the United States. It is also used
by a number of military users and special forces units from all over
the world. The SSG 3000 sniper rifle is no longer produced.
The SSG 3000
is a bolt-action weapon, chambered for standard NATO 7.62x51 mm
(.308 Winchester) ammunition. This sniper rifle comes with 457 mm
(18") or 597 mm (23.5") barrel. Look of the SSG 3000 changed
throughout its production run due to a new stock. The shape of the
stock is similar, though updated model has some minor differences.
This sniper rifle was designed to
withstand hard use. This weapon made its name
for its high quality, durability an excellent accuracy.
The SSG 3000
was designed as a modular weapon. Its barrel can be easily swapped
out in a matter of minutes. With SIG conversion kit this sniper
rifle can be converted within minutes to .260 Remington cartridge.
The .260 Remington is based on .308 Winchester cartridge, but loaded
to higher pressures.
rifle has got a safety on the rear side of the action. When the
safety is on it locks everything up and prevents firing, as well as
cycling the bolt.
This sniper rifle is fed
from detachable 5-round capacity magazine. The magazine has openings
that allow to see how many rounds are loaded. Stock of the SSG 3000 is made of polymer
and unlike wooden stocks does not alert shape with changing weather
conditions. The stock has a rubber buttpad and spacer system, that allows for adjusting the length of pull by
adding or removing spacers. There is also an adjustable cheekpiece.
Older model of the SSG 3000 had a stock with ventilation holes,
though these were deleted on updated model. Pistol grip of the SSG
3000 is nicely contoured and fits the hand nicely.
comes with a scope rail. This sniper rifle has an
effective range of 900 meters. This weapon is accurate with
different types of ammunition. Its accuracy is well under 1 MOA.
With suitable ammunition it has an average group size of under 0.5
MOA. The old model of the SSG 3000 had
auxiliary iron sights for emergency use. However updated model lacks
these sights. Even though it is no longer produced,
the SSG 3000 remains a very competitive design. It might lack some
bells and whistles of the latest sniper rifles, however in terms of
performance it meets modern standards.
rifle has a mounting for bipod and is normally used with one. There are mountings on each side
of the forearm to attach accessory rails.
Interestingly, this sniper rifle has got a flash hider on the end of
the barrel. It hides flashand does not give away a sniper's
position. However it is not a muzzle brake and does nor reduce the
felt recoil. The flash hider can be removed and replaced with a
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 50 (United Kingdom)
Warfare 50, or AW50, is a .50 caliber bolt-action anti-material
and sniper rifle of British origin. It is manufactured by Accuracy
International. This weapon is intended for
highly trained special forces and elite law enforcement units. Since
1999 it is used by the
the British Special Air Service (SAS), Royal Marines and various special forces across the world.
Other operators are Australia (AW50F variant), Germany (G24),
Ireland, New Zealand Army, Royal Malaysian Navy, Portugal‘s
Republican National Guard, Royal Thai Navy.
The rifle is based on its
predecessor, the Arctic Warfare sniper rifle. To design
the AW50 Accuracy International combined the target shooting
performance at competitions with toughness and ruggedness required
for the military service. Without scope the AW50 weighs 13.5 kg
including all accessories but with
empty magazine. It has a hydraulic buffer system in its buttstock, so the
recoil is reduced. In turn this feature increases accuracy and ease of
This rifle has an effective range of 1 500 m. Wide range of
targets such as vehicles, boats and fortifications can be penetrated
using the AW50. The standard 12.7x99 mm round (.50 BMG) has a
penetrator with both high explosive and incendiary effect. The rifle can
be used to disable vehicles and stationary aircraft
by shooting at specific places such as their engines. Rifle is also
suitable for counter sniper operations at standoff range and clearing IEDs and mines
The Arctic Warfare 50 rifle has a free floating steel barrel. It
is fed from detachable box-type magazines, holding 5 rounds. The
is made of aluminum.
The Arcric Warfare 50 can host a wide range of sights,
as SuB 3-12x50 MKII, Simrad KN
series and Hensoldt NSV 80, and equipment due to its standard
Picatinny-type sight rail.
rifle comes with adjustable bipod and monopod. These are used to
increase stability of the weapon.
McMillan TAC-50 (United States)
TAC-50 is a long-range anti-material and sniper rifle, produced by
McMillan Brothers Rifles company. Its designation denotes "tactical" and .50 BMG (12.7x99 mm) caliber. The TAC-50 was designed back in
the 1980s. This weapon is based on the previous designs of the same
company. However this sniper weapon was first adopted only in 2000
by Canadian Armed Forces. This rifle is used by elite military and
law enforcement units in various countries. The McMillan TAC-50 is
used in Canada, France, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Philippines, South
Africa, Turkey and the United States. In Canadian service it is
designated as the C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon. The TAC-50 is used
by the US Navy SEALs, designated as the Mk.15.
TAC-50 can be used as a long-range anti-material weapon. This rifle
can destroy sensitive enemy equipment, like parked aircraft, radar
units, trucks and various other important assets at long range. It
can be also used for remote destruction of explosive ordnance. The
TAC-50 can be also used as a
long-range sniper rifle. It can neutralize enemy snipers at standoff
range. The rifle can be also used to hit enemy soldiers, that are
hiding behind cover and walls, as its powerful ammunition can
penetrate through bricks and concrete.
its introduction the McMillan TAC-50 set two records. In 2002
Canadian sniper Arron Perry made a record kill in Afghanistan from 2
310 meters using his TAC-50 rifle. He broke the 34-year old record
for the longest sniper kill in combat, set by Carlos Hathcock in
1968, during the Vietnam War. Perry's record was surpassed a few days
later. In 2002 another Canadian sniper Rob Furlong made a kill in
Afghanistan from 2 429 meters using the McMillan TAC-50. In 2009
another record of 2 479 meters was set by a British sniper Craig
Harrison in Afghanistan, using
L115A3 sniper rifle. However in 2017
it was destroyed yet again by a Canadian sniper armed with McMillan
TAC-50. Currently the longest recorded sniper kill in history was
made with the McMillan TAC-50 rifle from 3 540 meters in Iraq. The
shot was made by an unnamed Canadian sniper. The kill was verified
by a video camera and other data.
TAC-50 is a manually-operated, bolt action rifle. This weapon comes
with heavy match-grade barrel and is fitted with an effective muzzle
brake, which reduces recoil.
The rifle is
fed from detachable box magazines, holding 5 rounds.
this weapon is made from fiberglass. The stock is adjustable for
length. For storage the stock is removed. The TAC-50 comes with a
bipod and is designed to be used from a bipod only.
has a scope rail and can mount various telescopic or night sights.
Though this weapon has no back-up iron sights for emergency use.
Canadian armed forces use this weapon with 5-25x magnification
sights. This weapon is capable of outstanding accuracy and provides
0.5 MOA groups with match-grade ammunition. That's approximately 15
mm at 100 meters. This sniper rifle has an effective range of 1 800
meters. This weapon outperforms the British Accuracy International
AW50 and AS50 sniper rifles, chambered for the same ammunition.
However the McMillan TAC-50 is not the longest range sniper rifle in
the world. The
CheyTac M200 Intervention, chambered for specifically designed
.408 CheyTac ammunition, has even longer range and is more accurate.
TAC-50 can mount a sound suppressor.
CheyTac M200 Intervention (United States)
of you may wonder, why the CheyTac M200 Intervention sniper rifle
was not mentioned on this TOP 10 list. Today it is the longest range sniper
rifle in the world. It holds the world record for the best group (3
bullets) at impressive 2 122 meter range. This weapon is effective out to a
range of 1 830 meters. The Intervention is actually one of the best
sniper weapons ever created. However for some reason is overlooked
by the military.
If this weapon is so good, why it is not being
produced in large numbers?.
The Intervention rifle is used only by
some elite units, such as the British SAS, Polish GROM, as well as
Italian, Singaporean and Turkish special forces. Some sources report
that the US Navy SEALs are also using this weapon. Despite its impressive performance this weapon is not
Possibly the main reason is that extreme range of the CheyTac M200
Intervention is not required in most tactical situations. Due to the
large size of this weapon it is hard to move in and out of
Also this weapon is too expensive to achieve widespread sales. There
are some other sniper weapons, such as
which is not that sophisticated and not that accurate, but holds the world's longest kill at 3
meters. Furthermore the McMillan TAC-50 is used by significantly more