Back in the 1990’s, the Winchester Custom shop built a Classic Sharpshooter tactical rifle. We put one of these classic rifles through the full test to see how it does today…
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The M21 is a classic sniper rifle built during, and for, the Vietnam war where it served with great distinction. We provide a history of the XM21 and M21 system here.
When it comes to sniper rifles, typically what is being designed and developed today are rifles that use the latest technologies and trends to accomplish the ultimate in accuracy and deployability for tactical sniper teams or competitive shooters. These rifles are extremely capable and many non-snipers purchase them because they want the ultimate in capability and functionality. Some of these owners are enthusiasts and great fans of the historical side of sniping as well.
I just added a review of the classic book “Sniping in France”, read it here: Sniper Central Book Reviews
This review is a little different, mainly because we are reviewing a scope that is no longer in production. This is more like one of our “historical” reviews we like to do in the rifle section. This time out, we are taking a look at the Baush & Lomb 10x Tactical scope produced in the early to late 90’s. I do not have the exact dates of production, but if any of you out there do, feel free to send me an email. This scope was designed and marketed to the military and they found their way on top of most of the XM25 rifles built for the SF groups… Read more »
The M76 is a modified AK-47/74 that has been accurized with a longer and heavier barrel and a modified stock that is more comfortable and ergonomical. The M76 has also been chambered in 7.92×57 Mauser, a much better long range caliber then either the 7.62x39mm or 5.45x39mm calibers of the rifles its derived from. The M76 Teloscopic sight is essentially a Russian PSO-1 with active IR illumination detection ability and a lighted reticule. Its calibrated with a BDC out to 1200 meters, but that is fairly optimistic for the performance of the rifle. The rifle also comes with a 5x80mm passive night vision scope, which appears to be about the… Read more »
The Beretta M501 sniper rifle is the Italian Army sniper rifle. The integral harmonic balancer, contained within a tube hidden in the forend of the stock, is used to reduce the vibrations of the barrel, helping to improve accuracy. The rifle has been around since the mid 80’s, and has earned a solid reputation as a fine sniper rifle. It could probably even be better with a synthetic stock, though the contour of the current stock is excellent. The rifle is issued with 1.5-6x42mm Zeiss scope. I have never seen one of these available in the US, and I’m not sure they are available outside the Italian military.
The NM149S was developed in close cooperation with the Norwegian Army and is based on the tried and true M98 bolt action. The stock is adjustable for length of pull via a spacer system, and the barrel is of heavy contour and the system shoots very well. There was a problem with the early versions with the stock cracking, but that problem has since been solved. The system is very capable and effective and has been serving in the Norwegian army since 1988. An improved model, the NM149S-F1, has since been developed and produced. It has a better and stronger laminated stock, a permanent front sight, and a flash hider…. Read more »
We perform a full review on the classic, and effective, Steyr SSG-69 PI sniper rifle
Here is another installment for the classic sniper rifles. The model 1891/30 Sniper is based on the standard issue 1891/30 rifle from the former USSR. These rifles were used for much of the 20th century. To create the sniper version of these rifles, high quality examples of the 1891/30 were pulled off of the production line. They specifically looked for high quality barrels. They took these hand picked rifles and then turned the bolts down for operation while using a scope. They mounted a scope; both the PV (4x) and PU (3.5x) versions were used. The PU was preferred and used on most of the sniper versions. There was no… Read more »