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 equivalent of a gen II night vision device. (Good to about 500 meters on a bright moon, clear night).

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The rifle is comfortable to shoot and the 7.92 Mauser offers pretty good ballistics, with 800 meters being an achievable range for the average sniper, and 1000 meters for the expert. The recoil is light, but there can be a heat problem with successive rapid fire shots. Overall, the rifle is a solid “field” sniper system with about 1.5 – 2.0 MOA and is very functional, as proven in Bosnia and Kosovo.

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Side Profile

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In Action

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On Deployment

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Suppressed side profile

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Left side of suppressed rifle

2 Comments

PAUL BIRKENSTAMM

HOW DOES THE RIFLE COMPARE TO THE PSL AND HOW DOES THE 8MM COMPARE TO THE 30.06 & 7.62X54R

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Mel Ewing

The M-76 is typically viewed more favorably than the PSL, but they are very similar rifles. The 8mm has a wider diameter bullet and the BC’s do not tend to be as high as the 30 cals so their long range capability suffers. But they hit with a big knockdown

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