Friday, November 23, 2007

Brugger & Thomet APR 338 Advanced Precision (Sniper) Rifle (Switzerland)

Brugger & Thomet (B+T) APR 338 sniper rifle in standard configuration, with B+T scope, mirage band above the barrel and quick-detachable B+T silencer

Caliber(s): 8.6x70 (.338 Lapua Magnum)
Operation: manually operated rotary bolt action
Length: 1236 mm (1002mm with buttstock folded)
Barrel: 690 mm
Weight: 8.02 kg (less telescope sight and other accessories)
Feed Mechanism: 10 rounds detachable box mag.

Brugger & Thomet (B+T) APR 338 long-range sniper rifle is a further evolution of the Brugger & Thomet (B+T) APR 308 sniper rifle. B+T APR 338 is designed to provide accurate long-range fire against enemy personnel and unarmored 'material' targets, with effective range being at least 1 500 meters. At the time of this writing (November 2007) the B+T APR 338 is at the final stages of developmen, with production scheduled to early 2008.

Brugger & Thomet (B+T) APR 338 sniper rifle is a modular weapon, built upon a metallic lower receiver (main frame or chassis), which houses upper receiver with bolt group and barrel, as well as fire control group, folding buttstock and other furniture. Gun action utilizes traditional manually operated rotary bolt with three radial locking lugs at the front. Opening and closing rotation of the bolt requires only 60o of radial movement of bolt handle. Free-floating precision-made barrel is equipped with special muzzle brake which also serves as a mounting point for quick-detachable silencer and hosts folding front sight. Trigger group, manual safety and pistol grip are assembled into single detachable module. Trigger is of two-stage type and fully adjustable (trigger adjustments do not require disassembly of the unit).Ambidextrous manual safety is conveniently located above the pistol grip. Ammunition is fed from a detachable 10-round box magazine, which provides last round bolt hold-open feature. Brugger & Thomet (B+T) APR 338 sniper rifle is equipped with side-folding buttstock which is adjustable for length of pull, with adjustable cheek-piece. Polymer forend is attached to the chassis, and a folding bipod of adjustable height is provided for firing from prone position. Additional folding monopod (also of adjustable height) is attached to the rear of the buttstock. By default each Brugger & Thomet (B+T) APR 338 sniper rifle is equipped with Picatinny rail at the top of receiver, with three more optional rails available on special forend. Standard sighting equipment include folding iron sight (with aperture-type rear; not available on integrally silenced models), and a proprietary Brugger & Thomet TRS (Tactical Rifle Scope) telescope sight. B+T TRS telescope is manufactured exclusively for Brugger & Thomet by Schmidt & Bender, and it provided variable 3-12X magnification and proprietary aiming reticle with range-finding scale. With recommended ammunition, accuracy of Brugger & Thomet (B+T) APR 338 sniper rifle is less than 1 MOA at any practical range. As per specification, rifle provides 99% or better first hit probability against head-sized target at 600 meters and against human torso-sized target at 1300 meters. Maximum effective range with recommended ammunition (.338 LM Lapua Scenar 250 grs) is 1,500 meters. Being well-known for high-quality and high-efficiency firearm sound moderators (silencers), B+T provides standard APR 338 rifles with quick-detachable silencers.

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