Top 10 Sniper Rifles


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Snipers are a key component of battles and rescue operations. They provide a degree of certainty & control for the shooter over a situation. From WW1 to the modern day these rifles have evolved, so comment and discuss our top 10 list of sniper rifles.

10. M24

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The gun has a 7.62X51 mm(.308 win) caliber. This model is the military and police version of the Remington 700, M24 being the model named assigned by the US Army when it was adopted as the official/standard sniper in 1988. Its adoption also saw the return of bolt action snipers by the US army.

9. Knight’s Armament Company SR-25

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A semi-automatic special action sniper rifle manufactured by Knight’s Armament Company and designed Eugene Stoner.  This US made sniper rifle  is a modern classic. The first deployment and use of the sniper rifle was by the US navy in Somalia 1993. It has the same caliber as M24 but at 4.88 Kg, it is far lighter. The SR-25 enhanced match rifle utilizes the newer URX II Picatinny-Weaver rail system, rather than the older Mk 11 free-floating RAS, on the top of the receiver to accept different scope mounts or a carrying handle with iron sights (front sight mounted on the rail located on the forward end of the non-modular handguard)

8. L42 Enfield (British)

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The legendary Enfield rifle. The older versions of the Enfield were inducted into the Royal Forces as early as 1890’s. L42A1 was introduced in 1970 and continued till 1990. Variants of the Enfield are still in service having successfully fought many wars.

7. M21 Sniper Weapon System

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Introduced in 1969 the sniper is still in use by the USA today. It was introduced in the Vietnam war as USA army required higher accuracy. It has a feed system of 5, 10 or 20-round detachable box magazine.

6. PSG1

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German are known for their manufacturing quality and this rifle does not disappoint. Made in 1972 by West Germany, it is still used by the German military. This rifle is known to have been developed in response to the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. It is said that West German police units could not engage the terrorists quickly enough to prevent them from killing their hostages. H&K was then commissioned to create a high accuracy, large magazine capacity, semi-automatic rifle for police and military use.

5. AS50 

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A British manufactured sniper. The sniper has a comparatively really long range as well. The light weight of this rifle also makes it very portable.

4. Dragunov SVD

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A powerful Sniper from the days of the soviet union.It is a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62x54mmR. Made in 1963, it is still in service in today and has many variants.

3. CheyTac Intervention .408

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An American made sniper, fed by 7 round detachable single stack magazine. It has a range 2.3Km , which is better than most modern day sniper rifles.

2. Barrett .50 Cal

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Americans have proven to make excellent weapons and this gun epitomizes that.It is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle. It was standardized in the US military as M107.

1. Accuracy International AWM

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One of the most popular sniper rifles. A judge of its popularity could be that it is the premium power weapon in multiple famous video games , such as ” Counter Strike” . Made in 1997, it is still used by UK Armed forces. It is heavy at 6.5kg but extremely durable and powerful.

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  1. Sorry, i pushed the wrong button, i have a question. I like what i have read about many beautiful rifles, my first would be the 50, but cost to much for my wallet, my second is the 338 which from what i have read is affordable and range over 2800 yards, so i have read. The 308 and M1A are my other choices, and a lot really depends om cost . So if you all have a minute and could share your views and opinions to this old guy i would deeply appreciate your view and guidance. And hell help me select my purchase, I would like a ten rounder but not a full deciding factor, the sight that is good for 3500 yards or better, tripod and are any capable of using a silencer at ranges of more than 2500 meters. Is all of this impossible?? So if you all want to help please send me an email and label it finding beautiful, and thank you all and good hunting, Stone Mountain GA.

    1. Well boys, I’ve shot a bunch of them, including that swamp where they kept dropping agent Orange on your head. These days I’m into, and love, as well as the most accurate long range weapon I’ve seen. First is the model 99 Barrett that is a 50 they dropped the bore size to .416. Their reasoning is to keep the projectile supersonic past 2000 metres. One of the things they did is a bounce of bullet configurations and they’re turned out of solid brass. A lot of the rifles on here will drop subsonic at a shorter distance and when that happens, it’s anyone’s guess where it will hit. The second is the MRAD platform. They have picanny rales the full cercumfrence, and the best part, 2 screws and 5 minutes, you have a different halibut barrell. I have a .338 Lapua mag, and a 308. You can change to about any calibre barrell. The next one I’m thinking about a 408 Chevy ttc. I also like their BORS sighting system, basically a computer system that gives you atmospheric pressure, temp, humidity, and the newer one will give you wind but that’s not very accurate. So it has a range finder and knows the ballistics of a Barrett she’ll, although you can add your own load. The range finder gives you the range and, knowing your scope, it will give you the scope settings. Of course you still have to do some calculations but they’re easily done in your head. They also even have a carbon fiber barrell, which I’m a little Leary of cause I’m not sure if they’re lined
      I can’t see just the carbon fiber lasting long. Now, I’m sure you’ve all figured out they’re pricey, but the barrells aren’t bad. But spending cheap gives you just that, then you’re disappointed when you can’t get the citcles your buddies get..
      But we all know, unless witnessed, yours get tighter the more people you tell.

  2. I haven’t stayed up on my shooting since leaving Vietnam and the Army. I’m wanting to do something in my late years, hunting and hopefully rifle competitions, i was told many years ago, i could be a really good solider with my ability. Well here I’am to see if i still have that eye.

  3. and there should be as one of the tops of this list, the most accurate sniper rifle in the world, “Lobaev SVL”! oh great!

  4. I have two custom built SAVAGE 10/110 rifles in .338 LAPUA MAG. These have 32″ heavy barrels, MAGPUL TAC21 chassis systems, a NIGHTFORCE 10-42 bench scope, modified by NIGHTFORCE. I load 237gr machined rounds that leave the barrel at 3470fps. My best distance so far has been 3080yds. These shots were done by MARINE CORPS GNY/SGT Memo Sandoval. This is the finest long range rifle I have ever fired. CDR M. Manfredo, USN NSWG TEAM ONE 1960-1984 YOOYAH

  5. How about the Sako TRG-22 that many police forces and military use today in modern times? I know this is showing a war history of the arms and what was best in the past, but a current updated list of top 10 modern/current sniper rifles would be a good followup or companion article.