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LC Domination – Advantage India

Published May 30, 2019
Updated Apr 15, 2020

A well known fact on the Line of Control (LC) is that tactics not strategy determines winners. Indian troops on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to gain a major advantage with the induction of modern sniper rifles. “As part of modernization of armed forces, procurement of new generation weapons is an ongoing exercise,” Lt General Ranbir Singh had said in a function.

“I would not like to really mention what all new generation weapons and equipment have been brought on LoC or are with army, but I ensure that we are fully prepared and equipped,” he said as per Greater Kashmir.  “We have very clearly articulated military strategy. We have our operational plans for deployment and employment of the all the resources which are available at disposal of armed forces. Army air defence is one such resource. It’s part of overall defensive or offensive operational plan of Indian army,” Singh said as per Greater Kashmir.

Greater Kashmir quoting defence sources claimed that “elite units of Army deployed along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir have been provided with the new US and Italian made snipers after proper training from US and Italian experts. The move is aimed to curb infiltration.” Beretta .338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT and the Barrett .50 calibre M95 have been added to the arsenal on the Line of Control. “These rifles have a much longer range and power than the Russian made snipers being used by the soldiers so far.  These snipers can fix the targets at the range of over 1,000 metres,” he said.

The US-made Barrett M95 is an anti-material rifle which has a range of 1,800 metres.  “An anti-material rifle means the bullet can actually pierce through metal,” the official said. Another defence official said that the rifle feeds from a five-round detachable box magazine, and is lighter and more compact than earlier products. “Other riffles provided to the soldiers at LoC is the Victrix Armaments .338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT, owned by Italian firm Beretta,” the official said as per Greater Kashmir.

The Characteristics of the Sniper Rifles are as follows-

Barrett M95 .50 BMG Rifle

This compact rifle offers the velocity and accuracy of a 29-inch barrel in a shortened overall length of just 45 inches. Adopted for military use, the Barrett Model 95 is made for those who refuse to sacrifice accuracy for power.

Its buttplate, magazine well and trigger housing are unitized, helping to stiffen the steel lower receiver. The upper receiver is also made from steel and is reinforced with a M1913 optics rail and supports the chrome-chambered, fluted barrel. The two can be assembled in less than 60 seconds without the use of tools.

The bolt carrier itself is a study in innovation. Designed for speed, reliability and safety, it slides effortlessly on machined-smooth parallel rails, transporting a large bolt that locks into the barrel extension on three lugs. The firing pin is driven by dual firing pin springs designed for consistency and lightning-quick lock time.

The only thing more impressive than the Barrett M95 rifle’s performance is the comfort with which it can be used. The ergonomically designed rifle rests on a lightweight front bipod and an optional adjustable rear monopod. This careful attention to usability allows the shooter to quickly and accurately fire five rounds, reload with a fresh magazine and get back on target in seconds.

The M95 rifle is a magazine-fed, bolt-action rifle. The shooter, having inserted a loaded magazine into the rifle, cycles the bolt which strips a cartridge from the top of the magazine and feeds it into the chamber. The firing pin assembly is cocked by lifting the bolt handle. The bolt is equipped with an extractor which removes a cartridge or shell casing. A manually controlled safety prevents or permits trigger movement.

Scorpio TGT

Medium and long range sniper rifle.

Arrowhead folding, cheek support and bedplate adjustable in height and length

20 MOA cylinder head rail and upper guard rail 0 MOA.

Removable muzzle brake.

Like all of our precision rifles, the Minerva Tactical Series is based on our proven three-bolt action, available in two lengths to accommodate the most commonly used cartridges.

The intelligent design of the Fully Modular Rifle Chassis (FMRC) means that the rifle can be fully customized to fit and meet specific needs with guaranteed security of mind, accuracy and repeatability.

All screws are black treated stainless steel

Characteristics

Caliber (twist rate) .338 Lapua Magnum (1/10) – .300 Win Mag (1/10)

Barrel length 26 “

Barrel Ranking in Aisi 416R honed

action Long bolt 3 bolts Minerva in Aisi 630 w / detach. magaz.PVD Coated

Magazine Option 5 rounds, 8 rounds (law enforcement – military use)

Trigger Selectable double or single, adjustable pulling weight

safety Higher, 2-position lever

Mouth brake 3 detachable chambers, discussion M18x1

Rail action 20 Moa

Buttstock Arrow 03

Buttstock horizontal adj. 45 mm

*Buttstock green adj. 60 mm

Folding Left button side folding speed

Forend Round elliptical

Upper track 0 Moa

Side rails Standard equipment

Bipod Rail Standard equipment with QD belt attachment.

Monopod Rail Supporter. Equip. w / QD sling tie.

Color of stock Hard black anodized Color

option /

Option Remover with quick release system

Hard case Standard equipment

Weight Gr. 6400 (22 “) – 6700 (26”)

Min. / Max. mm 940/1190 (22 “) – 1020/1290 (26”)

Note- Characteristics are as provided by the manufacturer and have not been independently verified.