Military Might: Sniper Rifles

Military Might: Sniper Rifles


A sniper rifle is a high – precision rifle designed for sniper missions. They serve to fulfill the tactical need for long-range surveillance. They have a telescopic sight for extreme accuracy. The effective range is usually about 800 mtrs. Sniper Rifles used by the Indian Armed Forces are given below:

Steyr SSG 69 (Scharfschützengewehr 69 means Sniper Rifle 69)


  • Manufacturer: Steyr Mannlicher
  • Origin: Austria
  • Cartridge: 7.62mm
  • Type: Bolt Action Sniper Rifle
  • Used by: Standard Sniper Rifle
  • Effective firing range: 800 m (875 yd)
  • Maximum firing range: 3,700 m (4,046 yd)

SIG Sauer SSG 3000


  • Manufacturer: SIG Sauer
  • Origin: Germany
  • Cartridge: 7.62mm
  • Type: Bolt Action Sniper Rifle
  • Used by: Standard Sniper Rifle
  • Effective firing range: 900 m

Mauser SP66


  • Manufacturer: Mauser
  • Origin: Germany
  • Cartridge: 7.62mm
  • Type: Bolt Action Sniper Rifle
  • Used by: Standard Sniper Rifle
  • Effective firing range: 800 m


Dragunov SVD


  • Manufacturer: Kalashnikov Concern & Norinco
  • Origin: Soviet Union
  • Cartridge: 7.62mm
  • Type: Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Used by: Standard Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
  • Effective firing range: 800 m

Heckler & Koch PSG1


  • Manufacturer: Heckler & Koch
  • Origin: Germany
  • Cartridge: 7.62mm
  • Type: Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Used by: Special Forces
  • Effective firing range: 1,000 m

Barrett Model 98B


  • Manufacturer: Barrett Firearms Manufacturing
  • Origin: USA
  • Cartridge: 8.58mm
  • Type: Bolt Action Sniper Rifle
  • Used by: Special Forces

IMI Galil


  • Manufacturer: Israeli Military Industries
  • Origin: Israel
  • Cartridge: 7.62mm
  • Type: Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Used by: Special Forces
  • Effective firing range: 300–500 m

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