Shot sniper can not only hit the enemy, but to sow fear and panic in its ranks. For only one shot may be years of preparation and weeks of waiting for the right moment. Often spend a long time in the wild and waiting target, the sniper must have all the skills not only of survival, but also the ability not to lose concentration at a critical moment. At that point, a lot depends on what kind of weapon in his hands. Modern sniper rifles often represent a real wonders of engineering and are capable of striking targets at a distance of more than two kilometers. We have selected for you 10 of the most famous sniper rifles - from those that helped at Stalingrad, to those used in modern special operations.
In 1931 Mosin rifle became the first Soviet sniper rifle, getting "sighting tube" Podolsky optical plant. The design has undergone some changes later. "Trehlineyka" has worked well in the short and medium range during the Second World War. Thus, in the Battle of Stalingrad 98 snipers 13th Guards Rifle Division killed 3,879 German soldiers and officers.
KAFP or large-caliber Army sniper rifle, was developed in the USSR in the late 1980s. This 12-pound rifle is capable of hitting lightly armored and soft-skinned military vehicles at a distance of a kilometer. About defeated person can not even say - fired from this gun bullets fly half kilometers at a speed of about 850 meters per second.
This silent sniper rifle developed in the same 1980s that KAFP. It is intended for special units. Later, after the collapse of the USSR, Vintorez actively used during the first and second Chechen wars, as well as during the Georgian-Ossetian conflict. The length of the rifle is less than 90 centimeters, and the weight - of less than three kilograms.
When it's time to travel back home designs in the United States, where in 1990, was designed rifle Calico M951S, great hitting targets at medium distances. Its features - high rate and extremely capacious store that can accommodate up to 100 patrons. What it is not surprising, because the model was created based on the submachine gun Calico M960.
Dragunov sniper rifle
Automatic rifle Dragunov - the best example of the production of the Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant. This sniper weapon was developed from 1958 to 1963, a group of designers led by Evgeny Dragunov. Over the years, "Dragunov" repeatedly modified and still a little bit older. Currently, SVD is considered as a quality, but a full-time fighter for linear rifle is a sniper in the division. Nevertheless, at a distance of 600 meters is still a formidable weapon to destroy enemy personnel.
CheyTac m200 «Intervention»
CheyTac m200 «Intervention» - one of the components of the American sniper CheyTac LRRS - available in various versions since 2001. Distinguishes this model is the ability to accurately hit targets at great distances (about 2 kilometers). We can say that «Intervention» has become a real phenomenon in the world of computer shooters. So in the famous game «Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" is present as one of the most powerful weapons.
AMP Technical Services DSR-1
German rifle DSR-1 can be called the most accurate, but only when shooting in ideal conditions - using specialized cartridges and the absence of wind. It belongs to the police or anti-terrorist weapons, and applies European units of type GSG-9. Professional soldiers do not really favor the DSR-1 - it is susceptible to dirt and sand, and in actual combat, for example, when there was an explosion, misfires.
Accuracy International AS50
AS50 was first demonstrated to the public in January 2005 at the exhibition ShotShow-2005 in the United States. 1369-millimeter equipment weighs 14, 1 kg without optics and ammunition and is intended mainly for special operations. Sniper lightning can fold or expand it and lead to combat readiness. High accuracy over long distances, different anchorage, including night optics AS50 make one of the best samples of modern sniper rifles.
In this rifle interesting story creation. M82 American Ronnie Barrett has collected in his garage back in 1982. After the failure of a number of leading arms companies, he decided to start small-scale production for the domestic market. After 7 years, the Swedish army buys from Barrett Firearms 100 rifles, and then the US Army pays attention to them during "Operation Desert Storm" and "Desert Shield". Today Barett M82 is in service with dozens of countries and can conduct aimed fire at a distance of about 2 km. The rifle is present in a number of famous films and computer games until GTA V, which once again confirms its authority.
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare
Another brainchild of the legendary British company Accuracy International Ltd., which knows no equal since the 1980s. Britain uses it for military purposes, and the modified models are special forces and the police. However, the market of civil weapons, this rifle is positioned as "sports" - for example, in Russia a few years ago it was possible to buy arms in the store for about 20 thousand dollars. From AWM was carried farthest recorded combat sniper shot at history - the British soldier Craig Harrison fired at a distance of 2475 meters. "The cultural trail" of this weapon can also claim the record - AWM is mentioned in a number of the most famous computer shooters, including Call of Duty, Battlefield and, of course, in Counter-Strike.