Model Vz

Weight:

9lb(4 08kg)

Barrel:

20 5" (521mm)

Calibre:

7 62mm

Rifling:

4 groove r/hand

Operation: Gas

Feed:

10-round box

Muz Vel:

2440 f/s (740 m/s)

Sights:

984 yds (900m)

MODELE 1886 (LEBEL)

Weight:

9 3lb (4 22kg)

Barrel:

315" (800mm)

Calibre:

8mm

Rifling:

4 groove l/hand

Operation: Bolt

Feed:

8-round tubular

Muz Vel:

2350 f/s (716 m/s)

Sights:

2187 yds (2000m)

Barrel: 22 6" (574mm) Calibre:

Rifling: 4 groove l/hand

Operation: Boll

Feed:

Barrel: 22 6" (574mm) Calibre:

7 5mm

Rifling: 4 groove l/hand

Operation: Boll

Feed:

5-round box

Sights:

1312 yds (1200m)

Czechoslovakia model vz 82

This SLR was developed before the establishment of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and later modified-for the worse-at Soviet insistence The bayonet folds back to the right

France modele 1886 (lebel)

Named for Lt-Col Nicholas Lebel, its chief advocate on the French Small Arms Committee, the Modele 1886 has a tubular magazine which is concealed in the woodwork below the barrel

France modele 1886 (lebel)

Named for Lt-Col Nicholas Lebel, its chief advocate on the French Small Arms Committee, the Modele 1886 has a tubular magazine which is concealed in the woodwork below the barrel

France fusil mas 36

France fusil mas 36

303 Cruciform Bayonet

The cruciform bayonet of the MAS 36 is carried in a tube beneath the barrel and fixed by plugging its end into the tube

7 62mm Soviet M43 8mm Mle 86 7 5 Mle 29

The cruciform bayonet of the MAS 36 is carried in a tube beneath the barrel and fixed by plugging its end into the tube

7 62mm Soviet M43 8mm Mle 86 7 5 Mle 29

303" SAA Ball

Czechoslovakia MODEL VZ 52

This self-loading rifle was designed and adopted towards the end of World War II. It incorporated several unusual features. Gas operated it had no cylinder or piston, transmitting power instead by means of a sleeve round the barrel which was forced sharply to the rear by gas pressure and took the bolt with it. The bolt worked on the tilting principle under which the front end of the bolt dropped into a recess cut into the bottom of the body, thus locking it firmly at the instant of firing. It was heavy, which reduced recoil, but also lacked any simple system of gas regulation. It worked well with the intermediate cartridge designed for it, but the imposition of a standard Russian round after the war proved detrimental.

France

MODELE 1886 (LEBEL)

This bolt-action rifle was based on the Austrian Kropatschek which the French Marine Infantry had been equipped with in 1878. It became known as the Lebel after the officer on the French Small Arms Committee who was chiefly responsible for its introduction. It had a tubular magazine in the woodwork below the barrel, the contents of which could be kept as a reserve by using a cut-off device to allow the rifle to be used as a single loader. Rounds were pushed nose first into the magazine opening below the chamber until the capacity of eight had been reached. Its most important feature was the smokeless propellant used in the cartridges instead of the old black powder. This meant that

Ww2 Sniper Rifles

the firing line could be concealed and the target was not obscured by smoke. The cartridges themselves were bottle shaped instead of cylindrical, enabling them to hold more propellant and thus increasing their power.

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