Russia’s Central Design and Research Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Firearms (TsKIB SOO), a subsidiary of the Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), has unveiled the MTs-116M bolt-action sniper rifle.
Unlike the sporting/police rifle that shares the same product designation, the military version of the MTs-116M can be chambered for 7.62x54R, .308 Winchester (7.62x51 mm), .300 Winchester Magnum (7.62x67 mm) or .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70 mm) cartridges. The sniper rifle is based on a customisable stock made of composites and features a firing mechanism with adjustable length of trigger pull.
The firearm has received three MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails, of which two are located on the top of the barrel and intended for a sight and a separate night detachment. The third rail in the lower-front part of the stock carries a bipod. A third-leg type monopod is integrated with the lower part of the butt-stock.
In the basic configuration, the MTs-116M has an empty weight of 6.5 kg and is fitted with the DH 3-12x50 daylight optical sight made by the Dedal-NV company. The rifle also features a barrel with improved ventilation and a button-type safety. The variants of the firearm chambered for .300WM and .338LM have received a triple-chamber muzzle break.
The rifle’s barrel and overall lengths of the firearm vary depending on the cartridge. For example, when chambered for 7.62x54R it is fitted with a 715 mm barrel and has an overall length of 1,250 mm. The rifle chambered for .308W features a 660 mm barrel and has the same overall length.
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