Noreen “Bad news” ULR 338 sniper rifle (USA)

.338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70); also available in .300WinMag
Semi-automatic, gas operated
Overall length
1219 mm / 48"
Barrel length
660 mm / 26”
Weight, with empty magazine
5.9 kg / 13 lbs
Magazine capacity
5 or 10 rounds

Noreen “Bad news” ULR 338 sniper rifle was designed by Peter Noreen of the Gun Room LLC (MT, USA), and is manufactured by the same company. It is one of the very few production semi-automatic precision rifles, chambered for the long-range .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition. It is also available in optional .300 Winchester Magnum chambering. According to available reports, Noreen “Bad news” ULR 338 sniper rifle is capable of Sub-MOA accuracy with properly selected ammunition (manufacturer recommends Lapua-made cartridges), and in trained hands it delivers accurate and effective fire at ranges in excess of 1500 yards / meters.

Noreen “Bad news” ULR 338 sniper rifle is gas operated, semi-automatic weapon. It uses hybrid, short-stroke gas system, which combines tappet-type gas piston with long gas tube that feeds hot powder gases from the gas block toward the front part of the receiver, where the gas piston is seated above the barrel. Upon discharge, gas piston strikes the projecting lug, which is machined on the top of the large, AR-15-style bolt carrier, which hosts AR-15-style (but necessarily larger) rotary bolt with seven locking lugs. 

The aluminum alloy receiver also follows general AR-15 styling, with upper and lover halves being connected by two cross-pins. Controls (magazine catch, bolt hold-open and safety) also are similar to AR-15, although charging handle is located on the right side of the receiver. Trigger is also of AR-15 type, and can be had in MilSpec or Match variations. Match grade barrel is free-floated inside the forend, and is equipped with muzzle brake. Ammunition is fed from detachable single stack box magazines with 5- and 10-round capacity. Standard furniture also includes fully adjustable Magpul PRS stock and M16A2-style pistol grip. Forend can be ordered in plain or railed configuration, depending on the buyers choice. No sights are provided from the factory, and rifle is equipped with integral Picatinny rail on the top of receiver, which would accept any telescope or night sight in appropriate mounts, according to user preferences.