Top 10 Sniper Rifles

A good sniper can damage enemy’s morale by taking out key personnel. They can stop a unit in its tracks. But for a good sniper a gun with an eagle sight, deadly impact and a monstrous fire power is essential. Today we have rounded up Top 10 Sniper Rifles of all times.

No 10. M24 (American)

Calibre:7.62x51mm NATO (.308 win)
Operation:Bolt Action
Feed:5-Round internal magazine
Weight:12.1 lb (5.49 kg) empty without telescope
Length:43in (1092mm)
Sights:10×42 Leupold Ultra M3A telescope sight (Mil-Dots),
plus detachable emergency iron sights. (Redfield Palma International)
Barrel:416R Stainless Steel, 24″ length, 1:11.2″ twist, 5 radial land grooves
Stock:HS Precision – adjustable length.
Max Effective Range :800 meters (875 yards)
Expected Accuracy:1 MOA with M118
.5 MOA with M118LR
The M24 Sniper’s Weapon System (SWS) represents a return to bolt action sniper rifles by the US Army. As in the USMC M40A1, the M24 uses the Remington 700 action, although the reciever is a long action made for adaptation to take the .300 Winchester Magnum round. The stock (HS Precision) is made of a composite of Kevlar, graphite and fibreglass bound together with epoxy resins, and features an aluminium bedding block and adjustable butt plate. A detachable bipod (Harris) can be attached to the stocks fore-end. The metal finish is powder coated for extreme durability.

The rifle had a very quick development cycle as the US Army had decided it wanted to get snipers back into the US Army and was in the process of developing the B4 identifier and the school to award it. There was a major short fall of M21′s which was the standard sniper rifle at that point of time and the Army figured it would need 10,000 sniper rifles of which they didn’t have nearly that many M21′s. So a new sniper rifle was developed at the same time and it was done in a record 22 months. The Weapon System Matrix Manager for the M24 was Major John Mende and he explains that the long action actually had nothing to do with the ability to convert to a .300 Win Mag but was a product of that quick development time. The rifle was intended to be chambered in the .30-06 as the -06 was a type classified munition for the Army unlike the .300 WM at the time. They wanted to have a high power load for the .30-06 eventually developed. As development of the system was moving forward they discovered that there was not enough .30-06 ammo in a single lot in the Army’s inventory to test and develop the system so they quickly changed to the 7.62x51mm NATO (308 Win) and left the action the same as there was not enough time for the manufacturers of the stock and floorplate to make the change to short action. They also fully believed they would later do a product improvement update and convert all the M24′s to .30-06. The fact that they could convert them to .300 Win Mag was an unexpected benefit to the SF groups and was never actually designed into the system.

No 9. SR25 (American)

Knights SR-25 rifle, civilian version with 20″ barrel 

Knights SR-25 carbine, civilian version with 16″ barrel and telescopic buttstock
TypeSniper rifle
Place of origin
 United States
Service history
In service1990
Used bySee  Users
WarsAfghanistan War, Iraq War, 2006 East Timorese crisis, 2nd Intifada
Production history
DesignerEugene Stoner
Knight’s Armament Company
VariantsSR-25 Enhanced Match rifle, with 20 in (510 mm) barrelSR-25 Enhanced Match Carbine, with 16 in (410 mm) barrel and M110 flash suppressor
WeightMatch Rifle 10.75 lb (4.88 kg),
LwMatch 9.5 lb (4.3 kg),
Carbine 7.5 lb (3.4 kg),
Sporter 8.75 lb (3.97 kg)
Length1,118 mm (44.0 in)
Barrel length
Match Rifle 24 in (610 mm)(also LwMatch & Sporter 20 in/510 mm, Carbine 16 in/410 mm)

Cartridge7.62x51mm NATO
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Feed system10 and 20-round detachable box magazine

No 8. L42 Enfield (British)

TypeBolt-action rifle
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service1895-1926 (MLE)
1907–present (SMLE)
Used by
WarsSecond Boer War
First World War
Second World War
Various Colonial conflicts
Irish War of Independence
Malayan Emergency
Korean War
Nepalese Civil War
Afganistan conflict
and numerous other conflicts.
Production history
DesignerJames Paris Lee, RSAF Enfield
Produced1895-1907 (MLE)
1907– (SMLE)
Number builtover 17,000,000 (All Variants) [1]
VariantsShort, Magazine Lee Enfield Mk. I, Mk. I*, Mk.III, Mk. III*, Rifle No. 4 Mk. 1, Mk. 1* (produced by Savage and Long Branch), Mk. 1(T) Sniper Rifle, Mk. 2, Rifle No 5 Mk. 1 (Jungle Carbine)
Weight~4 kg (8.8 lb) depending on wood density
Length1,130 mm (44.5 in)
Barrel length635 mm (25 in)

Cartridge.303 Mk VII SAA Ball
Muzzle velocity744 m/s (2,441 ft/s)
Effective range550 yards (503 m) [2]
Maximum range
2,000 yd (1,829 m)
Feed system10-round magazine, loaded with 5-round charger clips
SightsSliding ramp rear sights, Fixed-post front sights, “Dial” long-range volley sights; Telescopic sights on Sniper models.

No 7. M21 (American)

TypeSniper rifle
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service1969–1988
Used byUnited States
Production history
DesignerArmy Weapons Command,
Combat Development Command,
Limited Warfare Agency
ManufacturerRock Island Arsenal, Springfield Armory
Weight5.27 kg (11.6 lb)
Length1118 mm (44 in)
Barrel length560 mm (22 in)

Cartridge7.62x51mm NATO
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity853 m/s (2,800 ft/s)
Effective range690 m (750 yd)
Feed system5, 10 or 20-round detachable boxmagazine
SightsFront: National Match front blade .062
Rear: Match-grade hooded aperture with one-half minute adjustments for both windage and elevation.
26 3/4 in sight radius.

No 6. PSG1 (German)

Sniper rifle
Place of origin
 West Germany
Service history
In service
Used by
Production history
Heckler & Koch GmbH
Heckler & Koch GmbH
SEDENA (licensed)

PSG1A1, MSG90, MSG90A1
7.2 kg (15.87 lb)
1,230 mm (48.4 in)
Barrel length
650 mm (25.6 in)
59 mm (2.3 in)
258 mm (10.2 in) with telescopic sight

7.62x51mm NATO
Roller-delayed blowback
Muzzle velocity
868 m/s (2,848 ft/s)
Effective range
800 m
Feed system
5- or 20-round detachable box magazineor 50-round drum
Hendsoldt ZF6x42PSG1 telescopic sightwith illuminated reticle

No 5. Dragunov SVD (Soviet Union)

TypeSniper rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service1963–present
Used byRussians
WarsVietnam War, [1] Soviet war in Afghanistan, Iraq War, Yugoslav Wars,First and Second Chechen Wars, 2008 South Ossetia War
Production history
DesignerEvgeny Dragunov
ManufacturerIzhmash, Norinco, Zastava Arms
Produced1963–present [2]
VariantsSee  Variants
Weight4.30 kg (9.48 lb) (with scope and unloaded magazine) [2] 
4.68 kg (10.3 lb) (SVDS)
4.40 kg (9.7 lb) (SVU)
5.02 kg (11.1 lb) (SWD-M)
Length1,225 mm (48.2 in) (SVD) [2] 
1,135 mm (44.7 in) stock extended / 815 mm (32.1 in) stock folded (SVDS)
900 mm (35.4 in) (SVU)
1,125 mm (44.3 in) (SWD-M)
Barrel length610 mm (24.0 in) (SVD, SWD-M) [2] 
565 mm (22.2 in) (SVDS)
600 mm (23.6 in) (SVU)

Cartridge7.62x54mmR [2]
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity830 m/s (2,723 ft/s) (SVD, SVDS, SWD-M)
800 m/s (2,624.7 ft/s) (SVU)
Effective rangeUp to 800 m sight adjustments for point targets
Maximum range1,300 m with scope
1,200 m with iron sights
Feed system10-round detachable box magazine

Sights    PSO-1 telescopic sight and iron sights with an adjustable rear notch sight                                        

No 4. AS50 (Bristish)

TypeAnti-materiel rifle, Sniper rifle
Place of origin United Kingdom
Production history
Designed2005 or 2006
Number builtUnknown
Variants1 AS50
Weight27 lb (12.2 kg) (no scope/sight, empty mag)
Length53.9″ (1369 mm)
Barrel length692 mm

Cartridge12.7 x 99 mm NATO
Caliber12.7 mm .50 BMG
ActionDirect impingement citation needed ]
Rate of firesemi-automatic, estimated at 5 rounds/1.3 seconds
Effective range1,500 m
Feed system5 or 10 round detachable box magazine

No 3. Barrett .50 Cal (American)

TypeSniper rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
ManufacturerBarrett Firearms Company
Unit cost$3800-$4000
Weight25 lb (11.36 kg)
Length50.4 in (1280 mm)
Barrel length32 inches (813 mm)

Cartridge.50 BMG (12.7 × 99 mm),
.416 Barrett
ActionSingle Shot, Bolt Action
Maximum range2600 Meters

No 2. Cheytac .408 cal (American)

Place of origin United States
Production history
DesignerJohn Taylor and William O. Wordman
ManufacturerChey Tac
Variants.375 Chey Tac
Parent case.505 Gibbs
Case typeRimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter.408 in (10.4 mm)
Neck diameter.438 in (11.1 mm)
Shoulder diameter.601 in (15.3 mm)
Base diameter.637 in (16.2 mm)
Rim diameter.640 in (16.3 mm)
Rim thickness.065 in (1.7 mm)
Case length3.04 in (77 mm)
Overall length4.307 in (109.4 mm)
Case capacity159 gr H O (10.335 cm³)
Rifling twist1 in 13 in (330.2 mm)
Primer typeLarge Rifle
Maximum pressure63,800 psi (440 MPa)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type
305 gr (19.8 g) Solid3,500 ft/s (1,100 m/s)8,298 ft·lbf(11,251 J)
419 gr (27.2 g) Solid3,000 ft/s (910 m/s)8,376 ft·lbf(11,356 J)

No 1. L115A3 AWM (British)

TypeSniper rifle
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service1997 – present
Used bySee  Users
WarsAfghanistan War, Iraq War
Production history
ManufacturerAccuracy International
Weight6.5 kg (14.3 lb) (.300 Winchester Magnum)
6.9 kg (15.1 lb) (.338 Lapua Magnum)
with stock, bipod and empty magazine
Length1200 mm (47.2 in) (.300 Win. Mag.)
1230 mm (48.4 in) (.338 Lapua Magnum)
Barrel length660 mm (26 in) (.300 Win. Mag.)
686 mm (27 in) (.338 Lapua Magnum)

Cartridge.300 Winchester Magnum
.338 Lapua Magnum
Effective range1,100 metres (1,203 yd)
.300 Winchester Magnum [1] 
1,400 metres (1,531 yd)
.338 Lapua Magnum [1]
Feed system5-round detachable box magazine
Sightsdetachable aperture type iron sights
day or night optics