Originally Posted by Biggles
Used to be. The Americans have this massive .50 Cal Auto sniper Rifle. Would kill you behind a brick wall at over a mile.
The bolt action designs were used because it kept the rifle stable during the firing process. No gas working parts moving around to upset the shot. Part of taking a shot involves the follow through and the movement of the whole weapon system, this is negated with the bolt action system. I never like it myself as you then had to spoil your point of aim when you re-cocked it anyway. Seemed pointless to me. But their again I'm not a sniper.
Hi Biggles, The original sniper rifle in recent history was the Lee Enfield .303. This was much the same "engine "as used in the Bren which was a very useful animal using the same ammo.
The americans and a few others decided thet the Lee enfield was the best gun and they rebored it out to take the heavier calibre German Mauser which I do not recall but was closer to the half inch and higer velocity. Of course, the rifling within the barrell was most important for accuraeyover long distances.
We used to fire the .303 in reserves up to 500 yards and they were most accurate.
The FN and L1A1 (Fabrique National was Manu with rapid fire whilst the L1A1 was the single shot model, they had no barrelling so never made it to the Snipers list).
All this reminds me of teh Film "Enemy at the Gate" nGood film but Horrible and depressing dont you think