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Friday, October 9, 2009

TCI M89-SR

T.C.I. M89-SR

Caliber : 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Win)
Operation : Semi-Auto (M-14 action)
Length : 33.5" (85 cm)
Length w/suppressor : 40.6" (103 cm)
Weight : 9.9 lbs (4.5kg) std configuration
Barrel Length : 22" (56 cm)
Stock : Composite
Magazine Capacity : 5, 10, or 20 round detachable box magazine
Designed Effective Range : 1000 meters

The M89-SR is designed as a dual purpose weapon. Designed for both urban anti-terrorist operations as well as a battlefield sniper rifle. The rifle is based on the M-14 rifle in a Bullpup configuration. The factory guarantees 1 MOA and offers a full range of accessories and sales service.

I have no direct experience with this rifle, but hopefully that will change if T.C.I. can get one of their rifles over to the states to be field tested. It is an interesting design, and appears very compact, and is a full 2 lbs lighter then the U.S. Army M24. with a Guarantee of 1 MOA it should be a darn good shooter. (I have a copy of a 100m target with 5 rounds in .5" using Military M852 (Sierra 168gr Match King in the standard M118 brass) that is pretty impressive, especially for a semi-auto.) It appears as if this would make a great anti-terrorist, police sharpshooter rifle. Though I am not a big fan of semi's in a Sniper's role in combat. That flying brass can easily give your position away and its tough to police up while trying to stay concealed, cant leave any target identifiers behind. But the rifle would lend itself well as a support weapon.

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