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Thursday, August 2, 2012


The use of 20mm precision fire started before WWII with the Finns who fielded the Lathi M39 that helped them slow and almost defeat the Soviet invasion of their borders by Stalin before he became a buddy of FDR. The Finns were able to penetrate the thin armor of pre-war Soviet tanks and force disproportionate losses on the astonished invading Russian army. They also used dummies to draw out Soviet snipers, which the 20mm Lathi effectively eliminated from a safe distance.
Beginning in 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army used the semi-automatic Kawamura Type 97 20×124mm anti-tank rifle. The Type 97 was 120 to150 pounds, had a crew of four and with no muzzle brake had horrendous recoil. It did not have any optics, just open sights so it was used mainly against light armor, from fixed defensive positions, and could fire full-auto 2,083-grain High Explosive Incendiary at 2,500 feet per second (fps) from its 7-round magazine. With the advent of the next generation of armor, both the M39 and Type 97 went the way of the horse cavalry and biplane — still used in combat, but not on the winning side.
The value of very long range sniping has been firmly established as a major asset in modern counter-terror battlefighting. Both in Afghanistan and Iraq, the use of the .50 BMG for precision fire has resulted in serious reductions of enemy strength during operations in both open and urban areas without collateral damage. The use of long range precision fire is cost effective, easy to integrate into combined operations and provides our warfighters unprecedented protection when they operate under the watchful oversight of one or more of these powerful weapons. Recent proof was the elimination of an enemy machine gunner by Canadian sniper Rob Furlong shooting a bolt-action .50 BMG from a distance of over a mile and a half.

49” match grade fluted barrel
Heavy duty clam-shell brake
Detachable box magazine
Available in 14.5mm, 20mm, and new Anzio 20-50 calibers
Titanium firing pin
5000 yard maximum range
Optional weights and configurations
Huge amounts of fun
Low recoil

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