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Precision Instrument

It takes much more than a scope to turn a rifle into a sniper weapon.

September 01, 2002  |  by Jim Gardner

Accuracy International
Model AE

Caliber(s): .308, others
Weight: 13.4 lbs.
Barrel Length: 24"
Rate of Twist: 1:12
MSRP: $2,493


Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 10.4 lbs.
Barrel Length: 24”
Rate of Twist: 1:11.25
MSRP: $2,080

Aurora Tactical

Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 14 lbs.
Barrel Length: 30”
Rate of Twist: 1:10
MSRP: $1,495

Accurized Rifle

Caliber(s): .223
Weight: 9.25 lbs.
Barrel Length: 24”
Rate of Twist: 1:9
MSRP: $1,424

V Match

Caliber(s): .223
Weight: 8 lbs.
Barrel Length: 20”
Rate of Twist: 1:9
MSRP: $1,030

M76 Longbow

Caliber(s): .338 Lapua, others
Weight: 13.5 lbs.
Barrel Length: 28”
Rate of Twist: 1:10
MSRP: $4,250

Panther Bull Twenty-Four Special

Calibers: .223
Weight: 10.25 lbs.
Barrel Length: 24”
Rate of Twist: 1:8 or 1:9
MSRP: $1,189

A4 Special Police

Caliber(s): .308 others
Weight: 10.5 lbs.
Barrel Length: 24”
Rate of Twist: 1:12
MSRP: $5,736

Super Match

Caliber(s): .223
Weight: 11.5 lbs.
Barrel Length: 20”
Rate of Twist: 1:9
MSRP: $2,144


Caliber(s): 223, .308, others
Weight: 9 lbs. (700P LTR 7.5 lbs.)
Barrel Length: 26”  (700P LTR 20”)
Rate of Twist: 1:9 (.223), 1:12 (.308)
MSRP: $795

TRG 22

Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 10.25 lbs.
Barrel Length: 26”
Rate of Twist: 1:11
MSRP: $2,898

10 FP-LE2

Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 8.75 lbs.
Barrel Length: 26”
Rate of Twist: 1:10   
MSRP: $511


Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 12 lbs.
Barrel Length: 23.5”
Rate of Twist: 1:12
MSRP: $2,662

Springfield Armory

Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 11.6 lbs.
Barrel Length: 22”
Rate of Twist: 1:10

SSG 69

Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 8.5 lbs.
Barrel Length: 26.5”
Rate of Twist: 1:12
MSRP: $1,799

TRR Magnum Custom

Caliber(s): .338-378 Wthby. Mag., others
Weight: 10.5 lbs
Barrel Length: 26”
Rate of Twist: 1:10
MSRP: $2,649

M70 Stealth

Caliber(s): .223, .308, others
Weight: 10.75 lbs.
Barrel Length: 26”
Rate of Twist: 1:9 (.223), 1:12 (.308)
MSRP: $785

Ghost of a Chance

You know, being a thug isn't easy anymore. Criminals, like cockroaches, are most active after the sun has set. But the incredible advance of technology has stolen the cover of darkness from the poor little miscreants by making night vision equipment extremely affordable. Of course, on a really foggy night, NV gear is of scant use. Enter Elcan's new SpecterIR.

Billed as "the first thermal weapon sight designed for law enforcement and security professionals," the SpecterIR does indeed offer new capabilities beyond conventional NV equipment.

The SpecterIR unit measures 13 inches in length and weighs roughly 3 pounds. Power is provided by three lithium-ion AA batteries, which are rated for 6 hours of continuous operation. The unit offers intermittent or constant-on operation. In the intermittent mode, the Specter switches on only when pressure is applied to the large, comfortable rubber eyepiece.

In operation, the postage stamp sized output screen shows a gray scene, with the reticle (an interrupted crosshair with central dot) contrasting in white. Objects warmer than the surrounding terrain glow white, increasingly so the hotter they are.

A little operational training is required here, as all sorts of objects will glow in the view of the SpecterIR. Take that clown peeking out from behind the dumpster down that alley there. The dumpster, having been warmed by the sun, glows just as Joe Dirtbag does, but his movements give him away instantly. The SpecterIR is capable of detecting a moving, man-sized object fully 200 yards distant.

Weapons mounting is via the now common Picatinney rail system. Adjustments for windage and elevation are comprised within the mount. The SpecterIR also features a video output jack (a wireless transmitter is available), and a polarity switch, which can be used to enhance contrast of the reticle when targeting.

For further info on the capabilities of the SpecterIR,

Jim Gardner is the editor of GUNS Magazine, and an internationally recognized firearms expert.

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