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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
www.accuracyinternational.org

Armalite
AR-10(T)


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

Aurora Tactical
M91


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

Colt
Accurized Rifle

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

Bushmaster
V Match



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

Dakota
M76 Longbow



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

DPMS
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
www.dpmsinc.com

FN
A4 Special Police



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

LesBaer
Super Match



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

Remington
M700P



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
www.remingtonle.com

Sako
TRG 22



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

Savage
10 FP-LE2



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

SiG
SSG3000



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

Springfield Armory
M21



Caliber(s): .308
Weight: 11.6 lbs.
Barrel Length: 22”
Rate of Twist: 1:10
MSRP:
$2,975
www.springfield-armory.com

Steyr
SSG 69



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

Weatherby
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
www.weatherby.com

Winchester
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
www.winchester-guns.com

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, www.elcan.com.

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

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Tags: Deadly Force, Sniper Rifles, Product Reviews, Colt, FNH USA, SIG Sauer, Springfield Armory, Winchester

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