Now the record for the defeat of the enemy sniper rifle belongs to the British sniper Craig Harrison, who struck 2-enemies at a distance of 2477 meters from the L115A3 rifle chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum. We will not go into the details of this option and rant on the subject, it’s true or not, and better acquainted with the instrument from which the shot Corporal Harrison. Well, to start, I think it is worth specifically with ammunition, and not with guns, because if the cartridge was to others, and the properties of the rifle would be very very different from today.
In fact, you start to create a .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition can assume that in 1983 the command of the U.S. Army put the puzzle on the development of the cartridge with the bullet weight 250 grain, the initial rate which would have amounted to 900 meters per second. Shareholders were offered the option holder designers Jim Bell, Jerry Haskins and Boots Obermeyer. Designers took a sleeve from hunting cartridge .416 Rigby and positioned it shot .338. New ammo has gone into making for lack of candidates, but the cartridge .338 Bell was not the best possible. The fact that the sleeve chuck was not designed for it to withstand the pressure of powder gases those that appeared during firing, resulting in any cartridge cases extracted from the chamber deformed, so that the cartridge was far not the best.
Solve the problem came from the company Lapua. In addition, the company that developed the newest designers a stronger sleeve that was able to withstand the pressure right up to 420 MPa, was also redesigned and bullet cartridge, which began to weigh 16.2 grams, and showed the best results on the accuracy of firing bullets all the options under consideration. In fact, from now on, and began a march cartridges .338 Lapua Magnum. Quite often you can meet a worldview that 338 Lapua Magnum cartridges were created in order to fill the gap between the ammunition 7.62 and 12.7 mm, the same view, and I adhere to. But many fans of new products made from this cartridge almost perfect ammo for everything, even saying that it can be fully present even substitute mnogokalibernym patrons. Perhaps for the conduct of a single lamp distant targets this munition and will surpass all the same 12.7 h99, which is also called into question, because, except for .50 BMG, there are still many other high mnogokalibernyh sniper cartridges .416 Barrett, for example, but mnogokalibernyh machine guns in this round will not change just 12.7 mm caliber bullets.
Sniping ammo really came out great. Bullet cartridges weighing 16.2 grams was quite weighty in order to influence its line of movement crosswind was the lowest, with all this plays an important role as the highest quality ammunition. On a technical level, using this cartridge, you can put five bullets at a distance of 1000 meters in a circle with a diameter of 16 cm, but it is only at the technical level to practice it all depends on the thousands of reasons, including himself and his gun hand. Bullet weighing 16.2 grams, and specifically with such bullets vserasprostraneny cartridges in the army, at a distance of 1400 meters retains its speed to 354 meters per second, with all this kinetic energy of the bullet equals about 1000 joules, which is more than enough for sure defeat enemy. In general, given the hunting cartridges, weight bullets .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge ranges from 14.6 to 19.4 g, the same powder charge may be in the range from 5.17 to 6.85 g, the initial velocity bullets is from 754 to 925 meters per second.
The very same rifle L115 is an instrument with the sliding bolt, locking bore when turning. In other words, a fairly common weapon, and its design is a hundred percent investigated. In fact, hundreds of such samples now, but they all differ in their features, which are in the main dependent on the properties of the guns and ammunition. Quality same L115 very highest. Weight rifle L115A3, from which the record was set, is 6.8 kilograms. Its length is 1300 mm. Powered weapon from the detachable box magazine capacity of 5 rounds.
Exciting moment in arms is that stuck him the name of «silent killer» or «silent death», depending on how it is interpreted in Russian. Despite the fact that the instrument can be equipped with a silencer device, it did not received the nickname because of this. «Silent killer» rifle dubbed for what in comparison with sniper rifles mnogokalibernymi she has a very quiet sound of a shot, but everything is relative, because quiet shot should not be taken in practice.
The database tools lay sports rifle AWM, which, as well as L115, manufactured by the company Accuracy International. If we talk about the effectiveness of this firing, the gun was in the papers to the rifle, it is 1100 meters. But here it is necessary to take into account that this distance is taken on the basis of beliefs defeat the enemy secure means of personal body armor, actually effective range of guns, of course, more, and the dispersion of bullets increases so that all conditional.
In general, though the usual instrument, but very clear. Yet, despite the simplicity of instruments, the price of this rifle beyond any reasonable limits, this is indeed the case when the means to pay for quality, that is not quite normal because the British usually with firearms is not very lucky. In general, taking into account the development of the means of personal body armor, can be fully, that soon a sniper gun chambered for the .338 LM will be the main medium for the army, in the meantime it is at least no longer exotic, but still very valuable and frequent gun and ammunition. I would like to see and bullets and gun, which is comparable to its characteristics zabugornye swatches Russian production, in the end there is no limit to perfection, and ammo to do the same tasks, more perfect, if .338 Lapua Magnum can be fully.
Cyril created Karasik