Sniper rifles are some of the best discoveries of modern day ammunition technology. They are advantageous due to their and power and efficiency; they represent the country’s military influence. From the days of WW1 to current time, the rifles have evolved with technology. Many advanced and high-tech rifles have come up with upgraded specifications, thus making them even more powerful and dangerous. Some rifles can kill dozens of people within a single second. Below is a list of top 5 deadliest sniper rifles, in order of superiority.
- L115A3 AWM
Arctic Warfare Magnum is a British sniper rifle, and it has been used since 1997. It is a bolt action rifle design for magnum rifle cartridge. It is 1200 mm in length and weighs 6.5 Kg. It has both night and day optics and uses a 5-round detachable box with an effective range of 1.4 Km. The UK Armed Forces have used it in Afghanistan and Iraq wars. It is also a premium weapon in most video games such as “Counter Strike”.
- Cheytac .408 cal
Cheytac. 408 Cal is an American sniper rifle and one of the world’s deadliest. Its flawless design pushes its 408 round down over 3000 feet per second. It has been in use since 2001. It currently holds the world’s record for the best group with a distant of 2,321 yards. It has also been featured in TV show, “Future Weapons”. On Average, its effective range is about 1.4 miles and is believed to have the most accurate sniper system worldwide.
- Barrett .50 Cal
Barrett.50 Cal is a one-rifle-army type of a sniper rifle manufactured by Barrett Firearms Company. It has been used since 1989 by armies worldwide. Initially, it had two variants (M82A1 and M82A2) which have so far been replaced by XM500. It weighs 11.36 Kg and has a length of 1280 mm. It is single-shot, bolt action rifle with a firing range of 2.6 km and can penetrate through a wall. It was standardized in the US military as M107.
This is a British sniper rifle that has been in use since 2005. It is manufactured by Accuracy International, a British firearms producer. It weighs 12.2 kg and has a length of 1369 mm. It uses incendiary ammunition and has a high level of accuracy; capable of engaging targets as far as 1.8 km. It has the power to fire five rounds in 1.6 seconds. Originally designed for the British forces, but US Navy SEAL is also using it.
- Dragunov SVD (Soviet Union)
This is one of the deadliest and most reliable sniper rifles designed by the Soviet Union and has been serving since 1963. Currently, it is being used by the Russians. It has a length of 1225 mm, and its weight ranges from 4.3 Kg to 5.02 Kg. This is a semi-automatic, gas-operated sniper rifle with a 10-round detachable box. It also has a short-stroke piston system. It was originally designed to be a squad support weapon.
In the world of sniper rifles, everyone has their different opinion on which one is the best. The difference in caliber, bullets, barrel, length, weight, grain among other factors leaves a lot of room for debate on what makes a sniper rifle powerful. All these factors were put into comparison in ranking the above firearms.