M89SR sniper rifle

Summary

M89SR sniper rifle is a gas operated semi-automatic precision rifle, produced by Technical Consultants International (TCI), an Israeli company based in Tel Aviv.[1]

M89SR
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M89SR attached with silencer
TypeSniper rifle/Designated Marksman Rifle
Place of originIsrael
Service history
Used byIsrael Defense Forces, Duvdevan
Production history
ManufacturerTechnical Consultants International (before Sardius)
Specifications
Mass4.50 kg
Length850 mm
Barrel length560 mm

Cartridge7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber7.62mm
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity855 m/s (2,810 ft/s)
Effective firing range1000 meters
Feed system10 or 20-round detachable box magazine
SightsNone

The M89SR was first introduced as the Sardius M36 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) in the 1980s. The rifle is based on the American M14 rifle in bullpup configuration, and uses the same 7.62×51mm NATO ammunition. It was intended to replace the M14, though Sardius were unable to secure financing. When Sardius went out of business, Technical Consulting International (TCI) obtained the licence to produce the M36. They made some adjustments, such as adding a new carbon fiber stock, and it was renamed the M89SR (Model 89 Sniper Rifle).

The rifle was used by the Israel Defense Forces, in urban warfare and on the battlefield. The rifle is much shorter than an assault rifle even with a sound suppressor attached, making it easy to conceal. It is also relatively light, and is more accurate than other sniper rifles.

Only a small number were used, in the undercover unit Sayeret Duvdevan. It was more successful abroad, and was sold to some special forces units.

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  1. ^ World guns