Russian special forces have used British-made snipers in their operations in recent years (including eastern Ukraine), despite claims by the government that it has never approved the export of such weapons to Moscow
Information in Sky News’s extensive material on gaps in the arms trade system, confirmed by an independent arms expert, raises serious questions about how Russia acquired these weapons. The chairman of the parliamentary defense committee told Sky News that it was “worrying that British-made weapons are in the hands of the Russian armed forces and that a full investigation will be conducted.”
Sky News also reports that the British government has no idea how many British weapons have been sold abroad and that there is no reliable tracking system, although Downing Street has repeatedly said that the British arms licensing system is one of the most popular. transparent in the world.
In its evidence, Sky News uses video data from the invasion of Russian special forces in Crimea in 2014, which shows that they have British-made AX338 snipers. Such snipers are also used in Donbass in eastern Ukraine. There are also reports of British weapons being used by Russian-backed Syrian rebels.
US produces perhaps the most expensive sniper in the world with unique sight
TrackingPoint XS1 sniper rifle costs 15 thousand dollars – you are unlikely to have to pay more for a firearm, even if you are planning to buy an old gun [only museum ones can be an exception]. TrackingPoint specializes in digital sights that can make a sniper out of anyone.
The rifle was released for sale in the USA in 2013. It can be purchased in three versions: XS1 8.6 caliber with 35x zoom; with it, you can very accurately hit targets located a kilometer away from you; the lightweight version of XS2 with a caliber of 7.62 mm with 30x zoom and with a range of accurate firing is slightly smaller, and the “tiny” XS3 with a caliber of 7.62 mm with the same 30x zoom with which you can count on getting up to 780 meters.
The main thing with TrackingPoint XS1 is to see the target and click on the button. After you press the button, the target will be marked with a red mark in the sight; after that, the blue crosshairs of the sight will remain aligned with the red mark. When the match is enough to hit, the cross from blue will turn red and the rifle will fire.
The rifle itself decides when to shoot: with a laser, it measures the distance to the target, makes a correction for the wind, calculates angles, analyzes air humidity, takes into account the Magnus effect and radar data that indicate the movement of the target.
Combining all these data with the parameters of the weapon – the length of the barrel, the speed of the bullet, etc., the weapon decides to shoot.
Bulgarian sniper fired the ‘impossible shot’ with H&K sniper rifle
Two years ago, in 2018 a sniper from the Bulgarian Army distinguished himself with a unique shot, setting a record at a competition in Germany for military snipers from NATO with the participation of 19 nations.
Corporal Krum Hadjipetkov of the 31st Mechanized Battalion hit a target at a distance of 1.5 km, measuring 50 cm by 1 m. His achievement was declared a record, as the standard distance for shooting at such a target is from 200 m to a kilometer.
It is reported that while shooting at the shortest distance of 106 meters, Corporal Hadjipetkov managed to fire three bullets with such accuracy that they hit the same place on the target and “hit” each other. According to the laws of ballistics, this is considered impossible.
At the competition the Bulgarian fighter shot at 830 m and a little over 1 km with different weapons, one of them was Heckler & Koch MSG90 sniper rifle. The unique thing about his 1.5 km shot is that he fired with one hand, with a rifle resting on his backpack. Before this shooting, there was a cross-country race of 21 km with equipment and a backpack with sand – a total of about 25 kg.
This significantly hampers accuracy, but he still set a record. Americans, Dutch, Finns and others also took part in this distance. However, only the Bulgarian sniper managed to hit the target, with the first shot.
With such long-range shots, many indicators are taken into account, even the rotation of the Earth and air currents. The wind has the greatest influence. It is the most unpredictable and can blow from several directions at different speeds. When the Bulgarian was shot, there was a relatively light wind.
A Finnish colleague observed the target at a distance of 1.5 km and confirmed the hit, while a German military man calculated the distance with a precision laser rangefinder and took into account the other specific data and measurements. The two signed for the record that the Bulgarian set in the shooting.
In his other, almost unrealistic achievement, Corporal Hadjipetkov fired at a distance of 106 meters, scoring absolutely identical hits with three bullets and “stringing” them on top of each other. At 252 meters, his three bullets fired in a volume of ten cents, at 500 meters and a little above them, he hit a table tennis ball. At 800 m he struck an orange in the center.
He was prepared for the competition in Haskovo, at a shooting range, where the fighters are training with weapons that are in service with the Bulgarian Army.