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15 June

Cup-winning rifle from Russia

Article by: David Donald Published: 15 Jun Eurosatory-2012 Daily

The FSB’s elite counter-terrorism Alpha Group. It was this unit that placed first and second in the individual section of the 11th Police and Military Sniper World Cup held in Hungary, and occupied first place on the team leaderboard.

Europe may be focused on the Euro football competition, but a World Cup has already been won this month. Last week, the Russians took team and individual honours at the 11th Police and Military Sniper World Cup held in Hungary. The team was using the new Orsis T-5000 rifle from Promtechnologies.

Orsis T-5000 was developed by the new firearms facility established in Moscow by the Promtechnologies Group (Hall 6, Stand D355).

Its design bureau and factory was created two years ago and initially started with hunting rifles. Development of tactical high-precision rifles followed.

High-grade materials and sophisticated manufacturing techniques, including computer numerical control (CNC) tools, ensure rifles with a factory-guaranteed MOA (minute of arc) of less than 0.5. Tools can be reset to match specific requirements, with different calibres and twist-rates. The CNC single-point cut rifling machines are the only ones of their kind in Europe.

The company only makes bolt-action rifles.

These feature a three-position safety, with a maintenance position that allows the bolt to be removed. The barrel is free-floating and fitted with a muzzle brake to reduce recoil forces. Fore and aft mounts are fitted for tactical sights, and a swivel position allows a bipod to be fitted. Currently, the Orsis T-5000 is available in the two standard ‘entry-level’ sniper calibres: 0.308 Winchester and 0.338 Lapua Magnum. However, weapons for larger calibres are being developed.

Sniper rifles began to be delivered last September, and a number were distributed around police, military and special forces units for evaluation. Among the recipients was the FSB’s elite counter-terrorism Alpha Group. It was this unit that placed first and second in the individual section of last week’s sniper World Cup, and occupied first place on the team leader board.