The prime reason for this is that the sniper rifle, which is a crew service, man-portable, high precision and shoulder-fired rifle used to ensure more accurate placement of bullets at longer ranges, keeps the shooter safe in most of the cases. A typical sniper rifle is built for optimal levels of accuracy, fitted with a telescopic sight and chambered for a military centerfire cartridge.

Here is the list of top five sniper rifles used around the world:



Heckler & Koch PSG1 (Germany): The PSG1 (Orecision Shooter Rifle) is a semi-automatic sniper rifle. The PSG1 is mechanically based on the G3 rifle and features a low-noise bolt closing device (similar to the forward assist on many M16 rifles). Its shot-to-shot variation is expected to be better than 1 minute of angle (MOA) with match ammunition. The gun has a heavy free-floating barrel with polygonal rifling and an adjustable stock.


M21 (USA): The M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS) is the semi-automatic sniper rifle adaptation of the M14 rifle. It is chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge.  The M21 remained the Army’s primary sniper rifle until 1988, when it was replaced by the M24 Sniper Weapon System; some M21s were later re-issued and used in the Iraq War.


L42A1 Enfield (UK): The L42A1 was a British Army sniper rifle chambered for the 7.62mm NATO cartridge which entered service in 1970. It was replaced by the Accuracy International L96 in 1985.  During its British Army service, the L42A1 saw active service during several conflicts including the Dhofar Rebellion in Oman, The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and Gulf War.


Knight’s Armament Company SR-25 (USA): The SR-25 (Stoner Rifle-25) is a semi-automatic special application sniper rifle designed.  The SR-25 uses a rotating bolt and a direct impingement gas system. It is loosely based on Stoner’s AR-10, rebuilt in its original 7.62x51mm NATO caliber.
SR-25 barrels were originally manufactured by Remington Arms with its 5R (5 grooves, rounded) rifling, with twist 1:11.25 (1 complete turn in 11.25 inches or 286 millimetres).


M24 Sniper Weapons System (USA): The M24 (SWS) is the military and police version of the Remington 700 rifle, M24 being the model name assigned by the US Army after adoption as their standard sniper rifle in 1988.

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