sniper rifle of the future 3D print model
Not a year goes by without gunsmiths announcing some new improvement in the design of small arms — at least, so it may seem to an outside observer. In fact, most of these optimistic statements are premature, as subsequent more detailed studies prove; in other cases, they are simply old ideas that have received new development, as new technologies have made them more attractive. So, the activity is very active, but are there any promising results? Here, in my opinion, it is necessary to note the difference between the two main areas of development of the sniper rifle, which has recently emerged: the creation of weapons for the destruction of manpower and for the destruction of equipment. When talking about weapons for destroying equipment, we must first clearly understand that most of the arguments about it are mostly theoretical; such weapons have not been tested in real combat conditions, and in the rare cases when they had a practical application, the consequences for the outcome of the General operation were insignificant. So we have no way to check whether the scenario of sending a commando unit to destroy a squadron of expensive jet fighters is real. As for equipment, the sniper, designed to destroy the enemy's military equipment, as will become clear from the following pages, has the widest selection of large-caliber weapons. However, there are all signs that designers-gunsmiths, obsessed with the idea of creating weapons with a long range and high destructive power, are gradually becoming victims of gigantomania, and in the very near future we can expect the appearance of a rifle with a powerful cartridge of 20 mm or 14 even larger. However, it seems that few people thought about how in practice you will have to move around the area with such monsters. (We should not forget how much ammunition will weigh.) As for weapons for the destruction of manpower, it seems that the sniper rifle has reached the same level of perfection as the machine gun. You can continue to improve its combat qualities, but to what extent and at what cost? The last ten percent improvement in performance accounts for sixty percent of all development costs, the creators of guided missiles say, and the same is true for simpler weapons — rifles and submachine guns. Currently, the sniper rifle is so accurate that ninety-nine people out of a hundred will not be able to fully take advantage of all the opportunities it provides. So further improvement seems to be a waste of time and effort. Moreover, expensive weapons are not in demand on the market; the most obvious example of this is the magnificent Walther WA2000 rifle, which appeared in the mid-80's. It was created under the patronage of Winchester Magnum.300 caliber: the barrel was designed and cut for it. This barrel was inserted into a special frame, so that the recoil force was directed directly perpendicular to the shooter's shoulder; the mechanism was self-loading, working by removing powder gases; the rifle had all imaginable adjustments in length, height, position of the butt, the force of pressing the trigger. It was equipped with a muzzle brake, a recoil buffer, a bipod, a free-hand stop, and a remarkable optical sight. And cost about 5,000 us dollars. For comparison, at that time, the best model of the company Parker-Hale cost a little more than a thousand dollars. And the Walther firm, having very wisely judged that it is hardly possible to expect large revenues from the sale of a very small number — and we could not count on more-of these rifles, in 1988, the WA2000 was withdrawn from production. Therefore, I think we will probably have to wait a few years before there is really something new in the field of weapons for the destruction of manpower. And while we will undoubtedly witness a fundamentally new weapon to combat technology, the decision on its practical application will have to wait. There are many assumptions about what tactical tasks such a weapon can solve, but only combat experience will allow you to determine what tactical tasks it can actually solve. Not for the first time, the development of the weapons system will have to wait until the military finds a use for it.