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Ukraine gets .50 TOR caliber bolt-action sniper rifles with 3 km range

Kyiv ($1 = 29.68 Ukrainian hryvnia)s) — The delivery of Polish sniper rifles with a large caliber WKW Tor is already underway for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to counter the Russian troops who invaded the country on February 24 this year. Images of the rifle on social media profiles after the war in Ukraine are shared and distributed.

Photo credit: Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów

WKW Tor is a Polish long range rifle [sniper rifle] with a large caliber. The abbreviation WKW means exactly that in Polish – large-caliber sniper rifle [Wielkokalibrowy Karabin Wyborowy]. In this case, WKW Tor uses .50 BMG cartridges [BMG is Browning machine gun] or NATO standard 12.7×99 mm.

The .50 caliber WKW Tor was designed in the early 21st century and began mass production by the Poles in 2005. It is estimated that manufacturer Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów has produced 150 of these weapons so far. Except in Poland [and now in Ukraine] .50-cal WKW Tor is in service in Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. The rifle has another recorded involvement in actual hostilities [apart from those in Ukraine] and this is the war in Afghanistan, where it continues to be used.

The .50 caliber WKW Tor weighs just over 16 kg and has an overall length of 1,350 mm, and only the barrel is 880 mm long. The main action of the rifle is performed by a manually operated rotary bolt. Its muzzle velocity is 2,895 ft/s [882 m/s] from 800gr Barnes. Its feed system is a 7-round detachable box magazine, and the rifle’s maximum effective firing range is 3,000 m.

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.50-cal WKW Tor has a Picatinny mounting mechanism on which different day or night optical sights with different magnifications can be placed, often at 6x or more. However, the Polish manufacturer offers standard optical equipment, which is the Schmidt & Bender X3−12 P / MII telescope finder.

Sources in Ukraine say Ukrainian forces tested the sniper rifle and left good impressions, especially after the bullet fired from the rifle pierced a soldier’s armor and armored vest. However, no further details were given on the type of armor or the degree of protection of the body armor.

.50 BMG in Ukraine

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that at the end of March this year, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received .50 caliber Browning heavy machine guns and ammunition for them. Interesting fact: the Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun can be used as a long-range rifle or as a sniper rifle.

Soldiers in the Korean War used scoped M2s in the role of a sniper rifle, but the practice was notably used by U.S. Marine Corps sniper Carlos Hathcock during the Vietnam War. Using an Unertl telescopic sight and a mounting bracket of his own design, Hathcock was able to quickly convert the M2 into a sniper rifle, using displacement and elevation [T&E] mechanism attached to the tripod.

Ukraine received a .50 caliber Browning heavy machine gun
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In semi-automatic fire, Hathcock hit man-sized targets beyond 1,800 yards [2,000 yds] -twice the range of the standard caliber sniper rifle of the time [a .30-06 Winchester Model 70]. Hathcock set the record for the longest confirmed kill at 2,250 meters [2,460 yds]a record that stood until 2002 when it was broken in Afghanistan by Canadian Army sniper Arron Perry

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Rodney N.

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