Mike at Feces Flinging Monkey gave me the heads up on a 25mm (yes, 25mm, not .25 caliber) sniper rifle getting ready to enter testing.
The subject line of his email: “Whoa”. And for us simple-minded folk:
Note – 25mm works out to about 100 caliber
That’ll make a hole.
I’d heard this monster was in the works, but hadn’t seen anything on it in a while. Here’s the Strategy Page post (Aug 12, 2004 entry) that Mike pointed out.
Designed to destroy light armor, the XM109 is a semi-automatic 25mm rifle that has a 17.6 inch long barrel and an overall length of 46 inches. It weighs in at 46 pounds and has a 5 round magazine. In comparison, the Barrett M107 .50 caliber sniper rifle in general use today has a 29 inch barrel, overall length of 57 inches, and weighs in at a mere 32 pounds, with a magazine capacity of 10 rounds.
A spiked bipod is included to steady the XM109 for firing and it has a standard M1319 accessory rail for scopes and other accessories. Barrett will either sell a complete rifle or supply upgrade kits to convert the M107 .50 sniper rifle over to the 25mm configuration, replacing the bolt, upper receiver, and magazine.
To complement this “rifle” is a computerized sight called the BORS (Barrett Optical Ranging Sighting System). BORS is specifically designed for long-range shooting at 1,000 meters and longer distances, measuring and compensating for air pressure, temperature, and the angle of the weapon in relation to the target.
Effective distance armor piercing “lethality” for the rifle is listed at 2000 meters. The 25mm round is derivative design from the AH-64 Apache helicopter’s M789 high-explosive dual purpose (good against armor and personnel) 30mm ammunition and will penetrate at least 50 millimeters of armor plating, making it capable of destroying light armored vehicles, SCUD launchers, and other equipment. According to the ammunition manufacturer, the 25mm round is 2.5 times more effective at destroying targets than a .50 caliber armor-piercing round.
Go read the whole thing.
James at Hell in a Handbasket notes this weapon and provides a couple of links in a new post about advanced sniper weapons. Go check it out.