British army’s special forces armed with extremely powerful Hungarian rifles – VIDEOS
Experts of the British army found the unique, multi-purpose Gepárd GM6 Lynx to be the most suitable rifle in all respects.
The Special Air Service unit of the British army has been armed with Gepárd GM6 Lynx sniper rifles which are designed and manufactured entirely in Hungary, writes Mandiner. The Special Air Service is the most important and most valuable special forces unit in the British Army. A relatively small, secretly operating, but all the more well-known armed force. The unit specialises in many roles, including counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, direct action and covert reconnaissance. It is recognised as one of the best trained military units in the world.
Even though the Hungarian-made semi-automatic rifle only weighs 13 kilograms and its entire length is less than 1.2 meters long, it is so powerful that
it can blast helicopters out of the sky with a single shot and destroy armoured vehicles, troop carriers, light shelters and buildings,
According to the official GM6 Lynx website, this rifle combines the strengths of sniper rifles, combat rifles and anti-material weapons and has a shooting range of 2000 m+. It can fire five .50-calibre Raufoss Mk2 bullets in less than three seconds and has a muzzle energy of 14.5 kJ, which is 5−8 times greater than in the case of conventional small arms. The muzzle velocity of GM6 Lynx is in the range of 780−820 m/s and the barrel retracts like an artillery gun back into the body of the rifle to absorb the massive recoil.
Although this .50-calibre semi-automatic rifle is powerful, it is easy to carry, suitable for use by land and air forces and ideal for parachuting into the battlefield.
“The GM6 is fantastic. It’s like going into battle carrying an artillery piece. The troops call it the Howitzer [a large ranged weapon that stands between an artillery gun and a mortar]. It’s an absolutely massive punch,” a member of the Special Forces explained the rifle’s devastating impact.
The Special Air Service, Special Boat Service and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment have bought 150 of the £9,000 rifle (~EUR 10,481), which means that
a total of €1,580,000 worth of weapons have been purchased.