The Lithuanian Land Forces has received its first Accuracy International AXMC bolt-action sniper rifles, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced.
According to the MoD, the rifles were bought under a EUR1.3 million (USD1.4 million) contract with Accuracy International (AI). By the end of the year the AXMC rifles are to be distributed among the Land Forces’ battalions and training facilities.
The AI AXMC rifles delivered to Lithuania are chambered in 8.6×70 mm (.338 Lapua Magnum), and can be reconfigured in field conditions (by changing the barrel, bolt, magazine, and magazine converter) to be fed in 7.62×51 mm NATO (.308 Winchester).
Original post janes.com
AXMC Multi-caliber Sniper Rifle
Accuracy International AX sniper rifle family is an evolutionary development of the famous AI Arctic Warfare Magnum (AWM) sniper rifles. Originally designed for US SOCOM “Precision Rifle System” trials, the AX / AXMC (Multi Caliber) rifle family was first unveiled in 2010; since that, the AX / AXMC family of sniper rifles replaced famous AW / AWM rifles in AI line-up of elite military sniper rifles. The parent system in AX line-up is a multi caliber AXMC rifle, originally designed for powerful .338 Lapua Magnum log range ammunition. Those “longaction” rifles can be easily converted to .300 Winchester Magnum or .308 Winchester ammunition with substitution of an appropriate barrel, magazine and bolt. The AX 308 is similar in design and most features to AXMC, but is built using shorter receiver and bolt, properly scaled for .308 Winchester/ 7.62×51 NATO ammunition and other cartridges of similar dimensions.
Accuracy International AX / AXMC sniper rifle is a manually operated, bolt action rifle. It features rotary bolt with six locking lugs, arranged into three pairs at the bolt head. It features traditional (for AI rifles) polymer stock with aluminum alloy chassis, and a solid, flat-bottomed receiver made of steel. Rifle features proprietary AI 2-stage trigger and feeds from double stack, detachable box magazines with 10 round capacity. It features side-folding shoulder stock with fully adjustable comb and butt pad; stock folds to the right over the bolt handle, resulting in slim overall profile better suitable for carry over long foot patrols. Barrel can be easily removed and / or replaced in the field using hex key which is normally stored in the cheek piece. Barrel is enclosed into aluminum for end / jacket with Key Slot interface which permits quick attachment and removal of accessory rails. No iron sights are provided with the rifle; daytime or night vision / IR optics is mounted to the integral Picatinny (Mil-Std 1913) rail above the receiver.
|Caliber||7.62×51 / .308, .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag|
|Action||Manually operated, Bolt action|
|Overall length||1225 mm|
|Barrel length||508, 610 or 660 mm (20”, 24”, 26”), also 685 mm (27”) for .338|
|Weight, empty, w/o scope||6.6 kg (w.685 mm barrel)|
|Magazine capacity||10 rounds|