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Brügger + Thomet APR

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sniper rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Switzerland

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    2003 (APR 308)
    2007 (APR 338)

  • DESIGNER
    Brügger + Thomet

  • PRODUCTION
    2005 - present (APR 308)
    2008 - present (APR 338)

  • PRODUCERS
    Switzerland - B+T

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Long range
    Good ergonomics
    Heavy
    Expensive

Introduction

The APR is a sniper rifle of Swiss origin. It is a further development of the Ultima Ratio series of sniper rifles originally developed by PGM. APR stands for Advanced Precision Rifle. At first Brügger + Thomet was a distributor for PGM, but decided to produce an improved version by themselves.

Design

The APR is a product improved Ultima Ratio rifle. The APR differs in many minor details and mostly disinguishes itself from the PGM models by their fluted barrels and accessories. These include the Schmidt & Bender TRS 3-12x scope, the optional mirage band, clip on silencer, optional tripple accessory rail over the barrel. The APR 308 is a bolt action sniper rifle with a free floating barrel and highly adjustable shoulder stock. The APR 338 is a Mini-Hecate improved in a similar way.

Firepower

The APR 308 fires the 7.62x51mm round from a 10 round magazine. The PGM 338 fires the .338 Lapua round from a 5 round magazine. The accuracy of the 7.62x51mm and .338 models is sub MOA with proper ammunition. The maximum effective range is 1.000 meters for the APR 308 and 1.500 meters for the APR 338. A 99% first round hit probability against a head-sized target at 400 meters and a torso-sized target at 800 meters is claimed. The PGM 338 has the same performance at 600 and 1.300 meters respectively.

Users

The APR is used by various law enforcement agencies and military units, mainly in Europe.

Variants

APR 308

The APR 308 is the standard model of the APR family. The APR 308 is meant for law enforcement and military use. The APR 308P is a police model that is meant for law enforcement use only. The APR 308P features a shorter barrel with a faster rifling twist rate and lacks a drop safety.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length610 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 279 mm twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.139 mm / 906 mm
Width50 mm, 86 mm stock folded
Height?
Weight7.01 kg empty without scope
SightsNo iron sights, Picatinny rail for mounting optics, usually fitted with Schmidt & Bender TRG 3x12 scope
RemarksBipod and monopod fitted as standard, optional silencer
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length500 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 254 mm twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.028 mm / 795 mm
Width50 mm, 86 mm stock folded
Height?
Weight6.8 kg empty without scope
SightsNo iron sights, Picatinny rail for mounting optics, usually fitted with Schmidt & Bender TRG 3x12 scope
RemarksBipod and monopod fitted as standard, optional silencer

APR 308S

The APR 308S is an APR 308 with an integrated silencer. The barrel extends about halfway of the silencer and features a very fast rifling twist rate. The APR 308S is only meant to be used with subsonic ammunition and has an effective range of about 150 meters. The sound reduction is about 120 dB. The integrated silencer makes the APR 308S much more silent than the APR 308 fitted with a silencer on the barrel.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length400 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 203 mm twist
Muzzle velocitysubsonic
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.211 mm / 978 mm
Width50 mm, 86 mm stock folded
Height?
Weight8.2 kg empty without scope
SightsNo iron sights, Picatinny rail for mounting optics, usually fitted with Schmidt & Bender TRG 3x12 scope
RemarksIntegrated silencer, bipod and monopod fitted as standard

APR 338

The APR 338 is similar to the APR 308 but is chambered in the .338 Lapua caliber. It features a longer and heavier barrel, but is otherwise similar. Due to its caliber it has a longer effective range.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.338 Lapua
Magazine10 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length690 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 279 mm twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.232 mm / 1.202 mm
Width50 mm, 90 mm stock folded
Height?
Weight8.2 kg empty without scope
SightsNo iron sights, Picatinny rail for mounting optics, usually fitted with Schmidt & Bender TRG 3x12 scope
RemarksBipod and monopod fitted as standard

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