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McMillan M87R

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Anti-materiel rifle

  • ORIGIN
    United States

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Mid 1980's

  • DESIGNER
    McMillan

  • PRODUCTION
    Late 1980's - 1990's

  • PRODUCERS
    United States - Harris Gun Works

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Long range
    Limited weight for a 12.7mm rifle
    Long and cumbersome
    Average ergonomics

Introduction

The M87R is an anti-materiel rifle of US origin. It was developed in the 1980's by McMillan and produced by Harris Gun Works. The M87R took part in the trails that led to the widespread addoption of anti-materiel rifles in US service. Although the M87R proved to be more accurate, the M82A1 was chosen since it was semi-automatic. For anti-materiel use a high rate of fire was deemed more useful than better accuracy.

Design

The M87R may be regarded as an upscaled version of the 7.62x51mm Harris M86 bolt action sniper rifle. The M87R uses a larger and reinforced fiberglass chassis which holds the very long and thick barrel and much larger bolt action mechanism. A large pepperpot muzzle brake is fitted and a bipod is standard. Besides the baseline M87R a folding stock model and a lightweight model were also developed.

Firepower

The M87R is a bolt action rifle that fires the 12.7x99mm NATO round from a 5 round detachable box magazine. Later on 10 round magazines were introduced and 20 round magazines are rumored to exist. The accuracy is very good and the effective range is over 1.5 km.

Users

The M87R and its variants were sold to US government agencies and exported to various nations, including France, Italy and Turkey. Since Harris Gun Works is no longer trading since the late 1990's the M87R is no longer available. An improved model is sold by McMillan as the TAC-50.

Variants

M87R

M87: First production model anti-materiel rifle based on the earlier Harris M86 sniper rifle.
M87R: Slightly improved M87. The M87R model is th most common first generation McMillan / Harris 12.7mm anti-materiel rifle.
M93: The M93 is a folding stock model which several other improvements that include a 10 round double stack magazine, a monopod in the butt and a cheekpiece.
M95 Ultra Light: M93 derivative with a rigid stock and a much reduced weight.

TypeAnti-materiel rifle
Caliber12.7x99mm NATO
Magazine5 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 2 lug bolt
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length737 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, non-adjustable
Length1.346 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight9.5 kg
SightsUsed with optical sight, no backup iron sights available
RemarksBipod
TypeAnti-materiel rifle
Caliber12.7x99mm NATO
Magazine10 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 2 lug bolt
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length737 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.346 mm / 991mm
Width?
Height?
Weight9.5 kg
SightsUsed with optical sight, no backup iron sights available
RemarksBipod, monopod
TypeAnti-materiel rifle
Caliber12.7x99mm NATO
Magazine10 round detachable box
OperationBolt action, 2 lug bolt
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length737 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, non-adjustable
Length1.346 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight8.2 kg
SightsUsed with optical sight, no backup iron sights available
RemarksBipod

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