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Mauser SP66

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sniper rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1976

  • DESIGNER
    Mauser

  • PRODUCTION
    1976 - 1985

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Mauser

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Short bolt action
    Good ergonomics
    Limited magazine size
    Limited zoom optics
    No iron sights
    Rather heavy

Introduction

The SP66 is a late Cold War era sniper rifle of German origin. It was developed by Mauser in the mid-1970’s from a conventional hunting rifle design. The SP66 was developed for both military and law enforcement use. The SP66 was replaced in production with the Mauser 86SR.

Design

The SP66 is based on the civilian Model 66 Super Match hunting rifle. The SP66 differs in having a fully redesigned chassis and has a multi-slotted muzzle brake. The chassis includes a highly adjustable thumbhole stock. Normally the Zeiss Diavari ZA 1.5-6z scope is fitted. A bipod is optional.

Firepower

The SP66 fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round from an internal 3 round magazine. The short bolt action results in relatively fast follow up shots. Accuracy reportedly is very good and the effective range is about 800 meters.

Users

The SP66 was sold to various law enforcement agencies around the world, most of them in Europe. Nowadays the SP66 has been replaced by newer models with most users, small quantities remain in use.

Variants

Mauser 66

SP66: The Mauser SP66 was produced only in a single variant which can be easily identified by the combination of the unusual thumbhole stock and multi-slotted flash hider.

  • Specifications:
  • SP66
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
MagazineIntegral magazine, 3 rounds
OperationBolt action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length730 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.120 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight6.12 kg with scope and without bipod
SightsOptical sight, no backup iron sighs
RemarksOptional bipod

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