Right side view of M12 Black Spear anti-materiel rifle.
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The M12 Black Spear is a modern anti-materiel rifle of Serbian origin. The M12 Black Spear is a further development of the quite successful M93 Black Arrow. It was developed by Zastava in the late 2000's as a more modern and lighter weight alternative to the M93.
The M12 Black Spear is a modernized version of the earlier M93 Black Arrow. The M12 retains the same Mauser two lug bolt action mechanism. All improvements are related to the chassis. The smaller frame and tubular stock result in a lower weight. Ergonomics are improved by fitting and adjustable bipod, a read monopod and a cheekpiece. A Picatinny rail is used to attach a scope mount. Back-up iron sights are omitted from the design.
The M12 is a bolt-action anti-material that is available in two calibers. The baseline variant is chambered in 12.7x108mm Soviet and can be used out to 1.8 km. The version chambered in 12.7x99mm NATO has a shorter barrel and can be used out to 1.6 km. Both variants use a 5 round detachable box magazine.
The M12 Black Spear is reported to be in use with Serbia. It is also offered for export alongside the M93 Black Arrow, with both rifles being produced side by side for the time being.
The M12 Black Spear is a modernized version of the earlier M93 Black Arrow.
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