TCI M89-SR Sniper Rifle
The M89 SR Sniper Rifle is designed as a dual-purpose weapon (urban anti-terrorist operations as well as a battlefield sniper rifle). The M89SR sniper is based on the M-14 battle rifle in a bullpup configuration. The factory guarantees 1 Minute of Angle (MOA) accuracy. The only units using the M89SR as of 2002 are Sayeret Duvedevan and Sayeret Shimshon. Only a total of 50 were built, due to financial difficulties with the manufacturer and political restrictions from the US government over the M-14 base design.
These IMI SR-99 Sniper Rifle were only beginning series production as the war started and were mainly issued to the various Sayaret units, in small numbers. Despite the appearance of the IMI SR-99 Sniper Rifle, this is an evolutionary advancement of the Galil Sniper Rifle. The primary enhancements are the greatly reduced weight, made possible by polymer stock, pistol grip, and handguard, a MIL-STD-1913 rail for optics mounting (though attacked to a quick-release version of the Galatz mount and also attacked to the left side of the receiver) a stock adjustable for length of pull, height and angle of the buttplate (the buttplate is also padded), a cheekpiece adjustable for height and position along the stock, and an adjustable trigger.
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The barrel of the IMI SR-99 is cold hammer-forged and 20 inches long; it is also equipped with a muzzle brake which is less bulky than that of the Galatz but just as effective. The bolt may be switched to a single-action mode; in this mode, the bolt does not travel and recock the weapon after each shot, making the weapon much quieter when using a suppressor. (However, in this mode, the IMI SR-99 sniper is fired using the BA rate.) The bolt carrier and charging handle are also one-piece and coated to slide easily and be as quiet as possible. The standard scope is the same as that on the Galatz, but the IMI SR-99 also has backup iron sights as well as an anti-mirage strap above the barrel.