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Proof that the Swiss make more than cheese and chocolate, Brugger & Thomet (aka: “B&T”) has developed a series of impressive looking sniper rifles, which I finally got a chance to see in the flesh.   These rifles take their styling cues from Accuracy International AW series and from the Blaser Tac 2. More pics and info after the jump . . .

APR 338

 The APR 338 is the flagship of the APR line.  Recent combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan confirmed the need for precision rifles capable of long range engagements out to a mile or more. The APR 338 is B&T’s answer to this demand:   

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Close up of the receiver:

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Close up of the muzzle brake:

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Detail of stock and buttspike:

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Features
Secondary Sighting System Flip up emergency sight
Operation Single shot
Charging handle Right
NAR Rails 1 + 3
Handling Ambidextrous
Suppressor connector Integrated in muzzle brake
Shoulder stock foldable, length and height adjustable
Twist Rate 280 mm / 11″
Primary Sighting System Scope according to customer request
Muzzle attachment 1 chamber muzzle brake
Magazines 5 rounds, steel magazine
Also included Inclined NAR/Picatinny top rail, UIT rail, 5 round magazine, suppressor, bipod, mirage band, tool kit, cleaning kit
Caliber .338 LM (8.6 x 70 mm)
length 1002 mm / 1311 mm
Barrel Length 685 mm
Sight length 822 mm
Height 215 mm without scope
Stock Pull 335 mm
Butt spike 72 mm extractable
Width 98 mm (incl. bolt handle)
Weight 7.9 kg

APR 308

As you will likely be able to guess, the APR 308 is chambered in .308 Win.  As far as I could tell, it is similar in all respects to the APR 338, becept for its smaller weight and dimensions:

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Features
Secondary Sighting System Flip up emergency sight
System Repeating action
Operation Single shot
Charging handle Right
NAR Rails 1 + 3
Handling Ambidextrous
Suppressor connector Integrated in muzzle brake
Shoulder stock foldable, length and height adjustable
Calibre .308 Win (7.62 x 51 mm NATO)
length 906 mm / 1200 mm
Barrel Length 610 mm
Twist Rate 280 mm / 11″
Primary Sighting System Scope according to customer request
Sight length 727 mm
Muzzle attachment 1 chamber muzzle brake
Magazines 5 rounds, steel magazine
Also included Inclined NAR/Picatinny top rail, UIT rail, 5 round magazine, suppressor, bipod, mirage band, tool kit, cleaning kit
Height 215 mm without scope
Weight 6.1 kg
Stock Pull 335 mm
Butt spike 72 mm extractable
Width 98 mm (incl. bolt handle)

SPR300 (Integrally Suppressed .300 Blackout)

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Of the set, the SBR 300 B&T bolt gun is undoubtedly the most likely to appear in a James Bond movie. Designed around the subsonic .300 Blackout cartridge, the SPR300 is intended to engage point targets out to 150 meters. The integral suppressor allows the SPR300 to be more silent than an air rifle, according to B&T. The SPR 300 is a quick take down rifle, enabling the operator to enter the AO covertly with a small and inconspicuous carrying bag.

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Features:
System Bolt action
Charging handle Right
NAR Rails 1 + 3
Caliber .300 Whisper / .300 AAC Blackout
Twist Rate 203 mm / 8″
Suppressor connector Integrated suppressor
Barrel Length 250 mm
Primary Sighting System Meopta scope 1.5-6×42 with adjusted special reticle
Sound pressure level 121 dB (A)
Magazines 10 rounds, translucent Polymer magazines
Handling Safety right side
Also included Two 10 round magazines, discreete carry bag, pistol grip moduls, brass catcher, sling, bipod, cleaning kit, manual
Width 102 mm
Height 260 mm (incl. scope)
Weight 4.8 kg (incl. scope, bipod)
Shoulder stock Foldable, height adjustable
Stock Pull 350 mm
Length min./max. 782 mm / 1001 mm
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Responses to B&T Brings Their APR Sniper System to the U.S.

    • To those who already have their pistol-caliber rifles and laser-sighted pistols and need more tactical stuff. You know – for work.

        • HEY! We keep the industry afloat! You non-accessorizing, built-in iron sight loving, anti-laser, anti-chassis, wood stock lovers with your traditional fiberglass bedding. If I don’t buy all of this tactical stuff how else will I get my bullet to curve around the corner and hit my target 2000 yards away?

  1. Can someone explain to me the threading on the end of the muzzlebrake?
    I’m assuming a can that slides over the top of everything.

  2. Nice Joe, thanks!

    As an aside; my first thoughts of Switzerland are always ‘direct democracy’ and ‘compulsory gun ownership’, closely followed by ‘low taxes’.

    • prevents radiant heat off the barrel from causing mirage in the scope; presumably due to the sheer volume of powder expended in a single shot of .338LM.

    • It’s to keep hot air rising from the barrel out of your optic’s field of view.
      Btw. is that folding stock on the SPR 300 Fab Defense?

    • The Euro isn’t that strong. That more like $7600 USD. But you are right about the tax stamps. Not sure I would pay 8K for a suppressed 300 yard bolt-action gun. Certainly not when you could pick up and Integral Arms 300BLK bolt gun for just under 3K (incl. stamps).

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