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Firearm Infobox
Name, Image, type, origin
Name Steyr HS .50
Image Steyr HS .50
Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin Flag of Austria Austria
Service history
In service
Used by
Wars
Production history
Designer
Designed
Manufacturer Steyr Mannlicher
Produced
Number
Variants HS .460
Specifications
Weight 12.9 kg (28.5 lb)
Length
Width
Height
Barrel length 833 mm (33 in)
Diameter
Crew
Cartridge .50 BMG, .460 Steyr
Caliber
Action Bolt action
Muzzle velocity
Effective range About 1,500 m (1 mi)[1]
Maximum range
Other identifying characteristics
Wood parts (Y/N) {{{wood}}}
Common color {{{color}}}
Imprint {{{imprint}}}
The Steyr HS .50 is a .50 BMG single-shot sniper rifle manufactured by Steyr Mannlicher. The weapon is also available in the proprietary .460 Steyr round, developed for markets where the .50 BMG is restricted, such as California and Australia. This version is known as the HS .460.

The rifle made headlines when Steyr sold up to 800 rifles to Iran in 2004. There was a large amount of concern in the United States, United Kingdom, and, to a lesser extent, other European countries that the rifles would find their way into Iraq and be used against the Iraqi Army or Coalition forces. Nevertheless, the sale was approved by the Austrian government in November 2004.

In February 2007, The Daily Telegraph reported that American sources claimed to have recovered more than 100 of the rifles from insurgents in Iraq. The first American soldier killed with one occurred within 45 days of the shipment.[2] However, according to Steyr CEO Franz Holzschuh, nobody has contacted the manufacturer to compare serial numbers and verify if the weapons found in Iraq really were part of the Iranian shipment.[3] According to Steyr, patents for the HS .50 ran out years ago, and fraudulent copies are produced in several countries of the world.[4] The Daily Telegraph admitted on April 2007 that it was not able to verify the story.

ReferencesEdit

  1. STEYR ARMS INC.: Steyr HS .50. Retrieved on 2007-12-29.
  2. Iraqi insurgents using Austrian rifles from Iran, The Telegraph, February 13 2007
  3. US-Soldaten finden österreichische Waffen, Spiegel online, February 13 2007
  4. A Smoking Gun from the Alps, Spiegel online, February 14 2007

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