PGM Hécate II

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Hecate II
PGM Hecate.jpg
The PGM Hecate II
Type Anti-materiel rifle
Place of origin  France
Service history
In service 1993-present
Used by See Users
Wars Afghanistan, Northern Mali
Production history
Designer Gilles Payen
Manufacturer PGM Précision
Specifications
Weight 13.8 kg (30.42 lb) with no sight
Length 1,380 mm (54.3 in)
1,140 mm (44.9 in) with stock removed
Barrel length 700 mm (27.6 in)

Cartridge .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
Action Bolt-action
Muzzle velocity 825 m/s (2,707 ft/s)
Effective firing range 1,800 m
Maximum firing range Over 2,000 m
Feed system 7-round detachable box magazine
Sights Telescopic sights

The Hecate II is the standard heavy sniper rifle of the French Army, sometimes known as the FR-12,7 (French: 'Fusil à Répétition de calibre 12.7 mm or "12.7 mm caliber bolt-action rifle").

Manufacture[edit]

It is manufactured by PGM Précision of France. This is the largest weapon manufactured by PGM, chambered for the .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO) cartridge.

Design[edit]

Its design is the same metallic-skeleton as used in other similar rifles in the PGM family, only scaled up. It is equipped with both an adjustable front bipod and a rear monopod for maximum accuracy. The barrel is deeply fluted in order to disperse heat and reduce weight, and is fitted with a high-efficiency muzzle brake which reduces the felt recoil to about the level expected of a 7.62x51mm NATO-chambered rifle. The stock is also adjustable.

Use[edit]

It is used as an anti-materiel rifle for demolition shooting at long ranges, harassing fire, counter-sniping and the destruction of unexploded ordnance from a safe distance, with High Explosive Incendiary/Armour Piercing Ammunition (HEIAP).

Accessories[edit]

The standard-issue sight used with the Hecate II is the SCROME LTE J10 F1 10x telescope.[citation needed]

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