Istiglal anti-materiel rifle
|Istiglal Ist-14.5 (Independence)|
|Place of origin||Azerbaijan|
|Used by||See Users|
|Designer||RPE Automatic Lines|
|Manufacturer||Azerbaijan Defense Industry|
|Weight||33.8 kg (74 lbs) 
28 kg (61.6 lbs) (New Version) 
|Length||2256 mm (89")|
|Barrel length||1300 mm (51")|
|Action||Recoil-operated, rotating bolt|
|Muzzle velocity||1,132 m/s (3,714 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||(14.5×114mm)
3,000 m (9,843 ft) - 4,000 m (13,123 ft)+
|Feed system||5-round detachable box magazine|
The Istiglal IST-14.5 anti-materiel rifle (also known as the Istiglal) is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-materiel sniper rifle developed by the Azerbaijani Defense Industry.The meaning of the word Istiglal is "Independence" in Azerbaijani.
Mubariz sniper rifle: A 12.7×108mm version of the Istiglal 14.5mm anti-materiel sniper rifle introduced by the Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan. The 12.7mm Mubariz sniper rifle is much lighter in comparison to the Istiglal at 15 kg (33 pounds) with a five-round magazine.
The Istiglal can be taken down into 2 separate components for easy transportation. The rifle is said to be operable in adverse weather such as rain and dirt with temperature ranges from 50 to -50 degrees Celsius.
- Azerbaijan: In use by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
- Pakistan: Used by the Pakistan Army; more planned to be procured.
- Turkey: The Turkish Armed Forces is interested in importing the rifle and is having talks with the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. An unknown number of Istiglals were purchased. In April 2011, Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation announced that sniper rifle, which will be produced jointly, will differ much from the model that is being tested in Azerbaijan. Changes will be made in the design, weight and some systems of the weapon. The production of IST-12.7 sniper rifle in Turkey is the first military production transfer of Azerbaijan.
- Jordan: Used by some Special Ops and SRR-61 Snipers .
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