Mauser 66SP

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From the late 1970's to the mid 1990's, the IDF standard issue SWS was the semi-auto M14, creating a need for a bolt action SWS, capable of taking surgical close-range shots. The answer was the Mauser 66SP.

The 66SP entered service with the Israeli SF in the early 1980's and became the IDF standard issue SWS for close range CT applications.

The 66SP variant was developed in the late 1970's as a tactical version of the Mauser 66, a sporting rifle, which as it name suggests was introduced by Mauser in 1966. Due to its sporting rifle origins, it is a highly accurate rifle yet not ideally suited for harsh environmental conditions. Thus, it was well suited for its IDF usage as a close range CT weapon. The weapon was replaced in this role by Mauser 86SR in 1996.

Interestingly, a small part of the 66SP legacy continues today. As its compensator proved to be a highly effective design, an IMI-made replica was on many IDF SWS including the standard issue M24.

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