Mauser 86SR

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Overview


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, which was subsequently replaced by the Mauser 86SR.

Sporadic samples of the 86SR entered service in Israel in the early 1990's replacing the Mauser 66SP as the IDF standard issue SWS for close range CT applications. Mass issue of 86SR soon followed in 1996.

As it name suggests, the 86SR was introduced by Mauser in 1986 as a successor to 66SP. The weapon is a tactical version of a sporting rifle and as such it is highly accurate yet not fully suited for harsh environmental conditions. Thus, it was well suited for its IDF usage as a close range CT weapon.

As an upgraded version of the 66SP, the 86SR features several improvements, including a lighter ergonomic stock, a detachable double row magazine and an enhanced bolt.

Models


  • Thumbhole wooden stock designed for urban CT usage. This is the common version in the IDF.

  • Woodland camouflaged fiberglass stock designed for open field usage.

Conversion


In 2002 the IDF began gradually replacing all 86SR in service with the KAC SR25. Some of the disbanded 86SR were converted by SF armorers to new form based on the Ultima Ratio-like design, including a lightweight skeleton type chassis and an integrated suppressor.

YAMAS sniper wearing a camouflage suit and armed with a camouflaged painted and suppressed modified Mauser 86SR during training (photo: Israeli Police).

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