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.

Since the late 1990's most Mauser 86SR have been disbanded and replaced by the SR25.

 

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


The IDF experience with integrally suppressed platforms began in the late 1990's when several PGM Précision Ultima Ratio were procured by SF units. The Ultima Ratio proved to be an impressive weapon, but its high-cost and European origin, which made it non-applicable for US FMS funding, limited its availably.

The IDF successful experience with the Ultima Ratio combined with its tendency to customize its weapons spawned a unique Israeli SF project in which disbanded Mauser 86SR were converted by SF armorers in the 2010's to an Ultima Ratio-esque 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 custom Mauser 86SR during training (photo: Israeli Police).

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