The lethal art of the sniper requires the finest tools of the trade. But try putting ten experienced experts in a room and asking them to list the best sniper rifles out there. Such an experiment would inevitably yield a ton of heated disagreement, because what works best for one marksman may be scoffed at by another. Plus, circumstances vary a lot!
Nonetheless, we aimed to make a list of the best sniper rifles in the world. So now let’s see the results…
The Best Sniper Rifle In The World
If it is difficult to assemble a list of the best sniper rifles and get a group of snipers to agree with the results, then it is virtually impossible to announce the “best” sniper rifle in the world…unless, of course, we want to put ourselves at risk of being sniped!
Not all sniper rifles are designed to be used in the exact same conditions, for instance. Some are geared towards use in specific types of situations, climates, etc. Some are tried-and-true historical relics; others feature cutting-edge technology. And snipers often receive specialized training for the weapon they’ll be using, which naturally creates a bias and makes it tougher to be objective. But we’ve whittled down our list to the Top 10, while trying to feature a fair range of price options and primary uses.
Top 10 Best Sniper Rifles In The World
- The Accuracy International AT308 “Accuracy Tactical” .308 Short Action Rifle is 12.8 lb of lethality with a barrel length of 24”, and a total length of 44”. Capacity is 10+1, with a price tag of just $4,640. It’s made for law enforcement and civilian users alike.
- The bolt-action Accuracy International AWM Arctic Warfare Magnum is a variant of the British Arctic Warfare design. The AWM weighs in at 14.3 lb, with a 26” barrell and 47.2” total length using .300 Winchester Magnums or .338 Lapua Magnums. It’s been used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq. Cost is from $4,500 to $7,000.
- Popular with the Irish Republican Army, the action recoil-operated rotating bolt Barrett M82A1 semi-automatic sniper system is a 29.7 lb (but up to 30.9 lb) beast with variable barrel lengths from 20” to 29” and a total length from 48” to 57”. It uses .50 BMG or .416 Barrett cartridges. Price tag is around a cool $9,119.
- The Germany Blaser R93 Tactical is a straight-pull bolt action rifle which weighs 12 to 13 lb empty. It can use 7.62×51mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua Magnum, or 6.5×55 mm cartridges. Ranges from $1,800 to $3,000. A favorite of the German and Dutch police, and well as the Australian military.
- With a walnut stock and short barrel, Browning’s X-Bolt Hunter is just 6.6 lb and has an overall length of 41.5″. Prices start at just $939.99! As the name suggests, this one’s used for hunting creatures like deer and other critters.
- When money’s no object, the CheyTac M200 Intervention is an anti-materiel fan favorite! No lightweight, the M200 is 31 lb, with a 29” barrel and 56” overall length. Calibers are .408 or .375 CheyTac. When you absolutely, positively have to destroy things from afar, this one’s for you. Starting at $11,850 and up.
- The M24 Sniper Weapon System is the militarized version of the Remington 700. Bolt-action with a 24” to 27” barrell option and 43” to 46.5” length, the M24 takes 7.62×51mm NATO or .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges, depending on configuration. The Army upgraded their M24’s to the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle, but this legacy weapon still sees action around the world. Prices vary due to availability.
- Made in Phoenix, Arizona, the McMillan TAC-50 is a 26 lb, 29” barrelled, 57” long, manually operated rotary bolt action piece of hardware that uses a .50 BMG cartridge. McMillan calls it “the benchmark for extreme long range accuracy in a tactical rifle weapons system.” Cost runs upwards of $10,000.
- The Finnish Sako TRG-42 is 11.75 lb of accuracy with an effective range of >3000 meters. With a 27” barrel and 47” total length, the bolt-action TRG-42 can use a range of cartridges, such as the .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, 7.62×51 mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum. Lots of versatility with a $4,298 sticker price.
- Austria’s own Steyr SSG 69 rounds out our list, as a lightweight, 8.82 to 9.3 lb “Sharpshooter” rifle. The Scharfschützengewehr 69 (or SSG) has a 16.1” to 25.6” barrel configuration and takes 7.62×51 mm NATO, .243 Winchester, or .22-250 Remington cartridges. Costs roughly $1,900.
What Are The Best Sniper Rifles In The World?
As mentioned, with hundreds of excellent sniper rifles in existence, it’s tough to pick the best. Our Top 10 list features weapons which are internationally lauded, but there are many more rifles still in use which could be considered among the best sniper rifles in the world.
A lot of them are virtually antiques, historical relics built so well that they continue to stand the test of time to this day. Such rifles can be hard to come by, and may not have the effective firing range of more modern designs. Nonetheless, we wanted to pay tribute to a few of the WWII legends, such as the Springfield 1903, the Mauser 98, the British Lee-Enfield No. 4, and the Soviet Mosin-Nagant!
Best Long Range Sniper Rifle In The World
Sniper rifles are made for different tasks, such as anti-vehicle, anti-personnel, and marksman rifles, which makes it hard to select the “best” ones. But when talking strictly about range, that narrows the field down considerably. In fact, we have a means to objectively measure this simply by reviewing the records for longest confirmed kill shot by a sniper!
That record is currently held by a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 sniper who, in May 2017, shot an ISIS militant from an elevated position an astounding 3,871 yards (3,540 meters) away! And which weapon did he use?
The McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle!