The Heckler & Koch MSG-90 is designed and produced by the German company Heckler and Koch as a military semi-automatic sniper rifle. 'MSG-90' stands for the German words "MilitÃ¤risches ScharfschÃ¼tzen Gewehr" which in English is translated as "Military Sharpshooter (Sniper) Rifle". The "90" in the name stands for its first year in production.
A militarized version of the PSG1, the MSG-90 and the PSG1 are both descendants of the HK G23. The PSG1 is lightened and strengthened for harsher environments. The MSG-90 is a cheaper and lighter alternative to the expensive PSG1.
The PSG1 and the MSG-90 are close relatives as they share the same trigger group (3lb adjustable trigger pull). The composite shoulder stock of the MSG-90 is adjustable for pull (shoulder), height (cheek), and is lighter and smaller than the PSG1s.
The sighting system of the MSG-90 uses the multipurpose 'Weaver' rail system as opposed to the STANAG 2324 claw mount for equipping gunsight systems which can be separately purchased. The same rail mounting system is used on the 23E, HK21E and G41(discontinued) series.
The barrel of the weapon is weighted at the muzzle to assist harmonic stabilization of the barrel whip to enhance accuracy. HK's addition of a flash suppressor adds to the overall barrel length.
Other features: Integrated bipod (adjustable height).
* Caliber: 7.62 Ã— 51 mm NATO (STANAG 2310)
* Magazine capacity: 5 or 20 round detachable box magazine
* Action: Semi-automatic (Roller-delayed blowback)
* Mass: 6.4 kg (empty)
* Length: 1165 mm (45.87 in)
* Barrel: 600 mm (23.62 in)
* Effective Range: 1000m