AMP Technical Services DSR-1

AMP Technical Services DSR-1

Type Bolt action rifle
Place of origin Germany
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer Ingolf Reuter
Manufacturer DSR-precision GmbH
Variants DSR 1 Subsonic (7.62x51mm NATO)
DSR-50 Sniper Rifle (.50 BMG)
Weight 5.9 kg (13.01 lb) (unloaded, without scope)
Length 990 mm (38.98 in)
Barrel length 650 mm (25.59 in)
Cartridge .308 Winchester
.300 Winchester Magnum
.338 Lapua Magnum
Action Bolt-action
Effective range 800 m (875 yd) (.308 Winchester)[1]
1,100 m (1,203 yd) (.300 Win. Mag.)[1]
1,400 m (1,531 yd) (.338 Lap. Mag.) [2]
Feed system 5 round detachable box magazine (.308 Win and .300 WM)
4 round detachable box magazine (.338 Lapua Magnum)
Sights Quick-detachable optical sights

The DSR 1 is a compact bolt-action rifle designed, manufactured and marketed by the German company DSR-precision GmbH and was (until 2004) marketed also by the German company AMP Technical Services as a specialized sniper rifle for police sharpshooters. It has been adopted by the German GSG 9 counter-terrorist unit, as well as by other European special police units and agencies

Design details

The DSR 1 system is configured in a bull-pup design, with a free-floating barrel. The folding bipod is mounted onto upper rails (above the barrel), and the adjustable horizontal front grip is mounted on the lower rails (under the barrel). The rifle features a fully adjustable rear stock and cheek piece. The holder for a spare magazine is installed in the front of the trigger guard to decrease reloading time. The DSR 1 action features a benchrest match-grade, fluted barrel that is quickly interchangeable and is fixed into receiver by three screws. The bolt features six lugs that lock directly into the barrel. The barrel is protected by a ventilated aluminium handguard and is fitted with a muzzle brake (which is very useful when firing full-power, magnum loads). The trigger is two-stage and adjustable. The DSR 1 features a manual, ambidextrous three position safety, located above the trigger guard. For the standard version of the DSR 1 a tactical suppressor is available. The suppressor is designed to be used with high power ammunition of the DSR 1 chamberings. This suppressor effectively suppresses the muzzle blast. Naturally it cannot suppress the crack of a supersonic projectile but the direction where the bullet comes from is effectively concealed. The tactical suppressor is easily mounted in seconds on the muzzle brake using a quick release lever.[4]

The expected accuracy of the DSR 1 is high: some sources state sub 0.2 MOA accuracy (0.20 inch / 5 mm groups measured center-to-center at 100 yards) with match-grade ammunition and favourable environmental conditions.[3]

[edit] DSR 1 5-shot groups with factory cartridges

In an article on the DSR 1 rifle the German gun magazine Visier performed test shoots with a DSR 1 to get an indication of its accuracy potential with factory cartridges in October 2003.[5]
.308 Winchester cartridge type 100 m group (mm) 100 m group (MOA) 300 m group (mm) 300 m group (MOA)
RUAG Swiss P Target 168 grs HP-BT 13 0.45 48 0.55
Federal GM 168 grs Sierra MatchKing 14 0.48 55 0.63
Sellier & Bellot 168 grs HP-BT 15 0.51 52 0.59
IMI 168 grs Match 13 0.44 52 0.59
.300 Winchester Magnum cartridge type 100 m group (mm) 100 m group (MOA) 300 m group (mm) 300 m group (MOA)
RUAG Swiss P Target 200 grs HP-BT 13 0.45 38 0.43
Sellier & Bellot 168 grs HP-BT 14 0.48 45 0.51
Sako 168 grs HP-BT 14 0.48 30 0.34

The 5-shot groups where obtained by test shooters whilst shooting from the bipod and measured from centre to centre. The table shows that with target factory ammunition the DSR 1 performs in the 0.34 - 0.63 MOA region. If the DSR 1 can perform better under ideal environmental conditions with to the particular rifle tailored handloads and/or if the human test shooters are a limiting factor was not tested by Visier magazine. An article on the DSR 1 in the French Armes & Tir November 2001 gun magazine corroborates the German Visier results. The Armes & Tir test shooters used RUAG target cartridges and could shoot 200 x 300 mm (0.69 x 1.03 MOA) groups at 1,000 m distance with a .338 Lapua Magnum chambered DSR 1 rifle.

[edit] Variants

The DSR 1 Subsonic is a DSR 1 variant.The DSR 1 Subsonic is adjusted to use the subsonic type of ammunition calibre 7.62x51mm NATO/.308 Winchester. Barrel length is 310 mm. The 8 inch twist rate of the barrel is especially adapted to stabilize the heavy projectiles of subsonic ammunition. This ammunition has the same dimensions like standard ammunition of the same calibre. The propellant charge is reduced to keep the bullet velocity (app. 320 m/s) below the speed of sound (340 m/s). This avoids the super sonic crack of standard ammunition. No type of suppressor can reduce the supersonic crack of a bullet flying at supersonic speed. Only use of subsonic type of ammunition is recommended.[4]

The DSR-50 Sniper Rifle is an enlarged variant of the DSR 1. It has an integrated hydraulic recoil damping system in buttstock and a blast compensator. The blast compensator is a linear compensator or a forward venting muzzle brake that also reduces the perceived muzzle blast. The DSR 50 Sniper Rifle is chambered for the .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO) cartridge that is significantly larger than the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, which is the biggest available chambering for the DSR 1 rifle. Sniper rifles chambered in .50 BMG are often employed as anti-materiel rifles.

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