The PGM 338, also known as the PGM .338 LM (LM - Lapua Magnum) or PGM Mini-Hecate .338, is a French-designed and manufactured sniper rifle. It uses the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70mm) cartridge, which remains supersonic up to a range of 1200-1500 m depending on the exact ammunition type and environmental conditions.
The PGM 338 is intended to fulfill a long-range anti-personnel role, and fills the capability void between the lighter 7.62x51mm NATO (.308) anti-personnel sniper rifles, which do not have the sufficient maximum effective range to be effectively used at ultra long ranges, and the larger .50 BMG (12.7x99mm) anti-materiel rifles, which lack the portability of lighter systems. The PGM 338 was designed by Chris L. Movigliatti (when he worked for PGM Précision) of the Swiss AMSD company and is produced by PGM Précision of France. The rifle is distributed worldwide through Belgian arms manufacturer FN Herstal and its subsidiaries.
The PGM 338 main commercial competitors/equivalents on the high end factory sniper rifle market are the Accuracy International Arctic Warfare and Sako TRG product lines. All these rifles are comparable performance-wise. (Source, Wikipedia)
Here are the specs, which are from Wikipedia, and as always we caution you that Wiki is not always reliable about details and specs. We are looking further into this and will update if more reliable specs become available.
The PGM 338
Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin France
Used by See users and civil users
Designer Chris L. Movigliatti
Manufacturer PGM Précision
Weight 6.5 kg (14.33 lb)
7.3 kg (16 lb) folding stock version
Length 1,286 mm (50.6 in)
1,010 mm (39.8 in) stock folded
Barrel length 690 mm (27.2 in)
Cartridge .338 Lapua Magnum
Muzzle velocity 900 m/s (2,953 ft/s)
Effective range 1400 m
Feed system 10-round detachable box magazine
Sights day or night optical sights
back-up iron sights
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LittleDragon and Send it Boi
too bad the french are afraid to use them
and the french are hardly afraid to use it. like its big brother that we have also posted, the PGM Hecate 338 has been used in Afgfanistan.
This is a very nice looking rifle there from the French Ryo. Very good write up about the rifle too.