The Hecate II is the standard heavy sniper rifle of the French Army, sometimes known as the FR-12,7 (French: Fusil à Répétition de calibre 12,7 mm or "12.7 mm caliber bolt-action rifle").
It is manufactured by PGM Précision of France. This is the largest weapon manufactured by PGM, chambered for the .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO) cartridge.
Its design is the same metallic-skeleton as used in other similar rifles in the PGM family, only scaled up. It is equipped with both an adjustable front bipod and a rear monopod for maximum accuracy. The barrel is deeply fluted in order to disperse heat and reduce weight, and is fitted with a high-efficiency muzzle brake which reduces the felt recoil to about the level expected of a 7.62x51mm NATO-chambered rifle. The stock is also adjustable.
It is used as an anti-materiel rifle for demolition shooting at long ranges, harassing fire, counter-sniping and the destruction of unexploded ordnance from a safe distance, with High Explosive Incendiary/Armour Piercing Ammunition (HEIAP).
Standard issue sight is a SCROME LTE J10 F1 10x telescope.
Here are the specs, which have been confirmed by the manufacturer and other sources, including: * PGM Precision
* Hecate II data sheet
* User Manual PGM Hecate II
* Modern Firearms
* PGM Hecate II 12,7x99 picture gallery
* SCROME (French)
The PGM Hecate II
Type Anti-materiel rifle
Place of origin France
In service 1993-present
Used by See Users
Designer Gilles Payen
Manufacturer PGM Précision
Number built 250 in the French Army
Weight 13.8 kg (30.42 lb) with no sight
Length 1,380 mm (54.3 in)
1,140 mm (44.9 in) with stock removed
Barrel length 700 mm (27.6 in)
Cartridge .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
Muzzle velocity 825 m/s (2,707 ft/s)
Effective range 1800 m
Maximum range Over 2000 m
Feed system 7-round detachable box magazine
Sights Telescopic sights
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