Cool Guns: Sniper Rifles
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A series of bolt-action sniper rifles used by armies and police forces across the globe; variants are chambered in .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester / 7.62mm NATO (the standard Arctic Warfare (AW) and Arctic Warfare Police (AWP) models), .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum (the Arctic Warfare Magnum or AWM, with the .338 variant also known as the AWSM), and .50 BMG (the AW50 series, though not the AS50 which is a different weapon entirely). The most notable users are the British, German and Australian armies; the British use the designations L96A1 (the original Precision Marksman), L118A1 (for the AW) and L115A3 LRR (for the AWM), the Germans use G22 (for the AWM) and G24 (for the AW50), and the Australians use folding stock variants of the AW50 and AW called the AW50F (which is distinguishable from the standard AW50 by its Madco barrel) and SR-98 respectively (with the AW50F the Australians go the extra mile by using Raufoss Mk 211 bullets, which are armour piercing, explosive and incendiary). The AWC, a suppressed "covert" version of the AW with a folding stock, is used by both the British SAS and American Delta Force. The "Arctic Warfare" name comes from the fact that the original model, updated from the earlier Precision Marksman made for the British Army to replace the Lee-Enfield-derived L42A1, was designed for the Swedish Army, incorporating de-icing features allowing it to be used in temperatures down to -40 degrees without risk of freezing the action and enlarged parts to be usable while wearing heavy mittens. Given that the vast majority of users of the Arctic Warfare series are nowhere near the arctic and its combat use has to date been exclusively in Iraq and Afghanistan (both significantly closer to the tropics than the arctic), it's very much an Artifact Title. One of its variants, the L115A3 (chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum), currently holds the record of longest confirmed sniper kill, at 2475 m (2707 yd), superior to the previous 2430 m accomplished by a TAC-50 chambered in .50 BMG.
- In the comic Hard Graft Bernadette Montez uses one as she "layeth the smacketh" down on the bad guys.
- Counter-Strike features the AWSM (infamously mislabeled as the AWP) as the most powerful weapon in the game (one hit nigh anywhere on the body kills, regardless of armor). Despite endless nerfing, you will get called a noob just for using it - or worse if you can get any kills with it.
- Cross-promotion with Team Fortress 2 resulted in this gun appearing in the game as the AWPer Hand. The controversy of its power and accuracy is mocked in its description (being described as "banned in thousands of countries") while actually not happening at all in TF2 itself—the AWP is merely a reskin of the stock sniper rifle and thus no more effective than anything already available to all players.
- The AWC is available in Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield and the Playstation Portable version of Rainbow Six Vegas. Vegas 2 also features the standard AW as the final unlocked sniper rifle.
- A cowboy hat-wearing STARS officer in Resident Evil: Apocalypse uses one.
- Used by the Response team snipers in The Negotiator.
- The AWM (mislabeled L96A1) is available in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Modern Warfare 3 features the AWM as well (again mislabeled: L118A1 instead of L115A1); the same gun returns for Call of Duty: Ghosts with the mostly-proper L115 designation, though this time combining a right-handed bolt with a left-handed ejection port for some reason.
- The Sniper Rifle in Far Cry is an Australian AW50F, identifiable by the fluted Madco barrel.
- The sniper rifle often assigned to Unit 00 in Neon Genesis Evangelion is a scaled up AW.
- Appears in 7.62 High Caliber in both the PM and Arctic Warfare variants in 7.62x51mm NATO. As expected, exceptionally accurate and expensive.
- Available several times in Nightfire, both with a suppressor and white winter furniture and with standard green furniture and the ability to take armor-piercing ammunition. One level is mostly built around James Bond fighting various Phoenix snipers, all armed with the Arctic Warfare.
- The standard AW is featured in Grand Theft Auto V as the regular sniper rifle.
- A custom L115A3, modified with an intergrally suppressed barrel akin to the AWS, is featured as Sterben's rifle of choice in the Phantom Bullet arc of Sword Art Online.
- Shuichi Akai (an FBI agent that infiltrated the Black Organization) from Detective Conan used this rifle in the 425th episode.
- The "RAAB KM50" from FEAR 2: Project Origin is a slightly modified AW50 with a different stock and the barrel/gas tube of the semi-automatic AS50.
The classic Soviet Designated Marksman's Rifle, the SVD is a semi-automatic weapon designed to increase the attacking range of a squad past that offered by issued assault rifles. The SVD is issued with the distinctive PSO-1 scope, which has a graph-like stadiametric rangefinder and chevrons for ranging, and is one of the most recognizable rifle scope reticules. It's also one of the few sniper rifles which are not modified assault rifles but can mount a bayonet, along with being the first sniper/designated marksman rifle designed from the ground up instead of adapted from an infantry or hunting rifle. Although it externally looks like an oversize AK with a really cool scope and stock, and mirrors the control arrangement of the AK quite closely (which made it quite easy for any Soviet soldier who showed particularly good marksmanship skills to be trained on the SVD and become the squad's designated marksman), the internal mechanics are quite different. While all SVDs are chambered in the standard Russian military 7.62x54R caliber, there is also a civilian version, aptly named the 'Tiger', which can use many calibers up to the 9.3x64mm and for export purposes the common 7.62x51 NATO/.308 Winchester, but according to the experience of shooters and gunsmiths is slightly less accurate than a modern semi-automatic and slightly lesser quality than a military SVD. Commonly in movies and even some videogames, the SVD will be played by the visually similar but no less accurate Romanian FPK / PSL rifle, which is actually based on the RPK actionnote , the Chinese Norinco NDM-86 clone (which, similarly to the Tiger, is available in both the 7.62x54mmR cartridge and .308 Winchester), or by a modified AK or Valmet rifle, on account of original SVD rifles being very rare and expensive outside of the former Soviet Union (and mostly still in military service inside the former Soviet Union).
- The SVD makes an appearance in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots features the folding-stock SVD-S.
- In John Woo's The Killer, the title assassin uses a SVD to pull off the Tony Weng hit at the dragon boat festival.
- A Romanian PSL is the sniper weapon of choice for Mona Sax in Max Payne 2.
- Commonly used by Team Rainbow snipers.
- Operation Flashpoint allows picking the SVD up from corpses of Soviet snipers (or starting missions with them in the expansion packs). It's a matter of preference if you want to use this rifle over the M21, but at least you can pull headshots at 1000 feet.
- Y: The Last Man. Russian agent Natalya carries one everywhere she goes.
- Middle-of-the-road Sniper Rifle in Resident Evil 5.
- The Hurt Locker. An insurgent takes out several Private Military Contractors with one, leading to a sniper duel between him and the protagonists, who are armed with a Barrett .50 cal.
- Actually a Romanian PSL, which is a modified AK using the same long stroke gas piston system. Internally the SVD is very different using the short stroke system.
- Balalaika can be seen wielding one in an Afghanistan flashback in Black Lagoon.
- Appears in Jagged Alliance 2 and Back in Action as one of the sniper rifles.
- Rico in Gunslinger Girl has this as her trademark weapon.
- Available later in 7.62 High Caliber, providing a good use for all that cheap surplus 7.62x54mm ammo you probably have lying around for your sniper's old Mosin.
- Common in the Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops games. Always with the distinctive wooden furniture until MW3, which features the modern SVD-M, and Black Ops II's flashback missions, which give it green synthetic furniture. The latter game also features the similar SVU, a bullpup sniper rifle based on the Dragunov, as its futuristic equivalent and the first sniper rifle unlocked in both single and multiplayer.
- The SVD appears in all 3 S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games where, for some reason, it is used by the Freedom faction, who prefer higher-end NATO weaponry; likely because Freedom's tactics and gear focus on precision, but the game doesn't include a NATO equivalent to any of the sniper rifles.
- Ghost Recon features the SVD as a semi-auto alternative to the standard M24, used by the Lithuanian Army specialist character. Future Soldier features the PSL-54C with an SVDS folding stock and a railed handguard for the purposes of the game's insane amount of weapon customization; notable for being one of the few uses of the PSL to come clean about it being one rather than trying to pass it off as the original Dragunov.
- Conversely, Battlefield 3 and the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot both use the .308 version of the Chinese NDM-86 to stand in for the SVD as used by the Russian Army and the Totally-Not-The-Taliban. Battlefield 4 instead goes for a DMR conversion of the AK-12.
- The OPFOR in Arma III uses the VS-121, a modernized bullpup variant with a full-length barrel and a top rail, as their designated marksman rifle, called the "Rahim 7.62".
- Far Cry 2 features it as the first semi-automatic sniper rifle, outperformed by the bolt-action Springfield in durability and damage (though not to the extent that it isn't still a one-shot kill on most enemies anyway), but with twice the capacity, a faster reload owing to the box magazines, and, as mentioned, being semi-automatic. The in-game model bears some resemblance to the PSL, using its distinctive magazines and having holes in the handguard reminiscent of the PSL's. Far Cry 3 and 4 both also feature the weapon, now fully based on the original SVD (though with synthetic furniture, but there's a paint option to give it the original wooden parts), and being one of the few weapons in those games to keep up the second's trend of Right-Handed Left-Handed Guns.
A specialized sniper rifle developed for use by the Spetsnaz, one of the most compact sniper rifles in the world with a conventional layout, it can be dissembled to fit inside a small briefcase (and one of the very few semi-auto sniper rifles to feature selective-fire), and like the MP5SD it has an internal suppressor. It uses 9x39mm SP-5, a nasty, armour-piercing, subsonic cartridge that gives the weapon a lot of stopping power (more than an AK bullet) despite being silenced (one round can easily go through body armour at 400 meters and still have enough power to drop the guy wearing it). While the subsonic ammunition means its effective range is significantly lower than most sniper rifles, that's not a big problem because it's designed primarily for counter-insurgency/counter-terrorist operations in urban areas where the average shot range very rarely exceeds 300 meters, so much so that it's the only widely-known sniper rifle with a fully automatic mode.
- One of the most versatile (low weight, little bullet dispersion, plentiful ammo in the later leg of the games, near-guaranteed One-Hit Kills with a headshot, and can be turned to automatic) weapons available in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, though it takes some time to master due to the bullet drop.
- Can be found in the second chapter of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and is one of the better long ranged weapons, firing a powerful round and being one of the few automatic weapons with an integrated suppressor that never wears out.
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain.
- Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.
- Used by Balalaika's troops among many other Soviet weapons to take out Yakuza members in Black Lagoon.
- In Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, the must-have weapon for night operations, although it (very inaccurately) uses the same 9mm ammunition as the Baretta (sic!) and Glock 18 (which would be 9x19mm rather than the 9x39m). It also, strangely, does not penetrate armor, so headshots are de rigeur.
- As expected, available as a late game weapon in 7.62 High Caliber. Not as accurate or powerful at long range as the bigger and badder rifles and ammo is uncommon, but the silencer makes it very stealthy (especially for night firing, where it can be fitted with a night vision sight) and the large magazine and full auto capability makes it more useful in close quarters.
- In Team Fortress 2, the Sniper's Hitman's Heatmaker is a mixture of this weapon and the Walther WA2000.
Developed in the 1980s on a dare to create a .50-cal sniper rifle. The U.S. military found that the performance of the .50 BMG round (found in the M2 machine gun) was enough to warrant use in anti-materiel rifles, asking for a rifle in that caliber to enter service as the XM107 (initially the bolt-action M95 was adopted, but the military then changed its mind on the XM107 requirements and adopted the earlier M82). The weapon relies on its high penetration, although this makes it rare in other roles due to potential for collateral damage. It also has an effective range of over one mile, though the bullet can reach much farther distances: when you hear about a sniper making a shot from more than a mile away, chances are they were using a Barrett. The original M82 and its upgrades are semi-auto rifles, while the M90, M95, and M99 are bolt-action (the first two magazine-fed, the latter single-shot). Current production military M82 rifles are designated M107, but the actual changes are just some minor refinements (such as various parts being made of titanium instead of steel) to trim 5 pounds off the rifle's weight...and it still weighs almost 30 pounds, or over 13.5 kilograms, when empty. Other M82 variants include the XM500 bullpup and the XM109, a 25mm high-velocity grenade launcher version of the M107 which is probably the longest-range grenade launcher ever made. On account of some US states and European nations banning .50 caliber (or sometimes just .50 BMG specifically) weapons for civilian ownership, Barrett also makes versions that fire the proprietary .416 Barrett round that actually has even better long-range accuracy.
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series starting from Rogue Spear has this weapon as the most powerful sniper rifle.
- The M82 is seen in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare at one point. In this case, it wasn't for damage purposes, but for range purposes: the target was more than a mile distant, and a conventional rifle wouldn't be able to shoot half that accurately. It also shows up in the multiplayer as the last sniper rifle to be unlocked. Surprisingly, it didn't turn out to be a game-breaking supergun, thanks to the massive recoil and major damage nerfing, though owing to its cartridge it still had the longest range.
- In Modern Warfare 2, it's the first sniper rifle to be unlocked. Yes, that's right. First.
- Also the case for MW3, where it is easily the most powerful sniper rifle in the game (tied with the AS50), and is also the most accurate among them.
- In Modern Warfare 2, it's the first sniper rifle to be unlocked. Yes, that's right. First.
- America's Army has this as the advanced sniper rifle.
- Half-Life mod Firearms had this as the most powerful weapon, but you needed to deploy the bipod in order to remain accurate.
- The M82A2 (a bullpup version distinct from later models like the M95 by still being semi-auto) makes an appearance in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots as Johnny's sniper rifle of choice in the final act. Also "recommended by Hideo Kojima".
- Used for the sniper duel in The Hurt Locker.
- Mr. Wong uses one in the final battle of Stranglehold, in addition to a good number of sniper mooks. They'd probably have a better time tagging Tequila without the easily visible laser sights though.
- Appears in the Battlefield series as the most powerful sniper rifle available in-game and is typically the last unlockable sniper rifle.
- Battlefield 2 and the two Battlefield: Bad Company spinoffs are notable for using the bullpup, bolt-action M95 rather than the more typical M82.
- Featured in exactly one mission in Battlefield 3; due to concerns that the gun would either be a Game Breaker or nerfed into oblivion in multiplayer, it appears only the one time in the whole game.
- The M82 appeared as pickup weapon in Battlefield 4 multiplayer (thus it is not a Game Breaker due to limited availability and non-replenishable ammo).
- Bob Lee Swagger wields an M82 in the opening scene of Shooter, to bring down a moving helicopter. Granted, he was aiming for the vulnerable rotor shaft, and having a very hard time doing it. It is ambiguous if he even managed to shoot it down.
- The SRS99 series Sniper Rifles from the Halo series appear to be a hybrid of the Barrett M107 and the Denel NTW-14.5.
- Appears in Jagged Alliance: Back in Action (under the German designation G82) as one of the sniper rifles. It is incorrectly designated as a bullpup design, where the action is located behind the trigger group. The picture for the weapon clearly depicts the action and magazine in front of the trigger group (depicting an M82A1 rather than the bullpup M82A2 as was featured in Jagged Alliance 2).
- Hive's favorite weapon in the Whateley Universe. She owns one, and has even sighted it in for the windows in her apartment atop Kane Hall in the middle of campus.
- The M107 is featured in the third and twelfth chapters of Max Payne 3.
- Killing Floor added the M99 in the second Twisted Christmas update. Gigantic, incredibly powerful weapon which will kill nearly anything in one bullet, but you normally can't carry any other non-default weapons alongside it due to its weight, it's slow to reload if you're not a max-level Sharpshooter, and after a patch, the ammo costs a fortune (£250 for one bullet, and you can carry 30).
- Added (along with other .50 BMG rifles) in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber. Considering that all combat in the game takes place at ranges that real life sniper rifles can easily handle, it's a bit overkill.
- Featured in Grand Theft Auto V as the "Heavy Sniper".
- The "McManus 2010" from Saints Row 2 is the similar XM109, a prototype weapon chambered for high-velocity 25x59mm grenades.
- The Barrett series has been a staple in several editions of Shadowrun, usually boasting incredible damage potential (in line with dedicated anti-armor weapons), a massive pricetag and a very, very high purchase difficulty. A Barrett also features prominently in the Nigel Findley novel Shadowplay, along with detailed descriptions of the effect it has on its targets.
- The Barrett M82 features in A Certain Magical Index in the form of the "Metal Eater" series, of which there is a prototype variant called "Metal Eater MX" that adds a full automatic fire mode. While undoubtably cool, this feature is stated to have been removed for the mass-production version in-universe due to the excessive recoil... which can be counteracted by the Misaka Sisters using their electrokinetic powers (with some help from a supercomputer to solve a lot of complex mathematical equations, admittedly).
- The Barrett M95 appears in PAYDAY 2, as the Thanatos .50 cal.
The CheyTac Intervention is a bolt-action dedicated sniper’s rifle designed by CheyTac LLC. It’s relatively recent, but made big waves when it was introduced in 2001. It fires either the .408 or .375 CheyTac, rounds designed to be the middle ground between the standard rifle-calibers like the 7.62mm and the massive anti-armor .50 BMG. The Intervention also has a long-range laser rangefinder designed to aid in the rifle’s primary function of long-range shooting. While not many military forces use it (currently Jordan, Turkey and Poland’s Special Forces units), it holds the record for the longest distance grouping of three rounds (16 and a half inches at 2,321 yards).
- Mark Wahlberg's character Bob Lee Swagger owns one in Shooter, which is used to frame him for the assassination of a foreign delegate.
- Default sniper rifle in Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer. Soap uses one in single player when he and Price attempt to infiltrate the Big Bad's base in Afghanistan.
- The Rolins LRSS in MAG is an Intervention.
- Richard Machowitz demonstrates one in Future Weapons. He manages to break the record for a long distance grouping, hitting three out of six shots on a human-sized target at 2,530 yards.
- SOCOMUS Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo 3 has the CheyTac as the “C-TAC”.
- In Angel Beats!, Yuri attempts to snipe her nemesis Angel with one. A stunned Otonashi asks “Is that a real gun?”
- U.S Army and Resistance units use the CheyTac in Homefront against KPA soldiers. Comes with a nifty thermal sight.
- Used in The Unit by Bob Brown and Hector Williams in the episode “Dark of the Moon”.
- In Battlefield 4 it is called SRR-61 in reference to a special forces unit that fields this rifle, the Jordanian 61st Special Reconnaissance Regiment.
- Added in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber, along with its unique ballistic computer: have a soldier with the computer near the sniper, and his/her chance of a hit goes way up.
Heckler & Koch PSG1
The PSG1 is mechanically based on the G3 rifle, with a roller-delayed blowback action chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO, and features a low-noise bolt closing device (similar to the forward assist on many M16 rifles). It has a heavy free-floating barrel with polygonal rifling and an adjustable stock. Another notable characteristic of the PSG1 is that after firing, the cartridge casing is ejected with substantial force, reportedly enough to throw it up to 10 meters away (the SVD Dragunov has a similar tendency), greatly compromising the military use of the rifle, because it would easily give away the sniper's position and makes it difficult to sweep up the area after firing. Police forces over the world have adopted it, including the Spanish Grupo Especial de Operaciones, the Netherlands Dienst Speciale Interventies (DSI), and the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). Its futuristic appearance has not hurt its position in media, especially in video games, where while less accurate and less damaging than bolt-action sniper rifles, its semi-automatic rate of fire make it a good trade-off. H&K no longer makes them and those that are still in circulation sell for over $15,000 USD. Similar rifles based on the same G3 platform include the more militarized and cheaper MSG90 and the civilian version the SR9. The MSG90 is more popular with military groups, such as the New Iraqi Army, the Mexican Army, France's 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment and South Korea's Naval Special Warfare Brigade.
- Cool Action: Like other H&K weapons based on the G3's action, this one can also utilize the "H&K slap" to charge the weapon.
- Arguably, this gun's first appearance in popular media was in Metal Gear Solid. Most famously used in the battle with Sniper Wolf, it later appears in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty in both a lethal and fictional non-lethal tranquilizer variant.
- Another famous appearance is in the animated portion of Kill Bill Vol. 1, where O-Ren Ishii uses it to shoot a Yakuza boss.
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto IV have respectively the similar SR9T and an actual PSG1 as an upgrade to the bolt-action sniper rifle available earlier.
- Available in Jagged Alliance 2's v1.13 mod and Back in Action.
- The weapon you use exclusively in Silent Scope. It also has almost a full second refire rate, which is completely ridiculous.
- In Lethal Weapon, Riggs uses one with a 20 round magazine during the scene in the desert where they try to get back Murtaugh's daughter.
- Also used in Cube Zero, be it rather unrealistically as tranquilizer dart rifles causing Instant Sedation. Later also used as a very expensive club.
- A Swiss Guard sniper team covers St. Peter's Square with these guns in Angels & Demons.
- Shows up plenty in Rainbow Six, since just about the beginning of the series.
- Gage/Trak from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict carries one on his shoulder, which is a dead give away to his indirect specialty.
- The PSG1 is the third and final sniper rifle available in Resident Evil 5. It fills the middle ground between the Sako S75 and the Dragunov SVD by being a semi-auto rifle that significantly reduces Sniper Scope Sway (which is the SVD's problem) but not dealing as much damage as the bolt-action S75.
- Obviously, it appears in 7.62 High Caliber as an extremely accurate rifle. It doesn't hurt that it's semi-automatic.
- Used briefly against "them" in Highschool of the Dead.
- Left 4 Dead 2 features the MSG90 as an alternative to the original Hunting Rifle, with double the capacity but a slower reload.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops features this a few years before it was actually designed.
- This rifle was featured in Detective Conan in the hands of the Black Organization's female sniper, Chianti. It's basically her rifle of choice.
- A PSG-1 can be found in the Chrysler Building in Parasite Eve.
Remington Model 700
The Remington Model 700 rifle was introduced in 1962. The rifle comes in varying cartridges ranging from .17 Remington to .458 Winchester Magnum which can fit three to five rounds internally, or with a 10-round detachable magazine for police models in .308 Winchester. The rifle is not only sold to civilian markets, but also to the military and police as well. The standard rifle is currently used by the RCMP, while the US Army and Marine Corps use respectively the M24 Sniper Weapon System and M40 series, both based on the Remington 700.
- Adrian Shepherd uses the M40A1 variant in Half-Life: Opposing Force. The rifle was inaccurately depicted with a detachable magazine, which no version of the M40 had until the M40A5, not developed until a decade after the game came out.
- The Sniper's stock sniper rifle is this rifle with a large scope attached.
- Black Organization's other sniper Korn from Detective Conan uses this rifle.
- The sniper rifle in Postal 2 is based on the M24.
- Both the original Remington 700 and the USMC's M40A3 are available in the multiplayer of Call of Duty 4, the latter infamously wide-spread among the playerbase due to a bug with the ACOG making it effectively that game's equivalent of the AWP from Counter-Strike above; the former meanwhile is sadly ignored due to greater sway than the other sniper rifles, one less round than the M40 (the lowest of its class with four rounds), only being able to equal the damage of the more versatile semi-autos, and no beneficial bugs related to an attachment - in fact, it occasionally misses what should have been a clear hit. The game is also notable for being one of the few depictions of a pre-A5 variant of the M40 to actually have it load one round at a time rather than pretending it always used detachable magazines. The Urban Sniper Rifle variant appears in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- The M24A3 appears in Battlefield 2, rather incorrectly as the M24 is the Army version and, as typical for the series, the American faction is the Marine Corps (at the very least it's a version that actually loads with box magazines). Battlefield: Bad Company continues using it, while the second one's Vietnam expansion and Battlefield 3 correctly switch to period-appropriate versions of the M40.
- The M40A1 is available in Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 and 2, again incorrectly shown as reloading via detachable magazines.
- The "Tranquilizer Rifle" of Far Cry 2 is essentially an M40 with features from the Pneu-Dart Model 389, a tranquilizer rifle that launches its darts by way of essentially .22-caliber blanks. It has to reload after every shot and is one of the least durable weapons in the entire game, breaking after putting less than thirty rounds through it, but as its upsides it is also a guaranteed one-shot kill against any enemy (making one wonder exactly what it's actually meant to tranquilize, if a single dose is fatal to humans) and is the only sniper rifle in the game to both be silent and occupy the special weapon slot rather than the primary one, allowing use of a more versatile assault rifle alongside it.
- Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4, meanwhile, both feature a Model 700 Export, a civilian variant that nevertheless uses the detachable box magazines of the military and police versions. It can take two attachments, with options of a suppressor, an extended magazine, an illuminated reticule or an enhanced zoom; both games also feature a unique version called the "Predator" (pre-order bonus in the former, more readily available as a Signature weapon in the latter) which mounts all fournote .
- The original Ghost Recon featured the M24 as the Ghosts' standard sniper weapon system. Future Soldier featured the M40A5 as a bonus for pre-ordering or buying the Deluxe edition, as the Ghosts' counterpart to Bodark's modernized Mosin-Nagant in the same bonus. Its free-to-play counterpart Phantoms once again features the M24, incorrectly using detachable box magazines.