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April 14, 2019

Israeli SP66: A Modern Mauser Sniper

From Forgotten Weapons on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 in Rifles, & Videos
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This rifle is lot #2172 at Morphy's April 2019 auction:
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Around 1980, Israeli purchased a batch of modern Mauser SP66 precision rifles to supplement or replace their stocks of M14 and Mauser K98k sniper rifles. This new rifle was based on the Mauser 66 sporting rifle action, and had been developed by Mauser in the 1970s to meet the new demand for serious snipers’ rifles for the new modern counter-terrorism agencies like GSG-9. It offered features like an adjustable cheek rest, magnificent trigger, and excellent mechanical accuracy. The IDF equipped them with a variety of different optics including Kahles, Nimrod (both 6x and 10x), and Swarovski. They were eventually replaced by newer Mauser SP86 rifles, and surplussed out, to be purchased mostly by Springfield Armory and imported into the US.
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50 Comments on "Israeli SP66: A Modern Mauser Sniper":

ever Stimpson Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
From my homeland! אהוה!
Master O' None Sunday, April 28th, 2019
I've just been hit by a highly offensive advertisement while watching this video. For some reason Google assume that because I have an interest in military history and the design and construction of firearms, that I would be interested in purchasing a course in street fighting. I find it completely incomprehensible that Google can sit on their high horse and while peddeling this course in thuggery.
wade quin Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
the Australian army trialed this but it never was accepted, there's 2 in the school of infantry armoury
Araki Hisahsi Monday, April 22nd, 2019
That is one beautiful rifle.
kevi152 Monday, April 22nd, 2019
The Indian army used mauser 66 sniper rifles during the 80s and 90s. Indeed I have a mauser 66 in 7mm mauser and find it to be a most well balanced rifle.
Ozdave McGee Monday, April 22nd, 2019
BDS suppose as that gains momentum the option to buy stuff like this will close up
Richard Robinson Sunday, April 21st, 2019
A lot of German families must've eaten off the floor, after the Govt took their dining tables away.
sortedevaras Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Look at that stock, beautiful. . .
Just Do It Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Kind of weird that the Jews adopt the weapon system that once slaughtered them.
Brice Doman Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
looks like the Schlegemilch rifle.
General Silence Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
The only had g3s with open sights they were doomed before they got to the airport
M92 QUAD Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
So cool
oglordbrandon Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Business in the front, party in the back. It's the Mullet of Rifles
Jerry Johnson II Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Awesome Mauser Israeli sniper rifle Ian. Thanks for showing it Sir
martialme84 Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
05:31 The company is actually called Tseiss and not "sais".Fairly sharp and distinct "Tss" in the beginning of that name.
Conor Hanley Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Does the price go up for notches of palastinian children murdered?
Ringing Steel Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Someone bubba’d that with a pica-tinny rail? Lol
Mark Keogh Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
We know where the designers of the WA-2000 got their ideas for a stock from 😉
Tamlan Dipper Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Ian here mentions how specialist tools and teams were a product of the post war era. I was just wondering why.Was it the impact of professional terror? Was it just generally improved security doctrine?
Jackey XM8 Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
looks a lot like a competition rifle
Nicholas Patton Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Stock so big looks like it belongs to HellBoy.
Johann Bach Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Perfect for sniping those pesky Gazans and their torrent of rocks and bottls.
ZombieM0ses Monday, April 15th, 2019
What a gorgeous rifle.
Chris The Canadian Camper Monday, April 15th, 2019
Anyone think it's funny that a Jewish Country is using a German rifle?
Frank Atchison Monday, April 15th, 2019
What"s the rail for...a wooden bipod?
Maverick Hargrave Monday, April 15th, 2019
What if the only sniper available to respond the terrorist attack were left-handed?
Антонов Яковлев Monday, April 15th, 2019
Can someone please link to the video he did a gangster impression with a hoodie I don't remember what gun it was but more than it was bad for some reason
Papers McGee Monday, April 15th, 2019
bolt is like q "the fix" rifle
nathan fagan Monday, April 15th, 2019
Good god that's a beautiful rifle.My girlfriend shakes her head every time when I'm watching a FW video and I respond to the opening with "Hi Ian!" and wave at the screen like a child.
Hendrick Otto Monday, April 15th, 2019
Never a great commercial success for Mauser, that 66 System. The so-called "telescoping" action was very difficult and expensive to machine. I saw these rifles group between 5 and 8 millimeter at 100 meters when they were introduced. These generally were found to be very accurate but expensive, even for government agency purchasing. Note that long and heavy action tube with long clamping area for the barrel. Many users preferred the contemporary Steyr Model 69 SSG snipers with synthetic stocks that where so much lighter and also very accurate.
Strangely Jamesly Monday, April 15th, 2019
No problems with the Israelis buying from German companies? Not even 40 years after the Holocaust. Did Mauser troll them with Made in Germany rather than Made in West Germany?
bigfutus Monday, April 15th, 2019
The muzzle brake is so German, i love it.
Ralph Rusconi Monday, April 15th, 2019
Was this rifle produced after the fall of the Iron curtain? It says made in Germany, I expected it to say made in West Germany
Robin Schuhmacher Monday, April 15th, 2019
Anyone else notice that the bolt group and receiver are very similar to that Schlegelmilch 1896 trials rifle that was on the channel recently? Bolt shroud, bolt catch released by the trigger, etc...?
JT Viper Monday, April 15th, 2019
German-designed rifle...Used by Israelis..."Isn' t it ironic... Don'tcha think?"
Dire Monday, April 15th, 2019
Oof shame about that rail
Steven Homan Monday, April 15th, 2019
It would seem an excellent target rifle?
Steven Homan Monday, April 15th, 2019
Very unique bolt release mechanism Ian. It obviates the need to remove the scope and risk messing up the zero.
mermerac Monday, April 15th, 2019
Who down votes this? Why are you here at all?
Patschge zwerg Monday, April 15th, 2019
shouldn't it be Made in WEST Germany?
Scott Kenny Monday, April 15th, 2019
I do have a fondness for a nicely-figured wood stock.
NunSuperior Monday, April 15th, 2019
Talk about furniture...
Maverick rudometkin Monday, April 15th, 2019
I wonder when you’ll get your hands on a TKB-022 or 059 rifle
Doggo Need_Snacc Monday, April 15th, 2019
To the people saying: Jews using German weapons is ironic"It is, but back in 48' (Israel independance war) Jews had no choice and bought surplus weapons from Czechslovakia under control of the USSR.The weapons included German weapons from WW1/2 And surplus from all factions including both Allies and Axis.
Parker Hetzel Monday, April 15th, 2019
5:51 They're pretty darkly what now? :P
Paul Taylor Monday, April 15th, 2019
I torghet pro!!!!!!
RVR121 Monday, April 15th, 2019
Israliy types have big cheeks you wanna fight about it punk :I
Heinz Linge Monday, April 15th, 2019
Everything israeli is so ugly
Piotr Pi Monday, April 15th, 2019
Gun was proofmarked in Ulm, Germany in 1982
Justin Hatch Monday, April 15th, 2019
Hi
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