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Fleece’s Faves – The Cheytac Edition

June 26, 2011

What is it about snipers that is so, dare I say, sexy?  Is it the idea of two men (despite what the movies show, snipers go in pairs) venturing out on their own, having to stay hidden for days, just for the chance at that one perfect shot?  Or, is it that one shot itself?  The fleeting moment of perfection and resolve necessary to put all the chips on the table and squeeze the trigger while a bad-guy is in your sights.  Who knows, but I think its the latter.

Movies make the sniper’s job seem sexy, but in fact it is quite a sterile job.  A sniper does not just briefly aim down the sights at a perp 1500 yards away and just pull the trigger, fully confident in his ability to hit the target.  No, in fact, all the effort culminating in that shot is what differentiates a sniper from just someone who is a good shot.  Its not just the ability to infiltrate and set-up without enemy detection.  Its the technical skills necessary to judge all the environmental factors necessary to pull off a “one-shot one-kill” trigger pull that truly makes a sniper.  Being able to judge wind, range, speed of target (if its moving), atmospheric pressure, ambient temperature and many other factors are what elevate a sniper passed the realm of a shooter.

Today’s Fleece’s Fave is designed to make a true sniper’s job just a bit easier.  It is the Cheytac M200 Intervention.

The gun

The main component of the Cheytac M200 Intervention system is the M200 rifle, chambered in the new .408 Cheytac cartridge (I will cover that next).  I will let the company describe all the components of the system, here is their description of the weapon:

The CheyTac® INTERVENTION™ is a 7 shot repeating, takedown rifle system. The barrel is removable and replaceable by the operator. In fact, the entire rifle is maintainable at the operator level – including complete tear down. Spare barrels can be maintained at the unit level and replacement can be made in the field, allowing for special barrel design and shorter barrels. The takedown capabilities provides the only safe rifle which supports all methods of infiltration; including military free-fall, static line, small boat, dive lockout as well as all other forms of infiltration.

This sniper system is designed to replace all current US sniper weapons systems up to and including the Big Dog, the Barrett M-107 .50 caliber anti-materiel sniper rifle.  Its primary advantage in regards to physicality is its overall dimensions and weight compared to the Barrett, 10 inches shorter and though 2 pounds heavier (that surprised me, lol) the ammo is half the weight per round, so a big savings in that regard.

The round

From left to right: .50 BMG, .408 Cheytac, .338 Lapua, .300 Winchester Magnum, 7.62mm NATO and the 5.56mm NATO

The round is truly what makes this system the world-beater that it is.  The .408 Cheytac is a new round developed by the creators of the rifle (uhh, obviously) that outshines all other rounds in velocity, flight stability and hence accuracy, and stopping power at range.  While the .50 BMG (the round used by the Barrett) packs more punch at up to 700 yards, past that range the .408 Cheytac quickly surpasses the 80-year-old .50 cal.  Here is the companies description:

The CheyTac® Cartridge was developed to fill the gap between the 338 Lapua and the .50 BMG, yet the downrange characteristics outperform the best .50 BMG projectiles. The projectiles are manufactured by Lost River Ballistic Technologies™ and are designed using PRODAS software. The projectiles are CNC, lathe turned, projectiles of a copper/nickel alloy. The 419 grain projectile has a supersonic range of 2200 yards+ at standard air conditions. A second projectile is available – the 305grain projectile is designed for a high velocity near range application. The average ballistic co-efficient of the 419 projectile is .945 over 3500 meters.

The computer

Yep, that’s right, the Intervention system comes equipped with a ballistics computer.  This is the part that makes the sniper’s job a bit easier.  I won’t try to describe its job, here is Cheytac again:

Early in testing, it became apparent that the CheyTac® INTERVENTION™ is capable of field accuracy levels far beyond currently accepted levels. The INTERVENTION™ has delivered SUB Minute of Angle groups at ranges up to 2500 yards. As a result, a tactical computer was developed to integrate radar data1 with a handheld computer. The computer calculates and provides the operator with elevation and windage settings. The current platform is a Casio IT-70 using input from a Kestrel 4000 and a Vector Laser Rangefinder; other options include the Mil Spec, Talla-Tech R-PDA as a primary platform for the ABC.

The following variables are programmed into the computer:

  • Slant angle from rifle to the target.
  • Correction for air temperature.
  • Correction for air pressure.
  • Correction for ammunition temperature, powder burn rate, and muzzle velocity.
  • Correction for rifle barrel twist rate.
  • Correction for the spin of the earth (Coriolis). Operator inputs the latitude on the globe and direction of fire from true north.
  • The operator can input corrections based on his differences from the computer fire solution to the solution that strikes the target2
  • The operator can also input variables to compensate for gunlock times and operator reaction times for engaging moving targets.
  • The computer is also programmed with all current US Sniping Cartridges from 5.56mm to .50 Caliber along with numerous other long range rounds. This makes it usable for sniper teams at all organizations and weapons systems.

Basically, the computer uses all the factors to tell the sniper how to adjust his scope to get a one-shot one-kill on targets up to 2500 meters away, even with a cold barrel.  That is freaking remarkable!

The other goodies

If that wasn’t cool enough, check out the other stuff a sniper can use to get the most accurate information for the ballistic computer:

KESTREL 4000 sensor package is used to measure the wind, air temperature, and air pressure. It also collects relative humidity, wind chill, and dew point. All of these points of data will be fed directly into the IT-70 tactical computer so that no manual input is necessary.

and…

Leica Vector IV Laser Rangefinder; provides the optimum long-range data on the target. Additional features allow computation of speed and direction of target as well.

and…

SUUNTO X6 Wrist computer provides environmental data as well as altitude, barometer, temperature and slant angle inputs for the ABC.

Tell me that ain’t really cool?

Conclusion

Admittedly, I have never even seen one of these weapons before, and given its capabilities, it is one expensive weapon system, but damn is it impressive.  It currently holds the world record for best group at a distance, landing 3 bullets within 16⅝ inches (42 cm) at 2,321 yards (2,122 m).  I really want to own this rifle!

On to the links!

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Bunkerville – U.S. Spends $2.5 Bil On “Social Equity” Program

Capitol Commentary – Roadmap to Democratic Talking Points

Conservative Hideout – A New Twist in the NLRB vs. Boeing: Is the Union Punishing Workers for Decertifying?

Conservatives on Fire – Have the Liberals Finally Succeeded In Dividing America into Two Factions?

Conservative Tickler – Ever Heard Of The Misery Index?

Disrupt the Narrative – I don’t trust John Huntsman

Frankenstein Government – Death Has Always Been Remarkably Effective When Liberally Applied to Tyrants

Manhattan Infidel – Businesses Cash in on Obama Name

Mind-Numbed Robot – Obama’s Legacy [Video]

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NoOneofAnyImport’s Blog – New Obama 2012 Campaign Gear Is Out!

Planet Moron – Never Judge a Book by its Wireless Connection

Political Realities – Will the Republican Party Be Reformed, Replaced, or Will We Have a Strong Third Party?

Proof Positive – Former Green Czar Van Jones Compares George W. Bush to Crack Addict – video

PUMAbydesign’s blog – TYRANNY ALERT: “TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM” ? -What? – Boxers repsonse to my email re TSA complaint –

Questioning with Boldness – “Military Pride Friday” Video: Ground Ordance – Marines

Republican Redefined – Aircraft Carrier Landing At Night (Video)

rjjrdq’s America II – Time Magazine Reinterprets Constitution

Sentry Journal – Some Thoughts on the “Palestinian” State, and the Right of Return

Edge of the Sandbox – Goverment Dogs

The Swash – The Fabian Society: Britain’s socialist movement and its hold on America

Teresamerica – This Desecration of Our Flag is Deplorable and Disgusting!!

Thatmrgguy’s Blog – They Warned Us (via The Underground Conservative)

The Daley Gator – *VIDEO* The Obama Administration Vs. The Constitution

The Foxhole – Michelle Obama Thanks Leftwing Media Lapdogs

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. KingShamus permalink
    June 26, 2011 6:49 am

    Fleece, you da man. I always learn something cool from your link aggregations. Sniper rifles are cool and the Chetyac seems ultra-rad.

    Thanks for the linkage, by the way. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

    • June 26, 2011 9:57 am

      Thanks for your kindness, and you are welcome for the link. =)

  2. June 26, 2011 9:50 am

    I like the kitten sniper.

    Thanks for the link, Fleecy.

    • June 26, 2011 9:57 am

      Yeah, he is a cute little cold blooded killer ain’t he?

      You are most welcome. =)

  3. June 26, 2011 11:12 am

    This post is full of awesome. Thanks for the education, as well as the linkage.

    • June 26, 2011 11:23 am

      LOL, my pleasure my friend. =)

  4. June 26, 2011 4:00 pm

    Awesome stuff, Fleece. I have to go along with NoOne, I like the kitty. Thanks for the inclusion.

    • June 26, 2011 4:22 pm

      LOL thanks, and you are welcome. =)

  5. June 26, 2011 6:05 pm

    Thanks for the link. Snipers are cool! Thanks for the information, I have seen a couple of shows on snipers on the Military Channel it is astounding the amount of training these people go through.

    • June 26, 2011 6:13 pm

      Yeah, they do go through a ton of training. Its a very tough and specialized profession.

      And you are most welcome. =)

  6. June 27, 2011 12:12 am

    Lovely post and thank you for the linkie. Cheers!

    • June 27, 2011 1:07 am

      Thanks so much, and you are most welcome. =)

  7. June 27, 2011 10:15 am

    Thanks for the link, Fleece. Bob Lee Swagger would like this post! (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Lee_Swagger for info on ol’ Bob–the books are worth a read)

    • June 27, 2011 12:45 pm

      Never even heard of those books before, definitely need to check them out. Thanks for the recommendation. =)

      • June 27, 2011 1:14 pm

        Hunter’s novels featuring Bob Lee’s daddy Earl are good thrillers as well. Hot Springs, and one of my all-time favorites in the genre, Pale Horse Coming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Horse_Coming).

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