Now here's a French sniper rifle that will will really reach out and touch someone!

The French brought us the MAS-36 bolt-action infantry rifle in the mid-1930s.

The MAS-36 is chambered for the rimless 7.5x54 French cartouche, an abbreviated 7.5x57mm light machine gun round. The MAS-36 was a long-lived gun, seeing action in World War II, the First Indochina War and the Algerian War of Independence. It was in service in the French army until 1978.

A paratrooper version was also adopted by the French for its airborne warriors.

The FR F1 Sniper Rifle was produced by French-owned Manufacture d'Armes St. Etienne (MAS) from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. Originally chambered in the MAS-36 rifle round, 7.5x54 MAS, a later version, the FR F2, was chambered for the ubiquitous 7.62x51mm NATO.

The FR F2 has been in production from the mid-1980s to the present.

The FR F1 tips the scales at slightly more than 11 1/2 pounds. Add a pound or more if it's loaded.

Its overall length is 47 1/4 inches, and it has a 25 1/2-inch barrel with a sweet, dual-purpose muzzle brake (can you say stabilizer) that serves as a harmonic dampener, which spells increased accuracy. Paired with the standard-issue, 3.8X, APX L806 telescopic sight, this baby is good to go out to distances of 2,000 feet and beyond, up to half a mile. For you metric freaks, that's 600 to 800 meters. And here's the good news. The gun's downrange accuracy, under optimal conditions - a good shooter with match-grade ammo - on a pristine day, is about 1 or 2 MOA (one or two-inch groups).

That's nothing to sneeze at, Monsieur Sniper!

But remember the equation for sniper-grade accuracy: a very good rifle with an above-average shooter, using quality ammunition. Even sub-par groups for man-sized targets will get the job done!

The FR F1 has a muzzle velocity of more than 2,500 feet per second and has a roomy, detachable box magazine with a capacity of 10 rounds.

All things considered, the FR F1 and its progeny, the FR F2, are pretty respectable sniper guns.