There are a handful of names associated with excellence
and performance in firearms and Heckler & Koch is certainly at
the top of that short list. In the same tradition as the H&K MP-5
and UMP submachine guns and the H&K 21/11 machine gun, the H&K
PSG1 Sniper Rifle stands out.
or precision sharpshooter rifle was designed by H&K at their
Oberndorm am Neckar facility in the 1970s. Reportedly, the PSG1 was
inspired by the massacre of Israeli athletes, by Islamic terrorists,
at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Whether that is true or not,
H&K rolled out a superb military/anti-terrorist deterrent in its
PSG1 Sniper Rifle.
The PSG1 is a reliable, precision rifle that is
considered by many to be the best in the world.
That's a mighty tall claim, one that Heckler & Koch
thinks it can live up to.
But if you expect to pick one up at your local gun
shop - for a song and a dance - think again.
Based on the G3 rifle, this baby will set you back to
the tune of $10,000 or more.
The H&K PSG1 is
accurate, out to 2,000 feet (600-meters) and beyond. It is fitted
with a proprietary, Hendsoldt 6x42 scope, complete with a nifty
illuminated reticle. Don't let the 600-meter marking on the scope
fool ya', however. In the right hands, say the elite German police,
(loosely translated SWAT) it is capable of shooting much farther.
The PSG1 is a semi-auto chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO
(.308). It comes in matte black, high-impact plastic that will fit
almost anyone. This piece of work is ergonomically friendly and
includes an adjustable stock, cheek piece, trigger unit and palm
shelf. H&K aims to accommodate!
It's not light, tipping the scales at 15 pounds and
change. But then, you probably won't be humping the boonies all day
with this baby. At best, you might want to be set down in a chopper.
So, too, the PSG1 ejects spent shell casings well
beyond the shooter's reach. And if you're covert and care to police
your brass before hoofing it, this gun might not be your best bet.
The PSG1 uses 5- or
20-round removable box magazines and sends rounds downrange with
deadly precision at 2,800 feet per second. I especially
like its semi-auto feature, and like another one of my favorites, the
AR-10, the PSG1 is, pound for pound, dollar for dollar the best buy
on the market.