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The Nemo sniper rifle. Photo: Nemo
The Nemo sniper rifle. Photo: Nemo

The IDF is currently evaluating some advanced sniper rifles to expand this capability. One option is the Nemo Omen rifle.

Sniper rifles are widely used by special counterterrorism forces, as part of the response during scenarios involving hostages. The effective sniping distance demonstrated by the Nemo Omen allows a skilled sniper to neutralize terrorists or criminals barricaded with hostages from up to 1,400 meters away.

This semi-automatic weapon can hit a target out to 1,400 meters. The military-only version shoots 3 shot groups in an area the size of a dime. The rifle is nearly four feet in length and the magazine holds 14 rounds.

iHLS – Israel Homeland Security

The rifle fires .300 Winchester Magnum bullets and weighs less than 11 pounds unloaded. Comparatively, the average AR-15/M-4, chambered for 5.56 NATO, weighs in at under 7 pounds while a comparable AR-10, chambered for the 7.62 NATO cartridge, weighs in at just under 10 pounds.

Experts say that the semi automatic design allows the sniper to rapidly engage multiple targets without requiring the operation of a bolt. This system fills a gap between 7.62 NATO semi-automatic sniper systems and the Barrett M107 .50 BMG, which is capable of engagements exceeding 2,000 meters. The Barrett weighs more than two OMENs combined.

The need for more snipers armed with advanced weapons is a result of many engagements in urban areas, where accurate fire is of crucial importance.