Hydra DSR-8 on display
Type: Sniper Rifle
Place of Origin: Republic of Port Ember
Main User: Port Ember Security Forces
In Service: 2005 - Current
Wars: Hawklands Conflict; Port Ember - Braziliztan War; Ashmore Conflict; Borzhinian Civil War; War on Terror.
Designed By: Hydra Industries
Designed: Late 1990's - 2003
Manufacturer: Hydra Industries
Mass: 5.2 Kg
Length: 1,200 mm
Barrel length: 690 mm
Action: Bolt Action
Muzzle velocity 980 m/s
Effective firing range: 1500 m
10 round detachable box magazine
Sights: 8 x Telescopic Scope
The DSR-8 (Dedicated SniperRifle - 8mm calibre) is the standard issue sniper rifle for the Port Ember Security Services since 2003, which has been decided to remain in service for atleast another 30 plus years, since it is still seen as one of the best options for a standard service rifle.
The rifle was designed and is manufactured by Hydra Industries in Port Ember and is much loved by its users due to its long range, reliability, ease of maintenance and accuracy.
The first prototype was delivered to the Port Ember Security Forces in 1998, which then underwent gruesome Military Viability Tests. The soldiers went out of their way to put stress on the weapon to ensure reliability and usefullness. When the weapon was finally ready for sale and mass production, the Military Project Leader was qouted to say "We threw everything we could at it, it kept on taking.. and kept on putting accurate fire down range. One hell of a rifle."
The weapon has proven its reliability in harsh tropical climates and conditions over its service years.
The heart of the weapon system is a cold-hammer forged receiver and barrel. Both provide maximum strength for minimum weight as well as excellent resistance to wear. The action has a hex style profile on top with a smaller closed ejection port. Actions with an ejection port make it more difficult to reach in with a finger to discreetly eject brass when desired, but it does allow for additional strength in the action. The "resistance free" bolt has three massive lugs and requires a 60-degree bolt rotation and a 98 mm bolt throw for the short and 118 mm bolt throw for the long bolt-action; these features should be appreciated by the shooter during multiple firings that require rapid projectile placement on the target. The bolt handle is the appropriate length and sports a large synthetic bulbous knob that provides a firm, positive grip. On top of the receiver a 17 mm integral dovetail rail with shape connection drillings for one or more recoil lugs provides for fixing mounting components to accommodate different types of optical or electro-optical sights. Folding iron sights can be obtained for secondary or emergency use.
The receiver's large bedding surface is mated to an aluminium alloy-bedding block by three screws for maximum stability. This combination ensures an unusually high degree of stability.
The detachable box magazine is based upon centre feeding for maximum reliability as well as precise positioning of the cartridge into the chamber. Alternatively cartridges can be loaded singly directly into the chamber.
The free-floating, heavy, chrome moly barrels (chrome moly barrels resist throat erosion better offering a longer accuracy life than stainless steel barrels) has proven and testes length, groove cutting and rifling twist rate optimized for the respective chambering and intended ammunition. Two types of flash eliminator/muzzle brakes are available as an accessory with one being threaded to accommodate a sound-suppressor.
The rifle has 280 mm (1 in 11 inch) or 36.7 calibers right-hand twist rate with four grooves was selected over the 305 mm (1 in 12 inch) or 40 calibers, traditionally found similar sniper rifles, as a compromise when switching between supersonic and subsonic cartridges.
The two-stage trigger mechanism displays an adjustable trigger pull weight of 1 to 2.5 kg and can be adjusted for length, horizontal and vertical pitch. The advantage of these features is to prevent trigger movement in an inappropriate direction that would cause the rifle to move off target. Trigger travel is short with no noticeable over-travel. The trigger mechanism can be removed without additional disassembling of the rifle. The firing pin travel is 6.5 mm. The trigger guard is dimensioned to allow easy access with gloved fingers.
The safety lever is located in front of the trigger inside of the trigger guard and can be operated without producing mechanical noise. The two-position safety locks the trigger mechanism, locks the bolt in closed position and blocks the firing pin. The safety is on when it is in its rearmost position. It is off when it is pushed to its most forward position. When the weapon is cocked the firing pin protrudes 1.6 mm from the rear of the bolt-action, making it possible to feel if the weapon is ready to fire or not in poor visibility.
The stock design is besides sniping requirements, designed to conform to both UIT and CISM regulations. The base of the ergonomic injection-moulded polyurethane forestock is made of aluminium and encompasses the bedding block with the bedding block serving as a point of attachment for a bipod. The polyurethane buttstock with its pistol grip and integrated aluminium skeleton to add strength, is designed for right- and left-handed shooters. The rear of the buttstock possesses a series of spacer and angle plates to regulate the length of pull and curvature adjustments that can be tailored for the individual shooter. The buttplate is adjustable for both height and pitch. Finally, the cheek-piece is adjustable for both height and pitch as well.
The stock features two steel sling swivel attachment sockets positioned at the right and left rear sides of the buttstock. Forward sling attachment is achieved by inserting and fixing a metal sling mount into a metal rail which runs under the forestock or forend. This forward sling attachment point can be (re)positioned along the length of the rail for right- or left-handed use and is fixed with a screw. The factory carrying/shooting sling itself features quick mountable and detachable metal swivels. The swivels are mounted by pushing them into an attachment socket and detached by pushing integrated buttons in the swivels and pulling them out of the attachment sockets.
Accessories for the rifle includes an auxiliary iron sights for emergency use, a muzzle brake/flash-hider, a match sight mounting set, a telescopic sight mounting sets, a picatinny rail), an accessory tri-rail (top) and accessory rail (bottom) forestock, a night sight adapter, a sound suppressor, a muzzle thread protector, various slings and swivels, cleaning kits, soft case, and a heavy-duty transit case.
The bipod is one of a few rifle bipods that lets the rifle swivel or "hang" just above its bore axis offering a more stable shooting position with large and heavy aiming optics mounted.