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CASR 's DND 101 pages describe the in-service weapon systems of  the Canadian Forces. This Small Arms sub-index page provides a quick visual guide to Canadian Forces sniper's rifles. Other DND 101 Small Arms Sub-Indices include: Rifles, Machineguns, & Specialist.



DND 101  —  Canadian Forces Small Arms  –  Snipers Rifles –  A Visual Guide


MRSW  –   the  C3A1
The 7.62mm (or .308") C3A1 is the Medium Range Sniper Weapon. A Parker Hale rifle, the C3A1 dates back to the 1980s will be replaced by the new 8.6mm C14 Timberwolf.

CF designation: Rifle, Sniper, 7.62mm, C3A1, Calibre: 7.62x51mm NATO (.308" Match), Origins:  Parker-Hale Ltd,  Birmingham,  England  ( Parker-Hale commercial  Model 82 ).

For Background on the MRS rifles, see:  Marksman Rifle System (MRS) Project


MRSWS  –  the C14
The Medium-Range Snipers Weapon System ( MRSWS ) is a bolt-action Timberwolf chambered for the dedicated sniper round,  8.6mm Lapua.

CF designation:  Rifle, Sniper, 8.6 mm, C14,* Calibre:  8.6mm x 70mm  (or .338" Lapua), Origins: Prairie Gun Works DTI, Winnipeg (partnered with Colt Canada of  Kitchener).


LRSW - C15 Big Mac
Interim LRSW ( Long Range Sniper Weapon ) in 12.7mm, the McMillan C15 Big Mac is an anti-matériel rifle used also for anti-personnel now.

CF designation:  Rifle, Sniper, 12.7mm, C15,* Calibre:  12.7 x 99mm NATO (.50" BMG), Origins: McMillan Bros Rifle Company, Phoenix, AZ, USA  (Tactical Rifle or Tac-50 ).


Canadian Forces  Marksmen Rifle Systems

MRS - C7CT/AR-10T
The Marksman Rifle System. Two  sniper rifles bought as IORs ( Immediate Operation- al Requirements), Diemaco 5.56mm 'C7CT' and Armalite 7.62mm AR-10T automatics.

CF designation: No known 'C' designations (C7CT and AR-10T are marketing names).

For Background on the MRS rifles, see:  Marksman Rifle System (MRS) Project



* Note: The Timberwolf  and 'Big Mac' are now designated C14A1 and C15A1 respectively. It is not clear whether this represents actual modifications or just a change in nomenclature.

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