Light-weight and Light-weight. It's basically a standard AWM chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum, and it's not just the british special forces that are equipped with it. The british regular units that have been stationed in Bosnia and Kosovo use it too, especially with API rounds.
Actually, it makes sense. It's got far better accurate range than grenade launchers, AT4's etc, with AP and API ammo, light armoured vehicles, machine gun nests, engine blocks etc can all be taken out, and it's not a one-shot weapon.
You don't issue it to every platoon in that case, you issue it to the fully trained snipers at battalion-level then. I've met and trained with enough people from the Royal Army and Royal Marine Corps to know that they don't do it that much differently.
However, in both Bosnia and Kosovo, they were used at checkpoints etc, to take out vehicle engines etc. Many battalion-level snipers use it for counter-sniper duty, that I can agree with, but it's also issued to some infantry/marine marksmen.
I didn't mean snipers use it for a counter sniper weapon, I meant marksmen use it as a counter sniper weapon, to despose of people with Druganovs etc.... but of course, they will use it against anything it is effective against.
In my last sentence of my previous post, I meant Royal Engineers the second time I said RM's.
Could anyone give me a link to details of said .50 Barret bullpup, bolt action, sniper rifle?
I am just giving my opinion, I do not work with the rifle myself...
However, I do not see why the user should need any sniper training to act in the counter sniper role.
They go around at platoon level, not alone. If the platoon encounters a sniper, they simply have the best weapon to kill them with.