Just like the previous versions of sniper rifles, the Mini-Hecate is not self-loading and has a manual reload with a longitudinally-sliding bolt locking the barrel when turning into three lugs located in front of the bolt. In general, we must pay tribute to the company PGM, which squeezed the absolute maximum from one design of the weapon, adapting it to different ammunition. The Mini-Hecate rifle is built on the same base as the previous samples, of course, taking into account the new ammunition. Many of these weapons are not considered to belong to PGM, the fact is that ASMP developed this rifle, PGM is engaged in manufacturing, and the distribution of weapons is already the task of FN Herstal. Here is such an interesting symbiosis. Nevertheless, the weapon was created on the basis of previous developments of the company, which means that it is involved in its appearance, it is only interesting how this cooperation looks from the legal side.
The Mini-Hecate sniper rifle has an appearance identical to its predecessors, but some details are still different. So, the weapon received a folding butt, as in the versions of the “Last argument” with short trunks. The very same butt has the ability to adjust its length, height of emphasis for the cheeks, as well as the third "leg" for a more comfortable exercise of long control over a certain area. The receiver has a picatinny-type mounting bracket for mounting an optical sight. In front of the forearm there are folding, height adjustable arms. The pistol grip of the weapon has a sufficiently comfortable slope for shooting prone and cutouts for the arrow fingers. It feeds weapons from the detachable box magazine with a capacity of 10 cartridges. The barrel of the weapon is free-hung, has a muzzle recoil compensator for ensuring more comfortable firing. For most of the length of the weapon there are longitudinal valleys that contribute to the cooling of the barrel, as well as add rigidity to it. On the back of the butt there is a rubber butt pad, softening the impact of recoil on the arrow. The weapon has no open aiming devices. In general, the Mini-Hecate rifle looks very cute, at least not worse than its counterparts.
The length of the barrel of the weapon is 700 millimeters, while the total length with the butt laid out is 1290 millimeters, with the folded 1010 millimeters. The rifle's weight is equal to 6,6 kilograms, which in my opinion is easier than necessary. I agree that carrying a multi-kilogram weapon is far from the most pleasant thing, but the greater weight of the rifle has a positive effect on its stability when shooting. Back, the manufacturer is modest, indicating the maximum distance for using 1200 meters, here you already begin to doubt that it is only we who have the problem of not having the best quality ammunition. The trigger mechanism of the weapon is fully adjustable. The accuracy claimed by the manufacturer when using the corresponding cartridges is less than 0,5 angular minutes.
This rifle is in service with the army and police of France, Slovenia, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, which proves its right to life. The rifle showed itself as an unpretentious and accurate tool. Many do not like the huge amount of light aluminum alloys in the design of the weapon, but there are no complaints about the strength of the rifle, even during long-term operation. Thus, we can confidently say that the Mini-Hecate sniper rifle has taken its place not only in the market, but also in service with the armies of many countries, and it is unlikely that it will be abandoned in the near future.
In conclusion, a series of articles on PGM sniper rifles separately, I would like to note that this weapon allowed a small, little-known company not only to develop to the world-famous, but even to achieve that the designers of other companies take its weapon as a basis. The case is of course in stories not single, but rather rare.