Born weapons in the walls of the Norwegian company Vapensmia in 1985 year. Already through 3, the weapon passed, all the tests were adopted by the army and police under the name NM149. Honestly, even in those times the weapon was already obsolete, but this does not mean bad. Actually, at first glance it is clear that this rifle is more likely the middle of the twentieth century than the 80-ies, however, personally, I am always for reasonable conservatism, but in this case it turned out to be reasonable.
The weapons were designed under the NATO standard 7,62x51 munitions, they were not set above targets in front of weapons, confining themselves to effective fire at distances up to 800 meters, with not the highest accuracy. Despite the appearance, in many sources the barrel of a weapon is referred to as free-weighed, that is, a wooden box does not touch it, although it is said in some examples that you have to work with a knife or a sleeve from a cartridge. The proof is that it was because of this that in the first versions of the weapon the bed often broke at the bipod installation site, later this moment was corrected, however, it is not known how. It was hard to believe in a loose-weighted barrel, but people who met with this rifle could not be found alive, so let's leave this question open. Despite the fact that the weapon has a wooden base, the designers provided for the fitting of the rifle along the length of a particular shooter, though by placing pads under the butt plate, which is somewhat old, but cheap and reliable. The rifle's sighting device is only an optical sight, the weapon has no open sighting devices. On the back of the shutter has a switch fuse in the form of a rotating element. It feeds a rifle from detachable stores with a capacity of 5 cartridges.
The basis of the weapon was the "Mauser" shutter with 3 protrusions, which is a time-tested and well-proven solution for such weapons. The rifle has a thick-walled 4 rifling in its channel. The total length of the weapon is 1120 millimeters, while the barrel length is 600 millimeters. The weight of the rifle without ammunition is 5,6 kilogram.
Whatever it was, and how I would not like this weapon, but I really like it, but I have to admit that this rifle is more of a hunting model of weapon, and not a sniper tool. Apparently, the designers of the company Vapensmia were of the same opinion, since already in 1990, they created a modified version of this rifle. The key point of the modification was the replacement of the wood of the lodge with a light alloy, which radically changed the appearance of the weapon. In addition, the butt was equipped with an adjustable height stop for the cheek arrow, there were open sights, a flame arrester, as well as folding bipods, already in the set of weapons. Despite the renewal of weapons in the army, it is very often possible to meet a rifle in its original performance, so upgrading weapons is a problem not only for us, but also for Norway.
We will have to admit that the Norwegian designers were a little disappointed, preferring the construction that had already been rolled in from all sides, without adding anything new to it, but this may be for the better, since with this approach the result is guaranteed, and spoiling the Mauser 98 is very, very difficult.