At the beginning of 2012, Remington Arms introduced a new R11 sniper rifle chambered for .308Win. This weapon appeared for a reason, and its appearance was preceded by a joint cooperation statement from Remington Arms and JP Enterprises Inc. Just need to say that this news It was perceived "with a bang," because one company is already world-famous, and another became famous for its sporting rifles, therefore, the result of such teamwork should have been more than positive. Basically, we decided to take JP LRP-07, in other words, the AR-10 sports adaptation. The division of labor in the companies was as follows: JP Enterprises Inc developed a trigger mechanism, brackets for optics and a receiver, the rest remained for the Remington Arms.
The appearance of the weapon immediately indicates that the rifle was made on the basis of Stoner's work, however some details are interesting. So, first of all it should be noted that the cocking handle was moved to the left side of the rifle, which made the weapon more comfortable when shooting from a prone position. But the angle of the handle for these purposes, in my opinion, is too steep, it was possible to change it. Butt rifle has the ability to adjust along its length, and at once in several ways. Firstly, the butt itself can be adjusted stepwise with a staple that securely fixes the butt. For a more accurate fit of the weapon under the arrow of a particular build and its equipment, it is possible to adjust the butt plate of the butt using a vertical roller. By means of the same roller adjustment of an emphasis for a cheek is carried out. Despite all the thoughtfulness of the design, it is impossible to pass by the fly in the ointment, which is represented by the absence of the possibility of installing a monopod under the butt, however with straight arms you can screw it yourself, but this is not the case. On the left side of the weapon there is a barely noticeable fuse switch over the pistol grip; it would also be a good idea to make it larger. An interesting decision was to make this switch three-position. So, in one position, the weapon safety switch is turned on and the rifle becomes completely safe. In the second position, the automation works and the rifle becomes self-loading, in the third position the gas outlet is locked and the powder gases do not affect the bolt group, which significantly increases the accuracy when shooting, but requires manual reloading after each shot. This is not the first rifle with such a possibility and a similar implementation. It can even be said that in recent models most manufacturers immediately put the possibility to disable self-loading by turning the fuse switch, apparently, there is a new trend in the world of weapons. If we talk about practical value, it is so easy to make a self-loading non-reloading rifle, then here you can certainly point out only the positive aspects. Say what you like, and sometimes it takes exactly one exact shot, and the rate of fire and sniper shooting are completely different concepts. The very same manufacturer of weapons says only about the possibility of using the device silent shooting in the amount of subsonic cartridges, for some reason they are silent about improving the accuracy, but what it should be is not in doubt.
Returning to the appearance of the weapon, it should be noted that the weapon has a lot of slots on the forend, which are so passionately “loved” by those who prefer the practicality and unpretentiousness of the weapon, rather than the ability to hang kilograms of often unnecessary bells and whistles on it, which more often than not. The forearm of the rifle is made completely full of holes, on the one hand it makes the weapon easier, on the other hand, cleaning from simple dirt and earth becomes a long task, although a sniper rifle is still an accurate tool that does not allow you to ride on it tanks, but nonetheless. The forend itself is an octahedron on each of the faces of which a mounting bracket can be placed. As standard, there is only one mounting plate of the Picatinny type, which is non-removable and connects the seat on the receiver to the seat on the exhaust of powder gases. The remaining brackets are installed individually in the right place for the shooter. The location of the extension of the fastening strap on the removal of powder gases from the barrel bore is not accidental, it is intended for installation of the front sight, the rear sight will accordingly be installed on the top of the receiver. Unfortunately, there are no open sights in the weapon kit, well, given their low cost, they can be freely purchased separately by the owner of the rifle, and in general the equipment of a sniper rifle is a rather arbitrary thing, easily changeable. The barrel of the weapon is thick-walled, but does not have longitudinal fractions that increase its stiffness; a muzzle brake-recoil compensator is installed on the muzzle medium on the thread, although it can most likely be called a flame arrester. A silent firing device is also installed on the same thread.
An interesting point is that in most cases this rifle is referred to as the R11 RSASS (Rifle 11 Remington Semi-Automatic Sniper System), which is not entirely true. In fact, the weapon is referred to as simply R11, but this large set of letters is the designation of a ready-made sniper kit, in this form the weapon is usually offered. So, this kit, in addition to the rifle itself, includes the Leupold Mark 4M3 Optical Sight with variable multiplicity 4,5-14X, Harris bipod, a noiseless shooting device, and a hard case for transportation. Separately, it is also worth noting that in most price lists the price is for all together, the rifle itself is usually much cheaper.
The basis of the weapon was the automation system with the removal of powder gases from the bore of the weapon with a direct effect on the bolt group (as in М16). They say that such an automation system shows the best results on the accuracy of fire than a system with a piston, we will not argue, after all, there is at least a reduction in the weight of moving parts when fired, and this is already a plus.
Sensitivity to the quality of gunpowder and pollution in this case also fade into the background, because the sniper weapon, which means that the ammunition will be of high quality, and the weapon is well-groomed. In general, such an automation system is quite suitable for a self-loading sniper rifle. In addition to completely blocking the removal of powder gases, there is also the possibility of adjustment depending on the surrounding conditions, as well as the type of ammunition. The trigger mechanism is actually sporty, fully adjustable in every conceivable way, but within rather narrow limits, which have already been noted by those who got acquainted with the novelty, but this is not a gripe, but just a note. Food is supplied from detachable box stores with a capacity of 20 cartridges, in their place can be installed and smaller-capacity stores, as well as wild drum mutants with a capacity of 50 cartridges. Would add the possibility of automatic fire and would have turned out quite suitable light machine gun chambered for 7,62х51.
Characteristics of weapons in numbers are not quite encouraging. For example. the weight of the weapon without an optical sight, bipod, ammunition is 5,5 kilogram. This is certainly a plus to the stability of the weapon during the shot, but then the question arises in which place did the designers facilitate the rifle with aluminum alloys? And how much would the weapon weigh completely in steel form, 7-8 kilograms? Actually it is just that much the weapon weighs if you install a telescopic sight, a bipod and a magazine with cartridges - 7,15 kilogram. The total length of the weapon is equal to one meter, if you install a silent shooting device, the length will increase to 1168 millimeters. The length of the weapon barrel is 457 millimeters, although variants with a longer barrel have appeared recently, respectively, and the length of the weapon also increases, as does the weight. The accuracy of rifle at ranges up to 1000 meters, according to the manufacturer, is less than 1 angular minutes, which is confirmed by practice, of course, not with all the ammunition and not with every hand, but only with experienced and solid ones. In general, the weapon does not have anything outstanding for which it would be possible to catch on and push other similar models forward — somewhere better, somewhere worse, and what is more important for whom everyone decides for himself.
Initially, this version of the weapon was created for the army and the police, but was not interested in what was predictable. There is no money, no desire, and the old rifles have not yet broken everything. So while the only place of sale of such weapons is the civilian market in the United States. True, they are now actively trying to interest the armies and police of other countries, but it seems to be as unsuccessful. However, the civilian market fully pays for the development and production of weapons, so there is nothing to complain about. If we proceed from what is known about this weapon, then it is easy to conclude that this rifle is more likely a police version of sniper weapons. Whatever one may say, but in the military environment there is much more dirt, dust, water, so the automatic variant with removal of powder gases with a piston, rather than direct output to the receiver, would be more acceptable here. Conversely, the abundance of places where dirt can accumulate is not at all beneficial to the weapon. The weight of the rifle, especially in the hard case, is not suitable for long walks and so on. On the other hand, it is not clear why the police sniper 20 cartridges in the store, it is certainly not a little, but still. In addition, the cartridge itself in the city is excessively powerful, but when it comes to the enemy in a bulletproof vest, then of course a completely different conversation. It is also interesting that the standard rifle is sand-colored, which seems to hint, but we will not pour it from empty to empty. In the end, use what is at hand and do not look for another for yourself, and in the capable hands of a policeman or army sniper the weapon will work equally effectively.
Summing up the description of this rifle, it should be noted that it enjoys a certain success in the civilian market, and this is despite the fact that there are more advanced models of weapons next to it. The reason lies in the fact that, unlike us in the United States, people can count. So, if, while browsing the catalog, our compatriot saw a weapon twice as expensive as other samples, then with a high degree of probability he would simply have moved to another point, glancing at the characteristics and only a few would have wondered why this model was twice as expensive as the others. The curious American doesn’t get to the bottom of it, but the essence is that, along with the rifle, he gets a complete set with bipods, a telescopic sight and PBS, if it is allowed for civilians in his staff. Having carried out simple mathematically calculations, a potential buyer sees that not only gets everything at once and tailored to each other, but also saves a couple of dollars, which is the main selection criterion. In other words, the sales department worked on 5 + and saved the buyer from having to separately order optics, bipods and the rest, and laziness was the engine of not only progress, but also trade. In general, there are alternatives to the rifle, and the price for it is quite ordinary, the characteristics are also not the most outstanding, but nevertheless they choose it.