(PR China) JS 7.62mm sniper rifle

The JS 7.62mm is a bolt-action Sniper rifle issued in small numbers to the People's Armed Police Sniper Unit.

The JS 7.62mm Sniper rifle was designed in early 2003 in response to Chinese Police Forces need for a dedicated Sniper rifle that could place precision shots within a 800 meter range, using the 7.62mm Type 53 round. The 7.62 JS sniper rifle variant project, was designed simultaneously with the 12.7 JS anti-material sniper rifle. Beijing International Exhibition on Police Equipment held on May 2005, showed the JS 7.62 sniper rifle, after undergoing 8 months with field trials with Beijing Sniper Unit. From field trials, feedback showed that the sniper rifle system allowed the Type 53 round to penetrate a residential wall greater than 6mm, and showed high tolerance level with no malfunction throughout the 8 month field test.

The JS 7.62mm Sniper Rifle uses the Soviet Type 53, 7.62 x 54mm round, also used in the Chinese Armed Forces designated marksmen rifles Type 79 and Type 85. JS 7.62 has a conventional design, holding a 5 round detachable box magazine forward to the hand grip. It uses a pistol grip design with safety selector located on the right, beside the bolt handle. Mostly made of high strength light aluminum alloy, it weighs at 5.5 kg without loaded magazine. Similar to most modern era sniper rifles, it utilizes a new triangular muzzle break design reducing recoil. An adjustable rubber cheek rest that allows elevation for user preference, and quick detachable scope mounting system on top of the barrel allowing x3 to x9 telescopic day and night sights.[1] Emphasizing on accuracy, attention was paid to the smooth trigger pull, making the trigger pull shorter, lighter and smoother to increase accuracy. Along with optional quick detachable bipod similar to the one used on the Type 88 designated marksmen.

Zou Yi-Ren Hong director designer for the JS designed two similar sniper rifle designs one using the 7.62 x 54mm and the other using 12.7x108mm round. The 7.62mm was the response for the Chinese sniper police force and military, while the 12.7mm was designed specifically for the military for anti material engagements.

JS 7.62mm
Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin  People's Republic of China
Service history
Used by People's Armed Police, People's Liberation Army
Production history
Manufacturer China North Industries Corporation
Weight 5.5kg
Length 1030mm
Barrel length 600mm

Cartridge 7.62 x 54mm
Action Bolt-Action
Effective range 800m
Feed system 5-round detachable box magazine
Sights 3-9x40, 6-24x44 telescopic sights


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