The Spanish Army and Civil Guard are said to be acquiring nearly €870,000 worth of sniper rifles from British company Accuracy International. The Defensa website reported that the Army will procure 31 AXMC 338 multi-caliber rifles, similar to those in service with the Special Operations Command since 2015, while the Civil Guard will purchase four 338 caliber rifles and sixteen 308 caliber rifles. The report said the deal is worth €869,655. While sniper rifles for the Army are in the usual "pale brown" color, those for the Civil Guard are painted black, the report said.
The website noted that the Spanish Air Force, Army and Navy use the well-known and widely used Accuracy AW 308 (for arctic warfare) in 7.62x51 mm caliber (308) to which the AXMC rifle has been added. It is based on the proven design of the British manufacturer for sniper rifles for military and police tasks, but with the possibility of using calibers 338 Lapua Magnum, 308 or 300 Winchester Magnum by exchanging the barrel and the magazine. The combination of this rifle with the powerful 338 Lapua Magnum ammunition allows a range of up to 1,500 meters. The rifles acquired by the Special Operations Command are chambered in 338 Lapua Magnum caliber, and have Schmidt & Bender 3x27-56 PM II High Power optical scopes with a TReMoR 2 reticle, according to Defensa.
The AXMC 338 rifle. Photo: Accuracy International