By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
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September 12, 2011
Last updated on 9/14/11.
A company called Nemesis Arms has designed what appears to be a very well-designed/well-thought-out lightweight manpackable/backpackable breakdown modular/multi-caliber sniper/anti-materiel rifle and transport system package called the Vanquish. Weighing in at only 12 pounds, the Nemesis Vanquish lightweight "caliber-changing" sniper rifle is a Mini-Windrunner-type rifle with telescoping/retractable (collapsible) buttstock that can be configured for .338 Federal, 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO)/.308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington, and .243 Winchester calibers, and is civilian-legal (and available for civilian purchase).
The rifle's caliber conversion and takedown procedure both look pretty quick and easy from what DefenseReview (DR) observed at SHOT Show 2011 and in various videos that have been posted on YouTube. There's a detent pin on each side towards the front of the receiver. Just pull both pins back, loosen the barrel nut, and the barrel slides right out. Now set the rifle upright, press the stock release button, squeeze the bipod and swivel it back, hit the stock release pin to callapse the stock and you've now collapsed the remaing part of your rifle. Once you break it down and collapse it, you shove the rifle in the specially-made handy-dandy backpack or briefcase, and off you go, lickety-split.
One of the most interesting aspects of the the Nemesis Vanquish rifle's design is the nifty bipod swivel mount that allows you to mount the gun just about anywhere and everywhere, including to walls while standing, since you can swivel the bipod completely to the side. The weapon is center-balanced at the magwell, so you can mount the rifle on a level flat surface with the bipod flipped up. The rifle will then stay level with no hands. If you need to perform a mag rifle while going prone (bipod deployed in normal fashion), the bipod's swivel mount allows you to just swivel the rifle in either direction, so you don't have to rotated th rifle forward and risk sticking your muzzle in the dirt. The safety is located inside the trigger housing and is ambidextrous.
So, how accurate is the Vanquish? We have no idea. Defense Review hasn't run it yet, nor have we seen anyone else run it, so we don't know. The proof is always in the shooting. However, if its precision-machined and properly-machined, it should be GTG (Good To Go). DR will try to find out if any Vanquish rifles are currently being utilized by military operators downrange.
Lightweight modular/multicaliber sniper rifles that allow the user to break them down and/or swap calibers quickly and easily are all the rage (i.e., one of the hot trends) in sniper/anti-materiel rifles these days. Another good example of this genre is the Desert Tactical Arms Stealth Recon Scout (SRS) Covert modular/multi-caliber compact bullpup anti-materiel/sniper rifle. It will be interesting to see how the Vanquish stacks up agains the Stealth Recon Scout with regard to accuracy, reliability/durability under adverse conditions and high round count, and manpackability.
On a side note, the Nemesis Arms booth was conveniently located right next to the Harpoint Equipment (formerly Personal Protective Systems, or "P2 Systems) booth, of whom DR is a big fan. The author is currently running a Harpoint Maniple-I Tactical Armor Carrier (tactical armor plate carrier) system/tactical vest. The Maniple-I is the best and most comfortable tactical body armor rig we've ever run…ever. Click here to read our article on it.
From the Nemesis Arms Website:
"The concept behind much of the Vanquish series is to eliminate the variables that when taken individually are small, but taken collectively represent the majority of accuracy issues on any precision platform. "Parts rifles," with their components from various vendors, must then be machined, mated, bedded, attached and adjusted. The chances for inaccuracy, instability and deterioration become ever greater. Remove as many of these same variables as possible, rule them out by experienced design and skillful manufacturing and what remains is a coherently monolithic, ultimately accurate platform. Vanquish's represent such an outcome, it is a "monochasis" that appears stark but is actually so stable, robust and precisely machined as to move the rifleman into the 21st century, enabling these very same rifles to pack down in under 1 minute to 20 inches is a breakthrough of the highest order." RT51
Marine Scout Snipers tested this weapon at the High Altitude Shooting Course in Hawthorne, NV and were able to hold 3 inch groups at 600 yards and 6.5 inch groups at 905 yards.
The Goddess Nemesis represents divine retribution, upholding justice and balance. She was a personification of the resentment aroused in men by those who committed crimes with apparent impunity, or who had inordinate good fortune and failed to do good works. Nemesis directed human affairs in such a way as to maintain equilibrium, with one hand on a sword and the other stabilizing the wheel of life. Through her lessons, those who had wronged learned the errors of their ways and those that had been wronged could find divine retribution.
Nemesis Vanquish Modular/Multi-Caliber Breakdown Sniper Rifle Specs:
– Caliber: .338 Federal, 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO)/.308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington, and .243 Winchester – Overall Length: 39 inches – Total Weight: 12 lbs. – Barrel Length: 20 inch match grade and fluted, 4140 Chrome Moly with 6 lands & grooves at 1:10 twist. – Magazine Capacity: 5 round detachable – Machining: CNC & Wire EDM – Muzzle brake (optional) – Optics: Price varies by model (optional)
Company Contact Info:
Nightforce Optics, Inc.
336 Hazen Lane
Orofino, ID 83544
General Info Email: [email protected]
Military Info Email: [email protected]
Government Info Email: [email protected]
Law Enforcement Info Email: [email protected]
Hardpoint Equipment (formerly Personal Protective Systems, or P2 Systems)
315 W Dalton Ave. #123
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Email: [email protected]
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