South African firearms manufacturer, Truvelo Armory launched a new rifle, light enough and can be carried out in a sniper’s backpack.
The new AMRIS 20×42 mm Rifle or Anti-Materiel Rifle can fire a range of 200mm payloads from high explosive to armor piercing and its powerful enough that it can take out a vehicle.
Truvelo Manufacturers began making speed cameras for traffic law enforcement for about 45 years now. The idea of starting the firearms unit was starting the founding CEO, Joe Gebert, in 1994, first making rifle barrels and then specializing into high accuracy custom rifles for hunting and now for law enforcement and the military units.
Truvelo Armory company currently has capacity of producing barrels from 5.56mm to 20mm and highly accurate sniping rifles from 7.62×51 NATO all the way to 20×110 Hispano. Others include the anti-material rifles starting with 14.5x114mm with four 20mm models: 20x42mm; 20x82mm; 20×110; and, now the newly launched the 20x42mm AMRIS which was revealed to the public at AAD 2018, held at Air Force Base Waterkloof.
According to salesman with Truvelo Armory, deploying AMRIS 20×42 mm rifle a much cheaper option than calling in an airstrike or firing a missile. He noted that the rifle is an ideal sniper’s secondary weapon that can easily fit inside a backpack when the butt is folded, shortening the rifle from 1100mm to 815mm.
Its weigh10.2kg without a scope, thus light enough it is easily carried by a single soldier, unlike the 1 824mm long 20x110m Hispano which is normally mounted on a tripod, weighs a total of 32kg and is served by a three-person team.
Most of Truvelo’s rifles are in service in the Middle East and South East Asia, but Truvelo will now be providing its .338 calibre; 7.62mm and .50 calibre rifles to the South African Army after receiving an order recently.