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The Top of the Line
Cal. 7.62 x 51 NATO


The new PSG1A1  See commentary below.


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The PSG1 (Präzisionsscharfschützengewehr 1) Precision Sniper Rifle. This appears to be the standard by which other semi-automatic sniper rifles are measured. Ringing up at roughly $10,000 U.S. when they were still importable, the PSG-1 is a rifle system that if in your HK collection would rank you with the best.

Sporting a 25.6 inch cold hammer forged polygonal rifled barrel, the PSG1 has a strengthened receiver to minimize torque, the famous (and heavy) PSG1 fully adjustable buttstock, and a clip on trigger group with wooden handle adjustable for hand size. The gun comes as a package in an aluminum case as pictured below. The Garbini tripod is the final accessory, though many also came with a bipod.

For optics, the PSG1 uses a permanently mounted Hensoldt 6 x 42 with lighted ranging reticle for distances to 600 m. This gun is not for the slight of build. The rifle weighs nearly 18 lbs. It is sometimes incorrectly mentioned that the PSG1 was featured in the movie Sniper, being carried by Billy Zane. It is not. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Not too hard I would think.  Maybe you can get it right:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Update: 7/2006:  The PSG1A1 is new for 2006.  The PSG1 series is not discontinued as of this writing, as had been thought, along with the demise of most roller locked guns.  There are two primary changes to the PSG1A1

1.  Relocation of the Cocking Handle
The standard cocking handle location, when locked rearward, would physically interfere with long (front end) scopes often employed on sniper rifles either blocking the field of view or being physically impossible to be engaged in the locking notch at the rear end of the cocking lever tube.  So the cocking lever tubes on A1's are rotated some degrees counter-clockwise as viewed from the rear so that the cocking handle no longer interferes with the sights.

2.  New Schmidt and Bender Scope
The Hensoldt 6x42 sight used on the PSG1 up until the A1 is of relatively poor quality.  There are many problems with the rechargeable batteries (finding them, charging them.)  Even when they were charged often times the illuminated reticle would not function.  The 600 M range limitations and simple crosshair reticle of the Hensoldt sight, while fine for a police countersniper duties, were often found to be insufficient for other users.  Hensoldt also does not repair this scope in the US, so warranty repairs were always an issue.
With the A1, HK now uses a Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50 PMII model scope on the A1 with HK-made 34mm rings that attach to the fixed mounting platforms on the PSG1 using screws.  Far superior to the 6x42 Hensoldt.


Caliber Cyclic Rate Mag Capacity Modes of Fire Width (in/mm) Height (in/mm) Weight (lb/kg) bbl. length (in/mm) Overall
Length (in/mm)
.308 Winchester NA 5/20 Semi 2.32 10.16 17.86 25.60 44.88
7.62 x 51 NA 5/20 Semi 59 258 8.10 650 1208


PSG1 Prototype with wood furniture, and improvised scope mount.  Still a pushpin receiver at this point.


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Visible from right side is the forward assist or silent bolt closure device, standard on most HK precision rifles.   Also present is the Garbini tripod, cumbersome I would think.  A standard bipod would be more useful.


psg1gsg9.jpg (35648 bytes) GSG9 Sniper with PSG1 and rather antiquated communications headset by today's standards.  This photo is close to 13 years old.  It comes from the book GSG9, German Response to Terrorism.   It is out of print.


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Former HK employee and son of former HK president Jim Woods, Jeff Woods mans the PSG1 while former employee Chris Staub acts as observer.   This photo was taken on the roof of the Sterling, VA facility for a catalog photo.   Staub is now a young deputy with the Loudoun County Sheriffs Department, the county where Sterling, Virginia is located.   Barely visible straight above the front of the trigger guard is white lettering.  This says, "HK T&E Only."  HK has an extensive demo and T&E program for police agencies wishing to try their firearms before purchasing them.

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