by David Crane Defense Review
Thursday, February 21
Ashbury International Group Inc. (AIG) had an interesting .338 Lapua Magnum modular sniper rifle / anti-materiel rifle a.k.a. modular long-range-interdiction rifle at their booth at SHOT Show 2008 called the Asymmetric Warrior ASW338LM Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) (MOD-1A2) that was built using their Folding Rifle Stock System Tactical SABER-FORSST Modular Stock Chassis System (MSCS) with unitized monolithic Mil-Std-1913 "Picatinny" rail (0-thru-60MOA) and Surgeon XL Action (SXL-A2) bolt action with integrated 30MOA Picatinny scope rail, and was designed and developed to allow a sniper to engage and neutralize enemy personnel and "lightly armored threats" at ranges of up to 1500 yards during day and night, and in the near-infrared (night vision) and true infrared (IR) / thermal spectrums.
The ASW338LM PSR bolt-action rifle immediately reminded us of the PGM Precision family of modular anti-materiel and sniper rifles (PGM Ultima Ratio Intervention, Commando I, and Commando II, Hecate II, Mini Hecate, and PGM 338 LM) and the Advanced Military System Design (AMSD) OM 50 Nemesis .50 BMG Sniper Rifle System modular anti-materiel/sniper rifle.
DefenseReview's time at each company's booth was very limited, so we didn't get to spend as much time at the Ashbury booth as we would have liked, nor did we get to talk with the Ashbury representatives as much as we would have liked. However, Morris Peterson, Ashbury's President & CEO, and Richard Hall, Ashbury's Vice President of Business Development, were both very personable and enthusiastic, and assisted us as much as they could in the short time we were at the AIG booth.
While we were there, we picked up an interesting piece of literature on the Ashbury International Group Rapid Product Development Center (RPDC) (part of the Engineering Services Group) which can rapidly fabricate 3D (3-D) physical objects directly from CAD data sources using Solidworks and Pro-E CAD software. Basically, it's a state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping facility.
Asymmetric Warrior ASW338LM Precision Sniper Rifle Specs and Features:
The Asymmetric Warrior ASW338LM MOD-1A2 PSR is bolt-action and features a 10-round detachable box magazine (CIP length). It is, according to the company, capable of sub-1MOA (i.e. sub-1 Minute-Of-Angle) accuracy with selected ammo. Chamber is hybrid CIP Spec .338LM. Barrel is 416 stainless steel 5R, has a "ballistically-engineered barrel contour", and is available in 20" or 27" lengths. The rifle incorporates an integrated heat/mirage shield and suppressor cover, and utilizes a Surefire muzzle brake and sound suppressor. The weapon's trigger is a Remington X-Mark Pro adjustable trigger. Tactical Scope options are Leupold, Nightforce, or Schmidt & Bender. The weapon's pistol grip is a MagPul MIAD Grip (MIssion ADaptable Grip).
According to company literature, the PSR features mil-spec anti-corrosion and hard surface coatings. Included in the package is 2500 rounds of RUAG .338 Lapua Magnum (.338LM) ammo, including AP (Armor Piercing a.k.a. Armor Penetrating), ball, match, tactical (for engaging targets behind glass), and STYX Action high-impact deformation rounds.
Included in the package is a "field operations load out kit / deployment transit case for transporting the rifle, various accessories and ammo.
The basic rifle weighs 17 lbs.
There are some upgrade options available to assist in fulfilling end-user and mission-specific requirements, including an ASW338LM Sniper Equipment Suite, Modular Universal Sniper Accessory System (MUSAS) and various user-configurable modifications.
from a field use perspective, looks like the stock has plenty of places that could snag on stuff. i looks futuristic, but i think i prefer the mac a5 as used on the pgw timberwolf or even an ai stock. nice action tho...