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The most famous one is probably the Barrett M82/M107. However, rifles have been manufactured by several companies, both in the NATO standard 12.7x99 and the Soviet/Russian 12.7x108. Companies manufacturing such rifles include Barrett, MacMillan, Zastava, NORINCO, Accuracy International, and several others.

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Ronnie Barrett, president and founder of Barrett Rifles of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, invented the Barrett 50 cal sniper rifle. But it was the Springfield Armory that made the first Springfield bolt-action rifle in 1903. (That was the first gun that was widely called the sniper rifle.)

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In military and law enforcement terminology, a sniper rifle is a rifle used to ensure more accurate placement of bullets at longer ranges than other small arms. History of sharp-shooting traces its ancestry well back into XIX or even into XVIII centuries. Early sniper rifles were standart issue army rifles, selected for accuracy, or privately purchased commercial target or hunting rifles. During WW I and WW II both sides used a lot of general issue bolt action rifles (such a Russian/Soviet Mosin M1991/30, US M1903A4, British SMLE No.4(t), German G98k etc.) fitted with some kind of telescopic sight. Some of general issued semi-auto rifles also were used in sniper role, such as Soviet SVT-40 and US M1 Garand.

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Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock proved the .50-caliber round was good for sniping by killing a North Vietnamese regular at 2500 yards with one. Ronnie Barrett created the first single-shot .50BMG rifle.

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There isn't a name to put to it. Sniping has been around for a long time - the name "sniper" comes from Colonial America, where, as a test of marksmanship skill, the settlers would attempt to shoot small, fast birds known as Snipes. Sharpshooters were used in the American Revolution - the Kentucky Rifle had a superior range, and was slower to reload than the smoothbore muskets, thus making it better suited for long range sharpshooters. Sniping essentially predates the telescopic scope, and the first "sniper rifles" weren't anything unique - simply, every day rifles, employed in that task. You didn't really see purpose built sniping rifles until the 1960s - "sniper rifles" up to that point had simply been the standard service rifle of whatever nation, which might be given some modifications to suit the role better, such as the M1903A3 rifle, or the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 PU.

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You probably just said it. A Winchester 30-30 caliber rifle is made by Winchester.

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