The Vapensmia NM149 sniper rifle was adopted by Norvegian army in 1985 and served until about 2013, when it was officially replaced by German-made Heckler-Koch HK417 semi-automatic rifle firing same 7.62mm NATO ammunition. NM149 sniper rifle was designed by the Norwegian company Vapensmia as VS84S.
NM149 sniper rifle was based on a classic Mauser 1898 type action, fitted with heavy profile, precision made barrel, and modified to accept detachable single stack magazine. Stocks were made from laminated wood, and provided with removable spacers to alter length of pull as required. Primary sight was the Schmidt & Bender 6×42 fixed magnification day time telescope. Early rifles were equipped with removable back up sights; under normal conditions, detachable front sight was stored in a small circular container, inletted into the right side of the shoulder stock and covered with a screw-in cap. Later, upgraded rifles received fixed front sights with round protectors, as well as AG3 (HK G3) style flash hiders.
|Full text name||Vapensmia NM149 VS84S Sniper Rifle (Norway)|
|Caliber cartridge||7.62x51mm NATO / .308 Winchester|
|Overall length, mm||1150|
|Barrel length, mm||630|
|Weight empty, kg||5.6|
|Magazine capacity, rounds||5|