Chris Kyle was a famous sniper for the U.S. Navy SEALS. Through his naval career, Kyle had more than 150 confirmed kills and was awarded the Silver Star, four Bronze Star Medals with three Gold Stars and “V” device and a a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with “V” device.
After serving, Kyle wrote a book about his experiences called “American Sniper” in 2012. In 2014 “American Sniper” was adapted into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle.
Kyle was murdered at a shooting range in 2013.
Many have asked what sort of rifles did Kyle use to achieve his records and medals, and if the rifles depicted in the movies were the same as he used in real life.
In his book, “American Sniper,” Kyle names the different types of guns, rifles, and sniper rifles that he used.
Here are the rifles Chris Kyle used during his military career and their specifications:
Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle
Weight: 10 lb (4.5 kg) fully loaded
Length: 37.5 Inches (952.5 mm)
Barrel Length: 18 Inches (457.2 mm) Mod 0/1, 16 Inches (406.4 mm) Mod H
Cartridge: 5.56×45mm NATO
Action: Gas-operated, Rotating bolt
Muzzle Velocity: 2,750 ± 20 ft/s (838.2 ± 6.1 m/s) w/Mk 262 Mod 1 ammunition
Effective Firing Range: 700 meters (770 yd)
Feed System: 20- or 30-round STANAG magazine
SR-25 (Mark 11-Mod X)
Weight: 10.75 lbs (4.88 kg)
Length: 44 in (1,118 mm)
Barrel Length: 24 in (610 mm)
Cartridge: 7.62×51mm NATO
Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Feed System: 10 and 20-round detachable box magazine
McMillan Tactical Rifles TAC-300
Weight: 12lbs (5.44 kg)
Length: 46.5 in (1,181 mm)
Barrel Length: 26in (660.4 mm)