Socom Gear CheyTac M-200 Intervention I popped the last catch on the large (and extremely heavy) Socom Gear padded hard riﬂe case and lifted the lid, and what a sight to behold. As anyone who knows me will tell you, what I know about sniping can be written on the back of a postage stamp with a crayon – but I do know well-made kit when I see it! When you think of Socom Gear most will think of top-end pistols, usually 1911 based, and while Socom Gear does a range of M4-based gas riﬂes too a bolt-action, gaspowered sniper riﬂe is a little bit out of the norm, let alone an 8mm one as well! Overview First impressions are good: this thing looks the dog’s danglies! If you turn up on site with one of these you are going to be your team’s best friend – and on the other team’s most wanted list! Only when you go to pick it up do you realise how close to the real CheyTac this thing is, weighing in at 9kg (31lb in old money). Not surprising – when you know that Socom Gear built this using the original blueprints. Due to its accuracy to the real deal CheyTac was more than happy to fully license this M-200 Intervention. The ofﬁcial blurb says it’s the only 1:1 scale Cheytac M-200 Intervention on the market. Even the .408 PGRS-1 muzzle brake is an authentic reproduction! The riﬂe is full-metal construction, bar a couple of small bits and pieces. Flipping the adjustable bipod down and setting this beasty on the ﬂoor, the only thing I needed to do was to screw the cocking lever knob onto the bolt itself. Also in the hard case is the HUGE magazine, a pack of ﬁve imitation .408cal brass cartridges and a small pack of 0.35g 8mm BBs. Again like the real thing, the way the stock is designed on this means that accidental racking of the bolt is impossible. Extending the stock out is easy: push a button on the side of the riﬂe and pull the stock until it clicks into its extended position. Apparently the riﬂe is 20mm longer than the real thing with stock extended. Outrageous! In the back of the stock is a monopod that can be deployed to aid stability, and means that you are not shouldering the weapon for long periods. There is a standard Weaver rail running along the top of the receiver for mounting optics. The safety switch selector is on the right-hand-side of the receiver, just forward of the bolt above the pistol grip. Safe can only be selected when the riﬂe is cocked. 070 March 2012 “Richard Machowicz (a former US Navy Seal) hit a humansized target at a distance of 2,530yd (2,313m) with three out of six shots” I am sure that some will criticise the riﬂe for not coming with a scope. Yes it’s an expensive bit of kit and normally I would be one to make such a comment. However, I was told that the reasoning behind this was not to force a particular scope onto the owner. This lets the owner use whatever scope they want to put on it. I hate to say it, but to do this thing justice you will need a sizable budget set aside for a decent optic.