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"Bourne Identity" Sniper rifle...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Onslaught, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. Onslaught

    Onslaught New Member

    Was watching Bourne Identity (a pretty decent action movie) with my Wife and a buddy of many years. It's always been the running gag that, whenever a military style weapon is on screen, somebody would say "OK Steve, what's that..." and I'd answer. Not that it's hard, since most action movies use MP5's, or a highly customized AR15... no big feat there.

    But about half way through the movie, at a farm house, in a field, there's a hitman with a sniper rifle that KINDA looked like an FAL, but more modern, and kinda like an HK, but not exactly.... It had a skeletonized folding stock like the FN FNC, used smoke-clear mags like the G36 or AUG, appeared to be .308, and had no iron sights.

    Since we had a few beers, and had been reminiscing about the "old days", Joey remembered the question, and asked... "OK Steve, what's that...". I had NO idea. Both of them made a big deal of it, and my wife asked "who are you, what planet are you from, and what did you do with my husband?".

    So anyway, what the heck was that? Prolly something simple, they just did enough modifying it that I didn't recognize it in my "condition" :D

    PS - The main character "Jason Bourne" pulled a neat trick that I did not recognize until my old friend, who is NOT a gun owner, and someone I've never been able to convince that my AR-15 was perfectly OK for me to own, explained what was happening. Bad guy is hiding somewhere in a big field with a fancy sniper rifle. Good guy has a double barrel shotgun. Good guy fires once into the air, scaring all the birds in the field to flight. He watches the birds as they circle the field and land again. My buddy tells me that the birds wouldn't land where the bad guy was, thus giving away his position. Don't know if it would actually work, since real birds would probably fly completely away, but I was impressed that he picked up on it.
  2. iamkris

    iamkris New Member

    Saw the movie last night

    ...and I also couldn't ID the rifle. Am guessing that it was a highly modified FN or STG 58 of somekind. Looked a lot like some of the stuff that DSA puts out.

    I noticed the bird trick too but I thought he did it to cover his own movement (e.g., the birds would have scattered when he moved). DIdn't consider the scenario you mentioned.
  3. Ian

    Ian New Member

    I think the rifle was a Sig 550 of some sort...
  4. hksw

    hksw New Member

    Haven't seen the show but if it is this you are talking about :


    It appears to be a SIG 550 to me.


    Note : It could be the more regular model instead of the sniper mode :

  5. hksw

    hksw New Member

    Dang, Ian beat me to it while I was posting.
  6. Onslaught

    Onslaught New Member

    Yep, that's the one!


    HKSW, I'd guess it was the "Sniper" version, as it had no iron sights at all, and an integral scope rail. It also had the longer barrel.

    Thanks guys! I knew I could count on you.
  7. swingset

    swingset New Member


    Yup, beat me too. I knew that one. That's my favorite rifle. It's chambered in 5.56, not .308. I don't think Sig makes a .308 version but I could be wrong.
  8. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

    It was a 550, evident by the lack of iron sights. The 551 and 552 have iron sights.
  9. Gunner45

    Gunner45 New Member

    Why did he drop his rifle and fish the handgun out of his ruck sack?

  10. Kahr carrier

    Kahr carrier New Member

    Maybe he figured a faster reaction time with his handgun in close quarters ,than with his rifle.:)
  11. podwich

    podwich New Member

    What was the point of the suppressor that went over the barrel? :)
  12. HeadCleaver

    HeadCleaver New Member

    He partially disassembled his rifle, so he had no iron sights.

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