Sniper rifles OK’d

By From page A14 | May 30, 2014

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has more than doubled the range of its specialized, long-range rifles. Supervisors approved a package of equipment the sheriff requested at their May 13 meeting which included two McMillan TAC-50 in 50-BMG combat weapons. The price for the two “packages” was $25,000 and includes training, scopes and other accessories. Compared to the .308 (NATO 7.62) rifles the department’s marksman unit has been using, Sheriff John D’Agostini explained in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat that the TAC-50 is considerably more effective against “fortified stuctures (hostage/barricaded subject), long range threat, vehicle/vessel neutralization, etc.”

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