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The PSG-1 is a Heckler & Koch made semi-automatic rifle, intended for use by both the German 'polizei' and military. The letters 'PSG' actually stand for 'Präzisionsschützengewehr', or 'Precision Marksman Rifle'. The PSG-1 was designed during the 1970s, and a common rumor is that it was due to the massacre at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics. Whether or not this is a true rumor or not remains to be seen, but the PSG-1 is known for its precision accuracy. Mechanically, the weapon shares much of its design with the Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifle. PSG-1 rifles do not have iron sights, and upon purchase come with a scope mounted upon them. According to US Military tests conducted in the 1980s, the PSG-1 proved less accurate than the M21 and M40 sniper rifles. Both of these rifles are employed by the US military, and for this reason, the results have been disputed.
A trivial fact about the PSG-1 is that it actually ejects a cartridge with enough force to propel it up to ten metres, which is surprisingly high. This is a key reason that the weapon is not ideal when employed by the military: it can make the shooter more obvious. The German equivalent of the SWAT do make use of the PSG-1, but many groups assumed to use it do not. PSG-1 examples are notoriously difficult to find in the United States, and currently, numbers are estimated at around 400 across all of the US. Many of them are owned by private collectors, and prices (including import fees) hover at around $12,000 or more.