Following the success of the RA-05 series the engineers at RDI went on to develop a Marksman variant of the RA-05. Along with other subtle improvements over the parent rifle the RA-05B featured an elongated receiver and a larger bolt to fire the Russian 7.62×54mmR round. In terms of military service, the RA-05B was actually more successful than its parent rifle being more widely adopted by militaries around the world as a marksmen rifle.
Rhodesian Bush War Edit
During the Rhodesian Bush war South Africa imported thousands of RA-05Bs to help supplement the Rhodesian military. It was at that time that the RA-05B gained acclaim for being a reliable robust weapon and accurate at long distances. As the war progressed and weapons became scarce, the Rhodesian Army requested via the South African government that a 20 round box magazine for the RA-05B be produced so that the rifle could also be used as a standard infantry rifle. This rifle along with the parent RA-05 servedwith the Rhodesian military until the end of the 15 year conflict in 1979.
Weight: 9.0 lb (with scope and unloaded magazine)
Length: 40.5 in
Barrel length: 24 in
Action Gas-operated, Longstroke, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity: 2,723 ft/s
Effective firing range: 875 yd
Feed system: 10 & 20-round detachable box magazine