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First Look: The PGM Precision ‘Ultima Ratio’ Sniper Rifle Whose Name Was Engraved on French Cannons

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by Friedrich Seiltgen

Websters Dictionary defines Ultima Ratio as “The Final Argument.” Which is derived from the
Latin expression ultima ratio regum (“the final argument of kings”), which Louis XIV had
engraved on his cannons in 18th century France.

Thirty-one years after its initial introduction, and after three years of research and development, the PGM
Precision team presents the new upgraded Ultima Ratio. Let’s take a look!

The company, PGM Precision, is a designer and manufacturer of high precision rifles for military, law
enforcement and sporting use. It makes a number of rifles at its facility near Annecy in the French Alps. They include the Ultima Ratio, Hecate 2, Mini Hecate 2, Ludis, and PGM 338.

The company is the official supplier of French Armed Forces, as well as many other French and foreign
special forces.

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Designed for trained marksmen, the PGM Ultima Ratio is an extremely high accuracy rifle
capable of handling targets up to 1,000 meters. Initially designed in .308 Winchester, the Ultima
ratio has since been fitted out in several different calibers.

The Ultima Ratio is full of features such as a bolt-side folding stock adjustable for length and
height. A removable, folding, and adjustable butt spike, a two-point adjustable bipod foldable
forwards or backwards with adjustable tilting brake, a two-stage trigger, pull weight adjustable in factory: 0.7 to 1.5 kg, a trigger safety catch, and Picatinny rail options of 20 MOA / 30 MOA /
50 MOA / 54 MOA / 1° all in a black matte finish.

The modularity of this new rifle is exceptional and offers the shooter outstanding ergonomics as
well as maximum comfort of use.

Barrel and bolt
The Ultima Ratio is a manually operated sniper rifle using a high-strength steel bolt with three
forward located lugs, a bolt receiver with overpressure vent, and aircraft grade alloy girder-
chassis. The match grade fully floated barrel with quick-change device enables barrel changes in 30

Type: Bolt Action
Caliber: .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington, and 6mm XC
Magazine Capacity: 10 round double stack
Sights: Full length picatinny rail. PGM approves the 5-25×56 PM II/LP scope by Schmidt &
Barrel Length: 16.1 – 23.6
Overall Length: 29.9 – 37 inches folded / 39.7 – 46.8 inches unfolded
Weight: 13.9 – 16.7 pounds
MSRP: $ On request, price varies depending on options

The verdict
Anyone in need of a highly accurate sniper rifle should have a serious look at the PGM Precision
Ultima Ratio, a proven sniper rifle now updated for new missions.

That’s all for now, folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as
always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando
Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter
Response. Contact him at [email protected]

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