The AWM, or Arctic Warfare Magnum is a bolt-action sniper rifle developed in the United Kingdom in 1996. It is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum caliber.
The Arctic Warfare platform was developed in 1983 designed for sniping in extreme climates. The rifle is iconic for its many appearances in games, and its legendary range. The AWM itself was created and entered service in 1996. The AWM variant offered a higher magnum caliber, hence its name. It was adopted as the main sniper rifle for the United Kingdom and Sweden.
The AWM is a rare drop from Care Packages and is difficult to acquire due to this. A common recommendation is waiting for someone else to grab it and then killing them, the only problem this would present would be not knowing what is in there and risking the possibility of having them grab something like an M249.
The AWM its one of the best weapons in the game. It is one of the most accurate sniper rifles, and it's recoil and bullet recovery is only found in some of the best in the game.
It can kill unhelmeted, Level 1 helmeted, Level 2 helmeted, & Level 3 helmeted players with one shot, and has player suppressing capabilities.
- Early Access Month 1 Update: Fixed an issue with the position of the left hand when reloading the AWM.