|«|| Thanks to the 9.3x64 mm ammunition, Cyrus offers better performance than standard 7.62 marksman rifles. At the same time, it is lighter and more versatile than heavy sniper rifles. Cyrus is a gas operated action with a single and full auto fire modes. It is a very precise and deadly weapon at a medium distance.|
|Cyrus 9.3 mm|
The Cyrus is a gas operated, selective-fire marksman rifle chambered to fire the 9.3×64 mm round.
It loads from 10 round box magazines and can attain a fire rate of up to 300 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 870 m/s. The Cyrus supports being mounted with accessories on its top, side, and underbarrel rails, and can be fitted with muzzle attachments.
Designed to supplement the lighter Rahim, it is an exceptionally powerful rifle used by CSAT sharpshooters. Compared to its NATO counterpart, it fires a harder hitting and larger 9.3 mm round which has many advantages (and disadvantages) over the MAR-10's smaller-sized .338 Lapua Magnum round.
The Cyrus' 9.3 mm round hits significantly harder at close-medium ranges due to being much larger, and is also strong enough to penetrate heavy body armour or light defilade. However it suffers from having poor flight characteristics which can cause it to lose most of its power the further the round travels. This significantly reduces both its effective range and accuracy, making it almost redundant in its role as a marksman rifle as it cannot reliably take out targets that are located at distances of 600-700 metres and beyond.
Being a selective-fire weapon, the Cyrus also has the ability to fire in full auto mode as opposed to semi-automatic as well. However, the Cyrus' recoil is rather difficult to handle in this mode, and combined with its already small magazine size means that it is best to switch to full auto fire only in close quarters. Otherwise, most rounds will most likely miss their targets and leave the operator vulnerable to enemy fire while they reload.
Note that at distances about 1.4 km, rounds from a Cyrus will have slowed down enough to become subsonic. At this distance, a shooter using a suppressed Cyrus becomes exceedingly difficult to locate, and it even becomes difficult to recognize that bullets are striking nearby except for the faint sounds of them hitting surfaces near the target.
- Black: Matte black paint finish.
- Hex: Arid Hexacam camouflage pattern. Used by Mediterranean CSAT sharpshooters.
- Tan: Tan paint finish.
- The Cyrus is based on a mixture of two real-life Russian-made weapon platforms; the "Dragunov" sniper rifle (more specifically the "SVDK") and various "Saiga" rifle models. Both weapon systems are primarily designed by subsidiaries owned by Kalashnikov Concern.