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Technology & Combat Characteristics
The GM Sniper Custom is a high-performance derivative of the RGM-79 GM and one of the machines designed to meet the needs of veterans and ace pilots based on their feedbacks. Produced in small numbers, its performance is said to be comparable to that of the RX-78 Gundam Series. It has a spare thermonuclear reactor and additional cooling units are added to the waist armor for stable operation in harsh conditions. Furthermore, a backpack with high-output thrusters and leg-mounted sub-thrusters enabled high mobility.
It also has supplementary armor and dedicated compound sensor built into its visor that is meant to protect its dual camera eyes during close combat. The armament of the GM Sniper Custom can vary from machine to machine, resulting in various specifications, but its main weapon is a dedicated beam rifle with increased range and output in exchange for fewer shots. It is because of this beam rifle that the mobile suit is referred to as the "Sniper Custom", even though it is not dedicated to sniping and can handle close to medium-range combat without issues.
- Box-type Beam Saber Unit
- A box-shaped device mounted on the right forearm capable of emitting a beam blade. The beam saber within the box can be taken out and used as a handheld weapon.
- R-4 Type Beam Rifle
- Model number: BR-M79-L3
- A beam rifle designed specifically for the GM Sniper Custom, range and output have been increased, but it has a smaller ammo capacity. When used by the GM Sniper Custom, its effective range greatly exceeds the range of the RX-78-2 Gundam's beam rifle. It shares the same frame structure as the standard beam spray gun. The rifle's barrel, stock, and scope can be folded when not in use.
- L-3 Sniper Beam Rifle
- Model number: BOWA BR-S-85-L3
- A type of beam rifle which became the standard weapon of the GM Sniper Custom during the Gryps Conflict, it used the same sensor as the RMS-179 GM II's beam rifle. One such rifle was used by Federation ace pilot Tenneth A. Jung's GM Sniper Custom during the One Year War. This hints that it might have been a predecessor to the GM II's beam rifle.
- BOWA BR-M-79C-1 Beam Spray Gun
- A standard beam spray gun could be stored on a storage rack on the calf of the machine. The beam spray gun featured three fire modes: a basic single shot mode, an area suppression burst shot with a widened beam focus, and a range shot with the ability to cause damage over a wide area. Output 1.4 MW.
- BOWA XBR-M-79W-2 Twin Beam Gun
- A double-barreled version of the BR-M-79C-1 Beam Spray Gun. This design suppresses barrel heating by firing alternately from the two barrels.
- BOWA XBR-S-79b Folding Beam Handgun
- A secondary beam sidearm stored on the side skirt armor or on the inner side of the forearm via a bracket, its grip can be folded up during storage.
- BLASH HB-L-03/N-STD Hyper Bazooka
- A general purpose fire support rocket launcher platform for mobile suits. With considerable destructive power owing to the high explosive yield in each warhead, the weapon was primarily used to destroy less maneuverable targets such as warships, satellites, land battleships, bunkers, and buildings. The weapon was ultimately used with four main types of rounds: a space-use dual stage booster-equipped HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) round, an APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot), a HESH (High Explosive Squash Head) as well as a shotgun-type round.
- FADEGEL RGM-M-Sh-007 Shield
- The same shield as used by the RGM-79C GM Type C, it is an improved model of the RGM-M-Sh-003. It has the exact same size as its predecessor, but its material was changed to Titanium-Ceramic composite. Its mount latch was made movable, allowing the shield to be positioned up or down when carried by a Mobile Suit manipulator or mounted on the forearm, increasing its usability.
- RGM*S-Sh-WF/S-00109 Shield
- Mounted on the forearm, this small, light shield is commonly used by the Gundam Ground Type and GM Ground Type. Constructed of Luna Titanium alloy, it is designed to primarily protect the cockpit and other critical areas. Additionally, it can be used as a close-range striking weapon in mobile suit combat. Furthermore, through lodging the spikes at the tip into the ground, the shield can serve as a free-standing frontal defense. This also allows the mobile suit to use both hands to hold large-caliber weaponry and maintain a stable firing position. Only used by Gundam Fix Figuration version.
24 early production units were produced by Luna II as part of the third production run. In total, less than 50 GM Sniper Customs were constructed due to cost issues. These units often had various customizations applied to them by their pilot. The unit piloted by Lieutenant Francis Backmeyer was said to be the most heavily armed, and roughly half of all units imitated his loadout. Tenneth A. Jung, the Federation's top ace pilot during the One Year War, also piloted a GM Sniper Custom.
The GM Sniper Customs were mostly assigned to escort fleets and defend transport ships in dangerous space sectors. A small number was assigned to special forces units to carry out sabotage and surprise attacks on Zeon forces stationed at each Side. Pleased with the Sniper Custom's performance, the EFSF headquarters ordered the development of an improved version for the attack on the Zeon homeland, which eventually became the RGM-79SP GM Sniper II. Later, a large number of GM Sniper Custom and its variants participated in the Battle of A Baoa Qu, including Francis Backmeyer's unit.
In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Rebellion, a GM Sniper Custom belonging to the 404th airborne unit provided sniper support to a team of RGM-79V GM Night Seeker in capturing the stolen RX-78GP02A Gundam "Physalis". It was fixed to a Gunperry and destroyed a MS-05L Zaku I Sniper Type defending the Komusai II transporting the Gundam. However, due to dense fog and the destruction of the GM Night Seeker team, it was forced to retreat. Retrofitted Sniper Custom units were used during the Gryps Conflict and deployed at Jaburo. They were equipped with the same leg suspension system and linear seat as the RMS-179 GM II.
Notes and Trivia
- The plot of Keroro Gunsō the Super Movie (2006) starts with Keroro buying a gunpla of the GM Sniper Custom Ver. Ka. The said gunpla has yet to be released in real life, but the Kunio Okawara-designed GM Sniper Custom got released in 2017, 11 years after the movie release.
- The BR-M79L-3 Sniper Beam Rifle (R-4 Type Beam Rifle) was released as part of the 2014 Gunpla Summer Campaign.
- 1/144 GM Sniper Custom (1985) instruction manual
- Master Grade GM Sniper Custom (2017) instruction manual
- Gundam Officials (2001), p.382
- U.C. ARMS GALLERY 02 (2006)
- The GM Sniper Custom's sniper rifle having the model number "BR-M79-L3" was first mentioned in MSV Collection File: Space Edition (1999), but the accompanying image was the L-3 Sniper Beam Rifle from Zeta Gundam
- MSV The First, p.54
- Premium Bandai Master Grade GM Sniper Custom (Tenneth A. Jung unit) profile
- Master Archive Mobile Suit: RGM-79 GM - Vol. 1, p.92
- The Winds of Jaburo
- MSV-R FSS Handbook 3, p. 143
- 1/144 GM Sniper Custom model manual
- MSV-R FSS Handbook 3, p. 23
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Big Picture Book of Strategy and Tactics, p. 137
- Mobile Suit Gundam MSV Collection File - Space Edition
- MSV-R FSS Handbook 3, p. 23-25
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