RGM-79[G] GM Sniper


Model number: RGM-79[G]
Code name: GM Sniper
Unit type: mass production ground combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 53.8 metric tons; max gross 66.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,150 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 49,000 kg total
Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 6,000 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in legs, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: short shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments: long-range beam rifle, powered by external power source

Although the experimental RGM-79[G] GM Ground Type was serving well as a general-purpose ground combat unit, the Earth Federation Forces found themselves needing specialized units for specific mission roles. The RGM-79[G] GM Sniper was one of a long line of GM variants, although in a sense it wasn’t a variant at all. The mobile suit itself was exactly the same as the standard RGM-79[G], except it was painted in an olive drab paint scheme for camouflaging purposes. The various hand-carried standard weapons were replaced with a large, long-range beam rifle. This rifle mounted a high-powered scope, allowing the pilot to hit distant targets with pinpoint accuracy. However, the energy required to fire such a powerful shot was an amount that the GM’s power generator could not produce, and the rifle was connected via cable to an external power supply and cooling system on a support vehicle. At least three RGM-79[G]s of the Kojima Battalion were outfitted as GM Snipers and were instrumental in the destruction of Zeon’s experimental Apsaras III mobile armor late in the One Year War.

First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team
Original mechanical designer:
Kunio Okawara


Beam saber

rgm-79sp long-range beam rifle

Long-range beam rifle

Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team Info

Takeyuki Kanda
Umanosuke Iida

Akira Okeya
Hiroaki Kitajima

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Hajime Katoki
Kimitoshi Yamane

Character Designer(s):
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Tomoaki Kado

Musical Composer:
Kouhei Tanaka

12 episodes; 1 compilation movie

Video Release:
Japan 01.25.1996 – 07.25.1999
U.S. 07.03.2001 – 01.22.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.01.1998


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