Marine Corps looks to field new sniper rifle

It looks like there’s finally some movement in the Corps to adopt a new sniper rifle.

Marine Corps looks to field new sniper rifle.

From the article:

The current rifle, the M40A5, has an effective range of around 1,000 yards and fires a .308 caliber bullet. The Mk.21, on the other hand, can be fitted to fire a .338 caliber bullet and hit targets at more than 1,600 yards. The Mk. 21 is also currently in use by various special operations units.

The Marine Corps is currently the only branch in the U.S. military and in NATO, still fielding a .308 caliber rifle as its primary sniper rifle. In 2011 the Army upgraded to the M2010, a rifle chambered in .300 caliber that can fire accurately to 1300 yards.

And huge props to Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a former infantry Marine, who wrote the first article that helped get this ball rolling. See here: “Why the Marines have failed to adopt a new sniper rifle in the past 14 years.“

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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2 thoughts on “Marine Corps looks to field new sniper rifle

  1. Stan,
    Hard to believe that The Corps only got off the dime on this because of some bad publicity.
    Can only imagine the lack of guts at the GO level that would allow this to go on for so many years. The existing (proven) equipment is out there and in use, but our guys have been taking it in the shorts because of ‘other’ considerations.
    The various iterations of social engineering are destroying our Corps and the rest of our military.
    Any change to our military should be based on one simple question: “Does it make us more lethal?”.
    If the answer is yes, continue to march.
    If the answer is no, drop it and come up with another idea.
    Semper Fi, bro. We just need to hang in there until we get some real leadership back.


    • Completely agree… Our leadership, or great lack thereof, is pretty scary…

      Kind of like arming the recruitors. Not only may they STILL not do it, but it’s already been a week-plus. That should have been decided in about two hours. Max. Even if it was a temporary solution.

      But no, they’d rather suggest Marines not wear their uniforms… Chesty would line some of these “men” up and probably rip the rank off their collars…


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