Military Guns and Ammunition

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USSOCOM's Barrett sniper rifle   Small Arms <20mm

Started 23-Dec by autogun; 640 views.
Mr. T (MrT4)

From: Mr. T (MrT4)


7.62x51 is meant for cheap training using existing ammo stocks. Does not provide the range snipers need/wan't these days even DMR are appearing with 6.5 Creedmoor,outraging 7.62x51 .  The sniper employment changed over past 2 decades in US , individual sniper pairs sneaking into the firing range kinda fell out of favor , instead larger teams operate in overwatch not necessarily deep behind the enemy lines but from improvised FOBs  , requiring far more range to cover other troops. Risk aversion that drove the military into MRAPs also reflects in sniper use.  Particularly after some marine snipers were killed in rather high profile fashion ,first 2 pairs were wiped out in Ramadi then 6 man team in Hadditha .

338LM was king of the hill for 20+ years but heavy and hard kicking (bullet design kind of outgrew the .338LM design), between original PSR and this one  300Norma Mag came to prominence as a lighter less hard kicking alternative to .338, now they are also experimenting with .300PRC as it could use a smaller lighter action than 300NM or .338 LM.  and deliver 1500y capability. 


From: DavidPawley


It seems that MK21 didn’t meet the contract requirements and on re-competition didn’t win.

It may be related to Remington going bankrupt twice since 2018 and being broken up at creditors auction, but maybe not.