USA Following in the Army’s footsteps, the US Marine Corps will purchase Barrett’s MK22 sniper rifles


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The Marines are looking to replace their legacy M40A6 and Mk13 Mod 7 bolt-action sniper rifles


Photo: Sgt. Kyle C. Talbot/US Marine Corps

The US Marine Corps is looking to replace its legacy M40A6 and Mk13 Mod 7 bolt-action sniper rifles with Mk22 Mod 0 from Barrett. According to The Firearm Blog, tells the Mk22 was originally selected through a joint effort between Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, and the US Army Special Operations Command.

The Mk22 Mod 0 Advanced Sniper Rifle is a bolt-action precision rifle that incorporates a 7-35 power Precision Day Optic and a calibre agnostic flash and sound suppressor. The new 7-35 Precision Day Optic also provides greater magnification and observation capabilities over the currently fielded 5-25 optic used with the M40A6 and Mk13 Mod 7. The rifle uses a 10-round detachable magazine and as a multi-caliber platform can be configured to fire .338 Norma Magnum, .300 NM or 7.62x51mm.

In March 2021, Barrett was awarded a $49.9 million, five-year contract to supply approximately 2,800 PSR to the Army. In mid-April, the US Army announced that it has ordered an additional 485 sniper rifles, the MK22 Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) for close combat force from the American company Barrett Firearms. The Army revealed that the order is the third to date. Two earlier orders were placed by the government in March and September 2022.


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