Soldiers, Marines, and special operators will be soon sporting a new sniper rifle.
Following a lengthy acquisition process that began in 2016, the Army, Marine Corps, and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have started receiving the first batches of the Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle made by Barrett.
In the Army, the MRAD rifle will replace the M107 and M210 sniper rifles. In the Marine Corps, the new weapon will replace all bolt-action sniper rifles, such as the M40, which dates all the way back to the Vietnam War.
What makes the MRAD rifle special is its ability to be adapted according to the situation. The bolt-action rifle can quickly be re-configured to an array of different calibers as the tactical situation demands, thus giving warfighters more options.
On the battlefield, snipers can potentially face several scenarios, from vehicle-born improvised explosive devices (VBIED)—moving vehicle bombs—to high-value targets, to waves upon waves of assaulting enemies. The ability to efficiently adjust depending on the scenario is a remarkable and highly-sought out trait.
In addition, the MRAD rifle has a smooth recoil that allows snipers to quickly get a sight picture after engaging a target.
Initially, the MRAD rifle was a SOCOM-driven initiative through the Advanced Sniper Rifle program, with the Army and Marine Corps entering the process at a later stage. It comes in three calibers (7.62 NATO, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum).
According to the manufacturing company, the MRAD rifle’s “robust design, user modularity and unfailing accuracy combined with the new cartridge designed by Hornady, offer an unbeatable system for long-range effectiveness.”
A spokesperson with the Program Executive Officer Soldier who spoke to Task & Purpose said that the Army is planning to purchase close to 3,000 MRAD rifles, almost six times more than what was originally planned. The Marine Corps plans to buy a significantly smaller number, with just 250 rifles budgeted for.
Since John Q. Public is picking up the tab it’s no wonder the military wants these. At between $19K-26K per copy is stupid and ludicris ! Instead of lugging 2 additional barrels and the correct 3 calibers of ammo around I would rather have a Ruger 18081 Precision Rifle that shoots one caiber of .300 WIN MAG but over 9 weights of ammo from 150gr. – 240gr. All for the low price of $1499. All that savings gave me enough buying power to buy all those different weights and 2 scopes, a 5-25X and BIG BERTHA 12-60×60. Both are 2nd focal lens type because zooming in on long distance targets should’nt increase the size of the cross hairs so big it covers up what I’m shooting at. Hey U.S. ARMY, learning anything yet ?
James m vermeulen says
How may I purchase and send to ukraine?
With cash and use the post office !