USMC to field Mk13 Mod 7 sniper rifle
The US Marine Corps (USMC) is adopting the Mk13 Mod 7 as its primary sniper rifle, the USMC announced on 9 May.
The bolt-action rifle offers an increased range of fire and accuracy compared to current systems. The rifle includes a long-action receiver, stainless steel barrel and an extended rail interface system for a mounted scope and night vision optic.
The rifle is scheduled for fielding in late 2018 and throughout 2019. Units receiving the Mk13 include infantry and reconnaissance battalions and scout sniper schoolhouses. This weapon is already the primary sniper rifle used by Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.
The rifle will increase scout snipers’ range by around 300m and will use the .300 Winchester Magnum calibre round.
The weapon will be fielded with an enhanced day optic that will allow for positive identification of targets at greater distances. It has a grid-style reticle that allows for rapid reengagement without having to dial adjustments or hold without a reference point.
Marine Corps Systems Command completed training for the Mk13 with a cross section of marines from active-duty, reserve and training units in early April 2018.
Lt. Col. Paul Gillikin, infantry weapons team lead at MCSC, said: ‘When the Mk13 Mod 7 is fielded, it will be the primary sniper rifle in the USMC. The M40A6 will remain in the schoolhouses and operating forces as an alternate sniper rifle primarily used for training. The M110 and M107 will also remain as additional weapons within the scout sniper equipment set.’
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