New Sniper Rifle

Looks like the Army wants to replace the M24, M14 and Mk 11 sniper rifle with a single 7.62×51 NATO based semi-automatic system.

Hat tip to Dave Hardy.

3 Responses to “New Sniper Rifle”

  1. Alcibiades says:

    I thought bolt-action rifles were used, in part, to help hide the sniper. There won’t be any shell casing flying about to give away their position.

  2. Sebastian says:

    You can do things to eliminate that problem with a semi-auto.

  3. scattershot says:

    My observations at DCM matches 35 years ago was that for aimed fire, it was not a disadvantage to use a bolt action. Ejection and chambering another round took place during recovery from recoil. This was for iron sights too. A box magazine replaced from the bottom is an advantage when using a scope. Mr. Hathcock mentioned an instance where he caught enemy troops wading a river. He got 17 hits as I recall the story. I don’t recall the range but he used a Model 70 bolt gun. I imagine a target rich environment doesn’t remain that way after the first couple of hits if the targets are free to move. A group of experts could do some good though.