A new precision sniper rifle, Mk13 Mod 7, is scheduled for fielding in late 2018 by the US Marine Corps infantry, reconnaissance battalions and scout sniper schoolhouses as a measure to enhance the lethality and combat effectiveness of snipers on the battlefield.
The bolt action rifle includes a long-action receiver, stainless steel barrel and an extended rail interface system for a mounted scope and night vision optic offering an increased range of fire and accuracy when compared to current and legacy systems.
This weapon is already the primary sniper rifle used by Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC. Fielding the Mk13 will ensure the Corps has commonality in its equipment set and Marine scout snipers have the same level of capability as North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces.
A materiel capability gap in the maximum effective ranges of Marine Corps’ current sniper rifles was identified through a comparative assessment which showed that the Mk13 dramatically improved scout sniper capabilities in terms of range and terminal effects.
This weapon increases scout snipers’ range by roughly 300 meters and will use the .300 Winchester Magnum caliber round, a heavier grain projectile with faster muzzle velocity, increasing the Marine Sniper's first round probability of hit, allowing snipers to engage targets at greater distances.
This sniper rifle will also allow Marines to reengage targets faster with precise long-range fire while staying concealed at all times as it will be fielded with an enhanced day optic that provides greater magnification range and an improved reticle.
It is essential for the Marine Corps to be at the forefront of procuring and fielding new and improved weapon systems to the operating forces, enabling the Corps to maintain the advantage over its enemies on the battlefield, as well as to secure its trusted position as the rapid crisis response force for the United States.
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