US Marines: Our Sniper Rifles Are Outdated on the Battlefield

Posted: June 16, 2015 in SWIG

The Marines currently use a newer variant of the M40 as its primary sniper rifle – and it still shoots roughly the same distance it did 12 years ago: 1,000 yards.

Active and former Marine Corps snipers say their weapons are inferior to that of other American military branches, and they do not match what the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State carry either.

The.300 Win Mag fires 300 yards farther than the Marines’ M40, which uses a lighter.308-caliber bullet. The Army adopted the.300 Win Mag as its primary sniper rifle cartridge in 2011.

In a statement, the Marine Corps Systems Command said it has “evaluated several options for replacing the M40 series sniper rifle; however, the weapon continues to meet our operational requirements.”

Full Story @ [Washington Post]


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