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The US military is armed with a new sniper rifle MRAD Mk22


US Army, Marines and Special Operations personnel receive a new MRAD sniper rifle. The American press writes about this in early February 2021. So it's coming to an end story with a lengthy process of purchasing new sniper rifles, which began in the early 2010s.

The American publication We Are The Mighty, dedicated to military topics and materials on various military equipment and history, reports that the US military has begun to receive the first batches of new MRAD sniper rifles, which are produced by Barrett.

MRAD stands for Multi-Role Adaptive Design in the model name. The name fully reflects the essence of the sniper system - a multipurpose rifle adaptable for various tasks, which will be available to the military in three main calibers.

MRAD should replace all old sniper rifles

The new sniper rifle, developed by engineers at Barrett, will replace obsolete sniper systems in the US military.

In particular, in the American army, it will replace the M107 and M2010 sniper rifles.

The M107 is the army index of the Barrett M82 large bore sniper rifle. This rifle chambered for the NATO cartridge 12,7x99 mm at one time, in fact, revived the entire niche of anti-material rifles.

The second rifle chambered for the new cartridge 7,62x67 mm (.300 Winchester Magnum) was created relatively recently as part of the M24 sniper rifle modernization program.

MRAD Mk22 chambered for 7,62x51 mm with a silencer

In the United States Marine Corps, the new MRAD sniper rifle is to replace all bolt action sniper rifles, including the M40. The latter has been in service for more than half a century, its first modifications appeared in the army during the Vietnam War.

The military designation of the MRAD rifle is Mk22.

According to previously submitted documents, the US Marine Corps will acquire at least 2021 new MRAD sniper rifles in 250. The total amount of the deal is estimated at $ 4 million. The US Army plans to receive at least 536 new MRAD rifles in the Mk22 performance, for a deal worth $ 10,13 million.

Over time, purchase numbers are likely to rise as older sniper systems are phased out. So, the needs of the US Army are estimated by American experts at least 2500-3000 new sniper rifles.

At the same time, in addition to the Mk22 rifle to replace the M110 semi-automatic sniper rifles, the US Army expects to purchase CSASS rifles from Heckler & Koch. This model received the M110A1 index.

At the same time, the Marine Corps previously considered the Mk40 Mod 13 rifle, created by Accuracy International, as a replacement for the M7. The replacement of the M40 with this model was announced back in April 2018. However, now the new MRAD Mk22 sniper rifle will be able to replace this rifle for the Marines.

Initially, the modular multi-caliber sniper system was developed in the United States in the interests of the Special Operations Command as part of the PSR (Precision Sniper Rifle) competition.

The first specification for the competition was issued back in 2009. In 2013, the Remington Modular Sniper Rifle Mk21 was declared the winner of the competition.

Barrett MRAD Mk22

However, already in 2018, without explanation, it was announced that this sniper rifle did not meet the requirements of the Special Operations Command.

And the competition was again resumed under the new Advanced Sniper Rifle Mk22 program. The winner of this competition was the development of MRAD by Barrett.

At the same time, in addition to the special operations forces, representatives of the US Army and the ILC joined the program, who expect to adopt the new rifle into service as the main sniper system.
In total, the US Special Operations Command has invested $ 22 million in the Advanced Sniper Rifle Mk50 program.

The first copies of the new ASR Mk22 rifle were received by the military in 2019. And in November 2020, a contract was signed for the supply of a large batch of new rifles with Barrett Firearms Manufacturing. In general, in the budget for 2021, the US Department of Defense has allocated about $ 20 million for the purchase of new Mk22 sniper rifles.

The rifle is very expensive for the American taxpayer. The cost of one model is about 16 thousand dollars. At the same time, the delivery set includes three interchangeable barrels, a high-performance sniper scope, a device for silent and flameless shooting, and other useful accessories.

Sniper rifle MRAD Mk22

The new American sniper rifle was developed by the gunsmiths of the well-known company Barrett Firearms. Despite the fact that this is a young company by the standards of the arms world (it was founded in 1982), Barrett has already made a name for itself manufacturers of quality small arms weapons, optical devices and ammunition.

The company is headquartered in Tennessee in Murfreesboro.

Large-caliber sniper rifles have become the main focus of the company for many years.

The company's engineers created a new MRAD sniper rifle based on the Barrett 98B chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum (8,6x70 mm), modernizing the rifle and making a number of changes to its design.

The resulting model originally appeared on the civilian market. So, in 2012, the Barrett MRAD rifle was recognized by representatives of the National Rifle Association (NRA) as the best sniper rifle of the year.

The distinctive features of the Barrett MRAD rifle are easy barrel and caliber change, as well as a right-folding stock with numerous adjustment options.

The main feature of the entire MRAD line is the ability to change the barrel / caliber of weapons in the field. To replace the shooter, you need one Torx wrench.

Torx is a six-pointed star tool that fits into a corresponding recess on a fastener (screw or bolt). On a Barrett MRAD rifle, to remove the barrel, the shooter only needs to unscrew two of these screws. The caliber of the rifle is changed by replacing the barrel, bolt and, if necessary, the magazine receiver.

The military version, which received the Mk22 index, is presented in three main calibers: .338 Norma Magnum (8,6x64 mm), .300 Norma Magnum (7,62x64) and the classic 7,62x51 NATO. The most interesting of these is the .300 Norma Magnum cartridge, which was chosen by the Special Operations Command for new sniper rifles back in 2016.

With a smaller caliber, this cartridge provides snipers with capabilities comparable to shooting with .338 Norma Magnum or .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges. The bullet of this cartridge retains its supersonic flight speed even at a distance of 1,5 kilometers, providing high firing accuracy with a lower recoil level.

The company claims that its robust design, modularity and new ammunition make the MRAD an unrivaled long-range rifle.

Right-folding stock with multiple adjustment options

The barrel length of the MRAD Mk22 rifle chambered for .338 Norma Magnum is 686 mm, chambered for .300 Norma Magnum - 660 mm, chambered for 7,62x51 mm - 508 mm. The rifling pitch of the barrel for 8,6 mm cartridges is 239 mm, for 7,62 mm - 203 mm. The total length of the model in the military version is in the range from 1107 to 1270 mm, the weight of the rifle is from 6,3 to 7 kg.

All MRAD sniper rifles are equipped with box-shaped polymer magazines for 10 rounds. And also a Picatinny rail, which is located on top of the receiver. The total length of the bar allows you to install any modern sighting systems on it.

The modularity and multi-caliber nature of the system allow fighters to easily adapt the rifle for solving various tactical tasks on the battlefield.

This gives military personnel more options.

The rifle is suitable for a wide variety of scenarios: from fighting improvised explosive devices on vehicles (moving bombs) to hitting critical targets of enemy personnel (command personnel, grenade launchers / machine guns calculations).

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  1. Obliterator
    Obliterator 11 February 2021 18: 14
    M2010, after all, is nothing, apparently the military is eager to switch to .338LM. It is strange that they call it a substitute for the M107, because it is not suitable for the role of an anti-material rifle.
    1. Lexus
      Lexus 11 February 2021 23: 08
      The functionality and quality of production are beyond praise. In Russia, only Lobaev can boast of such a thing, but the price for the Ministry of Defense is simply unaffordable. The rest fall short.
      1. Obliterator
        Obliterator 12 February 2021 00: 12
        Quote: lexus
        The functionality and quality of production are beyond praise. In Russia, only Lobaev can boast of such a thing, but the price for the Ministry of Defense is simply unaffordable. The rest fall short.

        ORSIS rather than Lobaev. Lobaev is a shtuchnik who makes samples for prize shooting, and he is unlikely to pull an order for the Ministry of Defense. ORSIS, on the other hand, has already promoted its model to our solid special services, and the Ministry of Defense is next in line.
        1. Lexus
          Lexus 12 February 2021 00: 22
          I had the opportunity to get acquainted with the T-5000. The quality is not right. Compared to AW and TRG-21.
      2. Siberia 9444
        Siberia 9444 19 February 2021 19: 12
        I agree .
        The rifling pitch of the barrel for 8,6 mm cartridges is 239 mm, for 7,62 mm - 203 mm.
        steepest trunks, sks svd 240mm ak 320mm for comparison
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  3. lasroc
    lasroc 11 February 2021 18: 43
    Just a short video
    1. Dimide
      Dimide 11 February 2021 18: 48
      Sniper can be seen on the hands
      1. lasroc
        lasroc 11 February 2021 18: 53
        100%, definitely not civil hi
  4. V.I.P.
    V.I.P. 11 February 2021 19: 32
    it is correct that they switched to cartridge 8,6 * 64 and 7,62 * 64. You can work at ranges like 12,7 rounds, with a smaller caliber. The rifle and ammunition are lighter ..... But in theory, for 3 different cartridges you need 3 different sights? Grids are usually made for a certain type. And here how?
    1. ss-n-22
      ss-n-22 11 February 2021 19: 48
      Do not make meshes for the type of cartridge. Each scope manufacturer has its own branded reticle + standard mildote, in variations. Ballistic calculators are available to account for ammunition and ballistics.
    2. Dimide
      Dimide 11 February 2021 19: 52
      One sight, different correction tables
  5. mark1
    mark1 11 February 2021 20: 24
    Never being a sniper (in general, he served his entire service below ground level), all the same, I would risk doubting
    The main feature of the entire MRAD line is the ability to change the barrel / caliber of weapons in the field.
    and on (excuse me) the hell is all this necessary in the field then? Well this is how much extra weight (including various ammunition) you need to carry with you. Or also an assistant, sorry, is the second / third calculation number attached?
    1. Quadro
      Quadro 11 February 2021 20: 46
      This is stupid PR. Scar, as far as I remember, also has the ability to quickly change the caliber - it was too expensive for anyone. Instead of dead weight, you can take even more rounds.
    2. Simfy
      Simfy 11 February 2021 22: 06
      one system for different tasks, you configure from the base for the task at hand
    3. Kalmar
      Kalmar 11 February 2021 23: 19
      Quote: mark1
      and on (sorry) horseradish all this is necessary in the field then conditions?

      Maybe under "field conditions" in this case simply means "outside the specialized workshop"? So it seems clear that in addition to a rifle, carrying a couple of barrels with a stock of cartridges for each is such a pleasure. And changing the barrel will probably require subsequent zeroing.
    4. psiho117
      psiho117 12 February 2021 04: 54
      Quote: mark1
      but for (sorry) the fuck is all this
      Well this is how much extra weight ... you need to carry with you

      Again twenty-five.
      Modularity is an opportunity, not a duty.
      Nobody carries a weapon with 2-3 barrels of different caliber, plus 2-3 sets of different cartridges and different magazines for them.
      Modularity, at the moment it is 50% a purely production solution that greatly facilitates production / repair / procurement and another 40% - marketing, with which all of you have your heads bogged down (Don't believe stupid advertising! am )
      Combat efficiency takes no more than 10%.
      And now, within this 10%, the configuration of the main armament will most likely be chosen once and for a very long time.
      The fighter does not decide anything, he does not wear barrels with bolts in his backpack, and, of course, does not change them with a wave of his left heel!
      Any extra modules are stored in the weapon (if they are needed, and allowed by the command, which issues the supply of ammunition of a different caliber).
      Only the commander can decide to change the modules - if necessary - and this will be done at the place of permanent deployment, with the subsequent shooting of the weapon.
      I repeat: production and technological solution.
      nobody wears anything.
      Lord, when will people understand this ...
  6. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 11 February 2021 21: 00
    Barrett is a brand that has long been recognized by experts. In the IDF, to this day, snipers use the good old Barrett M82A1.
  7. KSVK
    KSVK 11 February 2021 23: 18
    With a smaller caliber, this cartridge provides snipers with capabilities comparable to shooting with .338 Norma Magnum or .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges. The bullet of this cartridge retains its supersonic flight speed even at a distance of 1,5 kilometers, providing high firing accuracy with a lower level of recoil

    Very controversial. Yes, the 338NM at the limit can reach up to 1,5 km at supersonic, but this is subject to firing a heavy 300 UAH match bullet, which is unlikely in combat use. Soldiers love to integrate all sorts of TUSs into bullets, and this leads to a deterioration in ballistics and accuracy. I don't understand the benefits compared to the 338 LM. The complex is clearly not for firing bursts, therefore, the weight of the wearable ammunition is not critical. The recoil is almost identical. The bolt group is "long". Unclear.
    Just as the "steroid" 30-06 is not clear. It's about 300NM. If there is also a 308th. Moreover, with the same twist of the trunks. Then they would have taken 300 WSM instead of both. There, and the bolt group is short. And the presence of a short barrel in the 308 on the bolt looks strange. Marksman IMHO is more suitable for a good type of semi-automatic Heckler und Koch under 308 rounds.
    Some PR of Norma is obtained with a note of nostalgia for the versatility of the 308th. laughing
    1. Koval Sergey
      Koval Sergey 12 February 2021 06: 32
      This diversity is marketing, and the desire to reach the entire clientele. The client pays.
    APASUS 12 February 2021 09: 08
    I remember an interview with an American sniper that showed how he laughed at our SVD. But after the shameful escape from Afghanistan, they can be equipped with any rifles, any gadgets, it still won't help ......................
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 12 February 2021 16: 26
      SVD has already outlived its need for a modern replacement.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 13 February 2021 22: 11
        Quote: Vadim237
        SVD has already outlived its need for a modern replacement.

        No one is fighting for the modernity of the SVD, a rifle is needed to replace it, but criticism should come from real specialists, not exaggerated ones. No modern gadgets and super rifles helped the Americans, so there is nothing to show off
  9. Comrade Kim
    Comrade Kim April 3 2021 23: 56
    Quote: lexus
    The rest fall short.

    this is how to look:
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