Mk22 ASR, the new precision rifle for armed forces and the Marine Corps

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has begun receiving the first batches of its new high-precision repeating rifle, which is to be invested $ 50 million. I requested the first copies in 2019 and signed a more comprehensive contract for the so-called Mk22 ASR (Advanced Sniper Rifle) in November 2020. That is why from now on these weapons, manufactured by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing (BFM) and BFM, will be used.The model derived from the MRAD (Multi Role Adaptive Design) model is a good addition to your surgical skills.

The characteristics of this multi-purpose and multi-caliber model that comes with multiple cannons that can be quickly converted to fire ammunition, such as: B.308 Winchester, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum have joined the United States Army and the US Marine Corps (USMC) have expressed an interest in having it replace older ones from the development of the Remington 700, such as B. the 12.70 x 99 mm M107 in collectives like the Explosive Ordance Disposal Personnel (EOD) and their high-precision shooters or snipers; Some sources also confirm that the hiring will help drive sales of MRADs to third countries through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel.

With this in mind, the USArmy Contracting Command at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey published a preliminary offer on January 20 to negotiate with BFM, which is based in Christiana, Tennessee, to acquire MRAD / Mk22 along with replacement parts, Accessories and conversion kits. Announcement W15QKN21R0057, initialed on the US government’s public contract platform, does not specify the number of weapons to be installed, nor the total amount to be invested in their purchase.

We know, as previously published in other environments, that the Army is interested in including about five hundred copies of the Mk22 in an initial contract, the number of which could increase to 2,500 over the next five years. The USMC will receive around 250 Mk22 to equip its specialist staff for the use of high-precision long weapons.

For the total amount of the operation, tell them that about $ 20 million from the Department of Defense’s 2021 budget was allocated for the first purchase. The unit price for each of these rifles, valued at around $ 16,000, appears to be high, but it has to be taken into account that each of these long guns painted in FDE (Flat Dark Earth) tone is supported by three interchangeable barrels, a high powered telescope and the silencer is accompanied, in addition to other accessories and additions that allow you to always extract high performance in terms of precision and functionality.

As mentioned above, the USArmy and USMC are more than likely to receive their first batches of several hundred MRAD / MK22 rifles characterized by linear bolt action, an advanced lightweight chassis with M-type anchors, in 2021 . -LOK or by their design within a very modular concept so that they can be easily configured to carry out different tasks and missions. (Octavio Dec Cmara)

Photo: USSOCOM has begun receiving its new Mk22 and now the Army and Marine Corps are also interested in these rifles. (Barrett Firearms Manufacturing)

The use of advanced precision weapons, such as those achieved with the MRAD / Mk22 concept, is now particularly popular in both conventional and asymmetrical missions. (Barrett Firearms Manufacturing)

Barrett has transferred the experience of sporty models like the 98B to this design and developed a model that can quickly accommodate barrels of various calibers and lengths. (Barrett Firearms Manufacturing)

The MRAD / Mk22 rifles are particularly robust and adapted to the most demanding military requirements, properties that are valued by US Special Operations. (Barrett Firearms Manufacturing)

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