There is some weird stuff going on with military procurement, but I suppose that is always the case.
Army and USMC have that competition for a replacement for the M4. Those are going to be in a 6.5 or 6.8 caliber. General Dynamics, Sig, and Textron are in the running. We have talked about those in the past.
We had the Knights Armament M110 Sniper Rifle. There was a competition for a replacement for it where HK won and that gave us the M110A1 CSASS.
Despite that, the high speed low guys of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command were still running around with the M110K1 carbine version of the KAC M110.
AND THEN, since SOCOM adopted 6.5 Creedmoor in 2018, Knights Armament got a contact to provide conversion kits for the M110 to 6.5 Creedmoor. Side note. Have you priced a KAC SR25 upper? Commercial price on a KAC SR25 22″ barreled 6.5 Creedmoor upper is $3,780.
If I understand correctly, it is these USASOC guns that will be upgraded to 6.5 Creedmoor.
Now also floating around in service are some of the FN SCAR MK20 Sniper Rifles. I hear those are being phased out. Doesn’t seem like a very illustrious career there to me.
But our story gets even more complicated.
Naval Special Warfare has a competition to replace these FN SCAR MK20 Sniper Support Rifles. As far as I know, a winner has not been selected yet. Larue Tactical is in the running. Scuttlebutt is that they are the forerunner. Mark Larue has hinted a little information on Instagram.
… These were the 3 rifles we took to Camp Atterbury (up in Indiana) for the .mils 6.5CM rifle shootoff back in late June. They handed all competitors scope rings and scopes, and said they weren’t touching our rifles until we proved that all 3 rifles shoot consistently under an moa. It was diabolical on their part. “If you can’t make ‘em shoot, how do you expect us to.” Good stuff. They handed out their brand new Blackhills 6.5CM 140 gr ammo and my 3 rifles rocked it. MLMark Larue on Instagram
While we’re on the subject … LaRue 17” 6.5CM MRGG-S rifle … 2-stage LaRue full auto trigger – FDE – MLok handguard – Under 9 lb – Five 5-shot groups with all five groups averaging under 1 MOA.Mark Larue on Instagram
All the boxes checked.
These three rifles, the “Larue MRGG-S” don’t have a whole lot of information out there yet about them.
They look much like the Larue Ultimate Upper but in MLOK instead of Keymod. Larue Tranquillo silencers are also shown. Note that the rifles in the pictures are full auto with Larue triggers meaning that Larue Tactical made a full auto version of the MBT trigger.
The second phone shows that the rifle, with out accessories, it under 9 pounds.
So in the short term, we might end up fielding the HK M110A1, a KAC M110 with 6.5 Creedmoor kit, and a Larue 6.5 Creedmoor rifle.
Then, we might end up with some new M4 replacement that is in a 6.5 or 6.8 cartridge.
Makes a whole lot of sense, right?