The first completed batch of M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR) is headed out of HK’s Columbus Georgia facility after being born at Oberndorf. (Photo: HK-USA)
Heckler & Koch announced Thursday the first batch of Squad Designated Marksman Rifles left the HK-USA facility in Georgia, headed for the U.S. Army.
The platform, designated the SDMR in military service, is a variant of HK’s 7.62 mm NATO G28/HK417. The base rifles are produced at HK’s factory at Oberndorf, Germany then shipped to the States where HK-USA workers in Columbus, Georgia install optics and accessories drawn from a dozen U.S.-based manufacturers.
This shipment headed to Uncle Sam is the first as the Army will eventually receive between 5,000 and 6,000 complete SDMR systems, which will filter down to the squad-level when fully fielded.
HK is also supplying the Army with the G28-based M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System– which uses a Schmidt & Bender 3–20×50 PM II on a Geissele mount with accessories to include an OSS SRM6 suppressor and Harris bipod– earlier this year pulling down a $33 million award for both rifles. Meanwhile, the Marines have been fielding the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR), a variant of the 5.56mm NATO HK416, in serious numbers for the past decade.
The M110A1 SDMR variant in all its glory, complete with HK German roll marks, offset backup sights, a Geissele mount, OSS suppressor, Harris bipod and Sig Tango6 optic. (Photo: U.S. Army)
I have a lot of doubts about this rifle. A piston is just not needed first off. The over hype and claims of less cleaning is something I can see become an issue once this thing hits the field. For the casual gun user, HK marketing has been effective at making the less knowledgeable believe the piston does everything from get you chicks to regrow your hair.
The other HK 762 rifle did not impress me with its reliability if you recall.