5.56 Timeline

Winchester Model 75

The Winchester Model 75 is one of my favorite target rimfires. It was developed and sold as a more affordable option to the EXCELLENT Model 52. The 75 came with match iron sights and was drilled to accept target blocks for mounting of optics like the Unertl scope.

The rifle has a detachable magazine. It uses the same magazine as the winchester model 52 so the 5 and 10 rounders will work, same as the mag block to make the gun single shot.

You can see the mag release button on the side. Also note the target block on the barrel in front of the receiver and the match rear sight.

While the 75 was intended to be a cheaper option, the rifles are still very accurate. It doesn’t weigh as much as the 52 so it’s not quite as steady in the hands from position shooting with a sling. The Model 75 is just a great rifle from a time when companies cared about making things like this.

Ugh, I hate rust.

Left some of my cheap practical steel cased ammo in the truck of my car. Went to do some training today and found it was rusty.

I decided I was going to go ahead and use it, perhaps get the chance to practice my malfunction drills. I found that the B&T APC9K ate up this rusty ammo with no complaints. Only had one failure to fire on the Sig M17.

Really goes to show the value of proper ammo storage.

SCAR-L Accuracy Test ( Salvaged)

I meant to have this up years ago. I tested the SCAR-L , shot it, shot groups and everything. Took pictures and fully intended to do a full review but something happened and distracted me. Sorry to say I just now ran across the pictures I was able to salvage.

Here is what is left of my efforts. Better late than never I guess.

All groups shot from 100 yards using the Elcan.

H&K SDMR Rifles Shipping

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.