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sniperdude411
06 May 05,, 00:26
From The News Enterprise:

New .50-caliber sniper rifle approved

M-107 can hit distant targets

By KATHY ROA/Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

The Army has approved its new long-range .50-caliber sniper rifle, the M-107, for full materiel release to Soldiers in the field.

The M-107 program is managed at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., by the Project Manager Soldier Weapons with engineering support provided by Picatinny's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The term "full materiel release" signifies that the Army has rigorously tested and evaluated the item and determined that it is completely safe, operationally suitable, and logistically supportable for use by Soldiers, officials said.

Product Manager for Crew Served Weapons Lt. Col. Kevin Stoddard said that PMSW previously equipped combat units in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other units supporting the global war on terrorism, with the M-107 under an urgent materiel release.

The Army expects to complete fielding of the M-107 in 2008, Stoddard said.

The M-107 was funded as a Soldier Enhancement Program to type classify a semi-automatic .50 caliber rifle for the Army and other military services. It underwent standard type classification in August 2003.

A production contract was awarded to Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. of Murfreesboro, Tenn., the following month.

Compared to the M-24 7.62mm sniper rifle, Stoddard said, the M-107 has more powerful optics and fires a variety of .50 caliber munitions.

"This provides sniper teams greater capability to identify and defeat multiple targets at increased ranges," he said.

The M-107 is based on the Marine Corps special application scoped rifle, the M-82A3.

The M-107 enables Army snipers to accurately engage personnel and material targets out to a distance of 1,500 to 2,000 meters respectively, he said.

The weapon is designed to effectively engage and defeat materiel targets at extended ranges including parked aircraft, computers, intelligence sites, radar sites, ammunition, petroleum, oil and lubricant sites, various lightly armored targets, and command, control, and communications.

In a counter-sniper role, the system offers longer stand-off ranges and increased terminal effects against snipers using smaller-caliber weapons.

The complete system includes the rifle itself, a detachable 10-round magazine, a variable-power day-optic sight, a transport case, a tactical soft case, cleaning and maintenance equipment, a detachable sling, an adjustable bipod, and manuals.

The Army plans to modify the M-107 in the future by adding a suppressor to greatly reduce flash, noise, and blast signatures.

Shek
06 May 05,, 00:35
As the article said, all units in Iraq and Afghanistan already have these. It's a heavy mo-fo and is tough to stalk with, but once in position, it's a beauty.

sniperdude411
06 May 05,, 03:34
How can it not be?
What's the difference between the m107 and the m82a3?

Terran empire
06 May 05,, 04:10
How can it not be?
What's the difference between the m107 and the m82a3?
A different Bipod, scope and stock

Bill
06 May 05,, 21:06
"New"....lol, we were testing the Barrets back in 1989...

sniperdude411
07 May 05,, 17:28
Good ol' government politics...
Jus ttest the crap out of it, imporove it, do that proccess over and over 'till you get it right. That should take no more than 5-6 years, unless some problems are really bad, like the design of a bolt or something. But Barrets, a barret is a barret.