Well here it is! The United States Special Operations Command has awarded a contract to Remington Defense for the Precision Sniper Rifle!
For those who are interested in sniper rifles and what the guys use overseas, this is the one that we need. I really get excited about this new system, in particular because I remember this being talked about amongst the ranks while I was in JSOC.
While I was in and deployed, we did have rifles that out-performed the average sniper rifle of the regular/conventional Army, but due to the operations we were running, we sometimes didn’t have the reach we needed when moving from one location to the next. I can recall a few times in Afghanistan where my sniper team would operate in areas where we were engaging targets anywhere from 20 feet to 1100 yards, all in a matter of a few hours.
The SR-25 was superb when the distances ranged from muzzle contact to 1,000 yards, but when we needed to engage targets beyond the 1200 yard mark, things became extremely challenging. We also had the .300 Win Mag, but still, this was only a 1200 yard rifle, and that’s if the shooter was exceptionally good to get a hit on target within three rounds. We needed something that we could apply in short, medium, and extreme rage distances with extreme accuracy, especially when the ops we run as Spec Ops snipers include eliminated very key personnel.
I had a chance to shoot this rifle, and I must say, I fell in love! Everything about this rifle is top-notch, and its performance is great. Lets take a look at the rifle in some detail:
- The chassis is fully adjustable in all planes and it’s constructed of aluminium, polymers and steel weighing in at just 17 pounds. Superb for any operation!
- The foldable stock allows the operator to keep the system under clothing for incognito ops, collapse for climbing buildings, etc.
- The quick change barrel is my favorite. The 7.62 can be used for engaging targets under 800, the .300 can be used for distances up to 1100-1200 yards, and the .338 can be used for targets beyond a mile. I’m sure by now you’ve seen what the .338 is capable of accomplishing, take a look at the shot I took on a human sized target at 2022 yards.
- The X-treme trigger system is top-notch. The range of final pull weights in 2 stage operation is from approximately 10oz. to 3.5lbs. The trigger is also available in a single stage pull.
- The suppressor is key to the shooter. The suppressor that will be supplied with the rifle eliminates 98% of the muzzle report nullifying the need for ear protection, and reduces 60% of the recoil (key for follow-up shots).
- The muzzle break also reduces felt recoil to the shooter by dispersing it outward.
- The rifle scope is probably one of the best scopes on the market. The price ranges anywhere from $3,800 – 4,700 on the civilian market.
- Having the full length modular rail system allows the shooter to attach a variety of night optics. (PVS-26)
You can be sure that when used with premium match ammunition, this rifle will hold well under 1 MOA (1 inch group for 5 rounds at 100 yards). The time that I had behind the rifle, I managed to squeeze a .427 inch shot group using 175 gr. .308 Sierra Match King ammunition.