Marine scout snipers to get new Mk 13 Mod 7 rifles

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A scout sniper candidate secures a strap to the current Marine scout sniper rifle, the M40A6. (Photo: Lance Cpl. Isabelo Tabanguil)

Marine snipers will soon retire the M40A6 in favor of a new sniper rifle system, the Mk13 Mod 7.

Marine spokesman Capt. Christopher Harrision confirmed to the Marine Corps Times on Monday that Marine snipers will soon be toting the Mk13 Mod . Chambered in .300 Win Mag, the new Mk13 Mod 7 comes after the Corps has demonstrated a need for longer ranges than the previous sniper rifle system has been able to produce.

Though it doesn’t come near the range of the Army’s M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle or U.S. Special Operations Command’s Precision Sniper Rifle, the Mk13’s range — reportedly pushing past the 1,000 yard mark — is a step up from its predecessor, the M40.

Marine snipers have been carrying the Remington-based bolt-action M40 since 1966 with modifications made over the course of the years. The latest round of upgrades in 2014 brought the system up to its current model the M40A6 model.

Marine Corps Times reported that Marines are happy with the change, citing one sniper as saying the upgrade to the Mk13 has been a “long time coming.”

In addition to the new rifle, snipers may also be seeing a new optic. Reports are that the Marines are fielding Nightforce’s ATACR scope atop the new rifle. Marine spokespersons have not confirmed this, but photographs featuring the Mk13 with the ATACR scope cropped up online and the most recent Navy budget documents released in February detail the need for “the MK 13 Rifle with associated optic.”

The Marine Corps intends to purchase over 350 rifles, with documents released to support the 2018 fiscal year annual defense legislation showcasing nearly $4.3 million in requested funding for the new rifle setup.

No word yet on when exactly the Mk13 will land in the hands of snipers.

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  1. As usual most everyone want to treat the symptoms rather than the disease the disease in this case could be either mental illness or due to antisocial behavior caused by bullying but no one cares to hear that

  2. Push coming to shove, looking at this “new rifle”, in actual practice, how much is gained over the performance of the 30-06 cartridge, properly loaded? Anyone is welcome to respond, but I would like to hear from the military, in this case, the USMC. We are not talking about the performance of the 50 caliber BMG round, compared to a 30 caliber cartridge.

    1. Odd, you mention the “ought-six”. That, in Winchester Model 30 or Rem 700 BDL, was what they issued us when they turned out the first scout-sniper teams in Vietnam in 1966. The Army stuck with the M-14/21 in 7.62, and we had some interesting comparisons in results. Being a Marine and one of those 10 day Danang sniper school wonders, I’m prejudiced, but we had a lot of success; there were more guys running these 30.06 predecessors than Hathcock and others the media took a fancy to, but we kept under the radar for a reason. We paved the way with those damned bolt hunting rifles, one round at a time. Now, I think the 300 Winny mag is a great choice, though I voted for .338 Lapua.

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