By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
Photo Credit(s): Remington Military
June 23, 2009
DefenseReview has been following the SOCOM (USSOCOM) Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program since we came across a solicitation/sources sought notice and accompanying drafts for it awhile back. The PSR requirement is for a modular, multi-caliber bolt-action rifle that’s “caliber-specific to .338 Lapua Magnum (.338LM, also written .338 LM), .338 Norma Magnum or other common, commercial [off-the-shelf] .338 caliber [ammo], and capable of 1.0 MOA from 300-1500 meters (300-1500M). The new PSR would replace the currently-fielded Bolt Action SOF Sniper Systems (MK13, M40, M24) for U.S. Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) snipers.
The Firearm Blog just published a piece on one of the Precision Sniper Rifle candidates, the Remington Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) with a hat tip to Accurate Shooter. Predictably, the MSR appears to be very similar in form and function to another PSR candidate, the 2nd-Gen Asymmetric Warrior ASW338LM .338 Lapua Magnum Modular Precision Sniper Rifle by Ashbury International Group, Inc. (AIG). Other PSR candidate weapons are the Sako TRG-42, Accuracy International AW338 Arctic Warfare Rifle, SIG SAUER/Blaser Tactical 2, Armalite AR30, PGM 338 (imported by Drake Industries from PGM Precision), and Barrett M98B.
This is not the first military sniper rifle competition for Remington Military Products Division. They previously competed for the Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) contract, and lost that competition to Knight’s Armament Company (KAC), which won it with the KAC XM110. The XM110 was subsequently designated by the U.S. military as the KAC M110 SASS (also written KAC SR-M110 SASS).
The Remington MSR’s action components (bolt, etc.) are Trinyte-coated and “impervious to corrosion”, and the receiver “features titanium alloy with steel-on-steel lock-up in the barrel extension.” The bolt release is ambidextrous. The match-grade barrels are all fluted to minimize weight and maximize heat dissipation without comprimising stiffness. The primary Mil-Std-1913 “Picatinny” rail on the receiver is available in 20, 30, and 40 MOA options, and the removable free-float quad rail system/handguard over the barrel is actually octagonal, allowing the operator to mount devices (optics, lasers, lights, etc.) on the upper diagonal plane. Magazines are Teflon-coated, and the pistol grip is AR-compatible. The MSR’s rather complicated-looking adjustable buttstock is right-folding. It’s adjustable for length of pull (LOP), and both the cheek piece and buttplate are vertically adjustable (adjustable for height).
To convert the MSR from .338LM to 7.62mm NATO, the operator just has to switch out the barrel, bolt face, and magazine.
Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC) claims that the MSR’s customer-specified AAC Titan-QD Fast-Attach .338 Silencer/Sound Suppressor eliminates 98% of muzzle flash and 60% of recoil. Sound is reduced by 32db. The Titan suppressor is made from Grade 5 titanium and moly-resin-coated. It’s 10. inches (10″) long, and weighs 20 ounces (20 oz.). When installed on the barrel, it adds 8.4 inches (8.4″) to the weapon’s length. Diameter is 1.85 inches (1.85″). The Titan-QD attaches via ratchet mount. The Titan-QD’s MSRP is $3195.
Remington Precision Sniper Rifle (MSR) Video:[youtube ILHhWUhrGh0]
Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum, .338 Norma Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO)/.308 Win.
Weight: 13 lbs with 22” fluted barrel and loaded 5-rd magazine, 17 lbs with 22” fluted barrel, scope, bipod, loaded 5-rd magazine, and Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC) Titan-QD Fast-Attach .338 Rifle Silencer/Sound Suppressor.
Barrel Lengths: All calibers are available in four lengths: 27″, 24″, 22″, and 20″.
Overall Lenth (OA Length): 46″ with stock open and extended and 22″ barrel, 36″ with stock folded and 22″ barrel.
Accuracy: 1 MOA vertical dispersion at 1500m (338 LM precision ammunition)
Fire Control: X Mark Pro Adjustable 2.4 – 4.5 lbs drop-in trigger
Magazine: .338 (5-shot and 10-shot), 300 (7-shot), 7.62mm NATO
Stock: Right-folding. Length of Pull (LOP) is user-adjustable from 12.4″ – 14.4″.
Vertical Cheek Adj.: 1 3/4″
Barrel Life: Greater than 2,500 rounds
Company Contact Info:
Michael Haugen, Manager
Remington Military Products Division
http://www.remingtonmilitary.com/msr.htm MSR Webpage
http://www.remingtonmilitary.com/ Remington Military Website
MSG (R) USSF, Manager – Military Products Division
1stSgt (R) USMC – Military Products Representative
SSG U.S. ARMY 11B3VB4 – Military Products Representative
Remington Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) (The Firearm Blog)
New Remington “Space-Gun” Modular Sniper Rifle (Accurate Shooter)
SOCOM PSR Contenders (Tactical Life)