Remington Defense MSR (courtesy militarytimes.com)

“Multiple industry sources tell us that Special Operations Command will announce shortly the award of the $79.7 million precision sniper rifle (PSR) system contract to Remington Defense and its MSR chassis-based rifle system,” militarytimes.com reports. After four years and a bunch o’ bucks, Remington’s PSR beat out Sako’s TRG M10 Multi-Caliber Configurable Sniper Weapon for a ten-year contract for 5,150 rifles. Each PSR will come complete with an AAC Titan QD suppressor a modified version of  Schmidt & Bender’s 5-25×56 PMII rifle scope. Oh and the contract includes 4,696,800 rounds of Barnes ammunition. Precisely. Make the jump for more deets from the Times . . .

The PSR will bring multi-caliber, long-range capability in a chassis-based system to the special operations sniper community. Using a quick-change bolt-head system and interchangeable barrels, the system fires 7.62 NATO (.308 Winchester), .300 WinMag and .338 Lapua cartridges.

The winning gun is an updated version of the original MSR design that incorporates the following changes over the original version that add up to .7 MOA average accuracy at 1,000 meters with both Barnes and ATK 300gr .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition:

  • Reinforced AAC muzzle brake for the included Titan QD suppressor
  • Chromoly steel .338 barrel with 1:9.5 twist, 5R rifling and Melanite coating
  • One piece handguard with 20 MOA top rail
  • Barrel nut accessible without removing the handguard
  • X-treme trigger from Tom Meyers
  • Light weight, removable buttstock with throw lever adjustments instead of ratcheting adjustments

20 Responses to Remington Wins $80m SOCOM Sniper Rifle Contract

  1. Its basically a modular XM-2010 rifle. The USMC may eye it as fill in between a M-40 and M-107 rifle looks awesome glad to see a US company win a major contract.

  2. I’d love to get some time on one of those S & B’s someday. I’m like 3 generations (Leupold MKIV FF TMR) back on glass. $4k is brutal though.

  3. Anyone have any insights on 300 Win Mag versus 338 Lapua? Seems like the former is much easier to come by.

    • Actually, it says .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua. Both of which are equally easy/difficult to obtain through military supply channels. So that’s not really an issue. It’s about the right ballistics for various applications.

      • Well, that was more the question. Why you’d use one and not the other. Seems the 300 Win Mag is more plentiful, relatively speaking. So if a guy were going to choose, what significant advantage would there be for the 338 Lapua?

        • All I can say is to look up the ballistics of each round, and think it through.

          And, to reiterate, in the military, both types of ammo are/will be equally available.

  4. Assuming the ammo is $1/round (not exceptional), that prices the rifles at $14,563.73 each.

    Wow. Government contracting at its’ finest. Scopes aside, I can’t figure why these should cost more than $3-4K each.

    • Probably closer to $3-4 per round, dropping the rifles cost to a low low price of roughly 12k. In the grand scheme of things for a development rifle with rather low production numbers, this isn’t really all that rediculous.

      • Except that they will almost certainly offer the same rifle to the general public (or they should…) so costs shouldn’t be that high. (And if they don’t, one can only wonder at the economic stupidity of that decision.)

  5. Great! Now please release the best long range platform sako trg m10 for civilian market.

    In my opinion much better than the msr

  6. Looks like a bolt action AR-10 with integral folding stock, monolithic (or nearly so) rail/guard system, and a free-floated barrel on a quick-change mount.

    I’ll take two, please.

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