S.W.O.R.D. International has been getting a lot of attention from military units worldwide because of its MK 18 Mod 0 semi-automatic gas-piston rifle chambered in .338 Lapua. What makes this rifle so attractive is that it offers the reach of the .338 Lapua round with AR ergonomics in a package that weighs in at only 13 pounds. While not necessarily “new” per se, the Mk 18 Mod 0 is still one of the most impressive things I saw at SHOT Show this year . . .
The Mk-18 Mod 0 Mjölnir features a 22-inch barrel, matched 7075-T6 upper and lower receiver, a full-length free-floating KeyMod rail, and a non-reciprocating side charging handle. I spoke to SWORD VP Garrett Schwindel about this rifle, and he stated that this platform with provide 1/2 MOA accuracy.
Operating System: Short Stroke Gas Piston System
Weight: 12.25lbs W/O Magazine, 13.25lbs W/ Unloaded Magazine
Length: 45″ Muzzle to end of stock
Height: 8″ Top of upper receiver to bottom of pistol grip
Coatings: Milspec Type 3 Hardcoat Anodize- Black SWORD Custom Cerakote- Assaulter Grey, Regnar Green, Battle Brown
MSRP: $6,995.00 US
SWORD Intl has developed an impressive line-up of AR style rifles covering 5.56 x45, .300 Blackout, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua. These rifles have some unique features that set them apart from the typical AR manufacturer, including ambidextrous bolt catches / releases, flared magazine wells, and similar features. Many of the employees have a background in the U.S. special operations community, so these are rifles built by shooters who know what it takes to make a great rifle. I was lucky enough to take a 2-day course offered by SWORD, and it was worth every penny.