The U.S. armed forces have been using the M-110 Semi-Auto Sniper System, designed and manufactured by Cape Canaveral-based Knights Armament Corp, for the last eight years. The concept behind the platform makes sense in modern warfare: giving designated marksmen and snipers the ability to rapidly engage multiple targets while enjoying some signature reduction benefits from the attached suppressor. That’s great on paper, but when placed into combat in the dusty and dirty environments of the Middle East the M-110 exhibited serious reliability issues. The military went back to gun manufacturers looking for a replacement, and it appears that H&K has come out on top . . .
From Soldier Systems:
It’s beyond rumor at this point. According to multiple sources familiar with various aspects of the program, H&K’s entry for the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) program was selected earlier this week for procurement by the United States Army. Other finalists were LMT and FNH USA.
The entry, named the G28E1, was displayed at SHOT Show in H&K’s booth. Interestingly, it incorporates an OSS Suppressor.
The rifle manufacturer selected isn’t that much of a surprise. H&K has been producing firearms for the U.S. military and special forces units for decades and their latest and greatest semi-auto AR-style firearms have definitely been a hit.
The real surprise here is the choice of silencer manufacturer. OSS is an extremely new player in the silencer industry, and their design is a radical departure from most of those in the industry. Instead of capturing the expanding gasses with a series of chambers, their design instead routes the gasses around the can much like a jet engine’s turbine, slowing them down and cooling them in the process. This reduces back pressure, which in turn slows down the cyclic rate and improves the reliability and durability of the firearm. In theory. This should be interesting.