SWORD International Announces Civilian MK-17 Rifle

SWORD International MK-17

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Press release:

Sparks, Nevada –– SWORD International is excited to announce that their highly popular MK-17 rifle is now available to the civilian market.

Previously, this designated marksman rifle was only available to military special forces. This rifle was designed to give the military marksman a semi-automatic weapons system that was lightweight, reliable and highly accurate.

Some of the innovative features of the MK-17 include an ambi-bolt catch/release pad located near the lower-front portion of the trigger well, as well as a fold-down side charging handle. These design features allow for a much more natural handling of the rifle by the shooter. Weighing just 9 pounds the MK-17 feels and looks like a carbine, but shoots much more like a precision bolt-action rifle.

SWORD International MK017 rifle

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With the inclusion of calibers such as the highly popular 6.5 Creedmoor and the .260 Remington, the MK-17 is an excellent choice for hunters. Reliable under any conditions, the durability and long-range accuracy of these rifles is second-to-none.

The SWORD MK-17 rifle is available in 7.62×51 NATO, .260 Remington, and .6.5 Creedmoor. Now available nationwide, this rifle has a MSRP of $3,995.00.

Whether you are a hunter, a competitive shooter or simply enjoy long-range shooting, the SWORD International MK-17 rifle is the perfect choice.

MK-17 Set Up:

  • Tuned Compensator – Perfectly tuned to remove muzzle flip and to help reduce recoil.
  • Cut Rifled and Black Nitride Coated Barrel – Manufactured with Precision Single-Point Cut Rifled Barrels and Nitride coated to allow for maximum accuracy and durability. The Mk-17 Mod0 has been accuracy tested to 1/4 MOA.
  • Proprietary Self-Regulating Piston System – Piston system removes carbon fouling from the upper receiver and bolt carrier assembly. Self-regulating means no gas setting and the ability to run a wide range of ammo.
  • M-Lok Compatible Rail System – Free floated to maximize accuracy, simple removal procedure for piston maintenance and flexibility to add mounting solutions.
  • Rugged Black Nitrided Bolt Carrier Assembly – Machine on precision CNC machines out of special material and coated in Black Nitride the Mk-17’s bolt carrier is functional, durable, and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Ambi-Bolt Catch/Release Pad – Located near the lower/front portion of the trigger well. The bolt catch release pad makes locking or releasing the bolt easy with your trigger finger. Left and right handed operators can manipulate it without giving up fire control or moving their support side hand.
  • Ambi-Magazine Release Buttons – Located on opposing sides of the lower receiver, the ambi-magazine release buttons allow left and right-handed operators to drop the magazine with their trigger finger and without giving up fire control.
  • Tungsten Filled Heavy Buffer – Weighted and tuned specifically for the Mk-17’s rate of return.
  • Piston Rated Heavy Action Spring – Heavy duty and durable, this action spring is perfectly tuned and rated for the Mk-17’s rate of return.

Tech Specs:

  • Operating System: Short Stroke Gas Piston System
  • Caliber: 7.62 x 51 NATO, 260 REM, 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Weight: 9.34lbs W/O Magazine, 9.78lbs W/ Empty magazine
  • Magazine Capacity: 20 Round
  • Length: 35.6″ W/ Stock collapsed, 39″ W/ Stock fully extended
  • Height: 8″ Rear sight to bottom of pistol grip
  • Coatings: Milspec Type 3 Hardcoat Anodize- Black
  • Coatings: Milspec Type 3 Hardcoat Anodize- Black, Coyote Brown, Regnar Green

About SWORD International:

Based in Sparks, Nevada, SWORD International manufactures cutting edge small arms for the military, law enforcement and civilian markets. This veteran owned company proudly manufactures its products in the United States to the highest standards required by its defense customers. Never cutting corners, SWORD International utilizes the most advanced materials and manufacturing processes to deliver accurate, reliable and durable firearms that won’t let you down. Find out more at https://sword-int.com.

comments

  1. avatar Draven says:

    ‘previously only available to military special forces’

    uh huh. which ones? Can you ciote country, military organization, etc?

    no?
    didnt think so.

    1. avatar BLAMMO says:

      It’s very exclusive. And if it’s not exclusive enough, the four grand price tag should be. I think I can build myself a LRP rifle without scope for half that.

      1. avatar John says:

        For a little bit more than a SCAR with better accuracy? Appears like a no brainier if you want to drop that much coin. I’m not in line but doesn’t mean it will work for someone else.

    2. avatar Bcb says:

      Yah I stopped reading there too. That’s when you know it’s an ad, not a real review / assessment.

    3. avatar Arc says:

      Too expensive, can get four good rifles for the price. It may have fancy smancy parts and stuff, but when it breaks you have a $4000 paperweight.

  2. avatar Mark N. says:

    I never knew that 9 lbs is “light weight.” Well, maybe for an AR10…but it isn’t something I’d want to lug around the mountains while hunting. It’s like what the owner of one of my LGS said about the Garand/Springfield M1A: You’ll take it hunting…once.

  3. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    Nice but pricey gun…I understand they wanted to market themselves to various military, special forces, and LE groups and are rangers themselves but I wonder if the weapon was actually adopted by any countries?

    I know for tactical style weapons, having a military pedigree especially special forces and a cool Mark Id, plus seal owned and operated are major selling points, plus some photos of operators using your gear…

    But I assume some companies may aspire to that but not have the track record, and just be marketing for it instead. Not saying for sure with these guys at I don’t know.

  4. avatar former water walker says:

    BREAKING: Dr. Oz pushes gun control. He’s probably not going to mention the hundreds of thousands killed by his fellow physicians. Or the baby’s slaughtered…😩😖😡

    1. avatar Sora says:

      Oz is a doctor? You mean he’s a shrink?

  5. avatar AlanInFL says:

    That’s “S” words Burt Reynolds.

    I would like to see who actually brought them

  6. avatar Mark Brockway says:

    Better than SCAR 20S?

  7. avatar rt66paul says:

    If it is in Creedmoor, I am in.

  8. avatar anon says:

    aka: our rifle isn’t making as many military contracts as we want, so here you guys go

  9. avatar gunfreak says:

    I bet my Daniel Defense out shoots it still.

  10. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

    If their claims are true (I’m incredulous about their claims of military adoption AND accuracy), then their charging $2000 for the rifle and $2000 for the 1/4 MOA.

    1. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

      They only say it was available to the military, not that any military actually took advantage of such availability. Perhaps the military wanted a “carbine” that weighed less than 9+ pounds?

  11. avatar Asdf says:

    Looks like an AR. Costs as much as 2 high-quality ARs.

    No thanks.

  12. avatar Brandon says:

    GAP10 G2 by GA Precision. 1K less and I bet it shoots just as well if not better.

  13. avatar Ardent says:

    With out research, this sounds like an off the shelf solution for a good DMR…but at 4k without optics, I have no idea to whom it is meant to appeal. In that price range you’re looking at some serious long range accurate rifles, or top of the line MSRs, with accessories and optics and a ton of mags included. Put another way, this cost as much as a very, very nice mil-type carbine AND a decent and effective long range rifle with glass, combined.

    I suppose within the niche it’s designed for it is a great choice: capable of rapid fire in a suppressive role while impressively accurate even compared to dedicated precision rifles…but what is the civilian role for it? Too heavy to be an effective carbine or really a desireable hunting rifle, and very expensive as well. I predict they will sell very few of these, there is just little use for it, and it’s expensive.

    What does one call this? A DMR? It’s really a little heavy to be an optimal DMR, frankly much .ore accurate than a DMR really needs to be, and again, it’s expensive. Its really more of a high volume precision rifle with its weight and accuracy, but outside of a combat role, who is looking for a high volume sniper rifle?

    Make it 2 lbs lighter, cut the accuracy by 1/3 and cut the price in half and it may work commercially, but at this weight and price point, when it didn’t get a military contract, it became a liability.

    (I wonder if the military suggested the same thing actually…get the weight down and cut the cost by at least a third by sacrificing some of the accuracy…and they either couldn’t or wouldn’t do it.

    Back in the day when highly accurate and powerful rifles were very common (looking primarily at bolt action hunting rifles) and MSRs were rare, I wanted an MSR in a light intermediate caliber so that I could carry and rapidly, accurately dispense large amounts of ammunition.
    Now that every militiaman worth his threeper patch has an AR or AK and a bazillion 30 round mags festooning his plate carrier, I figure volume of fire and suppression is everymans job and capability. Now I find myself wanting something that can, in a pinch, put down a good volume of fire, but shines at superior accuracy and energy deposit at extended ranges, that is, I kind of want a DMR.

    I have particular ideas about it though. It needs a heavy enough bullet at high enough velocity to give good penetration through cover, and to play havoc on things like vehicles and other equipment. It needs enough capacity to hold it’s own on volume of fire, and thus it must be semi auto, detachable magazine fed.

    So while I think the niche for this rifle in the civilian world is limited, in .308 it’s sort of exactly what I’m looking for…its just twice as much as I want to pay…

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