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As Nick pointed out the other day, it’s been a bad year for Big Green. Suffice it to say Cerberus has plenty of leftover turkey on its plate. But there is a bright spot: Remington Defense. The company has just scored a “multi-million dollar contract” to supply the U.S. Marines with some 2,000 modular stocks, spares, and magazines for the Marine’s M40 Sniper Rifle Modular Stock program. This on top of its $28m contract to supply the U.S. Army with 3,600 XM2010 enhanced sniper rifle systems, and a $79.7m contract to provide The United States Special Operations Command up to 5,150 Precision Sniper Rifles (“PSR”) and 4.6 million rounds of precision ammunition. According to the press release on the rifle stock contract [after the jump] . . .

“this award is the result of full and open competition.”

See? Now that’s funny. It’s a standard disclaimer – which belies the fact that election campaigns are the only thing more political than military contracts. Anyway, Cerberus has plenty of pull in D.C.; it’s how they walked away from the black hole that was Chrysler and Chrysler’s finance arm. It’s also one of the main reasons its Freedom Group subsidiary bought Big Green in the first place; to put Remington Defense into high gear (so to speak).

Mission accomplished. In the cut and thrust of the free market, where political juice doesn’t matter as much as product quality, not so much.

Madison, NC –-( The United States Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded Remington Defense a contract to provide up to 2,000 modular stocks, spares, and magazines in support of the Marine’s M40 Sniper Rifle Modular Stock program. This award is the result of full and open competition.

“We were excited to compete for and win this critical Marine Corps program,” said Greg Baradat, Director of U.S. Military Sales for Remington Defense. “The Marine Corps tested each bidder’s product to high standards, and we are proud to have exceeded their performance criteria.”

Over the past five years, Remington Defense invested in its ability to compete in the government small arms space by modernizing production facilities, focusing research and development on end-user requirements, and ensuring consistent and repeatable quality in a high-volume, high-mix manufacturing environment.

ROC, headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs products for the hunting, shooting, self-defense, military, and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816, ROC is the nation’s oldest gun maker and one of the largest domestic producers of firearms and ammunition. ROC employs over 3,500 people and distributes its products throughout the U.S. and over 55 countries. ROC includes globally recognized brands such as Remington, Remington 1816, Bushmaster, DPMS, Marlin, H&R, Mountain Khakis, Advanced Armament Corp., Dakota Nesika, Storm Lake and Barnes Bullets.

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  1. Glad to know our fighting men will be taking this high quality gear from Remington into harm’s way. Not.

    Things might not be so rosy when these stocks and weapon systems get recalled. Infantry Marines aren’t shy when it comes to voicing their displeasure regarding piss poor gear.

    • Nope, McMillan isn’t providing the new stocks, so they can’t give the USMC a discount by taking the A4 stocks back. I talked to a few people in the industry and they’ve all said that the A4 stock are going to be cut up and thrown away. Such a waste and destruction of our history, those stocks should be given to the CMP to sell.

  2. These ‘precision rifle stocks’ add 5 pounds to the gun and offer almost nothing in return.
    They should have stuck with the polymer stock on the regular M40…

  3. Great! Now the military will be able to enjoy the same level of Remington quality that civilians have come to know and love.

  4. Thanks to TTAG for the continued coverage of the political cesspool and production quality dumpster fire that is the Freedom Group. I buy from anyone else whenever possible.

  5. Interchangeable barrels – going to have to re-zero every time you change – why not just pick a caliber and stick with it? Much cheaper. 300 Win Mag would be a great choice here.

    AAC QD Suppressor – why go QD on a precision, long range weapon? Especially AAC’s ratchet mounts that wobble. And a possible POI shift between suppressed and non-suppressed, just keep the suppressor on, and direct thread would work great for that.

    Oh wait, I forgot, we’re talking about the US gov’t here.

    • Your first mistake was using logic and reason.

      A 1500 meter rifle that could make the shot repeatedly under different conditions would need to be chambered in .338 Lapua. The WinMag is doable but it would take alot more from the sniper and there would be too many variables. So why the hell would you chamber it in a lesser caliber anyway?

      Also, you never know when you need to quickly remove your suppressor and reveal your position to the enemy with a supersonic crack and giant cloud of dust.

      Geez! Do you even operate?

  6. You can’t argue that there’s a significant cost savings here using the same stock as the Army because the actions are different.

    Accuracy International would have been been and more warmly received. I personally like the Whiskey-3.

  7. Most of the engineering of that “Remington” stock was ripped off of Gary Eliseo, the inventor of the “tubegun” rifles for long range benchrest.

    So not only does Remington botch the rifle designs that they originated, they can botch the match-winning design of a competition gunsmith, too. And they’ll likely find a way to bad-mouth the tubegun design when their QC errors make it into the field, too.

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