Army sniper rifle program chooses a new optic
West coast optics manufacturer Leupold has done it again, this time securing a lucrative contract with the US Army to outfit its newest precision sniper rifles.
The Oregon-based company made an announcement on the matter last week, celebrating the sealing of the deal that will involve the high-end Mk 5HD 5-25-x56 optic.
“The Mark 5HD has been built from the ground up to deliver the unparalleled performance that the men and women serving our country overseas require,” said Sam Horstman, Director of Military Sales for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “And, like all of our optics, the Mark 5HD has been strenuously tested for durability, and fully meets the extremely high standards that the military demands. Our Soldiers need their optics to perform, and we’re glad to be able to offer a solution that’s built to deliver on those expectations.”
The optic will be used on the US SOCOM-selected MK22 Mod 0, which is based on the Tennessee-made Barrett MRAD bolt-action multi-caliber system and chambered in 7.62×51 mm NATO, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum.
In short, it’s a whole lot of optic for a whole lot of rifle.
The company claims the “Mark 5HD was made to max out the performance of the latest long range rifles and ammunition.”
On the civilian market, the optics run anywhere between two and three thousand dollars apiece.
The US Army plans to begin fielding the rifle starting in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.
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