New sniper rifle MRAD MK22 .338 contract for US Army awarded to Barrett Firearms


Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year $49.9 million contract under the United States Army Precision Sniper Rifle program with its MRAD® (Multi-Role Adaptive Design) MK22™ MOD 0 rifle, paired with a Leupold & Stevens Mark 5 HD scope and sniper-accessory kit. The MK22 will replace several current fielded U.S. Army sniper rifles.
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Technical factsheet Barrett Mk22 .338 sniper rifle. (Picture source U.S. Army)


The U.S. Army will procure approximately 2,800 MK22 rifles from Barrett, the current maker of the Army’s M107 .50 Caliber Long Range Sniper Rifle. The MK22 is part of the Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) Program which also includes the Leupold & Stevens (Beaverton, OR) Mark 5 HD scope and a sniper accessory kit.

The PSR program will allow the Army an extreme range weapon systems that is lighter than current sniper rifles and include features that will mask the sniper signature for improved survivability.

Designed with precision and modularity in mind, the MK22 provides even greater flexibility within the highly successful MRAD rifle platform. This multi-caliber bolt action sniper rifle is capable of converting between 7.62x51mm, .300 Norma Magnum (NM), and .338 Norma Magnum (NM) calibers, based on the mission.

The Army said in its budget request that the MRAD MK22 rifle platform “increases stand-off distances ensuring overmatch against enemy counter-sniper engagements and increases sniper capability.”

“We are honored to have been awarded the Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle Program in addition to SOCOM’s Advanced Sniper Rifle contract. The MK22 is an extremely capable rifle system that meets the demanding requirements of our military branches,” said Joel Miller, Barrett’s Director of Global Military Sales.


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